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review 2019-01-18 16:03
Bayou Moon / Ilona Andrews
Bayou Moon - Ilona Andrews

The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale–and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.


One of the main things that I love about the Andrews’ female main characters is that they are very self-sufficient & competent to run their lives. They are acknowledged to be high functioning people by their families & circles of friends. Not only can they handle the vicissitudes of life, they can defend themselves and their dependents.

Another reason that I love their books? The humour. In this book, when Cerise and William first meet, they are both “undercover.” She thinks he’s an ass and secretly calls him Lord Leatherpants. She is smelling rather pungent, and William not-so-secretly calls her the Hobo Queen.

William leaned forward and pointed at the river. “I don’t know why you rolled in spaghetti sauce,” he said in a confidential voice. “I don’t really care. But that water over there won’t hurt you. Try washing it off.”
She stuck her tongue out.
“Maybe after you’re clean,” he said.
Her eyes widened. She stared at him for a long moment. A little crazy spark lit up in her dark irises.
She raised her finger, licked it, and rubbed some dirt off her forehead.
Now what?
The girl showed him her stained finger and reached toward him slowly, aiming for his face.
“No,” William said. “Bad hobo.”

There are, of course, the obligatory rocks in the romance road. As Shakespeare told us, the course of true love never did run smooth. But that line is from Midsummer Night’s Dream and the plot line of this story is more Taming of the Shrew.

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text 2019-01-18 15:56
Reading progress update: I've read 32%.
Casimir Bridge (Anghazi Series) (Volume 1) - Darren Beyer

I was just getting to the point where I was wondering if I would continue with this -it's intrigue on an interplanetary scale, larded with big dollops of hard science but I wasn't connecting with it on a personal level - when the plot took a turn and characters got connected and now I have to know what happens next.


So, I'll keep on keeping on and hope that the big science meets some big personalities at some point.

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text 2019-01-15 10:29
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.a reaction I often experience
Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett

Grimes has just seen a dragon for the first time.


The voices in his head sound just like the ones that talk to me.


And it was all wrong, Vimes thought. Part of him was marvelling at the sheer beauty of the sight, but an insistent, weaselly little group of brain cells from the wrong side of the synapses was scrawling its graffiti on the walls of wonderment.

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text 2019-01-15 09:11
Reading progress update: I've read 27%. - the innocence of Carrot
Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett

The Librarian has just visited the Watch Office, which Vimes has left Carrot in alone, polishing his helmet and breastplate, to keep him out of trouble. So now Carrot is leaving with the Librarian to *fight crime".


The final sentence sums up almost everything about Carrot


"And then he went out on to the streets, untarnished and unafraid"


One of the things that I love about Terry Pratchett is that he leaves you to draw your own conclusions about whether Carrot is a hero or an innocent


I prefer to think of him as an innocent. He's not self-aware enough to be a hero.


This makes me smile until a voice in my head whispers a quote from Graham Greene's "The Quiet American":


"Innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm."


Terry Pratchett won't let Carrot cause any harm.


Perhaps that's why I'm re-reading him and not Graham Greene.

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text 2019-01-14 20:44
Reading progress update: I've read 14%.
Guards! Guards! - Terry Pratchett

I’m re-reading this for the first time in thirty something years. It’s a bit of a shock to meet Vîmes, one of my favourite characters, the one I hope I might get to be for a while on my very best days, drunk in the gutter.


Carrot has arrived and the Watch is about to change,so it made me smile to read about Grimes looking at the Watch House and reading the old motto:


“It must have been quite imposing once, but quite a lot of it was now uninhabitable and patrolled only by owls and rats. Over the door a motto in the ancient tongue of the city was now almost eroded by time and grime and lichen, but could just be made out: FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC”

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