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The Broken Lands by Kate Milford
Cleopatra in Space: Secret of the Time Tablets by Mike Maihack
Giant Days, Volume 5 by John Allison
Knight's Castle by Edward Eager
Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
Made for Each Other by Paul D. Storrie and Eldon Cowgur
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Pastoral Cities by James L. Machor
Poison Kiss by Ana Mardoll
Puppy Love by Jennifer L. Holm
The Road Movie Book edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark
Rosemary Remembered by Susan Wittig Albert
Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert
The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin and translated by Sheila Fischman
Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 07, 2017)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 14, 2017)
July 2017 Reading Sources
July 2017 Reading Summary

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4 stars: Good but flawed
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2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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The Broken Lands: 08/11/17

The Broken Lands  by Kate Milford

The Broken Lands by Kate Milford is the prequel to The Boneshaker. It's set in New York City as the five boroughs are coming together into the city we now know.

The story introduces a variety of characters, each who will come together to protect the newly formed city during a crossroads battle. There are numerous points of view, the soon to be heroes, the gathering villains, and their cohorts.

But it's complex and tangled. The Boneshaker worked because it was set in a small, out of the way town, with a single road in and a history with an old ghost town. It is a quintessential road not taken story.

In terms of the road trip genre, New York is one of the terminals for road trips: either being the starting point, or the ending point. New York isn't a city that can contain a road trip. A crossroads battle in the middle of a metropolis, even one that at the time was more than one city being in the process of becoming a single city, just doesn't work.

Two stars

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