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text 2019-07-02 14:20
June Wrap-up
Witch Lit: Words From The Cauldron - Witches Who Write
Little Darlings - Melanie Golding
Haunted Rails - Matthew L. Swayne
The Art of Jin Shin: The Japanese Practice of Healing with Your Fingertips - Karen Duffy,Alexis Brink,Elizabeth Cutler
Walking to Aldebaran - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Taking Up Space - Chelsea Kwakye,Ore Ogunbiyi
Limited Wish (Impossible Times #2) - Mark Lawrence
The Immortal City - Amy Kuivalainen
Dracopedia Field Guide: Dragons of the World from Amphipteridae through Wyvernae - William O'Connor

Nine books this month, four of them non-fiction and one field guide to Dragons.

 

The stars in fiction were Witch Lit and Little Darlings, and otherwise were Taking up Space and Dracopedia. I'm still deciding about the Art of Jin Shin. Have to try the techniques more but I'm not a sickly person so there hasn't been much opportunity.

 

Eight of the nine were from Netgalley, but I'm exercising control more this month because I have too many books in hand that I want to read! I had caught up for about 5 minutes and requested two more, now among my planned July reads.

 

I really need to spend some time catching up on samples in the coming month. They've got out of hand again!

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review 2019-06-09 12:55
Limited Wish
Limited Wish (Impossible Times #2) - Mark Lawrence

by Mark Lawrence

 

This is the sequel to One Word Kill, which I read immediately before reading this one. It starts out with a recap of major events in the first book. They're still fresh in my mind as I read this one, but someone who had more time between might benefit from the recap.

 

Several familiar characters return a few years later, most notably Nick. The story got off to a slow start for me and I'm still not a fan of multiple universe theory, but as that's at the heart of the plot, I let myself enjoy it on a fantasy level (yes, I believe in possible real time travel).

 

Much of the story this time was about Nick's need to discover time travel so that he could fill the role his future self already came back to do in the first book (everybody follow that?) There is also his confused love life when a significant new female character, Helen, enters his life causing 'ghosting' of potential future events.

 

Overall I found this story slower than the first one, though anyone invested in the characters from One Word Kill will be interested in how things progress in Nick's life.

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text 2019-05-31 19:45
May wrap-up
Remember the Future (The Chronicles of the Harekaiian #9) - Shanna Lauffey
Cats in Origami - Nick Robinson
The Great Wizards of Antiquity - Guy Ogilvy
The Deathless - Peter Newman
The Parisian - Isabella Hammad
The Flavors of Other Worlds: 13 Science Fiction Tales from a Master Storyteller - Alan Dean Foster
Splendor Solis - Stephen Skinner
One Word Kill (Impossible Times #1) - Mark Lawrence
The Illustrated Bestiary: Guidance and Rituals from 36 Inspiring Animals - Maia Toll
Animation 1: Learn to Animate Cartoons Step by Step (Cartooning, Book 1) - Preston J. Blair

A whopping 17 books finished this month, but 10 of them were non-fiction.

 

Stand outs in the fiction were Remember the Future by Shanna Lauffey and Flavors of Other Worlds by Alan Dean Foster.

 

The non-fiction all had their relative merits, but Cats in Origami and Animation 1 are probably most useful to me.

 

A lot of these were from Netgalley. I'm catching up!

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review 2019-05-27 12:59
One Word Kill
One Word Kill (Impossible Times #1) - Mark Lawrence

by Mark Lawrence

 

I found myself quickly drawn into this story despite a teenage protagonist and references to D&D that aren't all that familiar because I've never played.

 

Nick Hayes is a boy genius with an interest in Quantum Physics. I love an intelligent character! However, he finds out he has leukemia and begins chemo treatment, just when he's taking interest in a girl and having his hair fall out. It's the last thing he needs. As if that isn't enough, a strange man begins appearing and Nick starts having odd deja vu hallucinations.

 

Time travel comes into this, one of my favorite subjects to read about. I'm not that keen on some of the aspects of approach in this one as it involves multi-world theory, but it's all interesting speculation anyway.

 

The action comes in with a school bully and some worse thugs who threaten the girl. Some of it leans towards YA, which I didn't expect from this author, and towards the end I found myself wondering what the point of it had been. Still, it was a generally enjoyable read and I've already started reading the sequel.

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url 2019-04-19 21:28
5 Romance Novels to Read If You Like Mission Impossible

Spies, action, crazy stunts, and more. If you like the Mission: Impossible movies, you’ll love these romance novels.

 

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