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review 2017-10-14 18:34
Intense, complex and multilayered read
The Felix Chronicles: Freshmen - R.T. Lowe

I'm shelving this as a DNF for now, with the intent to come back to it at a later date. It was a Goodreads Giveaway book, so I'll definitely make the effort to push through and update my review when I make it to the end.


It's a highly detailed, complex fantasy (paranormal?) read and I think part of what made it hard for me to get through was just how much was going on. It starts in ancient history with a flashback setup of some kind of conspiracy, then jumps forward to a modern PNW campus with some kids that are probably going to be chased and/or eaten by monsters and also embroiled in a conspiracy...? So lots going on plot-wise, and some good writing especially in the high-action scenes. Tense and fast moving... but then it bogs down in description, or cuts to another aspect of the conspiracy or something and loses my interest.


I think this book would be appreciated by readers who really enjoy older or classic literature that has a high degree of description, and would do less well with thriller readers who are used to more streamlined storytelling.


The MC and core cast didn't really work for me as well, since he's a college guy with fairly well-represented college guy attitudes and interests. BUT, while that doesn't really hold my interest, I think it's great that there's a paranormal/fantasy out there that targets that audience, as most paranormal entries these days are more along the lines of female wish-fulfillment paranormal romances with hot (insert inhuman here).


The book production is high quality, and the author's obviously put a ton of work into a detailed, extensive story world that spans multiple books. There's enough here to intrigue me and make me want to come back and find out where it goes, but it wasn't quite the right fit for me, and there are some rough patches that I'd have liked to see smoothed over in edits as well.

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review 2014-05-09 19:25
How to Live Well Without Owning a Car
How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life - Chris Balish

While this didn't provide a whole lot of new information, it snapped several things into focus...how much I spend on gas...how much I hate driving...how much I enjoy it when I go long periods without driving...and how unnecessary a car really is to my life. Combined with the fact that I'm already looking at where to move to be closer to work, I think I can transition out of my car lifestyle and into a car free one in the next few weeks.

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review 2014-04-18 19:21
I Promise Not to Suffer
I Promise Not To Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail - Gail D. Storey

Far and away the best of the thru hiking memoirs I've been reading recently (and only one of two that I actually finished). Storey manages to capture the hardship and beauty of the trail and weave it in with her marriage in a way that is realistic and lovely. The ending is surprising, but very satisfying. 


And I'm quitting while I'm ahead and won't be reading any more hiking memoirs. 

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text 2014-04-16 19:48
Reading progress update: I've read 118 out of 210 pages.
I Promise Not To Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail - Gail D. Storey

The best hiking memoir so far...but I'm starting to wonder why I'm almost done with the book and they've only gone 400ish miles.

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review 2014-04-01 16:21
Hunting Ground
Hunting Ground - Patricia Briggs

I enjoyed this more than Cry Wolf, but I forgive that because Cry Wolf was necessary to set us up for Hunting Ground. 


Easily the best part of this is the relationship between Anna and Charles. Briggs writes such lovely chemistry and tension and you really get the feeling that they're in it for the long haul together, and I love that. 


The mystery/villain was a surprise to me, but I'm always surprised by who the actual villain is even in things like Castle and low key British mysteries. And being in the grip of the book right up until the last page is the BEST. 


Fair Game, here I come!

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