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review 2018-03-25 00:25
3 Out of 5 "Medically Induced Coma" Stars
The Queen of Hearts - Kimmery Martin




The Queen of Hearts

Kimmery Martin



Zadie Anson and Emma Colley have been best friends since their early twenties when they first began navigating serious romantic relationships amid the intensity of medical school. Now they're happily married wives and mothers with successful careers--Zadie as a pediatric cardiologist and Emma as a trauma surgeon. Their lives in Charlotte, North Carolina are chaotic but fulfilling until the return of a former colleague unearths a secret one of them has been harboring for years. 


As chief resident, Nick Xenokostas was the center of Zadie's life--both professionally and personally--throughout a tragic chain of events in her third year of medical school that she has long since put behind her. Nick's unexpected reappearance during a time of new professional crisis shocks both women into a deeper look at the difficult choices they made at the beginning of their careers. As it becomes evident that Emma must have known more than she revealed about circumstances that nearly derailed both their lives, Zadie starts to question everything she thought she knew about her closest friend.






My favorite character in this is a 3-year-old named Delaney…and she's a biter.   Why is this…she had more character than most of the rest of the cast put together.  Her mom Zadie wasn't so bad (especially her interactions with her kids)…but the rest…namely Emma and Xenokostas…I just didn't care about them.  The medical elements were the coolest aspects of this story, without those it was just people who paid a lot of money for their education acting like complete tools.











Plot~ 3/5

Main Characters~ 3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 3.5/5

Addictiveness~ 2.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 2/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Ending~ 3.2/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.


Book Cover~ Pretty cool…

Narration~ Shannon McManus (☆4☆) & Catherine Taber (☆3☆)

Setting~ North Carolina & Kentucky

Source~ Audiobook (Library)



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url 2018-03-22 18:12
My [author Elizabeth Bear] Formative SFF: Forgotten Classics of the ’70s and ’80s
Sorcerer's Son - Phyllis Eisenstein
The Door Into Fire - Diane Duane
The Idylls of the Queen: A Tale of Queen Guenevere - Phyllis Ann Karr
Red Moon and Black Mountain - Joy Chant
Tomoe Gozen - Jessica Amanda Salmonson
Motherlines - Suzy McKee Charnas
Dreamsnake - Vonda N. McIntyre
Diadem from the Stars - Jo Clayton

I created a booklikes reading list at http://booklikes.com/apps/reading-lists/879/author-elizabeth-bear-s-formative-sff-forgotten-classics-of-the-70s-and-80s .

Source: www.tor.com/2018/03/20/formative-sff-forgotten-classics-of-the-70s-and-80s
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text 2018-03-17 21:32
KYD Green Round: Victim Card Guess - Team MbD / Lillelara / TA
The Red Queen - Margaret Drabble


Lydia Bennet can't possibly die too many literary deaths, so I kind of hope she's a victim in our round as well.  (Mean streak -- me?)


Margaret Drabble's The Red Queen contains an extremely annoying POV character in its second part -- who also happens to do more than her fair share of stupid things -- in addition to which, the author's last name begins with one of the letters in "Lydia".

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review 2018-03-17 08:10
Cold Dream Dawning
Cold Dream Dawning (Pale Queen Series) - A. R. Kahler

I haven't read the first book in the Pale Queen series, and neither any of the other trilogies by A.R. Kahler, but besides some minor confusion during Cold Dream Dawning this didn't bother me, and it could also be read as a standalone.

The beginning was rather slow, and it was a bit harder to keep focused on the book but once the pace picked up it was an entertaining read. The characters were quite nice and I'm considering reading the next instalment in the series to see where it is going.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2018-03-11 12:11
I should have read the Crown Princess's actual memoirs instead.
The Red Queen - Margaret Drabble

Pretentious and self-centered.  Forget the book blurbs -- this actually isn't about the Lady Hyegyōng but about Margaret Drabble and the "connection" she allegedly feels with this 18th century Korean princess.


In fact, only the first half of the book even focuses on the Lady Hyegyōng's story at all -- and even that part is (1) almost all telling instead of showing and (2) clearly NOT told from a Korean (even if only a contemporary Korean) perspective but from the Western contemporary author's own perspective.  Then we get to the second part, where we're being presented with a Western POV stand-in character for Ms. Drabble, who (for reasons never satisfactorily explained) feels compelled to research and "keep alive" the Lady Hyegyōng's story after having mysteriously been sent a recent translation of her memoirs -- until, that is, during the Seoul conference forming the majority of the second part's backdrop, she embarks on a fling with the conference's star speaker / scientist / participant (or rather, throws herself at him with jet propulsion force).  And ultimately, Drabble doesn't even shy away from explicitly inserting herself into the book, as (you guessed it) the autor eventually tasked with telling both the Crown Princess's and the Western POV Drabble-stand-in character's stories.


If I hadn't been planning on using this book for the Kill Your Darlings game, I'd have DNF'd it -- at the very latest when the second part's supremely annoying Western POV character started throwing herself full-forcce at that star scientist (while at the same time being equally supremely rude to a Korean doctor who'd saved her skin on more than one occasion and who had even taken out time from his own busy schedule to show her Seoul's historic sites).


So, one star for the faraway glimpes at the Lady Hyegyōng provided in the book's first part, and half a star for inspiring me to seek out her actual story ... and her own point of view.


But if this is supposed to be one of Margaret Drabble's most celebrated books, I'm afraid I'm now going to need a truly huge incentive to go near her writing again any time soon.

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