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review 2019-10-10 14:55
The Golden Tower - Holly Black,Cassandra Clare
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I have loved reading this series so much. Yes, it's very similar to Harry Potter, however it is definitely its own story with its own complexities. With all of the craziness that happened in the last few books, I was wondering how this whole thing was going to end.

Overall, I liked this book and found the ending fairly satisfying. The writing was good, the story was interesting, and it tied up most of the loose ends. While the pace of the book was very fast and new elements were introduced in a rather helter skelter manner, I think the main issue that I had with the book is that it appears Black and Clare kind of wrote themselves into a corner and had to come up with a creative solution to resolve everything. Personally, I felt that solution was out of character for certain players like Tamara and Aaron. Their ethics kind of go out the window at the end. The whole Maugris thing was cool, but was severely underdeveloped and felt like an afterthought. It gets thrown in there and then doesn't really go anywhere.

A lot happens in this book. In all honestly, it's a bit overwhelming. There was a lot to wrap up and, while Black and Clare did utilize some imaginative techniques, the chosen conclusion wasn't entirely satisfying. It left some bits out and didn't seem to completely mesh with the characters' views and ethics.

Overall, I enjoyed the book despite its flaws. This has been such a fun series to read and I'm a little bummed that it's over.
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text 2019-10-02 03:24
Move With Optima Travels for Your Golden Triangle with Mumbai Tour

 

The Golden Triangle with Mumbai Tour offers many enchanting and interesting heritage tourist attractions to see. Golden Triangle Tours give tourists a close and good look at the leading cities of India. This tour begins in Delhi where, you see ancient historical monuments such as Jantar Mantar, Red Fort, Qutub Minar and many more.

 

After seeing all the tourist attractions in Delhi, the tour takes you by road to Agra where you visit the world-famous Taj Mahal , Mehtab Bagh (for sunset view of Taj Mahal), Agra Fort and It Mad-ud-Daulah’s tomb. Drive on and reach the Pink City, Jaipur, about four hours away from Agra. Check into a hotel and rest for the day.

 

Next morning, go for sightseeing in Jaipur, and see history at its magical best. There’s the Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Birla Temple, Jal Mahal Palace and City Palace. Shop for clothes, pottery, semi-precious jewellery and much more.

 

 

In the evening, fly to Mumbai and check into a pre-booked hotel for a night’s stay. Here, your Golden Triangle Tour 5 Days comes to an end.

 

Next day, visit the Gateway of India and get into a ferry to visit the magnificent Elephant Cave temples. See the ancient cave temples where Lord Shiva is the reigning deity. Return to the Gateway of India and visit the Prince of Wales Museum, a short distance away. After sunset, take a drive down to Marine Drive and see the lights glitter.

Go up the hill and come right up to the fascinating Hanging Gardens in Malabar Hill, where you will see a flower clock and a big shoe around which children play. Your kids are going to love this day out.

 

Next morning, it’s time to go to the Juhu Beach and the Chowpatty beach. Dig into street food here and later visit Essel World and Water Kingdom.

 

Spend the whole of the next day going to the Siddhhi Vinayak Temple or the Mahalaxmi Temple and pay your respects there. From there, reach the suburbs and visit the Mahakali Caves in Andheri. These are a cluster of 19 rock-cut monuments built from the first to the sixth centuries CE. Don’t leave Mumbai before spending some time at any of its studios, such as Bollywood Film City.

 

 

Stay overnight in the hotel in Mumbai. In the morning, fly to Delhi and from there make your way home.

 

Doesn’t it sound like a dream? But no, it can be real if you book with a travel agency called Optima Travels. They are renowned in the field of travel and tourism and will draw up the most comprehensive itinerary for you, by which you will see all the sights in all your chosen cities.

 

Over so many decades in the business, they have helped many youngsters, couples and families enjoy their holidays wherever they choose to go. All because optimatravels.com knows what can make you happy and does everything to always have a smile on your face. That’s the essence of a happy holiday which this agency will give you.

 

This agency will give you personalized and customized service of a level that makes you happy and your holiday an unforgettable dream. You can also ask to see any of their other Mumbai Tour Packages. If you have specific queries, such a Golden Triangle Group Tour, you can also speak to them about it.

 

To know more about the features of the Golden Triangle with Goa Mumbai Tour, get in touch with them today. By booking early, you also get hefty discounts. So, don’t delay. Visit today.

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review 2019-09-26 23:59
She Died a Lady
She Died a Lady: A Sir Henry Merrivale Mystery - John Dickson Carr

This book had such a promising start but once the main plot event happened and the police investigation gets under way, the story becomes ridiculously convoluted and stops making sense. 

It was almost as if Carr had a really novel idea and then suddenly balked at executing it. Instead of a well-thought-out plot with a sound motive and fleshed out characters, we get caricatures and snippets of plot that seem to be formulaic. The only characters that I felt were truly well crafted were the two victims. 

 

The ending was a let-down, too, I felt. There are certain similarities in the structure of this book with one Dame Agatha's and even tho I suspected the Carr had not copied the entire idea, it gave me enough pause to suspect the culprit reasonably enough. 

There was no way I could figure out the motive, tho. There was just way too much going on in this plot to figure out any logical conclusions, and to be honest, the conclusion that was presented seemed to have been magically drawn out of a hat.

 

It just did not work for me. However, I look forward to trying some of Carr's other titles. 

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review 2019-09-26 22:26
The Tuesday Night Club: A Short Story (Miss Marple) by Agatha Christie
The Tuesday Night Club: A Miss Marple Short Story - Agatha Christie

Date Published: May 8, 2012

Format: Ebook

Source: Own Copy

Date Read: September 24, 2019

 

Blurb

After a supper of canned lobster and a dessert of canned trifle, three people become ill and Mrs Jones is found dead. Although a bout of botulism is suspected, the Tuesday Night Club is keen to investigate further…

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Review

 

I read this for International Woman of Mystery square. This story was just cozy - the after dinner get together around the fireplace, enjoying a port and making entertaining small talk. The storytelling done by the retired Scotland Yard chief was a great way to keep interest without feeling like an info-dump. It was perfect for bedtime reading.

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text 2019-09-26 21:28
Reading progress update: I've read 58%.
She Died a Lady: A Sir Henry Merrivale Mystery - John Dickson Carr

This book is a little bonkers. 

 

@Tigus, I believe this is the famous wheelchair scene you mentioned:

But my attention was on other matters.

To have a half-filled whisky bottle fired at your head is enough to destroy the composure of even the noblest Roman.

The bottle whizzed past the head of Sir Henry Merrivale, and fell between Superintendent Craft and Paul Ferrars as they came pelting round the side of the house. Ferrars, who was carrying a suit of clothes across his arm, stumbled over it.

As it flew, H.M. put his hands up instinctively to shield his face. The steering-handle, left to its own devices, brought the chair round in a broad curve; and the motor, as though inspired by a diabolical life of its own, put on the burst of speed which made him travel as steadily as an express-train straight towards the brink of the cliff.

‘Turn it!’ Ferrars was screaming. ‘Turn it! Mind the cliff! For God’s sake mind the –’

What saved H.M.’s life, undoubtedly, was the softness of the soil and his own weight. Two deep grooves followed his jolting and bouncing passage across the earth. The crutch flew out of his hand. The motor coughed and died. The chair lurched, sank deeper, put on a last burst of speed; and then came to rest, deliberately, on the very edge of the cliff. His sandalled feet, in fact, stuck out over nothingness.

Then there was silence, under the warm sunlight.

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