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#084 - The White Road by Lynn Flewelling

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Dissolute nobles, master spies, and the unlikeliest of heroes, Alec and Seregil have survived exile, treachery, and black magic. But the road that lies ahead is the most hazardous they’ve ever traveled. For with enemies on all sides, they must walk a narrow path between good and evil where one misstep might be their last.

Having escaped death and slavery in Plenimar, Alec and Seregil want nothing more than to go back to their nightrunning life in Rhíminee. Instead they find themselves saddled with Sebrahn, a strange, alchemically created creature—the prophesied “child of no woman.” Its moon-white skin and frightening powers make Sebrahn a danger to all whom Alec and Seregil come into contact with, leaving them no choice but to learn more about Sebrahn’s true nature.

With the help of trusted friends and Seregil’s clan, the duo set out to discover the truth about this living homunculus—a journey that can lead only to danger or death. For Seregil’s old nemesis Ulan í Sathil of Virèsse and Alec’s own long-lost kin are after them, intent on possessing both Alec and Sebrahn. On the run and hunted, Alec and his comrades must fight against time to accomplish their most personal mission ever.

This is the 5th (?) book in the Nightrunner series. I have enjoyed them all and yet cannot remember much about the other books. This one was good. Lots of action, good story, its just very weird to not recall a damn thing about the series beyond the fact that I liked them. Read the last one 6 years ago so that could be it. hehe

I have the next one already and will read it soon since a customer put it on reserve when she heard it was autographed. Work work work ;P
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Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It’s enough to make a torturer want to run – if he could even walk without a stick.

Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fire and death across the frozen country. Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them back and win undying glory. There is only one problem—he commands the worst-armed, worst-trained, worst-led army in the world.

And Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a perilous mission through the ruins of the past. The most hated woman in the South, the most feared man in the North, and the most selfish boy in the Union make a strange alliance, but a deadly one. They might even stand a chance of saving mankind from the Eaters—if they didn’t hate each other quite so much.

Ancient secrets will be uncovered. Bloody battles will be won and lost. Bitter enemies will be forgiven—but not before they are hanged.

The second in the First Law trilogy expands the story and fills out more of our characters. Really good story. I am very interested on how this is all gonna play out.

#083 - Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name.

I don't think I have reread any of the Dresdens yet. I have done a few audio and the comics but not the stories again.

It's weird to see the early Harry after just reading Skin Game. How far he has come is amazing.

#082 - Split Second by David Baldacci

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Michelle Maxwell has just wrecked her promising career at the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight for the briefest moment, and the man whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air. Sean King knows how the younger agent feels. Eight years earlier, the hard-charging Secret Service agent allowed his attention to be diverted for a split second. And the candidate he was protecting was gunned down before his eyes. Now Michelle and Sean are about to see their destinies converge.

Drawn into a maze of lies, secrets, and deadly coincidences, the two discredited agents uncover a shocking truth: that the separate acts of violence that shattered their lives were really a long time in the making-and are a long way from over...

All of the 3 books I have read are all a bit over the top. I liked this one most of the 3, it had a better feel to it. I'm not sure how the series will go on and if they will have such over blown story lines each time (might get burnt out really quick)

I do like his writing style even while not being super excited about the actual stories.

Oh well, I have tons to keep trying out of his until I run out. ;D

#081 - The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

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Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian – leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.

Nobleman, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, Captain Jezal dan Luthar has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it.

Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glotka a whole lot more difficult.

Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood. Unpredictable, compelling, wickedly funny, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Blade Itself is noir fantasy with a real cutting edge.

I have seen this series around for a while but never picked it up. After reading Best Served Cold I ran across all three in a thrift store and thought this was a good sign that I should read em soon.

I really liked this book. It is an Epic Fantasy and yet very very personal, not of the HUGE FUCKING STORY feel that most Epics deal in. It feels like there is some big bad stuff coming and I cannot wait to find out what the fuck is going on. And the Big Bad Northman having his psychotic self come out was pretty fucking cool.

#080 - Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

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Welcome to Chromatacia, where the societal hierarchy is strictly regulated by one's limited color perception. And Eddie Russet wants to move up. But his plans to leverage his better-than-average red perception and marry into a powerful family are quickly upended. Juggling inviolable rules, sneaky Yellows, and a risky friendship with an intriguing Grey named Jane who shows Eddie that the apparent peace of his world is as much an illusion as color itself, Eddie finds he must reckon with the cruel regime behind this gaily painted façade.

What a unique plot line. I really liked it, this guy has some serious brain power to come up with this stuff and make it understandable. Even as odd as it gets it makes some sense.

I do wish there was gonna be book 2 and 3 like it says at the end of the novel but, alas, I dont think this is gonna happen.

#079 - The Collectors by David Baldacci

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Oliver Stone and his Camel Club are in a race to stop a man who is determined to auction off America to the highest bidder: Roger Seagraves is selling America to her enemies, one devastating secret at a time. On a local level, Annabelle Conroy, the most gifted con artist of her generation, is becoming a bit of a Robin Hood as she plots a monumental scam against one of the most ruthless businessmen on earth. As the killings on both fronts mount, the Camel Club fights the most deadly foes they've ever faced.

I will read others by this author but I always thought they looked a bit more cerebral. They aren't. Its kind of mindless even tho its anything but. Oh well. I will try one of the other series and see if it sets off my 'Are you fucking kidding me' alarm like this series does.

#078 - The Camel Club by David Baldacci

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Forgot to post this one. Oops

To be honest I just finished the second one and I wish it wasn't so 'wtf' Imho, its closer to Cussler then Clancy. Not a huge action porn novel but then again so many things happen that its just hard to not throw your hands up in the air

#078 - The Camel Club by David Baldacci

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Welcome to THE CAMEL CLUB.Existing at the fringes of Washington, D.C., the Club consists of four eccentric members. Led by a mysterious man known as "Oliver Stone," they study conspiracy theories, current events, and the machinations of government to discover the "truth" behind the country's actions.Their efforts bear little fruit-until the group witnesses a shocking murder...and become embroiled in an astounding, far-reaching conspiracy. Now the Club must join forces with a Secret Service agent to confront one of the most chilling spectacles ever to take place on American soil-an event that may trigger the ultimate war between two different worlds. And all that stands in the way of this apocalypse is five unexpected heroes.

I liked the book, wasn't super thrilled when the bad ass ninja guy started killing people with one blow a piece. It was pretty good and then this fool is kicking people in the head and Crack, Mortal Combat Style. One point he got cut (OH NO!!) and then he killed the fool with one punch but punched him against a car so much and so hard that it dented the car door in...thru his body. I will read the others but damn.

#077 - Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie

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Springtime in Styria. And that means war.

There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, and behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

War may be hell but for Monza Murcatto, the Snake of Talins, the most feared and famous mercenary in Duke Orso's employ, it's a damn good way of making money too. Her victories have made her popular - a shade too popular for her employer's taste. Betrayed, thrown down a mountain and left for dead, Murcatto's reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. Whatever the cost, seven men must die.

Her allies include Styria's least reliable drunkard, Styria's most treacherous poisoner, a mass-murderer obsessed with numbers and a Northman who just wants to do the right thing. Her enemies number the better half of the nation. And that's all before the most dangerous man in the world is dispatched to hunt her down and finish the job Duke Orso started...

Springtime in Styria. And that means revenge.

---I think the title wasn't a great choice. Yes it is a revenge book but its not served cold in any way at all. Its done within the year and most of that was healing.

Don't get me wrong, I liked this book and will read his others. i just thought the title sounded like a bit more planning and less KILL EVERYONE RIGHT THE FUCK NOW. hehe

The characters were very colorful with lots of depth and interesting parts to them. I have the 'second' book in this series at the shop and am curious how things evolve. (the second takes place back in the north and might only have one of the characters from this book, still should be neat)


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