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review 2020-01-30 16:26
Ruthless Gods - Emily A. Duncan

Wow. This book was a Godsdamned JOURNEY. The ending. Oh my gods THAT ENDING.



There were times when I wasn't sure we'd make it there, time would drag and then it would speed up and go by in a blink. If Malachiasz is chaos then this book is like living in his mind. It is chaotic and pointed at the same time. Those points are sharp though and they will exact their pound of flesh. I feel like I could read this book thousands of times and still not fully grasp everything, which can be maddening at times, but is weirdly quite fitting for this story.



This was probably even more dark and gritty and twisty than I expected. I honestly have no clue how all of this will end but I'm dying to see what happens next! I definitely need to follow this one up with something light and fluffy. Give me comfort because I'm shook.



I received an ARC of this book from St. Martin's Press / Wednesday Books via Netgalley and this is my honest review.

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review 2019-12-17 02:51
A Smart, Fun Sequel that Topped the One that Went Before
Hacked - Mr. Duncan R MacMaster

"You're a very different kind of man Jake Mooney," she said. "It's almost like you belong here, but don't belong here."


"How is that?"


"Your life is like a movie," she said, "and I think the last thing you want is to live your life like that." ...


"This is my second go-round for this sort of thing," I said, "and the problem with sequels is that they always have to top the one that went before them."

I remember really enjoying Hack, our introduction to Jake Mooney. But, I didn't remember exactly why I did (I guess I could've read my post about it, but that sounds too much like research). It took almost no time at all to remember once I dipped into this Hacked (and many of the details about Hack came back to me straight away, too). Hack had a strong voice, fun characters, a clever mystery, with a satisfying conclusion to wrap things up. Hacked gives us more of all that.


For those of you who haven't met Jake Moody, he's a former journalist turned ghostwriter. Two years before this novel, he rose to fame by solving multiple homicides. He then finished ghostwriting the autobiography of one of the murder victims. He then writes his own account of what transpired (see Hack for details), as well as a fantasy novel. Now he's been talked into coming to LA to sell the movie rights to any/all of his books.


Before his days of ghostwriting, Jake lived in LA and still has plenty of friends there and touches base with a couple of them. One of the things everyone is talking about there is the hacking of a movie company and the release of private date from them—supposedly, this is a North Korean retaliation for the portrayal of Kim Jong Un in one of that studio's movies. A legendary agent who Jake knew years ago inadvertently puts Jake in the middle of the investigation. Not long after that, a P.I. friend of his asks him to consult on the same topic.


When Jake arrives at his friend's home, however, he finds his friend brutally murdered. The assumption has to be that the people behind the hack are the people who killed his friend. So while he really is content to leave the investigation into the hack to the proper authorities, seeing his friend's body sets Jake inexorably into finding out who committed the murder (and the hack while he's at it).


Jake's assisted in this hunt by his agent friend, his new agent, an accountant turned security guard, a former FBI agent, a ride-share driver who's always wanted to be up to escapades like this, and an attractive studio exec. Help comes from other directions, too, but I'm not going to ruin the surprise for you.


It's not long before someone tries to kill Jake, he's kidnapped more than once, assaulted, and . . . you know what? You wouldn't believe me if I listed all that happens to this poor writer (also, why ruin the surprise?)—I couldn't help imagining MacMaster asking himself, "What else can I do to Jake? A tiger attack? Nah, not sure how to get him in the cage, but I do know how to ...."


The LAPD is eager to pin all of the death and destruction on Jake, but the more they press him, the more adamant he becomes that he won't leave. Given the strong cloud of suspicion that North Korea is behind the hack, and presumably the murder of his friend, the FBI is involved, too. They're less inclined to suspect Jake of having anything to do with the murder, but they'd like him away from the case.


There are more than the requisite number of twists and turns to this case, none of them feels forced or gratuitous. And even when you're faster at putting the pieces together than Jake is, you should probably take a beat before criticizing him, because you're probably not as right as you think you are.


The tone is what separates this from similar mysteries. This is not a comedy —there's a brutal murder, including signs of torture to start things off. There are threats of violence, actual violence, and more deaths to come. But the way that MacMaster tells it makes it become one of the funniest and most enjoyable reads of the year. Think Marshall Karp's Lomax and Biggs Mysteries for tone. That's probably not the most helpful comparison, come to think of it, because I'm not sure how many people are familiar with them (too few for sure). Okay, think of this as a Shane Black story—just a novel instead of a script, and there's no tie to Christmas. MacMaster's Kirby Baxter books are more overtly comical than his Jake Mooney books, but both are just flat-out entertaining and laugh-filled.


Typically, in books/TV/movies, Hollywood Agents are not depicted sympathetically. Which is probably a bit of an understatement, really. But Jake's old friend and new agent are both depicted as decent people that he can rely on. That's not really a plus or a minus when it comes to evaluating, but it's so strange that I felt compelled to mention it. I can't remember another fictional Agent who wasn't some sort of duplicitous, manipulative, weasel.


The story, Jake and the other characters, the fun had a Hollywood's expense, the twists, etc. would've been good enough to make me rave. But there's a Chinese gentleman that plays a big role in the novel—I don't want to say much about him, because you just have to meet him yourself. He pops up repeatedly throughout the novel, yet we really don't spend that much time with him altogether. But he steals every scene he's in. He's one of my favorite new characters of 2019. If there's a Hacked Again or Hack Harder or whatever, I hope MacMaster can come up with an excuse to use him again.


I just had so much fun with this one (a common theme when it comes to MacMaster)—I can't think of a single reason why someone shouldn't read this (you don't have to read Hack first, by the way). Jake was right in what he said before, the problem with sequels is that they have to top the one that went before. Hacked easily does that. It's smartly-written, cleverly-plotted and just fun to read. Go run and grab it!

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Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2019/12/16/duncan-macmaster-a-smart-fun-sequel-that-topped-the-one-that-went-before
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review 2019-12-16 02:08
Review: Healthy as F*ck by Oonagh Duncan
Healthy as F*ck: The Habits You Need to Get Lean, Stay Healthy, and Kick Ass at Life - Oonagh Duncan

Reviewed for Wit and Sin


Healthy as F*ck is hands-down the best health and wellness book I’ve ever read. Author Oonagh Duncan is funny, relatable, and smart in her approach to wellness. The secret to weight loss isn’t a magic pill or a quick fix or an extreme diet. It’s all about the habits you form, the small changes that will ultimately shape your behavior and help you lose weight. Ms. Duncan provides simple guidelines that are easy to follow, but before you get to those I highly recommend doing the very few exercises she asks you to do on finding your why. Trust me, it’s something I would normally roll my eyes at but it was a far more powerful motivator than I could have imagined.

Ms. Duncan’s approach is the most commonsense one I’ve seen in a long time. Her conversational writing style is also incredibly appealing – she talks like my friends and I do. I’ve read Healthy as F*ck twice already and her voice is what draws me in from the start, making me more at ease and open to her ideas. That being said, if cussing bothers you then you may have a hard time with this book. As for me, I loved everything about this book. It has been the most helpful book on getting healthy I’ve ever read and Ms. Duncan’s writing is a joy to read. So if you’re looking for an approachable, motivational, commonsense approach on how to meet your long-term health goals, you cannot go wrong with Healthy as F*ck.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I also purchased a copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Source: witandsin.blogspot.com/2019/12/review-healthy-as-fck-by-oonagh-duncan.html
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review 2019-09-25 13:16
Vampires, Zombies and Ghosts, Volume 2
Vampires, Zombies and Ghosts, Volume 2 (Read on the Run) - Liam Hogan,Laurie Axinn Gienapp,Catherine Valenti,Desmond Warzel,Jessica Lévai ,Gerri Leen,Ginny Swart,Jude-Marie Green,C. M. Saunders,Scott Savino,Laird Long,Margery Bayne,Dianna Duncan,R. J. Meldrum,Michael Penncavage,Gina Burgess

I don't have a story of my own in this one, but as it is, this is a two volume set and I did get copies of both volumes, so here's my review of volume two. As before, I'll say a few words about each story then my overall impression at the end.


1) Elevenses: Liam Hogan – A short zombie tale from across the pond. Set in a London nursing home and seasoned with just the right amount of British understated humor. Especially the ending. 6 pages, 4 stars.


2) The Final Bite: Laurie Axinn Gienapp – A vampire tale in reverse is probably the best way to describe this. Told in small bites (pun intended), it's a cautionary tale at least partly about not judging too quickly who the real monsters are. 8 pages, 4.5 stars.


3) At Wits End: Catherine Valenti – Set in small town, Anywhere, USA, this is a ghostly but good natured tale of love and haunting. And possibly vindication for an old spirit. 13 pages, 4 stars.


4) A Good Boy: Desmond Warzel – What can I say about this that won't give it away. The runaway in this tale tries oh so hard to be a good boy. He really does. 8 pages, 4.5 stars.


5) The Spree: Jessica Lévai – Whimsical tale of an ageless? vampiress out on a shopping spree. Sure she's evil, but not from her point of view. And she's also fun. Lighthearted romp that's also a good read. 5 pages, 4 stars.


6) Run for the Roses: Gerri Leen – You'll never see horse racing in quite the same way after reading this tale of zombic weirdness. Beware crossbreeding vegans with predators. 6 pages, 4 stars.


7) Smitten: Ginny Swart – A departure from the title creatures and another tale of whimsy and love. And some animosity between old rivals. 6 pages, 4 stars.


8) The Lay of the Land: Jude-Marie Green – Touching ghost story about an old security guard and her faithful dog. Neither expected nor unexpected, the ending still provides a delightful (to me) surprise. 9 pages, 4.5 stars.


9) Down the Road: C. M. Saunders – A late night drive takes some interesting turns. A somber story of ghosts and death. Something of a twist at the end, though not completely unexpected. Still, a worthy tale. 7 pages, 4.5 stars.


10) Aspirin: Scott Savino – As strange a zombie tale as I've ever encountered right up to the very end. Check aspirin twice next time you go shopping, and don't accept any loose doses from friends. 4 pages, 4.5 stars.


11) Ghomestic: Laird Long – Strange story of the crazy adventures of a paranormal investigator who really doesn't enjoy getting involved in ghomestic situations. Fun romp. 6 pages, 4 stars.


12) Through the Glass Darkly: Margery Bayne – Anther strange tale, this one about mermaids (merfolk?) and their ways. A somewhat disjointed, but still compelling tale of murder, revenge and maybe . . . origins? Definitely an unexpected ending here. 13 pages, 4.5 stars.


13) Trick or Treat: Dianna Duncan – Short, entertaining story about being a dentist for monsters. 4 pages, 4 stars.


14) Always Paris: R. J. Meldrum – Touching ghost story about a lonely old man contemplating the end of his life after the loss of his wife. 11Pages, 4.5 stars.


15) The Hit: Michael Penncavage – Short story of a mob hitwoman hired to take out a mobster who turns out to be something more than your average bookkeeper. 5 pages, 4 stars.


16) Gimlet: Gina Burgess – Another ghost story, but this one is from a surprising perspective. I could go for a few more Gimlet adventures. 6 pages, 4.5 stars.


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A combination of morbid and whimsical tales; some uplifting, some darkly macabre, some just plain fun. While there may be those who find that a few of these stories fall a little flat, I am not one of those people. All of these tales have their plus sides for those willing to look for them, and this latest volume makes a worthy addition to anyone who's building their own, private 'Read on the Run' collection.


4.5 stars overall.



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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Tiles Duncan Road Mumbai

There is a lot that one should be considering when it comes down to which of the many selections from kitchen tiles Duncan Road Mumbai to choose from. Not only will you need to think about where they will be installed, but also the budget and what style you are looking for. Here are some more great tips to help you make the choice about which product you would choose.

How to Pick the Right Tile

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