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review 2017-10-22 00:17
Weaver's Lament by Emma Newman
Weaver's Lament: Industrial Magic Book 2 (Kindle Single) - Emma Newman

Series: Industrial Magic #2

 

Charlotte's brother, Ben, is now working for the Royal Society in a mill (driven magically, naturally) and asks her to come visit him in Manchester to help him investigate the cause of some mysterious accidents at the mill. Apparently Socialists are suspected. Charlotte finds out that this is dead wrong, of course, and learns more about the Royal Society and Latents (latent magical users).

 

I still don't like Ben. He's very comfortable with using Charlotte, let's just say, and he always seems to get more out of her successes than she does (which she realizes as well). And even after seeing what working in those conditions does to her, he writes it off as she's just not used to hard work, not that there's something inherently unfair in the conditions at the mill. Poor Charlie.

 

I enjoyed this novella even more than the last, so I look forward to the next installment!

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text 2017-10-22 00:07
Reading progress update: I've read 18 out of 530 pages.
The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton

I just discovered this book and this author today, via a concerted effort to search Amazon for spooky/ghostly/secrets-from-the-past romantic suspense/gothic romance for the Mansions, Moonlight, and Menace discussion group.  When I found out this and another of Kate Morton's books were available on my library's eCloud program, I figured what the heck.

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review 2017-10-21 16:18
Reread of Brother's Ruin by Emma Newman
Brother's Ruin - Emma Newman

Series: Industrial Magic #1

 

The second novella in Emma Newman's Industrial Magic series came out last week, and I was just hazy enough on the details of the first one that I decided to reread it before reading the second (plus novella so it's short). If anything, I think I enjoyed it more this time around and felt more forgiving towards some of the things that felt too convenient before. This is basically an alternate history that takes place in the Victorian era where the industrial revolution is being helped along by magic and magic used in industrial settings. The story takes places in London.

 

My first review can be found here.

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review 2017-10-19 00:45
The Crow Trap
The Crow Trap - Ann Cleeves

Series: Vera Standhope #1

 

 

The first Vera Standhope book explores how a suicide may be linked to some subsequent murders and offers a late introduction to Vera herself. Overall I found the book to be quite enjoyable although I found the ending to be a bit of a let down, somehow. I do plan on exploring the rest of the series though.

 

This also marks my 144th book read this year, which completes my reading challenge. Not sure if I'll up it.

 

Previous update:

39 %

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text 2017-10-16 05:07
Reading progress update: I've read 39%.
The Crow Trap - Ann Cleeves

And now we finally get introduced to Vera Stanhope!

 

We had to go through the stories of all three women leading up to the second death: Rachael, Anne and Grace.

 

I'm not sure I'd like all the books to be like this. 

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