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review 2017-06-22 00:11
The Marsh King's Daughter - Karen Dionne

A teenager is abducted when she is 14 and has a child when she is 16. This story is told by that child after about 12 years of fleeing the abductor, she only knew as her father. It dealt a lot with her feelings and emotions of growing up with only her mother and her abductor (father) and no one else around. Helena knew of no other life and was relatively happy until the fateful day they escaped. Then she realized what her father had done and why her mother acted the way that she did.

I really liked this book and lot and felt for Helena. She was a different kind of girl due to her upbringing, but one that you can't help but root for and feel empathy towards. I can definitely say all the buzz around this book is worth it.

Thanks to Penguin Group Putnam and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-06-21 14:37
The King's Hounds by Martin Jensen
The King's Hounds (The King's Hounds series) - Martin Jensen
This was a fun, easy to listen to audiobook mystery. Some annoying anachronistic words were sprinkled throughout, but I assumed that was due to it being a translation and was forgiving regarding them.

The mystery, which our lovable protagonists have no good reason to be in charge of solving, involves the murder of a nobleman just as Cnut is gathering them to confirm his kingship. How inconvenient. The unlikely pair find their way into plenty of trouble, prove their womanizing skills, and even solve the murder. It is all a bit meandering but in good fun. This isn't a edge of your seat suspense novel, but an enjoyable diversion.

The skilled narrator bumped up the rating on this for me. Considering it is free through Kindle Unlimited, this is a worthwhile selection.
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text 2017-06-21 11:26
21st June 2017
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court - Mark Twain

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

 

Mark Twain

 

June 21, 528: In Mark Twain's time-travel novel, Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, the protagonist saves himself from death by threatening to plunge the world into darkness. Luckily for him, his execution was scheduled at the same time as the only eclipse in the 6th century.

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review 2017-06-19 14:18
Louis I, King of the Sheep - Olivier Tallec  
Louis I, King of the Sheep - Olivier Tallec

With great accessories comes great stupidity. Or perhaps, Some sheep are more equal than others. Something about sheeple blindly following the edicts of a madman? And whether or not it was intentional, I like the wind bringing the crown as it brought Mary Poppins, and then, one day, it blows the other direction.

 

Also, I wonder if I have retained enough French to be able to read this in the original?

 

Library copy

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review 2017-06-16 17:15
Mile 81 ★★★★☆
Mile 81 - Stephen King,Thomas Sadoski,Edward Herrmann

This is the short story/novella version of every 1950’s Creature Feature B movie, where the teenagers witness everything and frantically try to get help, only to have all the adults dismiss them as crazy kids pulling a prank. Except in this case, it’s little kids instead of teenagers. Good entertainment, SK style.

 

The “bonus story” The Dune is much shorter story, with fairly classic SK story elements, but there’s no horror or gore here, just an odd little story of mysterious events, with a fun little twist at the end.

 

Audiobook version, borrowed from my public library. Thomas Sadoski (Mile 81) and Edward Herrmann (The Dune) bring their stories alive, perfectly capturing the characters through whom the story is told.

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