Review – Neverwhere

NeverwhereNeverwhere (Author’s Preferred Edition) by Neil Gaiman
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

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Review – Six Wakes

Six WakesSix Wakes by Mur Lafferty
Synopsis from GoodReads:
A space adventure set on a lone ship where the clones of a murdered crew must find their murderer — before they kill again.

It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.

At least, Maria Arena had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.
Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. And Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently…

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Review – The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount CharThe Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Synopsis from GoodReads:
A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe.
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.
Carolyn’s not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts.

After all, she was a normal American herself once.

That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.

In the years since then, Carolyn hasn’t had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient customs. They’ve studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.

Now, Father is missing—perhaps even dead—and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own.

But Carolyn has accounted for this.

And Carolyn has a plan.

The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she’s forgotten to protect the things that make her human.

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Bout of Books 19 Final ‘Score’

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 19 has officially ended.

Somehow, I managed to make both of my goals (thanks to yesterday’s binge of The Library at Mount Char):

One chapter a day of Blood and Bone by Ian C. Esslemont
Three books, all for Beat the Backlist, started and finished: Closer to the Chest by Mercedes Lackey, The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, and The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins.

Phew!  For a while there I didn’t think I’d make it, but since The Library was a quick read, I managed it.

I hope everyone who participated made their goals, but remember: at least you read more than you had before the start of the week!

Bout of Books 19 Day 6

Bout of Books

It’s Day 7 – the final day.  Here’s my update for yesterday:

Successfully read 1 chapter of Blood and Bone by Ian C. Esslemont (still on track somehow).
No progress on The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (hopefully I’ll get back to it tomorrow).

Still holding strong at two books down.  I’m expecting to make some decent progress today since it’s my day off (finally).

Bout of Books 19 Day 5

Bout of Books

Is it Day 6 already?  Time flies when work and other issues keep kicking your butt.

Successfully read 1 chapter of Blood and Bone by Ian C. Esslemont (still on track!).
No progress on The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins.  Hopefully that will change today/tomorrow…

I’m starting to think I really was over-ambitious considering how packed I knew the tail end of the week was…

Bout of Books Day 3

Bout of Books

My update for Bout of Books Day 3 (late due to work):

Successfully read 1 chapter of Blood and Bone by Ian C. Esslemont.
Started The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (maybe about an eighth to a quarter of the way in?)
I started and DNF’d Ice Song by Kirsten Imani Kasai, so I won’t be counting any progress made on that book.

Hope everyone else’s reading is going well!

Review – The Female of the Species

The Female of the SpeciesThe Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

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