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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-08-13 20:26
Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold
Borders of Infinity (Vorkosigan Saga, #5.3) - Lois McMaster Bujold

This is an omnibus edition of Bujold's 3 earlier novellas, framed by Illyan's interrogation of Miles into the enormous bills the Dendarii Mercenaries seem to accumulate under his command. The framing story is set shortly after Brothers in Arms.

 

Mountains of Mourning (5++++++ stars) - set after Miles's graduation from the Imperial Service Academy, just before The Vor Game

 

already reviewed here - still dearly loved.

 

Labyrinth (3 stars) - set after Cetaganda/Ethan of Athos

 

Miles is sent to Jackson's Whole to extract a geneticist - whose terms are that Miles has to kill the last remnant of an experiment into creating super-soldiers, animal genes mixed with human DNA. But Miles doesn't find a monster, but a frightened, disillusioned girl.

 

The weakest of the 3 stories. Not because of the message, but it seems very compressed. Jackson's Whole and Taura would have deserved a longer introduction, especially because both will turn out to be quite important to Miles's growth as commander and human-being. The way the story stands now, Taura latches on too quickly... I don't know... one tumble in the sheets (well, a stone-cold floor) and she's convinced Miles takes her as fully human? And Miles thinks that the body can't lie? I mean, I'm happy Miles thinks for himself (sometimes too much) and doesn't simply follow orders stupidly - and Taura is certainly worth saving... but... still not satisfied with this story.

 

Borders of Infinity (4 stars) - set right before Brothers in Arms

 

Miles is sent to infiltrate a Cetagandan prison camp. Initially set to rescue one person he ends up organizing the whole camp.

 

Again a story that could profit from expansion because again Miles convinced those disillusioned prisoners who are merely existing instead of living, entirely without hope, that there's someting worth living for, a future worth fighting for. Bujold doesn't pull any punches describing the situation there. The Cetagandans are complying with the interplanetary charta to treat PoW... but only literally, reality is quite another thing entirely. You actually feel hope and even sanity leak from you while reading this story. In the end even escape isn't a victory to celebrate.

 

Curiously, this prison escape also marks the beginning of the end of Admiral Naismith - even if Miles only later learns that fact years later (in A Civil Campaign).

 

Overall, 3 stories definitely not to be missed in this saga.

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review 2018-08-13 19:32
Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride
Robby Riverton: Mail Order Bride - Eli Easton

Just sweet and lovely and full of hilarious moments. Absolutely fell in love with all of these characters. <3

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review 2018-08-10 15:46
Bound Gods #1 - The Chimera
The Chimera - Adrienne Wilder

Great start to this series! Very intrigued by this connection between Leo and Kaleb. Quite yummy indeed. A lot of info in this first one on the world being created here...hopefully this will make more sense as the series progresses. Can't wait for more.

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quote 2018-08-09 05:34
“Come here, little girl. I know what you want, little girl.” It was a rustling voice, scratchy and dry. It made Coraline think of some kind of enormous dead insect. Which was silly, she knew. How could a dead thing, especially a dead insect, have a voice?

She walked through several rooms with low, slanting ceilings until she came to the final room. It was a bedroom, and the other crazy old man upstairs sat at the far end of the room, in the near darkness, bundled up in his coat and hat.

As Coraline entered he began to talk. “Nothing’s changed, little girl,” he said, his voice sounding like the noise dry leaves make as they rustle across a pavement. “And what if you do everything you swore you would? What then? Nothing’s changed. You’ll go home. You’ll be bored. You’ll be ignored. No one will listen to you, not really listen to you. You’re too clever and too quiet for them to understand. They don’t even get your name right.

“Stay here with us,” said the voice from the figure at the end of the room. “We will listen to you and play with you and laugh with you. Your other mother will build whole worlds for you to explore, and tear them down every night when you are done. Every day will be better and brighter than the one that went before. Remember the toy box? How much better would a world be built just like that, and all for you?”

“And will there be gray, wet days where I just don’t know what to do and there’s nothing to read or to watch and nowhere to go and the day drags on forever?” asked Coraline.

From the shadows, the man said, “Never.”

“And will there be awful meals, with food made from recipes, with garlic and tarragon and broad beans in?” asked Coraline.

“Every meal will be a thing of joy,” whispered the voice from under the old man’s hat. “Nothing will pass your lips that does not entirely delight you.”

“And could I have Day-Glo green gloves to wear, and yellow Wellington boots in the shape of frogs?” asked Coraline.

“Frogs, ducks, rhinos, octopuses—whatever you desire. The world will be built new for you every morning. If you stay here, you can have whatever you want.”

Coraline sighed. “You really don’t understand, do you?” she said. “I don’t want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted? Just like that, and it didn’t mean anything. What then?”

“I don’t understand,” said the whispery voice.

“Of course you don’t understand,” she said, raising the stone with the hole in it to her eye. “You’re just a bad copy she made of the crazy old man upstairs.”
Coraline - Neil Gaiman,Dave McKean

I'm currently re-reading this book (I got Scribd back again!!) and I came to this scene. It really is true what Coraline says and I think we forget that. Also just because you might get everything you want... that doesn't equal happiness.

 

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[This bit of wisdom from a Children's book (though I believe no matter your age, you should be able to read any book/books shouldn't have age limits) Coraline by Neil Gaiman.]

 

 

 

*Not sponsored:(I'm nobody) For those who don't know, Scribd is an ebook and audiobook subscription service. I really like it! They don't have the largest catalog, but enough to make the price worth it. $8.99 a month, and I think they might have a free trial. Heck, if you read or listen to one book, I believe you got your money's worth. Scribd's worldwide! You'll be able to access Scribd in any country unless local service providers or authorities have blocked it. Please note: not every title is available in every country.

 

Sharing this, because I wish I had known about it sooner!

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/17061.Coraline
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review 2018-08-08 15:51
Terms of Service
Terms of Service - Marie Sexton

River reached for him, his arm moving slowly, as if he was afraid of being rejected. He laid one hand on Phil’s back, between his shoulder blades. Just a simple touch, a bit of pressure, and Phil thought he might crumble. His first instinct was to pull away, to tell River he could handle this on his own. Instead, he closed his eyes, focusing on that place where River touched him. River’s bulk moved closer on the bed, and Phil let himself be pulled gently off-balance, choosing to be weak, just for that moment. And as a reward, he received the very thing he’d longed for — the wonderful comfort of being held against River’s chest, River’s strong arms wrapping around him, River’s lips in his hair. Phil didn’t let himself resist. He melted into River, wanting to soak in his strength and his warmth. Why had he thought only Warren could offer comfort? Why had it never occurred to him to turn to River?

 

Wow.  I will be honest, at first I was not excited to get Phil’s story.  The put together pharmacist held little interest during the first book but wow…I adore this man.  There was so much more to him than met the eye and while River took time to work through his issues, he was such a perfect companion to Phil.  Their dynamic and River’s ability to be flexible where Phil’s needs were concerned were lovely.  And I loved how River brought sweet Phil out of his structured life and woke this man up…the photography aspects absolutely beautiful.

 

“Because dragonflies skim just over the surface of the water but rarely touch it. And that’s what Phil does with his feelings. He flies along the top, barely noticing.”

It was such an apt description, River found himself nodding.

“The thing is, River, the water’s still there. It’s not like Phil doesn’t have the emotions. It’s more like he’s so afraid of drowning in them, he’d rather hold himself back.”

 

 

Sorting through the photos of Phil’s former lovers had left River jealous — not because he wasn’t like them, or because they’d known Phil first, but because having their picture taken seemed like a privilege he’d never be allowed. Phil kept the camera between himself and his subject, and yet his attention and focus was its own kind of devotion. Of all the wonders in Colorado’s great Rocky Mountains, Phil had chosen River as his subject.

 

 

I do wish there was better editing in this book.  Goodness the number of grammatical errors and typos were overwhelming and while I expect a few in each book this became distracting.

 

That aside, this was simply amazing and is highly recommended. Will anxiously await more in this series. Love for Gray.

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