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Goodreads addiction

I’m on Goodreads should you want to follw what I read but I’m warning yu right now it could be rather odd. I’m an eclectic reader to say the least. Last year on the reading challenge I read 177 books, but if I’m better about writing my own that could be lower.

I’m either elfkat like the blog or Kat Robb on Goodreads. So friend me if you dare. LOL!

2013 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

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2013 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

The latest in the China Bayles mystery series. The Herbalist and her New Age witchy best friend take a little less central role to let their friend Smart Cookie, Sheila the police chief solve the mystery of the dead computer tech and the blackmailed town burgher. Liked it but missed not having more of China and Ruby’s sister is a bit annoying.

2013 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

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2013 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

This guy keeps getting better and better. This is the latest book in the Dresden files series and Harry is back from the dead and supposedly serving Queen Mab for saving his life. And then he just has to save the world. All in a days work for Harry Blackstone Dresden. This was the best one yet.

Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

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Loved the last book of the series.  She says there are 3 books of short stories so that’s good and she doesn’t rule out another book in the distant future. It’s been fun to see Savannah and Elena grow and change. And all the other women of the Otherworld. Can’t wait to see what she does next.

Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge

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Just finished this one. I’ve had it awhile and finally got around to reading it. Title is a bit misleading as only one chapter is about the Druids. All the other chapters are about the Celts from Galatia to Britain and Ireland. And the Greek philosopher who visited them in the first century BC.

A lot of the info was review but I did learn some new things like when Paul of Tarsus wrote his letter in Greek to the Galatians in Turkey they didn’t read Greek. The majority of people only read Galatian/Gaulic language. Way to go, Paul.

I also learned that the Ptolemaic pharoahs imported Galatian mercernaries who settled in Egypt for hundreds of years until the Romans came.

I did enjoy it so I have now dug out the other book of Philip Freeman’s I have to read.

Witches & witchcraft reading challenge

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Just finished the penultimate book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. This one has all the characters she’s introduced throughout the series.

I really enjoy her writing as her paranormal people are not weirdos or overly sexed up.

Can’t wait for the last one.

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Witch Reading Challenge

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I just finished the Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. I’m not big on reading bestsellers so I usually have to be dragged kicking and screaming into reading them. Especially since so many like Dan Brown’s books are so bad. I hate people who steal their material from others.

But I read that Deborah Harkness was an Elizabethan scholar and since that is one of my favourite periods of history I read the first one and enjoyed it. So I got the second one used on Amazon and I loved it!

I’m highly amused by the reviews on Goodreads that gave it one star and thought the people in it were boring. Seriously? Elizabethan Scholar + Magic = School of Night. I loved reading about the Wizard Earl – Henry Percy and Hilliard the miniaturist, Sir Walter Raleigh, Kit Marlowe (who was just as big a shit in real life from what I read) Thomas Harriot who may have made the first telescope, William Shakespeare and his thieving ways. How can those men be boring? They changed the world. She did a fantastic job of melding the fantasy with the reality of the period.

King James was terrified of witches and magic, enough so that his biblical translators paid him mind in the translation of the Bible. You know that old chestnut, “thou shall not suffer a witch to live”? the original Hebrew is generally translated “poisoner” not witch but because King James was on a tear they translated it just for him.

She did a great job with the Hapsburg court too and the lunacy of Rupert II. She made the period come alive and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just hope the third book is as good as the second when she comes back to the modern world.