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review 2019-01-15 05:04
Bird Box - Josh Malerman

 

Definitely worth the 3 bucks I paid for it.  

 

We never get a description of the things, but there are a couple scenes that give some sideways hints of what they might appear as.

I think not knowing what and where they are lends to the tension.

 

The ending is open ended, but wraps up the story.

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text 2019-01-14 14:28
Reading progress update: I've read 18%.
Bird Box - Josh Malerman

 

With all the hype I've been seeing about the movie, we'll see if the book is worth $2.99.

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review 2019-01-14 06:11
Bird, Bath and Beyond (Paws to the Stars, #2)
Bird, Bath, and Beyond - E.J. Copperman

I think I liked the first one better, though this one was good.  The premise, and series name, sound more twee and cutesy than the stories themselves are, though it's definitely cozy fare.  Kay is an agent to animals used in the entertainment industry, mostly because she's from an acting family, loves animals and couldn't stomach being a vet.

 

The plot of this one was ... out there.  But here's the thing, and I don't know if I'm going to explain this correctly:  the premise was one that could have been believable, just.  

 

A famous TV actor hires a hitman to kill ... himself.  He's depressed, battling addictions, hates his job, his life, etc. but either doesn't have the courage to do the killing himself, or wants to go out making a statement about the need for gun control - the book never really cleared that up.

(spoiler show)

 

I mean, stranger things have happened.  But Copperman further complicated what was already a weird plot by adding layers of crimes and criminals.  It's my feeling that he took an already weird plot and twisted it up to make it weirder when it didn't need to be.

 

And now what will look like something of a non sequitur but will make sense in a second, when I was at Bouchercon, my sister and I sat in on a panel that E.J. Copperman was on, and he kept talking about how he writes humorous cozies, like Donna Andrews.  My sister and I were sitting at the back, so we could swap comments, sotto voce, and I said to her that I'd read most of his books and I didn't remember any of them being funny.  Not that the jokes fell flat, but that I didn't remember there being any attempt at all to make them.

 

This is the first of his books I've read since Bouchercon, and now I see what he's talking about, and now I can say they're there, they just (mostly) fall flat.  In fact, he seems to be going for a wiseass voice throughout most of the book, and it's either too heavy, or it's a NYC style of humor I fail to get, in a way that is similar to some people not getting British humor.  It didn't ruin the book at all, but it became cloying at times.

 

I wouldn't say 'no' to a third book - I like the parts of the story where Kay is interacting with clients and their owners, and the scenes at her office feel balanced and witty.  But I'm not sure if I'll rush out to get it - and it'll probably be in paperback.

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review 2019-01-09 18:48
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Bird Box - Josh Malerman
I saw the film before reading the book because I figured my wait at the library would last an eternity. It didn’t because this is how my life works and now I’ve gone and spoiled everything for myself!

Actually, the film is quite a bit different from the movie. The bones are the same but characters, deaths, and many other plot points are very different so it was almost like reading something that wasn’t totally spoiled for me. The only slightly disappointing thing to me was the fact that the threat went unexplained in either version. I was hoping for a little enlightenment because I like answers. Instead I am just going to assume it was Cthulhu's minions come to call and call it a day because that works for me.

As for the audio? It kept me entertained and the narrator was competent and professional but I didn’t feel she voiced Malorie in a strong enough way. With that said, I never wanted to pull the plug and listen to something else and that’s saying something because the last audio I read was rewound at least eight times. At one point I had to rewind 7 hours because I had tuned out. I wish I were kidding (curse you, Ghost Story!).

The characters in Bird Box weren’t as fleshed out as I’d hoped. I didn’t get to know much about Tom besides the fact that he was wise and kind and a natural leader and I was disappointed that the kids weren’t fleshed out at all. Malorie was a sympathetic character because of her predicament but I never felt a strong emotional attachment to anyone which is a bit of shame and a bit of a missed opportunity. Still, the story and atmosphere and creepfest of a plotline almost made up for that fact.

 

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text 2018-12-31 13:19
December Reads
The Hunger - Alma Katsu
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride - Daniel James Brown
Nightfall - Isaac Asimov,Robert Silverberg
Himself: A Novel - Jess Kidd
The Way of all Flesh - Ambrose Parry
The Christmas Hirelings: Audible Christmas Gift 2018 - Mary Elizabeth Braddon,Jennifer Saunders,Audible Studios
Bird Box - Josh Malerman

I did really well in December, I didn't expect to finish so many books. My least favourite of all had to be Nightfall, it was a little lame. Not bad, just nothing new. My favourite book this month is a tricky one. I think it is a toss up between The Way of All Flesh and Bird Box. My favourite cover of the month is definitely The Way of All Flesh. I borrowed it from the library then bought myself a copy as I liked the cover (and the story, of course) so much.

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