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review 2019-02-16 22:52
Kindle Edition on sale this month
Thrall - Natasha Trethewey

If you like poetry, you should read Natasha Trethewey.  These poems are, on one hand, about her relationship to her father, and, on the other hand, the position that black people have been too often placed in by white people.


Thrall is an interesting word choice because it means being in someone's power.  There is the power that family holds over us.  There is the hold that the art that inspired some of these poems had on Trethewey.  There is the sense of ownership that white people have felt (or still feel in some cases) over black bodies.  It's all here.  Stark and beautiful.


I mean, look at this quote from "Taxonomy" -  a poem about the painting on the cover


Call it the taint -as in

T'aint one - and t'aint the other


Illicit an yet still naming still

what is between


(Loc 282)


It's a hard hitting use of word play.  You can see why she was US Poet Laureate. 



BTW - She is not dead.  The US Poet Laureate position is different than that of the UK.  It's only for Oct to May, poets can serve more than once.  Usually the Laureate, among other duties, picks a weekly poem for the NYT Sunday Magazine.


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text 2018-09-12 15:44
Halloween Bingo Catchup.
Beyond the Empire (The Indranan War Book 3) - K.B. Wagers
Murder In Thrall - Anne Cleeland
A Dangerous Place - Jacqueline Winspear
The Last Namsara - Kristen Ciccarelli
The Reapers - John Connolly

So far this month I have read 5 books.

Some of them are easy to put into a square and some are difficult:


Last Namsara falls somewhat into Doomsday; it involves stories so I think A Grimm Tale would be pretty apt but it is about Dragons so Cryptozology is the best slot.


A Dangerous Place is set in Gibraltar which I'm pretty sure counts as a Small Town, it could also have been Genre Suspense, just about Fear the Deep (she arrives on a Liner from India) and most of this series qualifies as Cosy, the first few pages are quite Gothic, Maisies mental health is not the best here and that's most of the terror in the tale... but Terror in a Small Town is the best fit.


Beyond the Empire is more space opera than anything else, the only thing I have that it fits into is New Release 


Murder in Thrall falls into Genre Suspense, Supernatural a little, Modern Noir and Gothic; I'm going to use Genre: Suspense here.


The Reapers has elements of Genre Suspense, Modern Noir and Supernatural; you could also argue Southern Gothic and Terror in a Small Town (where the final battle takes place and most of the gore) I think I'll go with Modern Noir here.


Feel free to tell me I'm wrong.

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review 2018-09-11 11:56
Murder In Thrall - Anne Cleeland

It was an interesting mystery and I liked Kathleen Doyle, however Lord Acton is a stalkerish creep.  I honestly didn't get the romance of it. Quite apart from the disparity in class and wealth, and yes this shouldn't matter but when she's Irish, living from paycheque to paycheque and a rookie and he's an English Lord with a lot more seniority and is quite wealthy.  He follows her and basically doesn't take no for an answer.  I didn't find it romantic, I found it troubling to be honest and while I might read more in the series I hope the author addresses the problematic issues as the series goes on.


This is fairly classic abuser behaviour and I could see other people having problems with it, I didn't really see a build of romance but our views of the story are coloured by the voices telling it.


Overall it was quite readable and while I had problems I did finish the book quite quickly

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review 2018-04-22 16:50
Moon Thrall - Donna Grant

The second book in the LaRue series brings us a reporter on a mission to inform everyone she can of what lurks in the shadows of New Orleans, and the youngest LaRue brother who takes on the mission to stop her from reporting any more of the truth. Their story was quick but didn’t feel rushed. It had action and adventure and the characters really do pop off the page. I always enjoy a DG book and this one doesn’t disappoint. I liked how things developed between Court and Skye. It felt real and believable even with the story being around 200 pages. The curse of the novella doesn’t visit this story, which always make it stronger. I look forward to reading more about the LaRue brothers.

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review 2017-06-10 01:35
The Thrall’s Tale by Judith Lindbergh
The Thrall's Tale - Judith Lindbergh

This took me longer than I expected. It wasn’t exactly a hard read, but there was this dreamy quality to the prose that I wasn’t entirely sure I liked. It almost feels languid. It’s told from three perspectives: Thorbjorg – a freewoman and witch, Katla – Thorbjorg’s unfortunate thrall, and Bibrau – Katla’s unwanted daughter. All three perspectives are told in the first person which I didn’t entirely like. It is very clear whose section is whose and none of them are very long, but I still wasn’t sure I liked the convention. This isn’t a happy story but it is an interesting one. We follow Thorbjorg and Katla as they travel from Iceland to Greenland in the 10th century and it’s the kind of historical fiction where the magic and spirits are real because the characters believe them to be. There isn’t a lot of magic; just the kind of stuff that’s mixed in with folk tales and rituals and believing in spirits. There’s a lot of Norse mythology mixed in with the threat of Christianity.


I did decide that I liked how everything tied together though, so I’m going with four stars.


I read this for booklikes-opoly square Tomorrowland 34 since it has a child on the cover. Well, a baby. I’m pretty sure that counts. At 450 pages, I get to add $5 to my bank, bringing my total to $114.


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41/450 pages

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