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review 2017-09-18 17:22
he Supreme Might of Love by Christa Tomlinson
The Supreme Might of Love - Christa Tomlinson

In all fairness, gladiators are not my slice of salami. 

I read this book for a challenge because of the Mars character. He disappointed me a quite a bit, since his true nature never got a chance to shine. As for the mortals, as entertaining their relationship was in the beginning, it all turned to lust and then love all too quickly, at the same time failing to produce any hint of chemistry between them. 

The book is short, and of course, it limits the opportunities for the characters and relationships to develop fully. The plot was a bit of a cliche, the chemistry, like I said, was non-existent, the sex was meh. 

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text 2017-09-02 23:23
Free Halloween e-Book available on Amazon

Free Halloween Book for a Limited Time


The e-book version of the 2017 Halloween novel The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol is being offered for free from today until September 5 on Amazon.


It is a brand new Halloween novel based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The e-book version of it is currently being offered for free from September 1 to September 5 so that book reviewers can read it in time for Halloween book reviews.


Although A Halloween Carol was originally written for preteens and young adults, it makes a great holiday story for readers of all ages. Younger readers will enjoy the spooky tale of a despicable holiday humbug who is scared witless by four eccentric Halloween spirits when they whisk him away to Halloweens past, present and future.


Adults will enjoy a nostalgic romp back into their Halloweens past and a brief romantic encounter with long lost love. Young and old readers alike will enjoy the delightful humor, clever word play and black cat antics sprinkled liberally throughout the book.


I hope you will visit Amazon and nab your complimentary e-book The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol

Source: www.amazon.com/Legend-Decimus-Croome-Halloween-Carol-ebook/dp/B01MFHLIWS/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1503436491&sr=8-1&keywords=the+legend+of+decimu&linkCode=ll1&tag=trailsnet-20&linkId=e6434bc3d3a40246d5e9cb5811c9b508
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review 2017-08-17 04:30
Deep Magic (Deep Magic #1) by Gillian St. Kevern
Deep Magic - Gillian St. Kevern

The ending seemed as tangled as Dewy's hair at one point, and was dealt with it the same way - cut short. But on the whole - pure magic. I loved it to pieces :) 
And yeah, Vegemite... @.@  lol

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text 2017-08-06 01:13
Reading progress the 25% I committed to ... Nope, No, NO! … DNF
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

Phèdre once more hints that if she had only known then what was to come … ya know what?  I don't give a shit what's to come.  DNF.


I realize I let my impression of her childhood as being groomed into child trafficking color my opinion of this.


But, holy cow, what is in this for me to get into?  I'm not bowled over by the writing -- it's decent but hardly immersive or that excellent.  I don't like the society, the characters, the storyline of pandering out these kids even though as promised at the 25% mark she at least is sounding more adult, the so-called politics that are supposed to be such hot shit with this pederast's wet dream and justification of child abuse and slavery.


I usually DNF very quickly.  I held out hope that this one might pick up enough to make me forget the beginning chapters because so well-recommended and because was reading for a booklikes bookclub August read.  I hate to bail on a bookclub read ...




If you do want to join in the bookclub read, it's at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy 

Source: booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy
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text 2017-08-01 23:07
Reading progress: Chapters 1-6
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

Well, I have a friend whose reading tastes I normally share who adores this series.  I can already see where it could grow into some very complex, interesting politics/worldbuilding.


Right now, kinda meh on it.  I knew going in the main character would like pain (and nothing squicky like torturing or molesting children is happening although the system is exploiting them and risking such things ).  She has just turned 10 -- not unusual for fantasy genre books to start with someone's childhood -- where I expect it gets more interesting as she gets older.


Just basically right now she's been sold by mother to be raised in a temple(?) that's basically a brothel and then sold into what amounts to slavery from what I'm reading ("indentured servitude" for a decade or so if had been permitted to stay in the whorehouse ... er ... temple).  May say something about my reading tastes, but not that shocking or that interesting yet.  


Again, there are glimpses of a larger story where I can see this being a series I can get into.  Just not that exciting yet, she's not old enough to be that interesting or aware yet, and from her child's viewpoint not much known of this world yet.  


Very early in book.  I can get interested in a series if I can get interested in a character, a plot line, or the worldbuilding -- so, we'll see.  (I am past the days of hearing that book #2 or #5 or whatever in a series will hook me, I do need to remotely like the first book.)


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Reading this in August for bookclub http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy .


Feel free to join in; any edition can be used.


Find more book clubs at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs .

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