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“Tirfo Thuin” by Andrew Butterworth

Tirfo Thuin by Andrew Butterworth My rating: 2 of 5 stars This book was the worst kind of disappointment: a great premise, a compelling story and a talented author; but it all falls flat due to a lack of proper revision and attention to detail. To start, it is full of typos and grammatical errors. There are frequent inconsistencies with the characters, and scenes are often lacking in emotional intensity. These are all issues that could have been fixed, which is why I found the story so disappointing. View all my reviews

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“The Witch of Portobello” by Paulo Coelho

The Witch Of Portobello by Paulo Coelho My rating: 3 of 5 stars Intriguing premise - the journey of a modern-day, female messiah, bringing the message of the Great Mother. The letter format is interesting, although it presents a challenge for the reader. I found it difficult to relate to the rapidly changing points of view and it took a while to get to understand the various characters. That being said, once I persevered long enough, I did become truly engaged with the main character and the story. View all my reviews

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“Cracking Codes & Cryptograms for Dummies” by Denise Sutherland

Cracking Codes & Cryptograms for Dummies by Denise Sutherland My rating: 5 of 5 stars A great introduction to the science of cryptography. This book gives an overview of the history of cryptography and tips for cracking various types of ciphers. There are three "conspiracies" for the reader to uncover by deciphering the codes, Hundreds of puzzles to work on. It was a lot of fun. View all my reviews

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“Soft Kiss, Hard Death” by Tobin Elliott

Soft Kiss, Hard Death</a> by Tobin Elliott My rating: 4 of 5 stars In this third installment of the Sam Truman Mysteries, the creep factor is taken up several notches. Elliott has absolutely nailed the character and his understated, sarcastic humour is a pleasure to read. However, there were a couple of questions of a "how did that work?" nature that weren't answered for me, but these did not interfere with my suspended disbelief. A great read. View all my reviews

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“An Echo in the Bone” by Diana Gabaldon

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon My rating: 4 of 5 stars Fabulous book. I hung on every word and couldn't wait to turn the page. It was compelling the whole way through; no small feat in a book of this size. The only thing that keeps me from giving this book five stars is the cliffhanger ending. 1300+ pages is plenty of time to tie everything up. I read this book as soon as it was available, and found it frustrating to have to wait three years to find out how it turns out. View all my reviews

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“All That Matters” by Wayson Choy

Those of you following this blog will have noticed that it's been a very long time since I've posted anything. I've just found it too time-consuming to keep up with a biweekly blog and still devote time to self-publishing and new writing. However, I have just figured out that I can blog my Goodreads reviews. So, here goes. I will be sharing with you the books I have read and what I think of them.     All That Matters by Wayson Choy My rating: 5 of 5 stars As soon as I found out Wayson Choy wrote a sequel to, "The Jade Peony," I immediately downloaded it and started reading....

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