Books Reviewed by Welwyn

Welwyn is an avid reader. She has has joined "goodreads" and has submitted several reviews. Here they are:

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: Book 10Tea Time for the Traditionally Built: Book 10 by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As usual, a lovely book of gem-like philosophy. I loved the way footwear became a focus of the theme, which has to do with loyalty to things whether they grow old and difficult or not. Beautiful writing, though I feel these books are getting shorter, and the price higher. Worth it, but if you can find a good used copy, your pocketbook will appreciate it and you will also.

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Quietly in Their Sleep (Commissario Brunetti #6)Quietly in Their Sleep by Donna Leon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An elegant novel, but very sad and dark.

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Suffer the Little ChildrenSuffer the Little Children by Donna Leon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Leon is a wonderful writer, but I feel she is losing somewhere the ability to make us smile in spite of all the darkness. Brunetti loves Venice, he loves his family, he cares about at least two of his colleagues, but none of that can balance the evil he has begun dwelling on in the

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The Franchise Affair The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent plot, 15-year-old sweet young thing out to destroy two respectable women. Beautiful writing. Josephine Tey wrote few books, relatively speaking, but she deserved acclaim for all of them. Let's not lose these wonderful older books, ever. The world would be the poorer if, all of us turning to electronic readers, these great old story disappears. I looked for "A Staircase in Surrey", a wonderful five-volume book by J.I.M. Stewart (I think it was five volumes,but my memory is faulty) to recommend it to someone, but it was not available. We can't keep losing books like these out-of-print masterpieces. Someone has to digitize them. It's work, I know. But someone has to. View all my reviews


Dragon's Blood (Pit Dragon Trilogy)Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jane Yolen is a wonderful young adult writer. I love her fantasy novels, and this one is no exception. This is the first in the Pit Dragon Trilogy, about a young "nobody" slave who learns to steal a dragon's egg and warm it and feed it so that it bonds with him. The love between Jakkin and his young dragon is very palpable, and it is impossible not to root for him. What is possible, however, is to wish that loving a dragon in this world is the only way out for a human like Jakkin, because that dragon will fight other dragons using the mental communication formed in the bonding of the two. I hate blood sports, and yet I love Jane Yolen. What's a reader to do? Well, I read this whole book, which is the first in the Pit Dragon Trilogy (a fourth is on the way), and sadly put away the other two which I bought. I loved the dragons too much to fear for their lives every time they fought. I'm so sorry, Jane. You are such a great writer, you actually made me not able to read what you wrote because I felt it so deeply. View all my reviews


Heart's Blood (The Pit Dragon Chronicles, #2)Heart's Blood by Jane Yolen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I hate blood sports, and yet I love Jane Yolen. What's a reader to do? Well, I read the first in the Pit Dragon Trilogy (a fourth is on the way), and sadly put away the other two which I had already bought. I loved the dragons too much to fear for their lives every time they fought. And there was something a bit worrying about the bonding Jakkin has with his dragons. He fights their fights in his mind (literally), and so the bloodiness became even more disturbing to me.
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A Sending of Dragons (The Pit Dragon Chronicles, #3)A Sending of Dragons by Jane Yolen

I hate blood sports, and yet I love Jane Yolen. What's a reader to do? Well, I read the first in the Pit Dragon Trilogy (a fourth is on the way), and sadly put away the other two which I had already bought. I loved the dragons too much to fear for their lives every time they fought. And there was something a bit worrying about the bonding Jakkin has with his dragons. He fights their fights in his mind (literally), and so the bloodiness became even more disturbing to me.

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Sword-Dancer (Tiger and Del, #1)Sword-Dancer by Jennifer Roberson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jennifer Roberson has moved forward in her writing a great deal since she began her career. Basically I bought the Cheysuli books (her first) because I enjoyed the Tiger and Del books so much. (That was a mistake). I read all the "Sword" books of Tiger and Del. I can't remember much about their plots, which is sad, because I read them only a couple of years ago. It may be my memory which at the time was a bit faulty from a car accident, or it may be that the actual plots had little to set them apart from most sword-and-sorcery type stories (which I like very much). It was probably a bit of both. What I do remember, and what probably would have encouraged me to read all the Tiger and Del books again, was the sarcastic yet caring interplay between Tiger and Del. It's hard to build characters as believable as this. I hope Roberson continues to write as well as this and better in her later books. I think she has conspicuous talent. View all my reviews

Sword-Singer (Tiger and Del, #2)Sword-Singer by Jennifer Roberson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have the same feelings about all the Tiger and Del books and so I will use the same review for them all:
Please look for my review of Sword-Dancer (Tiger and Del #1) to see why I liked these books so much.

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Sword-Maker (Tiger and Del, #3)Sword-Maker by Jennifer Roberson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have the same feelings about all the Tiger and Del books and so I will use the same review for them all:
Please look for my review of Sword-Dancer (Tiger and Del #1) to see why I liked these books so much.

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Sword-Breaker (Tiger and Del, #4)Sword-Breaker by Jennifer Roberson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have the same feelings about all the Tiger and Del books and so I will use the same review for them all:
Please look for my review of Sword-Dancer (Tiger and Del #1) to see why I liked these books so much.

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Sword-Born (Tiger and Del, #5)Sword-Born by Jennifer Roberson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have the same feelings about all the Tiger and Del books and so I will use the same review for them all:
Please look for my review of Sword-Dancer (Tiger and Del #1) to see why I liked these books so much.


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Sword-Sworn (Tiger & Del, #6)Sword-Sworn by Jennifer Roberson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fine ending (so far?) to a fine series. I do remember this plot much better than the earlier ones, and so I think, given the continuing quality coming to this good ending, I am pleased to give this book a full five stars. I will miss the two characters. They are still in my mind as I think back a couple of years. Jennifer Roberson's talent keeps on growing and I can only hope that it continues to manifest itself so positively. View all my reviews



Shapechangers (Chronicles of the Cheysuli, Book 1)Shapechangers by Jennifer Roberson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I started this book at least three times, and finally gave it up. I felt the writing was awkward, uncertain, and the characters rather unpleasant. Because of this I didn't finish any of the Cheysuli books, though I have them all. What a waste. Sadly, I enjoyed Roberson's Tiger and Del series so much. I have since learned that the Cheysuli books were her first, or at least the first of her books to gain her some prominence. I have a first book; we all do. But I just couldn't find any life in this first book, and so I couldn't finish it. It's a pity, because no doubt she grew as a writer all the way through the series, given the quality of her writing in the Tiger and Del books. View all my reviews

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