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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-03-08 08:07
Review of City of Night — I liked this book more than its predecessor. Yaay!
City of Night (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, #2) - John Bedford Lloyd,Ed Gorman,Dean Koontz


This is the second book in this series that I began while doing Project Frankenstein. One of the quibbles that I complained about while I read the first one remains an issue in this one: Victor is everything bad. He was pals with Hitler and Stalin and such. But what exactly made him this way? It is hinted that when his first creation killed Victor’s wife, things started snowballing. But this deeply rooted hate of all things human couldn’t have sprung from that source. So far, the reason for Victor’s evil nature remains a mystery to me.

Maddison and Conor the two cops that we met in this last book are back in this one. They are funny and are slowly being fleshed out, so they look more human. 

Some quotes that I marked while reading:
Like all utopians, he (Victor Frankenstein) preferred obedience to independent thought.
I mean wow, sum up all the dystopian novels in one sentence, why don’t ya!

And I learned a few new words:



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review 2017-01-14 03:27
Review: 1,342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted
1,342 QI Facts to Leave You Flabbergasted - James Harkin,John Mitchinson,John Lloyd


I would like to thank Faber and Faber for providing me with an advanced reading copy of this book. 

There's not a lot I can say about this one. It is what it says it is; a book full of weird, funny and interesting facts that will have you either chuckling, WTF'ing, or scratching your head.


Here are a few examples:


- The Very Hungry Caterpillar was originally called A Week with Willie Worm.


- In China, it's illegal to reincarnate without filling in a government Reincarnation Application form.


- Men who watch a lot of porn have smaller than average brains.


- In the 18th century, chickens were known as "cacklers" and eggs were "cackling farts".


- "The Copper-Penis Owl" is the monster used in Hungary to scare children into behaving.


I now find myself throwing out random useless facts during conversations, lol. As an added bonus, my point score has gone up when watching QI on tv!




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review 2016-08-03 07:16
The Book of the Dead: Lives of the Justly Famous and the Undeservedly Obscure
The Book of the Dead: Lives of the Justly Famous and the Undeservedly Obscure - John Lloyd,John Mitchinson

I'm sure I don't have to say the title of this one is what grabbed my attention at the bookstore, and the pull quote from Stephen Fry on the cover made me think it was going to have a decidedly humorous tone.  I was wrong about that, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the read.


The Book of the Dead (or this one, anyway) is a collection of short biographies of both the people you've heard of (Da Vinci, H.G. Wells, Byron, Genghis Khan) and the people you might not have heard of, but probably should have (Daniel Lambert, Dr. John Dee, Ann Lee).  


Some of the information in the biographies is likely not news to most people, but the authors did something different:  they organised the biographies by rather original criteria, like chapter 1: There's Nothing Like a Bad Start in Life, or chapter 4: Let's Do It (yes, that's meant to be a double entendre), or chapter 7: The Monkey Keepers.  These entertaining groupings allow the authors to come at each biography from a slightly different angle and offer readers information that isn't your run-of-mill biographical data while still keeping things short.


I learned a lot from each of these 3-4 page biographies (including things about Casanova I'll never be able to unlearn) and the authors kept the narrative interesting and engaging; the writing is never dry, even if it is rarely outright funny.


A good read, perfect for people who like to keep their history lessons bite-sized.

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text 2016-01-08 06:56
TBR Thursday - January 8
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
Foreign Éclairs - Julie Hyzy
Copy Cap Murder - Jenn McKinlay
Daisies For Innocence - Bailey Cattrell
Sweet Pepper Hero - J.J. Cook
Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris - Graham Robb
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat - Oliver Sacks
The Book of the Dead: Lives of the Justly Famous and the Undeservedly Obscure - John Lloyd,John Mitchinson
My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs - Brian Switek

So I bought a few books this week.


I actually have 11, but I didn't want to create two posts, so I left off Essential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home by Kasey Schwartz since I've already gone through it, noted which things to try first and reviewed it.


The first two are Folio editions of Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen.  They match, although the cover images look different.  I'm feeling a Jane Austen re-read coming on soon.


New cozies arrived today:

Foreign Éclairs - Julie Hyzy:  I'm sad about this one.  I've just read a post from the author that this will be the last in this series.  She created it on a write-for-hire contract and over time she's begun to have a lot of struggles with the company who owns the copyright, so she's hanging up Oliie's whisks. I love this series and it's one of the few that I can say that about anymore.


Copy Cap Murder - Jenn McKinlay:  We'll see.


Daisies For Innocence - Bailey Cattrell:  A new one by an author whose work I've enjoyed in the past.


Sweet Pepper Hero - J.J. Cook:  Another one I'm sort of sad about.  Although maybe for no reason.  This is written by a husband/wife team and the wife half, Joyce Lavene, passed away this year.  It remains to be seen whether the series will continue.  I've had issues with earlier books, but I've had such a crush on the ghost in the book (in a non-creepy kind of way), Eric, that I find I can forgive a lot.


I usually do a cozy cull each year to whittle down the list of series I follow, but I think this year is going to be particularly brutal, as I've come to realise I'm reading a lot of books that don't really ring my bell; I used to do it willingly because buying online, it was hard to justify taking my chances on a new genre/subject I might not like.  Now thanks to BookLikes friends, I don't have to worry about running out of the good stuff; my stacks overfloweth with the good stuff.  I need to get some ALL of the crap cozies out of here and just keep the ones that are actually worth reading.


The last four were impulse/browsing purchases made at my local bookstore while MT was spending a gift voucher he got for Christmas (how does that work?  *I'm* the bookaholic and *he* gets the gift card?!?).

Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb.  It just sounded good.


The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks has actually been on my "Maybe" shelf forever.  Saw it and bought it.


The Book of the Dead: Lives of the Justly Famous and the Undeservedly Obscure by John Mitchinson and John Lloyd: This promises to be amusing.  Hopefully the flap isn't lying.


My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs by Brian Switek:  Because who doesn't love dinosaurs?  And I've always been bitter about science renaming the Brontosaurus.  Ranks right up there with demoting Pluto.


Total books bought this week:  11

Total books read this week:  7

Total physical TBR: 188


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review 2015-11-06 17:07
DNF...I decided to watch the movie instead
Timeline (Audio) - Michael Crichton,John Bedford Lloyd

That turned out to be a way better option to experience this book because there is a scene where Gerard Butler takes his shirt off.  Much more enjoyable than trying to listen to this audiobook.



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