Friday, September 27, 2013

Group Read: Hammered

Hello readers!

This month we read Hammered, book 3 in Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series. This world is full of every mythology ever created, and it is always a treat to see how the different gods and beings "play" together.

I will not be including any spoilers, but consider the comments section to be full of all things SPOILERY, so read at your own risk.

I have to say that right from page 1, I was pretty sure that some of Ratatosk's descendants live in my front yard, because, damn, those things are huge. It gave me a very real image in my brain of Atticus' journey on the World Tree. I've always had an interest in Norse mythology, so I very much liked it's use here, even if the beginning did seem to fly by.

However, this book is one of those game changers. A lot happens and there are going to be some freaking huge repercussions. The danger has been rising with each book, and now I am wondering what is going to happen next, where this series is going to go.

How about you. What are your thoughts?
  • How was the pace, the escalation of conflict/danger?
  • What surprised you?
  • Where do you think this is going next?
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  1. OK, so I'm only halfway through Hammered (my husband swiped the Kindle for the last two weeks!), so I'm going to bluff my way through like a kid who didn't do her homework.

    My thoughts on the series so far: I enjoy the humor, the mix of deities and the supporting cast (although is Oberon smarter by book three than he was at the beginning of the series?). But I find Atticus to be kind of a hard character to read sometimes. He's still enjoying living his life (in contrast to the mopey immortals you so often run into), but he's awfully cavalier about picking fights with the entire Norse pantheon and unkillable Greeks, which seems like a great way to end your existence. His shrug-and-accept-it attitude toward his own death is surprising for someone who's survived for two millennia. I'd think he's be more circumspect in his actions. Speaking of, how does a 2,000-year-old possibly tolerate the vapidity of modern people, particularly the young women he occasionally dates? No offense to 20-something women, but wouldn't just about anyone seem shallow and uninteresting to someone who's seen, you know, all of history? Between that and the unwise police attention-grabbing (and juvenile pranks), I'm surprised Atticus isn't just totally over it all by now, you know?

    Anyway, I'm eager to see the game-changer that Kathy promises, because despite my occasional bafflement at the books' tone and Atticus' actions and motivations, I like him, and I like his friends.

    But the death of Ratatosk? So not cool.

    1. Yes, Oberon feels a lot more eloquent. Atticus even comments on his mastery of a five-syllable word. Makes me wonder how else he is changing, or if having a Twitter account is really that good for your vocab. ;)

      And Ratatosk! The first of many deaths that made me go - WHAT?!?

  2. I am still processing, and I've only had 2 cups of coffee so bear with me....

    This is one of those cases where I wish it hadn't been so long since books 1 & 2. In those books, it felt more like a more or less singular mission - destroy the bad guy(s) threatening Atticus and his small band of friends.

    This time we are mostly out of Arizona on a mission that will have repercussions across AZ that will ripple out. We have the merry band of warriors united by the desire to kill Thor. We see the results of Atticus' attempts to protect his home in books 1&2 - he made deals and now has to pay up. A whole mythology gets completely jacked up, Attitcus can't go home to Tempe, no more drinks at Rula Bula, etc. And he has lost friends, we don't know what Leif is going to be, so many unanswered questions.

    That's why this is a game changer for me. Where are Atticus, Oberon & Granuaile going to end up? What is the immediate as well as long-term fall out? What's going on with the Morrigan's vision? So many things are set in motion and I'm left with a lot more questions than answers.

    And Mrs. MacDonagh - that was another NO!!!!! I loved her. And now she is, something else.

  3. For all that happened in this book, it felt very much like a middle book to me. It wrapped up some stuff from book 2, but opened so many cans of worms... And I really missed Oberon for most of the book. As for his increasing intelligence, I'm pretty sure it was mentioned that that is a side effect of his connection to Atticus and longevity, though I agree that it seemed to make a great leap from book 1.

    The death of Ratatosk was so sudden it didn't seem real. It took me a little while to get that nope, dead is dead for the Norse... In fact, the whole book felt rather abrupt and matter of fact to me. It didn't have the same emotional impact of earlier books - even Gunnar's death left me unmoved. Mrs. MacDonagh, though, that got me. I worried about her from the start, but the worst I expected was that she would die in her sleep... I hope that loose end will have a happy ending in future books.

    I'll definitely keep reading this series, but I have to say this was not my favorite installment.

    1. I was as thrown off with this one as I was the last Kara Gillian book - it just feels like we're going somewhere new and darker.

      I'll read on, and this prob won't be my fav either. Not a wallbanger though.

      I will miss Mrs. M so much.

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