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review 2017-07-16 22:27
Mendoza in Hollywood by Kage Barker
Mendoza in Hollywood: A Company Novel (The Company) - Kage Baker

Series: The Company #3

 

This installment of the Company time travel series finally reveals who Mendoza is telling her story to. I’d forgotten about this aspect of the first book because the glimpses of it are so quick, but I’m pretty sure they were there. This mostly takes place in Los Angeles, California, in 1862 where Mendoza is tasked with saving botanical specimens from their upcoming extinction due to the upcoming droughts and subsequent over-grazing. Anyway, there were some interesting Civil War aspects to the plot with the Company operatives uncovering a British conspiracy to gain control of California.

 

There was one really long chapter that covered one of the operatives’ movie nights in excruciating detail that I feel could have been mostly cut, but I’m left with more of a desire to continue the series now that I had at the start of the book.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square Cars Land 16 “Read a book set in…California”. Various sources put the paperback page count at 352 so I’m adding another $9 to my bank balance since this the second time I’ve landed on this square since the shake-up.

 

New Bank Balance: $229                  

 

Previous Update:

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text 2017-07-15 01:19
Booklikes-opoly Turn 31 (July 14th)

Starting from Main Street 10:

 

I've landed on this square since the shake-up, too. I could go looking for a book with a page count ending in 1, 9, 2, or 6...or....Mendoza in Hollywood should take place in California! I have to admit, I'm really tempted.

 

Mendoza in Hollywood: A Company Novel (The Company) - Kage Baker 

 

 

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text 2017-07-03 14:03
Booklikes-opoly Turn 26 (July 3rd)
Tricked - Kevin Hearne

I landed on Main Street 10 last turn and I tried reading Tricked by Kevin Hearne but I'm not seeing much time being spent in a small town. The characters pass through a couple of possible small towns but they don't spend much time there and it's not clear (to me at least) which ones are supposed to be the small towns. I have several books in my TBR pile that take place in small towns but few if any in the U.S.A. Oh well.

 

I'm not giving up on Tricked, but since I don't feel like I can count it for my last square and I'm allowed to roll again today, I'm just going to go ahead and roll. And try to fit all these books in somehow. I have my Free Friday read still on the go too.

 

So,  pagecounts that end in 1, 9, 2, or 6. Hmm...this is easier with  paper books, none of which I have with me. Maybe I'll see what my mom has or wait till I get home later today. With ebooks, I'm never sure whether to go with the pagecount on my ereader or the official pagecount for the edition listed somewhere or what. Maybe if I find a good fit I'll write up a rationale.

 

By the way, this has been how I've been keeping track of which squares I'm landed on since the shake-up:

 

Simple but effective.

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review 2017-04-27 03:41
Hexed by Kevin Hearne
Hexed - Kevin Hearne

Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #2

 

This was another fun installment in this series. It’s light reading, just a fun urban fantasy adventure series with a two thousand year old druid as a main character who tries to blend in by talking like a college student. In this one, Atticus faces an evil German witch coven he’s encountered before. I don’t have much else to say about it, so I’ll just throw in some links to my updates (I liked quite a few of the passages):

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I read this for square #16 “Read a book set in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or California” for the booklikes-opoly game since it takes place in Arizona. The paperback is 320 pages so that’s another $3 for my bank, bringing my total to $43. And I get to roll tomorrow!

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