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review 2018-08-16 03:48
A Taste of Honey - Kai Ashante Wilson

Beautifully sweet and bittersweet and oh! that ending! Completely unexpected and absolutely perfect. Kai Ashante Wilson deserves a whole second set of five stars just for throwing that impressive plot curveball.

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review 2018-08-05 03:40
The Wrath of Satan - Rhonda Eudaly,Julia S. Mandala,Linda L. Donahue,Dusty Rainbolt

In the immortal words of Satan herself:

 

"A bunch of lab rats hopped up on drugs could do a better job than you four. Instead of spreading famine, war, plague and death, you spread moodiness, fashion-tips, sequins and coffee stains."

 

I've always found The Four Redheads books to be fun reads and this latest instalment was certainly that.

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review 2018-07-22 01:13
Record of a Spaceborn Few - Becky Chambers

Her first book was amazing. Her second topped that by being amazing x 2. And now she's accomplished amazing x 3. Want to re-read it immediately, which is what I did on finishing the previous two.

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review 2018-06-16 19:37
The Star Witness - Andy Hamilton
(note: the Andy Hamilton who wrote this novel is NOT the person described in the author profile … is there a way for Booklikes to differentiate between multiple authors who happen to have the same name)? THIS is the Andy Hamilton who authored "The Star Witness"
 
I've been a longtime fan of Andy Hamilton via his BBC Radio shows "Old Harry's Game" and "Revolting People", plus very fond memories of catching a few episodes of "Drop the Dead Donkey" on TV long ago. So was happy to discover that he'd written a novel and was eager to read it.
And now I'm eager to read any other novel Andy Hamilton cares to write. "The Star Witness" wasn't anything like his radio shows (which are hilarious with deeply insightful serious underlayers) not that I expected that of him … the man's too versatile to just do the same thing over and over. Instead this work had the serious front and centre with moments of snark and self-deprecating and defensive humour from the main character … a quieter form of comedy interwoven into an larger fabric of a man whose going-through-the-motions life is suddenly turned upside-down and inside-out, and how this this upheaval at first flattens him into apathy and then slowly changes him for the better. We hope. There's an ambiguous at-a-crossroads ending and good on Mr. Hamilton for doing that because, really, I like books that don't spoonfeed me all the answers and instead leave things open for speculation and interpretation.
Definitely have to re-read this with knowledge of that ending because I know it's going to change a lot of my perceptions from the first in-ignorance reading.
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review 2018-04-12 01:05
The Oracle Year : A Novel - Charles Soule

Most fiction about the gift/curse of prophecy focus on how/why the individual can do this, what the prophecies are, and whether or not it's possible to change the future if you know it in advance. While those themes are in "The Oracle Year", most of it doesn't matter. What pulled me into this novel and kept me interested was how different individuals and groups of people reacted to the existence of the Oracle. Greed, desperation, joy, power, love, hatred, fear, curiosity, faith, trust, mistrust, and other emotions and motivations abound as everybody perceives the possibilities differently.

 

At the end a lot of questions are still unanswered for both the characters and the reader, just like in real life. And I didn't need those answers. Because what matters in this book is what people do, not what they know.

 

P.S. I read this because I've liked Soule's storytelling in comic books, so was certainly willing to give his first novel a try. I'm now looking forward to reading his second and beyond.

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