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review 2017-06-27 00:31
The Hanging Tree (Peter Grant/Rivers of London #6) (Audiobook)
The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

This is currently the last installment in this series, though there's at least one plot line I can see still needing to be resolved. (Why, Leslie?!) The plot is back to being a tad meandering, and the action's about as hard-boiled as a lazy British mystery can get. There are stereotypical Americans and the return of Kobna's bad American accents. Enjoyed it, but I'm probably not going to remember much about this one in a few weeks. 

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review 2017-06-25 20:02
Review: "Bitter Taffy" (Candy Man, #2) by Amy Lane
Bitter Taffy - Amy Lane

 

~ 3.5 stars ~

 

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review 2017-06-24 18:00
Review: "Candy Man" (Candy Man, #1) by Amy Lane
Candy Man - Amy Lane

 

~ 3 stars ~

 

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review 2017-06-23 16:00
On Canaan’s Side ★★★☆☆
On Canaan's Side - Sebastian Barry

I had a lot I wanted to say about this book, as I had just finished it, but then I got into a long, work-related conversation with a colleague, and now I find my brain mostly empty of thoughts where this book is concerned. That, perhaps, is a good indicator of how deeply affected I was by it. Mostly how I felt, by the end, was as though I was covered in a heavy smothering blanket of depression. Perhaps that’s the point. Perhaps that was the author’s goal in writing this book. When I read “literary” novels, this seems to be how I most often feel, with the second most common emotion being impatient annoyance. The latter is most common in the ones that I’m not even able to finish reading.

 

On Canaan’s Side seems to be about grief and loss and the pointlessness of actually making human connections in life, when at the end everybody you loved is gone or has betrayed you in some way. There is some beautiful language and gorgeous descriptions of setting and emotions. The author chose to express some of these in stream-of-consciousness style of run-on sentences that literally went on as long as 1 ½ pages of text. Fortunately, these were mostly confined to the first and last few chapters, with the middle third of the book written in a snappier style that moved the plot and story (such as it was) along in a more tolerable fashion.

 

When I was a teenager, we had a saying that encompassed all the angst of that age: “Life’s a bitch, and then you die”. That’s pretty much how I felt by the end of this book.

 

Hardcover version, purchased as a circulation discard from a Friends of the Library sale. I read this for the 2017 Booklikes-opoloy challenge, for the square Trains, Planes, & Automobiles 14: Read a book that involves overseas travel, or that has a suitcase on the cover.  There is a brief description of the main character’s overseas journey from Ireland to America, and two other characters journey overseas for the Vietnam and Gulf wars.

 

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6/29/17 182/272 pg

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review 2017-06-21 01:58
A Rare Book of Cunning Device (Peter Grant/Rivers of London #5.6) (Audiobook)
A Rare Book of Cunning Device - Ben Aaronovitch,Kobna Holdbrook-Smith,Audible Studios

This is labeled as #5.6 in the series but since it's not tied into any ongoing storylines or plots, it could be read out of order. It's a very quick, short read of a case in a library with a strange book. Nothing much here, but fun.

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