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ulrichyumiodd

ulrichyumiodd

Joined September 2018

PhD student | English Studies | Medieval lit | Writer | Fantasy | 🇨🇦
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Vampirates by Jeremy Dyson, Justin Somper
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Raiponce | Louis-Pier Sicard
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1. Ghosts, magic, monsters, murder...
2. Repo! The Genetic Opera. I think it counts as horror!
3. I‘m drawing a blank. But the retelling of Rapunzel I tagged was disturbing and scary!
4. Mostly horror-ish rather than fully horror, like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vampire Diaries, Hannibal... I‘ve watched some of Supernatural, too.
5. I don‘t mind.
6. Is there any horror subgenre you don‘t like?
#CreepyChristmas

BookwormAHN I don't think it's an actual sub genre but I'm really sick of cannibal hillbillies. 5d
AmyG Classics plus zombies or vampires...etc. 5d
Twainy #6 - well I love horror but random slasher with no plot ... meh. 5d
teebe In books, I don‘t think slasher storylines can be sustained for that long without getting dull. 5d
ulrichyumiodd @BookwormAHN @AmyG @Twainy @teebe Thank you for your answers! Indeed, I don‘t think I‘ve ever picked up a slasher story - not my style. I also struggle to find a thriller that I love. I usually end up feeling “meh”. 5d
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What if Anna and Elsa never knew each other? What if Anna was raised elsewhere?

Not my favorite Twisted Tale, but a nice story nonetheless. The twist is interesting and works well with the original movie. I feel the book could offer better continuity in dialogues and actions, as I was sometimes confused by small details - but maybe that‘s on me. I read it in a few days and was always happy to go back to it. Fun to read before Frozen 2 comes out!

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Signed up for the #CreepyChristmas swap yesterday. I thought I‘d only do swaps around Halloween, but a horror-themed swap for Christmas? Yes, please!
See @teebe for details.

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The Monster of Elendhaven | Jennifer Giesbrecht
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“Monster was the best, his favourite word. The first half was a kiss, the second a hiss.”

I absolutely loved this novella. It was dark, twisted, and violent, though not scary - which I much prefer; scary stories aren‘t always for me. I fell in love with the writing style and the characters. The last chapter was intriguing, as if it only hinted at the last piece of the puzzle - but that was okay with me.

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1. Chocolate 🍫

2. From time to time. I cancelled my Audible subscription when I saw how many I had not listened to yet! 🎧📖

3. NaNoWriMo. There is no way I‘m writing 50k, but it‘s always fun nonetheless! 📝💻

4. A few. I actually ate more today! 🍬🍭

5. Black and red. 🖤❤️

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I made some Halloween cookies this morning I‘m eating a few now, along with some candy and hot chocolate I got in my #NightmareSwap! 🎃

FantasyChick Those look awesome! 3w
ulrichyumiodd @FantasyChick Thank you! The After Eight hot chocolate was amazing ❤️ 3w
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Happy Halloween! 🎃

Thank you so much @FantasyChick ! This is an amazing box! The wrapping was so fun! I love the books you chose ❤️ It‘s unbelievable how much everything is perfect! That skeleton! Jack and Zero! 💕 I‘m sorry I didn‘t give any info about what I like to drink - the hot chocolate is great! I forgot to mention I don‘t like lemon, but I‘ll give the tea to someone who does.

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@LibrarianRyan - Thank you for hosting!

LibrarianRyan yeahhh. and your welcome. 3w
FantasyChick Yay!!! You're so welcome! Glad you enjoyed everything. Sorry about the lemon 😑 but at least the hot chocolate will get out to use. Happy Halloween 🖤🖤🖤 3w
ulrichyumiodd @FantasyChick The lemon was totally my fault! It was my first swap ever, if we don't count the bookmark swap earlier this year (and the allhallowsreadswap I signed up for afterwards), so I'm afraid I was a bit too vague when I filled the form. You did a great job and sent me amazing gifts! I'm eating some Rockets right now, haha. 3w
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Thank you so much @ShelleyBooksie ! I‘m so happy you found some items with skulls on them 💀 I can‘t wait to start the book! Maybe I can squeeze it between school readings... or have a spooky Christmas read, haha. The chocolate and the candies are much appreciated, and the stickers are adorable! I hope you‘ll enjoy what I sent you! 🎃

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@MaleficentBookDragon - Thank you for hosting!

MaleficentBookDragon That book looks good and Lindt is always a great gift. Sugar Skulls!!! 3w
ulrichyumiodd @MaleficentBookDragon I love Lindt! I miiiight have also sent a bar 😂 3w
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All the answers on the right! 🍁🍂
Shared by @rather_be_reading

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Lost Boy | Christina Henry
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1. Done! What if Captain Hook was Peter Pan‘s very first lost boy?
2. The answer would usually be no, but I sleep on a pull-out couch. I have to fold it back every morning!
3. Yes. I agree with everyone who called it a breakfast food, haha.
4. 8 US. Can sometimes be 7 1/2 or 8 1/2.

@howjessreads #friyayintro

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My #NightmareSwap has arrived! Thank you so much @FantasyChick ! Shipping was super quick.

@LibrarianRyan 🎃🧡

TheSpineView I am loving that Digi-Key box. Glad to see I am not the only one who recycles boxes from work. 1mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh. @TheSpineView I would if they would let us. 1mo
FantasyChick Holy crap! That was quick. Hope you enjoy! 😘 1mo
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FantasyChick @TheSpineView Haha I love this! I always go hunting for boxes that I can put away for when I need them and I find Digikey has the best swap boxes! I also "recycle" bubble wrap and packing paper. Why pay when it's just going to get tossed at the end of the day? ? 1mo
TheSpineView @FantasyChick I do the same thing. There is always a stash under my desk. 1mo
TheSpineView @LibrarianRyan That's too bad. 1mo
ulrichyumiodd @TheSpineView @FantasyChick I use Canada Post boxes, but I DO keep bubble wrap and other packing stuff. I thought I was the only one doing that 😂 1mo
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❤️ Montreal (Qc, Canada)
🧡 I just turned 27.
💛 As a full-time PhD student, I don‘t have a steady income... but I buy books even when I shouldn‘t 😂 I love Kindle Deals and Book Outlet for cheaper prices.
💚 I‘ve been with my boyfriend for almost 7 years.
💙 She / her / hers.
💜 Ulrich, Yumi, and Odd are three characters in the French cartoon Code Lyoko.
#gettingtoknowyou @JoScho

LeahBergen I was wondering about your Litsy name! 😄 1mo
ulrichyumiodd @LeahBergen Haha! I used it first on a forum about said cartoon ages ago. Then it became familiar and I kept using it 😄 1mo
Chrissyreadit I love learning about your name! 1mo
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The Seventh Bride | T. Kingfisher
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This novel brilliantly mixes a creepy setting and a funny narration. The result is a story that makes you hold your breath AND laugh consecutively. The characters feel real and are very different from each other. Many elements can seem familiar, but they work well to create an enjoyable read. I was looking for a short book that would be easy to read: this was a perfect fit.

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Ghoulfire | Rabia Gale
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This second book offers more details about the characters and the world, which is exactly what I hoped for. There are lots of typos, but I was willing to look past them to enjoy the story. A good editor would easily fix similar minor flaws. I would have liked to see Trey and Arabella interact even more because I love them together. New characters were also interesting; though some seem a bit caricatural at first, they usually quickly gain depth.

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@MaleficentBookDragon
My #AllHallowsReadSwap has arrived!

Thank you @ShelleyBooksie ! I‘m looking forward to opening day, so we can see what we sent each other 🎃

MaleficentBookDragon LOVE the sugar skulls! 1mo
ulrichyumiodd @MaleficentBookDragon I fell in love with the throw cover when I saw it! It‘s just perfect for cold weather. 1mo
Sace That fabric! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Ghostlight | Rabia Gale
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Great novel, though a bit short. Even as the first book in a series, I wish it had more details about the world and the characters. However, it still provides an interesting story with endearing characters, funny banter, and an intriguing mystery. I already bought the next book!

Sace This sounds so good! 1mo
Sace Omigosh! It was only $0.99 on Kindle! #blameitonlitsy 1mo
ulrichyumiodd @RestlessFickleBookHoarder Oh, that‘s true! It was very cheap in Canadian dollars as well! It was well worth the price for me 😄 1mo
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@LibrarianRyan - I sent my #NightmareSwap package today! Leah has also confirmed she got the packages from Amazon on Sunday.

@LeahBergen - That one is yours! It will most likely arrive next week.

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhhh 1mo
LeahBergen Yippee! 👏🏻👏🏻 Thank you! I‘ll post a pic to let you know it has arrived safely. 🎃🎃🎃 1mo
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My #AllHallowsReadSwap package is in the mail! Everything was ready, so I figured I might as well send it to avoid confusion between my two swap boxes.

@MaleficentBookDragon

LeahBergen I know where the other one is heading. 😆😆 2mo
ulrichyumiodd @LeahBergen Haha! I used the same Canada Post box for three packages (two swaps, plus a friend‘s birthday), so I have to be careful 😂 Yours will most likely ship tomorrow! I finally got the last item! 2mo
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1. I read mostly short medieval texts, not books. I enjoyed Ywain and Gawain the most! (Sir Perceval of Galles, while in the same edition, is not on my reading list, so I skipped it!)
2. Pink. It‘s my pajama shirt, haha. I don‘t usually wear much pink if I‘m going out.
3. I decided to sign up for the #AllHallowsReadSwap! 🎃 On the veeery last day, too!
4. Nope and nope. I am utterly useless, haha.
5. 💕
#friyayintro

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@LeahBergen Hi, Leah! You're my match for the #NightmareSwap, and I wanted to let you know that you will get two packages, one of which comes directly from Amazon (so it will miss the proper identifications). It should arrive this week or next week. I'm waiting for one last item before I send the second box, but it should be on its way very soon as well. Apologies for breaking the secrecy!

@LibrarianRyan 1/2 packages sent for the #NightmareSwap!

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh. I had to do the same thing. I sent something directly from amazon too. 2mo
ulrichyumiodd @LibrarianRyan I knew it might be necessary, considering the boxes I use are quite small. I'm just an expert at fitting everything in them usually! Though, with the weight of candies and books, Amazon is a great option too 😂 2mo
LeahBergen Hello! No problem at all about the secrecy. 😄 I (amazingly) don‘t have anything on order from Amazon right now so I won‘t accidentally rip the package open now that I know it‘s from you. 😂😂 Thanks so much! I can‘t wait!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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ulrichyumiodd @LeahBergen Really hoping you‘ll like everything! 🎃 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, I KNOW I will!! 😍 2mo
ulrichyumiodd @LeahBergen Just wanted to let you know that you might be getting two packages from Amazon. They shipped one item, but not the others. 2mo
LeahBergen That‘s exciting!! Thank you!!! 😍😍 2mo
LeahBergen I received two packages from Amazon (a box and an envelope)! Yayyy! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
ulrichyumiodd @LeahBergen Perfect! There‘s only one box left. I expect to send it this week 😄 2mo
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1. I have two reading lists for my PhD exams. I need more focus to complete them before December!
2. As part of my BA, I did a minor in French (my first language) in an English university because I absolutely didn‘t know what else to choose.
3. Rock. I think. I like many genres.
4. Dating anniversary in November. Will be 7 years in 2019.
5. 👋
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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I had the thought this morning that I must be approaching my first year using Litsy. Well, it turns out today actually IS my Litsyversary! Thank you all for creating such an amazing community ❤ I'm looking forward to a second year!

Jas16 Happy Litsyversary!! 🎉🙌🏽📚 2mo
ulrichyumiodd @Jas16 Thank you!! 2mo
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TrishB 🎉🎉👍🏻 2mo
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kspenmoll Congrats!!!!🎉🎈🎊 2mo
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Mate For A Centaur | Norma Sue O'Neil
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“It seemed as if the gods themselves would claim the Princess as rumors spread that Nais would wed the son of Zeus, for who could defeat Heracles in competition at his father‘s own festival? Nais‘ future appeared favorably certain until a herd of centaurs arrived in Olympia to compete for the Princess.”

The ebook is free on Amazon today!

Greek gods, centaurs, a prophecy, and a princess? I‘m in!

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Arthur Rex | Thomas Berger
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Mehso-so

Some parts I hated, some parts I loved. Most were okay. For me, the original legends lost their flavor in Arthur Rex. I prefer a more nuanced approach to the characters and stories. While I understand this is satire, it often felt crude rather than funny. Things that make you roll your eyes in medieval texts (dwarves are bad, sodomy is evil) do not fare well in modern retellings, even when played for humour. Forget realism. Embrace the fantasy.

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Mate For A Centaur | Norma Sue O'Neil
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In mythology the centaurs are portrayed as lustful, drunken, brawlers, but every villain is the hero of his own story!

Mate For A Centaur is coming September 17, 2019 to Amazon. The author is a friend of mine, so this is very exciting!

The ebook will be FREE for a limited time. Sign up to receive an email reminder of the free download:
https://mailchi.mp/0a9002cd9458/mate-for-a-centaur-free-ebook-offer

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The Last Enchantment | Mary Stewart
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I chose The Last Enchantment as part of my readings for my PhD exams. I have not read the others in the series.

I felt that the story dragged with no clear goal to reach. I also struggled to keep an interest between key scenes. Unfortunately, I did not feel close to the characters or their emotions. I was especially not a fan of the way women are depicted. Being set in the Middle Ages is not an excuse: medieval romances have well-developed women.

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5/5 #bookmarkswap @LibrarianRyan

@Hufflepuffle Thank you so, so much! You were amazingly generous. I love all the bookmarks you chose and made for me. That little octopus might be my favorite one ❤️ I love sea creatures!

LibrarianRyan That is a cute octopus.
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Hufflepuffle Oh yay! I‘m so glad they got there and you like them! 😊 3mo
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An Arthurian tale mixed with a murder mystery? Yes, please. Well-written and full of references to older Arthurian texts, this is a must-read for fans of the genre. The characters are great, and I especially loved the ladies, some of whom were far from needing rescue. Kay himself is an incredible narrator who showcases love, jealousy, and wit in a subtle but effective manner. Mordred is also delightful. ⬇️

ulrichyumiodd Note that it will spoil parts of Malory‘s Morte Darthur and, to some extent, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. 3mo
Nute I am so excited to see if I can find this book! 3mo
ulrichyumiodd @Nute I bought it used from the marketplace on Amazon. I believe they also sell it new, at least in Canada. I hope you can find it and that you‘ll like it as much as I did! 3mo
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4/5 for the #bookmarkswap. @LibrarianRyan

Wow. I don‘t have words. @cobwebmoth please give Isabelle a million thank yous for me. She really put thoughts in her choices and those dragons are so beautiful ❤️ I love all the bookmarks and I feel so lucky to have been matched with her. Would it be okay to send her a thank you card? If so, is there anything she likes that could help me choose?

cobwebmoth I'm so glad you like them! She'll be very happy.😊 I'm sure she'd love a card from you. She is a bird lover, so she likes anything with birds on it. 3mo
ulrichyumiodd @cobwebmoth Thank you for the info! I‘ll look for a nice card :) 3mo
LibrarianRyan Those are AWESOME!!! I love the dragon bookmarks!! 3mo
ulrichyumiodd @cobwebmoth I‘ll send the card either today or tomorrow :) 3mo
cobwebmoth Thanks!❤ 3mo
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3/5 Thank you @ShelleyBooksie ! Those are beautiful bookmarks! I love them all! Good job on the one you made 😄
#BookmarkSwap @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 👍 😁 3mo
ShelleyBooksie Yay! I am glad that you like them. :) 3mo
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2/5 Thank you @StayCurious !! The bookmarks you made are very pretty. I love them both! The candies were such a nice addition. The Rockets bring back happy childhood memories 😄
@LibrarianRyan #BookmarkSwap

Macker11 Aww candies are such a cute added surprise ! 3mo
LibrarianRyan Love the cross stitch one. 3mo
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I‘ll probably get the last two later, but I‘ll count my posts on five nonetheless. I have three for now.

1/5 Thank you so much @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego !! You‘ve been so generous. I‘m sorry about the missing handle; I thought it would be asked later so I didn‘t include it with my name, which I should have. All the bookmarks are so pretty! My favorites have to be the Mark Twain one and the black and gold one 💕
@LibrarianRyan #BookmarkSwap

LibrarianRyan I take full credit for forgetting to ask names. Your 2 others have been shipped so you should have them soon. 3mo
ulrichyumiodd @LibrarianRyan No worries about the name! I should have messaged you earlier about it. I‘m looking forward to the two other envelopes/packages :) There was no handle for my 1st match, so I‘m not sure if they got my envelope or not. If we have their handle and they don‘t receive it soon, I can send another one. 3mo
LibrarianRyan @ulrichyumiodd I'm not sure yet if she got it or not, but she is a very good litten so I think if she hadn't I would have heard by now. 3mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm glad you like them! 🔖🏷❤ 3mo
ulrichyumiodd @LibrarianRyan Okay! Just let me know if there‘s any issue. I‘d be happy to replace it if it got lost. 3mo
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Got this today! The name written in the address looks like it could be the Litsy handle. However, it seems I‘m not reading it properly as I can‘t find a similar handle. It‘s from New-Brunswick.
#BookmarkSwap @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan I will look in the morning. 3mo
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ulrichyumiodd @LibrarianRyan Thank you so much! It seems it wasn‘t the handle after all. 3mo
ulrichyumiodd @ShelleyBooksie Thank you for the envelope! I cannot wait to open it! 3mo
LibrarianRyan @ulrichyumiodd I get it. I accidentally forgot to stamp my outgoing #Bookmarkswaps so I have had to claim my own envelopes. 3mo
ShelleyBooksie @ulrichyumiodd - glad it found it's way to you in time 3mo
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I believe this #BookmarkSwap package is from @StayCurious ! Thank you!! 🌸
@LibrarianRyan

StayCurious Wow that was fast! I mailed it yesterday 🤗 hope you like it! 3mo
ulrichyumiodd @StayCurious That IS fast, indeed! I‘m looking forward to the opening day :) 3mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhhhh . That was a quick trip 3mo
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Got this today! Thank you!! ❤️
#BookmarkSwap

LibrarianRyan Yeahhhh 4mo
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Bitter Fruits | Sarah Daltry
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The total lack of subtlety is almost painful. The writing style is not particularly good. The author should follow the advice “show, don‘t tell”. Most of the time, I could not feel the characters‘ emotions nor their logic. The intimate moments are average and happen in the weirdest locations or at the worst times. I enjoyed the biblical elements woven into the story, but much more could have been done with the myths involved.

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Lai de Lanval (le) | Marie de France
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When Arthur distributes land and woman to his knights, he entirely forgets Lanval. Luckily, a fairy lady offers Lanval countless riches if he grants her his love. There is a condition, however, to their deal: he must never, ever, reveal her existence to the world or he will lose her and her blessings forever.

I loved the story. Who doesn‘t want to read a text from the Middle Ages in which a knight is rescued from financial ruin by a lady?

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While the plot is clearly inspired by The Wife of Bath‘s Tale, a few changes here and there make it an entirely different story. The friendship and loyalty between Arthur and Gawain become central to the conflict, which I liked a lot. Overall, I preferred the details of The Wife of Bath‘s Tale, but this is not a bad version - just different.

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It‘s a story written with a very repetitive pattern, so it can get overwhelming. There is one long list of names and another of demands. Nonetheless, it is definitely readable if you know what to expect. It is believed to be the earliest Arthurian tale or, at least, the earliest we have access to. I personally enjoy it both for its story and for its historical value. Some names are hilarious!

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Five envelopes mailed for the #BookmarkSwap. Sorry for the ugly picture. I never realized how awful that street corner looked!

@LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan yeahhh 4mo
mreads I received mine today 😁👍 @LibrarianRyan 4mo
ulrichyumiodd @mreads 😄 I really hope you‘ll like the bookmarks. 4mo
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Ready to go! Mailing them either today or tomorrow.
Each envelope contains two bookmarks and a postcard :)
#BookmarkSwap @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 4mo
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Lots of avoidable mistakes (grammar, spelling, sentence structure, typos) tarnish Clegg‘s writing style. The novel is more a story of lust than of love, with too much focus on what Mordred will lose along with his virginity. Lancelot is not quite himself - certainly, he is not the “best knight of the round table” we know and love. The end brings great twists, but the rest of the book is not nearly as interesting. Good premise, failed to deliver.

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Lancelot and Guinevere‘s love story is ageless, and Chrétien de Troyes was the first to write it. The poem is full of adventure and romance, as a chivalric tale should be. Not a fast read, especially if the modernization/translation you read stays close to the original (as mine did). Give yourself time to appreciate it fully!

Graywacke Cool. !! 4mo
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The book is SO long. The chapters themselves are very short, so we get a glimpse of an element of the plot, then often quickly skip to a new one. While I understand and enjoy the satire, it did become repetitive to see “the Boss” making fun of the Middle Ages again and again and again by proving that he was superior to everyone else. I liked the end, but it is slightly confusing and seems to negate what we already knew about magic.

suzisteffen I read this book SO MANY TIMES as a kid. And I loved it! But now ... yes, I see what you‘re taking about. 4mo
ulrichyumiodd @suzisteffen To be fair, it is part of a reading list for my PhD exams, so I couldn‘t just put it down and come back to it later. I feel it might have been a “pick” in a different situation. 4mo
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@Amabear Thank you so much for the #helpmefindnewbooksgiveaway! I love everything you chose for me! ❤️

I ordered lots of books for my PhD exams before leaving for a one-week trip to Niagara Falls with my boyfriend. Three packages were in the mailbox when we came back tonight, so I assumed they were all books I ordered. I was VERY confused when I opened that one without looking where it came from 😂

Amabear LOL I‘m so sorry it was so late 😂 5mo
ulrichyumiodd @Amabear No worries! I look forward to reading the book and trying on the socks and necklace! Thanks again :) 5mo
Amabear @ulrichyumiodd awesome! :) so glad you like it all 5mo
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Mehso-so

The story has perhaps too much simplicity to meet my expectations. I wish there were more characters, more plot lines, more action. The twist the summary promises - someone else pulling the sword from the stone - happens at the very end. I read to know what came AFTER, but the book told of what came BEFORE. Morgause is not a very satisfying villain, despite the author‘s efforts. Gawen‘s identity did surprise me, but I should have seen it coming.

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The Sea Witch | Sarah Henning
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I had a hard time getting into this novel. The third-person narration of certain chapters can be confusing - I mixed Iker and Nik‘s POVs at least once. The characters sometimes show immaturity in ridiculous ways. I would have liked a darker tone, as I could not quite relate to the tragic events of the past or those to come: I could not feel Evie‘s emotions, be it pain or joy, for most of the book. It was a bland read. (But look at that cover! ❤️)

Shley9225 One of my favourite covers ever. The eyes! They glow!! 5mo
ulrichyumiodd @Shley9225 I totally judged the book by its cover and expected it to be a new favorite, haha. (edited) 5mo
Shley9225 @ulrichyumiodd So will you be reading the sequel when it comes out? 5mo
ulrichyumiodd @Shley9225 I doubt I will. Perhaps if I find it at a good price, just by curiosity. In the end, it wasn‘t a book for me, despite the gorgeous cover. 5mo
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Lear | Jean-Pierre Ronfard
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Mehso-so

Read in translation in A Certain William, ed. Lieblein.

Let‘s be honest: I. Hate. This. Author. I had to read his “Roi Boiteux” part two for some research assistant work, and I could not figure out why someone would write it. I feel the same way about this one, though not as strongly. I enjoyed how he used Cordelia (Laurette/The Fool in this version) and the two Shakespeares, but nothing else. Other students liked it. I must simply not get it.

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Meet Cute | Helena Hunting
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Mehso-so

I felt the tone was a bit uneven, between the fun/cute/sexy moments and the tragic event the characters had to cope with. The resolution of every problem was predictable and felt rushed. While the romance was okay and the characters were mostly enjoyable, it was not enough to make it a “pick”. By the end, the whole “fangirl” thing was also getting annoying.

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Romanov | Nadine Brandes
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I enjoyed Nadine Brandes‘ reimagination of Romanov history in a world mixed with magic. The magic system is not explained in details, which is a shame, but it plays a wonderful role as a background element to the revolution. The characters felt very real, so their pains and struggles touched me deeply.

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