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review 2017-08-18 20:05
Meh on This Dresden Addition to the Series
Blood Rites - Jim Butcher

There's a reason it took me three separate borrow periods at my library to finish this book. It's just not that good. I have loved most of the Harry Dresden books, and this one, nope. It just read as filler from beginning to end. Then the book ends on a weird note and at one point I wondered if my Kindle was missing a page (yeah I don't know if this is possible, but I worried about it).

 

in the sixth book in this series, we have our man Harry, wizard extraordinaire, back in the saddle again. He gets dragged into a mystery to solve by Thomas, the vampire that he met in "Grave Peril" Harry Dresden #3. I can't even get to the plot with a straight face. Thomas, who is a White Court vampire (shakes head, no not getting into that mess here) asks Harry to look to find out what he can about a series of deaths on a pornography film set. I think that right there just turned me off. There are some cute moments here and there with Harry adopting a puppy, but eh. I just could not get into this one even though I really tried. It took almost three months for me to finish this one. I should have just DNFed it, but I am trying to get through all of the books in the series and post reviews.

 

Harry is Harry. I really don't think we get much development by way of anyone else in this one except for a reveal about someone and Harry in this one. I don't want to think too hard about it, cause if I do I may just pull my hair out.

 

There is some back and forth between the White Court and Black Court vampires in this one and we get some new characters who I am going to assume will show up in subsequent books.  

 

FYI, if I am going to make fun of Twilight for having a love shield, I am going to make fun of Harry for having one too. That whole thing was bonkers and didn't even make sense. 

 

And the soulgaze thing. Anyway. I need to move on since I want this thing to be over.

 

There are a lot of things in this one that as I already said are just setting up things I think for the next book. 

 

I have to say I have never been that interested in the goings on with the vampires in Harry's world and this book shows why. They really are boring. 

 

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review 2017-08-14 23:07
An honest memoir about eating disorders.
Ink in Water: An Illustrated Memoir (Or, How I Kicked Anorexia’s Ass and Embraced Body Positivity) - Lacy J. Davis,Jim Kettner

Graphic illustrations are a rather underused technique when it comes to mainstream literature, but they work particularly well with highly emotional issues like eating disorders. Lacy Davis has come clean with her problems with Anorexia and Bulimia (although she shies away from these terms), through a memoir that is honest and down-to-earth, and will hopefully provide motivation and encouragement for other sufferers.

The art work is done by her partner, Jim Kettner, who we meet in the memoir. I have to admit to being particularly impressed that someone else understands her well enough to do these illustrations, throughout the book I had assumed they were done by Lacy, herself.

 

Society puts huge pressures on youngsters these days, particularly the women, but men too. It is little surprise that many people crack under these pressures. In my opinion, any advice shared by those who have lived through their issues, is of tremendous value to those still battling their demons. This readily accessible format makes these shared experiences even more widely available.

 

Good luck to Lacy and Kett, I shall be interested to see what they come up with next.

 

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text 2017-08-12 21:04
Another Secret Empire Tie-In
Uncanny Avengers (2015-) #25 - Jim Zub,Kim Jacinto,RB Silva,Jahnoy Lindsay,Juanan Ramirez

As Marvel leads the charge in using beloved heroes as nazis.    Or as guys who don't mind working to nazis, at the very least, and who used to be nazis and who were led by one of Hitler's inner circle who wanted to bring about the fourth reich but Marvel really wants you to believe they aren't nazis. 

 

And things aren't read into a vacuum.   This bullshit colors how I read these, and I do not like.

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review 2017-08-12 04:28
Aces of the Legion Condor - Robert Forsyth,Jim Laurier

Here is a concise, comprehensive, well-told story of the establishment and combat history of Germany's Legion Condor's fighter squadron component (Jagdgruppe 88) during the Spanish Civil War. Jagdgruppe 88 was the fighter element within the Legion (4 squadrons), which along with its bomber, anti-aircraft, and reconnaissance/transport units, had been sent to Spain in 1936 by Hitler to assist the rebel forces (i.e. Nationalists) fighting against the leftist Republican government in Madrid. Indeed, the war itself was to be a proving ground for Jagdgruppe 88, which had entered combat flying what was at the time Germany's standard fighter plane, the Heinkel 51, a biplane not far removed from its First World War antecedents. 

Within a few months, the Heinkel 51 was found to be inferior to the Republican fighters (i.e., the I-15 'Chato' biplane fighter and the I-16 'Rata' monoplane fighter - both of which were supplied by the Soviet Union to the Republican forces) it encountered in combat. Consequently, the decision was made to send the new Messerschmitt 109 monoplane fighter (which represented in 1936 a revolutionary leap in aircraft design) to Spain for wartime evaluation and testing. This would be done in stages over the length of the conflict. (The numbers of Heinkel 51 fighters in the Legion would be reduced, til by war's end in 1939, only one squadron would be flying it as a ground attack fighter.) Indeed, as was pointed out in the book: "The Legion Condor had played a significant role in winning Spain for Franco, and the importance of the Civil War had demonstrated the importance of air power to battlefield victory. The success of every major Nationalist offensive and defensive operation was dependent upon clear air superiority." 

Like similar books in the Osprey Aircraft Series, "ACES OF THE LEGION CONDOR" is chockful of photos and richly rendered illustrations. It will make a welcome addition to any aviation enthusiast's library.

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text 2017-08-09 19:46
Review: Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3) by Jim Butcher
Grave Peril - Jim Butcher

Review originally featured at Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

Grave Peril

The Dresden Files #3
Jim Butcher
Urban Fantasy - Mystery
ROC
November 4th 2008
Hardcover
348
Library

 

Harry Dresden - Wizard


Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

 

Harry Dresden has faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you're the only professional wizard in the Chicago-area phone book.

 

But in all Harry's years of supernatural sleuthing, he's never faced anything like this: The spirit world has gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble - and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone - or something - is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself....

 

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Grave Peril was awkward and odd.

 

When I started reading I thought I had missed a book in-between, but nope I didn’t. A year has gone by between book 2, Fool Moon, and book 3, Grave Peril. During this year Harry, Murphy, Michael, and the SL team took down a Bad Guy Sorcerer who was using a Demon and other stuff to wreak havoc in Chicago. So, Harry has patched things up with Murphy and the SL team, Michael (who is Michael and where did he come from?) is more or less a friend now and helping him out, and Susan and Harry are together (OMG No).

 

The vague reference to the takedown is the source for the plot in this book. We are soon pulled into vampire trouble, ghost trouble, and the Nevernever.

 

Harry has become an immensely engaging character, between his feats as a wizard and his chivalry. I like him even though in this installment he got on my nerves a little. Their are a few different plot threads that keep you engaged. One of those threads has to do with Harry’s Faerie Godmother, who is desperate to own him… (Why?? You’ll have to read to find out. Oh My!! What will Harry do to get out of that predicament?) Then we have what’s going on with the ghosts, Harry’s love life, and the vampires.

 

The secondary characters really come out in this installment and a few new ones are added to the cast. Bob, was a great source of humor and I liked having him along for the ride.

 

Last, we can’t forget Susan, yes the report, who I dislike and think Harry could do better. Susan, is her typical self and when Harry says NO to her request she goes behind his back and ends up in deep deep trouble. What happens to her, is her fault, and her actions brought what happen to her onto herself. All I’ll say is I don’t feel sorry for her and what happened. I do feel sorry for Harry; because we all know he’s going to take what happened to her onto himself and feel like it’s his fault and he has to fix it.

 

Grave Peril was a good read. It not my favorite and I had a few issues, but I’ll still be continuing on to see what happens next to Harry.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

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I’m a 35 outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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