Against the Tide, by John Ringo

This is the third book in John Ringo’s “Council Wars” series; and though it has some good moments I’m afraid it was a disappointment overall. Plot-wise it carries on from the previous book in a rather obvious way, with few surprises or new ideas. Worse, Ringo has a taste for sex games and fantasies of a sort I really dislike, and after showing a certain amount of restraint in the previous book he lets himself go again here. I really don’t need to hear major characters lecturing on how to properly conduct dominant/submissive sex games, thank you very much. I suppose he’s entitled to his kinks, but I’d really prefer it if he refrained from sharing.

The fourth book is out in hardcover; I’ll take a look at it when it comes out in paperback, and we’ll see if it’s worth continuing with.

  • By Thuvia, June 8, 2006 @ 11:57 am

    I nicked “There Will Be Dragons” from a friend’s hotel in Rome to read on the plane ride home. I recognized the title from your review while browsing the hotel library of books. I liked it and plan on reading the next one, though I also didn’t much care for his sex talk.

    By the way, I also took Oath of Swords with me to Rome. It was perfect travel reading.

  • By Will Duquette, June 8, 2006 @ 4:48 pm

    Yeah, Ringo’s a good storyteller, except for this little fetish of his.

    I’m glad you liked Oath of Swords; it’s a neat book. The next one’s pretty good too.

    So what were you doing in Rome?

  • By Thuvia, June 9, 2006 @ 11:44 am

    I took my nephew there. I asked him where he wanted to go as his gift trip and he said he wanted to see the Coliseum. Since I didn’t want to be stuck in a small hotel room with a lazy, lunkheaded 17 year old (not being an unrelated 17 year old girl) I rented an apartment. 20 foot ceilings give an incredible sense of space. I was able to enjoy coffee on the terrace while letting him sleep late before chivvying him out for some sightseeing. My only regret on that trip is not eating more gelato.

    On the plane ride home, he was reading Oath of Swords while I kept on telling him how good Ringo’s book was. Now after finishing it, I’m vaguely uncomfortable about passing it on, which I’ve promised to do.

    I’ll be interested in reading your reaction to “Trustee in the Toolroom” which I think is my favorite by a shaved inch.

    I’m also curious to know which scene it was in Pastoral that affected you?

  • By Will Duquette, June 9, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

    I’m told that if you want to see Rome, getting an apartment is simply the right thing to do.

    Given that he’s 17, it’s probably too late to be worried about it.

  • By Will Duquette, June 9, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

    That reminds me….”Thuvia”? Is this an ERB reference, or does the name Thuvia actually occur in other contexts?

  • By Thuvia, June 11, 2006 @ 5:54 pm

    ERB. I always liked her better than Dejah Thoris.

  • By Will Duquette, June 12, 2006 @ 6:07 am

    She certainly was better able to take care of herself than DT.

    Had I seen your e-mail signature, “Thuvia Carter”, previously, the penny would no doubt have dropped quite a bit more quickly.

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