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review 2019-01-14 14:08
DONE!
Sea of Silver Light - Tad Williams

 

I don't think it's ever taken me so long to finish a series that only has 4 books.

Overall, I would give it a solid 3, but I think Mr. Williams should stick to fantasy.

 

At one point, one of the characters mentioned Jongeleur getting eaten.  Out loud I said 'Good! Let him get eaten!'  as I walked into the room where hubby was.  'Wow!, A little harsh?'  was his reaction.  LOL   No! It's not! The guys an ass. He deserves to be eaten.  Besides. It might liven the book up a bit.

 

After spending the entire book being rescued in the nick of time, everything get wrapped up neat as pin and topped with bow. Personally, I prefer my endings to be at least a little messy.

 

 

However, we still don't know if the children were saved, although the assumption is there because of Sam and Stephen.

 

And why didn't the Treehouse people tear the net apart when their little ones got trapped.  If anyone had the ability it would have been them.  Unless Sellars held them off because of the potential danger to the kids.

 

At least Dread got what he deserved - being helpless and chased through all eternity by the women he tortured and killed.

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review 2019-01-09 09:27
The Devereaux Legacy
The Devereaux Legacy - Carolyn Hart

An early stand-alone mystery from Carolyn Hart, that was originally bought by Harlequin and marketed as a gothic romance.  This is one of those stories that is best discovered by someone who hasn't already read a fair variety of romantic suspense.  With nothing to compare it to, one might find this a very lively and escapist story.

 

Leah arrives in South Carolina after the death of her paternal grandmother and Leah's subsequent discovery that she herself has been presumed dead since she was 2.  Wanting to find out why, and the truth about what happened to her parents, she arrives at the Devereaux Plantation full of questions, discovering she still has a maternal grandmother who is thrilled she's alive, and 3 cousins that might not be so thrilled.

 

This slim volume reads exactly like a Barbara Michaels in many respects.  Hart says in the introduction to this re-issue that she suddenly found herself in a market that had no interest in women writing murder mysteries, and after 9 years of rejection, found that she could sell her books if she made them romances.  This bow to contemporary demands is apparent in the romance: it's insta-love at it's most glaring, and more than a little bit naive and awkward.  

 

Sandwiched in between in the awkward romance is, unfortunately, only a slightly less awkward mystery, but knowing what I know about Hart's real mysteries, I have no problem believing it's because she had to cram it in along the edges.  It's a good mystery; just not one that was allowed the space to unfold naturally.

 

It's definitely nowhere close to Hart's normal standards of writing, but hints of what will come in her future Death on Demand series are evident: haunting atmosphere and fully fleshed out characters that are capable of passionate acts of love and cruelty.  

 

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text 2019-01-07 06:14
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Sea of Silver Light - Tad Williams

 

Last book.

I don't don't know if I'm being stupid or just stubborn.  LOL

 

I think I've figured out the issue.

He takes pages and pages to explain and tell you about a new idea 10 different ways.

That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. 

He beats every new idea to death.

I'm assuming in an attempt to make sure the reader doesn't forget about it.

 

And it's not just Renie coming across as whiny anymore.  I swear everybody but !Xabbu is a self pitying sniveler.  And he's skirted the edge a time or two.

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text 2019-01-05 23:47
Mini Book Haul, Pet Death, Distractions, & Anxiety

Trigger Warning: Animal death, though no photos of a dead animal, just my last photo of her alive. Long blog, but I promise there is book related content as well.

 

My hamster Mogget was put on death watch a few days ago. We had to move her to a smaller enclousure, because old age was making it hard for her to get around. Well on the 4th, in the morning, she became unable to move and fell into a deep sleep, her breaths slowed down and right before the end, she opened her eyes one last time and I feel like she looked at me to say goodbye. I'm not sure if she was aware of anything, but it is comforting to believe she realized she wasn't alone and was able to go without being scared.

 

[In a deep sleep and I hope she felt comfortable]

 

Patrick (my husband) helped me bury her in a spot I like outside. She is in a place where I can imagine fairies or something else magical lives. Whether you believe that, it is a nice thought, regardless. We buried her between the tree with the vine and the rock covered in moss.

 

After that, to get my mind off things, Patrick helped me get rid of a bunch of stuff we've been procrastinating donating/tossing. (By help, I mean he did it all and I supervised hehe)

 

[Photo was taken a while ago. Might be hard to tell, but the tree in the middle that has vines. She is now in front of that, behind the rock.]

 

As you can imagine, I was really upset all day (still am) and just wanted to distract myself, play with our other furry butts, clean...etc. In the photo, we're trying to go through DVDs and our cat Apollo just wants to play in the tote.

 

[I think she wants to have a Buffy or Farscape marathon!]

 

My husband is really sweet; he took me to Barnes & Noble as more disctraction so I could get 2 books I really wanted. They were having another buy 2 get 1 free sale, but that man was there again and I had a panic/anxiety episode and refused to check out with him. (See previous blog about the man who was rude to me there last time.)

 

Patrick offered to do it alone, but I did not want to deal with the buy 2 get 1 fiasco all over again with the same rude cashier. (They didn’t have signs up again!) Right in the store, I went online and bought 3 books for my Kindle, through Amazon (of course) and paid less than what I would have with the buy 2 get 1 sale. (Actually spent only 3$ more what 1 book would have cost.)

 

Ugh! I love those books I wanted so much (despite not reading them yet lol) and I love Kindle books, but I really wanted the physical books to add to my physical collection of the books I already had by the same author. All is well. I will look out for the physical copies one day online (used & lower priced than what B&N was charging.)

B&N pretty much lost a customer while that guy is working the register.

 

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The books I got is from the Your Name (Kimi no Na wa) series by Makoto Shinkai. 2 light novels, 1 manga. Japan calls books based on anime or manga “Light novels.”

There is a full length animated movie, 3 manga based on the movie, 1 light novel based on the anime/movie, 1 light novel that is side stories, 1 manga that is based on the side stories. Phew. It sounds confusing.

 

The movie is so beautiful and I loved it so much. The manga based on the movie wasn't as impactful as the movie was, but I really enjoyed it, too. It really was a touching story for me. The artwork is stunning. The movie made me cry at the end. I just had to have the novels, and the manga based on the side story.

 

It is the 2nd largest grossing domestic film in Japan (That is all movies, not just anime!) and the fourth-largest ever, behind Titanic and Frozen. 11th grossing non-English film in the USA. (At the time of writing this.) Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 97% & 4.6/5 rating. IMDB.com is at 8.4/10.

 

That should tell you how much this movie & books impacted people. Listen up, folks! Anime, cartoons, and animated films, comics, graphic novels, manga and all that are not just for children! I’m playing this up because I want you to watch the movie and then read the manga, then the novels! Go do it!

 

My collection so far:
Physical:
Vol 1-3 Your Name manga. (Follows the anime pretty closely!)

 

Digital:
The Your Name Movie (On Vudu.com. But I want the Limited Edition Bluray that comes packaged in a holographic art box, comes with a hardcover art book, 2 soundtracks (English & Japanese ver.) and is just stunning, but it is so pricey!!)

 

[This is what you get in the limited edition! I know I can buy the soundtracks alone probably, but I really want that art book!]

 

 

Your Name light novel on Kindle (It is supposed to follow the anime/manga pretty closely, but with added background info...etc.

 

 

Your Name: Another Side: Earthbound light novel on Kindle (Based on characters from the anime/manga and some of their side stories...etc.)

 

 

Your Name: Another Side: Earthbound manga on Kindle (The manga of the above.)

 

 

Yes, I'm a nerd.

 

(Do me a favor, give your animals (if you have any) a great big cuddle if they will let you.)

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review 2019-01-04 09:56
The Final Six Book of Gone Series Ends With A Bang!
Light - Michael Grant

The final volume of Gone series ends with a bang. Since the beginning of the first book, Light leads to its final showdown between the gaiaphage and the survivors of FAYZ as the children going against the darkness. Its pretty much a straight forward story that leads to a satisfying ending. While many supporting characters died in this volume, the ending matters a lot. Overall, Light ends the series with a bang that fans will be happy with.

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