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text 2013-11-25 00:42
67 of 242
Saphirblau - Kerstin Gier

I hate this book less than Pathfinder, and that had to overcome a lot for me to like it in the end. This one... has so many little things that annoy me. I hate that told myself I had to finish this book before I could read the next Mercy Thompson book.

I have so many pages to go.


Had this book been pared down, losing all the easy-hate-tricks for Gwen's family. Unless Kerstin turns this around in the end and shocks us with what good people they are... Don't make easy villains your only villains for the better part of the story! Don't have idiots who dislike reading as your heroines! Don't make your heroine petulant! Don't have too many characters who are only incidental. Don't forget to make sacrifices when you write!


Why do German popular novels suck so freaking much? I know they suck just as much in all languages, but the thing is - when you read more slowly, you absorb and think more about it. Had I, like my Austrian friend, plunked down and read all three books in one fell swoop, I might have fared better. As it is, I can feel just how out of shape the series is. And I will be glad once I have the last book in my hands and have shut it once more. I just hope the resolution will be worth it.


Or at least my German continues to improve. Let's go.

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text 2013-11-19 10:09
44 of 242
Saphirblau - Kerstin Gier

I finished a 600 page O.S.C. book within 24 hours. What is wrong with me?

I just don't wanna... buh-huh-huh...

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text 2013-11-15 23:50
31 of 242 (aka German Ebook Time!)
Saphirblau - Kerstin Gier

So, book two, as some have stated, feels less like a sequel and more like volume 2 of a longer work. If I go off this theory, I hate it less.


I mean, Gwen is still acting like someone readers may have a hard time liking (protagonists who dislike/hate books/reading are hard for a reader, holding a book, to fall in love with), that swarthy boy, Gideon, is sooooo changable!, and suddenly we are introduced to a deeper world: Demons!? I mean, I don't know 'Gargoyle' but thats written as Dämon in German, which is similar to Dæmon... anyway!


I wish...

The count pisses me off even when he doesn't appear on the page. Gwendolyn has resumed not communicating when she should for the sake of spinning the plot out further. I mean, fluff. Fluff is nice when whipped into ice cream, but it doesn't taste good on a thin-crust pizza - your unique opinion is not included, outlier.


One of my rights as a reader is the right to skim. I am invoking it, sparingly. If I skim too much in German, I'll pass right over the Battle of Pelennor Fields. Never again.

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review 2013-07-07 00:00
The Halfling's Gem - R.A. Salvatore Again, five stars as long as you overlook the obvious campiness of the whole genre... Tolkien it's not.

Yes. ridiculously awesome fun. Did I mention Wulfgar picks up a camel? and THROWS it at bad guys? Later he punches the same camel.

I'm having fun breezing through these books. fun summer reading.
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review 2009-11-01 00:00
The Halfling's Gem (Drizzt) (Forgotten Realms)
The Halfling's Gem - R.A. Salvatore

Drizz't and company go rescue Regis, the overreaching greedy halfing. Ends at Cattie Brie and Wulfgar's wedding.


This stuff is one step up from the Barsoom series by Burroughs. But palatable, unlike Burroughs :D

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