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review 2018-09-25 14:11
Summerhouse Series Continues to Disappoint
As You Wish (A Summerhouse Novel) - Jude Deveraux

I have been playing catch-up with books that I read during my house renovation that I just didn't have the energy to post reviews about. When one has plaster and dust all over them you tend to just want to go to bed and put blankets over your head (at least I did). Getting my floors, walls, and ceilings back helped return me back to a semi-normal state. When the kitchen gets started I won't know what to do with myself.


Back to my review though. I should have known better than to buy this in hardcover. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, even though I found problems with it. Did not really like the second one, and this one was a wash too. Deveraux tries to hard to connect all of the books/characters into this one and making it that one woman needs to choose a different destiny/future in order for the Summerhouse phenomenon (as I call it) to continue. 

 

The characters in this one did not grab me at all. We had one characters story just pretty much equal, she needed an aggressive man to help her find her sexuality (yes seriously) and another one just needed to embrace love. I don't know. The whole book just jumped around too much for me to like it much. I really have to stop reading time travel books, they end up irking me mostly.

 

The three characters we first meet are Olivia, Elise, and Kathy's husband, Ray. Olivia is asked to help Elise and Ray get settled after their therapist is held up. Elise wants Olivia to stay since she is not in the mood to be alone with Ray and Ray doesn't want Elise hitting on him. Yeah that mess happened.


Not too much to say about Ray except I disliked him. He is also referred to as a thug a few times by Olivia and Elise and that he is aping to be white collar though he's really blue collar through and through. No, Ray isn't black so I don't know what the heck was going on there. Also how about we not call people thugs that don't come from privileged backgrounds cause it says more about you than it does them. 

 

Eventually we get Olivia, Elise, and Ray's wife Kathy all together. We find out fairly early on that Ray is having an affair and wants to leave Kathy and he doesn't feel any chemistry with Kathy. However, we also realize that Kathy does everything for Ray so that makes him sexist? I don't know. This book had too many plot lines.


Olivia is newly married to someone she loved when she was younger. It's a second marriage for them both and Olivia is hiding a horrible secret (guess what it is) and resentful of her first husband and his having a whole second family.

 

Elise's husband locked her up cause you know he's in love with someone else and they tried to poison her.

All of the stories deal with women who got with the wrong men and the men cheated on them in some way. Not very appealing for a romance book. 

 

It takes way too long for the time travel aspect to even get going and Deveraux per usual just shows us two women's story-line in the past, and has the third one come back to the present and tell the other two. I booed the whole thing cause it really came down to the women just choosing different men. At least in book one it really dealt with two out of the three women just deciding things for themselves. We had Leslie keeping her same past and choosing a different present and Madison forcing herself to go forward with being a model instead of returning home to her high school love. 


And also these three women just forgive the trash men in their lives who did crap to them in the past, but it doesn't matter since nothing came to past and I don't know I just threw my hands up in the air and let it go. 

 

The long time readers will get a kick out of seeing the Montgomery family again though.

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review 2018-09-23 18:05
Review of Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
Only Time Will Tell - Jeffrey Archer

I loved this book!  I bought this entire series over time because they were all discounted as e-books and I am really glad I did.  I had never read an Archer book before but I had a hard time putting this down.  I would not call it great literature, but the character building, story-telling, and historical background are all very well done. I liked how he would switch perspectives from one character to the next, but also go back in time a bit in the story to fill in holes.  I have already started the next book in the series.

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review 2018-09-23 14:46
SLIMER by Harry Adam Knight
Slimer - John Brosnan,Phil Kettle,Harry Adam Knight

 

SLIMER is a perfect example of why I loved (and still love), horror from the 80's! It's fun, it's fast paced, unpredictable, imaginative, and did I mention it's FUN?

 

Three couples find themselves stranded in a life boat after the yacht they were on sank. After several days they come upon an abandoned oil rig, and are grateful to be on solid ground again. After they start looking around, their gratitude turns to confusion and eventually fear. Why are there scientific labs instead of oil production equipment? Where are all the people? Most importantly, why are they finding piles of clothing all over the place? Piles with undergarments and socks inside, almost as if the person vanished into thin air? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I know that the title doesn't bring to mind great works of literature, but this book towers above most creature features, and unlike a lot of horror from that time period, it's actually pretty well written. I'm not looking for Shirley Jackson all the time, you know? Sometimes I want lots of action and in your face horror and both of those are found here in spades! I've been trying to think of movies or other books I can compare SLIMER with, and all I can come up with is The Thing. Instead of the arctic setting, we're on an isolated oil rig in the middle of the deep sea...but all the other main components are there. The growing fear, the confusion, and suspicion regarding your fellow man, all of it's here. And all of it spells F-U-N!

 

Valancourt Books' PAPERBACKS FROM HELL series is going to be a lot of fun if this is the kind of stuff they'll be putting out. I, for one, am going to be lined up for each new release like a shopper at midnight on Black Friday!

 

If you liked John Carpenter's The Thing, if you like creature features, and finally, (maybe especially), if you liked the best works that 80's horror had to offer, SLIMER is a MUST-HAVE for your home library. My highest recommendation!

 

Available on October 2nd, but up for pre-order now, here: SLIMER

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text 2018-09-21 14:00
Reading progress update: I've read 388 out of 430 pages.
Thief of Time (Discworld, #26) - Terry Pratchett

'It makes you wonder if there is anything to astrology after all.'

'Oh, there is,' said Susan, 'Delusion, wishful thinking and gullibility.'

 

 

Burn.

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text 2018-09-21 03:00
Reading progress update: I've read 359 out of 430 pages.
Thief of Time (Discworld, #26) - Terry Pratchett

'Well, I expect you have heard of Rule One, right?' he said.

That seemed to give them pause. One said, 'We know millions of rules, human.'

'Billions. Trillions,' said another.

'Well, you can't attack me,' said Lu-Tze, ' 'cos of Rule one.'

The nearest Auditors went into a huddle.

'It must involve gravitation.'

'No, quantum effects. Obviously.'

'Logically there cannot be a Rule One because at that point there would be no concept of plurality.'

'But if there is not a Rule One, can there be any other rules? If there is no Rule One, where is Rule Two?'

'There are millions of rules! They cannot fail to be numbered!'

Wonderful, thought Lu-Tze. All I have to do is wait until their heads melt.

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