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Well, two more books to add to my read list, but I'm afraid my reviews of them are uninspired.

The Ionian Mission, by Patrick O'Brian
As always I am falling over myself to compliment Patrick O'Brian. Really I don't ever have anything new to say about these books, it feels like -- each one is just YEP PATRICK O'BRIAN CONTINUES AWESOME, THE END. I am such an O'Brian fangirl. NO REGRETS.

Dealing with Dragons, by Patricia C Wrede
Charming, not particularly deep, and a comfortable reread! Also a VERY fast read, wow. It took me something like six lunchtimes to read The Ionian Mission and this one I got three quarters of the way through in a single lunchtime. I'd forgotten how short the books in this series are!
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I have MORE THAN ONE book to post about having read recently, even though I haven't been on vacation or anything? THE SHOCK.

Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, by Astrid Lindgren

I picked this one up after reading [personal profile] skygiants' post about it, because she made it sound excellent. And she was right! I found it SUPER CHARMING and rather wish I had stumbled across it when I was a kid instead of being under the vague impression that the Pippi books were the only things Astrid Lindgren had ever written!

Some spoilers to follow )


The Fortune of War, by Patrick O'Brian

Okay so this is one of those books that sat beside my couch with a bookmark halfway into it for I DON'T EVEN WANT TO KNOW HOW LONG and I finally decided recently to just BUCK UP AND START FROM THE BEGINNING AGAIN because it's not like I remembered the first half well enough to be able to properly follow the second half.

And then I was reading, and reading, and reading, and realized slowly that waaaaaiiiit a minute I'D TOTALLY ACTUALLY FINISHED THIS BOOK BEFORE, and WHO KNOWS WHY I'D LEFT THE BOOKMARK IN. But by the point of this realization I was far enough in that I finished reading it anyways. I have no clue whatsoever when I finished it the first time, so I'm going to count it as a first read for this year's end-of-year count, since it clearly never made it into the stats for any previous year.

ANYWAYS MY THOUGHTS ABOUT IT. It was super excellent LIKE ALWAYS OF COURSE, oh my god I spend every single Patrick O'Brian book just staring at the pages going "PATRICK O'BRIAN HOW DO YOU WRITE SO WELL. HOW. HOW." He's just such a good writer, y'all! I can't get over it! And I hope I never do!

Some spoilers )
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Hmmm yes this is a good time for an update on the books I am reading! I STILL HAVE A BACKLOG OF POSTS TO MAKE ABOUT THAT, surprise surprise. So today you get my thoughts on the most recent two Patrick O'Brian books I've read! In a shocking twist, my thoughts pretty much boil down to "PATRICK O'BRIAN ILU"

#4: The Mauritius Command )

#5: Desolation Island )

books!

Jun. 11th, 2012 05:07 pm
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Yeah, so there's a lot of books I've read in the last little while when I haven't been posting regularly, so there's a bunch to report back on! Some I have more, uh, extensive thoughts than others. I'll start with a compilation post for a number of the books for which I had less to say. But after posting this I am taking my beloved computer off to the repair shop to get a serious overheating problem looked at, so my presence may be erratic until the repairs are complete! (depends on how often Mara needs her computer, how often I go to the library, and how often I decide that the frustrations of internet via iPod are worth facing :P)


The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You, by S Bear Bergman )

Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton )

Magician's Ward, by Patricia C. Wrede )

H.M.S. Surprise, by Patrick O'Brian )

Dragonbreath, Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs, and Dragonbreath: The Curse of the Were-Wiener, by Ursula Vernon )

Drystone Walling Techniques and Traditions, by The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain )
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To spare [livejournal.com profile] sentientcitizen from even more of my ridiculously squeeful emails on the subject of the Aubrey-Maturin series, I'm going to subject you, O Friendslist, to my thoughts instead.

But under cut, for length and for spoilers. )

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