April 3rd, 2011

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Book 23 for 2011

Heart's Blood by Gail Dayton. 418 pages.

I wavered a lot over buying this one, because it sounded as much Mills and Boon romance as Victorian urban fantasy, and while I rather like the latter, the former isn't really my thing.  But on the whole, I think the 80p I paid for it was reasonable value for money.

The worldbuilding and magic rules that Dayton establishes are pretty good, the plot is reasonably interesting - head of one of four magical guilds wakes up near the body of a man killed by magic and has to solve the crime - and the characters had enough personality to be more than cardboard cut-outs.

The romance aspects were a bit cliched and cloying, but I could cope with that in light of the rest of it. The only thing that really annoyed me was that there was no  explanation that I saw for the way that the protagonist "sleepwalked" to the site of the murder. Or perhaps I just missed that.

OOOOPS. Forgot to post all year.


wow, i didn't realize I hadn't been here since Jan 1.  In the interest of space, I'll post a link to all my reviews at the end.

1. Ella Minnow Pea - (1/1) - Mark Dunn 224p
5/5 - review behind the link

2. A Stranger on the Planet - (1/2) - Adam Schwartz 336p
5/5 - review behind the link

3. The Imperfectionists: A Novel (Random House Reader's Circle) - (1/9) - Tom Rachman 304p
3/5

4. The Fates Will Find Their Way - (1/15) - Hannah Pittard 256p
3/5 - review behind the link

5. The Crying of Lot 49 - (1/22) - Thomas Pynhcon 192p
5/5


6. The Pearl (Centennial Edition) - (1/29) - John Steinbeck 92p
4/5

7. This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel - (2/2) - Jonathan Tropper 352p
5/5

8. Unwind - (2/6) - Neal Shusterman 352p
3/5

9. The Host: A Novel - (2/20) - Stephenie Meyer 656p
4/5 (probably deserved a 5 ... i think I enjoyed it more than I'm willing to admit publicly ;-) )

10. Tanglewreck - (2/26) - Jeanette Winterson 414p
3.5/5

11. Flight: A Novel - (2/27) Sherman Alexie 208p
4.5/5

12. Night - (3/2) - Elie Wiesel 120p
5/5

13. The Picture of Dorian Gray - (3/13) - Oscar Wilde 178p
5/5

14. We Have Always Lived in the Castle - (3/19) - Shirley Jackson 160p
5/5 

15. Little House in the Big Woods - (3/20) - Laura Ingalls Wilder 256p
4/5 

16. The Collector - (4/1) - John Fowles 320p
5/5

17. The Peach Keeper - (4/3) - Sarah Addison Allen 288p
2/5 - Review behind the link

Audio

1. Freedom - Jonathan Franzen 5/5 stars
2. All Clear - Connie Willis 3/5 stars
3. Dracula - Bram Stoker 4/5 stars
4. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race - Jon Stewart et al 4/5 stars

My Book Blog The Sardonic Reviewer ishere

All my reviews for this list are here