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review 2018-01-12 14:39
Boo, Bunny! - Kathryn O. Galbraith,Jeff Mack

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A very cute picture book. I love how simple the words are, but that there is still a whole story that goes on when combined with the pictures. The illustrations are great as well. A fun tale of being brave and making friends.

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review 2017-12-19 01:13
Strike and Robin investigating a suicide
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

My latest load of books. 

 

In the attempt to get a VIP card from a local bookstore, a brand from Taiwan, I have to buy a lot. 

 

So I tried and tried to find enough books for me to buy in order to become member. This is in the pile. 

 

The surprise is how readable this is. I read the latest one Career of Evil when it went on sale. This one didn't got my interest so much as I have already watched the TV series it based on.

 

The story has a bit of problem, the detective Strike seems sad, yet didn't really have a temper. Man who had a father who hardly knows his existence, and a career cut short because of injury. One must get frustrated in life and probably has a bit of temper. He is just not a cheerful guy but didn't really take it out on anyone really. 

 

As for his detective skill, it is a bit procedural. Who was there and why? Interviewing witnesses and tried to confirm the police didn't missed anything. 

 

The problem of watching the TV series first is the spoiler. I tried to forget the end bits to enjoy the progression of the book more. 

 

The story itself didn't have enough interactive actions that I like in detective story. But this is just preference. The story itself is doing fine. I would have to find out if this is a suicide or if someone has harmed this young woman. 

 

The middle bit is a bit of running around with glues. If only Strike revealed some of the clues to Robin, then it would get even better. 

 

The ending is fine. 

 

4.5 stars read. 

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review 2017-10-25 18:27
Der Seidenspinner: Roman - Robert Galbraith

Can you imagine that Agatha Christie's Poirot like Cormoran Strike here sleeps with Pop Stars. They both are fat too, by the way. Modern times you will say. Maybe. But I think Christie knew that too and nevertheless (mark it) compensated the lack of "modernization" in her books by carefully manipulation of the psychological treats of her characters. By giving them "biblical devilishness or goodness".

 

I'm old fashioned in detectives, so 3 of 5.

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review 2017-09-23 03:19
The Cuckoo's Calling
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith

I don’t always feel the need to write detailed reviews of books that have already been reviewed up the wazoo. This is one of those times, so I’m just going to jot down some impressions I want to remember.

 

If Galbraith had never been outed as JK Rowling, I totally would have believed this book was written by a man based on nothing more than how at least 90% of the female characters were written as manipulative, conniving, spoiled bitches, including the dead woman. The male characters fall victim to the same traits, but if I wasn’t aware of the name behind the pen name, I’d probably put this down to trying to make Strike look even better by comparison. Also, accidentally grabbing a woman’s breast (hard enough to leave bruises) to save her from falling down a flight of stairs seems like something a guy would come up with (or an animé cliché). Also, Strike’s love life sometimes smacks of wish fulfillment. I didn’t make a note of every time it was mentioned how people marveled that Strike could attract such gorgeous women, but it seemed like a lot.

 

Randomness: Both Strike and the victim had a million nicknames. What’s up with that?

 

The mystery is decent, the prose is good, the dialogue is snappy. The characters are a mix of stereotyped cardboard cutouts and interesting fleshed-out individuals. The denouement felt like it dragged on for aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages. I enjoyed it a lot more than Casual Vacancy (which I thought was well-written but meh) and I’ll continue with the series.

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review 2017-09-21 02:00
Strike was investigating a mystery of a woman's leg sent to his office
Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith

Reading this for Terrifying women. 

 

And it is better than I thought. 

 

A leg was sent to Strike' office and was addressed to Robin, his assistant. 

 

Who would send a leg to him? And is the leg's owner still alive?

 

25% finished and it is not even close to getting to who he is.

 

But the threat is there, and it is following Robin.

 

Not much is happening yet. A lot of talking and meeting and information gathering. With the sideline story of Robin preparing for her wedding.

 

Liking it so far. 

 

Robin turned out to be quite capable. Strike is sort of capable but not really good at expressing himself.

 

Still a pretty decent story. 

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