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review 2019-06-09 12:55
Limited Wish
Limited Wish (Impossible Times #2) - Mark Lawrence

by Mark Lawrence


This is the sequel to One Word Kill, which I read immediately before reading this one. It starts out with a recap of major events in the first book. They're still fresh in my mind as I read this one, but someone who had more time between might benefit from the recap.


Several familiar characters return a few years later, most notably Nick. The story got off to a slow start for me and I'm still not a fan of multiple universe theory, but as that's at the heart of the plot, I let myself enjoy it on a fantasy level (yes, I believe in possible real time travel).


Much of the story this time was about Nick's need to discover time travel so that he could fill the role his future self already came back to do in the first book (everybody follow that?) There is also his confused love life when a significant new female character, Helen, enters his life causing 'ghosting' of potential future events.


Overall I found this story slower than the first one, though anyone invested in the characters from One Word Kill will be interested in how things progress in Nick's life.

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review 2019-05-27 12:59
One Word Kill
One Word Kill (Impossible Times #1) - Mark Lawrence

by Mark Lawrence


I found myself quickly drawn into this story despite a teenage protagonist and references to D&D that aren't all that familiar because I've never played.


Nick Hayes is a boy genius with an interest in Quantum Physics. I love an intelligent character! However, he finds out he has leukemia and begins chemo treatment, just when he's taking interest in a girl and having his hair fall out. It's the last thing he needs. As if that isn't enough, a strange man begins appearing and Nick starts having odd deja vu hallucinations.


Time travel comes into this, one of my favorite subjects to read about. I'm not that keen on some of the aspects of approach in this one as it involves multi-world theory, but it's all interesting speculation anyway.


The action comes in with a school bully and some worse thugs who threaten the girl. Some of it leans towards YA, which I didn't expect from this author, and towards the end I found myself wondering what the point of it had been. Still, it was a generally enjoyable read and I've already started reading the sequel.

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review 2019-03-20 23:33
Definitely not a standalone
Six Impossible Things: Rhymes With Love - Elizabeth Boyle

If you want to have an idea of what is going on in this, make sure you've read from #3 and on in this series, this is #6. I read #3 in 2014 and #5 in 2016 and I could barely hang in there as it was in the beginning. 


This pretty much follows the mystery set up in the books I mentioned, one of the bigger villains is pretty much already dealt with but while the other books dispatched of him, they also hinted at someone else behind the scenes, this is all about the hunt for that someone behind the scenes. 


I feel like I've been complaining about this a lot lately, just my string of luck with picking stories I guess, but our hero and heroine had a childhood friendship, we get no scenes of it. Basically, she already has found him sexy and wanted him, while he is waking up to the fact that he, too, has always wanted her. I missed watching and experiencing the development of attraction. 

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review 2019-01-10 04:13
Malcolm Fox Uncovers Corruption both Past and Present
The Impossible Dead - Ian Rankin

Detective Paul Carter has been found guilty of some pretty clear-cut criminal activity. Fox and his team have been brought into investigate a neighboring force, Carter's own, to see who might have been involved with him -- or at the least covered up for him. They weren't involved with the original investigation, but that doesn't keep anyone from hating them as they come in for the follow-up.


Not too surprisingly, they're getting nowhere fast. So they go fishing -- not talking to the detectives they're looking into, but witnesses and others. One of them ends up dead not long after Fox talks to him. There's enough hinky in the crime scene, what the witness had told Fox -- and the fact the detectives in charge are the same ones that Fox and his team are looking into, that Fox determines he needs to look into things.


There's a tie between this murder and an old cold case involving a firebrand politician tied to the more militant wing of Scottish Nationalism. Fox is convinced that the two crimes are linked and he sets about proving who killed one man as a way to finding the killer of the other. This two-pronged focus of the book keeps Fox, his partners, and the readers on their toes.


Despite all the differences between the two characters (which will become even more obvious, it seems in the next Rebus book), they ultimately operate best in the same way, as lone wolves. But when Rebus goes off on his own and causes trouble, it's just par for the course. When Fox does it, it's out character -- he's a team player (at least he wants to be), so there's a lot of mechanics involved in getting him off on his own. In <b>The Complaints</b> it took a conspiracy to isolate Fox, here, it takes one detective Fox crossed to take advantage of his tenuous link to a crime.


But on his own, Fox will do more to uncover the facts not just of the murder he's wanting to investigate, the investigation he's supposed to be running, and a very cold case. Yes, he does work with his friends who are still on the inside, to confirm or deepen his knowledge (and he does feed information back to them), but he's very much on his own.

There's a good amount of family drama again for Fox -- grounding Fox and giving a dimension to the character that is good to see (even if it doesn't always bring out the best in him).


I very much enjoyed watching Fox work -- and try to stay near the system, if he can't stay in it. The solutions to the crimes are well done -- by both Fox and Rankin. We even get a little bit of a cameo-like appearance of good ol' Rebus. Nothing about this really blew me away, but I was gripped throughout, and entertained by the whole thing. Rankin's good enough that he doesn't have to dazzle you as a reader to be very aware that you're in the hands of a master. Fox would be worth following on his own, and I'm glad we got to see him for a couple of books before he comes park of the greater universe surrounding Rebus.

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Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2019/01/09/the-impossible-dead-by-ian-rankin-malcolm-fox-uncovers-corruption-both-past-and-present
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review 2018-05-12 00:23
Impossible Bachelor (Bachelor Tower Series, Book 2) by Ruth Cardello
Impossible Bachelor (Bachelor Tower Series, Book 2) - Ruth Cardello



Kylie is a sheep in wolf's clothing. Her heart is more fragile than she let's on. Ben is a wolf in sheep's clothing. He knows how to fool the best. Impossible Bachelor thrives on illusions. The characters are not the image they present to the world, but a work in progress striving to find a happy ending as elusive as the stars in the sky. Broken by life, hurt by love, Kylie is afraid to trust her heart. Ben is the piece of the puzzle that could mend her soul and he'll break every wall she erects to build himself a home in her sheltered heart. Cardello makes complicated look like a piece of cake. A little rough around the edges, but a deliciously flavorful treat. (4.5 stars)

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