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review 2018-07-15 20:54
Anna Undreaming - Thomas Welsh

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

I haven’t read much urban fantasy before so i had no idea what to expect going in, but I ended up loving this book. 

 

This book gave me a ton of Alice in Wonderland vibes especially in the second half, which I was totally digging since I love Alice in Wonderland. The book had the same dream-like quality and mad characters that Alice in Wonderland has.

 

The premise of the book was so creative. People with the ability to build new worlds is such a fascinating concept.

 

The whole book was absolutely stunning in terms of execution. Welsh writes brilliantly and through his prose crafts a gorgeous world. 

 

My favorite character was Elise. She was just so fun and quirky and I loved that about her. I hope we get to see more of her in the following books. 

 

As someone who majored in philosophy in college, I enjoyed the philosophy references throughout the book. Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Camus were all mentioned by name.

 

The glossary at the end of the book was tremendously helpful in learning about the their world. I used it numerous times while reading. 

 

The one thing this book was missing was a map. I would have loved to seen a map of The Realm. 

 

Overall, this was a fantastic start to a magical new trilogy! I can’t wait to find out what happens next and learn more about these characters. 

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text 2018-07-13 05:42
Reading progress update: I've read 159 out of 368 pages.
Anna Undreaming - Thomas Welsh
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review 2018-03-08 22:42
The Cut-throat Celts, Terry Deary
Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry Deary

Thanks to BrokenTune for giving me this book!

 

A deliberately silly book for kids about everybody's favourite Iron Age culture (everybody who likes washing with soap, anyway - you're welcome). Of course it's superficial in adult terms but it does go a little into how much of what is "known" was written by the enemies of the Celts, particularly the Romans and is therefore possibly unreliable except when backed by other evidence.

 

Fun!

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text 2018-03-07 18:57
Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 240 pages.
Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry Deary

"History with the nasty bits left in," war, murder, animal sacrifice all present but the REALLY nasty stuff is absent e.g. the fact that Irish Celtic Kings were required to perform a public fertility rite that involved shagging a horse...

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text 2018-03-05 23:12
Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 240 pages.
Cut-throat Celts (Horrible Histories) - Terry Deary

The Celts may or may not have: been led against the Saxons by some bloke by the name of Arthur; cut people's heads off a lot. (They were definitely obsessed with heads.)


The Celts were: spread across Europe from ancient Greece to Spain, up to France and Belgium and across to Britain and Ireland.


In 52 BC the Gauls, led by Vercingetorix, rebelled against Roman rule. No mention of a little village in Armorica that still held out against the invaders, though...

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