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Old 06-04-2020, 07:53 PM   #28921
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So, inquiring minds want to know -- is she still killing at least one car per book? (I won't even bother to ask about her circular relationships -- I'm sure those will never be resolved. )
Probably. I haven't read one in a few years. It could be the thing to get my reading mojo back you never know!
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Next up: The Reign of the Brown Magician by Lawrence Watt-Evans. The third in his Worlds of Shadow trilogy. I read the second book a short while ago, and I'd like to finish the trilogy while that's fresh in my mind.
And it was good, but the ending wasn't as good as I'd hoped. Rather disappointing, in fact. 4/5

Next up: Death in a Desert Land by Andrew Wilson. The third in his series of mystery stories with Agatha Christie as the hero. The stories are set in those times in the author's life where her activities are not well documented. Most enjoyable so far. A very recent purchase.
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Old 06-05-2020, 02:46 PM   #28923
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My review of Legend (Legend, #1) by Marie Lu:-

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I was dreading the metaphors here, like I do with all YA books. It was a nice surprise to read only two lines guilty of this sin... I only remember one of them. Mentions pain in Day's leg like being in a bottomless lake.

June and Day are precocious soulmates, who are also at different ends of the social ladder. That ladder plays a role in this narration. This is after all, a dystopian future. I liked the June/Day interaction quite some. But if I had to describe the entire tone of the book, I wouldn't say 'romantic'. I'd say, 'solemn'.

The writer wrote this book knowing, perhaps, that it would place her firmly in the YA radar, a celebrity and a success. She fully deserves the latter. Reading a YA book after so many years felt like reaching home after a long day outside. But yeah, this book was neither grim nor stark, neither playful nor deathly. It was ritualistic and solemn for which is the only reason I gave it 4 stars.
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Next up: Death in a Desert Land by Andrew Wilson. The third in his series of mystery stories with Agatha Christie as the hero. The stories are set in those times in the author's life where her activities are not well documented. Most enjoyable so far. A very recent purchase.
And it was splendid. A good mystery slipped into Agatha Christie's life. 5/5

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Saint Odd by Dean Koontz. The seventh and last of the main novels in his Odd Thomas series. I bought these less than four years ago, so quite a recent purchase for me!
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Old 06-07-2020, 08:20 AM   #28925
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My review of The Selection (The Selection, #1), by Kiera Cass:-

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I reckon the haters might have a point, but this book won me over. At the time of writing, I only know that this book was very good and that there are sequels. I don't know how many or whether this series has been brought to a conclusion.

The story flows very much like a Chaplinesque film such as the Great Dictator. When two of the love triangle are talking, the decor, the surroundings, the palace, the tree house all of these melt away. There is a lot of symbolism involved. E.g. the clumsy name of Maxon that preempts the strange character of the Prince. There's the assignment of 3 maids to each selected. So many more. The ear tug... was a nice touch.

I'm slowly being won over by the YA genre, a concept that I had ditched in favor of the cozy genre. What I prefer most about the genre is that it sits slightly above the beach read label. That's what a bestselling book like Crazy Rich Asians lacks. The Selection doesn't try to please everyone. That's the key in art.

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Old 06-08-2020, 10:17 AM   #28926
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Saint Odd by Dean Koontz. The seventh and last of the main novels in his Odd Thomas series. I bought these less than four years ago, so quite a recent purchase for me!
Which was splendid. A fitting conclusion. But I find that quite possibly the reading order guides were wrong, and that this was actually the eigth book, and I should have slotted the "Odd Interlude" shorter novel in before now. Never mind.

Next up: In the Midnight Hour by Patty O'Shea. A Tor freebie I picked up way back in 2008.
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Old 06-10-2020, 02:53 AM   #28927
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Next up: In the Midnight Hour by Patty O'Shea. A Tor freebie I picked up way back in 2008.
A Paranormal Explicit Romance. Not my usual fare, but good of its kind. 4/5

I've started to use calibre's Random Book function to choose my next read from my TBR. Which explains the previous selection, and this one:

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. This is from the Delphi Classics complete RLS bundle that I bought back in 2015. As part of the bundle, it cost me £0.02.
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Old 06-10-2020, 03:26 AM   #28928
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My review of On the Fence, by Kasie West:-

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I’m absolutely terrified about writing a review to this book. All I know is that the writer should never write a sequel to this book, especially one set a decade into the future. It’s a sweet love story that might mean that the protagonists in all likelihood peaked out early in life.

The words went by quickly. These emotions that are in my mind are bittersweet to me. To tell the truth, people like Braden and Charlie seem like a kaleidoscopic couple who don’t exist in my country. Do they exist in the US? Probably. Do all teens who read this book turn out kind and honest? Hell no.

That's why it’s my pet theory that people who become unromantic, jaded, bitter, mean, and cruel in life have been harmed, denied, starved of love, and conditioned. As for me, I am grateful for the air that I breathe, the lungs that do their work, the blood cells that carry the oxygen and allow me to live. You have two lives in this world, and the second one begins when you realize you have only one life.

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Old 06-10-2020, 08:18 AM   #28929
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The Terror by Dan Simmons. A tome at over 1000 pages. But he keeps it gripping till the end.

Most of way through Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Gripping and inexplicable true story.

Also reading Clarke's Sands of Mars, Twilight by William Gay (lyrical southern noir gothic) and Bradbury short stories. All excellent in their own way.

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Old 06-11-2020, 03:03 PM   #28931
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My review of Moment of Truth (Love, Life, and the List, #3), by Kasie West:-

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Reading this one reminded me of the Cazalet chronicles, because of its hypnotic addictive quality. The chapters were bite sized, the prose and the ideas behind them were simple, logical, pertinent, and efficient. What's not to like?

I never thought I would discover something so freshly compatible on the YA scene. I had been reading books by Patricia Briggs, where the romance was not graphic, but the stalling was dull as dishwater. I also read books by Kim Harrison and Darynda Jones. Too much supernatural fawning and seduction.

Books like this, especially if they happen to be written by Kasie West, fall in a snuggly Goldilocks zone. The only fly in the ointment was a worrying tendency to be formulaic, and that I noticed after just two books. Hopefully the best is ahead. I'm still having visions of the characters interacting. This was a great read indeed.
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Old 06-12-2020, 06:39 AM   #28932
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My reading is all over the place. I just finished Maerlin's Storm by Nav Logan, which I enjoyed, and found a lot of non-fiction at the top of my tbr. I need to read something fiction as well! So, giving Sarah Maas a try. Not usually my sort of thing but I keep an open mind.
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Currently re-reading Passing Strange by Ellen Klages for this month's discussion in the New Leaf Book Club. I read this earlier this year, and very much enjoyed it, but am now re-reading it to be ready for the discussion, which starts Monday. Do feel free to join us!
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So, since my last post, I've been continuing my re-read of Terry Pratchett, finishing Pyramids, Guards! Guards! and Eric. Great fun as always.

I also read the first two books of a trilogy for middle-grade readers: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow and Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. These books are good fun, albeit with not a lot of depth there for adult readers. I've seen comparisons to Harry Potter, and while I can see influences from various sources, these books are not imitations, the world and setting are very much their own and very well presented. They lack the sophistication or depth that I found in Harry Potter (so far at least), but they are still a fun read and I'm looking forward to the next instalment.

Also A Grain of Salt by Dr Joe Schwarcz. This is a (non-fiction, obviously) collection of articles about the science of food and heath (talking real science here). There are many small, self-contained articles which made this easy to read in small doses, which helps to let you take it in. It was all very interesting and well presented.

Also The Girl, the Dog and the Writer in Rome by Katrina Nannestad, illustrated by Cheryl Orsini. Another middle-grade book, the first of a series. I had to remind myself that this was a kids' book, so the irresponsible treatment of the dog (never mind the child) was something to not take to heart, and with that concern tucked away this was an amusing and pleasant read; sweet, almost too sweet with some very touching moments. It seems a little aimless until about two thirds through you realise a mystery (besides the obvious one) has been developing, which gives the story its final climax. I did enjoy it, but I have not yet decided whether I want more of the series.

And I just finished a re-read of Passing Strange by Ellen Klages, ready for the book club discussion. I enjoyed it even more this second time around.



After those middle-grade books I am wondering if I should grow-up a bit ... not too much, maybe try some YA.
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I also read the first two books of a trilogy for middle-grade readers: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow and Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend. These books are good fun, albeit with not a lot of depth there for adult readers. I've seen comparisons to Harry Potter, and while I can see influences from various sources, these books are not imitations, the world and setting are very much their own and very well presented. They lack the sophistication or depth that I found in Harry Potter (so far at least), but they are still a fun read and I'm looking forward to the next instalment.
Interesting. I've got a couple of those sitting in my TBR, but haven't gotten around to them yet.

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Now this sounds interesting. I've recommended it to my library. We'll see if they get a copy.

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I think this is going to be an interesting discussion, given that I know at least one of our members had some significant concerns. Like you, however, I enjoyed it even more the second time around. But we'll leave all that to the discussion.

I've started reading the 6th Boundary book from Ryk E. Spoor and Eric Flint - Castaway Resolution. I'm disappointed that there isn't an audio version, but that seems to be happening a lot right now. Audio books are not happening at all, or are significantly delayed. Yet another consequence of our current pandemic.
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