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review 2017-10-02 15:56
Birthdays for the Dead by Stuart MacBride
Birthdays for the Dead - Stuart MacBride
So I was looking around on Amazon and I happened to see this book and thought man it looks like a good one. 
Sadly I have to give it a 3 up it was hard for me to get into the book, it felt all over the place characters were filled with too much drama it seemed. There were scenes with Ash that just did not seem believable. Ash is dealing with his oldest daughter disappearing by the man who is dubbed The Birthday Boy, being in debt with loan sharks, and now dealing with the issues of his other daughter. It just screams disaster and we all know that just means lot of death will be to followed. 
When I started the book I am not sure how to explain it but I felt confused though once everything started coming together it was okay. 
I did enjoy how Ash didn't give up looking for the person who took the missing girls when it seemed that he might have had the right person it was a big step back for the DC because it wasn't who he thought it was. 
Now I may try the next book and just maybe Ash may be a better character for me who knows. 

 

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text 2017-01-02 05:10
Top 10 Books/Audiobooks from 2016
The Girl on the Glider - Brian Keene,Keith Minnion
The One and Only Ivan - Patricia Castelao,Katherine Applegate
Written in Red - Anne Bishop
Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop
Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop
Gilded Needles (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Christopher Fowler,Michael McDowell,Mike Mignola
Birthdays for the Dead - Stuart MacBride
The 45% Hangover [A Logan and Steel novella] (Kindle Single) - Stuart MacBride
Close to the Bone - Stuart MacBride
The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell

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Last year I read 212 books.

 

A breakdown of my reads:

 

Graphic Novels/comics - 146

Audiobooks - 5

Novels/Novellas - 61

 

Here are some of my book stats

 

 

My Favourite Reads of the Year

 

The Girl on the Glider - Brian Keene,Keith Minnion 

 

Author Brian Keene tells a tale of being haunted by a young girl. This story works best as a glimpse into the life of the author as he tries to manage work against family life. This for me was a brutally honest and personal read, kudos to the author for baring so much of his day to day life, warts and all.

 

The One and Only Ivan - Patricia Castelao,Katherine Applegate 

 

Ivan is a captive gorilla, housed in mall zoo!! He and other animal residents seem resigned to their life until Ruby arrives and Ivan decides he wants more for her.

Beautifully told, heartbreaking at times but ultimately uplifting. Ivan's observations on humans had me laughing as well as crying at the senseless cruelty that is meted out to  animals.

 

Written in Red - Anne Bishop  Murder of Crows - Anne Bishop  Vision in Silver - Anne Bishop  

 

The Others series is the book equivalent of crack. I literally can't get enough even though this series should bug the shit out of me, it works. I never expected to like this series as much as I have and I'm grateful to the BL peeps who put up such great reviews that piqued my interest.

 

Gilded Needles (Valancourt 20th Century Classics) - Christopher Fowler,Michael McDowell,Mike Mignola 

 

1880s New York, a power struggle between Black Lena and the upper class Stallworths begins as the Stallworths sentence 3 of Lena's family members to be hanged.

I loved the period feel to this read, there was a lot of detail that went into each area, the dirty, debauchery of The Black Triangle which contrasted sharply with the sterile elegance of Washington Square.

This tale of revenge was brutal and shocking but I still felt myself cheering Lena on.

 

Birthdays for the Dead - Stuart MacBride 

 

Gritty and disturbing as most of Macbrides work is, this was still able to deliver a gut punch at the end that left me reeling. Scottish noir at it's best.

 

The 45% Hangover [A Logan and Steel novella] (Kindle Single) - Stuart MacBride 

 

A novella that highlights the relationship between Logan Macrae and DCI Steel who find themselves in a tricky but hilarious situation.

 

Close to the Bone - Stuart MacBride 

 

Although this book had me disliking the caricature that DCI Steel is becoming it was still a strong read for me. I do feel sorry for poor Logan and hope that Macbride gives him a happier home life at some point.

 

The Elementals - Michael Rowe,Michael McDowell 

 

Creepy and something I couldn't read when it got dark as it was freaking me out too much. Amazing to think how much horror you can get out of sand and a dysfunctional family.

Simple but very effective

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review 2016-12-17 00:00
No More Birthdays (Carol Ann Baker) (Volume 1)
No More Birthdays (Carol Ann Baker) (Volume 1) - Lissa Pelzer Lilly Lessard has a lot of secrets; you know lots of things she wants to keep hidden. I won’t tell you all her secrets cause well you know that is her story to tell not mine. But I will tell you a little bit about Lilly like that is not her real name and that she is a runaway. Yeah she is just a teenage girl who has followed her “Gentleman” as we may describe him but to Lilly he is just her friend to Florida to ask him for the money he owns her.

Bobby who is Lilly’s “Gentleman” friend took Lilly in a few years ago and has taken “real” good care of her until recently. Lilly worked for Bobby and he promised her that when the time came that he would make sure she had enough money to go to college or start a new life if that is what she chose to do but unfortunately for Lilly Bobby reneged on their little deal.

Lilly has followed Bobby to Florida to get the money he owns her. But Lilly is not the only one that is after Bobby no a detective has also followed Bobby as well. Detective Davis has been after Bobby for a while now for several offenses. Davis only manages to get so close and then Bobby miraculously slips out of her fingers.

Detective Davis knows Lilly’s story and wants to help her and take her out of the world she has found herself in and give her a new life a better and safer life. But Lilly is only thinking about the money Bobby owes her. I don’t think Lilly has ever had anyone to really love and care for her and doesn’t know what that is. I think she has probably had to look out for herself all her life with no one to depended on so when Davis offers to help her Lilly thinks she is just making it all up just to get what she wants and that she doesn’t care about her either no one else does so why should she?

Lilly is a very strong and determined young girl who when she sets her mind to something she just will not stop until she has want she started out for or until she has exhausted all of her options. She may be strong willed and smart on some things but at the same time she can be so naïve about others.

No More Birthdays is filled with so much intrigue and mystery that leads you down a long dark road. While it may leave you feeling sad and upset it will also have you rooting for Lilly.

While I haven’t read that many crime novels I have read enough to know that No More Birthdays is unlike any that I have read before and I am really glad that I have read Lilly’s story and plan on reading more of Lilly story in the next book Dead Memories. If you like novels of this nature then I would highly recommend No More Birthdays to ya.
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text 2016-11-15 03:46
Arrgghh!
The World at the End of Time - Frederik Pohl

 

Stories with no definitive ending can be so annoying!

 

 

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text 2016-11-08 13:28
Reading progress update: I've read 142 out of 400 pages.
The World at the End of Time - Frederik Pohl

 

My DWS Nov birthday read.

 

The way things are going, I don't think there is going to be a happy ending.

For anyone.

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