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text 2017-04-29 09:08
Book Haul
Conan Doyle: Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes. - Andrew Lycett
The Penguin Book Of Etiquette: The Complete Australian Guide To Modern Manners - Marion Von Adlerstein
The Book of Killowen - Erin Hart
The Library of Shadows - Mikkel Birkegaard
I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks - Gina Sheridan
Blade Bound - Chloe Neill
Dangerous To Know - Renee Patrick
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle

It's not all decomp and deodorisers here at la casa de la rata muerta; I hit up my local FOTL semi-annual book sale yesterday and came away with a few possible gems.



(Three of the above actually came this week in the mail; 2 new, 1 used.)


Conan Doyle: Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes. I know nothing about this biography and can only hope it's enjoyable.


The Penguin Book Of Etiquette: The Complete Australian Guide To Modern Manners This one is likely going to tell me it's rude to post gross disgusting stories about dead animals in your walls, but better late than never.


The Book of Killowen I was sucked in by the story about a book.  Of course.  Seems to be a mid-series entry, so hopefully it'll work as a stand-alone. 


The Library of Shadows I think I've heard about this one before - might have even looked at it in a bookshop, but again, it's about books so of course I bought it.


I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks 


Blade Bound The last in the Chicagoland series.  *sniffle*


Dangerous To Know The first one was excellent, I hope this one lives up to expectations.


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes I had a suspicion I already had a copy, but just in case... (of course I did).


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review 2017-04-21 14:45
Deepwater Black: The Complete Story by Ken Catran
Deepwater Black: The Complete Adventure (H SF) - Ken Catran

Series: Deepwater Black #1-3


I read the omnibus edition that had all three novels.


Deepwater Black, Part One: Robbie (originally published as Deepwater Black)


This is why I usually avoid science fiction novels for younger readers: the physics is a mess. If you gloss over the weird Colour-space stuff with creatures like trites, amebs and nebulae that don’t sound like any nebulae I’ve ever heard of, I’d say it’s not a bad book.


So why did I want to read this? I remember watching the Deepwater Black TV show on YTV when I was younger, and I had always intended to look up the book it was based on. Unfortunately, when I finally thought to do it a little while ago, it turned out to be out of print. But then I stumbled across some used copies and although I’m usually leery of buying used books online since I never know what condition they’ll be in, I figured what they hey; this was the only way I was going to get to read this.


So this book opens with Robbie – or Reb – dreaming he’s on Earth when really he’s in space on a ship he and the other kids call Deepwater. When he wakes up, he doesn’t remember being Reb although he keeps getting these flashes where he’ll answer with information Reb knows but doesn’t know he knows, type thing. So the reader learns about their situation as Robbie learns it and we’re introduced to the other characters: Yoona (the leader/captain), Gret, Lis, Bren, and Zak. Everyone’s pretty colourful – light green, blue, yellow etc – for younger reader science fiction book science reasons. Of course, we soon discover that the kids themselves (they’re supposed to be about fourteen) don’t know much about their situation, so the book becomes about learning more about themselves and running around their spaceship.


Deepwater Black, Part Two: Denie (originally published as Deepwater Landing)


Although the first Deepwater book wraps up its story arc, it also presents a new challenge at the end. This time we get to find out what’s in one of the closed caskets and we find an alien planet with life. And then it seems like there’s something else on the ship, something out to get them…


I have to say that the motivations of some of the antagonists in this installment didn’t make all that much sense to me. My only theory is that too much cloning drives people loopy.


Deepwater Angels, Part Three: Connal (originally published as Deepwater Angels)


This is the story of Deepwater’s final mission to restore human life to Earth. They’ve crashed-landed on Earth and some of the reborn species don’t appear to be friendly. The solution to the mystery behind NUN was weird as a reveal and there’s some more weird pseudo-science stuff. Don’t get me started about the terraforming efforts on Mars lasting hundreds of thousands if not a million years. Or would it take that long for the atmosphere to bleed away? Anyway, it’s a cute wrap-up to the trilogy even if it doesn’t always make sense.




I read this for square #24 “Read a book tagged middle grade or YA” for the booklikes-opoly game. I think it fits perfectly since it seems like something I would have read a the middle grade level, and probably would have enjoyed it more since I wouldn’t have been distracted by all of the quasi-science stuff. I’m glad that I’ve finally assuaged my curiosity about the series though. Since the book has 501 pages, that’s another $5 for my bank, bringing my total to $35.

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text 2017-04-21 12:25
Reading progress update: I've read 1099 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

Menenius proves himself (and Shakespeare) a master of the abusive character assassination. I mean really, was there ever anyone better at inventively insulting people? It must have been devastating to get on the wrong side of Shakespeare's wit.

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text 2017-04-16 12:44
Reading progress update: I've read 1096 out of 1344 pages.
The Complete Works (Oxford Shakespeare) - William Shakespeare,John Jowett,Gary Taylor

Hmmm - could Aufidius be about to do something despicable?

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review 2017-04-16 00:00
Unfinished Night: The Complete Duet (Caine & Addison Books 1 & 2)
Unfinished Night: The Complete Duet (Caine & Addison Books 1 & 2) - Violet Duke Before That Night - Never have I read anything like Before That Night. There is no subterfuge the rawness of a life interrupted and the courageous actions of a woman at the brink of despair. Addison is a very meaty character. She leads this story like a mama bear protecting her cubs and faces unspeakable danger head on. Caine is her rock when her secrets and responsibilities become too much to bear. Caine is hardly a hero, he has his own demons to bear but for a while he becomes Addison's soft place to fall. Before That Night provides a glimpse at subjects like homelessness, alcoholism and obsession while delivering an organic story of love and hope. My one pet peeve is that I didn't get my happy ending.

Every Night Without You - Ms. Duke made some surprising reveals and gave some heartbreaking answers to the questions left unanswered in Before That Night. This time around I felt more focus being put on the mysterious stalker than the romantic liaison. With all the baggage shoveled her way, it was nice to see Addison finally get the closure and happy ending she so richly deserved.
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