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review 2017-09-23 23:29
Carpe Jugulum - Terry Pratchett
Carpe Jugulum - Terry Pratchett

  I've only read this one once before, and that ten years ago, so I didn't remember much, and didn't remember the Mac Mac Feeble were in it. And Greebo. Plus the whole Omnian question, and the christening. A delight, but by no means a simple one. Is there another writer who makes me feel so kindly toward other people? Dickens, Austen, Vonnegut all appeal to the same part of my brain, but none of them puts me in such charity with humanity, although Christmas Carol comes a close second.

 

Personal copy

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review 2017-09-23 20:59
Radiance
Radiance - Grace Draven

Title:  Radiance

Author:  Grace Draven

Publisher:  G. D.

Series:  Wraith Kings Book 1

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Radiance" by Grace Draven

 

 

My Synopsis...

 

What a riveting, good series, fantastic delivered fantasy/paranormal read, amazing beautiful love story, wonderful unique romance, magical, well told story, definitely can be compared to 'The Beauty & the Beast kind of story,' arranged marriage, and in the end one awesomeness entertaining well written read that you will find hard to put down.  So, to get it all you will have to pick up the good read to see for yourself how well this author presents it so well to her readers.

 

I will say this author Grace Draven knows how to give her readers delicious stories being so very exquisite almost with a deft of magic.

 

"An arranged marriage.

An alliance between two kingdoms.

Arranged marriages were the fate of nearly all aristocratic Gauri women, each one made for power, for trade, for good of country.

 

Ildiko.

A young Gauri royal member set of to become a wife to a KAI prince. She's become a duchess, a Kai hercegese. BUT her position as a spare will remain the same.

 

Brishen

A KAI Prince, a younger son.

He never imagined an arranged marriage with a human woman to seal a war and trade alliance between Bast-Hardis and Gaur.

 

what started off as an obligation - where both parties find the other hideous and ugly,

The physical differences between human and Kai were obvious and in some ways, extreme...her acceptance helped her look beyond his startling appearance to the man himself. She'd held tight to that philosophy: see past the surface to the tides below."

 

The characters are simply off the chain...well developed, defined, portrayed and so very believable that will draw the audience in as these two main characters learn to see the beauty in one another day by day.  Now, even those this is somewhat a romantic read but be prepared because there is so much going on [from a little bit of it all...'with the fantasy elements being so unique and intriguing, sensual love scenes, romance, action political intrigueness [machinations, assassination attempts, ancient magics], strange food[from both sides] and let me not leave out that evil person' that will have you shaking your head] so,  you will have to keep up with it all.  I loved how this author presented scenes showing their physical and cultural differences.  I must say I enjoyed the two main characters [Brishen & Ildiko] bantering...with some of it was so very funny that it had me laughing out loud!

 

example....

 

"You find me ugly, don't you?"
"Hideous. A hag of a woman. And you? You don't think me a handsome man?"
"Had you crawled out from under my bed when I was a child, I would have bludgeoned you to death with my father's mace."

 

*falls over laughing*

 

And also so lovingly....

 

Woman of the day, he said slowly.  You mean everything to me.

 

Oh Breshin.

 

So, if you are looking for a wonderful unique fantasy phenomenal romance with a little bit of magic with quarreling kingdoms also with a little bit of a cliffhanger that will take the reader into the next series "Eidolon: Wraith Kings, Book 2" then I would definitely recommend "Radiance" to you as a excellent read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-09-23 19:49
The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell
The Lost Child of Lychford (Witches of Lychford) - Paul Cornell

Series: Lychford #2

 

I debated between 3.5 and 4 stars for this one, but the weird opening with ranting about Greg Lake Christmas songs was just confusing because I'd never heard of him before. That aside, I had a lot more fun with this installment of the Lychford series.

 

It kicks off with Lizzie the vicar being haunted by a little boy in her church. It turns out that the boy isn't dead though, so the ghost is a weird kind of magical apparition that I'd have to explain using spoilers.

He's basically an echo of an event that takes place in the future when these weird extra dimensional beings for whom time isn't a thing try to break down the barriers of Lychford by sacrificing the child in a ritual.

(spoiler show)

 

Eventually the ghost decides (or gains enough energy) to not just haunt Lizzie in the church but follow her around, and the three witches start trying to figure out what he is exactly and what is going on with him, but then outside influences start messing with the witches' heads and things get a little crazy. The scenes where Lizzie, partially under their influence, tries to break out of it by damaging her hands are both disturbing and funny.

 

We also get to see more of the haunting in Judith's home and the other witches finally find out she's been cursed with the ghost of her dead husband, so I think I'm safe in counting this for "Haunted Houses" for the Halloween Bingo, even if the haunting with the little boy is a non-traditional haunting. This book could also count for the "In the dark, dark woods", the "Witches", the "Supernatural", and the "Ghost" squares. I'm not sure if it could count for "Chilling Children" because although the ghost of the little boy gets significant page time, he doesn't say much and I don't know if he'd count as a main character. He is in danger though.

 

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the next Lychford installment since they seem to be getting better as they go along.

Previous update:

26 of 133 pages

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review 2017-09-23 17:24
[Book Review] Rat Queens Volume 4 : High Fantasies
Rat Queens Volume 4: High Fantasies - Kurtis J. Wiebe

Previously Reviewed:

 
This is undoubtedly the Rat Queens I've come to love, but there's a lot missing and I don't know where it went.  It's not just the missing story between the end of Volume 3 and the beginning of Volume 4 that's jarring and confusing, no matter how happy I am to see Hannah back in the heart of things.  Even with an overarching plotline, Volume 4 reads like a series of vignettes rather than  cohesive story.  There are pieces missing, and some of those pieces belong to the very heart of the story.
 
Don't get me wrong, I laughed at walking in on Hannah's dad with the ghost of her mom, the adventure that boiled down to a dick joke by a bored magical frog/pufferfish/thing, and I love pretty much everything Braga.  But I know these unruly, riotous women can do more than make me laugh.  I know they can make me feel... and that wasn't here.
 

I'm hoping it's just a symptom of shake-up, with a dalliance with web comic form that perhaps was awkwardly handled, or just adjustments and growing pains of a re-launch.  It's a fun read, but doesn't stand as strong as the first volumes.

Advance Reader Copy courtesy of Image Comics in exchange for an honest review; changes may exist between galley and the final edition.

Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2017/09/book-review-rat-queens-volume-4-high.html
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text 2017-09-23 16:31
Halloween Bingo 2017: Update 3 -- BINGO!

Diagonal, top left corner to bottom right corner.

 

 

The "bingo" squares and books read:

 

  

 

Plus a bingo-"ready" completed column (second from right) ... and two more bingos in the making once I've read my books for "Diverse Voices" (=> all 4 corners plus center square) and "Werewolves" (=> center row) -- and once the "Classic Noir" and "Classic Horror" squares are called.

 

Considering that I've approached this bingo chiefly in "mood reader" mode, the calls have been extraordinarily lucky for me so far!  That being said, guess what my next two reads are likely going to be ...

 

 

 

My Square Markers and "Virgin" Bingo Card:

"Virgin" card posted for ease of tracking and comparison.


Black Kitty:
Read but not called


Black Vignette:
Called but not read

Black Kitty in Black Vignette:
Read and Called

Black Kitty Center Square:

                  Read = Called

 

 

 

Current Status of Spreadsheet:

(Note: Physical print editions unless stated otherwise)

 

 Reviews for the books I've read most recently to follow separately!

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