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May. 27th, 2011 08:30 pm
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The Kinshield LegacyThe Kinshield Legacy by K.C. May

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Light fantasy. Our unwilling hero goes on an epic quest and in the process collects a merry band of diverse fellows following him along. The bad guy is a nicely evil wizard and a few ghastly monsters from another dimension are thrown in for chills as well.

Very likeable characters, simple and straight forward storyline. Good choice if you are looking for an entertianing and unchallenging read.

My only bone of contention -- the ending is wide open and the next book in the series / trilogy (?) is not available yet. I really want to know what happens to Gavin and his motley crew now, please!

If you are interested, it's downloadable on goodreads for free. I think I actually spent (very little) money on it over on Amazon... *head desk*
Anyway... Next time I know better.
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"What is Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon? For 24 hours, we read books, post to our blogs about our reading, and visit other readers’ blogs. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day. It happens twice a year, in April and in October."

I am crazy and I love to read, so it took me only a few minutes to convince myself that signing up to this is a great idea. I'm #171 on the participant's list and I will blog about my progress through goodreads. My goodreads is linked to Facebook, so I can simultaneously annoy you at both sites.

It happens on the 9th of April and I guess the beginning time is set at midnight in the US somewhere -- at my location it starts somewhere around 2pm on that Saturday. No idea if I will manage for 24 hours and I hope nothing will crop up that will make it impossible for me to actually do it.

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Jan. 16th, 2011 12:11 pm
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Claimed By Shadow (Cassandra Palmer, #2)Claimed By Shadow by Karen Chance

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I liked it, although I lost my drive a little in the second half of the book. The first half had a lot of action and humour and I could not put it down. There were some quirky ideas that I really liked. I'm not sure why the second half of the book did not draw me in as much. It just didn't seem as suspenseful anymore, although there was still plenty of action. I was definitely struggling a little with the last 100 pages.

My favourite parts of the book are the ones were she shifts into the past. Playing with the timeline has always interested me.

Someone else commented that this was a sex-driven plot and while it is true that she does what she does to get rid of her magical attachment to someone else, there is not a lot of sex in this book and I have read others that were a lot more graphic.


Reading now:

Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay



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I finally tackled The Girl who played with Fire. It's been sitting around half read since I came back from my summer holiday. I know, I said I loved the first book and it was interesting and different from what I usually read. But I simply wasn't that interested anymore in the second one. So I started skimming it yesterday afternoon, reading only roughly half of every page and occasionally digging in deeper, when something important to the plot was happening. Here is what I posted to Goodreads:

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The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2)The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Great story, very interesting characters.

I know the overwhelming majority of people reading this trilogy love it to bits. But I just think the writing style is very drawn out, there is so much detail and repetition. And do I really need to know every single street name of every spot that any of the characters moved past? The story is very good and when there is finally something going on, the suspense is very good. But large parts of the narrative just bored me to tears.

I skimmed over most of the second half of the book and could still easily keep up with the plot. The book would probably have kept my attention a lot better if it had been 100 pages shorter.

The ending of the book is open, so I will eventually get the third book, just to get some closure. But my expectations of how much I will enjoy reading it are fairly low.

Did anybody else think that the big, bad secret of Salander's past is a little forced and overly contrived?
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