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text 2018-10-20 01:02
Reading progress update: I've read 128 out of 352 pages.
Cover of Night - Linda Howard

The bad guys meed tp retrieve a flash drive with mob stuff on it. They think it was left in the B&B the h owns. They tried breaking in and threatening the h to get it back, but were stopped by the H. Their new plan is to hired a few more guys and blow the bridge on the one road in and out of town and hold the entire town hostage until they get the flash drive back. Talk about using a bazooka to kill a bug.

 

 

I think I am going to have to throw in the towel for now, at least. This is too ridiculous.

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review 2018-10-18 03:36
Good story, focus could have stayed more on the main couple.
The Conundrum of a Clerk - Linda Rae Sande

I enjoyed this story. Two people who have survived war find they can still find love despite their injuries. Daisy and Teddy are trying to adjust to their new lives, and with the help of friends, they find themselves working together and learning to appreciate the other. Their pain and loneliness was obvious, and I was glad for their happiness. There was a bit too much story devoted to the secondary characters from previous stories, but it was nice to see them again.

I received an ARC of this story through Candid Book Reviews, and this is my unsolicited review.

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text 2018-10-18 00:20
Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 352 pages.
Cover of Night - Linda Howard

It feels like I am making no progress with this book. I can see that the "read" page count is higher, but ye gods. This. Is. So. Boring. I'm nearly halfway finished and we only just now had an action scene.

 

I'm really wanting to like it more than I am, because the hero is more beta. He's shy and awkward around the heroine. He'd been attracted to her since she moved to town but she'd just lost her husband.

 

Now, three years later, things have happened that put her in danger and he came to the rescue. Now suddenly she's starting to see him with new eyes, and it's just not working for me at the moment. Not feeling it at all.

Plus, there's far too much page time spent with the bad guys.

 

I just don't know. I'm going to try to press on, but may end up using a wild card.

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review 2018-10-15 14:59
A useful introduction, but one lacking in broader analysis
Women and Achievement in Nineteenth-Century Europe - Linda L. Clark

For women living in the West, the nineteenth century was one of considerable achievement. Though most lived lives defined by gender norms enshrined by class and tradition, a determined few sought to breach the barriers before them to gain greater opportunities across a variety of fields. This effort and its accomplishments is the subject of Linda Clark's book. In a series of chapters she surveys women's advancements across professions dominated by men, from the creative fields of art, literature and music to the increasingly professional realms of education, law and medicine. Though their numbers were limited, Clark credits them with making possible the careers of the hundreds, then thousands, of women who followed them in subsequent decades, making possible the opportunities heretofore denied them.

 

Clark's book is an informative account of the campaigns for women's rights at a pivotal point in European history. Her focus is almost exclusively on women at the upper ends of society, which is understandable as they were the ones with the means to wage such efforts. Yet their more clearly delineated lives can hamper her text, as at several points her text becomes little more than a series of biographies of remarkable individuals, with little in  the way of analysis that draws out broader conclusions. This focus on the specific rather than the general extends to her coverage of national restrictions; while an understandable approach, rarely does she break from this to offer any overarching assessment that justifies such a Europe-wide approach. This makes her book a useful introduction, but one that leaves readers to draw their own conclusions as to the broader factors behind the march of women towards greater rights and equality of opportunity in the West.

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text 2018-10-15 02:26
Reading progress update: I've read 45 out of 352 pages.
Cover of Night - Linda Howard

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