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video 2019-12-02 21:01
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text 2019-06-19 17:37
And still more for MR's list
God Stalk - P.C. Hodgell
High Moor - Graeme Reynolds
Demoniac Dance - Jaq D. Hawkins
Stormqueen! - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Einstein's Secret - Irving Belateche
Daughters of the Dragon - William Andrews
Shiver - Maggie Stiefvater
The Witching Hour - Anne Rice
The Toy Makers - Robert Dinsdale
Fools and Mortals - Bernard Cornwell

Some of my choices are first books of a series but the series has to hold up to be included and there's a controversial author or two, but I'm judging the books by their own merits, nothing else.

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text 2018-02-11 19:26
Reading progress update: I've read 19%.
The Toy Makers - Robert Dinsdale

The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern  A lot of people are comparing this to The Night Circus, which is one of the reasons why I picked it up. Completely different story, but has a similar magical feel to it.

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review 2018-01-24 15:00
A fine piece of magic realism – a little long but very good
The Toy Makers - Robert Dinsdale


This novel takes us from 1906 to 1953 in the life of Papa Jack's Emporium in which toys are miraculously brought to life to the delight of shoppers in the winter months. It is also the story of Cathy Wray who finds herself arriving there in 1906 and her development alongside the Godman family who run the shop.

Generally enlightening and engaging, this book is full of wonders but also melancholy in many ways as things do not go always as expected or as planned. Strong on character development and on magic realism, it is enjoyable but perhaps a little overlong in the second half.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.



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text 2017-12-30 14:51
December Wrap-up
Old Celtic Romances - P.W. Joyce
Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols - Laura Tempest Zakroff
Fairies:: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk - Morgan Daimler
Dreamtime Dragons - Nils Visser
The Grand Phantom - Harold Cloninger
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Plum Dandi Knits: Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns - Alicia Plummer,Melissa Schaschwary
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - Imogen Hermes Gowar
The Toy Makers - Robert Dinsdale
About Time: Einstein's Unfinished Revolution - Paul Davies

Yes, there's one more day but although I'm getting close to finishing Uprooted by Naomi Novik, I definitely won't be finishing any other books before January 1st.


I seem to have given myself a lot of non-fiction to read this month. Mostly from Netgalley.


I expect to finish Uprooted between today and tomorrow so I'm counting 11 books for the month. Not bad for me!


The stand out ones besides Uprooted (which I'm really enjoying) would be The Toy Makers and the Dreamtime Dragons Anthology. Both have given me a lot of reading pleasure. I enjoyed the re-reading of A Christmas Carol too. 5 of the books are non-fiction so only a couple of meh books.


I also got through some of the samples backlog again. I've only got about 80 left. I collected a LOT over Halloween!


I still have some non-fiction reads in progress so that may slow me down for January reading, but I seem to be averaging more in a month than I used to. I blame all of you.

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