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review 2017-08-18 02:57
A Spell for Chameleon
A Spell for Chameleon - Piers Anthony

I was enchanted by this book when I was younger, the misogyny and pedophile vibes went right over my head (remember that Bink is supposed to be 25, even if he acts 15), but reading the book again makes me wonder what the hell is going on with this book? It was impossible for me to divorce the attitudes expressed about women by every character from the plot of A Spell for Chameleon.

Other reviewers have done a splendid job of detailing what Piers Anthony accomplishes in this book, so I won't go on about it. Just know that while the development of the setting was fun and had some humor to it - the better puns would have to wait for later on in the series - the writing is clunky, Bink is a total Mary Sue, and no woman gets out unscathed.

I've had great success re-reading some old favorites, but this is one that's better off in the foggy depths of pre-adolescent memory.

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review 2017-08-17 21:02
[PREMIEROWO] "Podróżniczka" Arwen Elys Dayton [POSZUKIWACZKA #2]
Autor: Arwen Elys Dayton
Tytuł: Podróżniczka
Cykl: Poszukiwaczka, tom 1
Liczba stron: 430
Wydawnictwo: Uroboros
Premiera: 17.08.2017
Poszukiwacze przez wieki starali się naprawiać świat, walcząc z przeróżnymi złoczyńcami. W ciągu ostatnich lat wiele uległo jednak zmianie. Ich liczba drastycznie się zmniejszyła, utracili też z oczu swoje prawdziwe powołanie, skupiając się na walkach o władzę i majątek. Co się wydarzyło, że zdołało aż tak ich odmienić? Czy istnieje choć cień szansy, by przywrócić właściwy bieg rzeczy?
Quin i Shinobu powoli dochodzą do siebie, próbując jednocześnie podjąć decyzję, jaki kierunek od tej pory przybierze ich życie. Dziewczyna ma szlachetne plany - chce naprawić świat. Przynajmniej na tyle, na ile jest to możliwe. Uzbrojona w morfer, athamen i dziennik Catherine pełen informacji o klanach Poszukiwaczy, pragnie odszukać zaginionych lub przynajmniej dowiedzieć się, co się z nimi tak naprawdę stało. Shinobu zaś jest gotowy na wszystko, by jej w tym pomóc. Tyle że tym razem po piętach depcze im nie tylko Briac, ale i tajemniczy Obserwatorzy wyposażeni we własny athamen i dziwaczny kask...
Dayton zdecydowała się na rozwinięcie wątku Catherine, wprowadzając retrospekcje z jej udziałem, co okazało się trafnym posunięciem. Dzięki temu możemy bliżej poznać nie tylko ją i jej najbliższą rodzinę, ale również ojca Johna i Mariko. Bardzo interesujące były dla mnie także fragmenty dotyczące Sędziów (zwłaszcza Średniego) i Obserwatorów. Ci ostatni zapewniają w tym tomie cyklu sporo akcji, jednocześnie stając się kolejną zagadką do rozwiązania.
"Poszukiwaczka" wywarła na mnie bardzo pozytywne wrażenie i nie mogłam doczekać się jej kontynuacji. Sięgając po "Podróżniczkę", miałam wielką nadzieję, że będzie równie dobra. I nie zawiodłam się. Wartka akcja i liczne tajemnice wciągnęły mnie niesamowicie. Do tego stopnia, że po skończeniu lektury, gdy zajęłam się obowiązkami domowymi, myślałam o tym, jak sobie jeszcze wieczorem doczytam, co się dalej wydarzyło. No i musiałam sama sobie przypomnieć, że przecież przeczytałam już cały tom i pozostaje mi tylko czekać na kolejny... Dlatego polecam, zwłaszcza jeśli pierwsza część przypadła Wam do gustu!

Za egzemplarz recenzencki serdecznie dziękuję Wydawnictwu Uroboros <3

Source: ogrodksiazek.blogspot.com/2017/08/premierowo-podrozniczka-arwen-elys.html
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review 2017-08-17 20:01
Giveaway – The Resistance Series by Tracy Lawson @TracySLawson @SDSXXTours
Spark: Careen's Prequel to the Resistance Series - Tracy Lawson
Careen’s Prequel to the Resistance Series
This is a wonderful and enticing introduction to Careen, who is running from her past to start her life anew, and The Resistance Series that reeks of government conspiracy and danger…and I am hooked.

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review 2017-08-17 18:06
A Mystery of Errors / Simon Hawke
A Mystery of Errors - Simon Hawke

Two travelers, Will Shakespeare-a fledgling dramatist, and Symington Smythe, an ostler and aspiring thespian, meet at a roadside inn and decide to cast their lot together for fame and fortune in the cutthroat world of the London theater in Elizabethan England . . . but neither was prepared for their offstage encounter with A Mystery of Errors. When a backer's daughter is double-crossed by a would-be suitor, the reluctant bride turns to the ostler and the playwright for help.  Little does anyone realize that these simple affairs of the heart and an arranged marriage will lead to a vast web of conspiracy, mistaken identity, and murder that finds the playwright targeted for assassination and the ostler hopelessly in love.


This novel suffered from comparison with recently read historical fiction by C.C. Humphreys, whose work stands head-and-shoulders above this little mystery. The writing of just the first page had me wondering if I would even bother to finish the book. After all, life is finite and there are tons of good books out there.

I did persevere, however, and followed the story to its rather pedestrian end. The plot was imaginative and I wish the author had been able to exercise more skill in its execution. Rather than flowing, events bumped along rather brusquely. The dialog was simple and the characterization was basic. Every now and then, there would be a tiny info-dump as the author proved that he had done his research.

If you are considering this book, I would suggest that you approach with caution. If you are looking for a book featuring Shakespeare as a character (as I was), I would recommend Shakespeare's Rebel. If something involving a highwayman is your goal, try Plague. If you are looking for a 21st century humourous take on Shakespeare, pick up Shakespeare Undead, which is lighthearted yet effortlessly shows how to reference the Bard’s works without belabouring the point.

At some point, I will probably solider on and read the second mystery in this series, as I have made a bit of a project out of reading all the novels I can find that feature Shakespeare as a character. You are not obliged to follow me in this obsession.

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review 2017-08-17 18:03
Plague / C.C. Humphreys
Plague - C.C. Humphreys

London, 1665. A serial killer stalks his prey, scalpel in his hand and God's vengeance in his heart. Five years after his restoration to the throne, Charles II leads his citizens by example, enjoying every excess. Londoners have slipped the shackles of puritanism and now flock to the cockpits, brothels and, especially, the theatres, where for the first time women are allowed to perform alongside the men. But not everyone is swept up in the excitement. Some see this liberated age as the new Babylon, and murder victims pile up in the streets, making no distinction in class between a royalist member of parliament and a Cheapside whore. But they have a few things in common: the victims are found with gemstones in their mouths. And they have not just been murdered; they've been . . . sacrificed.  Now the plague is returning to the city with full force, attacking indiscriminately . . . and murder has found a new friend.


Chris Humphreys is an inspired historical fiction author. I met him last weekend at a literary conference and he is smart, funny, and charming as the devil. He definitely benefits from his acting background, particularly his ease with performing Shakespeare (we got an excerpt from one of the Henry plays during his key-note address). During one of his panel discussions, he mentioned that as an author, one must choose how the dialog will be written—choose your form of “bygone-ese” as he called it. Humphrey’s ease with the English of Shakespeare and his playwright’s ear for what will sound good gives his fiction a feeling of reality, using just enough older vocabulary and never becoming too 21st century.

There is, of course, theatre involved in the novel—a subject that the author is knowledgeable and comfortable with. But the variety of characters, from highwayman to serial killer to royalty, gives the story a breadth that I appreciated. As a reader, you are not limited to merely the theatre of 1665, you experience many parts of London. In fact London itself could be counted as a character.

I will be working my way, gradually, through all of Chris Humphreys works and will definitely look forward to more. Highly recommended.

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