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The Tamuli

David Eddings

The Tamuli is the second of the Sparhawk trilogies. This time he solves a world-ending problem at the other end of the world. Like The Elenium books I’ve read these books a bunch of times before. Frankly it was a bit of a struggle this time. I think probably because I tried to read it straight after the first trilogy. It took a bit of a palate cleanser in the form of romance to get me through this thing.

Rating: C+

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Chasing Christmas Eve

Jill Shalvis

Colbie runs away from her pressured life in New York for an unplanned break in San Francisco and finds herself rescued from an accidental trip into a fountain by Spence.
Colbie and Spence have an instant connection but they each have secrets they need to overcome to move on.
Decent contemporary romance but the obstacles in the way of true love felt especially contrived in this one.

Rating: B-

fours?

The Lemon Sisters

Jill Shalvis

Brooke Lemon’s life is shaken out of it’s routine by the sudden arrival of her sister Mindy (with her kids in tow) at her home in Los Angeles.
Seeing that Mindy is at the end of her rope she volunteers to take the kids for a couple of days.
Ending up in her childhood home in Northern California she begins to confront her past and think about her future with the sexy guy next door.
Solid, entertaining contemporary romance.

Rating: B

heels?

Accidentally on Purpose

Jill Shalvis

Elle is a the super savvy manager of a building complex in San Francisco.
She survived a traumatic childhood to get where she is now. Except every day she has to deal with Archer the ex-cop who threw his career away to save her as a teenager.
If only they didn’t have this dangerous chemistry.
Solid, entertaining contemporary romance.

Rating: B

snails?

In At The Deep End

Kate Davies

This a novel about a woman whose life has become aimless after giving up her dancing career.
Her lovelife is non-existent and work is insecure and uninspiring.
Getting drunk at an arty party she makes out with a woman and the experience brings the realization that she’s attracted to women.
She throws herself into this new world with abandon. Quickly she finds herself with new hobbies, new friends and in a relationship with a woman who encourages her to explore her boundaries.
I life my romances fluffy. This is NOT a fluffy story even if you do get a sweet resolution after the drama plays out.
If you want a coming out story combined with complicated emotional dynamics then you’ve found it.
It’s well enough written – it’s really just not my cup of tea.

Rating: B

twisted?

Traveller in Black

John Brunner

This collection of novellas is a fantasy work by an author better known for his science fiction.
In each story a powerful and anomalous being (the eponymous traveller in black) makes a journey around the cities in his domain and attempts to tip the universe ever further away from chaos and towards order.
These are densely written tales that seem incredibly apt given out current insane political climate.
Not the easiest read but it is short and repays the bit of effort required handsomely. I loved that it’ll give you a different take on the phrase “As you wish”.

Rating: B+

surgery?

Tell Me How You Really Feel

Aminah Mae Safi

Superior teen romance.
As the author admits this tale is heavily inspired by fanfic in which Rory Gilmore and Paris Geller end up together.
It’s a hugely enjoyable and incredibly fluffy tale about two people protecting themselves from the world by pretending to be not quite who they really are.
I finished it and immediately and went back into it to re-read the best bits. I suspect this is a future comfort read.

Rating: A-

questing?

The Ruby Knight

David Eddings

Cover of The Ruby Knight by David EddingsI’ve reviewed this before and I have no new thoughts. It’s just mindless comfort reading for me. I only started reading this because I picked up the first book of the series (The Diamond Throne) for cheap on audiobook and once started it feels wrong to leave it unfinished.

Rating: C+

cursed?

Gentlemen

Bob Gendron

This entry in the 33⅓ series covers The Afghan Whigs estimable 1993 release Gentlemen.
After brief but well constructed introduction to the band members it seemed to me that it became rather by-the-numbers when talking about the recording of the record. The section talking about the individual songs held nothing new and was where the author’s personal opinions began to overwhelm the factual content.
As for the part of the book dealing with the book’s reception after release and it’s lack of sales is chock full of biases about the music industry (Gendron seems to really not get why a difficult to classify album about messed up sexual relationships might not have sold in the early 90s) and is less than even handed when talking about the fallout.
It was worth borrowing from the library. I’d be rather disappointed if I’d paid money for it.

Rating: B