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StairwayToHeaven

StairwayToHeaven

Joined October 2016

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I have to say, Lagercrantz is a worthy successor to Larsson. Some things moved in a direction I doubt Larsson had in mind, but this is a stellar work. I love how effortlessly he switches between POV's and how he gives us a feeling for a character with just a few broad strokes. The plot is intricate and moves along nicely. The most notable difference to me was the lack of graphic violence and sex scenes which set the tone for the original trilogy.

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Scourged | KEVIN. HEARNE
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I've just finished this book and I'm still mulling over the ending of this series. There have always been small things that have irritated me pretty badly while reading, but overall I've enjoyed this series tremendously. It was fun, creatively funny and contained some surprising sparks of wisdom. I like where the characters are at now, as opposed to where they started out.
Ragnarok was fairly anticlimactic, however.

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The Silver Mask (Magisterium, Book 4) | Cassandra Clare, Holly Black
Panpan

I'm not sure why I'm still reading these, they really aren't very good. The emotions feel superficial, (almost) everything anyone does seems so unlikely, the time frame is all messed up... I mean 15 year old Call was in prison for six months and it didn't scar him in even a small way.

**spoiler Basically the only thing I liked was Call bringing Aaron back to life. spoiler**

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Jane, Unlimited | Kristin Cashore
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I LOVED Kristin Cashore's Graceling Realm series. It's one of my all time favourites. This book is very different, but still recognisably Kristin in all the right ways. It is thought-provoking, atmospheric and has relatable quirky characters.

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City of Miracles | Robert Jackson Bennett
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This series is so hauntingly beautiful. The ending both irretrievably sad en hopeful.

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I sort of enjoyed reading this in an omg-this-is-such-a-horribly-bad-written-cliche kind of way.

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A quarter of my way through and liking it so far. I'm not sure what I want for the main character. Letting him stay the villian might be fun and certainly original. But seeing him evolve into a good guy might be more interesting. Then again, you might argue he is still good, and just lost.

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New Spring: The Novel | Robert Jordan
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I really enjoyed reading more about the friendship between Moiraine and Siuan. And how Lan became Moiraine's Warder.
I miss this world.

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Is that even a word?

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New Spring: The Novel | Robert Jordan
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I love how Robert Jordan's books are always simply dedicated to his wife (and editor).

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Kushiel's Dart | Jacqueline Carey
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I've really no idea why I finished this book, seeing as it's no good.
First off it should have been half as long, if not shorter. The writing was repetitive and tried to be fancy, but failed. I don't feel like I know the characters and certainly I don't the relationships. And lastly, I think the author underestimates the time it takes to mobilise for war.
So really, I dunno.

julesG I'm so glad you wrote this review. I've been struggling with this book. Must have tried to get past the second chapter at least a dozen times, I just can't. And I've always felt bad about it since the series is so highly praised. 2y
StairwayToHeaven @julesG I'm glad I could ease your mind a bit :) I really wanted to like this book too, because I read the original short story and really liked it.. 2y
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Kushiel's Dart | Jacqueline Carey
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Reading this one in between bouts of studying, so far not really enjoying it.

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I always feel melancholious after finishing one of these. ( Which happens to be one of my favourite words in English and Dutch both, alongside archaic.) So the rest of my day is generally spent listening to music, playing the ukulele or going for a walk.

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I'm in love with the feeling of these books. Rickman's writing is sublime, the atmosphere he manages to create unique. As are the characters very dear to me and feel infinitely real. I'm definitely going on holiday to Wales and the border sometime. I'm also missing snow.

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Mehso-so

Luckily, I didn't have great expectations going in, cause this anthology left me feeling kind of meh. Some good stories, some downright afwul and a whole lot mediocre.

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Mehso-so

This series is quite the hype where I live. And while I have enjoyed it, particularly this one, the writing isn't very good. Arlidge has a tendancy to overdramatise and describes too much without making me feel what the characters are going through.

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Snapshot | Brandon Sanderson
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I quite liked this one. Brandon Sanderson's short stories are always based on fascinating concepts and this was no exception.
Left me wondering how much an author wants the reader to know by use of foreshadowing.

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Perfect State | Brandon Sanderson
Mehso-so

This was a bit of a dissappointment. The story felt a bit thin, though the introduced concepts were interesting as always.

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Infinity Blade: Redemption | Brandon Sanderson
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I tried the Assassin's Creed book series once, didn't like it much. So, I wasn't all that enthusiastic starting this, then again Brandon Sanderson wrote it.
And, well. I really should've known anything by Sanderson would be awesome! The only negative thing is that, to get the whole story, you need to play the games :s

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I had already read a lot of these stories and enjoyed rereading them immensely. But most of all I loved the ones that were new to me. Edgedancer and Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell foremost among them.

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Infinity Blade: Redemption | Brandon Sanderson

So, it turns out there actually are books by Brandon Sanderson I haven't read yet.. But don't worry, I've set out to remedy the situation.

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This series is hilarious. It's also pretty cool to see the different things Brandon Sanderson can do. Unfortunately I've now read all of his published books :(
I really hope there's going to be a sequel.

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tpixie 😳bad librarians?! 3y
StairwayToHeaven @tpixie Well, yes. But don't worry! There are some good ones too. 3y
tpixie Whew!!! 3y
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Grandpa Smedry is awesome!

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Books are a like teenage boys: whenever they start congregating, they make trouble.

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Still going strong!

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The humour reminds me of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and his other books.
Love how he laughs at authors and the whole writing thing. Definite pick.

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Never really thought about it like that.

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As of now I'm a fan of anthologies.

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Then there are other things keeping me from reading.

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My reading time has been taking up by my ukulele a lot lately..
This may in part be because I only recently have a ukulele :p

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Rick Riordan is always entertaining, but I wish he would take on a challenge and write something without gods.

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Last Argument of Kings | Joe Abercrombie
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It takes a while to get through this series, but it is so worth it. I really admire the way the Author manages to give each POV a unique feel. I also like how he describes violence. That is to say, I don't like it at all and that is really as it should be. Violence is often romantised and people tend to forget how awful it really is. Lastly, The First Law trilogy has left me wondering what it means to be a good person, or a bad one.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Time for a serious book. The autobiography of my grandfather 'In De Spiegel - Een halve eeuw later' (in the mirror - half a century later).

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Endgame: Rules of the Game | James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton
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Overall I'm not a very big fan of James Frey. His books often feel a bit too much like all he wants is to make them as sensational as possible. As a result of which he doesn't give much thought to the plot. That said they are enjoyable and the young adult genre seems to be all about the feels lately. So if you want an entertaining read you don't want to question. Give it a go! #LitsyPartyofOne
*BIG spoiler below*

StairwayToHeaven I'm not sure what I think of Sarah and Jago dying. All the other deaths in this series had a reason. I mean obviously Players had to die. Even Christopher's death was important, even if I do think it could've been avoided. It was no surprise An would win from Maccabee, he being the most dangerous and there being no way whatsoever he could be convinced to spare Little Alice. But Sarah and Jago? 3y
StairwayToHeaven Sure they had fulfilled their purpose having found the Maker weapon and Sarah had been freed from her guilt (that quickly though?). But that doesn't mean they could just die. Maybe James Frey wanted to shock readers 'cause Sarah felt like THE protoganist to me and I was sure that if someone would survive it would have been her. Or if she had to die she would've gone down fighting. That was after all what irritated me the most. They were just shot. 3y
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Endgame: Rules of the Game | James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton

I've been testing my new glasses with blue light filter (I mostly read on my tablet). They seem to work! Too bad the 11th draws near and #LitsyPartyofOne is coming to an end. I've almost finished the The Rules of The Game and suspense is building. Will let you know later what I think of it, but for now I still have eight minutes left of #LitsyPartyofOne!

tpixie Australia 🇦🇺?? 3y
Alisnazzy I've extended the party through the weekend, so keep on raging!!!! 3y
StairwayToHeaven @tpixie I'm from Flanders, Belgium :p 3y
StairwayToHeaven @Ambrosnazzy Awesome, must be nice to have all that power :p 3y
tpixie @StairwayToHeaven cool! Belgium 🇧🇪 3y
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Endgame: Rules of the Game | James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton
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Switched to rock music and having some ice cream. So far the book does not disappoint, though the writing style gets a bit childish.

#LitsyPartyofOne

CrowCAH Beautiful painting! 3y
StairwayToHeaven @CrowCAH Thank you! My grandfather painted it. 3y
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Endgame: Rules of the Game | James Frey, Nils Johnson-Shelton

It's 8 o'clock here and my #litsypartyofone has begun! After some deliberation I decided on a quick and fun read. The third book in the endgame trilogy. I enjoyed the first two books so here's me hoping the same goes for this one! Some Irish folk is playing in the background.
Keep you posted.. ;)

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The End | Lemony Snicket
Mehso-so

I never finished this story as a child, seeing as the last few books were never translated. And well, they are a bit repetitive. I really enjoyed them though, and I'm glad to say that's still the case. This series strength lies in the author's unique style, even when it grows a bit tedious and you just want him to get to the point.
I'm not sure what to think of the ending. On the one hand it fits the series, on the other *mild spoiler in comment*

StairwayToHeaven I really wanted some answers. 3y
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Voyager | Diana Gabaldon

Rereading The Outlander Series yet again.
I really should be studying..

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Warbreaker | Brandon Sanderson
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Another awesome read by Sanderson! I recommend reading it with the Author's Annotations. It really adds an extra dimension. And it's really interesting to learn more about the writing process and the Author's fears and hopes for the book.

clutteredbooks Ome of my fave Sanderson book! 3y
StairwayToHeaven And with good reason! :) 3y
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The Rithmatist | Brandon Sanderson
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Everything Sanderson writes is sublime. I'm starting to get a little jealous here.

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Impyrium | Henry H. Neff
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Lovely characters, splendid plot. Neff does not disappoint.

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Before They Are Hanged | Joe Abercrombie
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Doing better next time. That's what life is. -Logen

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Before They Are Hanged | Joe Abercrombie
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You gotta love Ferro :D

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Before They Are Hanged | Joe Abercrombie

Excited to begin the second book of this amazing trilogy!!

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Saying you don't know or care about God is the same as saying you believe he doesn't exist, because if you had even a hope that he existed, you would care very much.

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Withholding a decision is a decision.