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review 2017-11-24 16:44
Quick but lots to think on
Waiting for the Taliban: A Journey Through North Afghanistan - Anna Badkhen

This has been my eBook read while at work. Good but more like a magazine article. Did come away with some great food for thought about why Afghanistan is such a quagmire in terms of help, assistance, and why the war is dragging on with no end in sight. 

 

Also, I learned lots of new words like kleptocracy (rule by a thief or thieves). Love that term! 

 

 

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review 2017-11-21 00:09
Very Cute Story
A French Girl in New York - Anna Adams

This is another book I got as part of Nook's Free Fridays program. Unlike the last Free Friday book I tried and failed to read, this one was actually decent.

 

First, having a non-white protagonist who was described rather ambiguously instead of using the classic, hit-you-over-the-head language to obviate a character's ethnicity was a breath of fresh air. Maude, the main character, was also written to where she was relatable even if I don't see much of myself in her image, proof positive that non-white characters have a certain relatability to those who do not share the character's ethnicity.

 

The grammar in it was pretty clearly marked by a non-native English speaker's pen. It wasn't overly distracting from the story, but it was obvious. The lack of commas in particular made for an occasional challenge in reading.

 

Finally, the plot was good. The standard rags to riches story was spliced with a coming of age story, a dash of mystery, and a bit of romance. All of this led to a highly unique story that only left me knowing the ending within the last 20 or so pages.

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review 2017-11-09 17:52
It's time to...see the pyramids along the Nile...
The Jackal's House - Anna Butler

‘The Jackal’s House’ is the second book in Anna Butler’s amazing series “Lancaster’s Luck” but before I get into trying to explain why it’s amazing without giving away anything about the story. I’m just going to do a bit of housekeeping here…first for anyone who’s familiar with steampunk it won’t come as any surprise that it has a bit of a language that’s all it’s own and at some point during the reading of this book I realized that when I did my review for ‘The Gilded Scarab’ the first book in the Lancaster’s Luck series I forgot to mention that the author has conveniently placed a glossary at the end of the book to assist the reader in clarifying those ‘what- does-that-mean?’ words…you may even want to have a peek at it before you start reading the book.

 

The other thing I want to say is if you haven’t read the first book…seriously reconsider starting with this one. Lancaster’s Luck is a series that needs to be read in order. There’s a lot in ‘The Gilded Scarab’ that connects to this book and I’m not sure that I would have enjoyed this story nearly as much without having read the first book.

 

Ok, now let’s see if I can do justice to this book. Because while I really, really liked ‘The Gilded Scarab’ this book…well damn this one just blew it all out of the water for me. ‘The Jackal’s House’ for me was totally a 5 star read…only because they tell me that’s all the stars I can give it, otherwise there’d be a hella’ lot more of them up there at the top of this review.

 

Unlike the first book most of this story takes place in Aegypt as Rafe accompanies Ned on his next archeological dig. Going with Ned isn’t an easy decision for Rafe to make…he’s got responsibilities, but eventually the idea of being parted from the man he’s come to love and has only had back in his live for a few short months tips the scales and Rafe agrees to go not wanting to miss out on the opportunity for them to have more time together…an opportunity that allows them to have some distance from their responsibilities and the pressures of their lives in Londinium.

 

While the adventure part of this story got a little bit of a slow start once it got started it kicked into high gear fairly quickly and honestly, I loved the first part of this book as much as the last. We’re given more of Ms. Butler’s amazing world building as she moves us from the steampunk world of Londinium to that of Aegypt and its ancient mysteries.

As Ned and Rafe dig to unearth the treasure of Aegypt’s past…things are happening in both Londinium and Aegypt that could affect the present and the future that they want together in ways that neither man has anticipated and ways that have given this story a whole new and intriguing potential.

 

As with the previous book this book has a story that is essentially complete but with threads that connect to an overall story arc that extends to the next book…and please, oh please let there be a next book…because there are things that in my heart I just know are lining up to happen. There was a lot that happened in this story by no means an overwhelming amount but some of saw closure to certain events and some things laid the ground work for new possibilities and I am so on board for all of it.

 

While I’m not a huge fan of historical novels the addition of this being set not in Victorian times but steampunk Victorian times has only added to this story giving it more interest and an entirely unique feeling for me and when it comes to steampunk ironically the Victorian era is my favorite…I’m a total fan of ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentelmen’ or the more recent ‘Sherlock Holmes’ movies staring Robert Downey Jr. and while Will Smith did an admirable job in ‘The Wild, Wild West’ for me nothing compares to the original television series starting Robert Conrad. I’m by no means an expert when it comes to steampunk but I am an expert on what I like and the fact that these stories fit so easily onto the virtual shelf where I keep my favorite steampunk movies and shows…things that have been longtime favorites of mine, is for me indicative of the fact that “Lancaster’s Luck” is a series that has struck just the right cord with me and I have no doubt that if someone were to ask me tomorrow, next week, next year or years down the road for an example of what I like when it comes to steampunk this series will be on that list.

 

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An ARC of ‘The Jackal’s House’ was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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review 2017-11-08 09:02
New York zu verschenken von Anna Pfeffer
New York zu verschenken - Anna Pfeffer New York zu verschenken - Anna Pfeffer

Worum geht es und wie war es?

Für die Inhaltsangabe nehme ich mal lieber den Text von amazon:

Anton hat alles, was sich ein 17-Jähriger wünscht: vermögende Familie, liebende Eltern und keine Geschwister. Was Anton seit Kurzem auch noch hat: eine Ex-Freundin. Olivia hat ihn grundlos nach ein paar Monaten abserviert, und das, obwohl er sie doch mit einer Reise nach New York überraschen wollte. Das Ticket ist auch schon auf ihren Namen gebucht. Kurzerhand startet der selbstsichere Sonnyboy via Instagram die Suche nach einer neuen Olivia Lindmann. Der Andrang ist mäßig, aber es meldet sich eine 16-jährige Liv, die ganz anders ist, als die Mädchen, die Anton sonst trifft …

 

Wie war es?

Ich habe von dem Autorenduo, das sich hinter dem Pseudonym "Anna Pfeffer" verbirgt schon das Buch "Für dich soll's tausend Tode regnen" gelesen und fand es sehr unterhaltsam. Darum habe ich nicht sehr lange überlegt und mir kurz vor dem Urlaub noch schnell diese Neuerscheinung gekauft. Ja, es liest sich gut und ja, es hat mir auch gefallen, ABER mir war ab einem bestimmten Zeitpunkt (relativ so ab der Hälfte) klar, wie die Geschichte weitergeht und dann hat es weniger Freude gemacht zu lesen und ich fand es dieses Mal sprachlich nicht ganz so schön wie das erste Buch. Keine Ahnung, vielleicht werde ich auch mäkeliger. 

An sich war es eine leichte und lockere Lektüre und verdient 3 1/2 Sterne dafür, denn die Idee mit der Reise und dem Suchen nach einem Ersatz ist schon recht unterhaltsam gewesen, auch bin ich in einem Alter, in dem man "Schlaflos in Seattle" noch als Film mehrmals gesehen hat... *seufz* (diese Information ist für diejenigen, die das Buch gelesen haben, ansonsten unrelevant...)

 

Und ich bin etwas enttäuscht, denn es gab nicht eine Passage, die ich mir als Zitat markiert habe... mmh... schade, irgendwie, aber es war eben nur ein 3 1/2 Sterne-Buch für mich.

 

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review 2017-11-05 17:29
Anna Bradley nails another HR
Lady Eleanor's Seventh Suitor - Anna Bradley

OMG I LOVED THIS BOOK SO HARD! Cam is the worst autocrat. I mean really, he blackmails her into marriage. Talk about imperious and demanding. Yes, there are good reasons, but still. Much as I love my alphaholes, there were many ways for this to go so wrong. But in Anna Bradley’s brilliantly capable hands, I adored his underhandedness and ruthlessness. Of course, it made all the difference that Lady Eleanor was equally ruthless in her schemes not to be trapped by Cam.

 

There is so much collateral damage and heartbreak and stubborn stubborn people incapable of saying what they really mean. Absolutely delicious. Reward yourself with this book!

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