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I read mainly fantasy, YA, a touch of SF. Also some golden age mysteries. On LibraryThing as humouress. My profile pic: Jasper, our golden retriever
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Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
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Jamie's 30-Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
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The Screaming Staircase | Jonathan Stroud
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And above all don‘t impersonate the client. Please. It never goes down well.‘
‘That‘s an awful lot of don‘ts, Lucy,‘ Lockwood said.
‘Too right it is.‘
‘You know I‘ve got an excellent ear for accents. I copy people without thinking.‘
‘Fine, copy them quietly after the event. Not loudly, not in front of them, and particularly not when they‘re a six-foot-six Irish dockworker with a speech impediment, and we‘re a good half-mile from the public road.‘

humouress But tea bags, brown and fresh and plenty of them, and made (for preference) by Pitkin Brothers of Bond Street, are perhaps the simplest and best of all.

OK, they may not save your life like a sword-tip or an iron circle can, and they haven‘t the protective power of a sudden wall of fire. But they do provide something just as vital. They help to keep you sane.
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humouress He switched on his fullest, most radiant smile.

Barnes winced. ‘Put those teeth away. It‘s too early in the morning and I haven‘t had my breakfast …
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The Screaming Staircase | Jonathan Stroud
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ISBN 978-1-448-12178-6
Set in London, presumably contemporary since they have Velcro. Not sure why she ‘fixed‘ tea though.
On ch 2. They are ghost hunters since only children can sense paranormal phenomena properly and on a case in a haunted house

julesG In Britain "fix tea" is a casual way of saying "make tea" - it doesn't need to be repaired (= fixed). 3d
humouress Set in a parallel universe where England has been invaded by ghosts. There are cars, trains, electricity, Velcro but no mobile phones and ladies still wear hats 3d
humouress Nail biting! 3d
humouress @julesG Oh, thanks. I thought it was an American expression 3d
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The Four Forges | Jenna Rhodes

Kerith has many humanoid and non-humanoid race living uneasily together including the Vaelinar from another world. There are politics and war brewing. Against this epic fantasy is interwoven the everyday life of the Farbranch family which gives it structure. Nicely done 👍🏼

humouress Doesn‘t end on a cliff hanger and feels like a complete story but leaves enough open to continue the overarching story in the next book. I think this was a LibraryThing recommendation for me (edited) 4d
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The Four Forges | Jenna Rhodes

The timeline is a bit confusing; years/ decades can pass between chapters, maybe because some of the characters are long lived Vaelinars (elves). I‘m ~ 1/4 way through and following a few characters. I‘m not sure yet how they relate to each other, though they do interact unawares.
There are many different races/ species on this planet (Kerith) who live uneasily together.
I do like the warmth of the Farbranch family, who are Dwellers (dwarves).

humouress About 2/5 the way through and still not entirely sure of the direction but the world building is holding my attention 5d
humouress Maps would have been useful. There are several incidental animal deaths (edited) 5d
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I love the chapter heading illustration; it evokes that summer adventure‘ vibe.

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I do like Tavin‘s irrepressible, flippant humour. He knows how to break the tension; they‘re running for their lives with Queen R and the equivalent of the KKK after them and they‘ve just realised everything is even worse than they thought.
(Fie has had to make up Crow alibis for them and give them fake names; Mongrel & Pissabed.)

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9781705085042 | Rebecca Yarros
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Listening to the 4th Wing audiobook. Bit confused as to when the narrator says 'rider' or 'writer' (Violet has trained all her life to be a scribe but her mum decrees she will be a dragonrider). Also never sure when characters are speaking/ protagonist is thinking
Seems weird when dragon riders are desperately needed to defend the borders that the training is so dangerous that cadets die/ are allowed to kill each other.

humouress About 3 chapters from the end: the bad qualities of the anti-heroes are a bit over exaggerated to contrast with the good guys. I found the behaviour of one character in particular not quite believable. This is more of a steamy romance dressed up as a fantasy; there are 2 explicit sex scenes plus others that build the tension in this enemies to lovers trope. (edited) 3w
humouress Similar premise to Rosario Munda‘s ‘Firebourne‘ but that was better done and without the casual swearing and steaminess. Where I borrowed that from the library and then went out and bought the whole trilogy for my shelves, I borrowed this from the library too and, while I‘m happy to read the sequel, I will borrow it rather than buy my own copy.
ETA: Though (having now finished this book) I doubt I'm going to rush out to borrow the 2nd one.
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humouress Stopped overnight with those 3 chapters still to go and the plot holes (the ones you‘re too intent on reading to stop and examine and just trust will be resolved as you read on) got larger and are threatening the fabric of the story. Let‘s see if they do get resolved or not … (edited) 3w
humouress They weren't resolved (eg the secret that has been kept for centuries for no reason). The dragons were inconsistent: when we first meet them they incinerate candidates on a whim (culling the weak) but once they bond, will do anything to keep their riders alive (per Violet's). But if they fall off, they'll let them though they can demonstrably catch them. And Violet ... she's good at everything even though no-one thought she'd survive.
Annoyed 😕
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Last Tang Standing | Lauren Ho
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Poor little rich girl

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Last Tang Standing | Lauren Ho
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Hmm. Well, if it's an ancient Chinese proverb, maybe there's something in it?

Appropriately, it starts at Chinese New Year, which happens to be coming up in a couple of weeks.

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Just starting. Love the description of the garden. And house.

humouress Hillary Huber narrates the audiobook and does a good job of creating different voices, especially of the kids. (Though I confess that if I'd read the book, they wouldn't have had an American accent in my head 🤗; I'm giving audiobooks a go, to see if I can be more productive and still 'read') 1mo
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Just finished listening to 'Quiche of Death' full cast audio (including brass band sound effects). Love hearing Penelope Keith's voice. Though I enjoyed watching Ashley Jensen in the TV adaptation, those 'To the Manor Born' tones are great to hear and suit the character well. 😃
On to 'Vicious Vet'!

charl08 Yes, another fan of PK here! 1mo
humouress @charl08 😍 Yay! 1mo
humouress 'Vicious Vet' - though it was a bit upsetting as it's about - in fact, opens with - a vet who puts animals to sleep unnecessarily. He's the first murder victim so at least there's not much of that.
I did find Agatha bossing around her new neighbour, ex-colonel James Lacey, hilarious as I pottered around, listening to the audio. He doesn't seem to mind too much - until he's neck-deep in mud.
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Subtitled ‘A summer tale of 4 sisters, 2 rabbits and a very interesting boy‘. The motherless Penderwick girls (aged 4, 10, 11 & 12) + dad and their dog, Hound, are on their summer holidays in a rented cottage in Massachusetts attached to a mansion and, of course, have adventures. Same vibes as the books I grew up with - though they were set in early C20th UK. This was written in 2005.
Halfway through. Lots of fun.

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It‘s been over a decade since I read this and I wanted to get back to the series so I‘m re-reading. But it‘s been even longer since I re-read the 1st 2 books so I‘m a little lost at the beginning (why Karigan is sad and angry for example). I‘m sure it‘ll come back to me as I go along.

humouress I like seeing POVs other than Karigan‘s (Alton, Lady Estora). It sometimes seems that everything hinges on her, so it‘s good to see that other people also have a part to play. 1mo
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Told in the first person, collection of short series about Mia (who has hitherto unknown metallurgical pows) who lives, with her dad, next door to the unfairly attractive necromancer Leander Fabian. A light and fun fantasy romance. Obviously a collection rather than a novel even though the chapters follow a timeline because information is reintroduced at the beginning f chapters.

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Coronets and Steel | Sherwood Smith
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I like Smith‘s Sartorias-deles series and was recommended this series. I recently read ‘Prisoner of Zenda‘ 💔and I really enjoyed Smith‘s ‘Crown & Court‘. I‘m I the mood for a fantasy with a (clean) romance so this is my first pick for the year. Nearly halfway through and enjoying it.
Kim is in Europe trying to solve the family mystery of where her mum and gran came from. She‘s mistaken for missing royalty and finds answers - and more questions

humouress Very much based (and acknowledged) on ‘P of Z‘, down to the nickname of the missing royalty: Ruli (short for Aurelia) instead of Rudy (edited) 2mo
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Polgara the Sorceress | David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
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I'm enjoying Polgara's story. Somehow, though they're (the Eddings) rehashing the events for the third time, they've managed to keep a fresh perspective. I did, in the early chapters, get a bit fed-up with the 'twin-speak' between Beldaran and her though, conversely, Beltira and Belkira are now quite loquacious. I still find the Poledra angle a bit puzzling; I think they sort of resurrected her in hindsight at the end of the Mallorean.

humouress I don‘t see much progress in development in this world over the centuries, apart from minor details like moving to stone from logs as building materials. And I‘m not a fan of the excessive formality of Arendish speech nor the Eddings‘ version of brogue that we have to endure - though those are incidental quibbles. 2mo
humouress I think the tone of this book is subtly different from the others in the series; Polgara is a touch more ruthless than we've seen her (or any of the other characters) before. And there's a bit more emphasis on girl-power (not that that was missing before). There are a few instances that have me trying to remember if we knew something at the time of the Belgariad or only discovered it when we started the Malloreon. (edited) 2mo
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One Dark Window | Rachel Gillig

Legend says the Shepherd King tricked the Spirit of the Woods to give him magic, with which he created 12 types of Providence cards. In revenge the Spirit surrounded the country of Blunder with mist. Children caught in the mist run the risk of infection which gives them magic; they're rounded up by Destriers & Physicians. 11 years ago Elspeth, eldest child of the Destriers' Captain was infected and survived - but only her family know her secret.

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The Eye of Ksera | Sedigitus Swift
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Suffers from an abundance of superfluous adjectives (and then, from chapter 4, unnecessary parentheses) but still entertaining.
Each chapter is prefaced by a ‘quote‘ from a history book or guide from that world which may be from more modern times (mention of tarred roads, motor cars and petrol sheds); maybe this is meant to indicate its set in the distant past but instead feels awkward.
Still reading

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Greyhowler | Sarah Day

I received this via LT Early Reviewers and am just starting this novella. Reminiscent of 'Steerswoman'.

Rhia is a courier. She's sent to a small town where there's a drought, a missing girl and a greyhowler - which supposedly hunts liars. The elements resolve into a mystery which she has to unravel.

I enjoyed this novella - though I did find that the occasional profanity and colloquialisms threw me out of the story and its world.

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Thorn | Intisar Khanani

Another re-telling of 'The Goose Girl'. I tend not to pick up re-tellings but I was hit by a BB for this. Oddly, I was expecting an Eastern slant, given the author's name, but it's not there. The writing is decent but, so far, the plot meanders and I don't fully get the protagonist. She actually prefers her substituted life. At the moment, 3.5 stars but I'm still reading.

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Sabriel | Garth Nix

Most of the book is set in the Old Kingdom, with medieval-type magic, but parts take place over the Wall in Ancelstierre, which seems to have WWII era technology (cars, b&w films, tanks, guns, planes).

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Laney's cooking isn't the best - though she kindly offers to swap recipes.

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So the hero is an older female orc warrior, retiring. Take every trope and turn it on its head. 🙃

humouress Viv wants to start a café in a city that‘s never heard of coffee so she has to build from scratch. I think this is Baldree‘s ode to coffee, he describes savouring a cup so lovingly. (edited) 4mo
humouress He is reinventing the wheel a bit though - and the pinwheels, cinnamon rolls, biscotti etc. 😄
There are no humans in this story though most are human-like
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humouress Like a warm cup of coffee; pitched exactly right. 4mo
humouress TBH I wasn‘t comfortable with the arrangement that Viv came to with the Madrigal though she obviously was 4mo
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The Prisoner of Zenda | Anthony Hope
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Your family always knows the true you

bookandbedandtea One of my favorite books! 4mo
humouress @bookandbedandtea But such a heart-breaker! 4mo
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The Prisoner of Zenda | Anthony Hope
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The connection between the Rassendylls and the Elphbergs

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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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This may be spoilery but I'm trying to work out the characters here. Legendborn have a secret society which fights demons (Shadowborn); they are descended from the Round Table. Onceborn are humans.
There are 13 Lines descended from knights and they can take Onceborn Pages and Squires who become part of the society. There are also Vassal families who don't get involved in the fighting but are pledged in service to one of the Lines.

humouress Merlins are the Order's sorcerers. There is a High Council of Regents. Scions are Legendborn, born with the title; not just descendants but heirs of the knights. Pages (usually from Vassal families) are invited by Legendborn for initiation and granted sight after taking the Oath of Fealty; they then compete for limited spots to become Squires (battle partners) which can be to a different Line from their sponsor. (edited) 4mo
humouress I did wonder how the demon got in; I thought it couldn‘t because of the wards. (edited) 4mo
humouress First 2 posts are me trying to untangle the hierarchy of the Order of the Round Table.

I do wonder why the Order of the Round Table isn't still in Wales/ Britain?
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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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More-ish; enjoying this. I'm not keen on the instances of intolerance Deonn creates for 16 yo black-American Bree (starting at Early College, Uni of North Carolina), though I understand why the author put it in (I feel it detracts from the story). It's not contributing to the story (yet)*
Bree saw something supernatural and has now stumbled on the secret society called the Order of the Round Table which we are now (ch 9) discovering more about

humouress Definitely more-ish. I can't put it down for more than a few minutes. 5mo
humouress (ch 13) Wow - all that action had me holding my breath! Good stuff. 5mo
humouress Maybe I‘m not concentrating but most of the secondary (male) characters in the Legendborn society are just a welter of names to me. Their distinguishing characteristics aren‘t clear enough. Also, a bit of an Arthurian triangle going on. 4mo
humouress * Bree's heritage does come in later (though the intolerance could have been left out, for my tuppence worth)

Really good story. Recommended 🙂
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There is some humour along the way in this story

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Not the most romantic proposition, I'm thinking.

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Oops!

How not to capture a city.

humouress 'I see you've made no effort to improve on courtesy, Captain - I admit I understand nothing of the Adjunct's faith in you.'
“Don't lose sleep over it, Topper. Now you've found me, what is the message?' The man scowled. 'She's with the Bridgeburners. Outside Pale.
“The siege continues? How old is your information?'
'Less than a week, which is as long as I've been hunting you. In any case,' he continued, 'the deadlock is about to be broken.'
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humouress Paran grunted. Then he frowned. 'Which squad?'
'You know them all?'
'Yes,' Paran asserted.
Topper's scowl deepened, then he raised a hand and began examining his rings. 'Whiskeyjack's. She's one of his recruits.'
Paran closed his eyes. It should not have surprised him. The gods are playing with me. Question is, which gods? Oh, Whiskeyjack. You once commanded an army, back when Laseen was named Surly, back when you could have listened to your
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humouress companion, when you could have made a choice. You could've stopped Surly. Hell, perhaps you could have stopped me. But now you command a squad, just a squad, and she's the Empress. And me? I'm a fool who followed his dream, and now all I desire is its end. 4mo
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Rebel of the Sands | Alwyn Hamilton
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First Beings, the Destroyer of Worlds and the creation of the First Mortal.

I like the way she interweaves the myths and legends of her world with the story.

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Rebel of the Sands | Alwyn Hamilton
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The legend of the Rebel Prince.

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Rebel of the Sands | Alwyn Hamilton
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Metal is inimical to First Beings, immortal creatures of magic.

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Rebel of the Sands | Alwyn Hamilton
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The legend of how the Sand Sea was formed. Later, as they're walking through the desert, a whole shipwreck is revealed by the shifting sands.

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Rebel of the Sands | Alwyn Hamilton
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Amani is desperate to leave the desert town of Dustwalk before she's forced to become one of several wives of one of the men who work in the munitions factory. So she disguises herself as a boy to win money in the gun pit in the next town but comes up against a foreign boy. Then she meets him again in Dustwalk and they escape together to cross the desert to further adventures.

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Rebel of the Sands | Alwyn Hamilton
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Ch 1: 16 yo Amani, dressed as a boy, is trying to run away before she's forced to marry her uncle. She's trying to win money in a shooting competition but her unusual blue eyes might give her away to people from her town who know her. Up against her is a foreign looking boy, a few years older than her.

humouress In the desert, ghouls exist; Skinwalkers, Nightmares. And Buraqis - First Beings, desert horses created of wind and sand and sun. (edited) 5mo
humouress This one is more-ish. Finally a good book after 2 slow ones. But it's a re-read, so it was guaranteed. 😊 5mo
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'It certainly did not look like the type of place where genteel, older ladies were bilked out of their life savings. Nonetheless - India Prendergast narrowed her eyes - it was.'
(The opening words to this book.)

humouress ‘It is not uncommon for a lady traveler, especially one who is inexperienced, to find herself feeling like a different person altogether when in completely new surroundings. One must decide for oneself whether to embrace that or disregard it‘ Each chapter is prefaced by trite (and obvious) quotes purportedly from the club‘s pamphlets. 5mo
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Not the most auspicious beginning; I was desperately trying to finish the first chapter last night before I nodded off but ...
I think we're supposed to empathise with the 3 old ladies who run the Lady Travelers club but we see them from the POV of India, whose cousin has been lost by the club, and Derek (great nephew of Lady Blodgett), who is trying to help them since their club is fraudulent, but they're unrepentant and unhelpful

humouress Starts in 1889, 34 years after the prequel (provided at the end of this edition) which starts in 1855 and the 3 ladies‘ husbands were still alive (though travelling abroad). Derek must be Henry‘s and Celia‘s son. And Celia seems to have worked her way through 3 husbands in the meantime. (edited) 5mo
humouress So far (chapter 9) pointless banter (wittering), annoying characters, unlikely attraction (ie no basis for it) and improper behaviour (ie not in keeping for the period). Another one that I'm having to slog through.
(ch 11) It's not *bad* but not particularly interesting. Hovering at 2.5/5
{Looking at other posts, the 2nd half is supposed to be better.}
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humouress 640 in 1889 would be equivalent to about (ce,000 (real value) now or 670,000 in relative value. (edited) 5mo
humouress A lot of repeating and reiterating things. Hammering an idea home in a waffling sort of way. Why write a sentence when a paragraph will do? 5mo
humouress (Ch20, 21) Finally becoming a page turner rather than a chore. I like Derek and his brother; the women in this book not so much. I'm not sure what Derek sees in India; I suspect he doesn't either.
I don't mean to slam this so much; I'm just bored and wandering away from it
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The Malazan series was recommended to me but the start is hard going. It took a bit to get through the prologue and now I'm wading through the first chapter (40+ pages on my iPad); a lot of characters and situations are introduced with no prior knowledge on the readers' part. I'm assuming the going will get easier as I read.

humouress Starting chapter 3, 1/6th of the way in and still finding it confusing. Sticking with it, though it‘s a bit of a slog (chapters are about 40 pages long) because I‘ve heard that it‘s good - but, for once, there‘s not enough telling to match the showing. We‘ll see (edited) 5mo
humouress Starting to sort out the confusion and get going now, 1/5th of the way in (end of chapter 3/ chapter 4) 5mo
humouress 37% in (ch8) according to Libby and still not fully into it. The writing doesn‘t flow well for me; there‘s still a lot of world building which throws us in to the middle of characters‘ lives without explanation or context to their conversations though the action has picked up and once you have a few chapters under your belt you can string things together. I think the soldier in the prologue is Whiskeyjack, but I‘m not certain; it doesn‘t say. 5mo
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humouress This is a looong book. I'm only on chapter 10 (pg 347 on my laptop) with another 14 (up to pg 748) to go - but I've got other e-library books expiring soon! 😬
I must say 'how thorough is your exhaustion?' isn't the most romantic invitation I've come across 😂
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humouress Halfway through and still struggling with it. I'm still sticking with it because I want to discover why it's so highly regarded. I feel I may never do so. 5mo
humouress Ch 13 (3/5th) - the going is getting a bit smoother now. Hopefully all the ruts have been worked out of the road (edited) 5mo
humouress TBH I‘m not sure who the good guys are or if the Malazan empire is a good thing or not. There doesn‘t seem to be a Pax Romana situation; conquered nations just provide canon fodder for the next expansion. I don‘t understand why Whiskeyjack is loyal to the empire (in its current incarnation) 5mo
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The False Princess | Eilis O'Neal
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Nalia is the princess and heir apparent of Thorvald - except that she is really a decoy to keep the real princess safe and her name is Sinda. She is sent away from the palace just after her 16th birthday to relatives who didn't realise she was still alive.
The premise sounds a bit simplistic but O'Neal makes it work. I'm 10 chapters in and enjoying it.

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Closer to Home | Mercedes Lackey
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Just starting. Mags & co are further along on the same Circuit that they ended the last sub-series on and Amily has discovered that she has a Gift.

humouress Probably shouldn‘t have read this so soon after‘Bastion‘ but much the same complaints; not much happens t move the plot along, she explains more than necessary and heaps of random italics. It‘s a good idea but it meanders more than it needs to. (edited) 6mo
humouress There‘s a strong Romeo and Juliet vibe. Oddly, each House has a nebulous group of unnumbered and unnamed cousins who all carouse together and live in their respective houses but no individuals are distinguished from the crowd 6mo
humouress Serious R&J vibes 6mo
humouress (*‘Prolly‘ as Mags would say.) On the other hand, details like the name of the Prince‘s Companion are not given. 6mo
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Lost for Words Bookshop | Stephanie Butland
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Split between 3 timelines in Loveday's life: now (2016), the past (2013) and even further back (1999) with her parents. She seems to be on the ASD spectrum. We realise that she had a good childhood but something went wrong at some point which is slowly revealed in the chapters with her parents. She works in a bookshop - so lots of book references.

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humouress Told in 1st person from Loveday‘s POV. She‘s had a traumatic childhood and has a huge chip on her shoulder because of it; she‘s quite a prickly character. I thought this would be a fluffy chick lit room com type of book but it‘s about her coming to terms with her life. (edited) 6mo
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Bastion | Mercedes Lackey
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Starting off slow. Lackey‘s style is iinformal and she adds a lot of explanations which bog down the plot (unlike writers like Hobbs or Jordan whose details add depth to their worlds). At the beginning of this 5th book, it‘s mainly recap and no direction yet so it‘s very slow. ETA : fortunately the pace picks up a bit further in.

humouress Mags returns from Karse to the Collegium, where they mine him for information on their enemies. Rather than being a sitting target for the assassins he is kin to, he is sent out on Circuit with a Herald mentor and his 3 friends to the Bastion where his parents died in the hopes he can discover more about them. 6mo
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The Silva Mind Control Method | Jose Silva, Philip Miele
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I got this because I thought it would help me teach my kids strategies for studying more effectively but it seems to be leaning towards psi techniques. I could do without the first two chapters by Miele which just sell the method. I felt ‘can we just get on with it? I bought the book already‘

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Ruler of Naught | Sherwood Smith, David Trowbridge
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(Still reading) Enjoying this (book 2 of 'Exordium' series) but there's a tendency to give the bad guys unfortunate habits like spilling food down themselves which makes them a bit cartoonish. And the space battles are vividly described but the technology goes over my head; not to mention that most of it also seems to be invented. But minor distractions.

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Mat, looking for his three friends from Tar Valon, walking right past where they‘re staying.

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I like Zarine better than Faile but (chapter 43) she‘s starting to annoy me now.

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A bit confusing as I wasn‘t sure what was going on; but then neither did Natalie. She‘s half native, adopted but loved and just finished high school in Kentucky. All her life she‘s had visions of alternative realities and now she‘s told she has ‘3 months to save him‘ but not whom or from what. Then she meets Beau, the ‘band hall ghost‘ and they‘re immediately attracted. But time is running out.
Liked the ending - but wish there was an epilogue.

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Ch 2: I love Gus (the St. Bernard)

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King of Ashes | Raymond E. Feist
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Partway through. From the author of the Midkemia books but set on the world of Garn. Prologue opens with the carnage of war and I found it hard to read. It's told (in 3rd person) from baron Daylon‘s PoV - he will do the wrong thing for what he thinks is the right reason.
The book itself focuses on 4 teens in alternating chapters, about 15 years later.

humouress Could have used tighter editing (including basics like spelling etc). I'm finding that some information tends to be repeated; eg we‘re told more than once that someone notices that buildings nearer forts must be older because their builders would have wanted its protection.Generally, the writing doesn't feel as mature as it should from someone of Feist‘s experience. (edited) 8mo
humouress Small issues: often extraneous description is thrown in which doesn't seem to add anything. Each chapter follows a different character without indication in the chapter heading. You can work it out within a couple of sentences but it‘s still a bit disorienting. Okay but not gripping. Has a flavour of tales of Ancient Greece (edited) 8mo
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