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review 2017-12-13 03:04
Doomsday Book - Connie Willis

So historians in 2054 have time travel tech and use it to travel back and study the past. In this story a young historian, Kivrin, convinces the history department at her college to let her travel back to 1320, but what they don't know is that she has been infected with a new strain of flu. She is accidentally sent to 1348 when the Black Plague starts in Oxford where she is deathly ill for days and almost dies. In the present the new flu strain causes an epidemic killing many people before a vaccine is developed.

 

This is paralleled by Kivrin watching everyone in the village she is visiting die horrible deaths from the plaque. And Willis's description is pretty graphic. To make matters worse since Kivrin is sent to the wrong year she is almost lost in the past.

 

While this story was a little long winded with some of the descriptions, etc. the story is really good. It jumps back and forth between Kivrin in the past and the people in the present dealing with the flu epidemic and trying to figure out how to get her back. I wonder if Willis was having a crisis of faith while writing this book as she is very detailed in her description of how people in 1348 felt that God had abandoned them, all except Father Roche, the village priest and the last to die. Kivrin even had a recorder embedded in her wrist that was activated when she puts her hands in an attitude of prayer. Kivrin even at times railed against God about not taking someone and the railing against Him about just getting it over and putting someone out of their misery.

 

All in all a great story and highly recommended.

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text 2017-12-13 02:01
Reading progress update: I've read 230 out of 333 pages.
American War - Omar El Akkad

Angsty teen + war trauma = even worse angsty teen

 

Sarat isn't exactly a likeable person, but like Katniss, it's understandable.

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review 2017-12-12 21:01
Gibson's Legacy (Last Score Book 1) - K.L. Shandwick

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December 6, 2016 – Finished Reading
 
December 6, 2016 – Shelved
 
December 4, 2016 – Started Reading
Review Gibson is a rock star with a reputation, it started before he and the band became famous and has followed him into adult hood. Chloe knew him slightly way back, enough to see how he earned said reputation. Though she feels she missed a chance back then she has no intention of becoming another notch to him. Life has been hard for her, a long term relationship has left her with little trust in men. A wrong number phone call hours after beginning a new life gradually sparks something inside her.
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Gibson is a rock star with a reputation, it started before he and the band became famous and has followed him into adult hood. Chloe knew him slightly way back, enough to see how he earned said reputation. Though she feels she missed a chance back then she has no intention of becoming another notch to him. Life has been hard for her, a long term relationship has left her with little trust in men. A wrong number phone call hours after beginning a new life gradually sparks something inside her.
Lots of angst and misconceptions make for a bit of a roller coaster of highs and lows for this couple, it is intense and sometimes raw with emotion. Frustration for Gibson in trying to do right by Chloe but at the same time his need for her is overwhelming. For Chloe it is the fear of trusting again, the feeling of not being good enough and of just being someone Gibson wants only until he gets what he wants from all women then him dropping her like all the others.
This is a fast paced read with a good flow throughout, the emotions go through a full range right along with these two characters. Just the sort of read I love, I tend to get lost in the story and suck it all in, I get a lump in my throat when the characters are upset and I find myself clenching my fist when things are tense.
Only draw back is that this isn't a stand alone book it continues into book 2, a bit like KL Shandwick Ready For Flynn Series so you need to be prepared to commit to that before you read. Do I feel its worth doing that? YES I do without hesitation, I enjoyed the other series and this first one in this series doesn't disappoint in any way.

 

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text 2017-12-12 13:05
NEW Ozzie Novak Thriller Game ON by John W. Mefford | Author
Game ON (An Ozzie Novak Thriller, Book 2) (Redemption Thriller Series) (Volume 14) - John W. Mefford

NEW Ozzie Novak Thriller 
Game ON by John W. Mefford | Author
(Book 2) (Redemption Thriller Series) 

'Will Ozzie be able to save the daughter he never knew existed? This one will have you biting your nails waiting to find out.' reviews Miki's Hope​

'Ozzie will travel where ever he needs to in order to save his daughter. Plenty of twists and action going on. Pretty much an edge of your seats story. Another great addition to Mefford's saga.' reviews Espacular Aiesa​

NEW RELEASE....

A callous prank or a deadly test of conviction?

Ozzie has known one life -- his adoptive life. Until he received the letter.

Could there be another family member out there?

Ten years have passed. Too much has changed.

But blood runs deep.

It's a twisted game of riddles. And a girl's life is on the line.

Ozzie can't deny the connection. But is it all just a cold-blooded trick?

Ozzie won't stop…can't stop until he finds her.

The yakuza have made their mark. But what other forces are in play?

For Ozzie, it's a test unlike any other. Pass, and he saves a life he never knew existed. Fail, and death will swallow her whole.

Will cruelty finally win out?

And can Ozzie risk everything to trust Alex Troutt to help?

Blood will be spilled. Blood will be imbibed. But whose blood will it be?

Buy Game ON now

Find out more on the book, series and author here....
https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/12/game-on-ozzie-novak-thriller-book-2.html 

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