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Week 39: The Emperor’s Soul

♥♥♥ My husband didn’t like this book so much which surprised me because it’s by one of our favorite authors, Brandon Sanderson. Well, that and it’s got 4.5 stars on Audible, have we no taste? He read it before I did and said it was “eh”. Undeterred, I plunged in. I think I liked it more than he did, but I see why he gave me a one noise review. There wasn’t as much action in this book. There was a lot of dialogue. I like dialogue, and to me, it was an interesting concept. This character takes forgery to a whole new realm. Is what she does “art?” That’s a big philosophical question, not just in the book, but in general. It made me think about it. Not that it’s an important distinction in the real world. It’s well written and I felt drawn in because of the characters more than the story, I think. It’s a fairly short read, and I have to say that I really wanted to find out what happened in the end!

Week 32: Faithful Place

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ + Just finished the book, and I LOVED it. You must listen to this one.  Tim Gerard Reynolds who narrates did a fabulous job. Irish accent with the perfect rhythm and cadence was dead on. Because I’m married to a man from the Belfast area, I enjoyed listening and hearing the plenitude of  “Irishisms” that filled this book and gave it a personality of it’s own. I found my inner thoughts bouncing around in my head with the Irish accent — great fun. In the past, this has only happened when we’ve been hanging ’round his family, or returned from a trip to Ireland. So, it was an extra Irish treat.

Great story with enough real life, tough stuff to keep you interested in the story and not just in the language and the lovely accent. I wish I could pull up all the little sayings I wanted to remember to use on my hubby. The language, especially the cursing, was so colorful that it sometimes made me grin out loud, even when it was probably not appropriate to the story-line to do so. So, this was number 3 in the Dublin Murder Squad series, but I just figured that out. Now, I’ll have to check out the others! I can’t wait! I definitely recommend this murder mystery, but especially as an Audible book. I will definitely be looking for more books by Tana French and also those performed by Tim Reynolds.

Week 31: The Potato Factory

♥ ♥ ♥ ++ So, it’s practically a 4 heart book. It’s a full 23 hours of audible delight. The narration is absolutely fantastic! This is the story of Ikey Solomon, the notorious “Prince of Fences” in London whose life story (and those of his family, both legit and illegit) eventually leads the reader to the penal colonies down under. It’s a fascinating epic novel that is pungently graphic, violent and touching. Life is brutal and hard for the characters and Courtenay spares the reader nothing. We are dragged through the hard realities, violence and heartache of the lives of the full gamut of characters in his book. It wasn’t until I was finished and reading reviews that I realized it’s a trilogy; Courtenay’s gift to Australia. I will read the next one eventually, but not right away. Definitely worth a read, or a listen.

Week 25: The Grimoire of the Lamb

So, if you didn’t know this already, I am reading a book a week this year. You can find all my reviews under the “52 books” tab on this page.

♥ ♥ ♥+ Novella does not equal novel. I know, but I wanted to read this with my hubby, so it counts. Atticus O’Sullivan, our hot, 2000 year-old, Irish Iron Druid with red hair and amazing tats (funny, I bet my husband might describe him differently) and his Irish Wolfhound   take a quick trip to Egypt where he meets an old enemy. She’s a cat goddess who wants one of her ancient sex books back from Atticus’ collection. Then there’s a big fight with a crocodile god who wants a rare magical book and obviously it would be very bad if the Crocodile King got his hands on the ancient, magical book.

Action packed as always and funny as usual, this quick read was worth our time.