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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Cioccolata16, March 5, 2010

The premise of this novel was very interesting, and the characters were personable. However, I am definitely of the opinion that the 800 pages could have been trimmed down by about 100 simply by editing out some of the excessive romance scenes and detailed descriptions of the dark sexual events. For much of the story I was quite content Claire and Jamie's Highland adventure, but then I would reach a section that just made me feel dirty. So, as much as I would love to see where the next book takes our protagonists, I think I will pass on the trashy romance.
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The Serpent's Shadow by Mercedes Lackey
The Serpent's Shadow

Cioccolata16, February 23, 2010

Excellent storyline, set in the early 20th century. The jumps between character perspectives keeps the novel lively, but it doesn't sacrifice the reader's understanding of the characters themselves. I quite enjoyed the way Lackey brings in references to Indian culture. Nice twist on an old classic, although I didn't realize until 3/4 of the way through that the inspiration was Snow White (with only loose references). First rate!
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Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff by Fred Pearce
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff

Cioccolata16, February 12, 2010

If you ever wondered about the story behind your stuff, this is a book for you. While it wasn't the carbon footprint tracking I thought it would be, Confessions of an Eco-Sinner considers more of the social implications of "stuff" than just environmental. It is a little scattered, and the stories don't flow together well, but it is a good book to make you think.
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The Gates of Sleep by Mercedes Lackey
The Gates of Sleep

Cioccolata16, February 8, 2010

A really lovely interpretation of Sleeping Beauty set in Victorian Era England. The multi-perspective format works well with the book. The reader may be omniscient, but witnessing the characters try to piece together the puzzle is one of the most exciting parts of the novel.
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Fortune's Fool by Mercedes Lackey
Fortune's Fool

Cioccolata16, February 8, 2010

Another excellent addition the 500 Kingdoms series. Really sweet story with intersecting plotlines. Main characters are well-formed, but Lackey lacks in villain character development in this novel.
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