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Oct. 16th, 2014

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103. Beyond Courage–Doreen Rappaport

Far outside my usual reading, a friend lent me this book. It was not the easiest read in the world, a reminder of the horrible things mankind does to one another, complete with heart-breaking pictures.

Primarily it made me angry that there are so many apologists and deniers these days who try to pretend history is pretty and no horrible things really happened, that it is all some sort of liberal plot. Sigh.

Such villainy, with even the victims finding it hard to believe the horrors they were about to face.  Still, the little acts of courage must give us hope.

Oct. 11th, 2014

102. Cold Days–Jim Butcher


Fourteenth in the Harry Dresden series.  Harry, once a lowly magical PI in Chicago, is now the Winter Night for Mab a Queen of Fairie (It’s a long complicated road).  He’s not happy in his new position and is even less happy when he hears the world is in danger and he’s the only one who can do something about it. And, of course, Mab picks right then to give him is first assignment, and it’s a doozy.

Very much the usual sort of story, with Harry so harried on all sides he doesn’t have five minutes to think about anything, but is rushing around ducking enemies and trying desperately to come up with a plan to save the world.

The usual suspects put in an appearance and do what they can to help him.

The end was a real surprise, and it changes the game once again, with Harry reeling as his position suddenly impacts his friends – again.

101. The Masqueraders–Georgette Heyer

Not at all what I expected when I began it, this comedy of manners and silliness of society tells the tale of a pair of grifters, who are masquerading as brother and sister, with the added fun of a sex reversal for both of them.

Confusing at first, but great fun once it gets going. Can they manage not to be caught, when certain acquaintances begin to look into their backgrounds?  And just why are they so intent on keeping up the disguise and what exactly is their mysterious father up to?

Oct. 5th, 2014

100. Tricked–Kevin Hearne

My 100th read for the year is the 4th in the Iron Druid Series, Tricked. Atticus and his apprentice are, as usual, being hunted down by various and sundry bad things. Oberon, on the other hand, is his usual badass self. Smile  Fun series.

Oct. 2nd, 2014

99. Gallows View–Peter Robinson

I was a bit disappointed in this book, mainly because I’d just watched DCI Banks on netflix and it was beautifully broody with lots of shots of the location.  None of that was in this book, alas.

The mystery was intricate and the character complex, and I already have book 2 so I’ll read it and hope for more atmosphere!

Oct. 1st, 2014

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Sep. 30th, 2014

City of Stairs – Robert Jackson Bennett

 

What is reality?  Is it something solid and independent of us, each and every one of us? Or is it created by what we believe, and how we think it is?  Can we make the world change by merely creating a shared reality that we all agree to live within?  And if so, how can that be altered?  Can it be?

Saypur, once a vassal state to the Continent, enslaved, kept poor and controlled, suddenly, by the hand of one man, the Kaj, manages to kill the Divinities that provide the power and knowledge to the Continent.  And then, with their protection gone, Saypur goes on to conquer the Continent and turn the tables utterly.

Generations later, a young woman, Shara, who has served Saypur as a spy and provocateur, arrives at the central city on the Continent, the city the Divinities had created as their own, to investigate the death of a rather unimportant professor who'd been sent to Bulikov by Shara's superior.

Shara arrives, and as she delves into the reasons for the professor's death, she finds out that what the professor has discovered could very well change everything.

This was a terrific read. A strong female protagonist, a complex plot, world-building that was deep and elaborate and well-planned.  Highly recommended for those who enjoy a fantasy that has depth and thought behind it.

I received this book for a review through Blogging for Books in return for an honest review.

Sep. 27th, 2014

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