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text 2017-02-20 15:45
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
The Harmony Silk Factory - Tash Aw

This may be a reading slump, this may be the story, or this may be an aversion to "having to read" a book, but I'm not feeling this one...

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review 2017-02-20 04:11
GHOST GIFTS by LAURA SPINELLA
Ghost Gifts - Laura Spinella

Nowadays, it's hard to find a book that will trump my favorite TV shows but this book did it. I kept thinking about it and would get this happy feeling when I sat down to read it. The subject is about an abused child and a murder mystery so for this book to make me happy to pick it up is a big deal. Fantastic book, I'm looking forward to reading the author's other books. 5 stars.

 

PS:  I think this should become a series.  

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review 2017-02-19 15:39
Giants of the Lost World: Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Monsters of South America - Donald R. Prothero

Prothero-irreverence love ...

"Sloths and armadillos and their kin are the two most familiar families of the Xenartha. The third are the anteaters, which are place in the group Vermilingua, which means "worm tongue" in Latin. (There is no known connection to the villainous Grima Wormtongue in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.)"

And the section on the mammals with evergrowing incisors is, of course, titled "Rodents of Unusual Size" ;-)

Overall a nice little book not deep or overly detailed but one of those informative, engaging (and fun) overviews that puts the general evolution of known large South American faunas, ranging from early protomammals of Gondwana to recent mammals, birds, and reptiles, in ecological and historical perspective and serves as a guide to things to find out more about (lots of critters that don't often get a mention in the more-usually-North America/Euro-centric-with-an-occasional-dash-of-Asia palaeontology books). South American dinosaurs are included, of course, but kept in perspective (and a single chapter) as they existed for only a small percentage of the timeline covered.

Now I have a strong urge to grab my copy of Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" to re-read it ...

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review 2017-02-19 08:07
The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman

The first installment of an adventure featuring stolen books, secret agents and forbidden societies - think Doctor Who with librarian spies!

Irene must be at the top of her game or she'll be off the case - permanently...

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission - to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested - the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene's new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.

Soon, she's up to her eyebrows in a heady mix of danger, clues and secret societies. Yet failure is not an option - the nature of reality itself is at stake.

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THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY is a book that I've been curious to read for a while now and I was quite happy when I got the chance to read it. I mean how can you not, if you are a bookworm, find the description of the book tantalizing? A Library that collects fiction from different realities. The book is intriguing right from the start as we get to know Irene who is on a mission to retrieve or rather steal a book. Finding rare books is what Irene and others that work for the Library do, they blend in and steal books and especially rare books that only exist in one reality or differ in another reality.

 
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text 2017-02-18 23:12
Reading progress update: I've read 134 out of 304 pages.
Heated Pursuit (Alpha Security) - April Hunt

 

From the reviews I've read. I feel like I'm reading a totally different book then what everyone else read. 

 

I'm not feeling Penny. She shouldn't be on this op mission. 

She was informed that their would be bugs everywhere in every room and no place would be safe to talk or drop character, yet as soon as they get to the bad guys place and in the room that was given to them, she almost blew their cover by opening  her mouth and only Rafe kissing her asap stoped that from happening. Then she realizes that she almost blew their cover. 

 

Yet, she does this same thing again later in the book. It is frustrating. 

 

I will say one thing Rafe and Penny do have some hot chemistry off the charts steamy sex and sexy moments, but I'm so frustrated with our heroine/lead Penny at the moment that I don't think I can finish this book. 

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