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review 2018-10-17 22:30
Are we, as in humans, headed in this direction???
The Last Town - Blake Crouch

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~SERIES BLURB~

Wayward Pines Series

Blake Crouch

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The plot surrounds Secret Service agent Ethan Burke's introduction to the remote small town of Wayward Pines, his new home from which he cannot escape. The mysteries and horrors of the town build until Ethan discovers its secret. Then he must do his part to keep Wayward Pines protected from without and within.

 

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~MY QUICKIE (and non-spoiler) REVIEW~

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A very mysterious, uniquely done creepy-scary scenario with scy-fy and dystopian-ish elements, this trilogy is a must-read. I loved it, despite certain aspects confusing the heck out of me…I'm inclined to believe that's on me, more than the writing, though.  And geez-louise, what an ending...

 

If you don't know much about this series…you should keep it that way…and dive in.  Seriously, just do it.  The narration is excellently done for one-person narration. 

 

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~MY RATING~

4.7STARS - GRADE=A

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 4.7/5

Main Characters~4.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4.5/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 5/5

Ending~ 4.5/5  Cliffhanger~ Well…

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Book Cover~ Meh…

Narration~4.5 for Paul Garcia

Series~ Wayward Pines #3

Setting~ Wayward Pines

Source~ I Own Audible Audiobook

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I used this for Modern Noir Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

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review 2018-10-17 21:28
Hush little baby, don't say a word and never mind that noise you heard...it's just a beast under your bed...in your closet, in your head.
Pack - Mike Bockoven

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~BOOK BLURB~

Pack

Mike Bockoven

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Cherry, Nebraska, population 312, is just off the highway between the sticks and the boonies. It’s where Dave Rhodes and his friends have lived all their lives. They own businesses, raise families, pay taxes, deal with odd neighbors, and, once or twice a month--just like their fathers before them--transform into wolves.

 

It’s not a bad life, but when one of the group members goes astray, it sets in motion a series of events that will threaten to destroy the delicate balance that has kept Dave and his clan off the radar. Between a son getting ready for his first transformation--called The Scratch--a wife with sordid secrets, a new sheriff who knows nothing of the creatures in his midst, and a mysterious man in a bow tie with a shady agenda, the middle of nowhere is about to get very dangerous.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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I don't like most of the Shifters novels out there, but this one is different.  I like that it was different.  This felt like it came from the real-world with a supplement of paranormal elements…rather than coming from the paranormal world supplemented with real-world elements.  If that makes sense…it's also very graphic, especially the shifting scenes. 

 

Overall though, I felt like it lacked heart, or maybe it just needed a tad less testosterone…I'm not really sure.  Also, there are a few plot inconsistencies where things didn't get fully explained.  Other than that, while not as terrific as Fantasticland, Pack is still a mostly enjoyable listen.  The dialogue was easily digestible and well done in Audio format, but it would have been even better with additional narrators.   Oh yeah, there is also a shout-out to Metallica...gotta love that.

 

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~MY RATING~

3.3STARS - GRADE=B-

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3/5

Characters~ 3.3/5

The Feels~ 3/5

Pacing~ 3.2/5

Addictiveness~ 3.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.7/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3.2/5 Cliffhanger~ hmmm…sort of…

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Book Cover~ Love it!

Narration~ 4 for Peter Simonelli, he wasn't half bad…I just wasn't really into his exceptionally deep voice.

Setting~ Cherry, Nebraska

Source~ I Own Audible Audiobook

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I used this for Shifters Square in Halloween Bingo 2018

 

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review 2018-10-17 14:01
Bound Gods, Book 5 - Crocuta Crocuta
Bound Gods: Crocuta Crocuta - Adrienne Wilder

Another amazing couple...but damn just heartwrenching as well.  Damn.  

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url 2018-10-16 18:09
Fighting Erasure: Women SF Writers of the 1980s, Part III
The Manse - Lisa W. Cantrell
Watersong: Kore - Mary Caraker
Starbridge - A.C. Crispin
Sabazel - Lillian Stewart Carl
Final Frontier (Classic Star Trek ) - Diane Carey
Obernewtyn - Isobelle Carmody
Dreams Of The Raven - Carmen Carter
Up the Rainbow - Susan Casper
In the Garden of Dead Cars - Sybil Claiborne
Am I Free To Go? - Kathryn Cramer

I love these series of articles despite what they do to the TBR pile.

 

Lots of new and familiar authors.  Most I haven't tried.  I think these were when I was a very broke person just starting working for a living without a good book budget.

 

Ones that wouldn't fit the "big" pictures at top of post:

 

Overshoot - Mona Clee  Overshoot - Mona Clee 

The Stars as Seen from This Particular Angle of Night: An Anthology of Speculative Verse - Sandra Kasturi,John Rose,Phyllis Gotlieb,David Clink,Kathy Shaidle,R.G. Evans,Donna Farley,Patrick O'Leary,Kiel Stuart,Gemma Files,John Tranter,Charlee Jacob,Mark McLaughlin,Peter Crowther,Bruce Boston,Yves Meynard,Carolyn Clink,Tom Piccirilli,Heather Spe  The Stars as Seen from This Particular Angle of Night: An Anthology of Speculative Verse - ,Carolyn Clink, et. al.

How Like a God - Brenda W. Clough  How Like a God - Brenda W. Clough 

Legacy - Molly Cochran  Legacy - Molly Cochran  

The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks - Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen  The Magic School Bus at the Waterworks - Joanna Cole

Sunglasses After Dark - Nancy A. Collins  Sunglasses After Dark - Nancy A. Collins  

The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit - First Book of the Wraeththu - Storm Constantine  The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit - Storm Constantine  

Love and War - Margaret Weis,Tracy Hickman,Harold Bakst,Barbara Siegel,Scott Siegel,Nick O'Donohoe,Nancy Varian Berberick,Richard A. Knaak,Paul B. Thompson,Laura Hickman,Kate Novak,Kevin Randle,Michael Williams,Tonya C. Cook,Dezra Despain  Love and War - Tonya C. Cook, et. al.

Mask Of The Wizard - Catherine Cooke  Mask Of The Wizard - Catherine Cooke  

The Black Horn - Clare Cooper,Trevor Stubley  The Black Horn - Clare Cooper

 

Author of article also mentions (but not sure of works or where to start with them):

 

Source: www.tor.com/2018/10/10/fighting-erasure-women-sf-writers-of-the-1980s-part-3
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review 2018-10-15 14:02
Review: Star Wars: Lando's Luck by Justina Ireland
Star Wars: Lando''s Luck - Justina Ireland

An all-new adventure starring Lando Calrissian and L3-37 onboard the Millennium Falcon.

When Lando Calrissian gets caught smuggling on the planet Hynestia, the queen agrees to let him go if he delivers something called the Solstice Globe to the Empire on her behalf. Lando is relieved that his punishment is a simple delivery mission-but he soon discovers things are not as simple as they seem. The queen's daughter, Princess Rinetta, has stowed away on the Millennium Falcon and demands Lando and L3-37 take the globe back to its home planet, which needs the globe to survive. Now Lando has to choose: Do what's right, or do what's best for Lando. But if he's lucky enough, he just might be able to do both....

 

 

 

*I received a free copy from the publisher and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

 

 

I love Star Wars and the Star Wars universe. I'm not a mega fan like some people but I still like it and enjoy it very much. It is something I share with my kids and family. So when this book came up for review I was excited. Since I read some excerpts from the book and liked them I was even more excited.

That being said... I really enjoyed it for the most part but towards the end it seemed to drag a bit. It almost seemed stuck. Which slowed down the book and the pace of it a bit.

Some of the characters came over flat especially if they were not main characters, but overall they were fun and easy to follow.

If you know Star wars you know the world and it was fun revisiting them.... the book also had some very awesome and fun illustration that I enjoyed.

The book is rather short (for me) with under 200 pages but that will make it the perfect size for some kids. But I think the book is pretty much for young and old if you enjoy Star Wars.

Overall fun great book.... though it has some slow moments.

I rate it 3★

 

 

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Buy Links

 

 

Amazon *** B&N 

 

 

Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2018/10/15/review-star-wars-landos-luck-by-justina-ireland
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