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review 2018-07-19 20:47
Revenge brings two together to find there is more.
Highland Wrath - Madeline Martin

Loved this story!! And the series!! There was a lot of danger and vengeance with enough secrets to keep me interested. I had been waiting for Sylvi's story so I could learn about her past. I was not disappointed. She was strong and passionate, and dedicated to revenge for her family's deaths. Ian made a wonderful partner for her with his own passion and trust in Sylvi. Together they made a wonderful couple.

I received a copy of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.

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text 2018-07-19 01:29
The Flat Book Society: September read Crisis!!
Unlocking the Past: How Archaeologists Are Rewriting Human History with Ancient DNA - Martin Jones

Our group voting had a clear winner for our September read: Unlocking the Past: How Archaeologists Are Rewriting Human History with Ancient DNA - Martin Jones  but we've run into a sticky issue with sourcing this edition (which is apparently a new, expanded/updated edition of an older title).  Most everyone who has shown interest in participating in the read is unable to find a copy to read.

 

So - I need group feedback.  Do we:

 

1. Have a whole new vote?
2. Just replace this September read with the second place book? (Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees)
3. Just persevere with this book and those that can't source it sit out?
4. Other suggestions??

 

Group participation has been a bit thready as of late; summertime and busy lives, no doubt, but any ideas would be welcome.

 

I've got the Lonely Lonesome Blues...

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review 2018-07-17 00:19
Macarons at Midnight (Just Desserts, #1) by M.J. O'Shea and Anna Martin Review
Macarons at Midnight - M.J. O'Shea,Anna Martin

Tristan Green left his small English town for Manhattan and a job at a high profile ad agency, but can’t seem to find his bearings. He spends a lot of time working late at night, eating and sleeping alone, and even more time meandering around his neighborhood staring into the darkened windows of shops. One night when he’s feeling really low, he wanders by a beautiful little bakery with the lights still on. The baker invites him in, and some time during that night Tristan realizes it’s the first time he’s really smiled in months.

Henry Livingston has always been the odd duck, the black sheep, the baker in an old money family where pedigree is everything and quirky personalities are hidden behind dry martinis and thick upper east side townhouse facades. Henry is drawn to Tristan’s easy country charm, dry English wit, and everything that is so different from Henry’s world.

Their new romance is all buttercream frosting and sugared violets until Tristan's need to fit in at work makes him do something he desperately wishes he could undo. Tristan has to prove to Henry that he can be trusted again before they can indulge in the sweet stuff they're both craving.

 

Review

 

The baking in this romance was amazing and comes with recipes. 

The book also showcases New York City. 

The love story between Tristen is sweet and tender. The loneliness Tristen feels so far from England and Henry's choice to not be part of the New York elite is nicely detailed.

Because the connection between the heroes charms, the conflicts in the book between Tristen and his awful work environment and then the over reaction of Henry of something that happens feels too heavy handed and made me want to skip around and took away from the pleasure of the book.

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review 2018-07-16 22:10
Wild Cards
Wild Cards - George R.R. Martin

After hearing several people talk about this series in a positive way,I read the first one.

A space virus is exploded in the air above Manhattan in the 40's and is quickly spread overseas.The virus quickly kills thousands,mutates an unknown number more.And sometimes it's terrible  mutation and a very few got a mutation/powers.

This made it a read better than I was expecting,I'll continue the series.

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review 2018-07-05 21:17
Well
Star Wars Vol. 1: Skywalker Strikes - Jason Aaron,Laura Martin,John Cassaday

I have a very complicted relationship with Star Wars and Star Trek.  In part, it is because both mammoths are a part of my childhood.  New Hope was the first movie I saw in the movie theater.  Star Trek was life blood.  I remember playing both growing up.  Man, you should have seen my class illustrate the epic Yoda/Vader fight we were positive was coming in Jedi.

 

 

But they have their issues.  And people don't like it when you bring it up.  I mean a certain former Jame T Kirk harassed a Penn prof when she said while advance for its time STOS didn't do that well with gender.  She's right.  And this is also true of the ST:TNG and Star Wars.

 

One thing that always bugged me about Star Wars was that it was so male centric.  New Hope is set up that we feel more for Luke about Kenobi's death than Leia losing her family, home, and people.  Then there are some really strange choices in Jedi - like Leia getting her hair done with the Ewoks, and why isn't she a general, and Han is - Han who just spent a whole bunch of time frozen?

 

It's true that various tie ins - books and previous comic runs - have done much to either mellow, correct, or fill in those iffy things.  I still have a Marvel comic Original Star Wars series issue about Leia during the time Han is frozen.  She meets a stormtrooper who has a certain piece of rock around his neck.

 

Skywalker Strikes is as good as that issue.  It's set between New Hope and Empire.  Leia leads Luke and Han on a mission or two (until Han, being Han, screws it up).  Leia kicks ass.  Leia and Han try to take out Vader.  Leia does so many things.  True, the focus is on Luke coming to terms with who or what he is or can be, but its damn good storytelling and writing.  

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