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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

Her Name Was Rose
Claire Allan
A Grand Old Time
Judy Leigh
Progress: 27%
Fire Court
Andrew Taylor
Progress: 4%
The City of Brass
Suman Chakraborty
The Illumination of Ursula Flight
Anna-Marie Crowhurst
Progress: 30%
Unnatural Creatures
Maria Dahvana Headley, Neil Gaiman
Progress: 55%
Don Quixote
Roberto González Echevarría, John Rutherford, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Progress: 64%

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.