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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 78-93

I really suck at updating regularly, so here’s another massive list of my book reviews since last time. I keep promising myself to be better about updating on the group blog, and then it all goes to hell again. 11 books away from my double Cannonball now.

Book 78: Delightful young adult book. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/78-folk-keeper-by-franny-billingsley.html 

Book 79: Book 2 in Kate Elliott’s epic fantasy series. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/79-cold-fire-by-kate-elliott.html

Book 80: What if Cleopatra became a vampire? http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/80-queen-of-kings-by-maria-dahvana.html 

81: Another wonderful book by Franny Billingsley. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/81-chime-by-franny-billingsley-read.html 

82: The most recent Discworld novel, starring Sam Vimes. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/82-snuff-by-terry-pratchett-read-thon.html

83: Historical romance from Courtney Milan. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/83-unclaimed-by-courtney-milan-read.html

84: Amazing paranormal fantasy, set partially in Prague. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/84-daugther-of-smoke-and-bone-by-laini.html

85: Young adult fantasy with a slightly unusual heroine. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/10/85-girl-of-fire-and-thorn-by-rae-carson.html

86: A persuasive argument for romance reading, wittily and cleverly written.  http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/86-everything-i-know-about-love-i.html

87: I finally discover Tamora Pierce. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/87-alanna-first-adventure-by-tamora.html 

88: Awesome Steampunk adventure romance. Archeology! Kidnappings! Zombies! http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/88-heart-of-steel-by-meljean-brook.html

89: Alanna grows older and starts noticing boys.  http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/89-in-hand-of-goddess-by-tamora-pierce.html

90: Alanna joins a desert tribe and becomes a shaman. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/90-woman-who-rides-like-man-by-tamora.html

91. Amazing historical romance from Joanna Bourne. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/91-black-hawk-by-joanna-bourne.html

92. Terminator meets My Fair Lady in this sci-fi/fantasy/romance. http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/92-no-proper-lady-by-isabel-cooper.html

93. What if Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett were rock stars on tour with each other? http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/11/93-fitzwilliam-darcy-rock-star-by.html


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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 55-68: Too many to actually name here

So because it’s summer, I’ve been reading a whole lot. My last update here on the group blog was in early July. I’m Norwegian. I live in Oslo. Most of you know what happened here on the 22nd of July. Because of the news reports, varying from truly unbelievable and horrifying in the beginning, to just plain depressing now, in addition to reports on the English riots (my husband’s from Newcastle), I’ve not been in the mood for a lot of heavy reading over the last month or so. So there is a lot of romance here. Books that guarantee a happy ending. No unhappy rioting youth or crazy right-wing mass murderers.

55. After 11 long years, I finally know what happens to Jon Snow, Tyrion and Danaerys: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/55-dance-with-dragons-by-george-r-r.html

56. Book the fourth in Gail Carriger’s entertaining Victorian Steampunk adventure/romance series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/56-heartless-by-gail-carriger.html

57. Victorian mystery with romantic undertones: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/57-dark-enquiry-by-deanna-raybourn.html

58. Contemporary romance with a fairly ridiculous premise. Fun, though: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/58-yours-to-keep-by-shannon-stacey.html

59. Contemporary and historical fiction, both in the same book!: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/59-winter-sea-by-susanna-kearsley.html

60-62: Trilogy about the three sons of a notorious widowed Duchess. They’re all very good in bed: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/60-62-londons-greatest-lovers-trilogy.html

63. Twelfth and rumoured to be penultimate book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/63-spell-bound-by-kelley-armstrong.html

64. Second book in Rick Riordan’s entertaining young adult series. Even more Egyptian gods!: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/64-kane-chronicles-throne-of-fire-by.html

65. A teenage girl gets abducted and taken to the Australian Outback. A strange relationship with her abductor develops. Budding romance or Stockholm Syndrome?: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/65-stolen-letter-to-my-captor-by-lucy.html

66. Book 1 of Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/66-perils-of-pleasure-by-julie-anne.html

67. Book 2 of the Pennyroyal Green series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/67-like-no-other-lover-by-julie-anne.html

68. Book 3 of the Pennyroyal Green series: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/08/68-since-surrender-by-julie-anne-long.html

I think I may have reached my saturation point for historical romance for a while, and will probably read something completely different next. We shall see. I will endeavour to update on the group blog a bit more often, so my link and tag lists don’t become quite so long.






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Malin’s CBR-III Reviews # 51-54: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan, A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran, Silk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase and Naamah’s Blessing by Jacqueline Carey

So I’ve finished the first 52 books of CBR-III, and have obviously decided to try to complete a double Cannonball by the end of the year. It shouldn’t prove too difficult, although I’ve taken much longer to finish and blog 52 books this year than I did last year, probably due to a much higher workload, and teaching a graduating class of school children. I shall have to read as much as possible this summer to stay on schedule.

51. The first book in Rick Riordan’s new adventure series for kids – now with Egyptian demi-gods!: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/07/51-kane-chronicles-red-pyramid-by-rick.html


52. I do like my romance, this is a particularly good one (although yes, I admit the title is a rubbish one) : http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/07/52-ladys-lesson-in-scandal-by-meredith.html

53. More romance, much more light-hearted (again, it’s better than the silly title suggests): http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/07/53-silk-is-for-seduction-by-loretta.html

54. Some epic fantasy as well: http://kingmagu.blogspot.com/2011/07/54-naamahs-blessing-by-jacqueline-carey.html

I’m currently re-reading Jane Eyre, and should have finished it in time for my six-year-long wait for A Dance with Dragons to be over. I just hope it lives up to my expectations.





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Tara’s CBR-III Review #18: Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King (The Dark Tower V)

Series: The Dark Tower Book V
Cannonball Read III: Book #18/52
Published: 2003
Pages: 960 (7,919 total so far)
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure

Wolves of the Calla is the fifth book in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. It continues to story of Roland and his “ka-tet” (Eddie, Susannah, and Jake) as they journey to the Dark Tower.

They didn’t really journey anywhere in this book since it all took place in Calla Bryn Sturgis (a town in Mid-world). The town has been plagued once per generation with a visit from “the Wolves”. Calla Bryn Sturgis has an unusually high birthrate for twins (singles are very rare) and the Wolves come once every twenty or so years to steal one child out of each set of twins and send them back later “roont” or mentally and physically damaged. Roland and the other gunslingers decide to help the town fight back against the Wolves – and to find out what they really are.

Read the rest in my blog here!

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Siege’s CR3 #32: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

I have an embarrassing confession to make: I LOVE the Disney version of The Three Musketeers. I love it, even though fully 1/2 of the leads are potentially violent children of Hollywood with multiple arrests and a history of substance abuse. I love it even though the actor playing the main character has all the charm and personality of a mung bean. I love it even though there are endless sword fights and yet no one ever loses a single drop of blood, even after being run through. The whole thing is an adorable fairy tale. I always assumed that it is totally historically inaccurate, and figured that it probably deviated from the plot of the book somewhat, because that is how Disney does things. Little did I know…

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Tara’s CBR-III Review #17: Wizard and Glass (The Dark Tower IV) by Stephen King

**I’m going to include a spoiler warning just because this is a book in a series and it’s almost impossible to talk about it without any spoilers if you haven’t read any of the previous books.

Well, this definitely wasn’t my favorite book of the series so far. It starts out interesting enough: continuing with the travels of Roland and his friends. Then we have to drudge through hundreds of pages of Roland’s past. I’ve said before that I wasn’t a fan of reading Roland’s backstory in The Gunslinger and I’m still not a fan. The odd thing is, it’s hard for me to grasp WHY I’m so disinterested. Usually backstory on a character is a GOOD thing.

Read the rest of the review in my blog.

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caragwapa’s CBR-III Review # 10: River Rats by Caroline Stevermer

Still insanely behind in the reviewing. Here’s my tenth book. It’s post-apocalyptic YA, which I usually love (both the YA and the post-apocalypse), but this one just didn’t grab me.

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