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message 1: by Shomeret (last edited Aug 04, 2018 11:28PM) (new)

Shomeret | 1380 comments I used the same strategy as I had in June, but the results weren't quite as successful. I guess I really need luck as well as strategy. The library books that I prioritize because I really wanted to read them, don't always turn out to be as good they sound. In June I also got some wonderful books for review, and that definitely was very lucky. So July was a more average month with a jumble of books at varying levels of quality.

1)Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine (alternate history dystopia) Source: Net Galley Started: 7/1 Finished: 7/4

Why Read: This is the fourth in the Great Library series in which the Library of Alexandria has a stranglehold over reading, ideas and technology. It's a horrifying dystopia, but an interesting one.

Comments: This is the book in which the turning point in the struggle of the MCs against the Library happens. There's lots of action. Rating B.
See my review at

2)Wise Women of the Dreamtime: Aboriginal Tales of the Ancestral Powers collected by K. Langloh Parker and edited with commentary by Joanna Lambert (folklore anthology) 144 pages. Source: Library Started: 7/5 Finished: 7/8

Why Read: I had no knowledge of Australian aboriginal tales, and I thought this collection of tales told by women would be fascinating.

Comments: I considered neither the collector nor the editor completely trustworthy. I gave it a C+

3)Bridge of Sighs by Laura Morelli (historical short story) Source: Book Funnel (Author provided a download link in her novel The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice) Started: 7/8 Finished: 7/8

Why Read: It was background on the novel.

Comments: It was related, but it was very short and didn't have much substance. Rated C.

4)The Painter's Apprentice: A Novel of 16th-Century Venice by Laura Morelli (historical fiction) Source: Goodreads giveaway via Book Funnel due to error. (See review) Started: 7/8 Finished: 7/10

Why Read: I'm always interested in novels dealing with art particularly when they have a female MC.

Comments: This was unusual because the MC was a gilder which is different perspective on art. It was also tragic because there was a plague epidemic. Rating B+. See my review at

To Be Continued...

message 2: by Ann (new)

Ann (annrumsey) | 14625 comments Interesting first set of books, Shomeret. I wish the narration of The Great Library series was more to my liking on audio; it just doesn't grab me at all though the books do.

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Melodie (melodieco) | 3626 comments I tried the first book in the Great Library series and it just didn't grab me. I wanted it to, since I loved her Morganville Vampires books.

message 4: by Ann (new)

Ann (annrumsey) | 14625 comments Melodie: thanks, I won't worry about the audio then. Too many other books anyway!
Melodie wrote: "I tried the first book in the Great Library series and it just didn't grab me. I wanted it to, since I loved her Morganville Vampires books."

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