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review 2017-02-19 15:14
Rusty Puppy by Joe Lansdale
Rusty Puppy - Joe R. Lansdale

Rusty Puppy is the latest entry in the Hap and Leonard series by Joe Lansdale.

 

The pair are hired by the lady across the street to help find her son's murderer. The local cops are not only unhelpful, they are suspected of being involved. As always, the pair are happy to help and find themselves involved with corrupt lawmen, scuzzy lawyers and a foul-mouthed, 400 year old midget vampire. (You'll see.)

 

I believe the main draw for these books is the back and forth between Hap and Leonard and this book is no exception. I found myself laughing out loud quite a bit and with everything going on in the world today, I welcomed the respite.

 

There's also a killer fight scene towards the end of the book that loyal readers won't want to miss.

 

Hap and Leonard lovers should enjoy this volume of the series just as much as the rest of them, if not just a smidge more. Highly recommended, especially to fans of the series!

 

Available on February 21, 2017, here: Rusty Puppy (Hap and Leonard)  

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*Thanks to Mulholland Books and NetGalley for the digital ARC of this book, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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text 2017-02-13 22:30
New Release-Knottspeed by Jeff Johnson!
Knottspeed: A Love Story - Jeff Johnson

 

I had the pleasure of "meeting" Jeff Johnson, (only on-line unfortunately), last year. I reviewed his most excellent werewolf-noir novel, Everything Under the Moon. (Click to see my review) Somehow I missed this book when it came up on Edelweiss, (I have since requested it for review), but to help make up for that, I thought I'd make a post for his latest release (available 2.14.17): Knottspeed.

 

Here's the description from Amazon:

"Enigmatic, charming, and brutally resourceful, Knottspeed is a man on a mission. He also happens to be dead, but the rumors of his demise have been slightly exaggerated—by the man himself as the key to his plan."

 

 

 

 

Jeff Johnson's style is guaranteed to be unlike most anything you've read before. His bio is fascinating and I believe all that life experience shines through in his writing. That and a wicked sense of humor!

If you're looking for something new and unusual to read, check this one out:

Knottspeed: A Love Story

 

 

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review 2017-02-13 19:11
Of Foster Homes and Flies by Chad Lutzke
Of Foster Homes and Flies - Chad Lutzke

Of Foster Homes and Flies has been on my reading docket for over 6 months now. I wish I hadn't waited so long. This is a heartbreaking tale about young Denny and the loss of his parents. But it's about so much more than that, really.

 

When a 12 year old boy has lost his father, and then loses his mother shortly thereafter, (to a constant state of drunkenness), there isn't much to look forward to in his young life. His family is poor, he hasn't even ridden in a car in years, (never mind his family owning one), and Ingrid, the family dog, has been exposed to so much cigarette smoke she's no longer white.

 

Over the past year, Denny has been regretting having not entered his school's spelling bee last year. This time around, Denny is going to enter that spelling bee-and come hell or high water, he's going to win it. Will he really win? You'll have to read this novella to find out!

 

I'm not sure why I identified so much with this kid, but I did. Everything about him and his poor family rang true to me. I loved the depictions of his few friends and neighbors-which only goes to show you that in the end, in spite of being surrounded by people, you can still be alone. I just wanted to reach out and hug Denny. I wish he were right now so I could.

 

I've read one of Chad Lutzke's stories before in the anthology "Bumps in the Road", which he edited. I loved that story too, but not quite as much as this one. Highly recommended for fans of coming-of-age tales like Robert McCammon's Boy's Life, James Newman's Midnight Rain, or John Boden's Jedi Summer: with The Magnetic Kid.

 

You should grab a copy and you can right here. Of Foster Homes and Flies

 

If you do, give Denny a hug from me. 

 

*I received a complimentary copy of this novella in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2017-02-12 16:21
Gilded Cage by Vic James
Gilded Cage - Vic James

In Gilded Cage , Vic James has created a world where slavery still exists- 10 years of it for every single person. It doesn't matter if you serve your ten in a glass mansion or a dingy factory-slavery is still slavery.

 

I enjoyed the world-building and almost despite myself I became attached to the Hadley family. Even though their rather naive daughter, Abi got on my nerves a little bit,   I did care about her brother, Luke,  her sister and parents. I found the concept of the "Equals" a fascinating one, they being the people catered to by everyone else. Capable of chilling powers and yet the true depth of their power was not fully evident until near the end of the story.

 

Another thing I very much enjoyed was the complexity of the villains. At some points, it was difficult to distinguish who they even were and I liked trying to figure that out. Lastly, I relished the fact that not everything is all laid out and explained in great detail like at the end of a TV show. I still have a couple of questions-so even though I'm not even a fan of YA AND I've sworn that I'm not starting any more series', I do plan to read the next book.

 

The reason I'm giving 4 stars and not 5 is because I felt things got bogged down a bit, (a la the Song of Ice & Fire series), when introducing all the political machinations of the different families. I don't feel like there was too much, exactly, just perhaps too much all at once .

 

It's always nice to be surprised by a book on which you take a chance. I requested this one based on the appeal of the description alone-I really didn't think the book would live up to my expectations, but I'm happy that it did!

 

Recommended to fans of YA, magicians, (of a sort), and fantasy!

 

You can get your copy here:Gilded Cage (Dark Gifts)

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and Del Rey Books for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*

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review 2017-02-10 23:13
The Fireman by Joe Hill, narrated by Kate Mulgrew
The Fireman: A Novel - HarperAudio,Joe Hill,Kate Mulgrew

 

Kate Mulgrew's narration raised  my rating ,(click to see my original review), of this book, just as it raised my rating of NOS4A2. The Fireman is so good to start with, but with her heartfelt voicing, the ball is knocked out of the park. 

 

Highly recommended on audio!

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