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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 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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text 2017-09-25 13:32
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

I finally finished my 900 page tome!

 

I probably shouldn't talk about it like that since it's a reread and, if anything, I liked it more the second time around.

 

Unfortunately, I can't really use it for the Halloween Bingo because the only square it might fit is "Supernatural" and I already used one of the Peter Grant books for that.

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review 2017-08-27 02:57
Within the Hollow Crown by Margaret Campbell Barnes
Within the Hollow Crown: A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty, and His Love - Margaret Campbell Barnes

This read like the kind of historical fiction that I don’t really like: a description of a series of events in a historically important person’s life that never really seem to gel into a story. I spent a lot of my time a little lost because I could never tell how much time would pass in between chapters, and a lot of important events were mentioned after the fact without it feeling like they’d made any impact on Richard because there was no hint of it until it was brought up. Basically, the novel didn’t really work for me although there was nothing really wrong with it other than the impressions that I mentioned above. I had been looking forward to reading more about Richard II, but I don’t feel like I gained any insight into his time period.

 

I read this for the More Historical Than Fiction book club, but it had been on my to-read list for years.

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text 2017-08-04 23:00
Reading progress update: I've read 12 out of 333 pages.
Within the Hollow Crown: A Valiant King's Struggle to Save His Country, His Dynasty, and His Love - Margaret Campbell Barnes

I just finished last month's More Historical Than Fiction book so I figured I'd follow Debbie's example and dive into this month's read since I wasn't sure what I felt like reading. I've read Chapter 1 and so far not much has happened other than giving us a glimpse of a young king who's buffeted about by everyone trying to control him and compare him to his father and grandfather.

 

Now, should I continue or take a nap?

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review 2017-07-09 16:39
The Tavern in the Morning by Alys Clare
The Tavern in the Morning - Alys Clare

Series: Hawkenlye #3

 

A man is poisoned at the inn in Tonbridge, but it looks like he wasn’t the intended target. Josse d’Acquin investigates and stumbles into something bigger. There was less of the New Age Druidic stuff in this one but there was a wise woman and a reference to far-seeing so I’m really hoping this series doesn’t continue this trend. I can’t really get into what I didn’t like about this one without getting into spoilers, but I’ll just say that some of the conversations with a certain woman were eye-roll worthy. Overall it was okay, but I hope the next books take a turn toward the mysteries and don’t treat them so much as an afterthought.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square Adventureland 27 “Read a book…that has a tree on the cover”. There are several trees on the cover, so I’m counting the 245 pages as another $6 for my bank, bringing the total to $196.

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