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text 2014-12-01 21:36
November 2014


Here we go again with a monthly round-up for November. I can't believe we almost done with this year. But I got quite a few books in this year. Maybe not as many the last few months but overall I got done 120 books so far this year. That is more than I thought I would :) 

Anyways, here is my list for November, I will try something new and add the synopsis here and than will add the link to Goodreads, my rating and the link to my review. If you interested in the books the buy links will be in the review as always :) 

Thank you and happy reading :) 

November 2014 reads


You can find the complete list here

Snoopydoo sigi

Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/november-2014
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text 2014-12-01 21:25
Kindle Unlimited, November 2014

Twelve Kindle Unlimited books this month for a savings of $42.87,  (although, I read none in October, because October was too short.  Where did October go?  So I wasted that month's ten dollars, so we'll call it a net savings of $32.87.)


There were four that I loved and will be adding all of them to my personal library:



This one made it onto my list of all-time favorite fantasy series.  It has everything; wizards and magic, monsters, love and hate and jealousy, power struggles and betrayal, life and death, war but no peace, the best of humanity as well as the worst and everything in between.

 there are two more books in the series and I will be picking them up soon.



A new time travel series.  I say time travel, but that's not it really; it's the ability to witness historical events using inanimate objects, especially those made of metal, which were in place at the time past events took place.  


It's a wonderful thing.  We can view important past events, but also everyday events by everyday people.  there are so many items to be scanned, and one corporation has exclusive rights to do so.  You can imagine the implications.  


Where there are corporations and people, there is the capability of misusing technology for harm, and of course that happens here.  There are also opportunities for heroes in the form of whistleblowers, journalists, and activists, and this book is about that.  It's the beginning of a series, and I'm hoping the next one is due soon.



these two document the conquest by Cortez, and makes my list of All-time favorite of Conquest of America. (Yes, there is a list for that.  The others on that list include The Luck of Huemac, and Tikal, both by Daniel Peters, and Aztec by Gary Jennings.). This is another one where I have to wait for the next book to come out.


the next books were all good, and I will most likely continue on in the series, but won't be adding them to my library:



These two were also set in Mexico, but before the invasion by Europeans.  

I enjoyed The Merchant of Death, which had a temple artist acting to solve the murder of a merchant.  It's the first book in the series, and I'm waiting on the second one.  If it's as good as I'm hoping, I will start adding these to my library as well.

Ulemet was a well-done short story, entertaining but not particularly a standout in any way.



A YA time travel series which has children searching through time for their lost father who has been kidnapped by evil-doers for his special knowledge of artifacts.  Fun and engaging, although I think it has a few problems -- but not enough to keep me from reading the rest of the books in the series as they come out.



and another decent time travel series, pleasant to read, but I probably don't feel the need to re-read them.  In this one, the Egyptian gods are still alive and well, and circumstances arise where they have to travel back to Ancient Egypt in order to put things right.  


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review 2014-12-01 16:14
The Female Man / Joanna Russ
The Female Man - Joanna Russ

Living in an altered past that never saw the end of the Great Depression, Jeannine, a librarian, is waiting to be married. Joanna lives in a different version of reality: she's a 1970s feminist trying to succeed in a man's world. Janet is from Whileaway, a utopian earth where only women exist. And Jael is a warrior with steel teeth and catlike retractable claws, from an earth with separate - and warring - female and male societies. When these four women meet, the results are startling, outrageous and subversive.


Feminism has evolved and changed over the decades and this book was written during the Second Wave of Feminism (often referred to as Women’s Lib) during the 1960s-1970s. I know that it is difficult for young women born in the 1980s and later to believe some of these things, but there was a time when your career options as a woman were very limited—you could be a nurse, teacher, secretary, or a housewife. When I was in high school in the 70s and making high academic marks, I was strongly discouraged from taking typing classes (something akin to some of the keyboarding classes offered today, but with archaic typewriters rather than computer keyboards) because I was being encouraged to think of myself as a potential manager, rather than a secretary. In those days, bosses dictated their letters and secretaries typed them—no self-respecting man knew how to type. Even if you worked in one of these roles outside the home, it was expected that when you became pregnant, you would quit your job—often, your employer would helpfully fire you to make room for a replacement who was not pregnant. After all, women just worked for “pin money,” to supplement the household income for the fripperies that all women desire (which of course justified paying them very little, as they weren’t “supporting a household” the way that men were supposedly doing). Hard to believe in these days when there are more young women in universities than young men, isn’t it? Now, women are free to become doctors and lawyers, professions which to all intents and purposes barred female students until recently, or to take any other university courses that they desire.

Birth control drugs were not an established thing—the pill was just coming on to the market during these decades and was not always easily available. Doctors were men, generally speaking, and reserved the right to tell you whether you were worthy of birth control. And this was an improvement from earlier years when people could be arrested for giving out information on various birth control methods.

If you were female and unmarried by your mid-20s, you were pitied. Poor thing, you’d never be a whole person and never have children. Being a wife and mother was the be-all and end-all. I don’t think it even crossed most people’s minds that you might be a lesbian, because there were so few women who were out of the closet. Sure, a few folks might say “nasty” things like that behind your back, but most people just considered you pitiable.

So, the Feminist Movement of this time period was very much a reaction against enforced domesticity. Women had acquired the right to vote, but really didn’t have many options in other facets of their lives. The patriarchy was still firmly in place, and feminists had to roar in order to be acknowledged or heard at all, let alone change the status quo. They burned bras (as symbols of their sexualization for the benefit of men), and they demanded equal pay, equal educational opportunities, and equal access to the job market. Some of the more dedicated feminists declared themselves political lesbians, to protest society’s ingrained sexism and “compulsory heterosexuality.” They were removing themselves from the patriarchal structure in the only way they could find and in a way that (during those years) was guaranteed to shock.

We’ve come a long way, baby! And if you don’t understand this background, you also won’t understand The Female Man. Russ shows just how much male privilege dominated, how inferior women were assumed to be. We still have a way to go [see for example, the Jian Ghomeshi scandal at CBC or the lack of a sexual harassment procedure on Parliament Hill—places where men still seem to hold the balance of power]. Male entitlement still exists, but it's circle is shrinking. As Russ says as the end of the book, won’t it be a happy day when readers of this book don’t understand what she’s on about?


This is book 153 in my science fiction/fantasy reading project.

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text 2014-12-01 00:13
November 2014 -- Four Stars or more
By Graham Hancock War God: Nights of the Witch - Graham Hancock
Curses and Confetti (The Bustlepunk Chronicles Book 3) - Jenny Schwartz
The Darwath Series: The Time of the Dark, The Walls of Air, and The Armies of Daylight - Barbara Hambly
A Chronetic Memory (The Chronography Records Book 1) - Kim K. O'Hara

i read 22 books/shorts this month.  These four were my favorites:


War God by Graham Hancock.  A very good historical fiction of Cortez' invasion of Mexico.


Curses & Confetti by Jenny Schwartz.  a fun steampunk set in Australia.


The Darwath Trilogy by Barbara Hambly.  My new Favorite Fantasy Series.


A Chronetic Memory by Kim K. O'Hara..  A time travel thriller.  Another one of my new favorites.


the rest of them fell into the two-and-a-half to three-and-half range.




This historical fiction set in 14th century Wales, could have been a four-star read with a better editor, or an author who heeded her editor, whichever applies.  It was a good story weighed down by annoying tendencies.

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text 2014-11-30 22:06
November Wrap-Up

I had a great reading month this month reading 19 books including two novellas.  

Here's the rundown: 


Almost Adept by Olga Godim: A fun, fantasy adventure with a beautifully built world.  Review here


Resonant (Reign of Blood) by Alexia Purdy:  Reign of Blood prequel, I have the rest of the books in this vampire series on deck.  Review here


Snow White Red Handed by Maia Chance: A fairy tale inspired murder mystery. Review here. 


TAG by Shari J. Ryan: A new adult thriller/romance.  I'm really starting to like some of these new adult books!  Review here


A Year in the Secret Garden by Valarie Budayr: A month-by-month companion book to one of my favorite movies.  Review here.


Roan Rose by Juliet Waldron:  War of the Roses historical fiction about Richard I.  Review here


Memory Card Full by Liz Weber: A memoir about love, loss and moving on.  Review here


Arcana by Jessica Leake:  Historical fantasy with magic and romance.  Review here


The Ripper's Wife by Brandy Purdy: Historical fiction about Jack the Ripper based on the journal of James Maybrick.  Review here. 


The Clever Mill Horse by Jodi Lew Smith: Historical fiction centered around the textile industry and the designing of an efficient flax mill.  Review here


The Luthier's Apprentice by Mayra Calvani: A unique, young adult, paranormal mystery. Review here. 


The Current by Yannic Thoraval: Literary fiction and family drama surrounding an environmental issue- rising sea levels and a sinking Paciific island nation.  Review here.


The Vineyard by Micheal Hurley: Drama surrounds three women who reunite on Martha's vineyard for the summer.  Review here. 


Neverland by Anna Katmore: A new-adult romance type of fairy-tale retelling of Peter Pan.  Review here


Transformed by E.V. Fairfall: Fantasy, paranormal type read about a struggle between Mother Earth and her brother, God.  Review here.  


Divided by M.J. Stevens: The second book of The Guardians series, an exciting fantasy and science fiction sequel to Bound .  Review here.


Recruitz by Karice Bolton: First book in the Afterworld series, this is what happens after the zombie apocalypse. Review here.


Unlocking the Mystery by Eden Baylee: An erotic novella, but with a mystery and very character driven.  Review here.  


Devil Music by Carly Orosz: A demon in an 80's metal band tries to solve the mystery of disappearing musicians.  Review here. 


Another great reading month!

I had a lot of favorites this month: Almost Adept, Snow White Red-Handed, TAG, Roan Rose, Divided, Recruitz, and Unlocking the Mystery were all solid reads for me.

Not so favorites this month were: Devil Music and Neverland. 


Up for next month: Seldom Come By, Lucky's Girl, Light in the Labyrinth, Of Sea and Stone and A Grave Inheritance. 


Have you read any of these or are you planning on reading any of these?




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