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review 2017-04-15 04:49
Finished!
The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind - Fuyumi Ono,小野 不由美,Akihiro Yamada,山田 章博,Elye J. Alexander,Alexander O. Smith

The Twelve Kingdoms series is kind of an odd one for me - I consider it a beloved series even though most of my ratings for the individual books are 3 to 3.5 stars. I think it's the world and general setup that I like the most.

 

That said, I genuinely love Sea of Wind. I was a little worried that the events of The Shore in Twilight, the Sky at Daybreak had ruined this book for me as a comfort read, but it still works, for the most part. There's just an extra helping of bittersweetness to it now.

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review 2017-04-15 00:00
The Four Legendary Kingdoms: A Jack West Jr Novel 4
The Four Legendary Kingdoms: A Jack West... The Four Legendary Kingdoms: A Jack West Jr Novel 4 - Matthew Reilly If you have twelve labours to perform do you get an energy drink sponsorship deal?

Jack West Jr was retired. The Fifth Greatest Warrior has saved the world and become a family man. But his old nemesis Iolanthe has recruited him against his will to compete in The Games. This battle to the death takes representatives from the Four Legendary Kingdoms to compete to become the champion. Oh, and that champion allows an ancient machine to stop a rogue galaxy from destroying the Milky Way. The galaxy, not the chocolate bar.

With few exceptions - The Tournament, Seven Deadly Wonders - I've loved Matthew Reilly's novels. They made by taking pure adrenaline, injected with amphetamines, and poured into a stack of paper. The stakes are always high and time is always short. This time Jack West Jr has to save the galaxy by winning a tournament. No doubt Reilly's next novel will involve saving the universe...

I was a little wary of The Four Legendary Kingdoms. While The Great China Zoo was a return to form, The Tournament was somewhat of a letdown for me. There was also the fact that Seven Deadly Wonders, the first Jack West Jr novel, was my least favourite book from Reilly. But any fears I had were well and truly stabbed in the neck. I can't wait for the next instalment in this series.
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text 2017-04-14 12:46
Rereading: Page 101 of 317
The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind - Fuyumi Ono,小野 不由美,Akihiro Yamada,山田 章博,Elye J. Alexander,Alexander O. Smith

"But Sansi will remain by your side. She will be with you always, Taiki."

Ok, ouch. This is sweet and comforting in the context of this book,

but as part of Taiki's overall story as I currently know it it's a gut punch. Poor Taiki and Sansi.

(spoiler show)
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text 2017-04-14 04:57
Rereading
The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind - Fuyumi Ono,小野 不由美,Akihiro Yamada,山田 章博,Elye J. Alexander,Alexander O. Smith

I'm in need of some comfort reading, so it's time for my umpteenth reread of this. I'll do my best to pretend that the events of The Shore in Twilight, the Sky at Daybreak (Eugene Woodbury's fan translation) never happen. Taiki and his king spend many happy centuries together, so there.

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text 2017-03-31 19:25
March 2017 Round Up!
Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes
Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire
Heroine Complex - Sarah Kuhn
The Undoing - Shelly Laurenston
Cast in Flight - Michelle Sagara
The Undead In My Bed (Includes: Midnight Liaisons #1.5, Dark Ones #10.5, Half Moon Hollow #2.5) - Molly Harper,Jessica Sims,Katie MacAlister
Joy of Witchcraft: A Humorous Paranormal Romance - Mindy Klasky
The Fiery Heart - Richelle Mead
Legacy of Honor - Linda Hilton
Haunted on Bourbon Street - Deanna Chase

I'll jump n the bandwagon and try to round up my March reads.  By and large, great reads that cured a reading slump, but many put me behind on reviewing because I basically had little to say beyond "I enjoyed this book."

 

I also did this year's Big Library Read (global buddy read where Overdrive makes a voted ebook 100% available -- no waitlist/hold -- to participating public libraries).  This time was, surprisingly, a cookbook.  A good one with a mix of sweet, savory, basic and advanced pies:

 

Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life - Kate McDermott,Andrew Scrivani 

Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life - Kate McDermott,Andrew Scrivani  

 

What reviews I've written, I try to remember to tag as "Reviews from Spurts" (booklikes link to that tag is http://booklikes.com/dashboard?tag=Reviews%20from%20Spurts ).

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