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text 2019-09-01 16:24
Raven the Pirate Princess 1-6 + Princeless Short Stories
Princeless: Raven The Pirate Princess Book 1: Captain Raven and the All-Girl Pirate Crew (Princeless Raven Pirate Princess Tp) - Jeremy Whitley
Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 2: Free Women - Jeremy Whitley
Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 3: Two Boys, Five Girls, and Three Love Stories - Jeremy Whitley
Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 4: Two Ships in the Night - Jeremy Whitley,Xenia Pamfil
Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 5: Get Lost Together - Jeremy Whitley, Christine Hipp
Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 6 - Jeremy Whitley
Princeless Short Stories Volume 1 - Jeremy Whitley,Various

Raven the Pirate Princess is a spin-off of the Princeless series, and features Raven (duh) who was to inherit her father's pirate fleet until her jerky young brothers convinced her father to put her in a tower.  She is now determined to reclaim her rights.  To do so, she needs pirates for her ship.


The first volume is a set up, a gathering of the crew.  When Raven interviews pirates, it is a brilliant play on (1) minority girls who are hit on by white boys who claim to know about the culture and (2) men talking down to women. Eventually, she hires an all girl (lady) crew, largely made up of women who play a version of D&D.  Serious, read the first volume or that alone.


The next volumes focus on the quest and the various relationships among the crew.  At times, it felt a little too heavy on the personal matters, though in fairness a character does reference this.  There is an attempt at a romantic triangle, but thankfully, Whitely resolves it and it works.


The real selling point of the book is the diversity in terms of the crew.  The women are all different - there women of color (and various shades of color as well), there is a variety of interests (from fighting to science to writing) as well as a variety of skills (and each skill is valued), various body shapes, various religions, and various sexual  tastes (cis, bi, asexual).  It's quite lovely.  We are not given a Utopia, but a reality.  It makes for a good read.  I wish this had been around when I was in my teens or younger.


A quick note about the artwork -the artists change so the artwork went from a type that I loved to a type that I found so-so.  


The Princeless Short Story Volume isn't something you really need if you have read the other volumes.  The short stories aren't really connected to each other, so there is a scattershot feeling.  The best one is the one about B and her mother.  I did enjoy the artwork with the first short story the best.

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text 2019-08-30 20:13
Weekend Plans
150 Best Gluten-free Muffin Recipes - Camilla V. Saulsbury
The Gluten-Free Baking Book - Donna Washburn,Heather Butt


Its that time of year--when I want to bake and make big pots of soup. Both of those things will be happening this weekend.


Hope you all have more exciting plans than I do!



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text 2019-08-16 14:19
Free ebook from publisher TOR...
The Necessary Beggar - Susan Palwick

...hurry to download the new monthly freebie from TOR (Macmillan) before

before 11:59 PM ET, August 16th, 2019.


Download from https://ebookclub.tor.com/ 


There's also a discussion group (book club) for the TOR freebies at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy if interested.


Publisher page for more detail is https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781429959575 .



Source: ebookclub.tor.com
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url 2019-06-27 01:17
This month's free ebook from publisher TOR
The Murders of Molly Southbourne - Tade Thompson

In order to download free, you do need to subscribe your email address.  They don't flood you with other marketing emails.  You do have to act lightning fast when you get the email because these stay available free almost no time.  This one is short at 128 pages.


There's a bookclub on booklikes for these at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy   (TOR publishes mainly science fiction and fantasy genre books).  Publisher page for book.

Source: ebookclub.tor.com
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review 2019-06-24 18:51
Still free for kindle
Free Comic Book Day - Star Wars Adventures - Collectif Ulysse

Its free, so if you really love Star Wars you might want to check it out.  The best thing about it, however, is the cover.  It is a standard hero stranded on strange world, kid falls for droid tale that we have seen how many times  before.  The second story is another classic droid story.

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