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review 2017-07-22 01:28
BE FRANK WITH ME by Julia Claiborn Johnson
Be Frank With Me: A Novel - Julia Claiborne Johnson

Alice is sent by her boss to help M. M. Banning complete her newest novel.  She takes care of Frank, M.M.'s son who loves vintage clothing and old movies.  They have a lot of adventures together.

 

I loved Frank.  He was interesting.  Alice had to adjust much of what she thought and did while with Frank and Mimi (M.M.)  She thought one way but found out her boss did not necessarily mean what she thought.  There are at least two different ways to take what is said and done by the characters in this book.  Alice was a linear thinker at the beginning then started to see and think like Frank. 

 

The ending seemed incomplete to me.  I know it's done so the reader can decide how the story does end.  But like the rest of the book there are so many endings that could be done here.  I want to know how the author sees it so I can agree or disagree with her.

 

I'm glad I read this.  I did not find it funny (like the quote on the front cover said) but moving and sad.  It made me stop at times to see where Frank was headed with his thoughts and action.  I also wondered who was actually the adult--Frank, Alice, Mimi, Xander (Frank's sometimes male figure.) This is not a book I will soon forget after the cover closes on the story.

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text 2017-07-13 21:12
Nonfiction Science Book Club: My Suggestions
Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story - Angela Saini
How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming - Mike Brown
13 Things That Don't Make Sense 13 Things That Don't Make Sense 13 Things That Don't Make Sense - Michael Brooks
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars - Dava Sobel
Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? - Frans de Waal
The Day the Universe Changed - James Burke
How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World - Steven Johnson
Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space - Janna Levin
Seeing Further - Bill Bryson
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life - Helen Czerski

In no order whatsoever (except "as I thought about it"):

 

 

Nonfiction Science Bookclub on booklikes is at http://booklikes.com/book-clubs/90/buddy-read-for-the-invention-of-nature 

Source: booklikes.com/book-clubs/90/buddy-read-for-the-invention-of-nature
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review 2017-07-08 03:22
Walt heads to Philly for this adventure
Kindness Goes Unpunished (Audio) - Craig Johnson,George Guidall

I was going to try to come up with something original for this time through the book, but mostly, I liked what I said <a href="http://wp.me/p3z9AH-1DD" target="_blank">last time</a>, so let's stick to that. I do have a few new things to say at the end, I should note.

 

It's a sure sign that I need to spend more time reading Johnson than watching the show based on this series in that I'm consistently surprised at how funny these books are. Sure Henry Standing Bear's dry wit is there, Vic is brash and inappropriate -- amusing enough -- but the narration, Walt himself? I chuckled a lot.

 

So, Walt and Henry (and Dog!) are off to the City of Brotherly Love to visit Walt's daughter, Cady, meet her boyfriend, and for Henry to do something at a museum (just an excuse to see Cady). Oh, and conveniently enough, to meet Vic's family (three police officers, one former police officer, and one attractive mother). After arriving in town, Walt doesn't even get to see Cady before she's brutally attacked and hospitalized.

 

Naturally, Walt stumbles upon the one person in Philadelphia who's more knowledgeable and interested in Indians than Henry. It's that interest (obsession?) and his connection to Walt that makes Walt the best man to track down the man who put Cady in the hospital (and other assorted nefarious acts). That's a level of coincidence that you just buy -- like Gideon Oliver vacationing somewhere that a set of bones surprisingly shows up; Nero Wolfe needing information from someone who's a sucker for orchids; or that every falsely accused murderers that Andy Carpenter stumbles upon happen to own a cute dog.

 

There's enough twists, turns -- and one seeming unnecessary but entertaining diversion (that turns out to be not so ancillary) -- to satisfy any mystery reader. Even out of water, this fish can swim. There's some very interesting things that go on in the character's personal lives that should make things interesting down the road (and that I can't talk about while remaining spoiler free) -- enough to make this more than a tale of a father's vengeance.

 

The first chapter (only one in Wyoming) is great -- Walt totally failing to connect with an elementary school classroom, a fun and prototypical Absaroka County shootout, and other things that make up a typical day for Sheriff Longmire on the eve of his trip.

 

One thing that I did take note of last time, but didn't write about was the theme of daughters and parents. There's a lot about Vic and her mother, but the focus is on Cady and the place that she has in Walt's head and heart. I'm not sure how you could read/listen to this without your heart melting a bit -- particularly if you have a daughter who's growing up a bit too quickly, like me. Guidall did a solid job with his narration of this book, but his performance in the last chapter just about broke me.

 

Walt in the big city, like Walt in the least populated corner of Wyoming, is just a pleasure to spend time with -- even if things are going horribly for him.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/07/07/kindness-goes-unpunished-audiobook-by-craig-johnson-george-guidall
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-07-02 22:35
Book Review : The rise of hotel durmont Cassandra Clare
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort - Cassandra Clare,Maureen Johnson

June 29- July 2

In 1920s Manhattan, Magnus Bane hobnobs with the elite at a glamorous Jazz Age hotspot.

The immortal Magnus Bane is making the most of his time in the Roaring Twenties: He's settled into New York society and is thriving among the fashionable jazz set. And there is nowhere better to see and be seen than the glamorous Hotel Dumort, a glittering new addition to the Manhattan landscape. But a different type of glamour may be at play...

Review : This one wasn't my favorite but I still enjoyed it set in the 1920's was interesting when Liquor was illegal and Magnus run's a speakeasy and there is this very old vampire who wants to go to the demon relm and he ends up killing humans and Camille sent a vampire to talk Magnus to get out of NYC it was a good story .
Quotes

“Come with me."
"Come with you? To Pandemonium? To the Void? And here I thought that my invitation to summer in New Jersey was the worst I had ever received.” 

What is Aldous capable of?"
"Aldous is two thousands years old. He's capable of anything."
"Aldous Nix is two thousands years old?"
"So, I've heard. He doesn't invite me to his birthday parties.” 

 

 

 

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text 2017-07-01 04:44
June Wrap-up 2017
A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen
Us (Him Book 2) - Sarina Bowen,Elle Kennedy
Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) - Lauren Graham
What Really Happened in Peru - Sarah Rees Brennan,Cassandra Clare
The Runaway Queen - Cassandra Clare,Maureen Johnson
The Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale - Sarah Rees Brennan,Cassandra Clare
The Midnight Heir - Cassandra Clare,Sarah Rees Brennan

9  books

31 total  

9  audio

2  ebooks 

1   library  book 

 

 

favorite  books  

A  court of mist  and  fury

Him   

talking as fast  as  I can 

Midnight  heir

 

Hope  you all had  a good  month  - Christina 

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