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humouress

Joined April 2018

I read mainly fantasy, YA, a touch of SF. Also some golden age mysteries. On LibraryThing as humouress. My profile pic: Jasper, our golden retriever
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Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
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Jamie's 30-Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
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King of the Murgos | David Eddings
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This series was written near the end of the Cold War and though there is very much an East vs West vibe we start to see that people are people. And there is a slightly darker shading to things though the banter and lightheartedness continues.

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Guardians of the West | David Eddings
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A new company for a new prophecy. Ancient Belgarath, his most revered daughter, the Bearer of the Orb, Garion, Ce‘Nedra, the Guide, the Man with Two Lives, the Huntress, the Man Who is No Man, the Empty One, the Woman Who Watches and one other.

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King of the Murgos | David Eddings
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‘Why is it that all of this seems to have happened before?‘
‘All of what?‘
‘Everything. There are Angaraks in Arendia trying to stir up trouble… There are intrigues and assassinations in Tolnedra… We ran into a monster… It seems almost as if we were repeating everything that happened… We‘ve even been running into the same people …‘

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King of the Murgos | David Eddings
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I hadn‘t noticed before but this is ‘from the ‘Lives of Belgrion the Great‘‘ (plural)
🤔 I don‘t bother about it too much because it‘s beyond the scope of the story but Belgarion is a sorcerer, who could potentially live for thousands of years, but his wife is not.

humouress Ce‘Nedra is a bit hormonal, which is understandable under the circumstances but, given the light treatment, comes across as a bit temperamental 2w
HeyT I'm pretty sure that Ce'Nedra is long lived as well since she's a dryad. 2w
humouress @HeyT Ah - good point. 2w
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King of the Murgos | David Eddings
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Starting ‘King of the Murgos‘ for our group (of 2) read on LibraryThing.

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I admit I'm not au fait with what a wedding planner/ event manager does but Poppy doesn't seem to have to do anything; there's a property manager to take care of Daisy Hill farm and the bride & groom seem to have booked everything else themselves

humouress Confusingly, it‘s narrated in the first person, present tense but as though the narrator is talking directly to the reader about the events that … happened? … are happening now? 1mo
humouress She has the hots for this guy but she's in denial about it; he's grumpy but it's hard to tell anything else about his feelings since it's told in 1st person from her POV. From one sentence to the next, literally in the same breath, he propositions her and she says yes. 😵 At least, thankfully, there wasn't (yet) a heavy bedroom scene 1mo
humouress The hero is actually a really nice, kind hearted guy but we see him through the narrator‘s eyes and she‘s convinced herself she‘s not interested in another relationship after catching her ex of 7 years cheating, on Facebook. So he doesn‘t shine as much as he should and it could have been the sweet romance I was looking for. Nice enough story, just not that exciting 1mo
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Still enjoying this. I don't know much about Windsor Castle & its environs, much less the workings of HM's mind but Bennett has portrayed it very plausibly. It gels with what I know of QE II; whatever I think of the rest of the Establishment, I've always admired her and her work ethic.

One now wishes to continue reading this rather good book.

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I imagined the Queen as depicted in the Minions film, remembering the story of how she and Margaret slipped out of the palace to celebrate the end of WWII. But this is set 7 years ago when she was 89, the DofE was still alive (but doesn't (yet) make an appearance) and Obama was US president. Enjoying it so far. Though it seems this isn't HM's 1st case.

humouress Purdey and Patsy the golden retrievers 🐺 - a Joanna Lumley tribute?
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See You Yesterday | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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Barett Bloom realises that she keeps repeating her first day of university and then discovers that Miles from her physics class is, too but he‘s been trapped for a couple of months already. They team up to find their way out of the time loop and along the way develop feelings for each other.

humouress There were a couple of characters mentioned in passing that I‘d have liked to have known more about - it sounded like they might have more information on the time travel issue. Though the physics of it wasn‘t really the focus (and anyway, relativity and I… well. Not really) As someone from the UK living in Asia I‘ve discovered from the book that ‘Asian‘ seems to be code for pale skinned Asian while ‘South Asian‘ looks like dark skinned Asian 🤔 (edited) 1mo
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Fireborne | Rosaria Munda
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I‘m in love 🐉

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Fireborne | Rosaria Munda
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I‘ve always enjoyed country dancing (though I haven‘t done it in years) and listening to this description had me smiling.

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Fireborne | Rosaria Munda

The dragon riders (since all the old guard were killed inthe revolution) are all teenagers. Annie (Antigone) and Lee (aka Leo) ~15 &16, grew up together as orphans. She lost her family to dragonfire and he lost his to the revolution and both bear the scars of the past. Both want to be First Rider. They are kids on the cusp of adulthood but the dragoriders are all asked to bear a lot of responsibility for the new regime.

humouress The author shows both the pros and cons of the meritocracy; it has improved the lot of most people but some people lose out, families who were wealthy previously don‘t seem to have changed status and when famine threatens, the ‘old methods‘ are used to ensure all the food is collected ‘for the greater good‘ 1mo
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Fireborne | Rosaria Munda
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I really liked ‘Fireborne‘ when I read it but I didn‘t review it so now I‘m listening to it for a second go.
I like Julia; she wanted to be part of a male-only profession and not only did she go out and break barriers to achieve that, she rose to the very top.

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The Stranger Times | C.K.McDonnell
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This book makes me giggle. (To put the quote in context, ‘The Stranger Times‘ is a newspaper which reports weird and wacky stories.)

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Enchanters' End Game | David Eddings
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Have I mentioned that I love 💗 the original Belgariad Corgi UK covers by Geoff Taylor?

readingjedi They are fabulous. These are the editions I read many years ago. 2mo
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Guardians of the West | David Eddings
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A slow start as it catches us up on what the characters from the 'Belgariad' are up to in the five or so years since the end of that series and sets the scene for the new adventure.

- New? I thought all the prophecies were fulfilled? -

So did we all, including the characters. They're a bit nonplussed, too. 😊

Don't worry, Things do start to happen, about halfway through, and there's plenty of action after that.

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Guardians of the West | David Eddings
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Garion gets a lesson in climate change and man‘s causal effect.

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Under One Roof | Ali Hazelwood

Mara has inherited half a house but her first meeting with Liam, who owns the other half, was antagonistic - but they secretly have the hots for each other. She has a doctorate in environmental engineering and he‘s a high flying lawyer but they‘re bonding over ‘The Bachelorette‘. The prologue is set in the present, then the chapters start at 6 months ago but are narrated in the present tense, in first person

humouress So-so; a bit lite 2mo
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Enchanters' End Game | David Eddings
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Love it. The blushing Orb makes me laugh.

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The Clergyman's Wife | Molly Greeley

When Elizabeth rejected Mr Collins in Pride & Prejudice he turned to her best friend Charlotte. We do get a glimpse of her married life in P&P but this is her (supposed) story. It‘s possible to read this without reading P&P; the few relevant details are filled in. I always start Austen continuations with a healthy dose of scepticism but apart from questioning Mr Collins‘s height and first name, which I don‘t remember from P&P, it‘s good.

humouress I‘m a third of the way through but I‘m finding it addictive 2mo
humouress ... although I think that has a lot to do with being back in Jane Austen's world. The author does a good job of evoking it. 2mo
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The Green Ajah, with more than one Warder each, remind me of the green dragons of Pern nd their riders, who … are known for having several partners, shall we say.

humouress The predicament Egwene found herself in always frustrated me. This time, knowing how it goes, it still had me gripped and resenting any interruptions to my reading. 3mo
humouress The first book ended momentously and, despite a slowish start, this second book did too. I suppose the planned trilogy that turned into 14 books was still on track at that point. 3mo
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‘I don‘t know how humans do it, but among Ogier … If a girl sees a boy she likes, she goes to her mother ___ and the next thing the boy knows, his marriage is all arranged.‘
___ Mat gave a guffaw ___ ‘Among us, men do the choosing, and no wife can stop a man ___.‘
Rand frowned ___ ‘I think we do it the same way ___ Do you remember your father ever doing anything your mother really didn‘t want him to?‘
Mat opened his mouth ___ and closed it again.

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humouress ‘Life is very unsettling with ta‘veren for friends‘ 3mo
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I spent yesterday afternoon volunteering with the horses of Riding for the Disabled. I know that in a cast of thousands the animals aren‘t even bit players but it hurts when Jordan treats them so callously. Red has served Rand faithfully for a long time; I thought, since he‘s been given a name in this series, he‘d get more respect.

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I love Loial 😊

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Ch 6: I keep confusing Pete (a woman) with the (anti) hero, Gus especially in the current scene where he's the only male in a roomful of women.

humouress Ch 19 and I've only just twigged that they're both named for months (January & August) 🤦‍♀️ 3mo
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Enchanters' End Game | David Eddings
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I say!

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Enchanters' End Game | David Eddings

Starting part II and the ladies are in charge. I love Queen Layla‘s tactics - I suspect I may have used them myself. Hmm - and I first read this series in my formative years …

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston

2 chapters in. Could use less casual swearing 🤗 The royal family, as portrayed here, seems a lot more, shall we say, woke. Fun mix of fiction with actual history; the First Family are successors to the Obamas etc. The first US female president is a Democrat from Texas 🤔

humouress Alex suddenly discovers he's gay and immediately launches into a hot, heavy, indiscreet affair. There's no will they/ won't they about this one. 3mo
humouress About 1/3 way through; finding Henry a bit 2-D. Liking Alex's family, though (edited) 3mo
humouress Not sure how the US president's 2 kids, the VP's granddaughter, the youngest 2 kids of the heir to the British throne and their millionaire best friend get to part-ay with only 1 bodyguard.
1/2 way through: not really au fait with all the political campaigning ins and outs. Or, TBH, all the different names of Mexican food. Maybe because I'm reading an e-book and the spacing is out but finding the occasional sudden changes in subject jarring
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Enchanters' End Game | David Eddings
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Just starting ‘Enchanter‘s End Game‘. Garion is not in a good mood

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Just a Heartbeat Away | Cara Bastone

“I wanted some of your water.” Matty‘s sleepy words were mostly just hot kid-breath into Seb‘s face, and he couldn‘t help but chuckle. Matty always insisted that whatever water Seb was drinking tasted better than any other water. So, for Matty‘s entire life, Seb had been drinking water with kid backwash in it.

humouress My husband knows that one well. My older son and I have banned my younger son from drinking from our glasses. 4mo
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Just a Heartbeat Away | Cara Bastone

His kid was growing up. Losing those chubby cheeks. Seb knew that Daddy was on its last legs. He was only ever Dad when Matty was around friends. It plucked a bittersweet chord in his heart. Of course he wanted his kid to grow up. And of course he wanted his kid to stay a baby forever.

humouress I know that feeling; I‘m holdin‘ on real hard. I‘ve had to loosen the apron strings on my 18yo and my 13yo is trying to kick over the traces but I‘m not letting go yet 4mo
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The Merciful Crow | Margaret Owen

In a land where every caste has a gods-given birthright only the Crows do not. But they are immune to the Sinners' Plague which can literally wipe a village off the face of the earth within a month and so they collect the bodies of plague victims, dispatching them if necessary. Crows are the untouchables of their world, despised and even hunted down.

humouress 16yo Fie, a Crow Chief's adopted daughter, is a witch, destined to be a chief; she can borrow the magic of a person's caste from their teeth, which Crows collect if a village can afford nothing else, and she can see past lives from the touch of bones. Phoenix caste, whose birthright is fire, rules. Fie's clan is called to the palace, for the 1st time, to collect plague victims and ends up striking a bargain that could change all the Crows' lives 5mo
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Picking up again. At this point it‘s not hard to jump back in; Rand is riding across the mountains with his 3 companions. And so we come (ch 21) to the inn of the Nine Rings, named after a story that is one of Rand‘s favourites. Hmm … now where have I heard a story about 9 rings?…
I‘m finding this story very readable even though I‘m re-reading it. I‘m still going ‘I can‘t look …. but what happens next?‘

humouress Ch 23: the girls have reached the White Tower at last. Egwene is excited but Nynaeve is determined to pass her testing to bypass novice status to become an Accepted so she can pay Moiraine back for everything that has happened to the Emmondsfielders. 3mo
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Spy School | Stuart Gibbs

Suspending disbelief for this one; it starts by the 12yo protagonist going home from school to find a strange man has let himself into his house and when the man tells him he‘s been accepted into spy school - which he‘s never heard of - and to pack up to leave now, he goes with him. Well, I suppose it‘s a kids‘ book after all.

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber

As they crossed over the arched bridge and past the massive hourglasses, Scarlett wondered how many minutes of her life it would take to form one bead. A second in Caraval seemed richer than an ordinary second, like that moment on the cusp of sunset, when all the colors of the sky coalesce into magic.

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber

Book 1.
Alice in Wonderland overtones as Scarlett searches through Caraval on a magical isle in search of her sister. No one is to be trusted, even your perception, and things keep changing. But it's all just a game ... or is it?

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On their journey they come across a witch who despises humans and lives among otter-like creatures but she wants Belgarath to give them the power of speech. Seems counterintuitive and also very wrong to change them away from what nature intended.

humouress Disappointingly most of the title pages for the different sections have come out as blacked out rectangles in this edition (Corgi 9780552168366 2012) and there‘s no Contents page. At least the maps all seem to be there. 5mo
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I love that feeling of adventure when the rest of the world is hushed and the air is cool with the promise of a beautiful day ahead. For me, that happens on early mornings; I‘m not a morning person so it happens rarely, which makes it more special.

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Sometimes that little voice in your head can get just a bit too annoying.

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One criticism I‘ve seen about this series is that Garion doesn‘t get told everything. Well, apparently there‘s a reason …
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Um …. diplomacy?

humouress As we know, Alorns never go looking for a fight 😂 5mo
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood

Reading this for book club. 1/5 way through. Told in 1st person by a character after some upheaval in recent history which has reassigned everyone's roles and women are dressed accordingly - but haven't discovered what yet. Her flashbacks to her previous life seem muddled.
I wouldn't want to be in her position but she seems to bear it; still not quite sure how she fits into the society.

humouress Not enjoying this a lot. Everyone seems miserable in their new roles but they‘re all to scared someone else will snitch if they break away. The protagonist seems to have had a child taken away from her; brings back feelings about kids we knew who died too young 🙁 5mo
humouress Almost halfway through. Finding it very slow. 5mo
humouress So far (2/3 point) this is a story of one woman‘s position in this new society in a dystopian future country now called Gilead (USA of old) and, in disjointed flashbacks, the journey she took/ was forced on to get there. It is, so far, a story of hopelessness but it looks like any other woman or even man, even those in higher positions of authority, are equally hopeless and unhappy. Bleak. (edited) 5mo
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humouress I appreciate that this book is a modern classic with important things to say but nothing happens beyond the recounting of Offred‘s (she no longer bears her own name but is ‘of Fred‘) journey until past the halfway point and then it is only small evidences of other people‘s humanity in spite of their (very real) fear of the system which keeps everyone locked rigidly in their places. Gritting teeth & reading on … 5mo
humouress I should have said: her position in this society, where the viable birth rate has fallen below replacement level, is a walking womb. Women cannot earn, hold property etc but are deemed wife, housekeeper or concubine. Reading, chatting and such frivolous pursuits are no longer allowed. 5mo
humouress A dystopian future of a world that diverged from ours when the protagonist‘s mum was young, about half a century or more ago, in ~ 60s or 70s. The world she grew up in was already different from ours, with restrictive government and radiation/ chemical poisoning 5mo
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‘Tension!‘ as we say in Singapore.
Not quite halfway through but not because I don‘t want to read it. I want to know … but I‘m scared to find out.

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The journal of 16 yo HRH Sophia (though her cousin Veronica is writing ‘A Brief History‘). Montmaray is a rocky island in the Bay of Biscay (off the French coast) with rough weather & only 9 people 4 of whom are royal. Set in 1936 she tells of their -unusual- everyday lives but it‘s very readable. Historically Montmaray was important in treaties & whaling but lost a lot of men in WW1; now the castle is decrepit and they barely have enough to eat

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Still trying to clear a path through library books and group reads to read this book. I noticed, the last time I re-read it, that it wasn‘t until ch 9 that we leave Fal Dara even though Rand has been trying from ch 1. But it really gets going after that. Currently on ch 4 …
There are a lot of names from Arthurian legends (and others) but I‘ve never managed to fit them into the same places.

humouress Ch 9: Leavetakings. In the courtyard with the horses now! I‘ve not been doing well with re-reads these past Fw years. I remember the general gist of books but not the details. But I do love the details in this story. I notice that apart from Bella, Mandarb, Aldieb and occasionally Red, most of the other horses fall by the wayside, unnamed. I feel a bit sad for them, especially since I volunteer with Riding for the Disabled. (edited) 6mo
humouress Ch 12: Woven in the Pattern. The group from Emond‘s Field have split up and now Nynaeve and Egwene are leaving Fal Dara for Tar Valon. 6mo
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Queen of Sorcery | David Eddings
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I confess; my favourite covers are the Geoff Taylor Corgi ones, which were the covers on the books I first read:

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Fireborne | Rosaria Munda
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After a revolution, everything is merit based and now dragons can bond to commoners rather than just the 3 hereditary dragon families. Young dragonriders grapple with their new role and we see the flaws in the new regime (even if they may not; there's a Ministry of Propaganda and a Censorship Committee)

humouress We see the viewpoints of both Lee and Annie, two dragonriders contending to be Firstrider and no indication of who will win - or who we want to win 6mo
humouress Author says some of her ideas come from Virgil‘s ‘Aeneid‘ and Plato‘s ‘Republic‘ (I‘ve not read either of those) 6mo
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Despite the summery image on the original (Corgi UK) cover, it's winter and the group spends a lot of time being cold

readingjedi Oh gosh, that brings back memories! My late father had the series with that style of covers. Wish I still had them ... 7mo
humouress @readingjedi I love those covers too (art by Geoff Taylor, if you want to hunt them down) but they‘re not in print anymore 😕 7mo
humouress The wind tore at them as they rode, and the driving sleet half-blinded them…The ledge curved along the mountainside, disappearing in the swirling sleet ahead…The wind blasted directly into his face as he stepped around the granite outcrop, and he had to put his hand in front of his face to keep the sleet from blinding him… the upper edge of (the door) was lost in the swirling sleet. (edited) 7mo
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As soon as a friendship passed a certain point ... a woman quite automatically became overwhelmed by a raging compulsion to complicate things.
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humouress ‘I thought Ctuchik was a sorcerer,‘ Garion said, puzzled. ‘Why do you keep calling him a magician?‘
‘It‘s a term of contempt,‘ Belgarath replied. ‘It‘s considered a deadly insult in our particular society.‘
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Queen of Sorcery | David Eddings
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Seemingly irrelevant details that really contribute to the ambiance without detracting from the narrative

humouress I've finished reading this. I really enjoyed re-reading it; it's so much fun. 7mo
humouress I've always found the Drasnian spy language, using flickers of fingers, a fascinating concept. 👌 7mo
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