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review 2017-05-11 18:50
Deathless / Catherynne Valente
Deathless - Catherynne M. Valente

Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century.

 

I chose to read this book because it was one of the oldest on my TBR list and it was available at the library. Not maybe the most compelling reasons to make a selection, and it seems that I haven’t been in the correct mood to appreciate it.

Catherynne Valente is an excellent writer. I can’t complain about the writing style, or the vocabulary, or anything like that. The fault is mine—I don’t know enough about Russian folk tales to properly appreciate this retelling.

What did I like? The Stalinist house elves. They were awesome!

I spent the whole book feeling like there was something just out of my reach, something that just wasn’t clicking. It also didn’t help that life has been especially busy of late and I haven’t had the usual amount of time to devote to Deathless. Your mileage may vary.

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text 2017-05-09 18:12
Books I Need to Finish, Already!
A Beautiful Truth - Colin McAdam
Deathless - Catherynne M. Valente
No Bed for Bacon - S.J. Simon,Caryl Brahms
Shadow Games - Glen Cook

I'm house and cat sitting for my cousin this week and next.  I thought I'd have lots of time to read.  Then when I got to the house last night, I found her brother there, doing some handyman work for the neighbour & planning to stay until Wednesday.  I think he was disappointed last night that I didn't spend more time visiting with him, so tonight I plan to ask him out to dinner.  At least we can talk while we eat.

 

I need to finish A Beautiful Truth for my real-life book club on Friday night.  (I also need to schedule time to make some rice krispie squares for that event).

 

Deathless is the next book due at the library, but I'm stalled right now--it's just not engaging me, despite the fact that it's well written.

 

No Bed for Bacon is good, I just need to have time to circle back to it.  It's an interlibrary loan, so it can't be renewed & I want to get it finished.

 

Shadow Games is actually the most fun of the four, and I'm holding onto the remainder of it as a special treat for finishing the three above.

 

Meanwhile, I'm covered in cat hair--every time I cleaned off this morning, Mr Cat walked by to deposit some more fluff on my pants!  Did I mention that he's diabetic, so I'm giving him insulin shots night & morning?  When he heard my alarm go off this morning, he was immediately outside the bedroom door, yodelling.  It's going to be a long two weeks, folks.

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Deathless - Catherynne M. Valente

"Valente brings Russian folklore into the present day. Prepare for Stalinist house elves, a clever peasant girl named Marya, and a collision of magical history with actual history!

 

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review 2016-09-06 15:31
Blood Betrayal (Deathless Night #4) by L.E. Wilson
Blood Betrayal - L.E. Wilson
Blood Betrayal is the story of Christian and Ryan. Christian is the vampire cursed to forever hunger for a woman's touch, whilst Ryan is a stripper who uses heroin to quiet the voices that only she can hear.
 
Their story, given the nature of their 'addictions', is darker than the others, although Nik and Aiden still have their moments. You also still get a good view of the others' relationships and know they are still as strong as ever. Shea also makes an appearance in this one, although she has a mighty case of PMS bitchdom, and is basically rude to everyone. Not her best moments!
 
Very well-written, with few editing and grammatical errors to disrupt you, this book is an enjoyable read. It has both action and steam, alongside some characters that you will know and love if you have read the previous books. Definitely recommended by me.
 
* I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/09/review-by-merissa-to-covet-fae-kincaid.html
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review 2016-07-12 17:47
Review: Choice of the Deathless
Choice of the Deathless - Max Gladstone,Choice of Games

Choice your own adventure book in the form of an app, with hit points and income, sign me up. This was a lot of fun, and I wound up playing through 4 times just to try out some different options. I see Gladstone has another, newer one of these interactive books that I'll definitely have to check out.

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