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review 2017-10-20 01:13
Darkness and Dawn: The Complete Dystopian Science Fiction Masterwork - George Allan England

Interesting as an early work of survivors-of-apocalyptic-event science fiction. I heeded the introduction's warnings of racism and other obsolete period attitudes and read it as an artifact of its time. Glad I did, just to know the inspiration for later, better works of this kind.
I do confess to giggling at the repeated plot point of concrete being the ultimate indestructible building material that will last for millennia (with the cracking and flaking around the edges of my merely fifty-years-old balcony in full view)

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text 2017-10-19 01:52
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 320 pages.
Hot and Bothered - Victoria Marquez,Laura Bradley,Gayle Callen,Lori Foster

Nothing like a hot steamy read ;) 

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text 2017-10-13 20:52
Sick to my stomach
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s American Heroes: Robert Smalls, the Boat Thief - Robert F. Kennedy Jr.,Patrick Faricy

In 1851, when Robert was 12 years old, his master sent him to Charleston to work. He was rented out to different employers. All the money Robert earned went into Henry McKee’s pocket.

 

Robert first found work as a waiter in a hotel. He later became a lamplighter for the city. Afterward, he toiled on the Charleston Harbor docks. There, he moved materials on and off boats.

 

He was a fast learner and a hard worker. He progressed in many types of jobs. His employers liked him because he always did good work.

 

What Robert liked most was working on transport ships. He received training as a ship pilot. But slave pilots were not honored with that title. Instead, they were called wheelmen.

Harris, Kenneth. The Sea Adventures of Robert Smalls (African American Civil War Heroes Book 1) . Seed Educational Supplements. Kindle Edition.

 

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When he was 12, Smalls' master sent him to Charleston to hire out as a laborer, with the money paid to his master. The youth first worked in a hotel, then became a lamplighter on Charleston's streets. In his teen years, his love of the sea led him to find work on Charleston's docks and wharves. Smalls was a stevedore (dockworker), a rigger, a sail maker—and eventually worked his way up to become a wheelman, more or less a pilot, though slaves were not honored by that title. As a result, he was very knowledgeable about Charleston harbor.[3]

 

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Smalls) 

[3]  Henig, Gerald, "The Unbeatable Mr. Smalls", America's Civil War, March 2007.

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Neither Wikipedia, Henig, nor Kennedy is cited in Harris's work.

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review 2017-10-12 16:26
Fun paranormal romance
Fox's Awakening (Enchanted Immortals Book 2) - F.G. Adams,Julia Goda

Fox's Awakening is the second book in the Enchanted Immortals Trilogy and picks up where book one, Aldin's Wish left off. While I would recommend reading the books in order to get the full impact of everything going on with these characters, it can be read as a standalone. 

Fox wasn't a major character in the first book, but he did make an impact and I was excited to see his story. The book is fast-paced with lots of action and plenty of steam as Fox and his goddesses get acquainted - umm, reacquainted? (Too much on that would give spoilers, so I'll just leave it alone.)

Adams is a talented writer and weaves an exciting tale with this second book in the trilogy. The story is told in multiple points of view and will keep you on your toes as things progress with Baako and a romance blooms.

All in all, this second book is a fun paranormal romance with lots of action to keep a reader turning pages. 

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review 2017-10-12 16:12
Good World Building
Aldin's Wish (Enchanted Immortals) (Volume 1) - F. G. Adams,Daryl Banner

Aldin's Wish is a fast-paced paranormal romance with the Immortals being the guardians of the human race. Well, most of them. There's always a baddie in the bunch. Aldin is such an endearing character, watching over his family in secret and helping out when needed. Of course, his world is turned upside down when he sees Wren. What follows is a steamy love story and plenty of action with our bad guy creating chaos.

There were a few repetitive phrases that should've been caught by a proof-reader, but that aside, it was still an exciting read and an engaging romance. It is the first book in the Enchanted Immortals Trilogy and while the ending is a little open-ended, there are no earth shattering cliffys, so it could be read as a standalone. Overall, Aldin's Wish is a solid start to the series, introducing a world of God's, Vampires, and Shifters. 

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