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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-06-21 16:01
Immortown by Lily Markova (2015 Review)
Immortown - Lily Markova

ImmortownImmortown by Lily Markova
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Famous actress Freya Auror suddenly finds herself in a very odd town where the townsfolk spend all their time consuming powerful substances and killing themselves. She soon discovers she's trapped, yet not all hope is lost. Maybe there's a way out for her, a way to escape the clutches of Immortown. Or just maybe she'll remain there until she fades...

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

I received this book in exchange for my honest review. My thanks goes to Lily Markova for giving me the opportunity!

In truth, I'm not a believer in life after death or anything like that, but Immortown definitely left me thinking and probably will continue to do so for a while to come. I didn't know what to expect and from what initially started off as serious confusion, turned to fascination as the story progressed and events were explained. I've never read anything quite like it before so, for me, it was certainly unique. Markova clearly has a lot of talent, from the way she writes to the overall tone of her work; the latter being how well she implemented the dark, disturbing feel yet could pull off the occasional humour. Despite that, I feel it took me a lot of effort to read it - I had to pay the utmost attention or I feared I'd miss something relevant; even minor distractions forced me to go over passages more than once. It was easy to lose place of what was happening amongst the lengthy narrative which whilst oftentimes beautiful, also dragged on in other areas. I struggled to rate it, but after some consideration I decided firmly upon the four stars; I really think it deserves such, given my overall enjoyment and the unmistakable thought that's been put into it.

Freya Auror was, in short, a troubled character. I know what it's like to lose someone extremely important and feel like letting go, so I could somewhat relate to her in the way that she lost herself to what she enjoyed doing; for her, it was the acting and the roles she played, such as Astra. She was also a woman enthralled by art, which in itself is characteristically attractive as it's so rare this day and age. I didn't particularly understand her connection to Kai, but I think she was the only one to truly see he wasn't the supposed villain everyone thought he was. Yes, perhaps he was a selfish man, but the burning of Immer wasn't exactly intentional. I actually really liked him, even though he wasn't perfect; quite the opposite in fact. He held an air of mystery and attitude that I found appealing. The childish India, her husband Remy and Chace were also good characters and of course, "Dude", who added some comic relief yet still succeeded to be a haunting figure. I wasn't fond of Kristle, but I suppose that was the whole point.

Indeed, the entire book was about death and suicide, but it was an intriguing take on things. It wasn't just a typical, simple purgatory tale, but something I found original. As I've already mentioned, the beginning had me scratching my head several times, but I'm glad I didn't let it scare me away. Eventually, it all clicked and that, when you sit back and realise all the ties are coming together and making sense, is a great and satisfying thing to experience. The two PoV's complimented and fit together nicely and the plot itself, whilst not action-packed, still greatly entertained.

In conclusion: A very deep and thoughtful read; one I found myself impressed with. I can't help but wonder about the aftermath of Immortown. Will there be a sequel? It surely looks like it could be continued, so fingers crossed! I'd be very interested in reading more just like this.

Notable Quote:

"You know, when people lose someone, they are horrendously hypocritical. They don't pity the ones gone; they mourn themselves for being left without something familiar or loved."

© Red Lace 2015

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Source: redlace.reviews/2018/06/21/immortown-by-lily-markova-2015-review
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text 2018-06-21 11:50
Opowiadania nominowane do Nagrody Zajdla za darmo w e-booku


Opowiadania nominowane do Nagrody Zajdla również w tym roku można bezpłatnie pobrać w formie e-booka. Tym razem w publikacji znajdziemy pięć utworów, których listę podano do wiadomości w maju na Warszawskich Targach Książki. Ogłoszenie laureatów nastąpi na Polconie w Toruniu (12-15 lipca 2018 r.).


Statuetka nagrody (źródło: zajdel.art.pl)


Do Nagrody Fandomu Polskiego im. Janusza A. Zajdla za rok 2017 pretendują następujące opowiadania:

  • Leszek Bigos „Ecce Homo”;
  • Dawid Cieśla „Diabolus ex Machina”;
  • Marta Kisiel „Szaławiła”;
  • Magdalena Kucenty „#Eudajmonia”;
  • Przemysław Zańko „Chwała”.


Publikowane obecnie opowiadania, ukazywały się już wcześniej w czasopismach, np. "Nowej Fantastyce"


Wśród pretendentów do wyróżnienia jest także pięć powieści. Wszystkie można kupić w polskich księgarniach w formie e-booków:


Wszystkie nominowane powieści znajdziemy w polskich księgarniach wydane w formie e-booków 


Ebookową Antologię Zajdlową 2018 udostępniono na stronach Nagrody. Dostępne są trzy formaty: PDF, EPUB i MOBI. Zachęcam do pobierania i czytania. Pliki mają być dostępne na stronie zajdel.art.pl do końca tego roku.


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text 2018-06-21 09:05
VBT, EXCERPT, GUEST POST & #GIVEAWAY - Away (The Folk Trilogy Book 1) by Meg Benjamin
Away (The Folk Trilogy Book 1) - Meg Benjamin
Grim Morrigan, Guardian of the Ward and part-time private detective, polices the Folk, the clans of fairies who live in the foothills outside Denver. But his main job is concealing their true nature from the mortals around them.
Enter mortal Annie Duran, who hires him to look for her brother Richard, missing and presumed dead for ten years. Annie has seen Richard in the parking lot of the nightclub where she works. Now she wants answers, and Grim’s supposed to find them.
The quest for Richard ensnares both Grim and Annie in a sinister conspiracy involving kidnapped women and outlaw magic. But they also discover their own overwhelming attraction to each other.
When Annie herself disappears, Grim’s need for answers becomes even more urgent. With the help of a dissolute prince and a motley crew of unlikely fairies, Grim confronts a rebellion among the Folk.
And it may take more than just magic and luck to save both Annie and Grim this time.


Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.com/2018/06/vbt-excerpt-guest-post-giveaway-away.html
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text 2018-06-20 22:39
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Master Magician (The Paper Magician Book 3) - Charlie Holmberg

I shouldn't have read it (and I think I read it so quickly to get it over with).


It just... disappointed me... and I think more so than the other two.


I wanted to love this series, but it wasn't the fast-paced, magic-filled, steampunk that I expected it to be from it's book descriptions.  Instead it was a romance through-and-through, with the other stuff coming across as merely an after-thought.


Made even worse by the fact that she seems to think she is the only one that is allowed to break the rules (she seemed very shocked when she read in an article that a lady magician had been caught the year previous having an affair with her student) and is quick to judge - and even wound with hateful angry words - anyone... well, anyone outside of her and her teacher.


Her attitude - that of a fourteen year old, and not the twenty year old she's supposed to be - never changed, and at the happy ending of this book, I couldn't be happy for her.  When she was being injured or chased or threatened or whatever, I just couldn't be sad for her or worried for her.  I just didn't like her.  At all.  And found myself caring for the people around her... and even the bad guys, at least a little bit... but never her.

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review 2018-06-20 18:51
The Deep by Nick Cutter
The Deep - Nick Cutter

This book started out ok, but then it quickly descended into a madness of its own. It went on for far too long and I just wanted it to end.
Not a fan of this one, sorry.
1 star

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