Thursday 18 July 2024

Audio: Dead country by Max Gladstone

The Craft Wars Series, Book 1

By: Max Gladstone

Narrated by: Janina Edwards

Series: Craft Wars Series, Book 1

Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins

Release date: 06-25-24 by Tantor Audio

Fantasy/to review

Ok so I have not read the previous series and I took a gamble going in. So sure, even if things got somewhat explained maybe I did not have the full scope of The craft, the good wars and such. But it was not needed as this starts in the Dead lands. We only have Tara going on, raiders coming, her saving someone and then taking her to a town filled with angry townspeople.

Then we spend time in that town and she meets people from the past. And things are going south. The whole book leads up to something that will have a big impact in the second book. I had to read the premise, I was curious.

I like the mix of tech, magic and a world that I do not know how to explain. Interesting, even if a bit slow at times. Lots of talking and thinking before the end comes along.

Good narration. I liked her different voices and it was easy following along to.

Since her village chased her out with pitchforks, Tara Abernathy has resurrected gods, pulled down monsters, averted wars, and saved a city, twice. She thought she'd left her dusty little hometown forever. But that was before her father died.

As she makes her way home to bury him, she finds a girl, as powerful and vulnerable and lost as she once was. Saving her from the raiders that haunt the area, twisted by a remnant of the God Wars, Tara changes the course of the world.

Max Gladstone's world of the Craft is a fantasy setting like no other. When Craftspeople rose up to kill the gods, they built corporate Concerns from their corpses and ushered in a world of rapacious capital. Those who work the Craft wield laws like knives and weave chains from starlight and soulstuff. Dead Country is the first book in the Craft Wars Trilogy, a tight sequence of novels that will bring the sprawling saga of the Craft to its end, and the perfect entry point for this incomparable world.

Tuesday 16 July 2024




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7/16/2024 Stars, Letter Grades, do you rate books?

I choose not to rate on my blog, because we all see grades or numbers differently. Like I give a 3 and people say how sorry they are that I did not like the book. No, no it did not mean that, it meant it was a good book, not great mind you, certainly not amazing (almost nothing is amazing). I will def read the author again and maybe more in that series. Or like when this author attacked me cos I had DARED to give her book a 3. Well F U, I will certainly NOT read your books again and I gave it a 1 instead.

So yup no grades. On Amazon for example a 4 equals a 3 on GR and well the system sucks. Booo numbers, just read the review instead

7/23/2024 Book Cons: Are you attending? Would you like to attend? Which ones?

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Monday 15 July 2024

Carole´s Monday: Anxious people


Author: Fredrik Backman
Narrator: Marin Ireland
Title: Anxious People
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Humor
Format: Audiobook
Published: April 25, 2019
Where I got It: Audible

Looking at real estate isn't usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can't fix up their own marriage. There's a wealthy banker who has been too busy making money to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can't seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment's only bathroom, and you've got the worst group of hostages in the world.

Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises, these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in a motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.

Humorous, compassionate, and wise, Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious of times.

This was selected for book club and it was new to me. Sounds like something I would be entertained by so I was extra excited. 

Here we find ourselves with a huge cast of characters. These people are being held hostage by a bank robber is not at all good at being a bank robber. The captives include a recently retired couple who are avoiding their issues, a wealthy banker who is having regrets, a young couple about to become parents, an 87 year-old lonely lady, a nervous real estate agent, and a mystery man who locked himself in the bathroom. They all have a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, anxiety, and wanting to be rescued from their lives. As the authorities and media surround the premises these allies will set in a motion a chain of events that can change all of their lives. 

This, just like it's characters, was everywhere. We get to learn about all of these characters and their ties. Even two of the main cops on the scene who are father and son.

There is sadness and humor here. Sometimes the humor was sprinkled on a BIT too much for the situation at hand, but it was nice having the humor because life is like that. There is humor even amongst the sadness. However.....there were times I felt awkward because it was a bit too much. 

Everyone here is an idiot, lovable, but an idiot. It was a bit much at times and YES I get why. 

I really, really enjoyed it even with the idiots and the over-sprinkled humor parts. So many amazing life lessons here. This is a people story overall and I really did enjoy it. I'm curious about the TV show. I'm sure I'll watch it now that enjoyed the book. 

Now, I did end up doing the audiobook. Originally I was going to read the ebook, but something made me click audio instead. The narrator was fantastic. Her array of voices was nice and it felt like the majority of everyone had their own voice. A couple sounded similar, but overall, wonderful performance. 

This is for sure a must-read if you like a good people story with a cast of characters. There is a lot of lessons and some humor mixed in. 

I'll stamp this with 4 stars. As I mentioned....sometimes the humor was a touch heavy in parts. 


- Audiobook #29

Sunday 14 July 2024

Love on the brain by Ali Hazelwood

Format: 354 pages, Paperback

Published: August 23, 2022 by Berkley Books

Contemporary romance/own

I am conflicted. It was good and all that. But it never managed to surprise me. It was the same story that I had already read in her other book. I saw the baddie coming a mile away. Like hello!

It was light and she hated with a passion and thought he did the same. I so did not get the whole, oh nope he did not. It would have kind of been better if he did.

See, I am only complaining. It´s just that people really like her books, and I really want to say it is amazing too, and not just good. Oh and to those people that says it is steamy, omg, LOL, it is not.

Pick the Love hypothesis instead, it has the same story, just better. I do not think I will read another stem romance since the concept seems to be the same in all of them

Like an avenging, purple-haired Jedi bringing balance to the mansplained universe, Bee Königswasser lives by a simple code: What would Marie Curie do? If NASA offered her the lead on a neuroengineering project--a literal dream come true after years scraping by on the crumbs of academia--Marie would accept without hesitation. Duh. But the mother of modern physics never had to co-lead with Levi Ward.

Sure, Levi is attractive in a tall, dark, and piercing-eyes kind of way. And sure, he caught her in his powerfully corded arms like a romance novel hero when she accidentally damseled in distress on her first day in the lab. But Levi made his feelings toward Bee very clear in grad school--archenemies work best employed in their own galaxies far, far away.

Now, her equipment is missing, the staff is ignoring her, and Bee finds her floundering career in somewhat of a pickle. Perhaps it's her occipital cortex playing tricks on her, but Bee could swear she can see Levi softening into an ally, backing her plays, seconding her ideas...devouring her with those eyes. And the possibilities have all her neurons firing. But when it comes time to actually make a move and put her heart on the line, there's only one question that matters: What will Bee Königswasser do?


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