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review 2018-02-07 17:43
The Faithful Dead by Alys Clare
The Faithful Dead - Alys Clare

Series: Hawkenlye Mysteries #5


I'm not sure why the reliance on magic bugs me so much on these books but it does. I think part of it is that there doesn't seem to be much investigating going on. A big chunk of the book was actually a flashback to Josse's father's crusading time. And then stuff just happens to Josse and there are reveals due to magical inspiration or something and...yeah. The whole thing wasn't very satisfying.


I keep reading these books because I do like the characters but I always seem to expect the books to be something that they're not.

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review 2018-01-15 22:21
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
The Doomsday Book - Connie Willis

Series: Oxford Time Travel #1


I'm still debating whether I should give this five stars or stick to 4.5. This was a reread for me and I still found it compelling, although I didn't blaze through it in a couple days like I did the first time around. There are, admittedly, some issues with regards to historical accuracy, like being worried about cholera in the 14th century and assuming that mediaeval people were much shorter than modern day ones...but it still works for me.


I liked the characters, especially the little girl Agnes, and I loved how people would basically have conversations at cross purposes because they were all in their own little bubbles with their own concerns.


Basically, Kivrin is a historian who time travels back to the 14th century to stay for a couple weeks and make a record of the mediaeval life she observes. Of course, her plans go awry and plot happens, and her unofficial tutor, Mr. Dunworthy, tries to get her back.


I really wish more books would combine the mediaeval time period and science fiction.

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review 2017-11-09 13:00
The Chatter of the Maidens by Alys Clare
The Chatter of the Maidens - Alys Clare

Series: Hawkenlye #4


This mystery at Hawkenlye centres around a new unlikable nun, Alba, and her two sisters, who have recently arrived. There's something off about her, so Abbess Helewise goes off to investigate her background. Meanwhile, one of the pilgrims has been murdered.


Learning about the background of Alba and her sisters was interesting, but I don't know if I quite forgive the author for bringing up the stupid Forest People at the end. At least there was no overly psychic stuff.


I read this for the 16 Festive Tasks Square #1 Dia de Muertos/All Saints Day "A book that has all the colours (ROYGBIV) together on the cover".


Previous update:

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text 2017-11-08 03:44
Reading progress update: I've read 10%.
The Chatter of the Maidens - Alys Clare

I'm thinking of using this book for Square #1 Dia de Muertos/All Saints Day "A book that has all the colours (ROYGBIV) together on the cover" since I'm pretty sure it has all the colours.


You can see them better in the larger version of the cover below. In the scene with the nuns.


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review 2017-09-26 00:40
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey (reread)
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

This was a reread for me and I still enjoyed it quite a bit. In fact, I decided to increase my rating because the characters have stayed with me even if I didn't remember all of the details. The writing starts off in a deliberately formal tone that I can see not working for some people, but for me it just sounds like Phèdre's voice. It drops away once we get into some action, but the story starts with Phèdre recounting the circumstances of her birth and childhood. There's also a fair amount of sexuality explicit content and BDSM, which may be another stumbling block for some.


If you want more of a background summary, go check out my original review. Most of my comments stand, although now I just hate Melisande. I think my favourite character is probably Joscelin who I find both adorable and amusing (in the sense that I laugh when he acts ridiculous).

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