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text 2018-12-07 21:10
Reading progress update: I've read 118 out of 288 pages.
Small gods - Terry Pratchett

Another pause, a tar-pit of silence ready to snare the mastodons of unthinking comment

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text 2018-12-04 18:54
Reading progress update: I've read 64 out of 288 pages.
Small gods - Terry Pratchett

 

Okay, I'm liking this better today.  Yesterday must just have been a bad mood day all around.

 

I will definitely finish this.

 

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text 2018-12-03 18:03
Reading progress update: I've read 51 out of 288 pages.
Small gods - Terry Pratchett

 

I can see why other people enjoy this.  I might actually do better with an audio book version, as I really struggle with humour on the page.

 

But at least I'm not hating it, so there's that.

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review 2018-11-29 16:23
A Time of Omens / Katharine Kerr
A Time of Omens - Katharine Kerr

The kingdom of Deverry is left behind and strange lands to the west, beyond the elven territories are explored. The story delves back into elven history to the fall of the cities and the Great Burning.

 

This is the sixth book of the Deverry series that I’ve read and I realize that I have never written a review of any of them. I come away from this novel feeling conflicted—I do like the Celtic details in the stories, but this isn’t our reality, so I can’t really call it historical fantasy. I enjoy the magic and the concept of Dweomer plus I like Kerr’s version of Elves. However, I weary of all of the blood & guts warfare. It seems like all the men of this society do is trot off to beat each other senseless, and I don’t ever get as much time with the magic and such as I would like to.

It was kind of interesting in this installment when Kerr re-introduced characters from past volumes. Perrin, for example, who now has a grandson that he can send along with Rhodry on a mission of mercy. We also get to see Rhodry & Jill reunited as old friends, rather than as lovers and enjoy the bitter-sweetness of that moment.

The only author that I can think to compare this series to would be the Deryni books of Katherine Kurtz, also a fantasy version of a Celtic culture with added magic. I adored those books when I was in my twenties and I imagine I would have loved Kerr’s works equally had I encountered them during that time period. I don’t know how I missed them back then.

Bottom line? I wish I liked these books more than I do. I like them well enough to continue reading the series (which is good because I found a bunch of them at the used book store & stocked up) but I think I am past my best-before date for this kind of fantasy.

Book number 301 of my Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Project.

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text 2018-11-27 17:37
Reading progress update: I've read 184 out of 395 pages.
A Time of Omens - Katharine Kerr

 

I never know what to say about these books--I like them ok, but I don't love them.

 

I enjoy the Celtic elements and the dweomer, but I don't love the characters.

 

Book number 301 of my Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Project.

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