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text 2018-02-28 14:07
Books I Read This Month: February 2018
The Gunslinger - Stephen King
The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz




Well a few things. I hit my book goal for 2018, I read 50 books a few days ago, so cheers to that. Now I can ignore the reading challenge for the rest of the year and not feel like I am behind like I usually do. 


I managed to finish 23 books this month. For the most part I had some good reads (check out the 3 to 5 star books I read this month) though I had a couple of doozies. Looking at you Dean Koontz. 


I also managed to finish up a book that fit The (Mostly) Dead Writers Society 52 weeks challenge (that was "A Mother Like Mine"). 


On another note, it came up last night during a Twitter discussion that many authors of color out there want to see more reviewers of color review their books. See tweet thread here:


I have been better about trying to read more books by POC, but I am going to step it up even more. I found Justina Ireland and Dhonielle Clayton's comments about this to be really good discussion topics last night and of course I hard cringed at reviewers who were white who popped up crying reverse racism (please stop that people). What is good though is that I had a lot of people reach out to me last night and ask about how to follow me on Booklikes and Goodreads. So hopefully this means we get to see some new faces around Booklikes! 

I do have an account on NetGalley, but I am terrible about not using it. Char has pushed me to go there and I finally did after an author reached out to me last year about reviewing her book. For me I think that I like to either buy the book or borrow from the library so no one can try to claim that my review is biased. I am going to use NetGalley and even went in this morning (hey my password still works!) and requested some interesting looking books. 


5 stars

It Happens All the Time: A Novel - Amy HatvanyNow and Then Friends: A Hartley-By-The-Sea Novel - Kate HewittA Mother Like Mine (A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel) - Kate HewittPet Sematary - Stephen King


The Gunslinger - Stephen King


4 stars


The Girls' Guide to Love and Supper Clubs - Dana BateRainy Day Sisters: A Hartley-by-the-Sea Novel - Kate HewittThis Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America - Morgan JerkinsSugar - Kimberly Stuart


Bombing in Belgravia - Samantha Silver


3 stars

Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue - Marissa Meyer, Douglas Holgate, Stephen GilpinA Conspiracy in Belgravia (The Lady Sherlock Series) - Sherry ThomasAn Irish Country Practice - Patrick TaylorChristmas at Tiffany's - Karen Swan


For Better or Hearse - Laura DurhamThe Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish


2 stars

Surprise Me: A Novel - Sophie KinsellaDune Messiah - Frank HerbertWhere the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir - Amy TanA Million Little Things - Susan Mallery


Sisters Like Us (Mischief Bay) - Susan Mallery


1 star


The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz




Read, Write, Love at Seaside - Addison Cole


My favorite book for this month will be "The Gunslinger" and my least favorite that mess of a book, "The Silent Corner."

Happy reading folks!

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review 2018-02-21 15:27
First Book in Koontz's Dirty Harriet Series or The Rise of the Mary Sue
The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz

Why did I listen to all of those glowing reviews about this book. I should have known. This is just more Koontz and his love of all things guns plot-lines with either a solo person or family going up against an evil group using nanotechnology to control human beings. I saw elements not only just from "77 Shadow Street" but he whole sale just reworked a plot from his "What the Knight Knows" story-line with a character who is affected by his sister being raped and murdered in front of him. And it pains me this is even categorized as horror. It's really not. It's just more of his suspense/thriller mess he has been writing for a while now.

The main character was pretty freaking souless (Jane Hawk) and I just didn't care anymore what happened to her or her kid that she stashes all over the place while taking down the super secret organization.


Maybe the book would have worked better if we actually had Koontz setting up the book enough to get us to care about her and her husband. We just hear about what a great guy he is and Jane just sits around remembering him. It was pretty boring after the first dozen chapters.


Jane is also the epitome of a Mary Sue. I cannot believe Koontz spent time on how gorgeous she was either. I mean I guess if she was ugly who would give a crap? I don't even know. There is a terrible scene where she is trying to get away from the bad guys and a guy picks her up in his car (putting himself in danger) and he talks about how attractive she is. And I think at that point I got an eye pain from the eye-rolling that I was doing at that time and just said screw it. 


I can't even tell you much about other characters since you don't get to spend a lot of time with anyone. The book flip flops back and forth with Jane outrunning the bad guys and the FBI and a lot of looking evil in the face things happening. 

There is not a lot of realism in this book either. There is some things based on age that didn't make sense for Jane or her husband. She's late 20s and someone would put Sidney Bristow from Alias to shame. I forget what age her husband was, but apparently he was a wunderkind with his rank. Sigh. 

The writing wasn't great and the flow as wawful. The chapters were choppy and we just kept jumping from scene to scene. You don't even have a chance to absorb what's going on since most of the writing only gets descriptive when describing guns, how to clean them, and what ammo is being used. I wish I was kidding. And I am not saying this because I am anti-gun. I was born and raised in PA. I have been around guns since I was a pre-teen. It's just this whole book is some weird military hybrid just like the last couple of books and it took me a long time to muddle through this. 

I also want to forbid Koontz from writing about nano-technology anymore. Get a new plot dude. I just cannot take this seriously anymore. At this point I actually think having a damn dog in every book was better than reading about nanos and how they can affect people and totally change their brain chemistry, etc. 

The ending was a joke. Things end on a cliffhanger (my least favorite literary device ever) so if you want to find out more about Jane's Guns and Her Adventures Against the Shadow Realm there are two more books in this series. The reviews have become less enthused, so I am fine with stopping here with book #1. 


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text 2018-02-20 23:55
Reading progress update: I've read 494 out of 464 pages.
The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz

I finally finished this so I can finally stop looking at this book. Here ends the tale of our dirty Harriet. I guess this is next phase Dean Koontz and I'm just going to pass on books two and three. This made absolutely no sense it was all over the place and I swear he reused a plot line for one of his older books and I'm too tired to look it up now but I'll post it in my full review. 

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review 2018-02-20 22:32
Intense But Not enjoyable
The Crooked Staircase - Dean Koontz

Fast, violent, deadly, with intense suspense.
I think an ultimate fear is losing control of our own minds, or choices. This book dives into that fear and drags it into that dark place, then it adds rape, torture, sex salvery, and running for your life. It is intense. Jane the main character, rams though her targets, try to find her husbands killer, and save her son from an unspeakably horrific threat. The bad guys are so ruthless, my stomach churned during several scenes. Jane is an incredible character, smart, and twisted enough to do what needs to be done.
Why only 3 stars ? Several reasons. One, it was too dark, there was so little hope and too much taken away. It left me with a hopeless feeling, I didn't want to continue many times. Oi, to feel such despair it hurts. The threat to the child, was too much for me. I will not continue the series for fear of where Mr. Koontz will go with that. I can't go there, can't fear for that happening. Then there was the fact that this book had two separate time lines going on switching back and forth with each short chapter. I found that really disruptive. Finally the ending, it just stoped, like mid breath just stoped-cliffhanger extreme.
I think it did what it was ment to do. It shocked, upset and drove adrenaline rushing through my body. It just wasn't my idea of an entertaining read.

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text 2018-02-19 23:05
Reading progress update: I've read 77%.
The Crooked Staircase - Dean Koontz Some seriously sick things going on in this book, disturbing horrific and way to realistic
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