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text 2020-05-30 17:37
Reading progress update: DNF at 35%.
Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor

At this point I´m wondering if I´m going to be the person who will DNF every single book for Booklikes-opoly. 

 

This one was of to a promising start, but then it ventured very fast into the "whatever" territory. I couldn´t care less about what was happening in the book and what was happening to the characters. And quite frankly, I´m bored stiff at this point.

 

I actually had the same experience with the other Okorafor I have read. I liked the beginning of Binti, but towards the end I became completely indifferent.

 

 

Which makes me think that Nnedi Okorafor isn´t an author for me. I´m not particularly fond of her writing style and her stories simply don´t grab me like they should. It´s a shame, because I like the aspect of African culture in her novels, but I don´t want to force myself through books I´m clearly not enjoying.

 

DNF at 35% (79 out of 221 pages)

Money earned: $ 1.00

 

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review 2020-05-30 15:28
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book, adult version - Neil Gaiman

by Neil Gaiman

This is a very imaginative story about a baby whose parents are murdered, but he alone of his family escapes into a graveyard. He is adopted by the spirits there and has an unusual life, growing up among the dead.

 

He is called Bod, short for Nobody, and as he grows, his adventures take us through different worlds, including discovering the city of the ghouls. He learns ghostly antics that should be impossible for humans, but it's a Fantasy, so rules of Physics do not apply.

 

The trouble with Gaiman books is that I can't help comparing them to other Gaiman books. I can't say this is as good as The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, but it's a good story, if a little on the young side. It gets quite exciting towards the end. The people who killed his family are still out there and eventually we will learn who they are and why.

 

It's a satisfying read and will definitely appeal to children and YA readers.

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review 2020-05-30 15:14
The Goblins of Bellwater
The Goblins of Bellwater - Molly Ringle

by Molly Ringle

 

Modern fairytales seem to be a rising trend and some good stories are coming out of it. This one read much like a traditional fairytale as far as language and sentence structure goes, but it had some original elements like goblins using iPhones and other modern devices. I was finding it rather charming until near the end of the first chapter an F-bomb spoiled it for me.

 

I'm not a prude or easily shocked, but I had been thinking this would be a lovely story for adults and children alike up to that point and it served no purpose to the story except maybe to add some shock value. Was it worth making it unsuitable for children? I didn't think so until I saw the direction the plot would take.

 

The story continues in an enchanting style for a while, drawing the reader into the human interactions with the goblins. It takes a sinister turn just as the f-bombing starts again and then a set up for an apparent romance angle.

 

The significance of the human characters to the goblins all clicks into place by 20% and I started enjoying the original premise, despite the teenage-like relationships. It comes out that the characters are actually in their twenties and becomes decidedly sexual by about a third in, so any thoughts of sharing with children are out the window. I'll give it credit for stopping at 'sensual' rather than turning into graphic erotica, which I hadn't signed on for.

 

By this time the story has become about the humans and the goblins are left behind. They appear again periodically, but the fairytale atmosphere gives way to a Romance story. Readers of that genre may enjoy this more than I did. It went in a different direction than I expected and my interest waned accordingly.

 

The writing itself is good so I can't fault it, it just wasn't for me.

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text 2020-05-29 08:21
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Ouran high school host club vol 7 - Bisco Hatori

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2020-05-29 08:20
Book Review: Ouran high school host club vol 7 Bisco Hatori
Ouran high school host club vol 7 - Bisco Hatori

May 29
Hunny's little brother, Chika, pays a visit to the Host Club--and immediately starts attacking Hunny, using all his martial-arts prowess against his older brother! Chika seems to be the absolute opposite of his sweets-loving, Bun-Bun-toting sibling, but why is he so angry with Hunny? The Host Club is determined to find out the cause...

Review: I really enjoyed this volume . First the gang brought Koyo to the mall when he was half asleep then he ran into Haruhi stopped a seller from selling counterfeit art .Then Tamaki calls security for Koyo as a lost child.We meet Mori and Hunny brothers . Chika thinks Hunny is a alien cause he's always eating cake at night and Hunny and Chika fight and Hunny stills wins .Haruhi gets kidnapped by the all girls school the host club and Haruhi dad go to girls school to see what's going on . The play is going on and Haruhi isn't very good at singing and the girls found out the host club came to the school. The last part is a short story about the twins when they were kids their Nanny was planning on robbing the twins and she does they give her the code . Their mom asks the twins if they gave her the code so they cried they faked the tears .

 

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