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review 2018-02-20 02:35
I just couldn't connect with this SF(?)/Fantasy(?)/Weird Science(?) Comedy
The Meifod Claw: A Comedy - J W Bowe

I'm going to keep the synopsis-y part of this vague because the blurbs for this book are pretty vague, and to a great extent, so is the book. This takes place in Wales, it involves a former sailor now confined to a wheelchair and a mostly abandoned farm-house (it fills up after a chapter or so), his niece, his nephew (who pretty much owns the house and funds everything in the book) and his nephew's friend -- who dropped out of a master's level physics program to take part in the hi-jinks that occur. Oh, at some point a dog is introduced -- he doesn't seem to add much to anything, only serves to derail the progress of the plot for a bit, but he seems like a cool dog, and I'm a sucker for cool dogs.

 

The guys have assembled at this abandoned farm to work on a project and the niece/sister drops in every now and then to "tsk" at them and examine the books. When they're not working on the project -- and frequently as an aid to working on the project -- the uncle, nephew and friend get high, drunk, stoned, and wasted, at the same time. There are probably a few other nearly synonymous terms I could throw in there, too.

 

I'm honestly not sure if the project is supernatural in nature (there's a salt circle involved, but it doesn't seem to do anything, and I'm not sure anyone believes it ought to), based in some sort of physics/"fringe" science (there's a lot of talk that indicated that), or some sort of combination thereof. Frankly, I'm not convinced that the novel is all that certain of the nature of the project. I know a whole lot more of the drinking and drug habits of the characters than of the reason they're together. The nephew is the Visionary, the friend is the brains behind things (although there's very little time that I can tell you that he's doing anything), and the uncle is the guy who lives in the house.

 

I do know that one of the side effects of this project is that it is some sort of miracle-grow product for plants -- which means that the marijuana they use and sell to finance this project is larger, higher quality, etc. than one should expect. There is some contact with supernatural/spiritual entities, some with alien life (or they're all three), a government agency and someone who'd done the same kind of work as these three earlier (and hints that they're not alone).

 

I got frustrated with this novel quickly, but stuck with it hoping it'd change my mind (or that I'd at least figure it out), but the way that the story was told got in my way. Every time someone makes a decision, or gets a new piece of information, relaying that information/acting on the decision is put off for a day and a half (at least) for alcohol and recreation pharmaceutical use. During that day and a half any number of things can be said/happen that delays the relaying/acting. It is so infuriating. Maybe it'd have been better if the results of the binge-drinking, acid use, cocaine snorting, etc. were amusing or interesting, but I doubt it.

 

There was every reason in the world for me to get into this book, and I just couldn't. Maybe it was my mood (I don't think so, I wanted a book just like this at the time), maybe it was something else outside the book, so that I should recommend this to you all. But I'm pretty sure it was the book this time -- if you've read this and disagree with me? I'd love to hear why. I wouldn't mind changing my mind.

 

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/02/19/the-meifod-claw-by-jw-bowe
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review 2018-02-10 18:35
The Schemer (Harbor City) by Avery Flynn
The Schemer (A Hot Romantic Comedy) (Harbor City) - Avery Flynn

 

Tyler is a good man with a few annoying flaws. He plans, he overthinks and his emotions never see the light of day. He has one goal. Success. Everly is a good woman with a host of flaws. She's opinionated, moody and let's her emotions guide her choices. When the man with a plan meets the girl with heart, all of their best laid plans go out the window and temptation rears it's annoying head. The Schemer is the two best sides of Avery Flynn, hilariously funny and heartwarmingly delicious. Ms. Flynn let's more humor shine through with the Harbor City series, but she never forgets how appealing speaking to the heart can be.

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review 2018-02-08 13:02
Review : DESERVING IT by Angela Quarles
Deserving It: A Romantic Comedy (Stolen Moments Book 3) - Angela Quarles

DESERVING IT by Angela Quarles is book Three in the "Stolen Moments" series. This is the story of Conor and Claire. I have read the previous books, but feel this can easily be a standalone book. Conor and Claire are left stranded after their flight gets canceled due to weather. Claire has always had a burning crush on Conor but knows it won't be going anywhere. But the bad weather has giving them both a change to get to know one another better and it set off their desire for each other too.
Really enjoyed this book and their story.

Source: www.amazon.com/Deserving-Romantic-Comedy-Stolen-Moments-ebook/dp/B0786ZH277/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518042264&sr=8-1&keywords=DESERVING+IT+by+Angela+Quarles
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text 2018-02-07 19:43
Reading progress update: I've read 7 out of 286 pages.
The Code of the Woosters - P.G. Wodehouse

Meet Bertie Wooster, who had a faithful encounter with a certain liquid the night before:

 

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Thank good there is Jeeves, who apparently has the best hangover cure:

He returned with the tissue-restorer. I loosed it down the hatch, and after undergoing the passing discomfort, unavoidable when you drink Jeeve´s patent morning revivers, of having the top of the skull fly up to the ceiling and the eyes shot out of their sockets and rebound from the opposite wall like racquet balls, felt better. It would have been overstating it to say that even now Bertram was back again in mid-season form, but I had at least slid into the convalescent class and was equal to a spot of conversation.

 

I guess Bertie gets drunk occasionally and he is very familiar with the effect of Jeeves´ hangover cure (I venture another guess that his is some kind of running gag in these books).

 

But what I really do want to know now is the secret recipe of Jeeves´ drink.

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text 2018-02-01 22:19
dont bother
I'm Gay For My Living Billionaire Jet Plane - Chuck Tingle

seeker fanfic is kinkier and usually much better written than this so if you wanna read about planes fucking just stick with that

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