Do butlers burgle banks?

Read originally 19/07/2010. Reread June 2014 On my reread I enjoyed it just as much as the first time round, if not more. Wodehouse has that wonderful way of poking fun of people but somehow managing to do it without any nastiness. Original review below ISBN: 0140050361 Horace Appleby is a criminal, specialising in “inside […]

I love him to pieces

I love him to pieces

My boyfriend is a monster #1. Illustrated by Janina Garrissen. In St. Petersberg High School, Florida Dicey Bell is looking for Jack Chen. He doesn’t know it but he is her Babby Daddy! For that egg project some schools do to promote proper care and attention to eggs… They don’t usually talk. She’s the jock. […]

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Specials

Book 3 in the Uglies series. Read for the Not just for Stormtroopers sci-fi challenge & the 2012Science Fiction Experience. At some point in the future a biological oil-eating weapon brings about the end of civilisation as we know it. But in the aftermath a new society emerges. In the US different cities states emerge. […]

Heartless

An Alexia Tarabotti novel, The Parasol Protectorate: Book the Fourth The first book in this series introduced us to our heroine, Alexia Tarabotti, and in some ways the very first line of this book is a spoiler for that one because Alexia now has a different surname. But from the moment you started reading Soulless […]

Blameless

ISBN: 9781841499734
An Alexia Tarabotti novel, The Parasol Protectorate: Book the Third
Read for RIP challenge

If you haven’t yet read Soulless and Changeless then I am afraid that this review will contain spoilers for those two books. Always the way with reviewing books in a series.
I’ve just realised that I’ve never really mentioned the covers in my review of these books, but just take a second to take a proper look at them. Aren’t they wonderful! I’m not sure if that is exactly how I picture Alexia, she always seems, how would she put it, more substantial than the model on the cover, but the are so very appropriate. And just look at that othnithopter over Paris. Oops, spoilers, because yes, Alexia heads to France and then on to Italy. How exciting.

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Soulless

An Alexia Tarabotti novel, The Parasol Protectorate: Book the first Read for RIP challenge And the reason for Miss Tarabotti’s lack of enjoyment it that she was promised refreshment at a private ball, and when it didn’t arrive she absconded to the library and ordered some tea. And while there she was attacked by a […]

Living with the dead

The plot of Living with the dead revolves around the character of Robyn; recently widowed she has moved to LA and taken a job in PR with Portia Kane, a Paris Hilton-type celebrity. Or wannabe celebrity. But when Portia is murdered Robyn finds herself the main suspect and in her confusion makes a break for it. She is helped out by her best friend, Hope Adams, and her boyfriend, Karl Marstsen.

Frostbitten

It has been ages since I’ve read any of Armstrong’s books. I think I sorta faded away from them with Broken. But that was way back in 2006, she’s had four more books in the series out since then, as well as some YA books in the ‘verse, not to mention the ooodles of short stories. And while these books are pretty far removed from the cannon there is something so enjoyable about them.

Jack, the giant-killer

I really liked the opening chapter of this book. De Lint creates a wonderful picture of Jacky Rowan. Recently dumped for being too uninteresting she has spent the night drinking her sorrows away. But on her way home she comes across a strange scene; a gang of bikers hunting down a little man. But when she investigates further there is no trace of it ever having happened, apart from the man’s red cap that she discovered on the ground.

A puppy called Aero

This is not my usual sort of book. But I guess one of the perks of working in a public library means that you can grab something on impulse just because it crossed your desk. Whatever the reason was I started reading this book, which meant that unless it was atrocious I was most likely going to finish. And finish I did, so you can work it out for yourself.

Fire Study

ISBN: 9780778302650
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“That’s pathetic, Yelena,” Dax compained. “An all-powerful Soulfinder who isn’t all-powerful. Where’s the fun in that?”

This is the third book to star Yelana Zaltana as its heroine. And, as I am still reading them, I’m still enjoying learning her story. Way back in book one she was a lowly food-taster, condemned to death for murder, but over the course of the other two books she has come a long way, so if you haven’t read them this review will spoil some of the developments for you. But then again, by knowing that there is a 3rd book you already know she didn’t die at the end of the first book. Or do you… maybe her ghost is telling the story.

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Dragonhaven

I keep having these conversations with Dad.
I’m at my computer. He says, “What are you doing?” I mutter something, because the screen has a lot of squiggles on it so he already knows what I’m doing.

Jake has grown up at the Makepeace Institute of Integrated Dragon Studies. It is one of the last refuges of the only real Dragon, the Draco australiensis and a host of other creatures. But conserving the dragons isn’t everyone’s idea of the right thing to do. Plenty of people think that the day dragons go extinct just can’t come soon enough. But one day Jake comes across a dying female dragon, and the poacher she has just killed, and her one remaining baby dragon.