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text 2017-06-27 02:44
Booklikes-opoly status update

Bank: $64.00


June 26th

Finished The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (Talking animals)

277 pages = $6.00


Free Read Friday

Book: Decelerate Blue by Adam Rapp & Mike Cavallaro


Roll: 9

Landed on Electric Company

Book: Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter



Bank: $58.00


June 18th

Finished The Big Fear by Andrew Case (Main character knows how to handle a gun)

274 pages = $3.00

(Memorial Day Extra Roll 2)


Finished Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve (Steampunk) 

325 pages = $3.00

(Memorial Day Extra Roll 1)


Roll: 5

Landed on Fantasyland 7

Book: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (Talking animals)


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review 2017-06-27 02:40
Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
Ghost Talkers - Mary Robinette Kowal

Imagine a first world war where the English have recruited mediums and devised a method to have soldiers report intelligence from their dying moments before moving on. Of course, the Germans are trying to figure out the secret of how they do this, and this is the basis for the plot of the novel. Ginger Stuyvesant is an American heiress who is one of these mediums.


It was a quick read and I liked it overall but I can’t say that I ever really got fully absorbed by it. Little things kept distracting me. I’m not entirely sure whether they were even problems, exactly. Just little period details that made me wonder whether things would have happened quite like that. Maybe they would have. I do think the title could have been better.


Anyway, I read this for the booklikes-opoly Water Works square on a gamble since that one says to “Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event.” I got lucky, and there were a few instances of people crying, usually as a result of a death. This wasn’t emotional weeping but more subdued crying, the kind that you just can’t seem to help, but I think it counts.


At 299 pages, this nets me another $6 for my bank, leaving with a current total of $156.


Previous updates:

187 of 299 pages (63 %)

82 of 299 pages (27 %)

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text 2017-06-27 02:29
BLopoly Electric Company Read
Every Ugly Word - Aimee L. Salter

So, I landed on the Electric Company - Read a book where a main character is in STEM, or where the author's first and last name contain all of the letters in "Tesla".



I decided to go with author's first and last name contains the letters in "Tesla." The book I chose is Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter. I found it on my Kindle tbr list. :)

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text 2017-06-27 02:15
Roll 16 (I think) Fantasyland: Climb the Matterhorn
Dead of Night - Nick Steckel


A dr out for petty revenge infects Hitler's Nazi Germany with a rabies based virus that turns people into zombie like creatures within hours of being bitten or scratched.


It sounded like fun, and in the hands of a more experienced author could have been a good alternate history.


Instead, it mostly sucked.

The writing was stilted and juvenile, and I don't think it was meant to be a middle grade level book.


I would have DNF'd at about 25%, but my Kindle version (it was free back in 2012) has some awesomely screwed formatting in regards to the page numbers.  Goodreads and Amazon say it has 410pgs - the book said I was WAY past that at 25%, and it ended with over 2000pgs showing.  I couldn't figure out where I was, so I slogged it out.   Next time I'll just take the zero.  LOL



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review 2017-06-27 00:10
A Place of Execution by Val McDermid
A Place of Execution - Val McDermid

This book explores the investigation of the disappearance of a thirteen year old girl in the 1960s from a tiny village (hamlet?) in England. It’s kind of hard to describe without getting into spoilers. It’s probably safe to say that someone does go to trial despite the fact that they never find her body and the mystery isn’t completely solved until many years later. I had wondered about the twist at the end despite not having figured out how it could happen so I didn’t find it all that surprising, but I still found the book to be an enjoyable read. I liked it a lot better than the other book that I read by Val McDermid which also had a crime committed in the past but had a lot more rehashing of the events in the present day.


I read this for booklikes-opoly square New Orleans 21 “Read a book set on an island or that has the ocean on the cover!” since it has been decided to accept England as an island. At 404 pages and following the new shake-up rules, this earns more another $10 for my bank, bringing the total to $150.

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