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text 2017-11-02 02:39
Flat Book Society Reading Progress Update: I've read 161 out of 320 pages.
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime - Val McDermid

While the Flat Book Society Read of Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime - Val McDermid officially starts today, I started the audiobook a week or so ago when it came in from the library.


My impressions so far are mixed.  While I'm enjoying the book, on the surface, I'm finding it surprisingly similar to Gulp  - a random mish-mash of history, interviews with an expert or two, and then summaries of some recent or notorious court cases. And at least in the 1st couple of chapters not as much explanation of the science as I had hoped (for instance, I didn't learn anything about the use of entomology in crime scene investigation that I hadn't already picked up from Temperance Brennan). 

P.S. It took a while to adjust to the narrator's accent. I'm not sure I'm 100% sold that audiobook is the best format for this. The book does include pictures and the flashbacks to history and chronology are a bit harder to follow in audio format.


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review 2017-11-01 01:21
Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley

I did finish before the end of Halloween Bingo! This novel of VERY SECRET Secret Agents starts slowly and develops into a worthy sequel to The Rook  




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text 2017-10-29 00:34
Reading progress update: I've read 205 out of 580 pages.
Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley

I think I may have been too ambitious when I chose Stiletto as my choice for Darkest London. I forgot to take into account I typically don't read as much as usual in the week or so immediately post-Readathon.  So we'll see if I finish by the end of next Tuesday.


So far Stiletto is a well enough done sequel, but it misses the tension and the vivacity The Rook. Dissapointingly, Rook Myfanwy Thomas is a supporting character not the star of this story. I'm hopeful that the book will pick up soon since Viewpoint Character A and Viewpoint Character B have just met and will be thrown together for at least the next while (but it took 165 pages to do so). 


In the world of the Checquy, the Grafters, who hail from what would become the Spanish Netherlands, are the masters of biological sciences and the British excel in psychic and superhero powers. In the world of Leviathan created by Scott Westerfeld, it's the British that are the bioengineering geniuses, and the Continental powers are Clankers who excel in mechanical marvels.  While it's based on false cognates created by the Germanic-sounding names like Grootvader and Broederschap, my brain keeps flashing back to Westerfeld's world and wanting the British to be the biomasters. 


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review 2017-10-22 02:37
The Girl With All the Gifts
The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

WOA!  WOW!  


What a great book to read in one sitting.

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review 2017-10-10 01:07
Fool Me Once
Fool Me Once - Lisa Falco,Steve Hockensmith






In The White Magic Five and Dime (A Tarot Mystery), Alanis McLachlan inherited a Tarot reading business from her murdered con-woman mother and proceeded to untangle who was responsible for her mother’s death.  In Fool Me Once, the abusive, about-to-be-ex husband one of the shop’s most loyal customers is found murdered.  Alanis feels guilty and sets out to find the true murderer and thereby absolve Marsha from the unjust charges.


As with the first book in this series, the best part of Fool Me Once are the “excerpts” from Miss Chance’s Tarot Guide Infinite Roads to Knowing



While many of the entries made me smile, the continuing allusions to wands as food eventually felt a bit forced.


Read for the Amateur Sleuth square, since Alanis is just not gentle and couth enough for Fool Me Once to feel like a cozy. 


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