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review 2017-08-14 03:20
Harry Bosch solving the murder of an old comrade
The Black Echo - Michael Connelly

A body was found in the pipe.

 

Harry was working on Sunday. This is his turn to show up on the scene. It was thought of a OD at first. 


Not Bosch. He put all the first crime scene data together and it does not sit right with him. So he pushed his way around, and got an autopsy on the next day.

 

He got in. Got his confirmation. It is not OD but a murder.

 

That's where the fun begins.

 

Now he dig further and found that his old comrade was a suspect on a heist.

 

Only 30% in. Progressing normally. A bit slow. This is Connelly earlier work. And he stick to a format that give you bits of information in a chronological orders. It is like watching TV series 24, that you would not know things that detective Bosch has not come to it yet.

 

Fun read.  

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text 2017-08-03 23:59
July Recap
Rebound: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August
The Breakup Support Group - Cheyanne Young
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas
Follow Me Down: A Novel - Sherri L. Smith
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco
Ferocious (Vicarious) - Paula Stokes
The First Time She Drowned - Kerry Kletter
Bad Blood (The Naturals #4) ((The Naturals #4)) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Follow Me Back - A.V. Geiger

I finished a much loved series this month...The Naturals.  with the final book in the 4 book series, Bad Blood...loved it, btw.  I also really enjoyed the conclusion to Vicarious Duo, with Ferocious, which I received an ARC of.

 

I also finished up a few reading challenges, 3 of them this month, actually.  A few of the books I've read this month were read just for this purpose.  Like the Breakup Support Group, Stalking Jack The Ripper and The First Time She Drowned.  I'm actively trying to start less of these so I can finish some of the super long ones.

 

 

The BOOKS 

 

(Audiobook) Rebound by Noelle August

Finish Date:  07/02

4 STARS

 

(Kindle eBook) The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young

Finish Date:  07/07

2.8 STARS

 

(Audiobook) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Finish Date:  07/11

4.3 STARS

 

(e-ARC) Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith

Finish Date:  07/13

4.3 STARS

 

(Audiobook) Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Manisculco

Finish Date:  07/20

3.8 STARS

 

(e-ARC) Ferocious by Paula Stokes

Finish Date:  07/24

5 STARS

 

(Audiobook) The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

Finish Date:  07/26

4.3 STARS

 

(eBook) Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  07/30

5+ STARS

 

(Audiobook) Follow Me Back by AV Geiger

Finish Date:  07/31

3.7 STARS

 

 

9 Books Total 3,181 Pages (including Audio's)

5 Audiobooks, 2 eBooks, and 2 Netgalley e-ARC's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-02 08:17
July 2017 — A Wrap-Up

 

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As much fun as only Douglas Adams books can be. Although, it might also be due to my technique that I apply when reading books by DA. I space them out, which keeps the jokes and randomness from being repetitive and not-random!

 

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I won this in a giveaway. Read my review here.

 

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Okay, so this was different and seemed a bit incomplete at the end but I still liked it. Something that stuck with me was the concept that while the people were free as a nation, it meant compromising their individual freedom. What does that even mean?

 

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Here is a scene that stayed with me:

 

 

 

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This was cute and fun. I will continue with the series to see if it is more than just cute and fun though. Two examples to give you an idea of what the art looks like:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trying this one out for size. Still not impressed though. Just wanted to leave this here; it shows a new level of racism, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

 

 

This was for a buddy read over at Booklikes. I won’t say the book wasn’t a fun read, however, it was quite light on science. The humor the depth of observations were the usual Scalzi standard.

 

I just realized this was the beginning of a whole new series with quite a few books in it. While I liked the book, I didn’t love it. Lets see if I feel like reading the next one.

The funny thing is that this book will be the first entry in my Twinsies — Books that Go Together series of blog posts!

 

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This was okayish. I thought that the author was trying to make up for all the complaints that the readers make about Dresden being sexist. It didn’t work for me though. The story was weak but I did like the art. No idea why I like the code of “honor” that Macone plays by but I do!

 

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I have no idea why I read this. Maybe I only read it because I had it. Whatever the reason, I didn’t like it just as I didn’t like the movie. This was a sequel in comic form but it had nothing new to hold my attention. Two supernatural species fighting each other with humans caught in the middle. Sound familiar? It did to me too! The art was okay-ish while there was no story.

 

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Find my review here.

 

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This one was also a Bingo read for the extremely slow round of Book Bingo that we are playing at work! About the book, it isn’t that I didn’t know what went on in Afghanistan. It was nice to be able to know the exact stats for what went down there.

 

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You can find my review here.

 

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I tried Lumberjanes and didn’t like it but when I saw this was going to be a crossover with Gotham Academy (which I mostly like), I decided to give it another try. I am glad I did because it was a whole lotta fun! I love how the characters seem more human and less comic-y because of the way they are drawn. They don’t all look as if they have stepped off magazine covers. Now I just have to give Lumberjanes another chance to wow me!

 

 

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text 2017-08-02 04:40
July Books

I read 34 books in July. 17 of them were graphic novels. 9 were audio books. I had a few disappointing reads, but I had quite a few great books to make up for them.

 

 

5 Stars

Bad Romance - Heather Demetrios Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch - Kelly Sue DeConnick  Saga, Volume 7 - Fiona Staples,Brian K. Vaughan  Monstress Volume 2: The Blood - Marjorie M. Liu  Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty  

 

 

4 Stars

Words In Deep Blue - Cath Crowley Prisoner of Night and Fog - Anne Blankman  Prez Vol. 1 - Mark Russell,Ben Caldwell  Checkmate by Greg Rucka Book 1 - Greg Rucka,Various  Our Dark Duet - Victoria Schwab  All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation - Rebecca Traister Wolf By Wolf - Ryan Graudin  DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 4: Queens - Marguerite Bennett QQ Sweeper, Vol. 1 - Kyousuke Motomi  Clean Room Vol. 3: Waiting for the Stars to Fall - Gail Simone,Jon Davis-Hunt The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee  

 

 

3.5 Stars

Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf) - Ryan Graudin Bandette, Volume 1: Presto! - Colleen Coover,Paul Tobin,Brendan Wright  

 

3 Stars

How It Went Down - Kekla Magoon  Titans Vol. 1: The Return of Wally West (Rebirth) - Dan Abnett,Brett Booth  You're Welcome, Universe - Whitney Gardner  Supergirl (2016-) Vol. 1: Reign of the Cyborg Supermen - Steve Orlando,Brian Ching,Emanuela Lupacchino  Nightwing Vol. 2: Back to Blüdhaven (Rebirth) - Tim Seeley,Marcus To  Teen Titans Vol. 1: Damian Knows Best (Rebirth) - Benjamin Percy,Jonboy Meyers  Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked On A Feline - Kate Leth,Brittney Williams  Not Your Sidekick - C. B. Lee Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy - Ameriie  Justice League vs. Suicide Squad (Jla (Justice League of America)) - Joshua Williamson,Jason Fabok,Tony S. Daniel  

 

2.5 Stars

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World - Sarah Prager,Zoe More O'Ferrall Ever the Hunted - Erin Summerill  

 

2 Stars

Teen Titans, Vol. 1: It's Our Right to Fight - Scott Lobdell,Brett Booth,Norm Rapmund The Unworthy Thor - Jason Aaron,Olivier Coipel  Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair - Sarah Schulman The Bourbon Kings - J.R. Ward  

 

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text 2017-08-01 14:32
July 2017 Books Read
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay
Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

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I honestly did not get a chance to read that many books. I had a lot of work commitments and not too many things spoke to me. 

 

I read 27 books for the month of July. One of those was a DNF though. I have to start setting aside books I don't enjoy. It's kind of a pain to force read something that you are feeling meh about. 

 

 

5 stars

 

The I-5 Killer by Ann RuleThe Changeling by Victor LaValleHunger by Roxane GayThe Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

City of Bones by Michael ConnellyWatership Down by Richard AdamsBad Feminist by Roxane Gay

 

4 stars

 

Rivers of London by Ben AaronovitchHungry Heart by Jennifer WeinerThe Kill Room by Jeffery DeaverAstrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie FlaggThe Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy TanWTF by Cathy YardleyThe Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

 

3 stars

 

Lowcountry Bonfire by Susan M. BoyerThe Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison AllenMaeve's Times by Maeve BinchyThe Dark Tower by Robin Furth

 

2 stars

 

Buns by Alice ClaytonThe Skin Collector by Jeffery DeaverDescent by Tim JohnstonThe Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver

Sons by Pearl S. Buck

 

1 star

 

Once and for All by Sarah DessenFifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

 

DNF

 

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

 

I have to say my favorite book was by far Roxane Gay's "Hunger". My least favorite had to be E.L. James, "Fifty Shades of Grey." 

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