‘Penric and the Shaman’ Book Review

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Penric and the Shaman By Lois McMaster Bujold

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Finished on 11/23/2017

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Description: In this NOVELLA set in The World of the Five Gods and four years after the events in “Penric’s Demon”, Penric is a divine of the Bastard’s Order as well as a sorcerer and scholar, living in the palace where the Princess-Archdivine holds court. His scholarly work is interrupted when the Archdivine agrees to send Penric, in his role as sorcerer, to accompany a “Locator” of the Father’s Order, assigned to capture Inglis, a runaway shaman charged with the murder of his best friend. However, the situation they discover in the mountains is far more complex than expected. Penric’s roles as sorcerer, strategist, and counselor are all called upon before the end.

Genres: Fantasy, Novella, High Fantasy, Mystery

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‘Penric’s Demon’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 100/100

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Penric’s Demon By Lois McMaster Bujold

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 11/22/2017

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Description: On his way to his betrothal, young Lord Penric comes upon a riding accident with an elderly lady on the ground, her maidservant and guardsmen distraught. As he approaches to help, he discovers that the lady is a Temple divine, servant to the five gods of this world. Her avowed god is The Bastard, “master of all disasters out of season”, and with her dying breath she bequeaths her mysterious powers to Penric. From that moment on, Penric’s life is irreversibly changed, and his life is in danger from those who envy or fear him.

Set in the fantasy world of the author’s acclaimed novels THE CURSE OF CHALION, PALADIN OF SOULS and THE HALLOWED HUNT, this novella has the depth of characterization and emotional complexity that distinguishes all Bujold’s work.

Genres: Fantasy, Novella, High Fantasy

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‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 99/100

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All Quiet on the Western Front By Erich Maria Remarque

Paperback Edition

Finished on 11/20/2017

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Description: This is the testament of Paul Bäumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I. These young men become enthusiastic soldiers, but their world of duty, culture, and progress breaks into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches.

Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the hatred that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another – if only he can come out of the war alive.

Genres: Fiction, Classic, Literature, WWI, Historical, Military Fiction

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‘The Sun Also Rises’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 98/100

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The Sun Also Rises By Ernest Hemingway

Paperback Edition

Finished on 11/18/2017

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Description: The quintessential novel of the Lost Generation The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingways masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful writing style A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation the novel introduces two of Hemingways most unforgettable characters Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates First published in 1926 The Sun Also Rises helped establish Hemingway as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century

Genres: Fiction, Classic, Literature, American, WWI

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‘Roverandom’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 97/100

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Roverandom By J. R. R. Tolkien

Paperback Edition

Finished on 11/15/2017

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Description: In 1925, four-year-old Michael Tolkien lost his beloved toy dog on the beach. To console him, his father, J.R.R. Tolkien, improvised a story about Rover, a real dog who is magically transformed into a toy and is forced to seek out the wizard who wronged him in order to be returned to normal. This charming tale, peopled by a sand-sorcerer and a terrible dragon, by the king of the sea and the Man-in-the-Moon, endured several drafts over the years. Now, more than seventy years later, the adventures of Rover are published for the first time. Rich in wit and wordplay, Roverandom is edited and introduced by Christina Scull and Wayne G. Hammond and illustrated with Tolkien’s own delightful drawings.

Genres: Fantasy, Children, Classic, Dog, Fairy Tale

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‘Winterfair Gifts’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 96/100

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Winterfair Gifts By Lois McMaster Bujold

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 11/14/2017

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Description: This Hugo-nominated novella adds a delightful extra chapter to Bujold’s Vorkosigan series, describing the wedding of Miles and Ekaterin and events leading up to it. In the festive season of Winterfair on the planet Barrayar, Lord Miles Vorkosigan is making elaborate preparations for his wedding. The long-awaited event stirs up romance and intrigue among his eccentric family and friends, particularly for bioengineered space mercenary Sergeant Taura and shy, diffident Armsman Roic. But Miles also has an enemy who is plotting to turn the romantic ceremony into a festival of death. Winterfair Gifts offers another of Bujold’s witty, character-centered science fiction plots with a twist of romance.

Genres: Mystery, Crime, Sci Fi, Romance, Space Opera

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‘Tracks of the Cat’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 95/100

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Tracks of the Cat By Nevada Barr

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 11/13/2017

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Description: Anna Pigeon fled the turmoil of New York to become a national park ranger, only to discover she hasn’t escaped murder and violence. When a colleague is killed, claw marks on the victim’s throat and paw prints around the body are too perfect to be those of an alleged killer mountain lion.

Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Southwest

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‘Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalks to Fusion’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 94/100

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Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalks to Fusion By Bill Messenger

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 11/13/2017

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Description: The uniquely American music and art form, jazz, is one of America’s great contributions to world culture. Now you can learn the basics of jazz and its history in a course as free-flowing and original as jazz itself. Taught by Professor Bill Messenger of the Peabody Institute, the lectures in this course are a must for music lovers.

Genres: Music, History, Nonfiction, African American History

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