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By cupiscent
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Elfy wrote: June 13th, 2024, 05:13 I haven't read any Madson, but seeing as she's an Aussie, and you have recommended her enthusiastically, Dee. I think I may have to check her out. I'm going on a book buying expedition tomorrow as part of my pre Birthday celebrations, so I'll look for her work.
This was actually the first Madson I'd read in a while! I found her early work to be a little too grim for my tastes, but I gather that she's been veering away from that, and as noted, Bea enjoyed the last series, so I'm thinking I might go back and have a look at that one. And Cam is right, she's a really lovely person!
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By lejays17
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I’ve just finishedthe Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker
I enjoyed it enough to look for the second (and final) one, but not immediately. The protagonist was functionally immortal (a Reaper so very long-lived), and was 300-ish years old behaving like a teenager. However, as she was biracial (Japanese mother, English father), and as such was shunned/bullied by both “pure-bred” sides of her background.
I felt that she had built up in her own mind that if she could travel to Japan she would be accepted by the Reaper-equivalent there and everything would be wonderful & her life would be perfect. Except that the Japanese also saw her as Other (because of her English half), and would not treat her with the “respect” she thought she was owed.
(I have more thoughts, but I will need to mull over them a bit further).

So I’ve started The Daughters of Izdihar by Hadeer Elsbai, as I bought the sequel yesterday.
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By DragonFlame
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Rather too picky lately, choosing re-reads or new books but abandoning early. My fault, need to be more disciplined.
But must praise Murderbot yet again. I am still working through Network Effect and enjoying every minute. The narrator is Kevin R Free, and his version of the wry, sardonic side of Murderbot is perfect, yet the increasingly vulnerable feelings still come through.
I cannot imagine anyone else playing the part although it seems there is a TV series being made. I do hope it is a good production, Murderbot has so many international fans.
I have also been trying out very old UK detective stories by a woman called Edith Caroline Rivett, who first published in 1931, under the pseudonym E C R Lorac. They are very dated, and some characters stereotypical although she does manage several rebellious 'modern' women. People forget there were times when villages did not even have a public phone box, only a few found in affluent homes and the police station. :scream:
Her plots are unusual, you do get clues to follow yourself and her prose is a joy, because it is thoughtful, descriptive and grammatically correct.😉
The detailed descriptions of country village life in remote areas and before any mechanisation is fascinating and informative. I can readily relate as I spent holidays in a village on a relatives' strawberry farm. My greatest excitement was to go on a ponycart, before daylight,to help milk cows in the fields, then pick baskets of wild mushrooms. The milk was tipped direct into churns, carted back on a trailer to leave for collection by the dairy company. Household milk kept back for immediate use just as it had come from the cow.

I tried the renowned John Dickson Carr, but that had such convoluted plots and ponderous language have given up. I did laugh aloud at one sentence and have stored it for possible use one day. :beaming:

"To be disbelieved, to be treated with contumely, is more than my forbearance can tolerate."
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By DrNefario
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I finished my Japanese crime novel (disappointingly I saw through it almost immediately), and have started The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty, which I happened to notice was available at the library. I'm enjoying it so far.
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By cupiscent
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Finished Relics of Ruin by Erin M Evans and I enjoyed it so much. Simply delightful, honestly. Such great character work - this time we get our viewpoints from the first book, plus deeper insight into two supporting characters - and everything about the world and politics and magic got deepened and explored further. And it all happens interwoven with such dexterous ease that the entire thing feels effortless and almost luxuriant, while constantly delivering new intriguing details. Basically, this book is so good I want to eat it.

I have now started Siren Queen by Nghi Vo, which within the first thirty pages established itself as my favourite thing of hers. And I have really enjoyed some of the Singing Hills Cycle, but this is great. Mashing up old-skool Hollywood and faerie, playing hardball with the concepts of glamour, magic, immortality. This has teeth and drive and magic that means something in all the ways I wished for in The Chosen and the Beautiful (Vo's Gatbsy retelling). I am loving the absolute heck out of it.
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By Elfy
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cupiscent wrote: June 17th, 2024, 11:03 Finished Relics of Ruin by Erin M Evans and I enjoyed it so much. Simply delightful, honestly. Such great character work - this time we get our viewpoints from the first book, plus deeper insight into two supporting characters - and everything about the world and politics and magic got deepened and explored further. And it all happens interwoven with such dexterous ease that the entire thing feels effortless and almost luxuriant, while constantly delivering new intriguing details. Basically, this book is so good I want to eat it.
Did the beer help with the rating, Dee? Mind you, it does have a very enticing cover.
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By cupiscent
#1641
Elfy wrote: June 18th, 2024, 05:12
cupiscent wrote: June 17th, 2024, 11:03 Finished Relics of Ruin by Erin M Evans and I enjoyed it so much...
Did the beer help with the rating, Dee? Mind you, it does have a very enticing cover.
I certainly do recommend a Deeds Brewing imperial stout along with the book... but they've gone out of business so you might be out of luck! :'(
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By ScarletBea
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ScarletBea wrote: June 11th, 2024, 08:33 After another damp bomb with a non-SFF from the book bundle I won, I decided not to risk it and I'm currently reading Mark Lawrence's The book that wouldn't burn.
Halfway through and I'm loving it!!
This is on its way to become my second favourite Mark's series (Jorg will always have a special place in my heart haha)
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