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  I have not read a Thusday Next novel in quite some time, but I needed an audiobook and picked this one up.  It was hilarious on audio.  The narrator did a fantastic job on all the voices and though I thought I would have trouble following the convoluted storylines, I actually found it easier to follow on audio.  That was one of the things that turned me off the other series.  There were just too many storylines and I found them a bit hard to keep track of.  However, the audio must have made me smarter because I had no trouble following the storyline of the Written Thursday as she tried to improve the read rate on her books, track down the Real Thursday, and impersonate a Jurisfiction agent.  And, just when you think all the different storylines will never come together, they all do.  Fforde has created a clever world that lets the reader see what it would be like to live in a book.  A truly wonderful audiobook.

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Cat is married to Bones and they are off fighting a ghoul that wants to end the world. It’s good times for
this newly turned vampire. Though not by favorite by far, it has some good action scenes. I picked it up
and put it down and picked it back up several times, but if you are a fan of urban fantasy that involved
vampires, ghosts and ghouls with action and love, you would pry enjoy this one.

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Clever tale of a Valkyrie who falls in love with a berserker, but immediately after they consummate
their love, he is killed. Vowing to come back and find her, Aidan dies in Regin’s arms. Flash forward to
current day and we meet the newest incarnation of Aidan, in the form of Declan Chase, who is bound
and determined to kill Regin. She must show him he is her lost level before she dies at his hands. A
great read that flows beautifully and keeps you on your toes.

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I accidentally read the second in the trilogy first, but I came back to this one later. This is a very funny
tale of intrigue and romance. Christina marries a man she thinks is Ricahrd FAirgrave, only to find out,
after he drops dead, that he was his twin brother and her marriage is a sham. She is not happy the twin
is dead, but is facing ruin. Luckily, the real Richard Fairgrave is an honorable man and offers to marry
her. They also have to work together to find out who killed his twin. Humorous and touching, this is a
good quick read.

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An amazing audiobook. Vreeland writes a captivating story and Kimberly Farr as narrator makes the
story come alive. This is the story of Clara Driscoll who works for Louis Comfort Tiffany’s glass company
from 1892 to 1909. This is the story of Tiffany’s genius as told through her eyes. She worked as the
head of the women’s department and also was the designer for many of Tiffany’s glass lamps. But it is
not only the story of glass that we hear, but the story of Driscoll’s own life. We meet her friends and
learn about what inspired her to create the many lamp designs such as the wisteria, peony and lotus.
It is a brilliant book that makes you want to run out and learn all you can about mosaics, stained glass
windows and, of course, Tiffany lamps. I highly recommend this as a fabulous piece of historical fiction
that brings to light (hahaha) a woman who was instrumental in Tiffany’s success.

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At the end of the previous Harry Dresden book, Harry was shot.  In Ghost Story, he comes back as a, you guessed it, a ghost.  But his work is not done and he must deal with the aftermath of his death as well as solve several crimes.  The world is not the same as a ghost and we get to see Harry learn to use his powers again in a new realm.  I enjoyed this one, although not as much as some of the others, but what I really found interesting was the introspection that Harry does.  He really thinks about what his actions have caused and even pauses several times before leaping into action the way he usually does.  And we get to see Bob’s house which is awesome!  The 13th in the series, Ghost Story seems to me to be a turning point.  I think the series is going to change after this book, but I could be mistaken.  Butcher has promised seven more books so there are lots of adventures still to come.

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