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review 2020-07-25 12:02
I wish it had better characters.
Cold Moon Over Babylon - Michael McDowell

Apologies to Char who I know loves this book, but...

I didn't enjoy it.

On the one hand, as with The Elementals, the sense of place that McDowell evokes in his writing and the pervasive wrongness is extraordinarily effective. For that alone I would have offered a solid four or five stars. However, the characterisation was poor in this book and I love being able to empathise with characters and understand their motivations. Without those aspects I will always struggle to truly engage with a book. None of the characters felt real or sympathetic in any way.

The sheriff was lazy and stupid beyond belief, and the villains were Laurel and Hardyesque caricatures of evil, as portrayed by the moustached villain in a top hat laughing as they tie their victim to train tracks, there was nothing there that made them feel real at all. The other characters were just annoying.

The ghost was another bugbear, and the way this "mystery" was wrapped neatly with an earlier thread made me yawn. I have seen people rave about this book, especially fellow horror lovers, but it simply didn't move me. In fairness I was almost gripped near the end, but part of that might have been an eagerness to start my next read.

Posting this review on Booklikes was a Herculean test of my patience. Why is the site so slow and buggy???

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text 2020-07-24 09:56
Reading progress update: I've read 174 out of 292 pages.
Cold Moon Over Babylon - Michael McDowell Am I the only horror lover who finds the baddies in Cold Moon over Babylon ridiculous? They're like Laurel and Hardy caricatures.
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review 2020-03-13 17:57
Audio Review: Stiff Drink (Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet, Book 1) by Blair Babylon (Author), John Lane (Narrator)
Stiff Drink (Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet, Book 1) - John Lane,Blair Babylon

 

 

 

It took me a minute to wrap my head around the accent, but once I did my heart was lost. Babylon lures you in with a slight of hand and leaves you craving more. TROUBLE is the game and Arthur is his name. He knows how to break a heart, but if he's not careful he might just lose his own.

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review 2020-03-13 17:31
Audio Review: Hard Liquor (Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet, Book 2) by Blair Babylon (Author), John Lane (Narrator)
Hard Liquor (Runaway Billionaires: Arthur Duet, Book 2) - John Lane,Blair Babylon

 

 

 

Prepare to be seduced by a dashing drink of water with a sexy accent and a bad boy reputation. Arthur and Gen find themselves caught up in a romance as tempting as it is dangerous. Babylon teases the senses with forbidden love and sparks the brain with a intriguing twist. Step into a world where nothing is as it seems and love can be only a heartache away. Sexy, captivating and unpredictable.

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review 2020-02-05 13:59
Audio Review: Working Stiff (Runaway Billionaires #1) by: Blair Babylon (author) Joe Arden (narrator)
Working Stiff (Runaway Billionaires #1) - Blair Babylon,Joe Arden

 

 

Babylon had me at hello. Working Stiff refuses to tiptoe around the heart. Rox and Cash stand firm in their passion and drag emotions along for the ride.  There is no halfway when it comes to Blair Babylon. Her characters are a force of nature that demand to be noticed.  Add in a voice like Joe Arden and there is no doubt that is going to happen. Arden brings a gentlemanly, class to a bad boy with an edge. Be still my beating heart. Babylon and company will steal the heart right out of your chest and leave you wanting more.

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