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text 2017-07-22 22:48
Dies the Fire
Dies the Fire - S.M. Stirling

Of all the post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction I've read, for whatever reason Dies the Fire is the one that haunts me and that I dream about.  And I can't read about what Junie finds at the Fairfax place with dry eyes.  

 

Rest in peace Frank and Joan Fairfax

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262 of 1380 minutes

Available as an audiobook from Hoopla

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review 2017-07-22 19:55
Watch out...roses have thorns.
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

 

Book Title:  A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author:  Sarah J Maas

Narration:  Jennifer Ikeda

Series:  A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Genre:  High Fantasy, Fae, Romance

Setting:  Prythian Spring Court, Land of Fae

Source:  Audiobook (RB Digital)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Preserved Roses by Blackbriar  --If you've read ACOTAR then watch it…and you will see…if not…then still watch it, because it has the right feel. ♫

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I need to have a clear head when I start a fantasy series, to really be able to immerse myself within it.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do that while listening to this.  I just had too much on my mind.  That being said, I feel like this has the makings of  a 5 star read (even the narration was awesomely done) as evidenced by all the 5 star ratings out there for ACOTAR.    If I could change one thing about this it would be to make it a little shorter in length.  Long books always seem so daunting to me, that I go into them feeling less than excited as it is.

 

Essentially, ACOTAR is highly imaginative start to what might be a very appealing series.  The Beauty and the Beast aspect is only a backdrop to the story overall, because it really is so much deeper than that.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.3/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued…

Total:  4.3/5

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes, and hopefully I'm able to fully immerse myself in it when I do.

 

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text 2017-07-22 18:11
Silmarillion Blues
The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien,Ted Nasmith, Christopher Tolkien

We're about to kick off a pretty intense leg of this journey, diving into The Silmarillion.

 
Christopher Tolkien published The Silmarillion after the death of his father, a book created from the living body of work J. R. R. Tolkien created in his notebooks encompassing the mythology, legends and annals of Middle Earth history.
 
Ostensibly, The Silmarillion is made up of five texts, AinulindalëValaquentaQuenta SilmarillionAkallabêth, and Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age.  Some will be familiar through direct mention or vague reference from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.  Other pieces of lore will require extrapolation to connect to the world we've been reading through for two years.
 
I will primarily be reading from my library's copy of The Silmarillion, illustrated by Ted Nasmith.  I own a paperback copy of the text, and I will likely dig through it as library loans require I relinquish the borrowed copy now and again.  My paperback copy also has notes penciled in the margins from my first read through over a decade ago.  So, onwards!
Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2017/07/silmarillion-blues.html
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review 2017-07-22 15:55
Review: Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire Book 8 of 9)
Blood of Tyrants - Naomi Novik

Blood of Tyrants is the eighth and penultimate book in the Temeraire series.  I enjoyed it equally as much as the previous books, although a little more unevenly.  I was fully engrossed for the first 75% or so, but I occasionally felt restless toward the end.

 

Some of the early events, though occasionally frustrating, really highlighted Laurence’s character growth throughout the series, and Temeraire’s too.  I was also happy to see my favorite secondary character show back up.

 

This book doesn’t exactly end on a cliff hanger, but it did feel a little less wrapped-up than the previous books, setting the stage for the final events coming up next.  I look forward to finding out how the series ends.

 

Next Book

League of Dragons by Naomi Novik, the last book in the Temeraire series, not counting the anthology due out next month.

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review 2017-07-22 08:16
Finderlohn: Roman - Stephen King,Bernhard Kleinschmidt

Zwar nicht unbedingt notwendig, aber ich, bevor man dieses Buch lesen will, würde empfehlen, Mr Mercedes von Stephen King zu lesen. Die zwei Bücher sind miteinander eng verbunden.

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