Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for The Fortuitous Meeting by Christopher Kastensmidt. Fantasy.
Honestly, this was a perfectly acceptable novella in all ways. It just didn’t…stand out. Perhaps the rest of the series is better?
Oludara laughed deeply. “Sorry to laugh at you, Gerard van Oost, but how can one not laugh when presented with such madness? Yet I must also be mad, for I accept your proposal.
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Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton. Nonfiction.
I enjoyed reading this book, but, perhaps peculiarly, I hesitate to recommend it. For one thing, all of its contents are available for free online. For another, one large chunk of it pertains only to the Miles Vorkosigan books of Lois McMaster Bujold and another chunk to the Vlad Taltos series of Steven Brust—and both sections are packed with spoilers, making them something you’ll probably want to avoid unless you’ve either already read those series or have no intention of doing so.… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Literature.
I have a friend who jokes that I don’t read any living male authors. I do, of course; I just don’t read non-genre literature by living male authors—or living anybody, really. This book on my shelf was a counterexample of one. (And that is a beautiful irony, that David unwittingly got me to read John Irving, because he’s a snob who probably hates John Irving.) Anyway, in a nutshell: the eminently slappable middle-aged professor John Wheelwright looks back on his boyhood friendship with Owen Meany, a very distinctive character who from an early age believed that God put him on Earth for a mission.… >> Read more
Neutral rating for The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. Historical fiction.
You know the story. It did have some moments. Overall, rather tedious. I’m glad I read Connecticut Yankee first or I never would have gone on with the Twain.
Our friends threaded their way slowly through the throngs upon the bridge. This structure, which had stood for six hundred years, and had been a noisy and populous thoroughfare all that time, was a curious affair, for a closely packed rank of stores and shops, with family quarters overhead, stretched along both sides of it, from one bank of the river to the other.
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Neutral rating for Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illustrated by Roc Upchurch. Fantasy/graphic novel.
Ironic comedy based on sword and sorcery tropes. Unfortunately it’s not ironic enough to be funny so it’s just a bunch of sword and sorcery tropes.… >> Read more
Supercharge Your Kindle Sales: Simple Strategies to Boost Organic Traffic on Amazon, Sell More Books, and Blow Up Your Author Mailing List by Nick Stephenson.
How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon – Power Pack!: Sell Books by the Truckload & Get Reviews by the Truckload by Penny C. Sansevieri.
How To Get Honest Reviews: 7 Proven Ways to Connect With Readers and Reviewers by Heather Hart and Shelley Hitz.… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. Children’s.
Amusing enough if you don’t mind bitchy art supplies, but, as far as I’m concerned, the author missed a perfectly good opportunity to introduce tykes to the concept of collective bargaining.… >> Read more
Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Historical romance.
I should know better than to read exceptionally popular books; nine times out of ten I feel like I’m not reading the same book as everyone else. So I’m probably going to offend a lot of people by not giving this book a glowing review. But what the hell; I can only speak from my own perspective.… >> Read more