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review 2017-10-24 21:21
Yeah, not so much...
The Cursing Stones (Avalon Rising) (Volu... The Cursing Stones (Avalon Rising) (Volume 1) - Sonya Bateman

It is always risky to go for a retelling of the most famous legends - like Avalon, Arthurian legends and so on.

 

And this was not really interesting.

 

It felt off and didn't manage to really generate interest in the main characters.

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review 2017-06-06 16:44
Due to Length, Could Not Get Into All Stories Equally
An Avalon Valentine - Darien Gee

If you have read the story "Friendship Bread" you know that story takes place in the fictional town (maybe? I don't know) of Avalon. Author Darien Gee has returned to this location and characters in subsequent books: "The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society", "An Avalon Christmas" and now in "An Avalon Valentine." It is nice to revisit some of these characters we have come to known. But due to the length of this book (176 electronic pages) Gee doesn't have a lot to work with regards to the four main story-lines she decides to follow. 

 

Story-line 1 follows long time character Hannah Wang. She is happy in her relationship with her boyfriend Jamie Linde, but now her ex-husband is back trying to rekindle their former relationship. 

 

Story-line 2 follows another long time character, Connie Colls who is getting a bit bored with her samey relationship with vet Eli. That is until a new vet comes along who has Eli changing his ways.


Story-line 3 and 4 follow two characters that are new, Lucia Blake and Goldie Love (yeah that last name...sigh). Lucia is dealing with having a crush on her mail carrier and Goldie is a retired romance writer who is resistant to celebrating her 50th wedding anniversary. 


There's a little hidden story-line in this one too, Julia Evarts daughter from the first book, Gracie, gets a little part of the Valentine's Day theme, I honestly wish that it had been cut since it just didn't work well with the other 4 story-lines. 

 

I have to say for me this whole book was a wash. The POV jumped around a lot and we don't get to spend much time with any of these characters. I thought that Hannah's story-line had the most potential and could have been it's own stand alone book taking place in Avalon, but shoehorning in Connie, Lucia, and Goldie's stories just made the whole book feel cluttered. Maybe if Gee had decided to make this into a full length novel so some of these stories could have breathed it would have worked better. 

 

The writing was okay, but I was missing the magical sense of this town that I have read about for a few years now. I just thought that the background of Valentine's Day would make it more interesting, but I was honestly bored. Maybe if Gee had shaken things up a bit with regards to some of the longer term romances in this book that would have made for a more compelling read? It just seemed most of the issues were once again adults not talking to each other and everyone just ignoring having a conversation that ended up fixing all in like ten minutes. 

 

The ending fell a little flat. I am happy to get some new Amish friendship bread recipes though. 

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text 2017-06-04 14:28
3rd June 2017
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley

Remain true to yourself, child. If you know your own heart, you will always have one friend who does not lie.

 

Marion Zimmer Bradley

 

Best known for The Mists of Avalon, a Camelot retelling, Marion Zimmer Bradley (born June 3, 1930) also wrote LGBT pulp fiction as well as several fantasy series, including the popular Darkover series. She began her writing career by publishing fanzines as a teenager.

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text 2017-06-02 19:56
Set aside @ 60% or so
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley

This audiobook is 50 hours long, which I've concluded is way too effing long for a single audiobook. Davina Porter is a fabulous reader, and did a terrific job with the source material, but I'm simply unable to take it anymore. I need a break. I hit a good stopping point, so stopping I am.

 

Someone should've drowned Gwenhwyfar at birth. The fall of Camelot is her fault because she was an annoying, barren, self-pitying, self-righteous, demanding, shallow, whiny (oh, my, god, the whining) twat. May she die an inglorious death.

 

That's all I've got at this point.

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text 2017-05-25 15:58
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley

I have been listening to this 50 hour audiobook for what now feels like forever, & I am only 1/2 way through. It's so freaking long that it has been broken up into 6 smaller parts, and I just started part 4.

 

The narrator, Davina Porter, is incomparable. She also narrated the Outlander series, so I knew she was fantastic going in, and was one of the reasons that I decided to listen to this book.

 

However, Guinevere is on my last fucking nerve. I don't think I've ever encountered an adaptation where she was more annoying. 

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