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review 2018-09-24 11:39
The Colour of Magic (Discworld, #1)
The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett

I never know how to review the discworld books.  They're sort of impossible to describe to anyone who hasn't already read them, and likewise, they're hard (for me) to review.  


Generally, having read a few of the later discworld books in a couple of the sub-series, I found this one to be the weakest in terms of personal enjoyment.  I'm happy to have The Luggage finally explained, or at least properly introduced, and there were a few great jokes, but the story... meh.   And is it just me, or is Death distinctly less personable in his earliest incarnation?  I also missed the footnotes that add so much to later discworld books.


I read this in both audio and print as part of the Discworld group and for Halloween Bingo - I'm using it for the Free Square.


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review 2018-09-16 08:18
Sharks and Other Sea Monsters
Sharks And Other Sea Monsters - Robert Sabuda,Matthew Reinhart

Our return yesterday left us with the worst jet-lag either of us has ever experienced and this pop up book was the most complicated reading I was capable of before passing out on the couch for the duration.


But boy, what a pop up book it is.  I have 2 others in this series, one on Dinosaurs and one on Megafauna, and this one is at least as good as the others.  The art work is amazing, and the explanations are perfect for young readers and old readers alike; I especially appreciate the pronunciation guide for each of the ancient beasts.  I learned more than a little bit while reading/flapping the pages around and making 'nom nom nom' noises.  The cats were super impressed with my ancient beasts impersonations.


I highly recommend this and the other books for anyone who still looks with wonder at a well made pop up book.  No kids required.



I'm not cheeky enough to claim it, but this book would totally qualify for the Fear the Drowning Deep square of Halloween bingo 2018.  ;-)

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review 2018-09-03 17:50
Hunted (Iron Druid Chronicles, #6)
Hunted - Kevin Hearne

This is one of those weird series that I thoroughly enjoy when I'm reading it, but can easily put off picking up the next book for long, long stretches of time.  However, since this book fits a number of Halloween Bingo squares, it seemed like the perfect time to get further along.


Atticus is being hunted across Europe by Diana and Artemis for his perceived crimes against Bacchus in the previous book.  All the pantheons have agreed to neither help nor hinder the chase and are using it as a form of entertainment.  Interspersed throughout are random drop-ins by Loki, recently escaped from his eternal punishment and bat-sh*t crazy.


I like the way Hearne creates an overall story arch about how the road to hell can be paved with good intentions.  Atticus' loyalty to his friends (good thing) results in the bringing about of Ragnorok (very bad thing), and now he's trying to atone for his sins.


It's a good read; fast paced, well written, and I like the characters.  For me, though I never rave over them, the Iron Druid chronicles always offer up a solid, entertaining read.


I'm using this one for the Cryptozoology Square for Halloween Bingo 2018.


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review 2018-08-15 07:14
Witches Abroad (Discworld)
Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett,Nigel Planer
Witches Abroad - Terry Pratchett

An excellent riff on fairy tales.  I'm not actually sure what to say about it beyond that.  If you've read any of the discworld books, this one won't disappoint you.  


I listened to the audiobook, and Nigel Planer did an excellent job, though I disliked his Magrat and Ella choices; his voices for them both made them sound dull and stupid. On the other hand, I've also listened to other Pratchett books narrated by Celia Imrie and I really disliked her Granny Weatherwax voice; Planer gets Granny just right - she's the crone without hurting your ear drums. 


The plays on words are always my favorite part of Pratchett books and Witches Abroad did not disappoint (Emberella = Cinderella).  I also loved the we finally saw Granny's magic in a very decisive show; I hope it won't be the only time we see it.

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review 2018-08-07 09:15
Iron and Magic (Iron Covenant, #1)
Iron and Magic - Ilona Andrews

The best news:  even though the timeline of all the books in this trilogy takes place before the final Kate Daniels, Magic Triumphs, out this month, the author has a note in the book that the actual recommended reading order for the books is:


Iron and Magic

Magic Triumphs

Iron Covenant #2

Iron Covenant #3


This is a huge relief, because no way could I put off reading the last Kate Daniels for however many years it takes for the final 2 books in this series are published.


Now, onto this book.  It was good.  Gripping, hard to put down.  But not as good as the Kate Daniels series overall.  I like Elara and I can see the redemptive possibilities in Hugh - I especially liked the authors' insight into the psychological make up of his relationship with Roland - but the two of them together... eh.  I don't get the dynamic between them and their sex scene made absolutely no sense to me.  I think I know what the authors were aiming for, but the whole thing felt schizophrenic.  Like the scene was a double exposure; two different scenes over-lapped.  The secondary characters don't feel distinctly individual either, although in all fairness it is only the first book.  I have no doubt that will change for the better.


But as I said, it's still a great story; I love, love, love Elara's power potential.  I like the twists in Hugh's power.  I love Hugh's horse.  The book is battle heavy, and sometimes a little graphic, but compelling readable.  It's not a Kate and Curran book, but it's a great read nonetheless.


I can't wait for Magic Triumphs.


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