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text 2017-07-24 23:05
#24in48 Read-a-thon Summer 2017 Wrap Up and COYER Update #2
The Son of Neptune: The Graphic Novel - Robert Venditti,Orpheus Collar,Antoine Dode,Rick Riordan
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
A Sultry Love Song (The Gentlemen of Queen City) - Kianna Alexander
The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom (Dreamspun Desires Book 14) - Kate McMurray
Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission) - Amelia Autin

First up, 24in48


Here are my answers to the closing survey:

1. How many books did you read? Pages? 2 graphic novels (The Son of Neptune and The Complete Persepolis) and one category romance (A Sultry Love Song) from start to finish. 31% of one category romance (TGTGCG).


Page wise I read 723 pages.

2. How many hours did you read? 12 hours over the two days, with the bulk being read on Saturday. After doing some math, it averages 60.25 pages per hour; now I can use that bit of datum to plan out future reading.

3. What do you think worked well in this read-a-thon?

The weather made it clear to all the family that going outside and doing something other than reading was a no-go. Thank you rainy England! Please stop raining now, kthanksbye. Also my food game was great this time around; I must order take away from my favorite kebab place for all read-a-thons.


Reading wise, what worked well was reading shorter books and in print (I read faster in print over e-books for some strange reason).


4. What do you think could be done to improve the readathon for next time?

I should maybe check in every two hours rather than every 3-4 hours, as I missed a bunch of participation challenges. To improve the read-a-thon in general, new challenges - I am tired of the "take a shelfie" and the "make a verse with book titles" challenges as every read-a-thon does those challenges.

5. Will you participate in a future 24in48 readathon? Yep, and it's on my calendar already.


COYER update #2

Sunday: finished A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander (started during 24in48). Started The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray.


Monday: finished TGTGCG. Next up is Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin, which I will start reading tomorrow. Reviews are quickly piling up, so I may spend some time tomorrow writing up those.



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text 2017-07-19 21:55
#24in48 and 2nd COYER Read-a-thons Reading List
A Walk in the Woods - Bill Bryson
Chaucer's Major Tales - Michael Hoy
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
The Son of Neptune: The Graphic Novel - Robert Venditti,Orpheus Collar,Antoine Dode,Rick Riordan
A Sultry Love Song (The Gentlemen of Queen City) - Kianna Alexander
The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom (Dreamspun Desires Book 14) - Kate McMurray
Secret Agent Under Fire (Silver Valley P.D.) - Geri Krotow
Killer Countdown (Man on a Mission) - Amelia Autin
The Soldier's Secrets - Naomi Rawlings
Falling for the Enemy - Naomi Rawlings

From today through next Sunday, I will be knee deep in read-a-thons. Since the 2nd COYER Read-a-thon rules stipulate that only print books can be read, I decided to make 24 in 48 all physical books as well. Some of the books are new to my COYER reading list, as they can be read for Pop Sugar challenge prompt fillers. I am also hoping that some of these books can be used for the Ripped Bodice Bingo, because I would like at least one bingo on that card.


1. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (Pop Sugar: Set in Wilderness) (Library Love Challenge)


2. Chaucer's Major Tales by Michael Hoy and Michael Stevens (Pop Sugar: Book mentioned in another book - Chaucer's Canterbury Tales was mentioned extensively in one chapter of London: The Novel by Edward Rutherford) (Library Love Challenge)


3. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Pop Sugar: Interesting Woman) (Library Love Challenge)


4. The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2) by Rick Riordan/adapted to graphic novel format by Robert Venditti (Pop Sugar: Mythology) (Library Love Challenge)


5. A Sultry Love Song by Kianna Alexander


6. The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray


7. Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow


8. Killer Countdown by Amelia Autin


9. The Soldier's Secrets by Naomi Rawlings


10. Falling for the Enemy by Naomi Rawlings


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review 2017-07-09 14:16
Countdown City
Countdown City - Ben H. Winters

Solving crimes while the whole world has an existential crisis. Who knew these two things would go so well together?


Former Detective Henry Palace is still an interesting character. Though he’s officially retired from the force, being an officer of the law is pretty much all he knows how to do. It’s what gives him purpose. So while other people are off going “Bucket List” or choosing to exit the world on their own terms, Henry is searching for a missing man at the behest of the man’s wife. Because no impending cosmic cataclysm can keep Henry from being who he is and doing what he does.


Once again, Winters delivers an engrossing story. So engrossing that you almost forget to ask yourself things like: why civilization hasn’t gone full-on Lord of the Flies yet; where these mysterious government supply shipments are coming from; why no one has electricity unless it’s convenient to the plot; why everyone and their dogs aren’t stockpiling water while their kitchen taps still work; etc. They are persistent, nagging questions, but not too distracting.


I still don’t like first person present tense narratives, and I noticed a handful of typos, but the story is so good that if Winters can keep it up for another book, I just might forgive him for that whole Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters thing.



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review 2017-06-08 06:15
Kansas City Countdown (The Precinct: Bachelors in Blue) - Julie Miller

First - cover guy. Nice. And in a suit too. Proof that they don't have to be half naked to look good.




I've read too many of the general type of book of late to really enjoy it. Not the book's fault really. Some things I did question - if they knew her keys had been stolen, why stay at her house? If they caught the gardener painting over bricks (which wasn't actually his job), one of which later proved to have blood on it, why didn't they become suspicious immediately? Why do these guys never enlist a bit more assistance with the guard duty?

This, btw, is as much a general commentary on romantic suspenses as a comment on this particular book. Seems like most of the heroes couldn't actually find their ass with both hands.


So the h got attacked and dumped in an alley. The h just happened to be a criminal defense attorney. The H found her. The H had just gotten his ego bruised in a courtroom earlier that day by her. Irony.


It seemed obvious to me who the attacker was when they got to her house. I just never quite grasped why they stayed there, why he wasn't investigated because his actions seemed strange. Why... well, you get the idea.

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review 2017-06-05 14:47
Fascinating look at Khan
Star Trek: Khan (Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness) - Paul Shipper,Claudia Balboni,Mike Johnson

While this is a fascinating look at Khan's history, it's also told in a memoir style, and called into question immediately after his trial.    (Yes, trial, but it was all one story and told as a huge flashback; the present was intercut every now and then, but really only at the beginning of the issues.)


It made the story flow well, while also bringing in the events of the movie, and tying them to the past.   The fact that Khan himself is an unreliable narrator should have been obvious from the start, but I got so caught up in the story of his life that I simply believed everything he said. 


I believe much of this is based on not only the original Star Trek episode about Khan, but also supplemental material - like the Eugenics War novel - but that's the impression that I got.   I haven't actually read The Rise and Fall of Khan, so I don't really know.   


And of course, much of this is altered to fit the new universe and the new movies, so I know that some of this diverged from the TOS canon itself.   Khan made a fascinating narrator and I can see some of why he became the way he is in the details of his past, but it did lack an emotional connection.   I suppose having Khan, who isn't super emotional, tell this story makes that emotional disconnect feel reasonable, and made the story more realistic.   (I can't see him telling this story affably or with any great emotion.)   The catch-22 is that it made me distanced from this story in an emotional way, and so even when the one thing that really mattered - him being reunited with the other augments, whom he considered not only his crew but his family - came up, I didn't feel much.   


I enjoyed this greatly despite the lack of emotional connection.   Also, I'm in a rush, so I'm going to leave this review here.

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