Yes it is a part of a series and yes you can read it as a stand alone. Book 1 is about his mother, book 2 is about his brother and this being book 3 i...moreYes it is a part of a series and yes you can read it as a stand alone. Book 1 is about his mother, book 2 is about his brother and this being book 3 is about him.
There are evil women, and then there are Evil Women. Jamie was married to one nasty piece. But she died and he left to start a new life. It brings him to India. I can't say I have read a lot of books taking place in India during this time, honestly have I read a single one? Perhaps not about this century. The English are there, the French are there. Raja's rule and it's a melting pot just like today.
Jamie was good, I understand why he did not like women because arghh, she was evil. He works in the gem trade and he has a good eye.
Zarmina I did not like at once. But she is the Ice Queen after all. And the more I got to know her the more I understand that icy exterior. And she will never fit in really either, being mixed blood. I liked her brain, she knew business, and I liked her will to be free. Who needs a husband who will only rule you?
These two are thrown together and fights against the attraction. The plot at large is about a missing jewel and they both get mixed up in some shady business before they can get a happy ending. Because even if this is not straight up romance, I can still promise you that.
A romance set to the backdrop of India in the 1760s. Danger and love promised.
Doctor January is romantic comedy with dark undertones. The dialogue is light and funny, but the main theme is about saving someone from emotional abu...moreDoctor January is romantic comedy with dark undertones. The dialogue is light and funny, but the main theme is about saving someone from emotional abuse. It also touches on the difficulties faced by women in science
That does say it perfectly. The book is light and I liked the banter. But the more I got to know Beth I could see why she acted the way she did and when her ex comes back it gets worse. He is emotionally abusive and more. What I think is Beth is not really Beth, that is just Beth trying to please everyone and hiding.
Right, back to the beginning. We got Hibs and Beth working in a lab (the author knows her science.) They are friends but maybe they could be more? If Beth was not still in love with her ex, and if that ex had not come back later. Arghhh I hated Gordon. A true idiot.
The book takes a darker turn when Gordon gets back, but that is why this is not contemporary romance. It's more about Beth trying to live her life.
There is drama, every day life, romance, and romance turned bad. All in one. And add some suspense too.
The cover is all wrong in my eyes, that and the title made me think this was some kind of spy novel. See James Bond and more. Nope. (less)
Gosh, this book was so silly. But hey I rather enjoyed that, silly and sugar cute and idiotic. What a mix.
When I first saw the 1181 I went all nooooo!...moreGosh, this book was so silly. But hey I rather enjoyed that, silly and sugar cute and idiotic. What a mix.
When I first saw the 1181 I went all nooooo! Cos yeah, no! Hey do not get me wrong, I love that time. But because I love that time I knew I'd nitpick everything and there were a lot of things wrong with this book. can forgive things if they had been 600 years later but here, no just no. I will not get into all those things because I tried to be all let it go, let it go. And pretend it took place later on ;) It does seem the author did study up on one thing, birthing and the church but you know, I do not need a infodump when every day life is all wrong. But LET IT GO.
Judith is sweet, perfect sweet, says what is on her mind and everyone loves her after 5 minutes. Yes the all hate her first but then she is being all sweet and telling them what to do and like sheep they follow. I just read it with a smile in my face and though honestly.
Iain was your typical says nothing at all highlander who went all MINE! Back AWAY SHE IS MINE!!! But never really said anything.
The plot is, eh, right, she stands on her porch. Bunch of strangers show up. She asks them if her friend sent them and then they all leave . Her alone with a bunch of *let it gooooo*. Ok everyone falls in love with her. She rescues babies when they arrive. An the big bad secret is that her dad is an enemy laird. But it all works out and they live happily ever after.
It worked better with the let it go. A silly silly historical.(less)
The last book ended with a sort of cliffie that had me begging for more. It seems French knew about India's origin and she was not happy and wanted th...moreThe last book ended with a sort of cliffie that had me begging for more. It seems French knew about India's origin and she was not happy and wanted the truth. And this book picked up right where it ended. But will India get her answers? Ha! No such luck, because she is immediately thrown into another case.
At least everything came out in this book. I now know who India is, who her mother is and how it all connects. Rather juicy and I do wonder how...that part will turn out. Because knowing India, well she is a saucy woman. She likes her life, her brothel and ruling over her tarts.
But that is another story. This story is about a letter, a dead major and the hunt for the truth. She and French gets closer, and move apart. Oh I give up all hope on those two.
There is danger, a former lover turning up, secrets revealed and a brothel turned upside down. I certainly look forward their next adventure.(less)
I do confess that I have never read an Erikson book, but I always wanted to try one. Now, well I did not exactly start at the beginning. And I have no...moreI do confess that I have never read an Erikson book, but I always wanted to try one. Now, well I did not exactly start at the beginning. And I have no idea what Bachelain and Korbal have been up to before, but that does not matter. I never felt lost. I just walked into an adventure that began and ended in this novella.
How to even explain this? It's like Pratchett meets Gormenghast meets something very dark (I have not read those Grim authors yet so I can't compare). There is dark dry humour, people have silly names and no one is nice. No one.
There is a big cast of characters for such a short story. Bauchelain, Korbal and their servant arrive after they have been shipwrecked. And then a lot of others follow them for different reasons (money and more.) And then there is the village and keep of course. I liked the village, as much as you can like people like that. We have the tax collector, the cat who hates the tax collector, the old guy who lives at the beach and sends travelers to their doom. The woman who owns the brothel, her daughter who wants to become a whore, the constable who sends strangers to the keep to die, the man who is dead but not dead, and of course the Lord of the Keep who is quite the tyrant.
They are all insane, murderous, lecherous killers. But I laughed. There was this one scene with the woman who owns the brothels and trust me, you have not seen that before.
This was a fun and rather strange novella. It's a village that you do not want to venture too, and characters you do not want to meet. So luckily I can read about them and experience them that way instead. And as I have not read Erikson before I have no idea if the rest of his novels are like this. But from what I have seen he might keep this dark humor to B and Korbal's tales. They are perfect for it.(less)
While reading this book I realised that I do not know anything about Harry Houdini, except for that for what he did. But fact and fiction goes into ea...moreWhile reading this book I realised that I do not know anything about Harry Houdini, except for that for what he did. But fact and fiction goes into each other here. Just as the narrator does not really know fact from fiction either. He has memories that are not real.
This book is then about Harry Houdini and how he became the most famous performer in the world. From his humble beginnings to performing for royalty. Other than royalty he meets detectives from Scotland Yard, Arthur Conan Doyle and spiritualists. He may perform "magic" but he does not like those who pray on those who do not know better.
The other POV is of Martin Strauss, the man who killed Houdini twice. It all comes through flashback as he is visiting a doctor. He wonders about his fake memories, and about Alice who has come to him for answers.
I still wonder about what is really true, and what is not. I had to go check myths and theories about Houdini. But it was also interesting to learn more about those tricks. They seem so real, I know they are fake, but still, well that is magic.(less)
I had no idea if Hildy was an alcoholic or not. She was so much in denial and kept saying it was nothing. And that is the thing, I the reader knows no...moreI had no idea if Hildy was an alcoholic or not. She was so much in denial and kept saying it was nothing. And that is the thing, I the reader knows nothing, but little by little we learn more about Hildy. So is she an alcoholic? You will find out.
The book was not just told about her day after day. There were lots of little episodes where she told about houses she had sold. But it all came together as you later will see. And that was her life, selling houses, and being a bit lonely. Her husband has left, her children live elsewhere and Hildy, ah yes Hildy. I liked her, but the more I got to know her, less I wanted to like her.
There is also a bit of drama later in the book, I am not going into details. But something happens as she just goes on with life.
It was well done, I really was in her head, believing what she believed and it also made me realise how alcohol can different to everyone. Every alcoholic is not the same.
Forbidden love that never can really bloom, what can be more heartbreaking? This is the story of a POW camp in New Hampshire. German soldiers are put...moreForbidden love that never can really bloom, what can be more heartbreaking? This is the story of a POW camp in New Hampshire. German soldiers are put to work in the woods. I had no idea that there were POW camps in the states. I did know about imprisoning their own citizens though, but dragging the Germans from France, nope, new to me.
Collie is as the title says the major's daughter and she is going to work at Camp Stark as a camp translator. And when the prisoners come one catches her eye. It's a story of stolen glances, a few words here and there, longer talks until they realize that this is is love. But Collie knows she should not do this, and someone else is also courting her. A safe and nice man.
The book is not only about them, her friend Estelle has her own romance that cannot be. I liked how the author made Estelle thing longer into the book. I can't really say much, but it says a lot about how women were made to think.
The war ravages Europe, and there are conflicts at Camp Stark too. Conflicts between the prisoners, as all are not of course nazis. Some are just men having to fight for their country. But there are also those that do not want them here, and there is one scene that broke me. People can be such idiots.
The book got sad too. Tear worthy sad. I was shocked. But it can't really be a dance on roses as this is about war after all.
An interesting look at a POW camp. Romance and just trying to do what is best for you, even if that is in the end the wrong choice.(less)
The fun continues, I do like sci-fi with humour in it. And in this one Terra is in hiding as someone is after her. And it's also the story of Billy wh...moreThe fun continues, I do like sci-fi with humour in it. And in this one Terra is in hiding as someone is after her. And it's also the story of Billy who is sad cos ever since people found aliens are real, sci-fi has died. Cancelled shows, fewer books. It's a shame. But then Terra and Billy meet, and he gets that adventure he wants.
Told with a smile, this is a book that made me giggle. It's both real and silly fun at times. But it's also serious as things are not good on Terra's former home planet, it's really bad, and about to get worse. And who is after her?
I liked Terra, but Billy was almost more fun. He was the side-kick after all, the comic relief. The one who was only there cos of her. He was not really a hero but he could be.
Humour, science-fiction and danger on the horizon. A short fun book that you can read in a day.(less)