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review 2017-02-18 22:20
"Daughter Of The Blood" by Anne Bishop - my first DNF of 2017
Daughter of the Blood - Anne Bishop

I bought "Daughter Of The Blood" because I'd read and enjoyed a "Black Jewels" short story and because I'm a fan of her "The Others+ series

In audiobook format, "Daughter Of The Blood" runs for a little over sixteen hours. I made it to a little over two hours before setting it aside.

The ideas are original, complex and fascinating. I can see that it has the makings of a strong trilogy but it's not one I'll be reading.

The story was much darker than I expected. There is a sharp edge of sadism  that cuts into the flesh of the story lightly but persistently, leaving thin rills of frustrated eroticism draining into my imagination. If this had been more skillfully done I might have run with it but much of the story in the first couple of hours was tell rather than show and I grew weary of being fed on backstory and foreboding rather than character and action.

The narrator of the story seemed unable to leaven the text but rather fell into a declamatory style that assaulted the ears and added nothing to the atmosphere or characterisation.

The main thing I took away from this book was how much stronger Anne Bishop's storytelling is now than when this novel was published.

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text 2017-02-11 15:58
Reading progress update: I've read 16%.
Knight's Shadow - Sebastien de Castell

I bumped Into the Wilderness cuz it was boring me, like seriously Zzzzzzzzzz... and replaced it with the next long book in my TBR pile.  I'd forgotten how funny and entertaining this series is.

 

Reading this along with A  Likely Story. 

 

 

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review 2017-02-09 18:48
The Strivers' Row Spy by Jason Overstreet - My Thoughts
The Strivers' Row Spy - Michael Jason Overstreet

Well, I tried.


I got almost 1/3rd of the way in on The Strivers' Row Spy before calling it quits.  Life is too short and my TBR pile too high to continue reading a book that was only making me sigh in annoyance and wish I was doing something else other than reading.

I had high hopes too.  It started with a great cover.  I mean, good God, this is a gorgeous cover.  It continued with a setting of a time period I like to read and the blurb made the story sound like it would be intriguing and exciting and I might even learn a few things.  And, to keep all those diverse writing warriors happy, it's a story about POC and written by an MOC.

Well, a history book couldn't have been more dry.

The main character of Sidney Temple never came alive for me as more than a pedantic, boring, smug and supercilious young man.  I never felt any connection or empathy or even interest in what he was doing, and I think that was because he never evinced any enthusiasm.  All so bland and matter of fact.  Often his conversations with the other characters became lectures.  People don't really talk that way, I hope, because OMG, YAWN!!  I felt as if I was being lectured and told, page after page.  Show, don't tell, does not apply here.

So, I DNFed.   And I feel a little guilty because I very seldom give up on a book, but again... Life is too short and the TBR pile is too big!

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review 2017-02-04 16:20
That was really awkward.
Free the Darkness: King's Dark Tidings, Book 1 - Kel Kade,Nick Podehl,Podium Publishing

After the torturous upbrining, in all imaginable versions of reality a young man would be a deeply disturbed/psychopathic/destroyed mess.

 

In this book, he is not only quite charming in his naivety and strong and valiant - he is also very very beautiful.

 

And in his simplicity just searching for "friends".

 

Unfortunately the whole set-up let's him look as if he is intellectually challenged, unable to read people and his understanding of people, their behaviour and interactions, their motivations etc. is - politely phrased - basic.

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text 2017-02-04 16:12
Nope.
The Knight and The Prince - Dru Wellington

That was not my cup of tea at all.

 

Didn't like the killing in the beginning as a background for the love story.

 

Nope.

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