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review 2017-05-29 15:33
Only two more issues
ODY-C Vol. 2 - Leonard Bacon;Joseph Parrish Thompson;Richard Salter Storrs;Henry Ward Beecher;Joshua Leavitt;Henry Chandler Bowen;Theodore Tilton;William Hayes Ward;Hamilton Holt;Harold de Wolf Fuller;Fabian Franklin;Christian Archibald Herter,Matt Fraction

This volume covers issues six through ten and I picked up issues eleven and twelve for a whopping $1.40.   That's less than half the price of the original prices of most comics I buy!   The storyline continues to be excellent, although I feel like this veers from The Odyssey a bit.   The kinky bull and the boy he starts teaching - not kinky stuff, just history and myths - turns into 1001 Nights.   We're with the bull's former mistress/queen, Ene, and talking about Heracles a lot, although I can't remember how much this aligns with the original Odyssey.   I suspect that Matt Fraction got bolder as this went on and ended up diverging a bit, but I don't actually have a copy of the Odyssey on me.   (And after being spoiled but the translation I read in coulee, I can't back to other translations online.)  

 

It didn't matter.  I was so wrapped up in Ene and the bull and more of the pettiness of the gods that I couldn't stop reading this.   It's fascinating and it tries to peel back some of truths of our being by shedding light on some of our darkest impulses.   (Although some of our best are here, too.   That bull may stay in leather 24/7, but his sacrifice for the boy he comes to love as a son?  I almost wept.)

 

Ward's art continues to highlight how bizarre this whole series gets, and again, works perfectly with the story itself.   Bright, even dazzling, it fills the scope of this story to the brim and makes it as rewarding visually as it is to read as a story.

 

I"m going to save the last two issues for at least a day or two.  I still have over a week to the next Black Bolt, and  I don't have anything else illustrated by Christian Ward to keep me going until then.

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review 2017-05-29 13:31
Tough to read but so, so good!
Sin With Me (Bad Habit) - J.T. Geissinger

Sin With Me (Bad Habit) - J.T. Geissinger 

 

This one was hard to read at times.  This author's books aren't just light and fluffy, there's real meat there and this book was no  exception. I pretty much knew at the end of book two what Brody and Grace's connection was going to be but I didn't get the full picture until much deeper into this book.  I knew it had to be a hard pill to swallow for Grace...and for Brody for that matter, but I'm glad they were able to work it out in the end.

 

I'm sad because it seems like the author was also wrapping up a lot of the story line with the other characters and the couples from the first two books, so I'm scared that this may be the last in the series.  But, I'd like to see what the true deal is with Ethan and Chris and the fact that they do "everything" together.

 

I'm really hoping that this isn't the last book in the series, because I've truly come to love Bad Habit.  I found the series while searching for something new on my KU subscription, but I've quickly come to really care about the characters.

 

I started listening to this one audiobook but once things got revealed I felt like the audio was too slow so I ended up reading the rest.  Gotta love whispersync!

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review 2017-05-29 13:16
Fortune Like the Moon by Alys Clare
Fortune like the Moon - Alys Clare

Richard I is worried about the fallout from his mother’s decision to release all the prisoners to commemorate the start of his reign when a nun is found brutally murdered, so he sends Josse d’Acquin to investigate at Hawkenlye.

 

I quite liked this mystery, there were several clever reversals, and it was the Abbess Helewise who solved the murder! Don’t worry, that’s only a very mild spoiler. I won’t tell you who actually did it. I wasn’t sure about some of the historical details that the story relied on and I could have done without the very last chapter (it provided a resolution that I could have done without), so I’m going with 3.5 stars despite dithering about 4. I do plan on looking into the next one in the series, however.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square Frontierland 1 “Read a book with a title that starts with any letter in FRONTIER”.  At 256 pages, this nets me another $3 for my bank, bringing my balance to $98!

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review 2017-05-29 07:11
Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets by J.K.Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling

My Thoughts-Will Open in New Window/Tab

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review 2017-05-29 03:44
Viable Threat
Viable Threat - Julie Rowe

eARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing and NetGalley
Available May 22nd

Ava Lloyd, a microbiologist with the CDC, is tasked with trying to find the source and cause of a deadly outbreak. River, a Special Forces soldier, is tasked to help protect her. They have to dodge anything and everything.
I liked the pacing. The majority of the book (about 90%) occurs over 28 hour time span. It's just jam packed with action, no one gets a break. I really got the sense of racing against the clock. There are a few sexy times during the first 28 hours, but it felt realistic to the situation and didn't make me roll my eyes (you know those romantic suspense books where the sexy times happen while bullets are flying...not here). They fall for each other quickly, but their circumstances are rather unusual too.
I also liked the medical knowledge that went with writing about an outbreak. Very nice!
The villain is kinda decent (but can be guessed at fairly easily). I did like that religion was not a motive behind the attacks (and not mentioned at all that I remember). There are open ended questions/plot lines that may pick up in book 2 (if there is a book 2). I happen to have the first book in this author's another series (Deadly Strain) that I got on sale. I will have to bump that one up (currently buried in Mt TBR).

****eARC courtesy of Entangled Publishing and NetGalley
Out May 22nd

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