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review 2017-01-11 20:18
Review: At the Mouth of the River of Bees
At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories - Kij Johnson

At the Mouth of the River of Bees is an interesting and varied pack of stories. Although many of the stories in this collection could easily be labeled as Fantasy, many others escape such simple labeling. Spanning the genres, each stories is unique; while some are more strait-laced fantasy, fairy tales replete with talking animals and beasts of all sizes, others are more contemporary and literary in nature. This wide variety gives the reader many chances to fall for Johnson's stories, but may make this collection seem uneven. Some are extremely brief while others could probably be considered novellas. Some are powerfully shocking, others are simplistically quiet. The fact is, this is quite a mix to come from one author. You may read two or three stories before you find one you like. You may love all of them. Likely, there's something in this collection for most of us.

My personal favorites were “Spar,” “Wolf Trapping,” and “At the Mouth of the River of Bees.” “Ponies” was also a good story, but I'd heard so much about it over the years that I expected something more chilling; in fact, it felt to me like a tamer version of a Shirley Jackson story. For me, “Spar” was the truly haunting story that remains with me like no other one in this collection

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review 2016-07-11 14:54
By The River (Elementals #1)
By The River - Katey Hawthorne

The story was interesting and well written. The writing is different and engaging. Both Adam and Leith were quirky and cute. I liked it!

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review 2015-07-18 00:00
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept - Paulo Coelho This book was slightly better than the Alchemist. At least it's got a plot. Not some self-help book disguised as a novel.
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review 2015-03-05 14:50
Review: Down by the River by Robyn Carr
Down by the River - Robyn Carr

Not much to say about this one either.  This is the final book in the Grace Valley Trilogy and it's a good ending.  A lot of the drama in this one is about June and Jim getting married.  They don't fight about it, but everyone else seems to think it's a really big deal that they aren't married (minor spoiler: June's pregnant).  I don't understand why it matters so much.  I get that it's a small town, but it's not really any body's business but theirs! I know several people that didn't get married until they had several kids.  No one seemed to care one way or the other and I live in a small town.  I understand why June's dad made a big deal of it but it got old really fast.  There where other drama's going on, but that's the one that really annoyed me.  They have bad luck with pastors, but that's all I'm going to say. 

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review 2015-01-19 13:24
The House by the River by A.P. Herbert
The House by the River - The Original Cl... The House by the River - The Original Classic Edition - A P Herbert


bookshelves: winter-20142015, noir, mystery-thriller, books-about-books-and-book-shops

Read from January 10 to 14, 2015


Description: A rich novelist, Stephen Byrne, who lives and works by a river, kills his attractive maid after she begins screaming following a drunken pass. The writer, with the help of his limping brother, loads the body into an old sack and the pair throws the body into the river. Unfortunately, the body comes back up and floats by the house days later. Despite desperate attempts by the brothers to get the body, the police end up recovering it.

Byrne, who uses the woman's disappearance and killing for publicity for his books, realizes that his brother is the one who is going to be accused of the crime. Meanwhile, he begins writing a book about the crime in another attempt to cash in on the scandal. His wife and brother begin to fall in love, despite the fact that he has become the prime suspect.

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