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review 2017-04-12 19:21
A Discovery of Witches
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

Well, A Discovery of Witches is a lengthy tome, and I still hold that if you put Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane into a blender and hit pulverize, you'd get this on the other end.

 

On the other hand, Harkness writes better than either Stephenie Meyer or Katherine Howe.

 

Will I read the next volume of this trilogy (which my library has)?  Not sure.  But this was a fun read, despite some of the ludicrous moments.

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text 2017-04-07 03:45
A Discovery of Witches - About 10 Chapters In
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

If you took a soupcon of Harry Potter (orphaned protagonist has undiscovered magical gifts), a lot of Twilight (the local vampire is in lust with her because he thinks she smells terrific, and breaks into her flat to watch her sleep), and a good bit of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane (a so-called historian knows nothing about doing historical research; the magical past of her own family is an issue), you would have this novel.  I think I'm still reading it because I can't wait to see the next nonsensical development.  (Note: I love Harry Potter, Twilight amused me one night when I had a head cold and 12-year-old me was picking the books to be read, and Deliverance Dane was a massive waste of my time and the author's efforts.)

 

Also it was free.  Which is good.  Because the odds of my keeping this one are approximately 0% at this point; this baby's going back where it came from after I've wallowed in the insanity.

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text 2016-09-03 04:44
EEK!
The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness

Oh no I'm finally on the last book! Honestly I wanted to hold off from reading this, but it kept calling to me on the shelf. So here I am giving into my desire to read it. I'm both looking forward to it and dreading the end at the same time. This is one series I didn't expect to take interest in but by book one I was sold.

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text 2016-08-26 16:36
JOINT POST: MR and OB Talk "Fall" Into a Good Book
September - Rosamunde Pilcher
The Scorpio Races - Maggie Stiefvater
Angelfall - Susan Ee
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

So I absolutely cracked up during some of the brainstorming sessions I had with Moonlight Reader regarding the squares.

Believe me, we wanted to put a ton more in and we swapped some out. I am glad that we stuck with "Fall" into a good book though.

As we have discussed on the discussion boards for Book Bingos, "Fall" into a good book can mean the book takes place during the Fall, that the word "Fall" is in the title. I even went so far as saying that a character could take a great fall (a la Alice in Wonderland) but I am still waiting on a ruling from my partner on that one.

 

Here are some suggestions for you!

 

Moonlight Murder

 

Moonlight MurderMoonlight MurderSo, "Fall" into a good book is full of possibilities! Here are 3 suggestions for everyone:

1. September by Rosamunde Pilcher: This is for the romance/women's fic readers among us. Pilcher writes sprawling family sagas set in England/Scotland, and this book is entirely non-scary. However, the entire book is built around a family in Scotland that is getting ready for a big party in September, so in my opinion, it definitely qualifies for the square!

2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: This is one of my favorite YA books of all time. It begins in mid-October, when Puck, the main character, decides to race her Island pony Dove in the Scorpio Races, which happen on the first of November, when the blood-thirsty water horses make landfall and the bravest men ride them to victory. If they survive. Puck is the first girl to claim the right to race in the Scorpio Races. This book is remarkable and lyrical, and the relationship between Puck and her pony is tender and lovely. The entire book takes place in the fall, which is why it qualifies for this square.

3. The Fall by Bethany Griffin: I have to admit I have not read this book, so take the recommendation with a grain of salt. It is a YA re-imagining of The Fall of the House of Usher. The reviews are all over the place. Some readers love it, others complain that it is boring.

My planned read, however, is Night in Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny. I was recommended this book by my friend Frank Tuttle (who writes rather lovely books himself, as an aside), and I bought it last year when I found that it had been reissued in print by the Chicago Review Press. The format is interesting - each chapter represents a day in October, and it is my plan to read it as written - one chapter per day, concluding on Halloween.

 

Obsidian Black Death

 

My suggestions for those that are still having some problems.

1. Angelfall (Penryn & The End of Days #1) by Susan E. I noticed that a lot of fellow Booklikers have read and reviewed this book and I was tempted to read this one too for my square, but ended up going with something else instead. It is YA fantasy and paranormal so it definitely fits the overall theme of our bingo.

2. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness. This first book takes place during the Fall term at Oxford. The rest of the book takes place during Fall and particular scenes take place during Halloween for those of you still looking for a book for the Halloween square. Since this book is about vampires and witches (oh my) this will also fit the supernatural square as well. I really loved the first book in the series so I always recommend it to other people.

3. Darkness Falls (Darkness Falls #1) by Jessica Sorensen. I ended up choosing this book for this square. I see that it had some good reviews on Goodreads, and I wanted to read something I had not read before as much as possible for the Halloween Bingo.

 

Prior joint posts:

 

Magical Realism

Supernatural

Locked Room Mystery

Mystery

Diverse Authors

 

And tomorrow's post is scheduled to be "It was a dark and stormy night". Stay tuned!

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review 2015-12-01 02:11
A book about (paranormal) life
The Book of Life - Deborah Harkness

The final book of the all souls trilogy brought a nice closure to the series.

 

The story

We are back at the present and everyone is trying to piece together the mysteries that the elusive book of life holds.

 

The writing

It was more quick paced than the previous two. However, I was very frustrated by the constant change of narration. It was either Dianna or a third person narration. Personally I found the third person better than Dianna's narration simply because I wasn't very fond of her. She became a bit more likable in the last book though..

Or is it?

I won't be a bit surprised if another book is released on how the babies turn out to be.

 

P.S: I had all three books loaded on my tablet to read and after I finished the first one I accidentally opened the third installment instead of the second. A major spoiler was revealed to me. Honestly, I don't think there was a need for three books. Two or even one better written would have sufficed to tell this story.

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