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review 2019-01-18 04:39
Oops! Too engrossed to...
A Beautiful Friendship - David Weber

...remember I was reading this for a book club.  I should have been discussing frequently here on the dashboard.  I should be writing a good review.

 

Instead, I wolfed through this one, then book two and then immediately book three.

 

I did want more in the Honor-verse.  I hesitated to start this before was a bookclub because I wasn't confident author could write for YA.  

 

I was wrong; he did very well with YA.  Excellent book, but possibly a bit lacking in some ... not sure "tension" is the correct word.  Everything wasn't breezy and light; a few very possibly serious things just seemed a bit easily resolved with the M.C. often just that much smarter than others.  Most places that worked well; just enough off that it's not quite a five star read for me.

 

Boy did I ever want to read this early backstory of the treecat world!

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review 2019-01-14 06:03
Kingdom of Needle and Bone by Mira Grant
Kingdom of Needle and Bone - Mira Grant

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"We live in an age of wonders.

Modern medicine has conquered or contained many of the diseases that used to carry children away before their time, reducing mortality and improving health. Vaccination and treatment are widely available, not held in reserve for the chosen few. There are still monsters left to fight, but the old ones, the simple ones, trouble us no more.

Or so we thought. For with the reduction in danger comes the erosion of memory, as pandemics fade from memory into story into fairy tale. Those old diseases can’t have been so bad, people say, or we wouldn’t be here to talk about them. They don’t matter. They’re never coming back.

How wrong we could be.

It begins with a fever. By the time the spots appear, it’s too late: Morris’s disease is loose on the world, and the bodies of the dead begin to pile high in the streets. When its terrible side consequences for the survivors become clear, something must be done, or the dying will never stop. For Dr. Isabella Gauley, whose niece was the first confirmed victim, the route forward is neither clear nor strictly ethical, but it may be the only way to save a world already in crisis. It may be the only way to atone for her part in everything that’s happened.

She will never be forgiven, not by herself, and not by anyone else. But she can, perhaps, do the right thing.

We live in an age of monsters."

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This is something of a apocalypse/post-apocalyse short story, with an interesting twist at the end.  However, the writing style was a bit flat (not to mention repetitative and preachy) and the characters were rather one-dimensional.  The concept was interesting, if not entirely new, but the author can do better in terms of execution.  The end result would probably have been better if the author had written a more lengthy novel.  In any event, I did enjoy the story.

 

NOTE:  I suspect this is a prequal.  I'm beginning to intensley dislike this publishing habit of splitting up one novel into 3 short stories or following lack-lustre short stories with proper novels.

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review 2019-01-01 03:47
What a Fabulous Ending
Kingdom of Ash - Sarah J. Maas

My last book of 2018 finished on News Years Eve. It was the perfect ending to a fabulous series. I will miss these characters, they have become fictional friends over the years. Thank you Ms. Maas.

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text 2018-12-29 19:53
Reading progress update: I've read 629 out of 992 pages.
Kingdom of Ash - Sarah J. Maas

What the what ?!?!?!? Dorian and her ? King and Queen ? BLECH to the extreme

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text 2018-12-28 23:30
Reading progress update: I've read 527 out of 992 pages.
Kingdom of Ash - Sarah J. Maas

Well that was steamy close, holy shitake

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