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text 2017-07-28 18:24
Reading progress update: I've read 207 out of 384 pages.
Sharpe's Fortress - Bernard Cornwell

'I knew you could beat a jetti in a fair fight.'

'I beat three at once in Seringapatam,' Sharpe said, 'but I don't know as it was a fair fight. I'm not much in favour of fair fights. I like them to be unfair. Fair fights are for gentlemen who don't know any better.'

'Which is why you gave the sword to the jetti,' Sevajee observed drily.

'I knew he'd make a bollocks of it.'

Jettis are strongmen who kill people with their bare hands. Sharpe fought with a spear.

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review 2017-07-25 03:11
Nymphéas Noirs by Michel Bussi
Nymphéas noirs - Michel Bussi

The English translation is called Black Water Lilies.


This book was messed up. It’s a murder mystery in Giverny that’s all twisty plot-wise but I think everything works out. Yes, it’s so twisty that I had trouble figuring out whether everything made sense in the end. I’m pretty sure it does.


I didn’t really like it though. It was interesting but after a while it seemed to drag on and I was getting really frustrated with the police and the complacency of several of the characters. I’d be curious to see if this book messed with other peoples’ heads as much as it did mine, but I’m not sure I’d go so far as to recommend it just to find out. I might enjoy it more on a second read through but then again, I might not.


I read this for Fantasyland 6 “Read a book that is set in a Western European country” since I counted France as one. At 493 pages this one netted me another $10 for my bank, bringing my total to $257.


Previous update:

185 of 493 pages

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text 2017-07-23 20:53
Reading progress update: I've read 185 out of 493 pages.
Nymphéas noirs - Michel Bussi

So far this is pretty good, although there's a lot of Monet and Impressionists stuff, and I feel like I'm progressing very slowly. I'm working off of the assumption that Northern France counts as Western Europe for the purposes of Fantasyland 6.


And I still need to read 100 pages for my Jail visit. I'm planning on finishing Tricked (prorating the amount that's left would yield 112 pages).


Edit: In case anyone's interested, this is a murder mystery that takes place in Giverny and was recently translated into English under the title Black Water Lilies.

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review 2017-07-20 23:30
The Son of Neptune
The Son of Neptune - Rick Riordan

I think it's really rare that the second book in a series is better than the first yet here we are. I don't know if it's because Percy is back in the series or if the adventure was just better or what, but I enjoyed Son of Neptune a lot more than The Lost Hero.


I hope this is the end of the four day journeys to a solstice though. It's a format Riordan has used throughout both series and I'm kind of over it.


On to the notes!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-20 23:11
The Lost Hero
The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, #1) - Rick Riordan

This book was too long. Seriously. Also Rick Riordan obviously never watched Charmed.


The references in this book were less obvious than in Percy Jackson and the Olympians but that might just be because I'd read those before and I was coming to this series fresh.


Also, this series needs some good Asian characters. Before I started Son of Neptune I actually googled Asian characters of Rick Riordan's because I needed reassurance some were coming... I was not disappointed and that's pretty much the reason I kept with the series. I mean, before Frank the best we had was Annabeth's stepmom who's in the series for all of two seconds.


The Lost Hero continues with this whole "too much" makeup/people who wear makeup are shallow/natural beauty is best bs idea. I'm still not a fan of that.


But I'm glad Riordan finally addresses the use of "half-blood" in the series (forgot to mention that in my PJO reviews... oops).


I also have a lot of thoughts about Piper's dad and his Hollywood career, but they're not organized in my head yet.

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