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The Slow Regard of Silent Things: A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella (Kingkiller Chronicles) - Patrick Rothfuss

I almost never read the shorter works in between the main books of a series.  


But, the third Kingkiller book is has had so many years of mythical release dates I'm not sure it's ever coming out.  And this short work  is about an intriguing character.


Probsbly the only necessary to series short work I ever read was the short story prequel to Patricia Briggs' Alpha and Omega books.

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review 2015-11-30 00:00
Inappropriate Roads: A Max Vos Anthology
Inappropriate Roads: A Max Vos Anthology - Max Vos

Holy Crap! Let's get Down and Dirty, shall we?

This anthology by Max Vos is hot. There are no two ways about it. In fact, it's hot, raunchy, sexy, steamy and a little wicked. And sometimes, if you pay attention, it's also sweet, cute and tender.

I'm not going to review each story separately. I'll tell you all about my favorites, though:

Hawk 'n' Harley is one beautiful gem. Like I said, hot and dirty. But also very real, and sweet and so touching. I read it more than once, and still get all jiggly and happy inside while reading.

And in A Walk On The Beach, Max Vos takes us with him through the days of an established couple. Two men very much in love, who found each other, love each other, and still are each others everything. It was very touching, very heart-warming, and in a special way, hopeful. You have to experience it, because describing this feeling is almost impossible.

To sum it up: Read it! May Vos has a very unique writing style, that can differ greatly from story to story. But what all of his characters have in common? They are good and loveable just the way they are. Not matter what they look like, how they behave, what they like or what they fear - in the end, they are capable of love and worthy of it, because they are real, flaws and all. And sexy as fuck, I'll give you that. But that never hurt anyone, right?

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review 2015-11-29 00:00
The Idiots' Tango
The Idiots' Tango - B. Snow

4 wonderful stars!

Now, this was a great answer to this prompt!

Josh and Stu are both a little akward, both a little lost, and even though they don't see each other that often over the years, when they do, things heat up pretty damn fast. Mostly in a hostile way. No matter what the circumstances, or the occasion. They meet, they exchange and things escalate.

It was wonderful to watch their interactions over the years. And even though I'm not a big fan of the "misunderstanding-leads-to-enemies" - trope, this one was done so well and so smoothly, I fell right in and never got out until the very end. It was like an adult version of the neverending pulling of pigtails gone bad. Awesome! And soo delicious in the end. Maybe a little too smooth, considering the history these two share. But other than that? Wonderful!

Definitely one of my favorite LHNB stories! Read it and prepare to smile and shake your head at the same time.

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review 2015-11-29 00:00
Scrum - P.D. Singer

Sweet, good on the sports facts, but otherwise kind of... forgettable. Literally. I completely forgot I read this already while looking at in the kindly store. It took me another review to realize which story it was and when I read it.

So, yeah. Nice, and after reading about the characters again, I rembered the story. But the fact that I forgot the MCs and their story in the first place? Not impressing. So, that would be 2 stars. Okay, but nothing more.

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review 2015-11-28 00:00
Un/Common Ground
Un/Common Ground - Arielle Pierce

This was so hard to read...

Jamal is a young man, a guest student in the US, having his first taste of freedom. Because he is a Muslim, gay, and is already afraid of going back home East, where he will either conform and marry a girl, or come out and not only loose his family, but probably also his life.

But for as long as he's in the US, he really likes to at least pretend to be free for a second. And when he meets Matt, really meets him, it all gets intense very fast. It tender, tentative and heart-breaking. Especially because it gets you thinking about all the repercussions the opression of the LGBTQ community all over the world really has. The problem of safe sex and testing is one of them, and one that a lot of people (me included) sometimes completely forget about. We focus on the violence, the mortal danger, the torture. What we tend to forget is the everyday life and what that kind of oppression really means. It doesn't matter how educated you are, how far away from home you are, how different your current freedom is from the rest of your life - it always stays with you. And you will always see repercussions for your acrtions everywhere. And I loved how the author managed to show it without saying it.

I enjoyed this story very much. Matt might not have been my most favorite person in the world. I found his empathy and understanding to be lacking. A lot. Seriously, how selfish and ignorant can you be? Never heard of persecution because of one's sexuality? Never heard about gay witch hunts or honor killings? Maaaaan. Really. But on the other hand - and it's hard for me to swallow - I can understand that his experiences with oppression are really non-existent. So who am I to judge so harshly? But I couldn't help but be annoyed with him.

Jamal was the gem of this story for me. His POV, his thoughts, his fears really stayed with me and made me think about him and people in similar situation for quite some time. Really good.

The writing wasn't as smooth as I'd have liked, but it wasn't bad. I did love the set-up and how it all turned out. The ending was perfect, and fit the tentative and unsure tone of the story perfectly. A HEA would have been ridicolous under the circumstances and if you're honest, then I'm not sure if there even was a possible soution for Jamal's drama. But I'd still love to read more about these two.

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