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review 2017-07-15 18:21
Worth a read if this is your sort of thing
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith

I admit these kinds of books are a guilty pleasure of mine. You give me zombies and Pride and Prejudice I’ll read it in a heartbeat. You give me William Shakespeare with vampires and I’ll add it to my wishlist to read. People are going to scoff at these types of books because they’re known to be silly and not worth the time reading. Sometimes we just need a bit of silliness in our lives to remind ourselves that it’s okay to throw ideas that have nothing to do with each other and make it into a story (or film, or both.) I enjoyed this one because well, vampires, and history put together are usually a great mix. This time around it’s more of an alternate history story line with an interesting but pretty feasible so it’s not over the top ridiculous. Vampires who support the South because it gives them easy access to food. Sounds plausible doesn’t it? It makes sense if you think about it that way. Of course then you have vampires like Henry who don’t believe in getting food that way and that’s where the plot of vampires and history blend nicely together. The format of the book is also different and interesting in where it’s written like a ‘non fiction’ book. It’s a nice way of putting it together and adds more to the story to make it more enjoyable. The problem with this is, since it’s meant to emulate a non fiction book, it also dry and boring in some parts. So the execution of this type of book could have been a bit better to make the read less of a chore - as some parts seemed to have dragged. Despite some of the parts being a bit boring, it’s worth a shot to read. I enjoyed the ending immensely and liked what they did there with Lincoln. This book isn’t for everyone that’s for sure, but if you’re curious about it, give it a try.

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review 2017-07-10 13:30
Made to Kill by Adam Christopher
Made to Kill: A Novel (L.A. Trilogy) - Adam Christopher

Series: Ray Electromatic Mysteries #1

 

In an alternate 1960s world, Raymondo Electromatic is the last robot and earns his money as a robot assassin but pretends to be a robot private investigator. He used to a PI for real, but his secretary/brains of the operation Ada decided they needed an alternate business plan. I picked this up because I quite liked the prequel short story Brisk Money. Unfortunately, what starts off as a movie star hiring Ray to kill her fellow actor doesn’t entirely work. Christopher gives reasons for all of his plot turns, but I didn’t find they held together coherently. The whole is meant to be a bit absurd, to be fair, but I wasn’t able to suspend my disbelief quite that much. I debated between 2.5 and 2 stars but felt it just didn’t rate above 2, which in my books means “okay” but not “average”.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square Tomorrowland 36 “Read a book where the author’s full name contains all of the letters in SPACE”: Adam Christopher. Since this is the second time that I’ve read a book for this square since the shake-up, the book’s 224 pages net me a whopping $9!

 

New bank balance: $205

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review 2017-07-01 19:01
Recovering Apollo 8 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Recovering Apollo 8 - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

This one started off a little rough for me since the childhood scenes didn’t really work for me, but I guess that’s because it was supposed to be the adult Richard recalling his childhood. I’m not exactly sure why but the quest to recover the module and the astronauts was really compelling and I’m glad I could start off my Canada Day by finishing it.

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square Frontierland 4 “Read a book where a character travels by boat, or where the letters in the title can be used to spell RIVER”: REcoVeRIng Apollo 8. At 120 pages, this adds another $4 to my bank, bringing my total balance to $172.

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review 2017-06-27 02:40
Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
Ghost Talkers - Mary Robinette Kowal

Imagine a first world war where the English have recruited mediums and devised a method to have soldiers report intelligence from their dying moments before moving on. Of course, the Germans are trying to figure out the secret of how they do this, and this is the basis for the plot of the novel. Ginger Stuyvesant is an American heiress who is one of these mediums.

 

It was a quick read and I liked it overall but I can’t say that I ever really got fully absorbed by it. Little things kept distracting me. I’m not entirely sure whether they were even problems, exactly. Just little period details that made me wonder whether things would have happened quite like that. Maybe they would have. I do think the title could have been better.

 

Anyway, I read this for the booklikes-opoly Water Works square on a gamble since that one says to “Read a book with water on the cover, or where someone turns on the waterworks (i.e., cries) because of an emotional event.” I got lucky, and there were a few instances of people crying, usually as a result of a death. This wasn’t emotional weeping but more subdued crying, the kind that you just can’t seem to help, but I think it counts.

 

At 299 pages, this nets me another $6 for my bank, leaving with a current total of $156.

 

Previous updates:

187 of 299 pages (63 %)

82 of 299 pages (27 %)

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text 2017-06-26 23:46
Reading progress update: I've read 187 out of 299 pages.
Ghost Talkers - Mary Robinette Kowal

Now we even have crying in dreams!

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