2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
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Book Review: The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

Apparently I missed the description mentioning this was horror. I started reading it expecting a tale of banal human evil, but found so much more…

This was a creepy tale that, even if not wholly original in premise, was very entertaining nevertheless, largely because I enjoyed the characterizations. Not the characters, mind you – many of them were odious. But the characterizations were brilliant and spot-on for the tale. Continue reading Book Review: The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

Book Review: The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni

I really like Dugoni’s writing style – he’s engaging and devises intriguing characters that jump to life off the page. His Sam Hell book is one of my favorite finds in 2018. This story had everything I enjoy – besides great characterization, there were spies and secret identities and lies and betrayal, which all make for a great tale. My only complaint is that this felt rather like two books cobbled into one…. (Hence only three stars.)

The first portion is all about the spy stuff – and it was EXCELLENT. Absolutely spot-on in recapturing the cold war spy thriller feel of Le Carre or DeMille. There’s action, adventure, palace intrigue, people being left out in the cold. Continue reading Book Review: The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni

What, oh What, is the Deal with Reviewer-Shaming?

I know, I know – I never post *real* writing/thoughts (as opposed to reviews/other people’s real writing/thoughts) – but this one has been bugging me for a while, so I felt the need…

More and more lately, I’m seeing EXCEEDINGLY seething and negative feedback (that, frankly, reeks of trollishness, but is from people who only do it sporadically so I don’t know if it technically counts) from readers when a reviewer says they did not finish a book – particularly if it was a review or advance copy.

I don’t understand why other readers get so upset when someone doesn’t finish a book… I can see where an author would – they wrote it. But another reader? If you didn’t write it and didn’t give it to me, why on earth do you think you have to right to yell at me for not finishing it?

Continue reading What, oh What, is the Deal with Reviewer-Shaming?

Book Review: Scavenger Girl: Season of Toridia by Jennifer Arntson

I don’t know HOW you keep doing it Jennifer Arntson, but each book in this series is better than the one before it!

Ashlund is falling apart and the Authority’s desperate attempts to hold it together aren’t working. Enter Una – sort of.

In this fourth installment, the stakes are once again ramped up for Una and her family – a “family” that is growing by leaps and bounds, due to the remarkable circumstances in which our beleaguered heroine once again finds herself. There are new villains, old villains, and villains you never expected to be villains. But as with each previous book, who falls into each category – and when and why – is a constant card-shuffle of secrets, lies, promises, and expectations (met, ignored, and selectively considered) that make life for Una even more difficult – and the reading even better. Continue reading Book Review: Scavenger Girl: Season of Toridia by Jennifer Arntson

Book Review: Emerald Coast: Free Money by Michael Guillebeau

This was a very fun and engaging mystery from the author of one of my favorite darkly funny finds last year – MAD Librarian. In this latest book, we find ourselves in Gulf Coast Florida, where a long-time resident detective and his partner, a recent transplant from Chicago, find themselves embroiled in a mystery that is equal parts serious and seriously ridiculous. It’s a great combination in the hands of a talented storyteller, and Guillebeau is that in spades. The characters are a delight and the setting is unusual (at least it was for me) and lent itself to a lot of hilarity and dark humor that played really well with the plot. Lizzie Borden is a very fun and funky character and her attempts to bring her musical career back on track offered just the right blend of “regular person who won’t take it any more” sass that I loved about MAD Librarian. Continue reading Book Review: Emerald Coast: Free Money by Michael Guillebeau

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