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review 2018-04-07 06:11
Sizzle
The Last King - Katee Robert

Beckett and Samara have a hot history.  Full of fighting, tension, and sparks that fly around.  Why not have a night to give them their all?

 

Samara wants to not be attracted to her business rival.  His family is more than a mess.  It may take a trivial pursuit game to sort it all out.  Should she stifle her feelings or fan the flames of desire?

 

This was truly an unexpected read.  With each page, there seemed to be more surprises and twists.  While this author is an auto purchase for me, I never assume that a book will be as good as the hype.  This story for me, was actually way beyond my expectations.  The heat sizzled, the banter was sexy, and the book overall rocked!  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publishers.

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review 2018-03-28 05:04
An exceptional study of England in the high Middle Ages
England Under The Norman And Angevin Kings, 1075-1225 - Robert Bartlett

Robert Bartlett’s contribution to the New Oxford History of England series is about a kingdom in transition.  In 1075, England was a newly conquered realm of William of Normandy, who was transforming the sleepy monarchy of the Anglo-Saxons into a powerful feudal state.  A century and a half later, his great-great-great grandson, Henry III, issued a modified Magna Charta that served as the foundation of English common law, establishing the right of the English aristocracy against the king.  How this evolution took place forms just one aspect of this exceptional book, which addresses nearly every aspect of England’s politics, culture, and society during this period.

 

In doing this, Bartlett adopts an analytical rather than narrative approach.  Events are studied within the context of the broader patterns and developments of the era.  This makes for a more challenging read but also a much more rewarding one, with insights contained on every page.  Readers unfamiliar with the period should start with a survey such as David Carpenter’s The Struggle for Mastery, but even knowledgeable students of the period will learn much from Bartlett’s clear writing and perceptive analysis.

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review 2018-02-17 14:23
Cowboy Take Me Away (A Texas Kings Novel) - Soraya Lane

Cowboy Take Me Away is book two in the Texas Kings series. I really liked watching Chase, a one-and-done player, work so hard to win the one girl he has loved for years but has never acknowledged even to himself. They met in college and she was the one and only girl to tell him no, and in that 'no' a strong friendship bloomed until one night after graduation, the two best friends gave into their passion, ruining their friendship. He hasn’t seen her in five years, so when she ends up being the AI sent to help him with his organic cattle endeavor he sees it as a second chance, but he isn’t sure what that second chance is or how far he wants to take things. She has loved him secretly since college and she hid her feelings very well. He never suspected even as he flirted and dated other girls all through their college career. But a consequence other than the loss of a friendship happened the night they gave into the passion and now she doesn’t know how to tell him that he is a father. When things are revealed, let’s just say it got ugly and tense. They had a lot to overcome and there were times I wasn’t sure how they would be able to move ahead and forgive past sins. I enjoyed their story. The conflict added an emotional tension to this story that kept me interested and it was hard to not read when I should have been working. I definitely liked book 2 better than book 1. I’m looking forward to Nate’s story next.

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text 2018-02-08 02:04
Loving Shawl's work, and question about Ken Liu?
Everfair - Nisi Shawl
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories - ... The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories - Ken Liu
The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty) - Ken Liu
The Wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynast... The Wall of Storms (The Dandelion Dynasty) - Ken Liu
Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi The Legends of Luke Skywalker (Star Wars: Journey to Star Wars: the Last Jedi) - Ken Liu,J.V. Jones

So I'm loving Shawl's Everfair.   It's a steampunk alternate history of Belgium's colonization of the Congo, and it's a period I know nothing about.   It's also written by an African American women, which is nice: last year Readercon had a woman guest of honor and an African American woman who was a guest of honor. 

 

This year, it's an African American woman and an American man of Chinese descent.   (Liu was born in China, in fact, and immigrated at age eleven.)

 

I bring this up because it's nice to see diversity: Readercon has been fairly committed to diversifying it's guest and panelist pool, and so far I think these guests have been living up to that.   (I've also met a diverse mix of authors in general, although I think we always have to keep vigilant and work at keeping that diversity.   But it's nice to see it working a bit.)

 

Anyway, I've been staying away from most of Liu's stuff, because I feel like he's most well known for longer fantasies, which I'm usually not a fan of.   Novik's stuff worked for me because of the wit and the fair amount of action.   

 

So... have you read Liu?   Liked it?   And should I start with his Skywalker/Star Wars young adult collection?   But, then again, I never liked Luke all that much, so I've been hesitating. 

 

Anyone who's read him and has an opinion?   I'd love to hear it.   Or on Shawl's work, but I feel like she might be less well known.   (And I'll probably continue to love Everfair, but, yeah, I'd like to hear from you guys!)

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review 2018-02-03 17:05
A marathon fantasy epic
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

This is the first of a projected ten book epic fantasy series by Sanderson. I'd been holding off on starting it because I wanted him to get a few more books under his belt. He has now released book three, Oathbringer, and my husband finished his massive listen of the entire Wheel of Time series and was looking for a new fantasy listen to keep him occupied while he remodels our master bathroom, closet & bedroom, so I bought the audiobook to go along with the print book and decided to listen along with him while I stitched/quilted.

 

It did not turn out to be a great listen for me - I find that I struggle with listening to extremely long books, and I often end up switching to the print format because I can move so much more quickly through the story. That's exactly what happened here - I switched out the listen for a reread of Agatha's The ABC Murders, and read this one on my kindle fire.

 

This is an epic fantasy, with all of the tropes and tells that sort of book requires. There's world-building! There's magic! There's heroes being subjected to terrible things! 

 

I've read a lot of Sanderson - his entire Mistborn series (both his first trilogy and the second series, which has more of an "old west" vibe) and his YA series The Reckoners, starring David Charleston, killer of epics and purveyor of misplaced metaphors. I would note, just as an aside, that The Reckoners is a family favorite - my husband, my 21 year old daughter and my 17 year old son all found it to be great fun. I find his books to be competently written and well-paced. This is also true of The Way of Kings

 

He's written an interesting world, with mostly likeable characters. One of his strengths is his ability to build a world without engaging in a lot of info-dumping, which makes jumping into a new series a bracing experience. You just have to take it all in and wait for it to come together.

 

I did jump into Words of Radiance, which is book 2, which I have also finished. Post to follow.

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