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text 2017-12-23 17:12
16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Festivus: 5 most disappointing books in 2017
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett
The Interestings: A Novel - Meg Wolitzer
Jaws - Peter Benchley
Mistress of the Art of Death - Ariana Franklin
The Big Four - Agatha Christie

The year is almost over, so it is time for my worst reads of 2017.


The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett:


Just reading this book must have made me drunk, because I don´t remember a whole lot of the plot. Some things I do remember, though. The amount of beverages in this book is insane. Nick is a douche, an ass and an alcoholic (whose favorite drink is the one he is drinking at breakfast). Nora is good at pouring drinks and carrying them over to her husband. One of the suspects is a real lunatic. Oh, but I loved the dog. Asta was the best thing about this book.




The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer:


I still think this book is completely mistitled. "The Uninterestings" would have been a better fitting title. I learned from this book, that the biggest and most insufferable Mary Sue character is the one, who is loved by everyone. And I´m so glad that I don´t belong to the upperclass. Because in my opinion, based purely on this novel, they suck.




Jaws by Peter Bletchley:


Secretly I´m still cheering the shark on to eat all these horrible characters. But I get why the shark is hesistant about doing it. Even a shark has its standards and he doesn´t want to have a stomach ache (these people can´t be easily digestable).




Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin:


The beginning was so good, the main character wonderfully independent and headstrong and then she ... fell in looooovvvveeeee. No, just no.




The Big Four by Agatha Christie:


There aren´t enough words to explain, how ridiculously bad this book is. The members of the secret criminal organization are freaking idiots and Poirot is horrible, especially towards Hastings. I would say this is Agatha Christie at its worst, but I have the slight suspicion that another one of her novels might be even worse. We had a fun buddy read for this one, though. And I just can´t resist, sorry:




Tasks for Festivus: Post your personal list of 3 Festivus Miracles –OR– post a picture of your Festivus pole (NOTHING pornographic, please!), –OR– Perform the Airing of Grievances: name 5 books you’ve read this year that have disappointed you - tell us in tongue-lashing detail why and how they failed to live up to expectations.
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text 2017-11-20 16:21
16 Tasks for the Festive Season --8
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett,William Dufris

Square 1: Dia de los Muertos

A book that has a primarily black and white cover













 Do I get extra points because it is a murder mystery?

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text 2017-10-25 13:25
Double Bingo! 25 October
Dead Sea - Tim Curran
The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett
The Turn of the Screw - Henry James
A Latent Dark - Martin Kee
Faerie Tale: A Novel of Terror and Fantasy - Raymond E. Feist
Goblins - David Bernstein
Tales of Men and Ghosts - Edith Wharton
Helltown - Jeremy Bates
One Blood - Qwantu Amaru

With today's Monsters call, I've got a double Bingo! 4th row across and 4th row down.



The real stand out books for this bunch are Dead Sea by Tim Curran and Faerie Tale by Raymond Feist. This were both excellent reads!



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review 2017-10-24 00:00
The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett I enjoyed this one because it's so weird lol. Is it supposed to be suspenseful or some type of comedy? *Shrugs*
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review 2017-10-22 16:00
The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett 
The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett

8 August, 1997

As Kat says, a tasty mystery novel, indeed, with vivid characters. Nick and Nora are the coolest couple ever. Two, smart, charming people who just happen to be ridiculously wealthy and having a fabulous life in Manhattan, with their dog. Solving the mystery is beside the point. Drinking and being witty is the point.


So I looked up "badger game" because I had to find out what was in the woman's past. "Ah", I thought, reading the Wikipedia explanation, "like Hamilton got caught in" and indeed, Hamilton is the case study. Most of us will never be tempted by pros, so there's no way of knowing, but I wonder how many marks fail to fall.

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