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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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Clementine Bojangles’s CBR-III Review #100: Hourglass by Myra McEntire

A review of Myra McEntire’s Hourglass can be found at my blog here.

Part paranormal romance, part sci-fi time-travel, the only thing cohesive about McEntire’s novel is what a mess it is.

Oh, and it’s kind of boring, too.

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Clementine Bojangles’s CBR-III Review #99: Blood Red Road by Moira Young

A review of Moira Young’s fast-paced, uniquely-told Blood Red Road can be found at my blog here.

It’s clearly being marketed to fill the void of The Hunger Games, but the good news is that Young is a gifted writer who has created a compelling heroine with a distinct voice.  Vivid characters and world-building help flesh out the first novel in a planned trilogy.

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Clementine Bojangles’s CBR-III Reviews #75 & #76

Last week, I reviewed Anna Sheehan’s soft-sci-fi novel A Long, Long Sleep.  Sheehan’s excellent (seriously, really great) novel is a twisty modern retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story.  This is one to read, you guys.  Review can be found here.

I also read and reviewed Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick, and it may be one of my favorite books of all time.  It’s super quirky and really weird, but it’s amazing and inspiring and heartbreaking all at the same time.  If you like contemporary YA, you should definitely check it out.  Review can be found here.

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Jelinas’ CBR-III Review #24: Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card

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Ender in Exile fills in the time between the events of Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead.

My opinion? Meh.

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Fofo’s CBRIII Review #27 – Embassytown by China Miéville

Target: China Miéville’s Embassytown

Profile: Sci-fi, Speculative Fiction, Linguistics

You might think that a contemporary speculative fiction fan, such as myself, would have read all of China Miéville’s considerable bibliography.  This is not the case.  I can’t count the times I’ve picked up one of his books and put it down again for one reason or another.  His books are also surprisingly hard to find in big-box bookstores.  I figured it was high time that changed.

Embassytown isn’t quite like any novel I’ve ever read.  It is a rambling story about both evolution and revolution and possesses many of the tropes you would expect from those genres.  But it is also a cutting examination of communication, language and how we think.  Through the lens of a truly alien psychology, the humans of Embassytown are exposed to the mechanics of their own minds.  The fusion of story and linguistic commentary is inexpert, but still enjoyable, as long as you’re willing to put a little thought into what you’re reading.

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Fofo’s CBRIII Review #26 – The God Engines by John Scalzi

Target: John Scalzi’s The God Engines

Profile: Sci-fi, Religion, Metafiction

The God Engines is the first book I read on my Kindle.  This is probably my own fault, but I didn’t really check over the information on the buy page at Amazon, and as a result, I ended up reading a novella instead of a full novel.  When I finished the book in a blistering two hours, I realized something was up and went online to check the pagecount.  Whoops.  I’m still counting it, but I don’t feel good about it, particularly as it is my half-way mark to 52.  That’s right!  Half way done and a full 3 books ahead. 

There isn’t a lot here to review.  The God Engines is a brief little novella about a culture of humans that are completely dedicated to their god, a nameless superentity from a race of creatures that survive on human faith and can warp the laws of the universe.  These humans use the defeated husks of enemy gods to power their spaceships, ever wary of heresy and waning faith. 

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