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text 2017-05-21 17:14
Reading progress update: I've read 108 out of 258 pages.
An Extraordinary Union - Alyssa Cole

Have I mentioned that I really hate this time period (American Civil War) and usually avoid books set in it like the plague? I was hoping this might work for me because romance at least guarantees a happy ending for the main characters. But I'm still so nervous for the heroine, who's spying as a slave, and I'm worried she'll eventually encounter the guy she used to love (a free black man who was kidnapped into slavery - not the book's hero).

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text 2017-05-17 15:18
Reading progress update: I've read 309 out of 309 pages.
The Course of Honour - Avoliot The Course of Honour - Avoliot

Done! I enjoyed it. I could list all kinds of problems with it, and there were a handful of typos and two spots with author's notes that should have been removed before the work was marked as "completed," but the romance was sweet (and surprisingly there was no explicit sex).

 

Now to get back to my Booklikes-opoly read, which I've also been enjoying.

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text 2017-05-17 02:59
Reading progress update: I've read 216 out of 309 pages.
The Course of Honour - Avoliot The Course of Honour - Avoliot

I had forgotten that Archive of Our Own includes original works as well as fanfic. I saw a recommendation for this sometime last night, and look, I'm already two thirds of the way through. Whee! If the author had other original works available, I would probably have downloaded them by now.

 

I mean, it's not perfect. If I didn't enjoy the main characters so much, there are things that would probably irk me more. It's a sci-fi romance that's extremely light on the world-buliding - it's easy to forget about the sci-fi aspect until the characters talk about data coins and flybugs and such. Also, I've noticed a few writing tics, like the tendency for characters to say "What" (no question mark) during scenes that call for them to be amusingly stunned. And the main characters spend a lot of time trying to read each other and yet are incredibly bad at it.

 

But I'm still enjoying myself. Even though I'm currently very frustrated with one of the main characters.

 

(Oh, and link here if you're curious and don't want to search. It's m/m sci-fi romance with political marriage and a bit of intrigue.)

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text 2017-05-15 03:33
Reading progress update: I've read 245 out of 245 pages.
Decision at Doona - Anne McCaffrey

 

All right, I finally get to roll again!

 

I imagine I'd have enjoyed this one more if I had first read it 20 years ago. Unfortunately, this was my first time reading it, and most of my problems with it could be summed up with one word: Todd. I hated that his parents had nothing good to say about him until the Hrrubans basically adopted him. At the same time, he also annoyed me. And the way McCaffrey used him near the end had me rolling my eyes. I had difficulty believing that a 6-year-old who couldn't/wouldn't be quiet, sit still, do as he was told, etc. could do everything that he did at the end of the book, especially since even an adult would probably have found large stretches of it to be boring or mentally exhausting.

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text 2017-05-15 02:02
Reading progress update: I've read 218 out of 245 pages.
Decision at Doona - Anne McCaffrey

I just went back to the character list at the beginning of the book and realized it contained info that technically counts as spoilers. I just hadn't paid close enough attention to notice. Yeah, I really should have figured out that little revelation sooner.

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