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Reviews:
Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Langdon
Baby Angels by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan
Behaving Like Adults by Anna Maxted
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
Damia by Anne McCaffrey
Dinosaur Roar! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland
Dinosaurs' Halloween by Liza Donnelly
The Dragon in Lyonesse by Gordon R. Dickson
Ducks in Muck by Lori Haskins
The Earth by Émile Zola
Game of Shadows by Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams
Gems and Minerals by Susan Harris
Geology by Frank Rhodes
Get Off the Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
Kings of Albion by Julian Rathbone
The Langoliers by Stephen King
The Library Policeman by Stephen King
Lost and Found by Eliabeth Hess
Lying Awake by Mark Salzman
A Man in a Kilt by Sandy Blair
Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler
The Player by Michael Tolkin
Secret Window, Secret Garden by Stephen King
Sunday's Child by Edward O. Phillips
A Toad for Tuesday by Russell E. Erickson
Trucks by Byron Barton
(Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai
The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

Miscellaneous
225 Books
Browsing without Buying
Eating dinner
Ferdinand
Garden Round Up
Gardening
Getting ready for Kindergarten
Grocery Shopping
Harriet Milestones
Ian's Birthday
A Little Bit of Heaven
More Milestones
Only Three Books
Phone Calls from Far Away Places
Pi Day
Plum Flowers
School Stuff
Soon to be a one car family
Spring Cleaning Round 1
Spring Cleaning Round 2
Storage
Talking to Magnum
Thoughts on Sean
Well Baby
Zero and a Half

Vacation
Buena Vista State Beach
Arch Rock
Big Tree
Second Night in Eureka
Humboldt
Avenue of the Giants

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8


Comments for Kings of Albion

Kings of AlbionKings of Albion: 03/11/07

I got Kings of Albion off the old BookRelay site because the book sounded interesting from its description. I also liked the title and the cover art. Unfortunately I didn't realize it was the sequel to a book I ended up putting down after about fifty pages (The Last English King). I did manage to finish this sequel but the process wasn't exactly an enjoyable one.

The book follows a group of travelers from the orient who travel to England (or Ingerlond as it is written in the book) to rescue a kinsman from these barbarians. There in lies the problem. A historical fiction ends up reading like cliched high fantasy with each of these exotic characters taking one of the roles so often seen in Tolkien rip-offs and books spun off of RPGs.

To make things seem even more exciting, the descriptive language throws in foreign words at random or gives funny spelling to things when the rest of the language a character is using is rather modern. Either write in a dialect or don't. Please don't pick and chose at random.

When things still fail to stay interesting, the plot will stop for a gratuitous sex scene with the one female character. Her only purpose in the book is to get the interest of readers who would normally read erotica.

I know there are fans of this type of historical fiction. I am not one of them. I have made a note to myself to avoid reading any more of Rathbone's books as I'm sure to not enjoy reading them beyond admiring their cover art and the blurbs on their backs.

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