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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-30 08:07
March 2017 — Wrap-Up

 

 

 
 
 

Old Favorites

 

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Dune (Re-Read)

I’ve covered this book in too much detail to add anything here. Well okay, I’ll just leave this joke here:
 
Check out the final review instalment here.

 

New Delights

 

 

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Coraline

Coraline is a book that I would have loved to read as a kid. It is full of Dahl-esque quirkiness…okay, who am I kidding? I loved it even as an adult! Two of my favorite quotes:
 
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Binti

Read my detailed review here.
 

 
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I dunno what to say about this book, except that it had nothing and everything in it! I wanted to pick it up as soon as I got off work and I didn’t want to put it down. The plot is simple and straightforward. The author hasn’t weighed it down with complicated science. You can see where the events are leading up to and yet… I am still ambivalent about the ending but I guess, I’ll just let it sink in for a bit before I come to a decision. This was my first Simak book and I can’t wait to gobble everything else by him!
 
 
P.S. The cover has NOTHING to do with what goes on in the book. 
 
 

Holocaust Horrors

 

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The Complete Maus

This comic will just mess you up and yet, you’d be unable to put it down. Just look at how beautifully it portrays the impact of the dreadful event on not just the parents who experienced it but also on their kids who had to live with it:
 
 
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New Additions to Old Favorites

 

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Saga Vol.5.

 
Saga continues to be its beautiful, painful self. I’ve stopped thinking that the story is going anywhere. I just read it because I can’t not read it! Some of the artwork:
 

 

 

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More Weird Customers Say in Bookshops

 
The first one was wayyyyy funnier.
 
 
 
 

New but Okayish

 

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The Lady Killer

Beautifully drawn but lacks anything that’d make it stand out!  I don’t think I will be continuing.
 
 
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Bag Lady

According to GRRM, this book is the first ever short story written in the Wild Cards series. However, it wast published as a part of the series, which had already changed and evolved.
 
I loved this nod towards Asimov:
“What are your orders?”
“To obey my creator, Dr. Maxim Travineck. To guard his identity and well-being. To test myself and my equipment under combat conditions, by fighting enemies of society. To gain maximum publicity for the future Modular Men Enterprises in so doing. To preserve my existence and well-being.”
“Take that, Asimov”, Travineck said.
 
He uncorked the bottle of vodka and raised the bottle on high in a toast.
“New Prometheus,” he said, “my ass.”
 
and this witty repartee:
“I am beginning to realize, said the android, raising a hot buttered rum to his lips, that creator is a hopeless sociopath.”
Black Shadow cnsidered this, “I suspect, if you don’t mind a touch of theology, this just puts you in the boat with the rest of us,” he said.

 

 

Unbound

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Read my review here.
 
 
A good month that was full of reading, I’d say. How was was your March reading-wise?
 
 
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review 2016-12-31 11:00
Review: Unbreakable Stories: Snow (Unbreakable Bonds #2,5) by Rinda Elliott & Jocelynn Drake
Unbreakable Stories: Snow - Jocelynn Drake,Rinda Elliott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a great book to finish this year with!!!

 

 

I just love this series. Snow and Jude are my favorite couple. SO FAR!! I loved to read about their househunting. Who am I kidding, I loved everything about it!!

"You don't care what those people think. Don't give a shit what anyone might say. You just wanted to see me. And that is the hottest fucking thing."

~~ Jude to his man Snow.

I agree, Jude... :D

And yayyyy, Snow & Jude & Wallbanging!!! (No need to say more.)

 

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review 2016-12-07 18:46
Shiver by Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott - My Thoughts
Shiver - Rinda Elliott,Jocelynn Drake

This book was a round-about rec in a way.  One of the romantic suspense novelists I follow on Twitter was quoted on a book blog about some of her fave reads and the 3rd book in this series was one of the ones she mentioned.  So, I went to check out the series and it hit a lot of my 'ooooh' buttons, so I went and picked up this first book.  

 

There are 4 men who are as close, if not closer, than brothers.  A millionaire club owner/businessman, a surgeon, a security company head and a chef.  This story is about the millionaire and what happens when he gets targeted by the bad guys over his latest property venture.  His buddy, the security company guy, sends him a bodyguard and the romance begins.  :)

 

It worked for me for the most part.  I enjoy the whole band of brothers thing and all the characters are bigger than life, which is fun for me.  It could be compared, I guess, to the Abi Roux Cut & Run books or SE Jakes' Tommy & Prophet series, but it's got a bit to go to live up to those faves of mine.  

 

The romance and sex is steamy hot and the falling in love stuff makes sense for the most part.  Although I did find that maybe, in certain tense situations, maybe the guys could have held off on the whoopee for a little bit?  

 

However... I did knock down my rating because this pair of authors, like many in the m/m genre, use the word SMIRK so often and think it's a hot and sexy expression.  OH. MY. GOD!  It's SO not.  It's smarmy and supercilious and obnoxious and it turns me right off and hauls me out of the story quickerthanthis.  UGH, I hate it.  In my uneducated opinion, I they use it in the hopes of it coming across as uber masculine.  Anyway, if I were the editor, I'd be raising hell.  

 

So, I will be adding the others to the TBR pile and hope that the word is used much, much less.  

 

 

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review 2016-11-29 19:59
Review: Walking on Thin Ice by Jocelynn Drake
Walking on Thin Ice - Jocelynn Drake

*4.5 "Tomorrow" stars*

Very enjoyable and hot story!! Could've read a full length novel about Evan and Spenser.

Spenser and Evan meet at a club and Spenser wants to hook-up with him. Evan just doesn't want to do one-night-stands any longer so he says no. Spenser is not used to saying no to, this big important rich guy.

 

 

Evan agrees to accompany Spenser to his family home for the Christmas holidays. I loved Spenser's loving family. It becomes clear why Spenser is withdrawn and sad at times. It is not because of his family but everything to do with his extended family. Spenser feels the responsibility to keep his family happy at the expense of his "coming-out" and hapiness.

“I just want you.”

"You are worth tomorrow and you are so worth all my tomorrows."



Great sexy story with great characters by Jocelynn Drake. She has not disappointed me so far!!!

 

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review 2016-11-27 06:45
Review: Walking on Thin Ice
Walking on Thin Ice - Jocelynn Drake

I liked this! Although the drama felt a bit…. off…

Spenser is the CFO in his family’s company. He is a bit of a cold, calculated man. But once he sees Evan in a club, he knows he has to have him. But Evan tells him no.

“Yeah, I’m done with the hook-up scene. Took me a while, but I think I’m a good enough guy to deserve tomorrow, too.”

The two end up having dinner at a diner and really hit it off. Even though Spenser doesn’t want anything more than a hookup, he invites Evan home to his family for Christmas. To act as some sort of buffer. Evan has no family, so he accepts, even though he knows it won’t lead to forever with Spenser..

I loved how Spenser started out as a bit of an asshole, but couldn’t maintain his cold exterior when he was with Evan. I loved how sweet they were with each other. And Spenser’s family was great!

There were also enough sexy times to keep all us perverts happy.

My one complaint is that the reason why Spenser couldn’t have a relationship felt a bit.. fabricated. When I think about it it’s not really that far-fetched, but I think it’s more the way it was written. As soon as the drama starts we get told all of this, but not shown. Even the outburst is told, not written down for us to read how people react themselves (I kind of wanted to know what kind of terrible things the grandpa said). Therefore I felt a bit detached from that part.

Still, this was a nice Christmas story with two sweet guys falling in love and I really enjoyed it.

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