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review 2018-09-26 05:01
Review: Dorothy Must Die
Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige

Let's start with, lately I have seriously had a knack for picking stories told in first person...which I hate.  This was an interesting enough story that it was pretty easy to ignore.  This book was dark, very dark and a teeny bit gruesome.


Amy is a teenager from Kansas.  She lives in a trailer, her dad walked out on them, her mom has turned into a junkie that blames Amy for every bad thing in her life.  Her school life is terrible, she's been bullied for years, has no friends and no means of escaping her craptastic life.  That is until a tornado hits and sweeps her away to Oz.  Yup, just like in the movie she'd seen bunches of times as a child.


However, she doesn't find herself in the Oz of the movie or storybook.  This Oz is desolate and decaying.  As it turns out, Dorothy, who had gotta a taste for magic, found her way back to Oz and took over.  Now she and Glinda are mining it for it's magic and killing it an it's inhabitants in the process.


Amy, who has her pet rat, Star as a companion meets people who (somewhat) explain to her what has been going on and eventually she falls in with the Order.  Which is led...by...the...wicked...witches?  Yeah, things have gotten so bad that the wicked have joined forces to stop Dorothy, and Amy is their weapon of choice.  She is trained by them in combat and in the use of magic before being sent to the palace in disguise.  She's meant to be a spy to gather information that will help with their plan, only Amy is never given the details of the plan or a way to relay any information she may have discovers.  She has to wing it and in doing so learns that there is more than one faction that is trying to rise up and take Dorothy out of power... and she gets herself into trouble.


I like Amy, but she's too full of doubt and indecision.  Which, considering her circumstances is totally understandable.  My thoughts are that she can't really trust any of the factions, and she knows that, but hasn't exactly accepted it.  While these groups may be operating under the guise of making Oz great again--and yes that is an actual phrase from the book and it made me cringe reading it--I think they all want Dorothy out of power because she's a monster who is destroying their world, but also because they want to be in power themselves.


Amy has a tough road ahead because her mission is to kill Dorothy, and she royally botched it in this book.  Dorothy has managed to escape and no one knows where.  Now Amy's been thrown together with a different resistance group and who knows what they will tell her in order to get her to do what they want.  All she knows is that before she can kill Dorothy, she must stop her first companions in Oz.  That means, taking the heart of the Tin Woodman, the brain of the Scarecrow, and the courage of the Lion.  And then, hopefully, Dorothy will finally die.

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text 2018-09-26 02:00
Reading progress update: I've read 327 out of 480 pages.
Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige

OMG! Dorothy. Needs. To. Die.

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text 2018-09-25 23:20
Reading progress update: I've read 195 out of 480 pages.
Dorothy Must Die - Danielle Paige


This is both nothing and everything I expected. 

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review 2018-09-25 20:32
[Book Review] Night and Silence
Night and Silence - Seanan McGuire

Night and Silence (October Day #12) / Seanan McGuire

Previously reviewed:


Oh Toby.

When I began my review for The Brightest Fell, I remarked from the start that it felt like the book marked a turning point, that we had hit a new stage, that debts were starting to come due.  That isn't to say that she never pays a price, but the prices are becoming more dear.  What she stands to lose more precious, and what she retrieves is not quite whole.

Toby starts this story vulnerable.  There's the humor we all love and expect, but she is raw and exposed, her network weakened.  Tybalt is keeping distant and Gilly has been taken.  Threads of Toby's family history are starting to show, and at it's heart, Night and Silence is a book about family.

The ending is uneasy, uncomfortable, and it should be.  This isn't a happy ending.  Things are too raw, too forced by necessity.  There is hope, but there is also grief from change and the loss that comes from change.

An enjoyable continuation, paired with an excellent novella centered on Gilly and where she is now.

Advance Reader Copy courtesy of Daw (Penguin RandomHouse) in exchange for an honest review; changes may exist between galley and the final edition

Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2018/09/book-review-night-and-silence.html
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review 2018-09-25 07:38
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales - Roger Luckhurst,Robert Louis Stevenson

TITLE:  Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales 


AUTHOR:  Robert Louis Stevenson


DATE PUBLISHED:  2008 (reissue)


PUBLICATION:  Oxford World's Classics


FORMAT:  Paperback


ISBN-13:  9780199536221



"Stevenson's short novel, published in 1886, became an instant classic.  It was a Gothic horror that originated in a feverish nightmare, whose hallucinatory setting in the murky back streets of London gripped a nation mesmerized by crime and violence.  The respectable doctor's mysterious relationship with his disreputable associate is finally revealed in one of the most original and thrilling endings in English literature.  


In addition to Jekyll and Hyde, this edition also includes a number of short stories and essays written by Stevenson in the 1880s, minor masterpieces of fiction and comment:  'The Body Snatcher', 'Markheim',  and 'Olalla' featuring grave-robbing, a sinister double, and degeneracy, while ' A Chapter on Dreams' and 'A Gossip on Romance' discuss artistic creation and the 'romance' form.  Appendices provide extract from contemporary -writings on personality disorder, which set Stevenson's tale in its full historic context."


It's a bit hard to comment on a classic that has resulted in numerous adaptations.  I found the stories in this book to be creepy and the essays interesting.



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