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Lora's Rants and Reviews

My own unapologetic opinions on books and writing.

Currently reading

Tales of Men and Ghosts
Edith Wharton
Progress: 6%
First Templar Nation: How the Knights Templar Created Europe's First Nation-state
Freddy Silva
Progress: 51/451pages
Symphony of Ruin: A Labyrinth of Souls Novel
Christina Lay
Progress: 50%
High Witch (High Witch Book 1) (Volume 1)
Mona Hanna
Progress: 36%
Sleepy Hollow: Bridge of Bones (Jason Crane) (Volume 2)
Richard Gleaves
Progress: 32%
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy
Raymond E. Feist
Progress: 336/490pages
The Day of the Triffids
John Wyndham
Progress: 66%
The Thin Man
Dashiell Hammett
Progress: 11%
Don Quixote
Roberto González Echevarría, John Rutherford, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Progress: 47%
Lava Storm In the Neighborhood (Giant Tales Apocalypse 10-Minute Stories) (Volume 1)
Paul D. Scavitto, Sharon Willett, Stephanie Baskerville, Robert Tozer, Shae Hamrick, Christian W. Freed, Rebecca Lacy, Douglas G. Clarke, Mike Boggia, Sylvia Stein, Gail Harkins, Glenda Reynolds, Lynette White, Randy Dutton, Joyce Shaughnessy, Amos Andrew Parker, Laura S
Progress: 76%

Reading Progress, have read 11%

Artful - Peter David

Thank you thank you thank you Netgalley for approving my request! They even did one better and put me on automatic acceptance, so I guess they liked my review blog. I'll peruse thier other titles when I catch up with a few outstanding reviews.


I heard about this one here on Booklikes and got a sample. I really liked the tone of the writing, although I had mixed feelings about a rather fantastical deviation from literary consistency with this one. Vampires? Really?


The author's introduction sucked me in with a perfectly plausible explanation about Fagin as a vampire. That, and the writing itself, made me want to ignore my Dickens purism and just read this book. If I hadn't been approved for a review copy, I would have bought it.


Having suspended my disbelief, I'm really enjoying it. Don't be surprised if the review on this one jumps ahead of others I've been reading longer. I think it's going to be a fast read. I'll also be taking a look at the author's other books.