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text 2017-12-14 15:15
Reading progress update: I've read 6%.
For Castle and Crown - Sian Ann Bessey

After Updraft, I wanted to read something on the lighter side. So I pushed my current TBR aside and started this one. 

 

It's a Netgalley find, a historical fiction with some romance. An easy read.  Enjoyable so far.

 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi at 7 p.m. !!!

 

I'm more than a little excited. 

 

 

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review 2017-12-14 03:09
Many obstacles that test their mettle
Knight Treasures - Wiley

Sabine and Darrick experience some dangerous adventures to find truth, love, and family. It is a bumpy ride, but I did not want to stop reading. Sabine learned to be independent to protect herself, and I loved that strength. The chemistry between Darrick and Sabine is quick though they doubt their feelings. There are a lot of obstacles from different directions that keep the story interesting. 

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

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text 2017-12-13 18:38
Perfectly suited to be a Shonen Jump Manga
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Manga Classics - Mark Twain

*Disclaimer: reviewing uncorrected eARC via NetGalley.

 

I loved this so, so much. Huck Finn was always my favourite Twain book, so this got a boost just for being imho a great story. I really liked the art style; basically Tom & Huck can be read as mischievous, good-hearted but troublemaking Shonen Jump heroes anyways, so it's just a super fun ride.

 

The subject matter and choices in adaptation deserve some comment, though. There's definitely what we'd call in 2017 "problematic" content around slavery and the portrayal of black people in general. Maybe it's just because I haven't re-read this book as an adult, but I really appreciated the way the Manga Classics adaptation helped the satire of the story stand out, making it clear how crazy the white kids' approach to their situation was, how little true empathy they had for the black (slaves') experience when it came down to it, and how illogical and absurd much of the adults' behaviour was as well. I remember reading this and watching movies a couple decades ago and thinking it was mostly a fun, at times emotional, kids adventure story. Reading this adaptation, it's MUCH clearer to me that Twain was commenting on slavery and a transformation in one boy's understanding of his world, justice and ethical behaviour. Huck learns to see Jim, the "runaway" black slave, as a full human and feels empathy for him by the end of the story, a big transformation from where he makes fun of him and treats him like something less-than-human at the beginning.

 

Appreciated the artist & adaptation notes at the end that spelled out some of the decisions that went into making the adaptation and grappling with how to tell the story. I thought this had great pacing (especially compared to some of the other Manga Classics adaptations that are obviously summarizing and racing through large portions of the story), the art was lovely, dynamic or funny and always expressive, depending on what the scene called for. I'd watch an anime based on this.

 

Language use is preserved from Twain's original, which at times is hard to puzzle out, since it's diving into some pretty heavy accents or dialects. Between that, N-word and the content around slavery, I wouldn't recommend this for cautious/beginning readers. But again, I loved it, so if you're up to sounding out the words and playing some guessing games as to content, definitely give this a shot.

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review 2017-12-12 16:48
Anatomy of a Scandal
Anatomy of a Scandal: A Novel - Sarah Vaughan

James Whitehouse is a loving father. He's handsome, charismatic, and he's a successful public figure. But he's been accused of a terrible crime. His wife, Sophie, is convinced he's innocent and will do anything to keep their family from being torn apart by lies. But Kate Woodcroft, the lawyer hired to prosecute the case, is certain that he's guilty and determined to make him pay for his crimes.

I was looking forward to reading this one and was excited to get an early copy. Unfortunately, I hated everything about this book. I didn't like it from the very beginning, but I figured it would turn into something really good later on. I was wrong. I found it very boring and repetitious. I didn't like the characters or the writing. Even the twist didn't do anything for me. Around the halfway mark I started skimming. This one was a big disappointment.

Thank you to Netgalley and Simon & Schuster Canada for an ARC.

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review 2017-12-12 15:29
Reincarnation Blues: A Novel - Michael Poore

Wow. I loved this book. It is full of hope and compassion and love for the human condition. Just what I needed.  Go read it.

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