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text 2017-01-15 19:14
Week 2 of 2017
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit - Jeanette Winterson
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane - Nicolas Gessner,Martin Sheen,Jodie Foster
Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett
A Dance With Dragons - George R.R. Martin

I've seen several people do a weekly update of what they've read during the previous week and I'm going to attempt to do the same. I've been feeling really unmotivated over the last couple of months, I've walked past the same Netflix disc sitting next to our front door for two weeks straight and I just now managed to walk the extra five feet to the mailbox, so I'm hoping if I stick to a weekly update it'll keep me on track.

 

Books Read: 4

 

A Dance with Dragons: This is the only book I completed for my first Reading Challenge of the year, which I'm not counting towards my goal, since I didn't actually participate. I wish I had taken my time to finish this book. I enjoyed it, as I have the other books in the series, but now I have to wait for the next one, if it is ever finished. 4 1/2 stars

 

Oranges are Not the Only Fruit: This was just okay, in fact I enjoyed the introduction by the author more than I did the book. The story jumped around way too much for me and I think going into this I was expecting too much. I had several people recommend this to me, the fact that none of them had a copy to lend to me should have giving me something of a heads up. 2 1/2 stars

 

Guards! Guards!: Not much to say about this, out of all the Discworld books I've read so far this is my favorite. 4 stars

 

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane: Ugh! I saw the movie first and liked it, so I read the book. I should have just stuck to the film. This is probably one of the few films that stay true to the book, unfortunately what kind of works in the movie, falls flat in the book. The book actually ends with "Rynn sat very still." On top of that, the ebook had clearly been created from a scanned copy that had been updated without anybody even taking a glance at it. 1 1/2 stars

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review 2016-08-20 21:17
Hardcore Green (Sector Guard, #17.5) by Viola Grace Review
Hardcore Green - Viola Grace

Sylvain has lived her whole life in the Eckobar Carnival. She travels from world to world, growing things, ensuring crops and bringing life to dead soil. Her talent for bio-forming has saved thousands of lives, but when one world does not want to let her go, the Alliance has to call in assistance. Station 13 has offered up one of its own, Hardcore, to come to her rescue. With steel for bones, Hardcore is surprised to find his heart pounding at the sight of the slight leaf-winged pixie. Something flares to life between them and the people of Porvin want it to stop

Review

Most of the time, I am happy to enjoy a short story. It is the perfect bite of science fiction romance when I am pressed for time.

 

However, this story begged to be more developed. The carnival setting is grand. The heroine's coming into her own wonder. The hero is interesting. But everything from the romance to the action is rushed, stunted or dangling without closure.

 

Still, good but could have been great.

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review 2016-07-30 20:07
Past Tense (Sector Guard Book 16) Viola Grace Review
Past Tense - Viola Grace

Mayden Morningside is a Reader who works with contracts and lives a quiet life until her old recruiter from Terra comes asking her to join the Sector Guard. She will have her body changed to match her partner’s, a strange but necessary practice when one’s partner is a dragon. Harusk is a sleeper, a dragon who chose to preserve his genes through a prolonged hibernation. Waking to find out his perfect match needs a little tinkering is surprising, but his first meetings with her captivate him beyond all of his preconceptions. Not bad for a woman in a tank who can’t even curse at the pain of the transformation process.

 

 

Review

My favorite part of this story story is how testy the heroine is. Her power is very cool and dragons make great mates. A fun short read! 

 

 

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review 2016-06-25 00:00
Guards! Guards!
Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett Introducing the Ankh-Morpork City Watch.
Captain Vimes, Sergeant Colon and Corporal Nobby are considered a joke by the other inhabitants, not really expected to do much (which they do quite well).
Into this little circle comes Carrot, with his ideas of what law & order should be in a big city.
Raised by Dwarves, it's all a bit vague to him, but he has a sense of right and wrong and the build to back him up.

As the city is ravaged by a dragon, which shouldn't exist, the Watch find a purpose and their own sense of destiny.

Not really a laugh out loud book, but Pratchett has a good eye for what makes people tick and some nicely absurd moments.
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review 2016-06-12 23:03
Review: Guards! Guards! (Discworld Book 8 of 53ish)
Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett

This book was cute, but it felt pretty average to me.  The story didn’t bore me, but it didn’t really absorb me either.  I liked the characters, but I didn’t feel invested in them. Part of the problem may be that I’d just finished one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a long time, so I was harder to please.  Mostly I just felt like there wasn’t that much to the story, but it was a very quick read.

 

I thought this book was a little less humorous than the previous Discworld books.  It did still have humor, and I laughed, but not as much as with the other books.  Maybe some of it went over my head.  I did enjoy the parodies of various fantasy tropes such as evil cults, dragon physics, and prophesied heirs (or "airs").  I also really liked the character of Vetinari.  He was interesting, and I hope he’ll show up more in future books.

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