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review 2019-04-20 12:59
Hunting for Faith by riseofthefallenone & pappcave
Hunting for Faith - riseofthefallenone,Pappcave

A well written fanfic in which Dean & Sam are angels and Cas & Balthazar are humans. This is a very long fic, I skimmed some towards the end. The illustrations throughout by pappcave are excellent.

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/889851
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review 2019-04-16 17:19
"Circle Of The Moon - Soulwood #4" by Faith Hunter
Circle of the Moon (Soulwood #4) - Faith Hunter "Circle Of The Moon" is the fourth Nell Ingram book, set in the same world as the Jane Yellowrock series. If you haven't read any of the others, don't start here, go back and enjoy the whole series.

 

 

For me, this book got off to a slightly clunky start as we caught up with events since the violent and traumatic end to the last book, "Flame In The Dark". I liked the idea that Nell and Occam were both still recovering rather than being magically all better but I could have done with less "Previously, on Soulwood" and just getting on with the story.

 

My favourite parts of this story dealt with Nell's relationship with her sister, Mud and her visits back to her family in the Cloud Of God compound. Mud is irrepressible and the dialogue between her and Nell sparkles.

 

I liked that Nell is getting stronger and more confident of her place in Unit 18. She's no longer the Probationer and no longer the Widow woman / Churchwoman figuring out a new and strange world. Her confrontation with her boss's boss, Firewind, was well done and shows that Nell is being to understand her own worth and her own strength.

 

I also enjoyed the way that Nell dealt with the main vampires in the book. She stands up to Ming of Glass without overstepping into an attack and she treats Yummy fairly and offers her something as close to friendship as she can manage with a vampire. It was refreshing to get such a different perspective on vampires than the Yellowrock vamp-killer turned insider view.

 

It seems to me that Nell is becoming a little less human with each book. Or perhaps she's just getting to know herself better. WHAT she is becoming is hard to say. Faith Hunter has come up with an original set of powers for Nell. I'm curious to see what Nell will do with them.

 

Yet again, Faith Hunter has provided an above average urban fantasy story that was a fun read. She's developing the characters and opening up the possibilities of the series. The plot was a little straight forward in a save-the-world-from-the-demon-summoner kind of way but the powers used were unusual and the action was well described. The heart of the story lies with the characters. If you like Nell and her sister, you'll enjoy this book.

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review 2019-04-04 00:29
Faith & Fidelity (Faith, Love, & Devotion, #1) by Tere Michaels 4 Star Review!
Faith & Fidelity - Tere Michaels

Faith, Love, and Devotion: Book One

Reeling from the recent death of his wife, police officer Evan Cerelli looks at his four children and can only see how he fails them. His loving wife was the caretaker and nurturer, and now the single father feels himself being crushed by the pain of loss and the heavy responsibility of raising his kids.

At the urging of his partner, Evan celebrates a coworker’s retirement and meets disgraced former cop turned security consultant Matt Haight. A friendship born out of loneliness and the solace of the bottle turns out to be exactly what they both need.

The past year has been a slow death for Matt Haight. Ostracized from his beloved police force, facing middle age and perpetual loneliness, Matt sees only a black hole where his future should be. When he discovers another lost soul in Evan, some of the pieces he thought he lost start to fall back in place. Their friendship turns into something deeper, but love is the last thing either man expected, and both of them struggle to reconcile their new and overwhelming feelings for one another.

 

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Evan and Matt. This is a book that is a favorite of many people. I can see why.

I was crying in the first chapter which is a testimony to great writing. It is a stunning depiction of grief. 

These are two broken men and the friendship that grows between them. And we can see them fall in love. 

I am not a huge fan of the lack of awareness both men have around their sexuality and the gay for you theme. I wrinkle my nose a bit. 

Also, while I enjoy the reality of Evan's dealing with his childern given his level of bereavement, I think there needs to be more of a healing from that where instead I think he shifts the care taking to Matt.

I love the writing, like the romance, but don't adore the leaning into the next book on with this same couple that means while we do get HEA that too much is left dangling.

But I am glad I read it.

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text 2019-03-29 11:02
2019 Reading Goals #1 - Deep Dive into Watergate - Progress Report #1
1968: The Year That Rocked the World - Mark Kurlansky
Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics - Lawrence O'Donnell
Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America - Rick Perlstein
All the President's Men - Carl Bernstein,Bob Woodward
The Last of the President's Men - Bob Woodward
The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It - John W. Dean
The Making of the President 1972 - Theodore H. White
Breach of Faith: The Fall of Richard Nixon - Theodore H. White
The Nixon Tapes - Douglas Brinkley,Luke Nichter
Shadow - Bob Woodward

So far, I have read two books off the list: Last of the President's Men by Bob Woodward and Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O'Donnell. I got lucky and found in really good condition a copy of All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward in the free book swap area of my library. 

 

Next up is getting to 1968 by Mark Kurlansky and The Making of a President 1972 by Theodore White. This will set me up to reading about Watergate during the summer and giving me time to tackle Shadow from September to December.

 

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Inspired by the podcasts Slow Burn (season one) from Slate and Bagman by Rachel Maddow, I decided to do a deep dive into the Nixon administration, specifically Watergate.  I already read the Nixon/Ford section of Clint Hill's Five Presidents just to get my feet wet. I may not get to all of these, but I hope to read enough to have a good grasp on what happened.

 

My Nixon Reading List:

 

1. 1968: The Year that Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky

2. Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O'Donnell (Read March 2019)

3. The Making of a President 1972 by Theodore White

4. Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein

5. All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

6. Last of the President's Men by Bob Woodward (Read January 2019)

7. The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It by John Dean

8. Breach of Faith: The Fall of Nixon by Theodore White

9. Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate  by Bob Woodward

10. The Nixon Tapes 1971-1972 by Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter 

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review 2019-03-18 15:07
Too Many POVs that Added Nothing
What Happened to Us? - Faith Hogan

This looked interesting so I got it on my Kindle this past weekend. I think I may read more Faith Hogan in the future. She can definitely write and plot a story. I just think that adding two of the POVs did nothing for the book and actually caused it to drag. I started skipping over those POVs toward the end of the book since the POVs with Carrie and Kevin were more interesting to me. 

 

"What Happened to Us?" is about Carrie Nolan and her long term boyfriend Kevin Mulvey. They run a highly successful restaurant together and though the romance has cooled in their relationship, Carrie is happy with how things are for the most part. Then Kevin comes to her one day and tells her he has fallen in love with a waitress at their restaurant (Valentina). When Carrie realizes that her life is not going to be the same, she is determined to move on from Kevin. And Kevin slowly starts to realize that the grass is not always greener on the other side.


What can I say, I actually felt more for Kevin while reading this. Do not yell at me people! I felt sorry for him because he's a big fool. This character reminded me of the character in Sliding Doors who is torn between Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Heck, Kevin even has a best friend (Jim) who pretty much laughs at him for being such an idiot to give up Carrie for Valentina. Kevin slowly wakes up to what his relationship with Valentina was like and how similar his life is heading like his father. 


Carrie at least acknowledges the things that she did wrong while dating Kevin. They both let the romance die in their relationship and she always took care of everything. Her realizing that she could be stronger without him and determined to keep their little house was great.

 

I have to say though I don't know how realistic it was that Kevin and Carrie kept working together for as long as they do in this book. I would have probably set some stuff on fire.


The other characters in this book, Jane and Luke were pretty blah to me. 

 

As I already said, I liked the writing and the overall plot. The story just dragged every single time that Hogan moved away from Carrie and Kevin to Jane and Luke. No offense, but Jane and Luke added nothing to the book. We could have gotten Carrie's impressions of Luke and left it at that. Considering that Carried had family and friends surrounding her I was more interested in that then in how Luke felt about his father or Jane felt about being alone. The flow wasn't great anytime it shifted away from Carrie and Kevin either.  

 

The ending was nice and I did love we got to see resolutions for all of the plot points. 

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