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text 2015-08-16 01:55
Reading progress update: I've read 22% (and question for British Booklikers)
The Valkyrie - Charlotte Vassell

Well, I think I might...just might...be finally getting to a point in this book where I am getting interested enough to want to keep reading...I think...we'll see. The beginning was very slow for me and actually felt somewhat depressing, which surprised me since this book is supposed to have humor/sarcasm so I was expecting it to start out quite differently. I have yet to lol or even snort to myself. Not much seems to have happened so far and I keep waiting for them to do something Valkyrie-ish. They haven't done much other than drink, pop pills, and snark at each other while planning how to orchestrate the next human war. There is supposedly some major event on the horizon as there are hints like "it had begun" (the blurb refers to an apocalypse so I guess that is it), but I'm still clueless as to what is going on. I don't know if that is my bad for missing something or the author's bad for not making it clear, or if that is the intention of the storytelling at this point in the book. I'm willing at this point to persevere and see how it goes.


So my question for the British readers here.  Is the word "draw" some kind of British slang for a drawer? As in, "She opened the draw that contained small random things...".  I keep coming across this word used in this way. When I first noticed it, I immediately considered it a typo. However, it has been so consistently used in this way throughout the book so far that I started to wonder if it was a British slang word I didn't recognize.

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text 2015-01-14 17:25
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 371 pages.
Prodigy - Marie Lu

I started this book like a week ago. Why is it taking me this long to read this book. It's succccccccccch a good sequel too. Hopefully I'll finish it this weekend. There's so many other books I want to read now. Sigh. The struggles of a reading slump. I wish there was more to say but damn man I am out of words. (Shocking, I know.)

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text 2014-11-12 16:36
The Time Hunters and the Spear of Fate (Volume 3) - Carl Ashmore

Ok, now I've probably over-sensitized myself, but Becky has just gained them access to their goal by solving two riddles and a puzzle; has saved the lives of three of them with her telekinetic power; and helped to capture the bad guy.


this is the accolade she gets:


"Then Edgar opened his massive arms and pulled Becky and Joe into a giant hug. ‘I will miss you both. And I shall always be your servant, your friend and your ally.’


His eyes found Joe’s. ‘Joe your bravery, your integrity, your courage is worthy of the most noble King.’


He looked at Becky. ‘And Miss Becky your kindness, your compassion, and your beauty would rival that of Artemis herself.’"



Still a very good book, but it's trying my patience.

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text 2014-11-12 13:46
We persist in passing down our prejudices
The Time Hunters and the Spear of Fate (Volume 3) - Carl Ashmore

As much as I love books and reading, and as much as I love all the positives that occur when you enjoy them, I regret that we still incorporate some things that are not so good.  Here we have one generation teaching the next that it's okay, not to mention entertaining, to ridicule, objectify, disrespect, and stereotype a particular subset of humanity.  In this case, it's women; but of course it happens across the entire spectrum.


‘‘Ah, Cleopatra, truly a fascinating woman,’ Butterby said, looking starry- eyed and distant. ‘And nothing like her traditional portrayal in popular culture, of course.’


‘What do you mean?’ Becky asked.


‘Well, if nothing else, she must’ve weighed a metric tonne.’




‘Oh yes, her derrière was as big as this bus.’ Becky and Joe laughed.


‘Now, Charles,’ Uncle Percy said firmly. ‘Let’s keep it civil. These are impressionable minds, after all.’


‘I’m all about the truth, Percy, you should know that.’ Butterby winked mischievously at Becky. ‘Yes, there have been many distortions when it comes to Cleopatra, and none more so than the nature of her death. Do you recall how she supposedly died?’


‘Wasn’t she bitten by a snake?’ Becky offered. ‘An asp?’ ‘That’s partly correct,’ Butterby said. She was bitten all right. But not by an asp. No, she he was actually bitten by an ass … a donkey, the bite became infected and that’s how she popped her clogs.’


‘Really?’ Becky giggled. ‘And was she the most beautiful woman alive?’


‘Far from it,’ Butterby said. He lowered his voice so Uncle Percy couldn’t hear. ‘Between you and me she was a bit of a moose. Queen Nefertiti, on the other hand, now that was a different matter.’



I like this book, overall; but it makes me sad that we can't, somehow, do better.  (Steps down from soapbox.)



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text 2014-11-11 15:11
Except for a couple of distracting and pervasive faults, foibles, or idiosyncrasies . ..

. . . This would be a really good historical fiction..


but a couple of things are annoying me so badly, it's ruining my enjoyment.


first of all, the almost unforgivable overuse of the word duly.

Forty-nine times in a four hundred page book?!?!

four times on a single page. Twice in one sentence.


"The two lords duly complied with their sovereign’s wishes and, upon reaching the gates of Cowbridge, the king duly emerged,"


it's very annoying.



the other thing is a tendency to explain multiple times in a single sentence.


"he knew of Madog’s reputation: none had bettered him in ten years of competition; no one had lowered his colours in a decade of combat."


 "Wave after wave of plague had swept the area, reducing the population by a good third; for every man, woman and child, one of their number had been condemned to the soil."


"In grief, they embraced, in sorrow they entwined; like ivy upon a tree, Athelena clung to Sir Roger."


"‘But of course, my son. You may go about your business. Rest easy; take comfort in the knowledge that I will take good care of her; I will look after her well.’"


"so why the moment of doubt, the moment of hesitation?"


"best to be comfortable, at ease, clear in your own mind."  (PLEASE, pick just one!)


"she had heard gruesome tales of Payn and his behaviour. But surely, no one could be that callous? No one could be that cruel?"


"the pitiless look within his eyes banished all doubt: he could be so cruel, he could be so callous."


"‘You are wounded; you are hurt;"


"the prior duly bowed, secreting a secret smile."


judicial use of this technique could be a strength, but at least once on every pair of pages -- it's starting to feel like A Thing.


Every single person so far, in the process of eating, has had to wipe drool from his chin!  What's that about?  Apples, wine, capons, it matters not -- saliva runs from mouth.


and the two Heroes in the book both just bit the dust.?  Who's supposed to save everyone, then?



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