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text 2018-04-18 19:15
Relistening: 4 hours and 20 minutes in
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

I haven't been getting through this very quickly - I keep having to work on things that require too much of my attention for audiobook listening to be possible.

 

I've just gotten to the part where Peter has set up his nice new relaxation spot, complete with fabulous technology (ooh, a TV...with cable), only to have Nightingale stop by. Nearly everyone at Peter's little party works for Nightingale, and here's Nightingale casually trying to join in.

 

So. Awkward.

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text 2018-04-16 20:04
Relistening: 3 hours and 12 minutes in
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Leslie asks Peter whether he should be telling her all this stuff about magic and magical beings and Peter says "I don't see why not. Nightingale's never told me not to."

 

Except here's the thing: I'm pretty sure it was part of Peter's oath before becoming Nightingale's apprentice that he wasn't supposed to tell anyone about this stuff. It was a little vague - I interpreted it as "don't tell anyone who isn't part of our secret magical club," although I suppose it could have been interpreted as "don't tell anyone who isn't also part of the police." Either way, I don't think Peter should have assumed that he was allowed to tell Leslie all of this.

 

It's a moot point, since Nightingale never gets upset with Peter about this, but it's a detail that bugs me.

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text 2018-04-10 23:29
Relistening
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

I'm relistening to this. It's not that I don't want to listen to anything new-to-me, it's just that I've reviewed this already and relistening to it isn't going to add to my unwieldy list of things I still need to review.

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text 2018-04-01 10:27
March marches out...
The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars - Anthony Boucher
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - Ed Yong
Burn Bright - Patricia Briggs
One Corpse Too Many - Ellis Peters
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
Miss Silver Comes to Stay - Patricia Wentworth
Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions - Amy Stewart
The Moving Toyshop - Edmund Crispin
The House of the Cats: And Other Traditional Tales from Europe - Maggie Pearson

Either I was feeling generous, or I had a great reading month.  Since my RL wasn't as nice as my reading month, we'll go with great reading!

 

My total for March was 26 books.  Moonlight Reader's inspired reading version of the game Clue! (Cluedo to those in the Commonwealth), Kill Your Darlings, certainly helped keep my reading pace up, and as always, worked particularly well at getting the veterans off my TBR stacks.  

 

Of the 25 books, 2 were 5-star reads:

The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars by Anthony Boucher 

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong 

 

I had 8 4.5 star reads too:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs 

One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters 

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett 

Miss Silver Comes to Stay by Patricia Wentworth 

Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart 

The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin 

The House of the Cats: And Other Traditional Tales from Europe by Maggie Pearson 

 

 

 

Some stats, gussied up:

 

My TBR project:

I've set a book buying budget for each month that = 50% of the total books I read the previous month.  Any books not bought carry over to the next month.  

 

Last month I bought 11 out of the 15 budgeted, leaving me with 4 to carry over to April.  My total books read in March being 25 leaves me with a budget of 12 (I always round down; I figure this way, if I go over one month, there's a small error of margin). 

 

total books I can buy in April:  16

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review 2018-03-27 10:31
Understatement would be to call this work brilliant
Midnight Tides - Steven Erikson

Quite frankly as a stand alone this is the best fiction read yet. Given this plonks you into a time when you only know of one character you immediately fall in love with pretty much everything in this book. From the ridiculous mindset of the Lothari Empire held together by a stringent and cruel ultra-capitalistic code to the traditional Tiste Edur. The first mention of the Lothari legalities had me in stitches early on when we are taken to the docks.

 

Both groups have their significant flaws which Erikson delves deeply into given the social implications of the book a really nice edge that is layered magnificently via the character building. The characters were brilliantly done. Bug and Tehol were absolutely fantastically done. I really hope these two make another appearance later in the series. I don't want to give too much away in regards to these two but the opening scene with two had me in stitches and continued throughout. I enjoyed the development of our protagonist Trull. We meet his family (proud nobility mother, father and four sons) including Fear and Rhulad. Both are remarkable in their journey throughout the novel and are nicely weaved into the story. Others in the story like Tehol's two brothers are also quite interesting. The way the Azoth changes in the novel is quite interesting too. It leaves you wondering what implications this has on the rest of the book just like the new batch of demi-gods, the remnants of the Crimson Guard, and their leader Iron Bars' actions in the Divers' temple (well we know what happened there partially in book two but I am sure there is more to come).

 

Anyhow this truely is a fascinating read. Erikson delivers the perfect amount of detail and continues to slowly unwind his world in pleasurably style which is very easy to be enveloped into. 10 out of 10!

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