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text 2017-07-25 22:48
A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles.
A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel - Amor Towles

I'm putting this one aside and may not come back to it. Much praise has been lavished on it, but it has too little narrative thrust for me, and I find that its charm can be overbearing to the point of preciousness.

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text 2017-07-20 02:12
What Angels Fear DNF @ 13%.
What Angel Fear (Book 1) - C.S. Harris

There isn't anything really wrong with this book; it's just failing to draw me in. I'm pretty sure the events of chapter seven aren't supposed elicit a sigh.

They go to to arrest our hero Sebastian for the actress's murder, one of the constables draws a knife and accidentally mortally wounds the other constable. Then the first constable blames it all on Sebastian and Sebastian flees in a stolen hansom.

(spoiler show)

Anyway, I'm just not feeling it and Sebastian feels a little too perfect and world-weary for me at the moment, so I figure I'll move on. I was trying to read this for booklikes-opoly square Mystery 25 "Read a book that's tagged historical mystery" since it takes place in 1811 (does it count as Regency era if they're just talking about the Regency and it hasn't happened yet?). I did read more than 10% of the book though, so I'm going to count the 44 pages that I read as $2 for my booklikes-opoly bank and move on.

 

New bank balance: $237

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review 2017-07-17 13:31
The Red Pyramid ★☆☆☆☆
The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan,Kevin R. Free,Katherine Kellgren

Boring with incredibly simplistic writing. Yes, I know it's middle grade fiction with children as the target audience, but so was the first Harry Potter and The Hobbit, which both offered immediately engaging characters, fascinating new-but-familiar worlds, and a sly humor that sucked me in immediately. This... didn't.

 

Audiobook via Audible. I gave it a full 30 minutes before I DNF'd.

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review 2017-07-07 01:17
Bookburners DNF @ 27%
Bookburners - Jeffrey Veregge,Mur Lafferty,Max Gladstone,Margaret Dunlap,Mark W. Weaver,Brian Francis Slattery

Review for Bookburners # 1.1-1.4/1.16

 

I could push myself to read the rest of this but I don't really feel like it. Superficially it's fine, and it sounded interesting but I have no real urge to continue. I guess the serial format just doesn't work for me in this case. Sal (a cop) gets recruited by a group from the Vatican that deals with magic books when her brother gets taken over by a dangerous magical book. It sounded neat but I'm finding that I just don't care. Maybe I'll pick it up again, maybe I won't, but I'm sure someone on the library's waitlist really wants to read it.

 

I was reading this for Free Friday #3 for booklikes-opoly and I got 210 pages into the 789 page book, so I'm adding $6 to my bank.

 

New Total: $184

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text 2017-06-30 19:53
Behind Her Eyes - DNF
Behind Her Eyes: A Novel - Sarah Pinborough

Ugh. I hate first person present tense. My mother bought it and thought it was great. I listened to about 5 minutes at the start, then skipped around a little to be sure that it wasn’t just the first chapter before I DNF’d it. I didn’t listen to the minimum 20 minutes, so I’m not assigning a star rating.  

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