Category Archives: Goodreads

Where Four Stars Become Five

Daemons are Forever (book 2 of the Secret Histories series I first mentioned here) by Simon R. Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of those cases where the fact that I listened to the audiobook may come into play. It amuses me that the guy who recced this series to me (when I said I prefer British settings) admitted that he stopped reading the series in the middle of this–only the second–book. He felt the writing was dry and didn’t keep him involved.

There is so much action and conflict and decent characterization in this book that it’s hard for me to imagine something thinking it’s dry. Does the reader make that much difference? Stuart Blinder reads with verve and enthusiasm and kept me entertained and enthralled. His accents don’t necessarily make sense that I can tell, but they make it easy to tell the characters apart. I’m not sure why one character had a Scottish accent, for example, but there was no reason he couldn’t have. Blinder’s female voices aren’t annoying, either, so that’s a plus.

I really am enjoying this series. At a point where I felt as if we were driving to the climax I checked and thought, “How can there be four hours left on this book?” But there was, and the plot kept evolving and the tension kept climbing.

You know, I started out with four stars and have written myself into five. This was a very entertaining 19 hours of listening.

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Everything is so complicated.

Well, it’s really not. It’s just that I make things complicated.

Like, right now, I’m adding a lot of reference books to goodreads and I don’t know whether to list them as to-read, currently reading or read. I haven’t read them cover to cover and probably won’t, but they are resources I dig into.

As far as that goes, how would you list a dictionary? Nobody (well, hardly anybody) sits down and reads one straight through, so how would you list your favorite dictionary, thesaurus, reference?

My brain needs help.

This is Peter Mark Roget, the creator of Roget’s Thesaurus. Betcha didn’t know that.


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Goodreads (again) and, oh, why not sex.

One thing I’ve found helpful on goodreads is lists.  I add a book to my list there, and it shows me what lists it’s on. And I click, and I find new books, that have enough in common with the book I just added that there is a very good chance I’ll be interested in this 100 new books, as well! I love it, even if my wallet doesn’t.

Well, I just started a new list on goodreads.

It’s a list of reference books for writers writing historical novels set in England.

I’m hoping you’ll check it out and if this is your cuppa, even add some to it.

Oh, and friend me while you’re there. Become a fan, even.

And to illustrate (because I do like the pictures) I will find a book in the stack beside me. It could be about wildlife, or 18th Century cookery, or Celtic civilization. But I know you. I know the book you really want to see.

Sex in Georgian England

I would upload some of the illustrations but I’m not that kind of girl.

See ya on goodreads!


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In which I am in the clouds (on goodreads)

I’m at goodreads, are you?

I’ve been wasting time doing important writing related research there by fiddling around with my shelves, sorting my books into their proper categories. This is very important work because even though I have nowhere completed the job, I’ve used the “cloud” feature and have already detected that most of my reading preferences are focused on fiction from or about the British Isles, are historical, and are fantasy or romance.

See?  I would have never known that!

(Okay, stop rolling your eyes at me, we all knew that.)

Even so, if you’re there, tap me into your reading circle, and if not, come join the time wastage serious work.

[Oh yeah. Despite the fact that many people do some remarkable reviewing there and give wonderful insights to the books they have read, why they like and/or dislike them–don’t expect much of that from me.  I am not a reviewer at heart.]


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Review: Game of Kings, by Dorothy Dunnett

The Game of Kings (The Lymond Chronicles, #1)The Game of Kings (Lymond Chronicles, 1) by Dorothy Dunnett

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finally I got past the archaic language and just kept reading, and understand why my friends love this series. It’s excellent, and the good news is that I have five more books to read in it.

Mary Queen of Scots is but five years old, Henry Viii is dead and the English are invading Scotland to capture the child queen and raise her to be their young King’s bride and queen.  It’s a little-explored slice of history that is rife with drama.

This is like James Bond if he were even more suave, even sexier, even more dangerous, had more emotional depth and lived in the time of flounce and lace and dashing highwaymen on dark roads at midnight.  Adventure, betrayal, and a story that twists and turns.  As I said, now I understand.

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