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review 2019-08-08 15:25
The Light Fantastic ★★★☆☆
The First Discworld Novels: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

This didn't hold up quite as well on the re-read, but to be fair the first time I read it I was newly arrived to the wonders of Discworld and in the honeymoon phase of my delight with the inventiveness of it. Now that I've read further into the series, I can see that Pratchett was still getting his feet under him. It was still a lot of fun, though, and I really enjoyed re-visiting Two Flower and his Luggage. 

 

I was stagnating on the bound version, as work and baseball season have been cutting significantly into my sitting-and-reading time, so I finished with the audio version read by Nigel Planer, from Audible. Planer's performance was entertaining, but the production value is so vintage as to be distracting, featuring muffled audio and hissing background noise, the odd choice to signify the footnotes (and the voice of DEATH) by adding echo sound effects, and a jangling chime to signify paragraph breaks. Thank goodness audiobook production has evolved over the last 20 years. 

 

This re-read was for the Booklikes Discworld book club, which is reading the entire series, in chronological order. I'm desperately behind the group and trying to catch up. 

 

EDIT: Previous updates - 

pp. 219/352

pp. 221/352

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text 2019-07-23 18:50
The Light Fantastic - 221/352 pg
The First Discworld Novels: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

When the first explorers from the warm lands around the Circle Sea traveled into the chilly hinterland, they filled in the blank spaces on their maps by grabbing the nearest native, pointing at some distant landmark, speaking very clearly in a loud voice, and writing down whatever the bemused man told them. Thus were immortalized in generations of atlases such geographical oddities as Just A Mountain, I Don't Know, What? and, of course, Your Finger You Fool. 

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text 2019-07-22 13:59
The Light Fantastic - 219/352 pg
The First Discworld Novels: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

He isn't looking at the view because his past life keeps flashing in front of his eyes and getting in the way. He is learning why it is that when you put on a spacesuit it is vitally important not to forget the helmet. 

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review 2019-06-21 21:27
Review ~ Awesome!
Storm Cursed - Patricia Briggs

Book source ~ Library

 

Mercy Thompson is a mechanic, but she’s also a whole lot more. As a coyote shifter she has some problems fitting in with the Columbia Basin werewolf pack. Normally, she wouldn’t give a fig about the pack, but ever since she married their Alpha, Adam Hauptman, she kinda has to deal with them. And now she’s dealing with a situation that she brought upon herself and the pack and that’s being the go-between for the humans and the Gray Lords of the Fae. Mercy doesn’t try to make her life more complicated. These things just seem to happen.

 

I love this series. I really do. And while I love this installment in it, it just seems to be a bit much this time. I’m not sure why I feel that way because the book has everything I love about the entire series: paranormal shenanigans, steaminess, humor, my favorite characters, danger, mystery, and a decent plot. Ok, maybe it’s the plot. It feels off. Maybe because the last book had Mercy kidnapped and carried off to Europe. It seems like the thing on the bridge with the troll happened forever ago and I guess what I really need is a series refresher. I do hope the Fae storyline gets some more attention because I think that’s what it needs. They really only end up as a subplot of this book because there’s some new Big Bads in town and they are not Fae. Hint: there’s some adorable zombies involved. If I had to guess, this book is setting up a big Fae/human showdown which should prove very complicated and interesting. I do still love this series and can’t wait for the next story.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2019/06/storm-cursed.html
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review 2019-06-15 18:13
Rescuing Sprite ★★☆☆☆
Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish - Mark R. Levin

I wanted to like this book, because it was a gift from my sister, and because it was about a rescue pup and the family who loved him. Despite all this, I found it dull and badly written. The language has been simplified to literally a 5th grade reading level, per Flesch Kincaid. Thus we are treated to such descriptive and emotional delights as:

 

"Her injury was fatal, and we were all devastated, especially my mother and grandfather."

 

"I looked at them with disgust and stormed out the door."

 

"She was very proud of her dad. The truth is that I did what every other dog lover would have done."

 

"I felt horrible for her. I whispered to the technician, 'She had to put the cat to sleep, didn't she?' She gave me a sad look and said they did."

"He was upset but very strong. I could see his eyes well up, but he held his emotions back."

 

The story itself is fairly mundane - the dogs do common doggie things and the author and his family experience the usual joys that our pets bring to our lives. I think the book can be useful to some for its description of the struggle most of us will have to face sooner or later: the end-of-life decisions we must make for a beloved pet who is suffering from an incurable illness or progressively poor health, and the guilt and spiritual questions that sometimes come with those decisions. It only amazes me that a middle aged man who has been a dog lover all his life had never before gone through it.

 

But even here, the clumsy prose and simplified language robs the story of emotional impact.

 

I'll keep this book on my shelves and treasure it, but only because it was a gift from my sister and for the thoughtful, loving inscription she wrote on the flyleaf, which moved me far more than anything else contained in it.

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