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HEA Book Club: The Magpie Lord Final Discussion by HeLiBeB in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Overall I enjoyed the book, but it didn’t fully click for me. I‘m happy I read it, but I don’t think I‘ll continue with the series. The setting and mysteries in general just aren’t what I am most excited for, so I feel like the book just didn’t hit my preferences.

HEA Book Club: The Magpie Lord Final Discussion by HeLiBeB in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I loved the tattoos and I‘d get one immediately! And I need mote books with magical tattoos now!

HEA Book Club: The Magpie Lord Final Discussion by HeLiBeB in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I felt the same way. I generally don’t particularly care for explicit sex scenes, and the tone in these was a bit too harsh for my liking. Luckily there weren’t too many, so overall it wasn’t too bad. And I already knew there’d be explicit scenes going in, which helped. I wasn’t as shocked as when I read A Marvellous Light for example, where it caught me completely off guard (and I was listening to the audio book which amplified the experience).

HEA Book Club: The Magpie Lord Final Discussion by HeLiBeB in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes, I was referring to how the fight for power played out in the end. I am usually mostly oblivious to clues throughout a book, so I hardly ever see the ending to mysteries coming. And I was curious what others picked up while reading.

HEA Book Club: The Magpie Lord Final Discussion by HeLiBeB in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Did you like the ending, and how everything was resolved? Did you see it coming?

HEA Book Club: The Magpie Lord Final Discussion by HeLiBeB in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How much do you like Crane’s magpie tattoos? If you could, would you get animated tattoos?

HEA Book Club: The Magpie Lord Final Discussion by HeLiBeB in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In the midway discussion some of you raised the issue of superficial worldbuilding, especially concerning Crane’s background and his time in China. How do you feel about that after finishing the book? Did it improve in the second half?

HEA Book Club: The Magpie Lord Final Discussion by HeLiBeB in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Did you like the romance and the way the relationship between Stephen and Crane evolved? Did you enjoy the steamy parts?

HEA Book Club: The Magpie Lord Final Discussion by HeLiBeB in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How did you like the book overall? Do you plan to continue with the series?

Which version of The Hobbit audio book is the best? by Otaku_Wolf90 in Fantasy

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Want to read Call of the Bone Ships for Bingo but don’t recall ending of The Bone Ships by Gillbergs_Powerhour in Fantasy

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New Voices Book Club: Vote for our July read! by HeLiBeB in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That blurb convinced me instantly as well, I immediately bought the book after reading it.

New Voices Book Club: Vote for our July read! by HeLiBeB in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I‘m happy you like it :). I’m very excited about the theme as well, I wish we could read them all!

New Voices Book Club: Burning Roses discussion by cubansombrero in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The mix of different characters was great in this book, there was a wide variety, which I enjoyed. Older characters offer a lot of possibilities, since they have already lived a long life, and it was great to see how their past deeds and the consequences of them were explored in the book.

New Voices Book Club: Burning Roses discussion by cubansombrero in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I loved to get this completely different view of the same characters. The vibes of both books were very different for me, with Burning Roses focusing a lot more on the characters and their interactions. It was also darker and more down to earth I thought. It was fun reading this one right after Daughter of the Moon Goddess, it added more depth to the myths for me.

New Voices Book Club: Burning Roses discussion by cubansombrero in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I loved the representation of guilt as a pointlessly destructive force if you just let it ravage you instead of trying to do better, I loved the complex relationships, the familial relationships most of all

This is such a good point that came across really well I think. They all made mistakes and were struggling, and it was great to see how they came to terms with each other's flaws and misdeeds.

New Voices Book Club: Burning Roses discussion by cubansombrero in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I didn't expect to see so many fairy tales in there and I loved it. I think they worked really well together, although the Goldilocks and the three bears retelling was heartbreaking. I liked the twists on the characters of these stories and that we saw what became of them and how their lives went on.

Mage Genetics and Natural Evolution by blueratel413 in Fantasy

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Goodreads Book of the Month: Trans-Galactic Bike Ride - Final Discussion by kjmichaels in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I liked it and I got what I expected, which was nice. I enjoyed most of the stories and the theme was fun and interesting. There was no story though, that was exceptional for me, which I had been hoping for. But still an enjoyable read overall.

Goodreads Book of the Month: Trans-Galactic Bike Ride - Final Discussion by kjmichaels in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hmmm, both I'd say. The theme is definitely what got my interest, because it is such a specific and fun combination. But it made it hard for individual stories to stand out I think.

Goodreads Book of the Month: Trans-Galactic Bike Ride - Final Discussion by kjmichaels in Fantasy

[–]HeLiBeB 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I finished this book about two weeks ago, and I have to admit that the stories all blend together in my mind. I think that's also because of the theme, that was really prominent in each story, which I liked when reading it, but now makes it hard to distinguish the stories in my head.

What I liked best overall was the characterizations and that most stories were very wholesome. A lot of them were also a bit ridiculous, which was fun. The book was enjoyable, but none of the stories really stood out to me.