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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

The Bungalow Mystery
P.M. Carlson, Russell H. Tandy, Carolyn Keene
The Remains of the Day
Kazuo Ishiguro, Simon Prebble
Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo
Jeff Long
Progress: 11/431 pages
The Secret of Shadow Ranch
Carolyn Keene
I am No One You Know
Joyce Carol Oates
The Return of the King
J.R.R. Tolkien, Rob Inglis
Progress: 13 %

Wild Ride ★★★★☆

Wild Ride - Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer

This story delivered exactly what I was looking for, a light, entertaining read for escaping from the stress of my everyday world. The plot twists and character motivations were transparent, the Inoperable Bullet plot device was ridiculous, and the character arcs and Happily-Ever-Afters were both convenient and unconvincing, but I wasn't inclined to think too critically about these. I liked the self-deprecating, humorous tone of the narrative and the strong female characters - no hand-wringing wimps waiting for rescue here. No rapey, controlling, overly-testosteroned heroes, either. I would give the story three stars but added a fourth star for the loving treatment of the theme park setting and the

awesome demon-fu death by windstorm in the Final Conflict. Yes, it probably stole a little from Raiders of the Lost Ark, but I liked it anyway.


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This audiobook was competently read by Angela Dawe, but she didn't blow my socks off.


Borrowed from my public library, via Overdrive.