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text 2017-09-20 05:45
Reading progress update: I've read 7 out of 239 pages.
The Bishop's Pawn (A Marc Edwards Mystery Book 7) - Don Gutteridge

I wish I had one of the earlier books in this series - this is actually Book 7, and I've never read any of the previous ones. I picked up books 7 to 12 for free on Smashwords a while back - the descriptions made me think of the show Murdoch Mysteries.

 

If jumping into the series this late works out okay, I plan on reading this for the Murder Most Foul square.

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text 2017-08-07 19:20
Light Space Opera Marred by Sexual Violence
Star Nomad: Fallen Empire, Book 1 - Lindsay Buroker

Lots of shitty sff tropes hitched to the specific kind of ugly sexual politics one finds in romance novels overwhelm what should (and occassionally is) a quipping romp through the universe. Rape threats and straight up sexual assault continue regularly from the first scenes to,the end of the novel. Before I get the "but that's realistic" chorus, I would like us to all take a minute and consider that this is clearly supposed to be a comic space fantasy with romantic elements, and the introduction of "rape as realism" is unnecessary, thematically jarring, and fucking stupid. And that's not even getting into a 45 minute diatribe about the very equation of rape with realism. 

 

Which is disappointing because there are some nice comic moments and a gift for the absurd in Star Nomad, hidden in under bad world building and rape threats. Sure, a lot of it was derivative -- Firefly has its fingerprints everywhere, from setup to character types -- but I'm not looking to some romp through a pirate-infested asteroid belt to blow my mind or anything. (Unless it's Yoon Ha Lee's Ninefox Gambit, and that shit was amazing.) The Paradox series by Rachel Bach, starting with Fortune's Pawn, contains many of the same elements found here, but is much more expertly done. Start there for your lighter space opera. 

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review 2017-06-06 16:41
Fortune's Pawn: Book 1 of Paradox - Rachel Bach

Ooh that ending, this is SF with a sprinkle of fantasy, reminded me of Marion Zimmer Bradley and some earlier SF writers. Devi Morris is a mercenary with plans and training and now she wants more training and to find it she joins The Glorious Fool, where she might be able to get herself ahead quicker, that or dead. Many secrets and lies and I really enjoyed the read.

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url 2017-05-01 22:08
82 -- yes, EIGHTY-TWO -- new releases in book series tomorrow!
The Gathering Edge (Liaden Universe®) - Sharon Lee,Steve Miller
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses) - Sarah J. Maas
Cold Reign - Faith Hunter
Pawn: A Chronicle of the Sibyl's War - Timothy Zahn
Darkship Revenge - Sarah A. Hoyt
The Dark Prophecy - Rick Riordan
Alien Education (Alien Novels) - Gini Koch
The Fallen - Eric Van Lustbader
Heat Storm (Nikki Heat) - Richard Castle
Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #2) - Ben Clanton

I included a few at top of this post but see the entire list at https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar by clicking on Tuesday, May 2.

 

Guess gearing up for spring vacations and summer reading?

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2017-03-25 15:10
Review: Angels’ Pawn (Guild Hunter #0.6) by Nalini Singh
Angels' Pawn - Nalini Singh

Review originally featured at Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

Angels' Pawn
 
 Guild Hunter #0.6  
 Nalini Singh  
 Urban Fantasy - Paranormal Romance  
 Berkley  
 March 3, 2009  
 eBook  
 57  
 Library  
 

 

Angels’ Pawn introduces readers to a world of beauty and danger where angels and vampires coexist. The novella is the prequel to Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. In Atlanta, a vampire hunter is caught between two rival factions and the angel who is manipulating them both. Her only assistance comes from a vampire who may have his own reasons for helping her...

 

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** Read as part of Angels’ Flight

 

I would suggest buying this as part of the Angels’ Flight instead of individual due to the price of the single title. It seams high for such a short novella only.

 

This one we get a closer look at Ashwini, Elena’s Guild Hunter colleague and Janvier. It’s a little moment in time with these two; before they get their full Novel Archangel’s Shadows.

 

In Archangel’s Shadow they mentioned this moment this assignment briefly and it made me want to find out more on the backstory of Ash and Janvier’s relationship.

 

Ash is smart, tough, and can kick ass. She also has some “talent” or a curse, depending on who looks at it. Janvier is the ban in her existence. She’s hunted him in the past, but here he stands by her side for a Guild assignment. He has a talent for making friends with anybody.

 

Angels’ Pawn focuses on the action rather then the romance. The chemistry is their and we Sigh does a wonderful job giving us a taste of, Ash and Janvier’s, budding teasing flirtatious relationship. As for the world it’s terrifying and riveting.

 

I loved Angels’ Pawn.

 

Rated: 5 Stars

 

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Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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