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Life's Too Short to Read Bad Books!
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Nyxia: More than just another game competition - Readers’ average rating:    Nyxia by Scott Reintgen A group of teenagers, engaged in a deadly serious game-like competition. Life-changing fortunes are at stake, if not life itself. An ominously secretive corporation pulling the strings. Many of the elements in Nyxia (2017) are familiar, but Scott Reintgen combines them with some more unusual plot features ― a worldwide cast that is primarily of minority races and nationalities, an appealing ...
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Horizon: A disappointing conclusion to a frustrating series - Readers’ average rating: Horizon by Fran Wilde Fran Wilde has had me on the fence throughout her Bone Cities trilogy — book one (Updraft) had some issues but I thought it just tipped the needle over into the positive. Book two (Cloudbound) had more issues, which sent the needle just over the line in the other direction, leaving me wondering at the end if the third time (Horizon) would be the charm that saves the series. Having ju...
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Winds of Fate: Fairly average epic high fantasy - Readers’ average rating: Winds of Fate by Mercedes Lackey Winds of Fate (1991) is the first book in Mercedes Lackey’s MAGE WINDS trilogy which is, in terms of internal chronology, an early trilogy in her VALDEMAR series. The VALDEMAR universe currently contains dozens of novels and short stories. So far I have read only six of them, but I own several more which I’m planning to review for our readers here at FanLit. The VALDEMAR books are bes...
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Dragon Teeth: Palaeontologist wars - Readers’ average rating: Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton As anyone who reads the dust jacket will realize, Michael Crichton’s Dragon Teeth (2017) is about dinosaur fossils and the obsessed palaeontologists who traveled into the American frontier during the Gilded Age to gently dig them up. Sadly, it’s not about dinosaurs eating people. William Johnson is a student at Yale. The son of a wealthy Philadelphia family, Johnson goes west to win a bet against ...
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The Forgotten Beasts of Eld: A supremely entertaining book - Readers’ average rating: Reposting to include Jana’s new review. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip As one of Patricia McKillip’s earlier works, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld provides an interesting comparison to her first publication Riddle-Master, a dense trilogy that made the most of her trademark poetic-prose. On the other hand, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld is a relatively slim volume with a clear concise style and ...
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The Begum’s Fortune: Frankville vs. Stahlstadt - Readers’ average rating: The Begum’s Fortune by Jules Verne I am by no means a student of world history, but as far as I can make out, the Franco-Prussian War, which began in July 1870 and ended some 10 months later, had some fairly significant and long-lasting aftereffects. As a result of its surrender, France had to cede over to Germany the bulk of the Alsace-Lorraine territory, while Germany emerged a unified empire, effectively altering t...
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Sunday Status Update: September 17, 2017 - Character update will return next week. Marion: I finished Holly Black’s urban fantasy White Cat on the plane coming to HawaiiCon. Black is an imaginative writer and I enjoyed the concept of “magic workers” and the struggles they face. That said, the un-likeability of the MC’s family made the book a less-than-pleasant read, and left me wondering how such venal, selfish people managed to raise a boy with a functioning, if weak, moral compass. Now I’...
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