March 2nd, 2010

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14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling - I haven't read this book in foreverrrr, not since it came out in 2007. So I forgot a lottt of stuff. It was really good though, I forgot how good it was. So sad but so good.
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the rest of my February reads

#18 - Too Late to Say Goodbye by Ann Rule

Ms. Rule is one of the best true crime writers i have found. reading one of her books is like watching a Dateline special on a criminal case. she does not skimp on details and shows both sides of the case well.

#19 - Dreams Made Flesh by Anne Bishop

lovely little collection of Black Jewels series related tales. i especially enjoyed learning how Lucivar and Marian got together, which is only given a glimpse of in the Black Jewels trilogy.

#20 - Soul Magic by Karen Whiddon

i liked the characters, but the plot just didn't grab my attention, i'm sorry to say. it took me a long time to finish this.

#21 - Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian

#22 - Midnight Awakening by Lara Adrian

#23 - Midnight Rising by Lara Adrian

#24 - Veil of Midnight by Lara Adrian

#25 - Ashes of Midnight by Lara Adrian

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#26 - Checkmate by Doranna Durgin (Athena Force series)

coping with the possibility that her husband is cheating, saving lives, bringing down terrorists in the fictional Middle Eastern country of Berzhaan--all in a day's work for FBI attache Selena Jones. a nice read, as all the Athena Force and many of the Silhouette Bombshell books are. i am highly disappointed that Silhouette Books discontinued this line awhile back, as i would have liked to see more Athena Force novels.

#27 - Cornered Tigress by Jade Lee

BLAH. nice setting but a terrible read. the couple did not keep my attention AT ALL and i had to force myself to finish it. romance lovers, avoid this author.

#28 - The Love Slave by Bertrice Small

have to say was mildly disappointed with this one. i usually like her books but this story wasn't as attention grabbing, though it WAS very sexy. but i think i'll stick with her Skye O'Malley novels instead.

currently/still working on for March:
The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir
A Dangerous Love by Bertrice Small
Saving Faith by David Baldacci
and Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires series
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Books 9-10: The Keys to the Kingdom Books 4-5 by Garth Nix

Here are books nine and ten from my Book List 2010. The links lead to more detailed reviews in my journal.

9. Title: The Keys to the Kingdom Book Four: Sir Thursday
Author: Garth Nix © 2006
Pages: 344
Thoughts: Link
Review in five words or less: Fascinating new plot twist.
Personal Rating: «««¾ out of five.

"On the fourth day, there was war."

The situation in the House is rapidly becoming more dire and deadly with each new nemesis seeking to manipulate Arthur for their personal gain. In this installment, Arthur finds himself drafted into the Glorious Army by Sir Thursday and must move to Thursday's domain (the Great Maze) for combat training. Meanwhile, a new enemy from Nothing has made itself known and is about to start a war with Thursday and anyone standing in the way.

Though I liked this book a lot, it seemed to be a little flatter in comparison to the first three. I usually find combat books engrossing, but I was a bit disappointed with the descriptions of Arthur's training and all the action just didn't seem to be that dire to me. I felt no sense of urgency. It was as if the pacing of the story was slightly off. Also, the Great Maze was described in the previous books and I was really looking forward to finding out how it all worked. I enjoyed the domain adventures a lot, and Thursday proved to be as treacherous as some of the other House trustees.

Definitely recommended to those who like the series.

10. Title: The Keys to the Kingdom Book Five: Lady Friday
Author: Garth Nix © 2007
Pages: 304
Thoughts: Link
Review in five words or less: Darker and more intense.
Personal Rating: «««½ out of five.

"On the fifth day, there was fear."

The crafty Lady Friday knows that Arthur and some of the other Denizens of the House are looking for her and the power that she wields. She schemes to have all of them play her vicious little game and while they are occupied, Friday puts forth a bigger and more destructive plan in motion. Meanwhile, back in Arthur's realm, people are mysteriously disappearing.

I've read six books in this seven book series and this is the one that I like the least so far. Though I found the clothing and instruments extremely creative, I didn't like exploring Friday's domain (the Middle House) which was austere and cold, nor did I like Friday herself. I found her to be one-dimensional and hardly the type to inspire fear. Also, a secondary character takes a lead role in Arthur's realm in this story and I found her to be extremely obnoxious and irritating. Despite all of this, I still recommend this book because I like the series as a whole.


10 / 50 books. 20% done!


3352 / 15,000 pages. 22% done!
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February 2010 Reading List!

Books:

6. Dresden Files: Storm Front, by Jim Butcher (322 pages)
7. Dresden Files: Fool Moon, by Jim Butcher (342 pages)
8. Dresden Files: Grave Peril, by Jim Butcher (378 pages)
9. Dresden Files: Summer Knight, by Jim Butcher (371 pages)
Friend badgered me to read it. I'm grateful she did. Reminds me a lot of Simon R. Green's Nightside series. I'm really enjoying Urban Fantasy/Private Investigator stuff like this.

10. In Our Time, by Ernest Hemingway (157 pages)
Basically Hemingway's American debut. Not the best, but it does have some really interesting points. He's clearly still working toward becoming the writer he eventually was known as.

11. Mean Streets, by Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Kat Richardson, and Thomas E. Sniegoski (342 pages)
A collection of novelas by various PI/Urban Fantasy authors. I need to look into the last two authors' other stuff.

February book pages: 1,912

Total book pages: 3,397

Progress: 11/50

Next on my list: Leaves of Grass, The Crying of Lot 49, The Man with the Golden Torc


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February comic book/manga pages: 6,895

Total comic book/manga pages: 7,591

Progress: 40/50

Yeah, totally didn't read what I intended to comic-wise.

Next on my list: several Doctor Who comics, Dragon Knights, Hunter x Hunter, issues of Shonen Jump, more of Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne

January List!
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Book 23: Blotto, Twinks and the ex-King's Daughter by Simon Brett


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Book 23: Blotto, Twinks and the ex-King's Daughter.
Author: Simon Brett, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Murder Mystery. Period Fiction (1920s)
Other Details: Hardback, 185 pages. Isis Audio, unabridged, Length: 5 hrs 35 mins. Read by Simon Brett.

"I will summon the estimable Chief Inspector Trumbull. I like to do these things honourably - level playing field and all that. I must allow the police to have a fair wallop at the investigation ... before I run circles round them and tell them who really committed the murder." - Twinks.

This is the first in a planned series by prolific 'whodunit' mystery writer Simon Brett and introduces aristocratic brother and sister sleuths, Blotto and Twinks. Blotto (The Right Honourable Devereux Lyminster) is handsome and not terribly bright but a golly good sport who is mad about cricket. His sister Twinks (Lady Honoria Lyminster) is beautiful with an intelligence to rival that of Sherlock Holmes.


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Their family seat is Tawcester (Taster) Towers where their mother, the Dowager Duchess, is currently entertaining Sigismund, the ex-king of Mitteleuropia and his entourage, including his daughter, ex-princess Ethelinde. The books opens with Blotto discovering a body in the library, who turns out to be a member of the ex-king's entourage. Having no confidence in the local police, naturally Blotto and Twinks undertake to solve the murder. In the course of their investigation they uncover a plot by the minions of usurping King Vlatislav to kidnap the ex-princess. Unable to foil the plot, family honour demands that Blotto rescue the ex-princess and he sets off with his trusty chauffeur, Corky Froggett and translator 'Klaus' to race across Europe in pursuit of the bounders.

The book is a hilarious and quite wicked send-up of Golden Age cosy mysteries. It had me literally in stitches of laughter from start to finish. After completing it and seeing a review on the Eurocrime blog that praised Simon Brett's reading, I borrowed the audiobook as well. Brett's plummy voices for Blotto and Twinks and his range for other characters was a truly brilliant comic performance and added a new dimension to my enjoyment of this delightful romp.
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Books 3 and 4

So I know I am a little behind, by now I had expected myself to have read atleast 10. 


Book 3: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
3.5/5

This is the first in the Twilight saga, I enjoyed this more the second time I have read it. The story isn't the mosy original but I did really enjoy it, I didn't mind the poor writing style it was the story I was interested in. I stilll don't like Bella very much, she seems to depend on other characters way to much. I said this before about Dead Until Dark, but I'll say it again I want to see the story from others points of view. I want to know the emotions Edward was going through the first time he met her, I want to know what all the others felt about their relationship. Instead you get itfrom Bella, who by all streches of the imagination is self centred and doesn't really think about the others feelings or even her own for that matter. All she wants to do is stayed glued to Edward.

Book 4: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3/5

I was REALLY REALLY dissapointed with this book. I bought it because of all the amazing reviews, how everyone always recommended the book but I was left feeling hard done by. I don't see people obbsessions about the book. It's good I'll give it that, but the story isn't original, the characters never really develop, I knew the main love angle when Katniss was telling the story off the first time she met Peeta. I did keep reading to know what happened but then I feel that the ending was, how can I put it, just bulldosed like it jst jerked to a complete stop.

The story I did enjoy the story, but I kept comparing it to Battle Royale, which I know I shouldn't but the latter was far better. I have ordered the next book in the series just because I really like Katniss or Catnip as  Gale calls her. I'd like to see the way that her relationship with both Gale and Peeta and see if we meet the Avox again, I have a feeling she is going to play a big part in the story but I don't know how she would.
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No. 10 for 2010

Title: Worst Case
Author: James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge
Rating: 5/5
Book: 10/50 (20% completed)
Book in personal challenge with niun: 6/50 Fantasy, 6/50 Mystery and 0/25 Classics
Pages: 356 pgs
Total Pages 3,947/15,000 pages (26.31% completed)
Next up: Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky

Awesome read!!! I couldn't put this book down. I can't decide which series I prefer the most, Alex Cross or Michael Bennett!!! This book is a must read for any Patterson fan!!

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