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Old 09-09-2021, 12:18 AM   #30256
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Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. First of the Book of the Ancestor trilogy. The setting was interesting and neatly revealed, and the story was intriguing. I particularly liked the hints of sci-fi. But the narrative was overly long, sometimes felt repetitive, and rather lacking in direction. The prologue suggested the destination, but this book never gets close to that. While the ending does wrap up one minor aspect of the story, most of it is left hanging. This book seemed to have had so much going for it that I feel quite disappointed. Stretching to 3/5 for the good bits and because I'm interested enough to try the next instalment (mostly because it is already on my reader).

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence. Second of the Book of the Ancestor trilogy. This is a Did Not Finish. It's still trying to milk the clever prologue from the first book but I'm no longer buying it. It jumps forward a few years in the schooling but apparently none of the characters grew up in that time. And now there's a demon that has apparently been around since the end of the first book but wasn't worth mentioning, and it feels really out of place. Bite me!


Edited to Add: Another thought I had about this trilogy that I wasn't going to mention, but the more I think about it the stronger seem the parallels with Harry Potter. It's mostly a school setting (albeit run by an order of particularly violent nuns rather than mostly sweet and gentle old fogies), with four blood/race types (vs houses). An Abbess (school principle) that sort of takes the main character under her wing but also seems at times quite cruel. The one really harsh teacher/nun that doesn't seem to like our main protagonist. A main protagonist whose special skill reveals itself and convenient times to save their life but otherwise just causes trouble. I could go on. The difference being that I enjoyed Harry Potter.

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Old 09-09-2021, 07:42 AM   #30257
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The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths. A very recent purchase.
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Old 09-09-2021, 11:53 AM   #30258
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Just finished a re-read of one of James Rollins first novels - Subterranean - on a long airline flight. It was fun, and I remembered several fragments from when I first read it over 20 years ago. It's an entertaining fantasy/action/adventure romp. I think this will trigger me to re-read some of Rollins' other early novels as well - Amazonia, Ice Hunt, Excavation...
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Old 09-10-2021, 08:44 AM   #30259
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I enjoyed it, a solid 5/5, but definitely the second part of trilogy. It doesn't end in a cliff-hanger, but I'd certainly recommend reading the first part first.

There are, of course, some 'spoilers' for earlier events in the larger series.
Thanks! I'll go look up the series order and go from there.
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Reading Revival by Stephen King. I didn't think it was one of his Horror books, but 3/4 through I've started to wonder!
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The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths. A very recent purchase.
And a very good murder mystery it is too. And a good start for a new series as well.

Next up: Bought today, Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline.
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Old 09-11-2021, 07:43 PM   #30262
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Beginning a re-read of Edith Wharton's The Buccaneers - the version completed by Wharton scholar Marion Mainwaring, based on Wharton's synopsis of the novel.
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Old 09-11-2021, 08:56 PM   #30263
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Old 09-12-2021, 04:19 AM   #30264
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Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett. (Or Onyx and Ivory depending on where you look.) A YA fantasy/romance. The early chapters of this, heavily over-explained and angst ridden, had me checking, but no this is neither a first novel nor self-published. I pushed on and eventually the narrative smoothed out - albeit still obviously YA. The setting and story were interesting enough to get me through to the mostly unsurprising end. It closes off better than I was expecting but with a lot waiting for the sequel*. I give it a 3/5.


* Or so I thought.
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After reading some of the reviews it appears the sequel glosses over much of the unfinished material anyway and starts its own, darker, story. So there seems little reason to rush. I doubt if I'll bother.
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Next up: Bought today, Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline.
And it was OK. Not a bad follow-up, and I enjoyed the ride.

Next up: Sylvester by Georgette Heyer. Her 45th novel. I bought this along with many other Heyer novels from BooksonBoard back in August 2012!
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Next, Bloom by Kenneth Oppel. A recent purchase.
Hmmm ... I thought his earlier book Airborn was better. Maybe because it didn't have winey teenagers in it. Or, perhaps, I prefer blimps to man-eating plants. Either way fun-ish quick read if a little gruesome. First of a trilogy. Rated D+ [2 stars]

Next, a recent purchase (on sale, of course), Star Wars: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray.
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Next up: Sylvester by Georgette Heyer. Her 45th novel. I bought this along with many other Heyer novels from BooksonBoard back in August 2012!
And most enjoyable it was too. The destination is known, but the journey's the fun bit.

Then I read Sepentine by Philip Pullman. A small insight into Lyra between the two trilogies.

Next up: Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers. Her sixth Lord Peter Wimsey novel. Bought back in December 2013.
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Next up: Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers. Her sixth Lord Peter Wimsey novel. Bought back in December 2013.
I remembered the main plot, but seeing how it unfolded was fun. I wasn't convinced by Lord Peter's sudden and strong attraction, but 4/5 for me.

Next up: a random pick, Exile's Return by Raymond E. Feist. The third in his Conclave of Shadows trilogy.
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