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text 2017-05-26 15:24
reading on a whim, will probably regret this
Deadmen Walking - Sherrilyn Kenyon

I've tried reading her once before, it didn't go all that well.

 

I'm already rolling my eyes at the overdone and at times painfully florid writing.  Bits and pieces are making me laugh inappropriately (ie. it's not supposed to be funny), and others I'm going "huh?"  The Captain is some sort of hunky god of a man that's so broad across the shoulders he has to turn sideways to go through a tavern door.  LOL.  I'm sorry, but has the author ever been on an actual ship?  Even on modern ships space is a luxury.  I don't believe this man can conceivably fit on his pirate ship.

 

Also, how can you judge how fine someone's ass is if you've only seen them from the front?

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review 2017-05-26 00:37
Queens’ Play by Dorothy Dunnett
Queens' Play - Dorothy Dunnett

Series: Lymond Chronicles #2

 

Francis Crawford goes undercover to help protect little Queen Mary from the attempts on her life disguised as accidents. Of course he does this in a completely Lymond style where he almost gets sent home his first week and he’s later suspected of doing things he didn’t do. It was a fun novel and easier to read than the first one, but it didn’t have nearly as many aha moments that made the first book so great. I also found the ending to be a bit of a downer, but I do plan on reading the rest of the series.

 

I read this for the Water Works booklikes-opoly square “Read a book with water on the cover”. At 496 pages, this nets me another $5 for my bank which brings my total balance to $92.

 

I think I’m going to do a tally at the end of how many times I landed on each square because there are a lot of repeats…

 

Previous updates:

100%

80%

53%

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text 2017-05-25 21:07
U.S. Kindle Sale: Miscellaneous
The Judas Goat - Robert B. Parker
The Shattered Tree - Charles Todd
His Majesty's Dragon - Naomi Novik

Currently $1.99: The Judas Goat, by Robert B. Parker.  The Shattered Tree, by Charles Todd.

 

Currently $2.99: His Majesty's Dragon, by Naomi Novik.

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text 2017-05-25 13:45
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Queens' Play - Dorothy Dunnett

Done! Now I can roll. I'll write a review later.

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review 2017-05-24 16:50
The Moor's Account: A Novel - Laila Lalami

Although I can appreciate the importance of this book's subject matter and admire the scope of Lalami's research, I found the protagonist lacked depth and the narrative dragged in places. I was more caught up in the story of Mustafa's life as a young person, prior to his enslavement, than in the episodic adventures of his journey among the Indigenous peoples of America; he seemed much more of a complete person in these sections, whereas in the present-tense of the book he felt like little more than a vessel for the tale.

 

Perhaps if I wasn't already aware of the horrors of early contact I would have been more engaged and certainly, if this perspective on history is new to you, you'll find it worthwhile.

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