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text 2017-06-23 14:56
Reading progress update: I've read 74 out of 365 pages.
Sewing the Shadows Together - Alison Baillie

her style of writing in this book lacks flair--the sentences, at times, just kind of hand stuff to you without seeming to come alive and shine--but I've kind of gotten used to that, and occasionally she snaps out of it. there's a sort of YA-style bluntness to it all. anyway, enough about that--what really works is the plot. there's nothing wrong with the story, the Mystery that is building up, as a guy who was convicted of the central "cold case"murder has been announced as released from prison because revisiting the evidence proves he didn't do it (sounds like a loathsome guy, though)! this, and other twists and hints, plus characterization, have got me hooked. addendum: Rory is a complete sod...but did he kill, all those years ago?

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text 2017-06-23 12:16
Camino Island: 3%
Camino Island: A Novel - John Grisham

One of my least favorite approaches to storytelling is when the author spends a sizable chunk of the first chapter to give names and explain the backgrounds of all the characters. Takes what was already an unexciting opening heist scene to new thresholds of Meh. 

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review 2017-06-23 08:33
Sweep in Peace (Innkeeper Chronicles, #2)
Sweep In Peace - Ilona Andrews

I'm a huge fan of Ilona Andrews' writing (or, at least, her Kate Daniels series) so I was inclined to like this to start with; it's a testament to her writing that I did in spite of the undercurrent of science fiction running through the storyline. 

 

I'm not sure if I should admit that my favourite character is Caldenia, but she is.  She gets all the best lines and if not for the cannibalistic tendencies, she might be my literary heroine of choice.  But Dina is no slouch either and while there's never any doubt she has the abilities, her overwhelming innkeeper mandate sometimes makes her a bit trod-upon, so that final scene was awesome.  It's nice to see her abilities balance out; that she can be as bad as she can be good.

 

I never doubted for a minute who Turan Adin really was, it could never have been anyone else, but I couldn't figure out how Andrews was going to explain the timing.  Once she did, I was left wondering what the vampires and hoard thought about the "mysterious creature".  I also thought it interesting that Andrews dropped a huge clue about Dina's brother but then never followed up on it; ditto the clue about what happened to her parents.  I suppose they're saving that for book three.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page count: 301

$$: $6.00

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review 2017-06-23 03:32
Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
Crocodile on the Sandbank - Elizabeth Peters

Series: Amelia Peabody #1

 

I didn’t like the tone this book started off with, and I found Amelia really annoying, at least at the start. She grew on me once she picked up Evelyn as a companion, however. I did like their interactions. Amelia, a rich Englishwoman, has travelled to Rome from where she plans to sail on to Egypt to winter voyaging up the Nile when she encounters Evelyn, who seems a suitable replacement for the paid companion who had recently become ill and had to be sent back home. So Amelia and Evelyn both set off for Egypt where they do some sightseeing and hire a boat to take them up the Nile. Partway through their voyage they fetch up at an archaeological dig where strange happenings occur and a mummy seems to have come back from the dead. Maybe. That’s the mystery.

 

I had guessed a lot about the resolution of the mystery although I’ll admit I hadn’t quite worked out every detail. I ended up enjoying the book despite the rough beginning, so I may look into whether my library has the next one. Eventually.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square New Orleans Station #14 “Read a book that involves overseas travel”. Since Amelia has travelled first to Rome and then travels on to Egypt, I think the book fits. At 226 pages, with the new rules in effect, this nets me $6 for my bank, bringing my total balance to $132. Yay!

 

Previous update:

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text 2017-06-23 03:27
Reading progress update: I've read 28 out of 365 pages.
Sewing the Shadows Together - Alison Baillie

I sampled just a bit of this tonight, even though I'm a bit tired and already read a lot earlier, because it was just too tempting to leave alone. really wanted to go at least 50 pages, but my attention span is juuust starting to flag, so I'll do the book a fair turn before things stop registering. I can say that, even this early on in the page count, I must know what happened to Shona all those years ago, I must see what happens between Tom and Sarah, and I must keep an eye on all these other supposedly nice people who came to the weird class-reunion (who were all mostly around way back when something terrible happened; time for the truth to come out at last, methinks).

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