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review 2019-03-22 00:29
Continues to be excellent
Optimus Prime #22 - Sara Pitre-Durocher,John Barber

I'm saddened by the end of this continuity; the new one is not nearly as good so far.   But I am happy that this continues to be excellent right up to the end, so at least I have that, a nice, tight, clean ending to this universe...

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text 2019-03-17 19:42
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 251 pages.
A Man Could Stand Up... - Ford Madox Ford;Sara Haslam

Slowly, amidst intolerable noises from, on the one hand, the street and, on the other, from the large and voluminously echoing playground, the depths of the telephone began, for Valentine, to assume an aspect that, years ago, it had used to have--of being a part of the supernatural paraphernalia of inscrutable Destiny.

The telephone, for some ingeniously torturing reason, was in a corner of the great schoolroom without any protection, and, called imperatively, at a moment of considerable suspense, out of the asphalte playground where under her command ranks of girls had stood electrically only just within the margin of control, Valentine with the receiver at her ear was plunged immediately into incomprehensible news uttered by a voice that she seemed half to remember.

While I am really tempted to just power through the rest of The Silver Darlings, I really need something with more bite, more wit, more ... just something more engaging. 


And I miss Christopher Tietjens and his complicated love life. 

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text 2019-03-14 10:42
REVIEW BY PAULA - A Lord to Love by Sara Dobie Bauer
A Lord to Love - Sara Dobie Bauer

During negotiations for a truce between the feuding Pierce and Morgan families, Lord John Morgan makes a shocking offer: he will give the Pierce family their land, in exchange for Harrison Pierce's hand in marriage.

John has long been enamored with Harrison, the beautiful son of his late rival. Harrison is nineteen, inexperienced, and known for being cold and bitingly brilliant. The union seems impossible, but John is determined to win the affections of his young obsession. 

Will the frigid Harrison concede, or will the object of John's adoration leave him alone at the altar?


@paula_ridge, @saradobie, #M_M, #Historical, #Romance, 3 out of 5 (good)

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/03/14/A-Lord-to-Love-by-Sara-Dobie-Bauer
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review 2019-03-14 09:52
Mr. Misunderstood by Sara Jane Stone
Mr. Misunderstood - Sara Jane Stone



Getting to know him is only half the battle. Gavin shows what he wants people to see, not the man hie truly is. Whether he's breaking hearts, stirring hormones or falling in love, it's hard to figure him out. Kayla thinks she knows him, but she's in for the surprise of her life. Stone is a master of disguise. Her characters are the best kept secret, until she reveals all in the end. Mr. Misunderstood is a perfect slight of hand as cryptic as it is unforgettable.


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review 2019-03-06 16:00
The Unicorn Anthology
The Unicorn Anthology - Henrnandez,Coville Bruce,Sara A. Mueller,A.C. Wise,Marina Fitch,Peter S. Beagle,Dave Smeds,David Levine,Carrie Vaughn,Karen Joy Fowler,Garth Nix,Patricia A. McKillip

by Peter S. Beagle, Garth Nix, Carrie Vaughn, Patricia A. McKillip, Bruce Coville, Carlos Hernandez, Karen Joy Fowler, Jane Yolen, Nancy Springer, Cailtin R. Kiernan, Margo Lanagan


How could I resist a collection of stories about unicorns, especially when I've actually heard of some of the authors!


A couple of stories were written in present tense but the one by Carlos Hernandez had a very interesting premise; unicorn poaching for their horns! Imagine, Americans not realising we've still got unicorns in England. *shakes head*


As you would expect with a themed anthology, there was a variety of takes on the subject. We had a unicorn rodeo and of course you have to be a virgin to handle one of the creatures! Unicorn hunters of various kinds, unicorns mating with human women and the subsequent offspring, unicorn magic and mythology that may or may not come from actual legends.


The stand out stories for me were Falling Off the Unicorn by David D. Levine and Sara A. Mueller, A Hunter's Ode to His Bait by Carrie Vaughn, A Thousand Flowers by Margo Lanagan and My Son Heydari and the Karkadann by Peter S. Beagle, which had some excellent stoytelling.


I liked some of the others fairly well and only found myself skimming a couple of them. The compilation wraps up with some poetry, which feels natural for this particular theme. Not a bad collection as anthologies go.

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