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text 2017-07-18 23:51
Booklikes-Opoly - BrokenTune's Game Updates
Queen Lucia - E.F. Benson,Wanda McCaddon

July 18th:

 

Ongoing Free Friday read: [none]

 

Bank account: $184

Dice roll:

 

 

5 3

Timestamp: 2017-07-18 21:42:10 UTC

 

 

....which takes me to: "BL" Sq. 12 - Roll the electronic dice, and perform the task that corresponds to your roll!

 

Task roll:

 

6 6

Timestamp: 2017-07-18 21:45:46 UTC

 

12. Let the wheel decide - spin the wheel to pick your next "land" and choose any property in the land for your next book!

 

Which takes me to:  Fantasyland

 

I choose Fantasyland # 6 (Climb the Matterhorn). I've been on this square before since the Big Shake-Up, so the location multiplier will apply.

 

My book choice:  Queen Lucia by E.F. Benson

 

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review 2017-07-18 00:12
Blood Gamble (Disrupted Magic #2) by Melissa F. Olson
Blood Gamble (Disrupted Magic) - Melissa F. Olson

Scarlett does not want to go to Las Vegas. No, not even if there are two vampires putting on a show that may reveal the old world. No not even if Dashiel is paying her a huge sum of money. She’s not going

 

But Vampires don’t take no for an answer and with Dashiel manipulating her sister-in-law into going she has to try and protect them. But there she encounters something far more deadly than Dashiel expected… she could come home, but who but Scarlett will stop the death toll rising?


I would describe the world building of this book as solid and balanced and… disciplined. That seems like an odd word - but so many books have an anything-goes-magical-world and then decide ALL THE THINGS must be included so you can’t even go to the local shops without tripping over 2 leprechauns, bumping into a kitsune and dodging a Wendigo.

 

This book is excellently focused on the three major supernaturals - vampires, werewolves and witches, while clearly having a world with more out there but not allowing those swamp the book - instead we have nice additions without losing the focus


And I like how he implications of Scarlett, a null, fits into that - from alleviating the werewolf curse which is such a relief at times, to vampires being disturbed by actually feeling cold/hunger etc. I like the nuance of it.

 

What did surprise me about this book is the ending. There are elements I didn’t like - but I will say the whole thing completely surprised me - the twists and turns are completely beyond what I expected. Honestly, the ending and what happened with the characters was definitely not anything I expected as I read along. Throughout the book the plot goes in ways I never expected - the culprits were completely not what I expected. The way Scarlett finds the answers, balancing her friends, the threats and getting to the bottom of things is also a really original unexpected direction.

 

The plot does have moments where I think Scarlett seems to make some pretty huge leaps at times - like the whole Skinners storyline seemed to come from nowhere. Like we went from not even knowing Skinners existed and then suddenly decided they were a major threat without any real indication that they were present.but suddenly everyone focused on them

 

That aside the twists really make this plot. There’s action which is really well done, but not a lot mainly focusing on the investigation since Scarlett has a very unique power which isn’t necessarily a combat monster but definitely dangerous, following leads and balancing just how much Scarlett actually wants to be involved in this dangerous investigation.

 

I like Scarlett’s own development - she has that nice balance between her being duly concerned with her safety and the people she cares for alongside her compassion. I actually kind of like how Dashiel pretty much twists her arm to make her go - yes it’s coercive but we’re not talking a love interest here and, let’s be clear, the Cardinal Vampire of Los Angeles is going to be a ruthless user of people because, hey, master vampires, I don’t expect fluffy fluffy niceness. And Scarlett pretty much recognises this and doesn’t expect more. But I do like that she isn’t going to put herself at risk just because Dashiel says so. I like a compassionate protagonist but being a complete martyr is an overdone trope; especially female protagonists who are often not allowed to seek their own advancement.. Compassion moves her, as does threat and money - and it’s ok for a protagonist to be somewhat self interested. Of course that then falls apart because she’s only gathering a huge amount of money to help pay off her brother’s son’s massive medical bills

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/blood-gamble-disrupted-magic-2-by.html
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text 2017-07-17 13:25
Reading progress update: I've read 23%.
Clipped - Devon McCormack

“Get your ass up here, smelly.”

 

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text 2017-07-16 07:02
„Galaxy” - klasyka amerykańskiej science-fiction dostępna za darmo

Archiwalne numery czasopisma „Galaxy Science Fiction” zostały udostępnione bezpłatnie w formie cyfrowej. Zebrano 355 zeszytów, które ukazały się od lat '50 do '70 XX wieku.

 

Kilkaset zeszytów "Galaxy" można pobierać bezpłatnie (źródło: https://archive.org/)

 

W „Galaxy” publikowali autorzy, którzy później stali się klasykami literatury fantastyczno-naukowej. W spisach treści pojawiają się takie nazwiska, jak: Frederik Pohl, Robert Sheckley, Robert Silverberg, Clifford D. Simak, Philip K. Dick, Fritz Leiber, Theodore Sturgeon czy Issac Asimov. Między innymi dzięki nim, było to przez wiele lat najpopularniejsze w Stanach czasopismo, publikujące twórczość amerykańskich pisarzy s-f. Otwarcie kilku losowo wybranych numerów, przekonało mnie także, ze łatwo trafić na znane (z polskich wydań) tytuły. Znajdziemy tu między innymi oryginały lub pierwowzory takich tekstów jak: „The Stars My Destination” oraz „The Demolished Man” Alfreda Bestera czy „Fireman” Ray'a Bradbury'ego.

 

Formatowanie EPUBów nie budzi zachwytu

 

Większość zeszytów dostępna jest w kilku formatach. Można pobrać je na przykład jako zgrubnie poskładane teksty w formatach e-bookowych - EPUB czy MOBI. Część jest tylko w postaci PDF, czy (jako skany) w komiksowym formacie CBZ. Publikacje można pobrać tutaj: „Galaxy Magazine”.

 

Pliki można pobrać w kilku różnych formatach (źródło: https://archive.org/)

 

 

Ech, gdyby tak wszystkie archiwalne numery „Fantastyki” albo nawet „Nowej Fantastyki”...

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-11 05:32
The Unsung Hero (Troubleshooters #1) (Audiobook)
The Unsung Hero - Suzanne Brockmann

This audiobook is brought to you by Patrick Lawlor and Siri. Ok, Melanie Ewbanks reads the female POVs (I googled it - she is not Siri), but true story: I was driving to a meeting at a building I hadn't been to before when I first started listening to this audiobook, so I had my GPS turned on. The first time Ms. Ewbanks took over the narration, I seriously thought that my GPS lady got bored and started to randomly narrate the book. (I googled the GPS lady too - not Ms. Ewbanks.) She improves a little as the story goes on - or I just got used to her - but if you want to know what sex scenes sound like when read to you by a Siri-esque voice, now's your chance! (I didn't, so I skipped over them. Even when Lawlor was reading them. Narrators reading sex scenes are just painful.) Patrick Lawlor did a much better job of getting into the material and bringing life and warmth to the story. Unfortunately - as happens too often with dual narrators - the narrators are clearly not in the studio together when they recorded their parts, so Lawlor still has to do female voices and Siri still has to do male voices and I have no idea why you would pay for two narrators and then split up the reading this way. Stop doing this to your listeners!

 

Sadly, even the best narrators couldn't have saved this book. This has three - count them - one, two, THREE - romances crammed into one long-ass boring romance novel with an attempt at an intriguing suspense subplot to thread it all together. It just doesn't work. Rating them from blandest to most promising, the romances are these:

 

3 - Charles, Cybelle, Joe - Love triangle. Bored now. Love triangle set during WW II? UGHHHH! At least it's not set in Pearl Harbor? Seriously, it's WW II and that's the best the author could think to do with these characters? STAHP. The only good thing about this part of the story is that Charles and Joe stay friends.

 

2 - Kelly and Tom - The old "girl kisses boy, boy freaks out and enlists in the Navy, boy and girl don't see each other for 16 years and in all that time they clearly barely even change since they're right back where they left off as soon as they're in the same room again" story. Yeah, nothing new here either. I did like Tom's struggles with his head injury and wondering if he's still capable of leading. I'm just not sure this story actually answers that question. I also liked Kelly's struggles with understanding her father, Charles, and getting closer to him as his health is failing.

 

1 - Mallory and David - The old "geek boy who's really a nice guy (but not a Nice Guy) stalks beautiful girl and gets her" story. Ok, stalking is a little strong. He just makes himself visible, and he's a lot more confident and self-assured than geek boys tend to be in these stories. Mallory's change of heart toward him is gradual, and while it occasionally threatens to veer into boring romance cliche territory, it mostly avoids it.

 

The terrorist stalker subplot is one I've read before also, so again, nothing new here. This was published pre-9/11, so maybe the regulations were a wee bit more relaxed then, but I doubt it. If a bomb threat gets called in, it has to be investigated. End of story. If a building needs to be evacuated in a hurry, pull the fire alarm. The ending was convoluted and eye roll worthy, and the negligence on display here by literally everyone except our protags defies logic. 

 

This series is not off to a good start, but I've seen other reviews mention the books get better after this one, so I'm going to at least give the next one a try.

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