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Review: Blood Bound

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Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The voice of this book, and the attitude of the main character, reminds me of why I loved the Kim Harrison Dead Witch Walking series. I do a little bit of eyerolling over the "all the males seems to love me" thread, but after reading Laurel K Hamilton for so long, it's tame by comparison.

I liked that the story had "two story villainy", where once the immediate threat was gone Mercy had to deal with the underlying cause. The first threat brings the action and intensity, and the second allows for non-boyfriend introspection and deliberate, planned, action that really builds character.

I borrowed the next audiobook from the library just 20 minutes after finishing this one, and am trying to convince myself to finish my other book before I start this one. I think, Mercy is going to win.

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Review: Career of Evil

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Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the tone of this series. The characters always seem so real. I used to have a problem with the way Robin was written, feeling her to be too weak. I realized, in this book, that she isn't weak, she's just normal. She does what a normal person would do. I get so used to reading characters doing what I WANT them to do, what a person with little responsibility to the real world, would do... She stays in a relationship she's unsure of because it's what a real person does. She continues to plan to marry this person because she's written so much like a real person.

I like that the story is less gory this time around. I'm fine with gore and odd serial killer displays, really, but I'm glad that the books aren't Only that style of killer. Having a range of deviants feels more genuine and can ward off boredom or that "rinse repeat" feeling you sometimes get with long detective …

Review: Game of Thrones Season 6

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I caught up to the rest of the world and finished Game of Thrones Season 6. (I try to keep spoilers out of the entry, but things that are obvious are mentioned).

Though I presumed Snow would be coming back to life, I misjudged how they'd do it. My husband (who doesn't follow GoT at all) thinks it's basically fan service. Season 6 isn't a book yet, so Martin would be free to consider fan service (though really he and the show's writers could anyway, and clearly have made departures from the books before). I'd hoped for Jon to come back in a Lady Stoneheart fashion (since I'll always be upset that's been scrapped).

It was kind of annoying to have Hodor's episode sort of spoiled by an Internet full of people screaming "HOLD THE DOOR!" but the story around it was still nicely stunning.

I like where Sansa's story has gone. I was worried with the diversion from the books, but it did make the story more manageable. I like finally coming ba…

Review: The Batman Adventures: Mad Love

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The Batman Adventures: Mad Love by Paul Dini
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story was entertaining, but depressing.I've heard this is Harley's very first appearance, and it was the basis for the B:TAS episode that came later. It doesn't really read that way though, since half the issue is Harley reminiscing. If this is her first appearance, it's more like they want us to believe she's always been around and we only just notice her (except Batman just noticed her too). So, poorly done, on that point. They would have done better to just use that Backstory as the story. Put it all in present time (like B:TAS did) and the whole thing would make more sense.

The art was reminiscent of Batman: The Animated Series, which I liked. Except... Commissioner Gordon seemed somehow extra cartoony.

Commentary on the storyline follows, if you don't want spoilers.
(Spoiler beyong the break)

Review: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

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A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this collection; it had the character development and well-written battles of the longer books, without room for rape! I look forward to reading more about Dunk and Egg.

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