Review – In Fury Born

In Fury BornIn Fury Born by David Weber
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Imperial Intelligence couldn’t find them, the Imperial Fleet couldn’t catch them, and local defenses couldn’t stop them. It seemed the planet-wrecking pirates were invincible. But they made a big mistake when they raided ex-commando leader Alicia DeVries’ quiet home work, tortured and murdered her family, and then left her for dead. Alicia decided to turn “pirate” herself, and stole a cutting-edge AI ship from the Empire to start her vendetta. Her fellow veterans think she’s gone crazy, the Imperial Fleet has shoot-on-sight orders. And of course the pirates want her dead, too. But Alicia DeVries has two allies nobody knows about, allies as implacable as she is: a self-aware computer, and a creature from the mists of Old Earth’s most ancient legends. And this trio of furies won’t rest until vengeance is served.

In Fury Born is a greatly expanded new version of David Weber’s popular novel Path of the Fury, which has gone through six large printings in its original mass market edition. David Weber has added considerable new material, revealing the earlier life of Alicia DeVries before she embarked on her mission of vengeance, and illuminating the universe of the original story. The result is a novel with almost twice the wordage of the original, and a must-buy for all David Weber fans.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books That Don’t Stand the Test of Time

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly bookish meme hosted by the broke and the bookish.  Each week, there’s a different topic.  Come up with your list of top ten, post it, and then add to the link at b&b’s masterpost, then bounce around and see other people’s lists.

This week’s theme was Top Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed.  Despite this post’s official title, not all of them are negative, I promise.

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Review: The Wizard of London

The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters, #5)The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters #5) by Mercedes Lackey
Synopsis from the back of the book*:
The letter that introduced twelve-year-old Sarah Jane Lyon-White to Isabelle Harton, who ran the Harton School in central London, seemed quite simple and straightforward. But it was what was not written in the letter that resonated to Isabelle’s own finely tuned “extra” senses: “Sarah has gifts we cannot train,” the letter whispered to her, “nor can anyone we know. Those we trust tell us that you can….”
And it was true, for the Harton School was far from ordinary.  It was Isabelle’s job to train children who possessed the odd types of magic that could not be trained by London’s powerful Elemental Masters: clairvoyants, telepaths, those with the ability to sense hidden danger, the vision to see into the past, and even that rarest of all talents: the ability to see and communicate with the dead.
But Isabelle was uneasy, for though she knew that Sarah Jane had a touch of telepathy, there seemed to be be something else about the girl – something that had not yet manifested.
And Isabelle was right to be worried, for as soon as Sarah’s full talents became evident, there was an attempt made on her life. For Sarah was that rarest of magicians: a true medium, and for some reason, a powerful Elemental Master wanted her dead.
Isabelle knew that to protect her ward she would have to seek help from the Elemental Masters of the city. That meant she would also see Lord David Alderscroft, the man she had once loved, but who had inexplicably chilled toward her and broken her heart long ago – for he was the leader of the city’s Elemental Masters, the man who was now called the Wizard of London.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books on a Whim

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly bookish meme hosted by the broke and the bookish.  Each week, there’s a different topic.  Come up with your list of top ten, post it, and then add to the link at b&b’s masterpost, then bounce around and see other people’s lists.

This week’s theme was Top Ten Books I Picked Up On a Whim.  So, normally, like most people, I let others recommendations guide me.  But there have definitely been times when I saw a book in a store or a library and said, ooh, that sounds interesting.  So, here are ten books I picked up on a whim that I loved:

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Bout of Books 16 Final Report

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 16 has come to an end.  My final day’s worth of reading:

Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson (reread) – 1 chapter, on track
Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch – 2 chapters

My final tally:

Green by Jay Lake – finished (started before BoB…)
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine – finished
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater – finished
Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch – 90 pages, approx. 1/3 of the book’s length
Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson – 7 chapters, 1 per day (goal achieved)

Pretty good considering the lack of free time.  Hope everyone else met their goals, big, small, and everything in between.