The Camelot Conspiracy

I am always on the fence on whether I should review a book I did not finish, and whether I should count it as “read.” And sometimes, I will even battle through a book just so that I could do those two things without guilt. Other times, it just isn’t worth it. There are other books to read, and today is my day off. After getting through half, it’s time to move on.

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But first, why didn’t I finish The Camelot Conspiracy? Mostly, it’s just not my genre. This is very much what I call a “husband” book. Honestly, the entire time it has been on the shelf, I’ve thought it was nonfiction. The cover looks like one of those political histories, or whatever you want to call them. So when I read the author’s note and was informed it was actually a novel, I was very surprised! I’m trying to make my rounds through all the books in our collection…even the ones that aren’t “mine,” so I can read a bit out of my comfort zone, and this one came up in my cycle.

It didn’t start terribly. It was actually a little interesting for the first 100 pages. However, there is a lot going on, and I don’t know a lot about the Bay of Pigs and the Cold War. It’s not a period of history that is of particular interest to me, so a lot of the historical figures, dates, landmarks, etc were pretty fuzzy. I probably need to freshen up on my research into that era before I try to read fiction about it.

There also were SO many chess pieces in this game to keep track of. This is a novel of conspiracy, after all, and it got very confusing, very fast. I think that’s what did it for me in the end. Once I got lost…I was done for, and it no longer held my attention.

One more note–the editing in this book is a mess, which drives me absolutely insane. The quotation marks are so very often misplaced that it is hard to tell who is talking or when a conversation starts and ends, and sometimes they are missing altogether. Stuff like that just makes me nuts.

So there you have it. I don’t like to give bad reviews often, but I just couldn’t get behind this one.

WWW Wednesday 12/3/2014

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What are you currently reading?

The Camelot Conspiracy by E. Duke Vincent

 

What did you just finish reading?

A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin

Breeder by KB Hoyle (This is an ARC and part of a blog tour, so the review won’t be posted until Dec. 10.)

I Grew My Boobs in China by Savannah Grace

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer

A Feast For Crows by George RR Martin

Teaser Tuesday 12/2/2014

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

“If there was a clandestine operation in motion that he didn’t know about, he damn well wanted to know why. He’d have to tread lightly in the halls of an agency dedicated to secrecy but if something were flying under the radar, he’d dig it out.”

–E. Duke Vincent, The Camelot Conspiracy

WWW Wednesday 11/26/2014

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What are you currently reading?

A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin

 

 

What did you just finish reading?

I Grew My Boobs in China by Savannah Grace

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

First There Wasn’t, Then There Was by Troy Blackford

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Breeder by KB Hoyle (This is an ARC and part of a blog tour, so the review won’t be posted until Dec. 10)

The Camelot Conspiracy by E Duke Vincent

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

Trees of Reverie September Readathon TBR List

I mentioned in my last post that I actually have a structured TBR list. It’s actually written out. Wanna see?

I wasn’t going to show it to you, because I’m a little self-conscious about how obsessive my book lists can get. I mean, have you looked at my Goodreads page yet? Jesus. Don’t. Seriously. It’s a rabbit-hole you’ll never come back from.

But then the lovely Sarah from Trees of Reverie challenged us Readathoners to post our TBR lists for September, so, I’m relenting. You guys can see the list. But I warn you. It’s a little intense.

Ok. Here goes.

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See what I mean? And I really will read these books in order too. Although I’m swapping out some of the shelf books for the book club books I have to read, and I’ll fill in the library books depending on what comes available off my hold list first. But the cycle will continue in order again and again and again.

How do I pick the order? Mostly, it’s what is next on my Goodreads lists for that section. Sometimes, it’s based on what everyone is yelling about on Tumblr, if I can get my hands on it.  There’s nothing like that here at the moment, although one of my holds is Dorothy Must Die, and I’ve been waiting on that for MONTHS. I’m way behind the curve on that book!

Sometimes it seems like I spend as much time organizing my books, as I do reading them! Anyone else have any weird book quirks so I don’t feel so dorky?