February 2019 Wrap Up

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February comes to an end with another mixed bag of reads.  Much like January there were some truly excellent books and there were some complete disappointments.  Also, I’m classing this month as going from 29th January to 28th February because February is such a short month and I posted January’s wrap up before I had finished one of the books I was reading.

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Terry Pratchett Read-a-thon February Book #7: Pyramids

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In my yearlong Terry Pratchett read-a-thon, February’s book is Pyramids.  I don’t normally write reviews of Terry Pratchett books but my reading this month just happened to coincide with the read-a-thon hosted by The Bookworm Drinketh and Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky so I decided it would be fun to join in.  I’ve never joined in with a read-a-thon before so this should be interesting

This isn’t going to be a long review because I typically don’t have much to say about Discworld novels other that “I loved it” or “this one was entertaining but not as good as that one”.

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Review: The Rose and The Thorn by Michael J. Sullivan

The Rose and The Thorn

Michael J. Sullivan

The Riyria Chronicles #2

Orbit

347 pages

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5/5

Have you ever finished a book and just hugged it because you’ve enjoyed it so much?  I think I have done this with all of the Riyria books because, as I have said many, many times, I love them.  They make me happy.

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Review: Herald of the Storm by Richard Ford

Herald of the Storm

Richard Ford

Steelhaven #1

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392 pages

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4/5

I am going to admit that I had never heard of Herald of the Storm until I read The Tattooed Book Geek’s top finished fantasy trilogies because I have never seen it anywhere.  However I did enjoy A Demon in Silver by the same author last year so I asked for Herald of the Storm for Christmas and I very much enjoyed it.

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Review: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library

Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library #1

Pan MacMillan

329 pages

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Challenge (s): The A-Z Library Challenge, New Author Challenge

4/5

About 50 pages into The Invisible Library I thought to myself “Oh God, what if this turns out to be like Just One Damned Thing After Another?”.  They both have similar premises, they both have a good lead, they are both very English in tone and they are both a little tea obsessed.  Just change history for books and time travel with alternate worlds and they come across, superficially, as very similar.

Thankfully The Invisible Library didn’t end up disappointing my like JODTAA did.

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Book Adaptations I Enjoyed

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Adaptations of books are very hard to get right.  You have to please the obsessive readers (like me) whilst also trying to entice a non-reading audience and it is hard to find the right balance between the two.  Change too much and you’re just going to piss off the loyal fans of the book but be too faithful and you’re going to confuse and alienate the casual viewer.  You can’t ever win really, and there are so many adaptations of books that I have hated because they, in my opinion, haven’t done the book justice (case in point, my rant on The Man in the Iron Mask).  This post, however, isn’t about adaptations I hate.  This post is about adaptations I really enjoy.

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Review: Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

Blood Song

Anthony Ryan

Raven’s Shadow #1

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728 pages

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Challenge(s): The Pingel Sisters Reading Challenge- The First Book of a Trilogy

4/5

The Raven’s Shadow Trilogy is a series that I have heard very mixed things about.  People seem to like book one and then either hate or love the other two books in the series.  I’m not sure where I am going to stand on the rest of the series, or if I will even read them, but I will agree that Blood Song was a very enjoyable book to read.

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My Deepest Darkest Reading Secret

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We all have our dirty little secrets.  You know the ones, the things you won’t even admit to yourself never mind to anyone else on the internet.  You don’t say anything because you just know that random strangers will look at your opinion and judge you for it but you secretly love it.

Well, here’s mine…

I like Purple Prose.

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