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review 2017-06-13 00:54
Outpost
Outpost - Ann Aguirre

Picks up where Enclave left off. Deuce and the gang now live in Salvation. Salvation is a completely different place from where she grew up. I thought Salvation was also a dark, depressing place. I could argue its even worse since they have traditional gender roles and anyone who is outside that proscribed roll is treated badly.
I did like how Deuce was willing to try to learn and fit in. She was loved and accepted, just as she was, by her foster family. By the end, she did find her place, but events happened and this ended in a cliffhanger. I have to decide if I want to read book 3. It's been dark and depressing and I'm not sure I will be in the right mood for it.

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url 2017-06-11 21:28
Free for kindle via booklikes daily deals
The Book of Tea - Kakuzō Okakura

A random find on opening page of booklikes Daily Deals.  

 

This one is available lots of places free (public domain, out of copyright).  But just noticed it and convenient to put it on my kindle while this edition is free.

 

UPDATED: I just had to keep browsing.  So also got this superhero origin story:  

 

Being Jamie Baker - Kelly Oram  Being Jamie Baker - Kelly Oram  

 

I broke my own rule about ya books with half a girl's face on the cover because says it's a superhero origin story. Could be a bad book not ready to publish, could be too full of teenage angst, or could be a great superhero story — but, I downloaded it anyway.

 

More freebies at http://booklikes.com/dailydeals/free .  

 

More deals at http://booklikes.com/dailydeals/discounted .

Source: www.amazon.com/Book-Tea-Kakuzo-Okakura-ebook/dp/B000JQUVMC?SubscriptionId=AKIAJ3XCC7GLJWZDXC2A&tag=book0dc0-20&linkCode=sp1&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B000JQUVMC
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text 2017-06-06 23:13
Robots, A.I., Mad Scientists ...
Run Program - Scott Meyer
Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom - Bradley W. Schenck
Terminal Alliance (Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse) - Jim C. Hines

Ooh, I just can't wait.  My reading future looks exciting but boy is my budget taking a hit.  

 

(Run Program - Scott Meyer  has some giveaways on the usual book sites.)

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text 2017-06-05 16:30
Reading progress update: I've read 41 out of 450 pages.
The Thrall's Tale - Judith Lindbergh

I went with this book for Tomorrowland #34 (child on the cover) since it's been on my shelf so long.

 

I've been trying to figure out just how long it's been sitting there unread, and I have to admit that I'm not sure. I know I picked it up for $5 or so in the bargain section at Chapters (actually I think it was at one of the stores still under the Indigo name). The book was published in 2006 so it probably wasn't put in the bargain section until 2007...maybe 2008? Regardless of which year it was, it's kind of sad that it's been on my shelf close to a decade even if it hasn't quite reached that mark.

 

It's about time I read it, isn't it?

 

So far it's about a bunch of people emigrating from Iceland to Greenland, and the main point of view character is Katla, a thrall (read: slave) of one of the leaders. I don't think this is going to be a very happy story.

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review 2017-05-27 19:21
A Matter of Time, Vol. I by Mary Calmes
A Matter of Time, Vol. 1 (#1-2) - Mary Calmes

 

 

I've been meaning to read this book forever.  It's a  - I hesitate to say classic, maybe foundational work? - in the M/M genre, and people get fanatical about it.  It gets referenced all the time.

 

On the other hand, I've picked up over the years that it has all the Mary Calmes' flaws in spades, so I knew it would probably irritate me. And I knew it ended in a cliffhanger so you have to immediately buy Vol. II. So I kept putting off reading it.  

 

Then I saw it was out as an audiobook. This seemed like.a painless way to absorb the book, so onward!  It was ... not great. I did listen to the whole thing, but I won't bother with Volume II.

 

At the beginning of the book, Jory says that he got a D in his logic class, and that only because his teacher felt sorry for him.  I'm glad that came up, because thereafter whenever he did something birdbrained I said to myself "D in Logic" and carried on.  I also decided to myself that he was an unbeknownst Veela, and that helped me make sense of the constant fawning he received from everyone. It is also how I explained to myself how Sam found Jory out and about in Chicago over and over (at least five or six times).  Drawn by Veela aura! (Dane must be a secret Veela too.  Maybe they are related!!)

 

But still - the repetition.  The endless new people who end up having nothing to do with the story.  The cursory treatment the thriller aspect received.  I wondered if this was once an online serial - maybe even fan fiction?  A good editor could have made this awesome, because there really is a lot of charm and humor in parts, and the thriller part could have been really good if it was interweaved with the story instead of dropped in like an anvil here and there.

 

I wish I had read this when I started reading M/M.  In 2010. I might have felt the magic that so many people did.  I am too picky now.

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