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  • sandythereadingcafe
    24.10.2021 - 4 minutes ago

    #Review Tour

    WARRIOR FIRE (Angel Series 1-4) by Marie Johnston @mjohnstonwriter  at The Reading Cafe:

    ' the whole series as a must read.' https://www.thereadingcafe.com/warrior-fire-angel-fire-series-1-4-by-marie-johnston-review-tour/

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  • mrsfaulkner
    24.10.2021 - 1 hour ago

    Light entertainment - and not half bad, as such, actually!


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  • meezcarrie
    24.10.2021 - 1 hour ago

    Book Review: Christmas at the Amish Bakeshop by Shelley Shepard Gray, Rachel J. Good & Loree Lough

    "Three talented authors, three swoony romances, three sets of strong & likable main characters"... I loved CHRISTMAS AT THE AMISH BAKESHOP by @ShelleySGray @RachelJGood1 & @LoreeAuthor! @KensingtonBooks #bookreview

    CHRISTMAS AT THE AMISH BAKESHOP GENRE: Inspirational Amish Romance / Christmas PUBLISHER: Kensington RELEASE DATE: September 28, 2021 PAGES: 304 As the most joyful holiday draws near, three couples discover the recipe for love includes faith, hope, and the sweetest blessings . . .   A CHRISTMAS CAKE FOR REBECCA New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray When carpenter…

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  • guide-to-galaxy
    24.10.2021 - 1 hour ago

    Michigan vs the Boys by Carrie S. Allen (Review) || Me vs wanting to hit the team

    Title: Michigan vs the BoysAuthor: Carrie S. AllenYear Published: 2019Publisher: Kids Can Press Loft (imprint of Kids Can Press)Cover Art/Designer: Emma DolanGenre: Young Adult ~ Contemporary Romance ~ Sports Stars: Links: Goodreads || The StorygraphCopy: E-arc (Netgalley)CW/TW: (Taken from Storygraph) Physical abuse, bullying, misogyny, rape, sexual assult. Violence (in the form of…

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  • slickdungeonsblog
    24.10.2021 - 1 hour ago

    Book Review - A Sea of Cinders

    Book Review – A Sea of Cinders

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B094VNXFW3/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B094VNXFW3&linkCode=as2&tag=slickdungeonb-20&linkId=0263f654d878cfdbd4ca66db8ff43bc6 A Sea of Cinders by Adam R. Bishop Note: this review was first posted on Reedsy Discovery, an awesome website that pairs independent authors and readers. To see the post there, click here. If you are a book…

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  • typhlosion426
    24.10.2021 - 1 hour ago

    My quick review on Dune (the book and the movie adaptations)

    Dune (the book, published in 1965) 

    Holy crap, this one took a while! I was curious about the book ever since I watched KrimsonRogue's The Book Was Better review on it, but had a hard time getting into it. It took me nearly four tries before I finally got into the story. The universe of Dune is so interesting and yet so complex, dense, and detailed (that might be an understatement), but once I was hooked I couldn't stop, and I felt empty inside when it was over. It's definitely not for everyone, the cynical view of the future, the use of (too many) big words, the confusing political elements, and the fact there's little to no action as well as a few other matters (The Baron's very existence, and some good ol'misogyny...) might throw people off, but I'm glad I finally got around to it, and I look forward to reading the sequels in the future.

    I'd rate the book a 4.5/5

    David Lynch’s Dune (1984)

    Oh boy, this movie...I couldn't even finish it, and it's not because of KrimsonRogue's review either. 

    When I told my parents about the new Dune adaptation, they were wondering if I ever watched David Lynch's take from 1984. When I told them not really, they insisted that I give it a chance first. So I got around to it and...I couldn't finish it. It's so far removed from the book (I'm one of those readers who are extremely picky over movie adaptations...), and it took the weirdness of the world way too far...Some scenes and dialogue were lifted directly from the book, but the exectution and tone was all wrong (how I feel towards the 1990 adaptation of Stephen King's IT in a nutshell). The acting ranging from monotone to over-the-top in the worst way doesn't help either. There were some elements that I liked, though. I love the poster (same one on display here) the music was great for the most part, the sandworms were fantastic (I like the designs more than the ones from the new film), and I like the 1980's aesthetic. Also, Gurney Halleck (played by the great Patrick Stewart) charging into battle while carrying a pug is one of the greatest things I've ever seen.

    It did give us some memorable lines ("The sleeper has awakened!"), and I can see why others would like it, but overall I can't get into this adaptation. It completely missed the point of the book and some of the characters, and there's just no way you can condense that much world-building and detail into a 2 hour+ movie (Is why I am worried for the future To Sleep In A Sea Of Stars adaptation...) Considering that I'm probably never going to finish this movie, I'm not going to rate it...

    Denis Villeneuve’s Dune (2021)

    That's more like it, this is the Dune that I know and love (why does the poster have to be so lame, though...?)! 

    Denis Villeneuve did such a good job adapting the book that I had tears in my eyes the first time I watched this movie (yep, saw it twice now). Before I bounce off the walls with fangirl glee, I will admit the movie has problems. They left out a lot of detail from the book (as expected), there were a number of characters missing as well as character motivations and arcs (at least the 1984 movie had that scene where Yueh broke down and started crying at what he did...this adaptation really could have used such a moment...). They also changed Liet-Kynes' gender and race for apparently no reason (and I heard this messes up the lore of the world big time), but literally nothing is changed with the story around her, and the actress played the part very well, so this doesn't bother me so much. Aside from all of that (and some scenes that really could have used some color), I thought this adaptation was fantastic. The music was atmospheric, the acting was great, the world-building and exposition wasn't heavy-handed and I thought was delivered in a way that audiences would understand, and of course, the visual effects were AMAZING. This film better win some awards in that category.

    All in all, this adaptation of Dune is easily my favorite film of 2021, I give it a 9/10 (I rate books and movies differently).

    On that note...Please, PLEASE let there be a Part 2! The film only covered the first half of the book (good call given how dense and complex the story is), so there must be a Part 2!

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  • paperbackd
    24.10.2021 - 2 hours ago

    Every so often, no matter how much I want to, I just can’t get into a book. Rather than give books I didn’t finish a lengthy bad review, here’s a mini-review for each of the books I’ve DNF’d since January 2021. Unpopular opinions lie ahead:

    The Upper World by Femi Fadugba

    As much as I appreciate that this is science fiction rooted in real science, there were too many physics lessons and not enough character development in this one. Ended up skimming the last quarter because I just wasn't invested enough to read at my usual pace.

    Grand Union by Zadie Smith

    Technically only a DNF because I fell asleep while listening to the audiobook and didn’t care enough about the story I was listening to to rewind. I'm sure there will be people for whom Smith's stream-of-consciousness prose and commentaries on humanity will be appealing. I'm just not one of them. Each story in this collection felt lacklustre, and suffered from an ambling, idle pace, as if Smith decided to just do away with the concept of structure altogether, which might have been a great artistic choice if she'd done it once, but when every single story in the collection has no conclusion and takes its characters precisely nowhere, getting through it begins to feel like a slog.

    The one saving grace was Doc Brown's audiobook narration. His voices for Smith's characters, in particular, were marvellous.

    Renegades by Marissa Meyer

    I’m a huge fan of The Lunar Chronicles, but this just really wasn’t for me. Honestly, I think I knew going in that I wasn’t going to enjoy Renegades - I put off reading it for literal years. Then I tried both the physical copy and the audiobook in an attempt to keep myself from giving up on it. No luck. I’m completely apathetic towards superhero stories, having reached Marvel burnout several years before everyone else did, so maybe I’m just not this book’s target audience.

    #only three dnfs so far this year! not bad imo #book review#booklr#bookish#renegades #the upper world #grand union #r: marissa meyer #r: zadie smith #r: femi fadugba #previously midnightliars#1 star
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  • thebooksareeverywhere
    24.10.2021 - 2 hours ago

    Review: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

    Review: The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

    Goodreads | Waterstones Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Magnusdatter stands on the craggy coast, watching the sea break into a sudden and reckless storm. Forty fishermen, including her brother and father, are drowned and left broken on the rocks below. With the menfolk wiped out, the women of the tiny Arctic town of Vardø must fend for themselves.Three years later, a sinister…

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  • whilereadingandwalking
    24.10.2021 - 2 hours ago

    The Hole by José Revueltas, translated by Amanda Hopkinson and Sophie Hughes, is a dark, sharp novella. The main characters have tasked their two girlfriends, plus one's mother, with smuggling heroin into the prison for them. It’s just 70 pages long, all takes place in 30 minutes, a rushing single paragraph. 

    Revueltas wrote it while in jail for opposing the government, specifically in the infamous panopticon Lecumberri Prison. The guards and the prisoners are all trapped in a cycle of violence, exploitation, and spectacle. It is a scathing critique of the incarceration system: of how the conditions of a prison, the power dynamics, the dehumanization, only cause people to become worse, can only encourage more violence or pain. It ends in a sharp betrayal that will leave you gasping.  

    Content warnings for ableism, self-harm, drugs, slut-shaming and sexism, sexual assault, and violence.

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  • morgan--reads
    24.10.2021 - 2 hours ago

    The Regency Years - Robert Morrison

    Summary: A history of the British time period known as The Regency (1811–1820). 

    Quote: “In its dreams of freedom, its embrace of consumerism and celebrity culture, its mass protests in support of social justice and its complex response to the burgeoning pace of scientific and technological advance, the Regency signals both a decisive break from the past and the onset of the desiring, democratic, commercial, secular, opportunistic society that is for the first time recognizably our own.”

    My rating: 4.5/5.0    Goodreads: 3.88/5.0

    Review: The cover suggested a more academic read and I was delighted to instead find the book full of just as many colorful anecdotes as facts. As someone with a background in history and a lover of romance novels—particularly Georgette Heyer’s well-researched works—I already had an interest and some knowledge of the period, but I still learned a lot. The five well-organized chapters address crime and civil unrest, theatre and entertainment, sexual practices, empire and war, and changing landscapes (with landscapes including both art and social patterns). There’s plenty of scandal, compelling detail, and important social movements to be had along each of those themes and Morrison brings it all out with his clear, entertaining prose.

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  • siriuslygrimm
    24.10.2021 - 2 hours ago

    Epistolary Enigmas

    #BOOKREVIEW - Epistolary Enigmas - #SomethingWickerThisWayComes #blog

    The adventures of Holmes and Watson continue in odd ways as depicted in Watson’s diary entries and letters to and from Holmes in Colin Garrow’s The Watson Letters (Volume 1): Something Wicker This Way Comes. A generally entertaining collection of loosely connected cases and adventures that Holmes and Watson become involved in, these letters and diary entries depict the most cursory and basic…

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    #book#book review#colin garrow#reading#review #something wicker this way comes #the watson letters vol 1
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  • mariakureads
    24.10.2021 - 2 hours ago

    I'm a fan of Acevedo's work, listening to her narrate her work along with Melania Luisa Marte, this was taken to another level.⁠

    Each one brought out the emotion in each chapter, and with each character owning a chapter at a time, even overlapping. And I do mean literally overlapping as Acevedo and Marte had stanzas in which they matched breathe and tone. ⁠

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ read

    #popsugar reading challenge #reading women challenge #21 in 2021 #from the tbr #mariakureads#books#book review#book#fiction#audiobook#elizabeth acevedo#booklr #clap when you land #young adult#ya read#highly recommend#book rec
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  • franticvampirereads
    24.10.2021 - 2 hours ago

    I really loved this manga! I’m not sure what I was expecting when I jumped into this, but Fangs was just so good. I loved that it focused on the health and well-being of vampires in a way that I haven’t seen in any other media. I also really liked that it was so modern and the characters were so well designed. Can we take a second to admire the style and fashion that this manga has? Because it makes my heart so happy. There were also some truly adorable chibi scenes that made all the characters even more adorable.

    En and Ichii were such fun characters! En was so sweet and shy and a little bit of a himbo. And I loved that all the other characters immediately wanted to adopt him! Ichii was protective and kind and funny and wasn’t afraid to let his affections be know (at least to En). I just loved them together. Also? The fact that Ichii was En’s guardian while he’s learning to be a vampire?? Just had me screaming.

    Honestly this was so fun, and who doesn’t want to read about vampires just doing vampire things? I’m giving this five out of five stars. I can’t wait for the next one!

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  • hellenic-reconstructionism
    24.10.2021 - 3 hours ago

    Hellenismos-Related Book Review #3: The Goddess Hekate by Stephen Ronan

    This book was pretty dense and contained some very interesting nuggets of information, but you have to dig for them, so it's not for everybody. It's not written in the most accessible way due to its age (first published 1989), but I don't think it's so old that it's substantially out of date yet. Each chapter is written by different authors, so the contributors disagree on to what extent Hekate is a lunar goddess. The chapters Magical Hekate by J.E. Lowe, Hekate's Cult by L.R. Farnell, Hekate in Art by L.R. Farnell, Hekate's Suppers by K.F. Smith and Hymns to Hekate by S. Ronan contain extremely useful information, in my opinion. Hekate's Suppers discuss her deipnon, the monthly feast for Hekate -- including what was offered and a brief overview of debates on when it may have happened.

    The final chapter on Chaldean Hekate was by far the densest and I hesitated to read it as the Chaldean Oracles aren't really something I follow, but it is actually helpful to know the differences between Chaldean Hekate and the general image of Greco-Roman Hekate.

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  • donnaduck87
    24.10.2021 - 3 hours ago

    Indie Spotlight: Stake That by Mari Mancusi

    Indie Spotlight: Stake That by @marimancusi

    Indie Spotlight is an occasional feature I do to highlight a well-deserving indie or self-published author. Reviews are cross-posted from my review site, Bites. Another one of my absolute favorite vampire series, this one actually pre-dates Twilight and falls on the cusp of old and new school YA books. I’m not the biggest fan of the books in Sunny’s POV, but being a huge Lost Boys fan, Mari lets…

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  • accidentalspaceexplorer
    24.10.2021 - 3 hours ago

    September Monthly Recap

    Ok, so it’s almost November, but October has been really crazy so I’m only just now catching up on things. I read 14 books in September, mostly of them in the last 9 days since I started commuting by bus again and I read a lot on the bus. My favorites in September were The Space Between Worlds and A Psalm for the Wild-Built, which are very different sci-fi stories but I loved them both regardless. I also re-read 3 books in September since I was really in the mood for some Dick Francis mysteries.

    The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson: 5/5

    Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall: 4.25/5

    The Jane Austen Project by Kathleen A. Flynn: 4.5/5

    Risk by Dick Francis: 4.5/5, re-read

    The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon: 4/5

    Moon Called by Patricia Briggs: 2.75/5

    Sunshield by Emily B. Martin: 4.5/5

    Masquerade in Lodi by Lois McMaster Bujold: 4.25/5

    Flying Finish by Dick Francis: 4.25/5, re-read

    A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers: 5/5

    The Shadowed Sun by N. K. Jemisin: 4.5/5

    Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang: 2/5, DNF

    Floodpath by Emily B. Martin: 4.5/5

    Smokescreen by Dick Francis: 4/5, re-read

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  • autumn2may
    24.10.2021 - 3 hours ago

    Today our judges say goodbye to our last Four to Fall in this years Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off! And yes I said four, not five. We had a bunch of books tied and will have _six_ semi-finalists this year! 🐉


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  • hopelessromantic-bookreviews
    24.10.2021 - 3 hours ago

    Book Review #8

    Title : A Study in Scarlet

    Author : Arthur Conan Doyle

    Date Published : 1887

    Themes : Found Family, Friendship, Revenge, Murder, Serving Justice, Religion, Mystery

    Mini Summary : This is a combination of stories. In this book, we meet a detective, a man who is far more intelligent than most, and a man who is more than willing to be his friend. We also meet a tough American pioneer and a young girl he ends up basically adopting.

    Opinion-Piece : This was my second time reading this book. The first time was a long while ago but it’s just as good as I remember. It can be a difficult book to read because the english is different from what you’re used to reading in modern novels but it’s absolutely worth it. I love the characters even though they’ve all got their flaws. Sometimes the story seems so unfair but that’s the way stories are sometimes. The adventure is great and the author does a very good job of connecting two seemingly different stories.

    Quotes :

    ‘“It's quite exciting," said Sherlock Holmes, with a yawn.”’

    “What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.”

    Rating :


    Between PG-13 and R - Lot’s of death, forced marriage which implies r*pe.

    If this were fanfiction what tags would I use? :

    Angst, Adventure, Friendship, Action, Drama

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