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text 2019-03-21 05:41
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 364 pages.
The Silent Companions - Laura Purcell

Of all people, Elsie found servants to be the most judgemental: jealous of their master´s station, since it was tied closely to their own. Rupert´s London household had turned their noses up at her when she arrived from the match factory. Her confession that she hadn´t kept domestic help since her mother died had sealed their contempt. Only respect for Rupert, and Rupert´s warning glances, made them civil.

 

This is followed up by a scene in which the main character Elsie, who is accompanied by her cousin Sarah, has to change her dress in a carriage.:

 

Sarah leant forward. "What will you do? You´ll need to get changed straight away, without being seen. And Rosie isn´t here!

No, Rosie was unwilling to leave her London life and wages to live in this backwater. Elsie could not blame her. Andf to be honest, she was secretly relieved. She´d never felt comfortable changing in front of her lady´s maid, having strange hands against her skin. But she would need to hire another one soon, if just for appearances´ sake. She did not want to get the reputation of being one of these eccentric widows populating the countryside.

"I daresay I´ll manage without Rosie for now."

Sarah´s face brightened. "I could help you with the buttons at the back. I´m good at buttons."

Well, that made one thing.

 

Well, that was fast. I´m on page 20 and I already detest the main character.

 

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text 2019-03-20 22:30
Snakes & Ladders: Update 7

After 6 rolls, I'm still only on space 9 and since the book I just finished did not qualify for the space on I was on, I can only roll one die.

 

You rolled 1 die:

3

Timestamp: 2019-03-20 15:51:07 UTC

 

Which brings me to space 12:

 

12. Author's last name begins with the letters T, U, V, W, X, Y, or Z

Today, I'm starting THE FORCE by Don Winslow which qualifies. YAY!

(Bonus! I'm going the correct way this time.)

 

 

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review 2019-03-20 18:30
THE SILKWORM by Robert Galbraith, narrated by Robert Glenister
The Silkworm (Audio) - Robert Galbraith

THE SILKWORM was one of those rare times where the second book is better than the first!

 

Robin and Strike set out to solve the mystery of a missing author. Their relationship is getting closer and Robin is going to get some additional training towards being a detective, which is what she wanted.

 

Strike's ex-girlfriend Charlotte is even more of a bitch now than she was in the first book and I didn't think that was possible.

 

Lastly, the narrator-Robert Glenister is simply outstanding. He will forever be the voice of Cormoran Strike for me. I look forward to the next book in the series.

 

Recommended!

 

(Thanks to Ctgt and Melissa for their recommendations of this series.)

 

*I downloaded this audiobook FREE from my public library. Libraries RULE!*

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text 2019-03-20 14:38
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Varney the Vampire Or the Feast of Blood - Thomas Preskett Prest

 

He's channeling Yoda.  LOL

 

pg 13:  

 

...of carved walnut-wood is it made,...

 

...nodding feathers are at its corners - covered with dust are they...

 

His descriptions though, lovely are they.  :  )

Without being overblown and repetitive.  So far.

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review 2019-03-20 14:00
Review: The Hunger
The Hunger - Alma Katsu

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

I’ve been morbidly curious about The Donner party ever since I read Stephen King’s The Shining where The Donners are referenced. I looked it up – it was a true story, a disturbing one, but a true one. So I was really looking forward to this book as soon as I heard about it.

 

I was really excited when I got my review request approved, and when I started reading, I liked it so much I bought a finished copy after a few chapters and read that. This one took a while to get used to the style of the writing. There were an awful lot of characters to keep track off, some got more detailed back stories than others. It was hard to keep track of who everyone was.

 

But the more I read the more fascinated I became with it. There’s a real sense of history and how hard it was for the people making the trek to California. The hardships they went through. The relationships between the people is well written. It’s brutal as well – not everyone is going to get along, obviously, so many people have so many different thoughts, feelings, opinion, violence will breed, love, lust, obsession, hatred…

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The author does a brilliant job of capturing a storm of emotions. As well as putting a spooky twist on the story.

 

It did drag a bit in the middle, but as conditions slowly started getting worse and seeds of mistrust and doubt deepened amongst the people, the story picked up again and was unputdownable towards the end, and quite frightening as the winter hit really bad.

 

A hard book to read in parts, but so, so worth it. I loved it. And would definitely read it again.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers.

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