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Murder of Crows: A Novel of the Others (Other Novels (Anne Bishop))
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am 8. April 2014
I am tempted to give this one star, especially when I think about the fact that I wasted over 14 Euro on an e-book. But that would be unfair.

I did not like the book. I am not going to read another book of this series. I'll have to think hard before I buy another book of Anne Bishop. All that said, there are worse books out there. Plus the problems I had with THIS book are problems I had before with books written by her. It's just that usually the story is so interesting and the good guys (or at least some of them) so charming that I am able to overlook them. But for reasons I can't really pinpoint this book was missing the magic that makes up for almost anything. So I am guessing, if someone completly enjoyed the books Anne Bishop has written so far without making allowances they'll enjoy this one too.

What has been bothering me?

1) The graphic violence - I am totally capteable of enjoying a book without anyone getting killed or maimed, never mind lots and lots of people and getting details on it is not helping me to sleep better either.

2) The overpowered 'heroes', in this series the terra indigene aka the Others - Yes, I admit it I read romantic fantasy because I want to read books that have a happy end and that's more likely there than anywhere else. That doesn't mean I enjoy it if the heroes totally outclass the baddies from the begin on. And here we have the were-whatevers who are already superior to the humans, then the 'vampires' who seem to outclass the weres and as if that wasn't enough the elementals and the harvesters who outclass all the others and all of them alligned against the bad guys, who are plain vanilla humans and not even fighters or particularily smart. It makes the story a lot more boring than it has to be. It turns the villain into total morons, which isn't helping in making them appear more dangerous and one wonders how incompetent the 'good' side is that things get that bad despite such sorry excuses for villains. Of course 'good' or 'hero' should be open to discussion given the violent, bloodthirsty behaviour of certain Others but isn't because the bad guys are just that evil. Which brings me to the thing that annoys me the most.

3) The motivation of the Controller and the people who serve him (aka the bad guys) - I can't go into the particulars without spoilering the book, but seriously would it have been so hard to put the least bit of thought into this? I can't say I expected much given her other series evil masterminds but even the 'I doing evil because I am evil' reasoning of the eater of the world in the Ephemera series makes more sense than this.
The whole setup of the series would have left a host of adequate motivations for the Controler. A few possible examples include

- Now that the Others have Meg, she'll turn them against me. I have to find a way to kill them all before they kill me
- We are just the slaves of the Others. We have to destroy them to be free. Better if we are all dead then servants of these vile beasts
- The Others killed my friend/love/family, now I'll take revenge no matter the cost.

Why were those possibilities ignored? The Controller commits the vilest crimes not just against the Cassandra Sangue, but against the Others AND the humans too. Even if he hasn't any conscience to speak of, one would think he needed a good reason to run such a high risk. But the reader gets the impression he's just so arrogant and stupid that he thinks he can get away with anything and does it because it makes him feel powerful. And thats still more than the answers we get when we start to wonder why anyone in his right mind should help such a (extremly dumb) monster.

Maybe because if he had any half or at least quater valid reason for what he does the, readers might not be so sympathetic to the poor, victimized (despite being overpowered) Others and their not-quite-that-charming stated willingness to eat any humans who irritate them, never mind all that collateratal damage when they are after punishing someone who actually had it coming?

To conclude the way I've begun - I haven't had a single problem with this book that I haven't had with Anne Bishops books before, I am just missing the good parts of the story that usually outbalances them.
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am 8. März 2014
Also, zweite Runde für Thaisia, die Others, die Blutpropheten und die Menschen.
Meg hat sich eingelebt, die Beziehungen der Lakeside Terra Indigine und der Menschen sind aber gespannt nach dem verheerenden Sturm, der Lakeside heimgesucht hatte. Im Rest des Landes sind ebenso Spannungen festzustellen, besonders weil sich unter den Menschen eine Humans-First-Bewegung etabliert. Im Verlauf des Buches wird überzeugend dargestellt, wie die Spannung zwischen der menschlichen Bevölkerung und den Terra Indigine steigt und letztendlich eine Riesenkatastrophe nur knapp verhindert wird. So weit so gut, diesen Teil des Buches hat Anne Bishop, finde ich, gut hinbekommen.
Aber den Rest: die persönliche Entwicklung der Hauptprotagonisten, die Gefühlswelt der handelnden Personen und überhaupt dreidimensionale, spannende Charaktergestaltung -> Fehlanzeige.
Diese mindestens so wichtigen Kriterien für ein wirklich gutes Buch sorgen für die Bewertung mit drei Sternen. Ich mag es einfach nicht, wenn ich das Gefühl habe, die Hauptpersonen entwickeln sich nicht weiter, Beziehungen stagnieren und Nebenfiguren dürfen immer nur dieselben drei Gefühlsregungen haben! So ist zum beispiel Simons und Megs Beziehung am Ende des Buches genauso weit wie am Ende des letzten Buches.
Ich bin geneigt zu behaupten, dass es zum teil an der undankbaren Rolle des zweiten Teils einer Trilogie (?) liegt, aber es ist einfach auch keine wirklich gute Leistung der Autorin. Dennoch werde ich wohl einen nächsten Band der Reihe auch lesen mögen, einfach um zu sehen, ob sich die Entwicklung des 'Mikrokosmos' der Figuren wieder steigert und ich das nächste Buch dann wieder in vollen Zügen genießen kann...
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am 11. Februar 2015
I am not quite sure what to say about Anne Bishop's books and this one is no exception. Since I gave it 4 stars, it still seems to be mostly good things, though. But let me explain:

Her stories just sweep me off my feet and take me with them. There is nothing I can do about it and oh boy, there really are some objections I have to that happening. It's a little like having a guilty pleasure. Because frankly: the way she shows men and women have nothing to do with equality. Her female characters turn to a gooey mess as soon as the males show up. Suddenly they're not able to fend for themselves anymore. There are dozens of males to take care of the DID (damsel in distress) and all her needs. She doesn't have to do anything for herself, doesn't want to and doesn't mind the least that the men around her take charge of her life in every aspect.

But her stories are intrigueing. Her world building is superb. Most things make a lot of sense and there aren't huge mistakes in the storyline or logic of the story.

So do I put the read books on the top shelf of my book display shelf? Absolutely not. Would I read a Bishop book again? Anytime!
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am 22. März 2014
Spolier Alert for the previous "Others" book "Written in Red" - and since the first book is as wonderful as this second installment, I recommend you stop reading here and start reading there, if you are new to the series.

Synopsis [by Goodreads.com]

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside's shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.

Review

I think that this might be one of the most intriguing built fantasy worlds ever. The concept of humans living on a world similar to ours, in cities and villages with contemporary culture very like ours, just not as the top of the food-chain, is just stunning. And if it was already well thought out and described in the first book, it is developed in even more detail in "Murder of Crows". We get to know more about other "Terra Indigene" [aka "The Others"], besides the Lakeside-courtyard Others around their local leader Simon Wolfgard. If you've read book one, you know about the different kinds of Others, but this time, the interactions in other human settlements and even continents are shown. And it gets very clear that the human-Other-relations in Lakeside aren't just different from the other places, but could just as well be the example of the humans' only chance at survival in a world, where they could be wiped off the surface in a blink of an eye.

The strange thing happening to me reading the book was, that I did not at all feel part of the human-group, but was hooting for the Others, predator or no - since it is shown that the Others may be the non-humans, but the real inhuman attitude and actions are conducted by the "humans" [well, I use the term rather loosely here].
Especially the parts being told from the "Controller"'s POV, Megs former "owner" who sold the cuts on her skin for prophecies to well paying clients, they made me alternately shiver with repulsion or full of hate. Oh Boy, did I hate this guy and the other "Walking Names" who treated the Blood Prophets as property, one could do with, whatever one wanted. Or the self-righteous people [again: used loosely] who have all these ideas about what humans are entiteled to. Again: I was cheering for the Others whenever the treaty-breakers got what they asked for. So to make me take the Others' side, was a real feat of Ms. Bishop - she gives them so much relatable character, that I feel for them and take their side. And all the while she depicts them as the predators they totally are. I'm so awed.

Again, I felt for Meg, am fearing her future with her and just love her interactions with all the Others, but of course with Simon Wolfgard in particular. The misunderstandings between them are so comprehensible, because she is a Blood Prophet who still has to learn to live on her own and he is a Wolf-Shifter who always thought of humans [even the non-edible, not prey humans] as "clever meat" and nothing else. And now they struggle with how their friendship develops and do not know what to make of it or if to make any of it. Just great to read. And a lot of times real fun.

Which is needed to counterbalance the dark parts of the story. Not just the violance, the murder and the growing tension, but mostly the experiences of Megs friend Jean who is still at the Controller's compound [aka cage for Blood prophets]. That was at times hard to witness, so I needed the lighter parts of Meg and the other "Fluffballs" [= Other's name for Meg's human female friends at the Lakeside courtyard] bantering with each other or the Others. But the story wouldn't be as intense, if it weren't so dark in parts. And: I wouldn't have had to fight my eyes filling up reading about Jean's fate in the end.

Since I realize, I'm gushing, I will stop here and just tell you that the book is as fabulous as is book one, that Meg and all the other/Other characters are still just adorable [and the villains really despicible] and that I'm totally on the edge to get my hands on the next book.
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am 22. Januar 2015
I really enjoyed this book, becaus i find it captivating that "the other" are not just nice little animals who have to hide. It's awesome that they are dangerous and don't take any s*** from humans (pardon my language). Of course, they are way stronger and more animalistic, so it's only natural that they rule the land. I think it's lovely that Simon and Meg are so slow to develop their relationship, if you think abot where they both come from. If you haven't read it I recommend you get to it very quickly, you won't be disappointed.
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am 9. Februar 2015
You should read part 1 "Written in Red" before starting with this book. It continues right after book 1 ends and follows the same protagonists (well, everyone that didn't die in book 1). You see the characters growing and changing and get an even deeper insight into the world that Anne Bishop has created. I simply love this series, it draws you in. I can't wait for book 3 to be published.
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am 9. Juli 2014
I' ve already been a fan of the first book , Written In Red, and fell in love with the second one.
It's a great read and I miss Meg, Simon, Tess, Monty and all the others already.
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am 23. November 2014
Alle die den ersten Teil schon gut fanden (und dieser ist zwar nicht unbedingt notwendig um diesen Teil zu verstehen, aber doch hilfreich) ist dieses Buch wärmstens zu empfehlen.
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am 13. April 2014
Band 2 hat mich nicht enttäuscht. Anne Bishop kreiert Welten, in die man eintauchen will und kann. Hut ab und gerne mehr!
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