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review 2018-03-18 18:45
Pineapple Lies: A Pineapple Port Mystery
Pineapple Lies: Pineapple Port Romantic Comedy / Mystery: Book One (Pineapple Port Mysteries 1) - Amy Vansant

Title: Pineapple Lies: A Pineapple Port Mystery
Author: Amy Vansant
Publisher: A.V.
Series: Pineapple Pot Mysteries Book 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Four

"Pineapple Lies: A Pineapple Port Mysteries Book 1" by Amy Vansant

My Thoughts...

This story starts in a retirement community in Florida for 55 and up. What will happen after Charlotte is now living with her grandmother and the grandmother dies? Charlotte who was around twenty will continue living there since he has inherited the home. What will happen when Charlotte decides to have a garden put in the back porch area and a skull is found? Who is this person and just how long has this skull been there? How will this all come together as we have a younger woman living in a older community? Be prepared for quite a mystery where there will be plenty of secrets coming out, romance, also suspense with even some humorous moments. The characters [Charlotte, Mariska, Darla, Bob, Frank, Jackie, Seamus, Henry & Declan] are well developed, portrayed and so very believable giving the readers a good romantic/comedy/murder/ mystery read this will keep you guessing. How will this crew solve this case? Well, you will have to pick up this fun read 'Pineapple Lies' to find out.

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review 2018-03-17 14:49
Going Postal
Going Postal (05) by Pratchett, Terry - Briggs, Stephen [Paperback (2005)] - Terry Pratchet

by Terry Pratchett


Terry Pratchett is undeniably one of the best humorous fantasy writers ever born. I'll admit this wasn't a favorite for me, but it had its merits.


A con man is given a choice: get hanged or sort out the post office at Ankh-Morpork. There are times when he wonders which was the better option. His staff include the usual Pratchett array of interesting characters, including a gollum. The place is in disarray to say the least and needs, well, sorting!


I loved his alternative to the modern Internet, the clacks. I'm told it shows up in other novels but this was my first experience of them. Typical Discworld technology forms a backdrop that will look familiar to Pratchett readers and adventures ensue.


There's a dark side to this one. First of all the title has other connotations as a term used for mass shootings in post offices, which was a thing around the 1980s. The role Vetinari plays in this reflects backroom deals in politics with a heavy dose of corruption.


On the surface it's a typical Pratchett comical romp, but watch for those underlying meanings!

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review 2018-03-16 15:54
Ever wondered about the anatomy of a leech?
Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything - Lydia Kang,Nate Pedersen

As soon as I saw Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything by Lydia Kang I knew that I had to get it in my hands. If the name alone doesn't intrigue you then I don't know what will. This book is full to bursting with historical facts about crazy medical practices through the ages. It is an excellent resource about the history of the medical profession as well as education and social change. Much like when I read Soonish, I felt that it was a little heavy with the 'relatable' humor but this was easily overlooked. (I think Kang pulled it off better anyway.) As someone who has read quite a bit about the history of medicine, I was surprised by just how much I didn't know. For example, did you know that leeches have 3 stomachs, 3 jaws, and 100 teeth in each of those jaws?! Kang sets up the different medical practices and procedures by first giving a history of the person that started it off (generally a 'medical practitioner' or someone at least purporting to be one). She then shares accounts from the patients who endured such crazy routines (like bloodletting or ingesting arsenic) paired with diagrams of the medical equipment used to accomplish such feats. (I hope you have a strong stomach for the bloodletting chapter.) I especially enjoyed the little asides about what we now know about the concoctions put together long ago to 'cure' and how the vast majority of them were either complete hokum or actually increased the chances of the patient suffering an agonizing death. It makes you wonder how the future generations will view our supposedly 'innovative' medicines and treatments of the sick. Will we be seen as medical charlatans and blind fools or will they take into account the socioeconomic and political climate that we live in and how that shapes our view on medicine as a whole? As you read this book (and I hope you will) ponder that very question because then perhaps you won't judge past generations quite so harshly...unless it's the guys who took Strychnine in order to increase their sex drive. Always judge those guys. 9/10


I wasn't lying about the leeches. [Source: Amazon]



What's Up Next: HiLo Book 4: Waking the Monsters by Jeff Winick


What I'm Currently Reading: The Murderer's Ape by Jakob Wegelius


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review 2018-03-10 05:27
Hardcore Twenty-four (Stephanie Plum, #24)
Hardcore Twenty-Four - Janet Evanovich

Why yes, I'm still reading these.  No, Stephanie hasn't chosen Morelli or Ranger.  Yes, she's still destroying every car she touches, and no, she's still not all that good at her job.


In a world where if feels like I'm constantly pissed off because someone has changed their stock/location/rules, the constancy that is Stephanie Plum is a welcome relief and when Evanovich is on her game, the humor is worth the static world of the Burg (Berg?).  


I'd say Evanovich is on her game for Twenty-four.  Diesel makes an appearance, which leaves me wondering if his spin off series has died a premature death.  Zombies are also a big part of the plot and that plot is ... yech.   Just... yech.  


It occurred to me while reading this book why the love triangle doesn't bother me:  neither the Stephanie/Ranger nor the Stephanie/Morelli dynamic is very deep.  There's love, yes, but nobody is deeply emotionally attached.  Instead there's a lot of affection, respect (ok, maybe not a LOT), and humor.  Everybody involved is satisfied with the status quo, and since I've never been all that insistent that sex be about love, I too am happy with the status quo.


The topper for me though, was the scene involving the groundhog.  To say more would be to spoil it for anyone who might someday read it, except to say, even though I saw it coming a mile away, I still laughed till I cried.  And that's why I'm still reading these books.  


Hardcore Twenty-four met the criteria for the Kill Your Darlings Cause of Death card:  Revolver:  Read a book that involves a character that carries a gun.  Stephanie rarely has a gun, but every other character in the book carries at least one, including her grandmother.

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review 2018-03-08 21:37
Review: The Lightning Struck Heart
The Lightning-Struck Heart - Lesley Berk;Michael Berk;David Castle;Sue Lauder,T.J. Klune

I read along with the kindle edition while listening to the audiobook, and I don't often say this, but the buying audiobook is the best decision I ever made!  Nothing against audiobooks; I love them and listen to them often, but this was hands-down the best performance I've heard in a long time!


This is the tale of Sam of Wilds and his (many) not-so-excellent adventures.  Usually along for the shenanigans are his best friends, Gary the sassy, gay, hornless unicorn, and Tiggy the half-giant who will happily smash anyone who attempts to hurt Gary or Sam.  Sam is a kid from the slums who unexpectedly comes into his magic and is then tapped by the king's wizard, Morgan to be his apprentice.  Sam and his parents go to live in the palace, while never forgetting where they came from and go back to visit and help the people of the slums as often as they can.


Sam is utterly adorable and has a knack for drawing people to him.  He also has a knack for falling into danger.  It seems that everyone wants to capture, kill, and/or have sex with him.  Lucky for Sam he and his companions are very cunning and always manage to escape danger.  It's usually the escapes that cause future danger.


It's really hard to explain the story without giving the whole thing a way.  There is magic, romantic pining, oblivious boys in love, jealous princes, fairy drag mothers, fairies, dragons, dark wizards, kidnappings, quests, and so many inappropriate sex puns.  The story was fun and funny; it was the humor that carried it really.  It was campy and I LOOOVES me some camp.


The cons are that the entire story is in first person.  I HATE first person stories (although it kinda worked for this one,) and the audio didn't always match up with the written story.  There were words and sometimes entire sentences added or omitted in places.  And this story was really, really, dialog heavy.  Heavy even for me, because I love good dialog.  But all-in-all it was a fun read/listen and I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series.


I highly recommend this if you looking for something fun and a bit silly, with the odd sad/dramatic spot.

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