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I just read the sequel to Vögelein: Clockwork Faerie. I liked the second book, Vögelein: Old Ghosts quite a bit, but I didn't think it was as good as the first one. Without going into spoilery territory, I was disappointed in the main arc and frustrated with one of the secondary ones. 

Also, some of the characters seemed ... sugarcoated in this one. 

It was still an enjoyable read, and exquisitely drawn, and I still look forward to future volumes. 

So here's my question. This is an indie author whom I'd love to support. I was happy to leave a 5-star review of the first book on Amazon. This book has only three reviews so far, two 5-star and one 4-star. I don't feel that I can give it 5 stars, and another 4 star review will bring her average down. 

I want to do right by this author. Is it more important for an indie author to have the highest possible average? Or to have the largest possible number of reviews?
Help me, f-list-wan Kenobi!
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Miscellaneous other books that I read during the second part of last year. Read more... )
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Just read the most recent book for the book club, which was very well-written and desperately sad. That seems to be what people in this club really like. Instead of complaining, I thought I'd try bringing something fun to the party! I've never recommended a book for us to read, and I think that if I did, it would be considered seriously.

It can be adult or young-adult, and it needs to be written by a woman, preferably fairly recently. (Otherwise I'd try to convince them to read Bloody Jack.) I'd love to recommend something fantasy or science fiction with a rousing adventure plot. Suggestions welcome--even if it's a book you've recommended to me before and I'm spacing on, don't worry about repetition--my mind is a BLANK!

Oh, and I need it by tomorrow night (meep!) . . . Thanks in advance for ANY assistance!!!!
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Slogged through this tragedypornfest for the book club. Cardboard characters, lame and sloppy plot. Overall message is one I've seen on an appalling T-shirt: "Boys are icky. Throw rocks at them."
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I haven't been reading a whole lot, but even so, I've managed to get behind on writing about what I've read!

These are the books I've finished since mid-January; there's another one that I'm still in the middle of that I'll write about when I'm done, called The Knox Brothers by Penelope Fitzgerald.

Read more... )
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I read four pleasure books from October through December 2012, which really isn't very many, especially since I read three of them on airplanes. Read more... )
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This was the book for the May meeting of the book club, and I would probably never have picked it up on my own, but I enjoyed it far more than I expected. Don't worry about spoilers if you click--it's not that kind of book. Details and snippets )
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The fourth and, as of this writing, the last of Roberta Rogow's Charles Dodgson-Arthur Conan Doyle mysteries. I hope she writes more! I didn't love this one quite as much as the others, even though it was set at Oxford and involved Dodgson's photography as an important plot element. I'm not sure why, but some of it had that "must squeeze in all the research" flavor and wound up coming across as forced. It still had enough delightful bits to keep me going through it, and one of the very best opening lines I've seen in a mystery novel in a very long time:

Murder was not a part of the curriculum at any of the individual colleges that made up the University of Oxford.
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Like visiting with old friends! :-) I haven't dug my Holmes books out of the garage yet; I read these on the Kindle while we were away.
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A while back I bought some mysteries by Roberta Rogow at MediaWest*Con, and I've finally gotten around to reading them. Fun for fans of Holmes and fans of Alice! )
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A friend of mine lent me these. The books themselves are wonderfully-illustrated little jewels. The stories seemed a bit slight, but charming; I found myself wishing they were deeper and more complex because I liked what there was.
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Thoughts about the 11th book in the Aubrey-Maturin series, which I just finished rereading earlier today. VERY SPOILERY! Do not click if you haven't read the book; this will spoil the finest moment in the entire series (IMHO). You have been warned! )
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[ profile] meritahut recommended this to me a while back and I'm very glad to have finally read it. It's a very thinky book that absolutely oozes love of the written word like nothing I've read since Parnassus on Wheels, plus it has a very philosophically interesting premise and characters I could connect with. possibly slightly spoilery comments )
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This was fun! I collect weird editions of Alice in Wonderland - usually parodies or rewrites or pastiches - and this is a very enjoyable re-envisioning! A light, quick read, that will probably reward rereading. I aim to check out the sequels.

Possibly spoilery comments )
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Because we all need more ways to waste our copious free time, right? But this really is fun. I stumbled onto it through Facebook:
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I read this back in December and keep forgetting to post it. It combined two of the factors I dislike the most in my pleasure reading: professional fanfic and amateur philosophy. So I'm not quite sure why I enjoyed it so much! I'm not really decided whether I *like* it, but it was an entertaining and engaging read.
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This is a set of three Hornblower novels in order: Beat to Quarters, Ship of the Line, and Flying Colors. Enjoyed them all immensely. I think I read about half of this volume while I was waiting for my plane to take off from Baltimore to Newark on the way to Eastern Media Con! I finished the last one a while ago but kept forgetting to put it in, so here it is! I don't have the next book, so I'll have a Hornblower hiatus until I find a copy.
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The Hornblower books are great fun, perfect light reading for an airplane or to bring along on a vacation, especially on a ship! So, mostly on the airplane, I read Hornblower and the Hotspur and Hornblower During the Crisis, and started in on Hornblower and the Atropos, which I'm still reading.

The Hotspur one was a lot of fun. It's interesting to compare the novels both to my fuzzy memories of the A&E series and to the two more-recently-encountered radio theater series (we listened to both of them about a year ago). It was also very entertaining to have the story told from Hornblower's point-of-view so that he get his perspective on Bush, whereas the last one was told from Bush's point-of-view.

The Crisis ended very suddenly, just as it was about to get very exciting, and wrapped up with a page of author's notes. I hadn't realized the novel was incomplete! It had been a very satisfying read up until then, dealing more with political intrigue in the Admiralty than the others so far. Forester has a way of writing so that, without the narrator going too far outside Hornblower's head, the reader can still recognize things going on that Hornblower himself isn't aware of, like people's reactions to what he says and does. It was packaged with a couple of short stories, which were quite entertaining.
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Finally broke down and bought Midshipman Hornblower some months ago when I realized that I wasn't going to find our copy any time soon, and I really wanted to read it. Enjoyed it a lot. Found a copy of Lieutenant Hornblower at a used bookstore during our most recent trip to Houston and just finished that. Very enjoyable!

I've seen/heard versions of the events described in that book (it's the one with the mad captain who falls down the hatchway) on A&E and on two different sets of radio-theater recordings. It was nifty to read the original at last. And I didn't realize the whole thing was told from Bush's POV, which sometimes lent remarkable insight, sometimes delightful humor.

We've got all the rest, I think, so I'll be reading Hornblower and the Hotspur next. I know I should be reading Highly Worthwhile Serious books that I have on the pile, like The Kite Runner or Inkheart, but I don't feel like it. This is what I feel like, so this is what I'm reading. Darnit. :-)
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Fourth in the "Lightning Thief" series. For some reason I enjoyed this one even more than the others, although I can't put my finger on the reason.

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