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text 2017-11-03 12:12
November TBR
I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius - Robert Graves
The Vor Game - Lois McMaster Bujold
Birdcage Walk - Helen Dunmore
Between Two Fires: A Novel - Mark Noce
Updraft - Fran Wilde
Cheddar Off Dead (An Undercover Dish Mystery) - Julia Buckley
Murder in the Manuscript Room: A 42nd Street Library Mystery (The 42nd Street Library Mysteries) - Con Lehane
Cane River - Lalita Tademy
The Memory of Us: A Novel - Camille Di Maio
East of Eden - John Steinbeck

So here are the books I'm planning to crack open this month. 

 

My goal is to shake things up with historical fiction and science fiction mixed in with some mystery. 

 

I, Claudius is off of the 50 Essential Historical Fiction Novels list done by Abe Books.  

 

Between Two Fires and Updraft are re-reads because it has been too long since I read them for me to read their sequels with any kind of authority.   I've been meaning to get into re-reads for a while. 

 

The Vor Game is the next book in the Vorkosigan saga for me. 

 

East of Eden is a classic I've been meaning to get to. 

 

I will no doubt switch this up. I am the moodiest reader I know - but this is the plan so far. 

 

I will enjoy looking at everyone's TBR for the month and,  as usual, count on your reviews to break my book budget. 

 

Happy reading! 

 

 

 

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review 2017-10-14 20:20
Soulbound (Dark Arts Book 3) - Bec McMaster

The third and final book in the Dark Arts trilogy brings everything to a head and the couple I have very much looked forward to getting to know, Sebastian and Cleo. From the moment they grace the pages as secondary characters in books one and two they grabbed my attention so I was super excited to finally get to read their story. They deserved a happy ending the most, I think, and I loved their story from start to finish. The demon and its machinations come to a head in this one and the final battle to save not only London but Drake, if possible, was epic. The first two couples play big roles in this one, as well as Lady E, the mother I loved to hate Morgana, Remington Cross (who by the way is the first book in the spin-off series that will be coming out in the future-YAY), and a new tantalizing character by the name of Malachi Gray. He has some depths to him that I hope to explore in the spin-off series; he stole the pages he was on. Very yummy. The conflict was strong.  The struggles Sebastian and Cleo face to have a real marriage added an emotional tension and turmoil to the piece that just kept it entertaining and intense. When she finds the ticket, that scene and the subsequent confession by Sebastian in the library was so well crafted I had to read it twice. So good. Loved it. Love Bec McMaster’s way of story-telling and I am super excited to see what she has in store next.

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review 2017-10-14 00:00
Legacy
Legacy - Lois McMaster Bujold I read two hundred pages of this and realised that I didn't actually care, skimmed to the end and sent it back to the library. I enjoyed the first one a fair bit, so I'm not sure from whence my apathy about this one, but I sure wasn't invested in a story that should have been my jam. Oh well.
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review 2017-09-29 18:03
The Vor Game / Lois McMaster Bujold
The Vor Game - Lois McMaster Bujold

Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Academy, joins a mutiny, is placed under house arrest, goes on a secret mission, reconnects with his loyal Dendarii Mercenaries, rescues his Emperor, and thwarts an interstellar war. Situation normal, if you're Miles.

 

“Very good. But your most insidious chronic problem is in the area of . . . how shall I put this precisely . . . subordination. You argue too much.”
“No, I don’t,” Miles began indignantly, then shut his mouth.


Ah, another visit with Miles Vorkosigan/Naismith! That incredible bundle of energy, that intellect struggling to slow down to regular human speed. His problems with being the smartest guy in the room, but with physical limitations.

In many ways, Miles is like a jazz musician—he knows strategy (the melody) inside & out. When a new situation is thrown at him, he is able in incorporate it into his playing and take the strategy song to new places.

My favourite line? One of his captors at one point asks, “How many people are you?”

Book 264 of my Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Project.

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review 2017-08-24 15:50
Heart of Fire (Legends of the Storm) (Volume 1) - Bec McMaster

A new series from the author that brought us the steampunk series, London Steampunk, is now trying her hand at dragons in 1800s Iceland. This was a fresh spin on the dragon genre of paranormal romance and I liked Bec's take on the lore. The two main characters were strong and suited each other well. The plot developed nicely and slowly, and also kept the reader entertained. The conflict and villains varied in degrees of badness and not all bad guys ended up actually being bad guys, which kept it fresh and moving along. Freyja was a strong character and I am curious about her origins because Bec doesn't tell us in this book what her origins are though little teaser hints are dropped along the way. Watching Rurik work to win her was fun and their passion was good though I could have used more. Overall, this series definitely has potential and I am already wanting to read more about the dragons and Rurik's path towards returning home and confronting his uncle and mother. 

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