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text 2018-01-18 22:45
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
The City of Mirrors: The Passage Trilogy, Book Three - Deutschland Random House Audio,Justin Cronin,Scott Brick

I am throwing in the towel around 15%.


I was so excited when I was approved for the ARC of this book! But now some time has gone by and the long and short of it is I just don't care anymore.


My apologies to NetGalley and to the publisher.

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text 2017-08-25 02:54
Reading progress update: I've read 54%. DNF
The Orphans and the Passage Through Time... The Orphans and the Passage Through Time - Michael Beilke

That's it, done.


I hope everyone gets captured and eaten by the Garunga (or whoever the hell they are).

Or caught and squashed in a massive backlash from the wormhole (or whatever it is).

Or maybe all the suns in the area will go supernova at the same time and put them all out of my misery.


If it was tightened up a bit it might make a nice middle grade science fiction space adventure, but even then I think it might just be way too simplistic.

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review 2017-08-19 00:00
Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans
Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans - Thomas Lynch I really enjoyed Thomas Lynch's Booking Passage: We Irish and Americans. It was an entertaining and quite an interesting part memoir, part cultural study with the most amazing book cover I have seen in awhile.
I came across this little book while holidaying in County Cork this week and was totally intrigued by the cover scene and the title and didn't even read the blurb to be honest and was quite surprised by how much I enjoyed the Story and life of Tommy and Nora and their hardships and traditions.
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" In Feb of 1970 Thomas Lynch a fresh 21 year old American looking for little adventure in his life buys a one way ticket to visit the homestead of his great-grandfather who had left for America in the nineteenth century to find a better life. Thomas is greeted by distant relations brother and sister Tommy and Nora Lynch who now reside together in the isolated thatched cottage at the edge of the ocean in Moveen in West Clare, this visit will change a young American's life"

Take a walk around any of the lanes and boreens of rural Ireland and you will find many stone ruins of cottages and dwellings where stories of hard times and immigration are frequent and where the brother or sister left on the few acres of land to scratch out living while the remainder of the family took the boat to England or America, while there is sadness in these stories there are great yarns to be told and I for one still enjoy learning about these times and just spent a week in Cork driving around the Coastal areas and out to Whiddy Island to enjoy the scenery and learn about the past times of the Islanders.The first half of this book was a 5 star read for me as I loved the arrival of the young American boy and leaning about his ancestors and Tommy and Nora's story as they fought to hold onto their home and land. I loved the folklore of the area and many of the true stories were heartbreaking. The second half of the book while interesting does tend to dwell on religion and other matters which just didn't interest me as much.
Overall and interesting book and a great little find while browsing the bookshops of West Cork.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-10 00:55
Safe Passage
Safe Passage - Carla Kelly

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

A full review of Carla Kelly’s Safe Passage would be kinda difficult to do for me, not because it’s a badly written book (I finished it in 2 days, a record for me TBH!) but because the historical facts integrated in this story. It’s very difficult to comment on war or revolution or whatever and the loss of the absurd amount of human lives in the process, to justify the horrifying affects it has on humanity. I’ll do neither in my review.

Carla Kelly has done amazing books where she included tales of war and its aftermath. But she’s always careful to be as subtle as possible while incorporating it with the storyline. Safe Passage is no different, yet there were moments where I felt like putting down the book and take a deep breath. This has a little different setting and background—Mexican Revolution of 1910 (setting here is 1912). The prologue introduces our h, Addie, who has been reminiscing about her past, and her marriage, which seems to be a done thing at this point. Addie lives in Mexico and was married to Ammon for 2 yrs. One sad incident, which led Addie to say some horrible things, had led to their break up. Ammon returned home from his freighting business where injured himself, only to find his wife enraged. He already had a broken leg to deal with, a broken heart now added to the mix. Addie, though, had a reason behind it, and I could try to understand her mental state, still the whole incident was really heartbreaking. Ammon left, heartbroken and in tears, not knowing what he’d done wrong. He had tried to communicate with Addie the first year but she was determined to keep her silence. I have no idea why she treated him so badly, but in the year since then she’d come to regret her action. So much so that she often thinks of Ammon but she doesn’t know how she can do anything to change their circumstances.

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text 2017-05-28 07:53
Reading progress update: I've read 83%.
Passage West - Ruth Ryan Langan


That was unexpected. Very Stand move. Brass balls.

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