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review 2018-09-25 20:32
[Book Review] Night and Silence
Night and Silence - Seanan McGuire

Night and Silence (October Day #12) / Seanan McGuire

Previously reviewed:

 

Oh Toby.

When I began my review for The Brightest Fell, I remarked from the start that it felt like the book marked a turning point, that we had hit a new stage, that debts were starting to come due.  That isn't to say that she never pays a price, but the prices are becoming more dear.  What she stands to lose more precious, and what she retrieves is not quite whole.

Toby starts this story vulnerable.  There's the humor we all love and expect, but she is raw and exposed, her network weakened.  Tybalt is keeping distant and Gilly has been taken.  Threads of Toby's family history are starting to show, and at it's heart, Night and Silence is a book about family.

The ending is uneasy, uncomfortable, and it should be.  This isn't a happy ending.  Things are too raw, too forced by necessity.  There is hope, but there is also grief from change and the loss that comes from change.

An enjoyable continuation, paired with an excellent novella centered on Gilly and where she is now.

Advance Reader Copy courtesy of Daw (Penguin RandomHouse) in exchange for an honest review; changes may exist between galley and the final edition

Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2018/09/book-review-night-and-silence.html
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review 2018-09-25 07:38
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales - Roger Luckhurst,Robert Louis Stevenson

TITLE:  Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales 

 

AUTHOR:  Robert Louis Stevenson

  

DATE PUBLISHED:  2008 (reissue)

 

PUBLICATION:  Oxford World's Classics

 

FORMAT:  Paperback

 

ISBN-13:  9780199536221

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DESCRIPTION: 

"Stevenson's short novel, published in 1886, became an instant classic.  It was a Gothic horror that originated in a feverish nightmare, whose hallucinatory setting in the murky back streets of London gripped a nation mesmerized by crime and violence.  The respectable doctor's mysterious relationship with his disreputable associate is finally revealed in one of the most original and thrilling endings in English literature.  

 

In addition to Jekyll and Hyde, this edition also includes a number of short stories and essays written by Stevenson in the 1880s, minor masterpieces of fiction and comment:  'The Body Snatcher', 'Markheim',  and 'Olalla' featuring grave-robbing, a sinister double, and degeneracy, while ' A Chapter on Dreams' and 'A Gossip on Romance' discuss artistic creation and the 'romance' form.  Appendices provide extract from contemporary -writings on personality disorder, which set Stevenson's tale in its full historic context."

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It's a bit hard to comment on a classic that has resulted in numerous adaptations.  I found the stories in this book to be creepy and the essays interesting.

 

 

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text 2018-09-25 07:28
TRICK OR TREAT a Rivers End romance with a touch of magic

Trick or Treat
This was cute. Love the cover. Would like to read more from C.J. Hunt.

Publishers Summary

No Halloween in Rivers End is complete without A Touch of Magic…
 
A few local teenagers have the crazy idea that RAMONA BAXTER is a witch. But she just wants to spend a quiet Halloween inside with the ones she loves. If the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest tonight, so much the better.
 
Mona’s got the popcorn, the wine, and her favourite movie ready to go, but when the hooligans strike again, she comes face to face with the inventor next door, GARRETT WHITING. He’s brilliant, charming… and unconscious on her porch.
 
Playing nurse to her sexy neighbour wasn’t on the agenda, but a little push from her interfering family might be just the trick to break out of her shell and let a little romance into her life.

 

 

Source: cjhuntromance.com/freereads
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review 2018-09-25 07:23
Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Around the World in Eighty Days (Oxford World's Classics) - Jules Verne

TITLE:  Around the World in Eighty Days

 

AUTHOR:  Jules Verne

 

TRANSLATOR:  William Butcher

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2008 (reissue)

 

PUBLICATION:  Oxford World's Classics

 

FORMAT:  Paperback

 

ISBN-13:  9780199552511

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DESCRIPTION: 

"With the words 'Here I am, gentlemen', Phileas Fogg snatches a day from the jaws of time to make one of literature's great entrances.

 

Fogg - still, repressed, English - assures the members of the exclusive Reform Club that he will circumnavigate the world in eighty days.  Together with an irrepressible Frenchman and an Indian beauty he slices through jungles and climbs over snowbound passes, even across an entire isthmus - only to get back five minutes late.  He confronts despair and suicide, but his Indian companion makes a new man of him, able to face even his club again.

 

William Butcher's stylish new translation of Around the World in Eighty Days moves as fast and as brilliantly as Fogg's epic journey.  This edition also presents important discoveries about Verne's manuscripts, his sources, and cultural references."

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This is a fun, and occasionally nail-biting, romp around the World in 80 days - more or less.  Passepartout is a hilarious character that nicely complements Fogg's rather enigmatic personality.  William Butcher's translation is beautifully done, making it hard to tell that this is a translation from the original French.   All the extra goodies (introduction, notes, chronology, appendices) make this critical edition a treat.

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review 2018-09-25 07:18
In a Reading Slump aka Doom Bastion
Magic Burns - Ilona Andrews

Meh. Dark and dreary. Dank and gloomy. Like the Duracell bunny, it kept on going. It felt like it would never end. Suffice it to say, I'm not a fan. What can I say? Julie is sweet, Red is an asshole, Bran is full of himself, Currin likes to play with his food, and by that I mean play games with Kate, Andrea's trapped in a world she doesn't belong in, those 3 oracle witches, Moriggan, Morfran and all other gods are as passive and non-existent as can be. Kate is wasting time and should get laid already ugh.

 

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/464748088
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