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review 2019-01-22 04:24
On These Mean Streets
Mean Streets - Jim Butcher,Simon R. Green,Kat Richardson,Thomas E. Sniegoski,Dion Graham,Richard Poe,Mia Baron,T. Ryder Smith

This is a collection of four longer novellas in the urban fantasy genre written by a quarter of well-regarded writers that showcases each of their characters in ongoing series. I have actually read two of these already: "The Warrior" by Jim Butcher and "What a Difference a Day Makes" by Simon R. Green. "The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog" by Kat Richardson and "Noah's Orphans" by Thomas E. Sniegoski are new reads for me. My favorites were "The Warrior" and "The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog."

"Changes" is a Harry Dresden story that heavily features Harry's friend Michael Carpenter and his family. It's also about how being a hero is not just taking up a sword. It's a culmination of many small choices one makes everyday in how they interact with people around them. The lesson was really important and the plotting flawless. Short but substantial. 5 stars

"What a Difference a Day Makes" by Simon R. Green doesn't measure up to the other stories in this volume because it doesn't have the deep character development, pathos or growth of the other stories. I say this as a big admirer of Simon R. Green. His work is very good, and it works for what its doing, but his real brilliance shows in his longer work than his shorter work. Having said that, I enjoy Green's noir style and the just plain weirdness of his imagination. This story is good but not great. 3 stars.

"The Third Death of the Little Clay Dog" by Kat Richardson is the first I've read by her and I'm a fan. I loved the intricate look into Mexican culture, specifically Dia de los Muertos. Most non-Mexicans don't really get what this is about. It's not a spooky holiday in the way we think about Halloween. It's a deeply meaningful holiday in which people remember and celebrate those they have lost to death. There are some folkloric underpinnings that may not make sense, and probably some aspects that might be a dealbreaker for some people. While the holiday is not spooky, this story is written to have some aspects of the macabre to it. Definitely a ghost story, and it's also about magic, dark and light. I really appreciated this story and I loved the narrator. She did a great job with the Spanish pronunciations and in distinguishing the different voices from one another. 5 stars.

"Noah's Orphans" by Thomas E. Sniegoski is thoughtful and sober storytelling. The concept behind it resonated with me as a Christian who grew up reading the Bible and is acquainted with the Noah's Ark tale. This book has a 'what if' aspect to it that got my mind spinning. Consistent for the rest of the series, but rather joyless. 4 stars.

Overall, a good book, and worth listening to on audiobook.

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text 2019-01-21 02:48
The Monster Amongst Us
Attack of the Fiend by Joseph Delaney Unabridged Playaway Audiobook (The Last Apprentice) - Joseph Delaney,Christopher Evan Welch

I finished writing this review and it got eaten by the computer gremlins. Oh well, here it goes again. I listened to this on audiobook while I was packing up the house this summer, and it greatly improved what was a tedious task. The narration is well done. This series is pretty darn spooky, no pun intended. It's downright scary at times. The narrator lends well to the atmosphere. There's a feeling of the monster lurking in the dark behind every closed door, a sense of paranoia and an urgency not to trust anyone. The storyline enhances that feeling because the monsters lurk in human form. More of the witches storyline in this one, and further development of the relationship between Tom and Alice. Definitely worth a read.

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review 2018-12-30 00:24
Another eeeeh book.
Batman Adventures #12 - Ty Templeton,Dan Slott,Rich Burchett

I think that the problem is this was handed to writers that either aren't that great or aren't that invested in this. 

 

Notable as the first comic book appearance of Harley Quinn but barely worth watching even for that.

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review 2018-12-30 00:16
Eeeeh.
Batman & Robin Adventures No. 21 Aug 199... Batman & Robin Adventures No. 21 Aug 1997 - Ty Templeton

Yeah, this Batgirl solo story didn't work for me.   At all. 

 

Neither did the art.

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review 2018-12-26 11:43
not for me
The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine - Krissy Kneen

Nick snuggles in his father’s lap. His father is telling his favorite story the one about Dr. reich and the cloudbuster. Than Nick is put to bed by his father. There is a point in a party when an alchemical transformation occurs. The party is irretrievably galvanized with the insistence of desire. At the tipping point of the particular party Holly realized she was short of breath. Holly went out on the balcony to get some air than went down the stairs to the dewy grass. The Robinsons were real rich, all Holly’s friends comfortable but the Robinsons were rich. Holly was a little drunk. Than Holly went to the bathhouse. She gazed out at the glow of the water. Than there was a sudden sound. A couple came in who thought they were alone. Holly watched them kiss. She should give them their privacy but she was stuck fast. They were kissing in a way her and Jack had never kissed. Holly had a terrible secret. Whenever she felt desire there was a unearthly glow from inside her body that marked her as different, alien, deformed. Holly knows she s a freak . There was something wrong with Holly, something abnormal about her at moments of arousal. She touched the ring on her wedding finger, three of her friends wore the same ring with the words True Love Waits engraved on  the side. She wondered what Jack would think on their wedding night and her glow in the dark private parts.

I could not get into this book. It was just too odd for me. I am sure there are others who will really enjoy this book but just wasn’t for me.

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