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Lora's Rants and Reviews

My own unapologetic opinions on books and writing. I DO NOT accept review requests but only review books I choose to read and I don't post reviews on Amazon. I'm also persnickity about genre and plot.

Currently reading

Ghost Boy
Stafford Betty
Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Missing Scarab
Columbkill Noonan
Sound—The Fabric of Soul, Consciousness, Reality, and the Cosmos
Ramiro Mendes, João Mendes
Blackbeard: The Birth of America
Samuel S. Marquis
Ireland the Best
Sally McKenna, John McKenna
Llewellyn's Little Book of Life Between Lives
The Newton Institute
Progress: 4%
Haunted Castles of England
L.M. Montgomery
Herbal Formularies for Health Professionals, Volume 2
Jill Stansbury
Progress: 25/256pages
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 10%
The Flight of the Griffin
C.M. Gray
Progress: 65%

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.