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text 2018-01-13 13:22
The Arm: Inside the Billion Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports - 153/368 pg
The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports - Jeff Passan

His voice trembled. It was 10:53, a couple of hours after he'd heard. He'd had a good cry already, a heaving, sobbing, why-me of a lament in Sara's arms. He wasn't the shit heel or the dummy. He didn't disrespect the game or treat the privilege of playing baseball with anything less than the finest effort. Not that he believed any of those things mattered. Baseball wasn't casting judgement on him. The arm is just merciless. 

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review 2018-01-13 06:40
Best of All Possible Worlds
The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Novel - Karen Lord

If classic Star Trek fanfic sounds appealing to you then I have good news - this book reads like a Vulcan/Human love story. Lord has managed to write a regency romance masquerading as a sci-fi, and that has its own pros and cons. The structure is episodic as you follow the team on what read like away missions, each chapter taking the form of a vignette. It's a gentle read with very little action or peril, more like a day to day examination of these people and their lives. I don't mind character driven stories, but unfortunately I found most of the cast fairly one-dimensional. I didn't really manage to latch onto these people, which in turn meant I never fully engaged with the book. I will say I quite liked Lian, and was very glad the author didn't fall into any of the pitfalls I've come to dread when authors introduce gender neutral characters.

All in all this book failed to spark much emotion in me. I didn't hate it like the bulk of my book club, but I didn't really enjoy it either. I felt like there were a lot of interesting ideas thrown in, but none of them really get explored (that isn't really the focus of the book, which I get). The romance aspect never really sparked for me, but I know there are people who found it satisfying. All in all if you want a light regency-esque romance set in a sci-fi setting this might delight you. I was left somewhat cold. Your mileage may vary.

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text 2018-01-11 22:57
Reading progress: 31%.
No One Lives Twice No One Lives Twice - Julie Moffett

Hmmm…nothing seems to faze her.Not sure I like that (I mean you are held at gun point several times, your home is broken into several times including when you are home, stuff tossed about ... and you go to bed without even changing sheets?).

 

On the other hand, I wouldn't want to be reading endless whining about it.

 

I certainly don't like that a co-worker she is definitely not interested in (and has told him so) only gives her a safe ride after she promises a tongue kiss ... WTF?  

 

Lots of potential romantic interests have been tossed in (not a love triangle or anything yet).  

 

I want the more collected chick from the beginning of book back.  Not this unfazed one potentially letting the dudes walk all over her; one confident in her own skills instead of self-deprecating them in comparison with all the new guys that have shown up in the story.

 

Reading for a booklikes book club -- YA Book Club. 

 

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text 2018-01-11 02:42
Reading progress: 8%.
No One Lives Twice No One Lives Twice - Julie Moffett

Enjoying this; probably because so far I like Lexi.  

 

Getting a Romancing the Stone vibe.  Well, not a jewel or a romance yet; just something about the atmosphere with everyone after the "papers" BF supposedly sent her.  

 

I really, really hope this isn't headed to an ending where it was all a setup by BF to get her to have adventure and romance instead of living life in the cube farm.  I'm deliberately avoiding reviews until after I finish book to avoid spoilers.

 

 

Reading for a booklikes book club -- YA Book Club. 

 

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text 2018-01-11 01:49
Reading progress: 2%.
No One Lives Twice No One Lives Twice - Julie Moffett

So far — in a good way — this is not coming across as YA.  Possibly because Lexi is turning 25, has college degree, a not- new job, and a roommate-less apartment.

 

Reading for a booklikes book club -- YA Book Club. 

 

I can relate to the "shoulder surfing" comment.  It's always irritating when uninvited, but at least she's civil service at a time where government offices are non-smoking (*bad flashbacks* to tiny offices and cubicles with already poor ventilation where the shoulder surfers chain-smoked and often made snickering comments about needing a brain straw to get in my head ...)

 

 

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