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text 2017-03-23 20:00
DNF at 20%
Elegy for a Disease: A Personal and Cultural History of Polio - Anne Finger

This is a rambling, incoherent mess. Finger's writing is also very annoying to read due to her constant condescending attitude toward the reader. She does not inform on the history of the disease or how it affected her personally. The final straw was when she wrote about how the oral polio vaccine may be the linchpin to the AIDS epidemic as proof that eradication of polio from the world may not be as awesome as we all want it to be.....wtf?

 

 

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text 2017-02-28 19:20
DNF at 60%
Beauty and the Rake (The Rookery Rogues Book 3) - Erica Monroe

Life is too stressful and too short to waste time on a bad re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. I couldn't connect to the couple and the writing was very purple prose. More importantly, there is very little plotline and too much sex for me. This read more like a contemporary romantic suspense than a historical.

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review 2017-01-09 21:24
[Book Review] Dark Matter
Dark Matter: A Novel - Blake Crouch

Dark Matter / Blake Crouch

Jason Dessen has a good life.  Not the life he once foresaw for himself, that of a brilliant research physicist.  But he's married to the love of his life, well employed, and has a wonderful son.  Then a masked man assaults Jason, takes him outside of town, drugs him, and when Jason wakes everything has changed.  He's still Jason Dessen, but his work in quantum physics was never set aside for a family, the his son never born, the woman he loves is dating his best friend and is a celebrated artist, and the man everyone believes him to be has done the impossible.  But some mysteries should never be broken open, and everything is now at risk.


Ok, here's the thing.  I wanted to like this book.  Alternate-universe, hard science fiction thriller?  Sounds amazing.  It's not a bad book, though I find it works better as audio rather than print due to a narrative style favoring short, abrupt phrases.  But I ended up bored (and to be honest, at times annoyed).  It doesn't differentiate itself from any other alternate/parallel/nested universe SF that I've encountered (admittedly, the ones I'm familiar with tend to be films).  Seven Monkeys did it well, so did Existenz, or The Thirteenth Floor.  Layers within layers, confusing the true reality, and different versions of the protagonist.  Maybe this book is so lauded because this sort of narrative is more popular in screenplays than novels?  I wanted to be thrilled and surprised, what I got was well written but honestly pretty standard.

Advance Reader Copy courtesy of Crown Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review; changes may exist between galley and the final edition.

Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2017/01/book-review-dark-matter.html
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text 2016-12-24 11:56
Undisputed - DNF at 48%
Undisputed - Aimee Nicole Walker,Nicholas Bella

 

Wow!  

 

Yeah the first 30% (while instalovin') had such potential and some definite swoonworthy moments...but those aspects and that hot cover couldn't keep this from tanking for me. 

 

When the "beard" starts calling the shots...momma here is ready to blow someone away. And knowing this chick apparently won't go anywhere for quite some time...I can't handle that shit. I just wanna smack these MCs upside the head. Course what all could possibly happen when I'm not even halfway...

 

Cue the eyeroll. 

 

So unfortunate as I had high hopes for this. 

 

59% Update:  Yes I skimmed more and and am solidified in my decision. This is beyond ridiculous. 

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text 2016-12-09 15:19
not for me
Replica - Lauren Oliver Too many books to read, not worth my time to finish even as audio book. Gave up halfway through Lyra's story. Neat idea, and I'm pretty sure for the right audience this would be a winner. To me it's just a bit too standard.
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