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text 2017-05-27 02:23
Reading progress update: I've read 398 out of 832 pages.
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The Meaning of Love by Daniel Abraham

 

In independent "city" within a city, a life-long resident has taken a exile prince under her wing while he's hiding from his evil stepmother.  While Asa has used her street smarts to keep Prince Steppan alive, he has fallen in love with a girl he hasn't met who is about to be sold as a slave by her family for much needed money.  Asa promises to save Steppan's great love and then runs into to bounty hunters looking for a recent Chancellor of the greater city around her hometown.  Knowing the man, Asa comes up with a plan to help both her friends get what they want and in true roguish fashion even makes some money as well.

 

4 STARS

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text 2017-05-27 02:09
Reading progress update: I've read 368 out of 832 pages.
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Heavy Metal by Cherie Priest

 

A big man rolls into Ducktown, Tennessee site of a years old environmental disaster that might have helped create a home for something far more sinister.  Kilgore is a problem-solver of the supernatural kind, keeping his Bible close and his knowledge of the "old way" fresh in his mind.  Investigating the deaths of two University of Tennessee student researchers, Kilgore speaks with their surviving colleague and then with the lead volunteer at the local museum dedicated to the old copper mine and the resulting disaster before investigating the area himself.  Kilgore is an intriguing rogue, who story can only be guessed at along with his area of expertise.  Even through the story was good after finishing, I felt that I only received half the story and information I needed about Kilgore which is why the rating is so low.

 

3 STARS

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text 2017-05-26 00:30
Reading progress update: I've read 342 out of 832 pages.
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Bad Brass by Bradley Denton

 

Professional substitute teacher Matthew Marx has another side to him, he steals from other criminals especially dumb ones like the band instrument thieves from his ex-wife's high school.  Having found out about this little ring of high school thieves, or wannabes, Marx is looking to take their illicit gains for himself only to witness a bizarre exchange especially when one of the thieves steals the buyers' stolen van with some of the stolen band merchandise.  When back at school, Marx realizes that half the "crew" are just band geeks brought in because they know stuff about the "products".  Although Marx himself is a rogue in every sense of the word and the story was well written with subtle comedy woven throughout, compared to some of the other stories in this anthology it just felt average.

 

2 1/2 STARS 

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text 2017-05-23 21:39
Reading progress update: I've read 280 out of 832 pages.
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A Year and a Day in Old Theradane by Scott Lynch

 

After a night of drinking and playing cards with her former gang is interrupted by the chaos caused by the feuding of two wizards that rule the city, famed thief Amarelle Parathis decides to drunkenly berate one of the said wizards.  The next morning the wizard replays a threat Amarelle made the night before, which could get her killed or worse.  To save herself, Amarelle agrees to destroy the focal point of another wizard's power in the titular time frame.  Getting help from her roguish gang of thieves, they race to save Amarelle's existence in full knowledge that if they succeed it won't be the end of their work for the wizard.

 

4 STARS

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text 2017-05-23 20:55
Reading progress update: I've read 236 out of 832 pages.
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Roaring Twenties by Carrie Vaughn

 

Pauline accompanies her friend Madame M to a supernatural speakeasy, patronized by supernatural folk, mobsters, and just regular folks looking to drink some booze.  M wants to speak with the establishments' owner Gigi.  Suddenly what appears to be a normal night takes a turn a couple ask for help to escape for the West Coast and then an obvious Fed shows up and begins nosing around, until both Pauline and Madame take things in hand to get him occupied and help the couple escape, unfortunately they lose the Fed and he comes back resulting in things getting interesting.  While Pauline and M are interesting characters, their roguishness is somewhat questionable though hidden by a good story.

 

3 STARS

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