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review 2019-09-21 21:47
"The Dark Horse - Walt Longmire #5" by Craig Johnson
The Dark Horse - Craig Johnson

So, when you're on the fifth book about an ageing sheriff in a small town in Wyoming, how do you keep things fresh?


You make him become someone else and move him to a different small town and you give him a daunting mission: to prove that the person in his cell, who confessed to murdering her husband, didn't do it.


The plot in this book takes a little more suspension of disbelief than I'm used to but it was clever, mostly plausible and had some smart twists that I didn't see coming.

But this wasn't a book I read for the plot. I sat back and let myself fall under the spell of the storytelling, the quality of the writing and the skill with which Craig Johnson makes the people and the places seem real.


The story is not told in an entirely linear fashion. At the start, we don't know why Walt is there or what his agenda is. We get glimpses of an earlier timeline, with Walt being Walt in his own town, dealing with a prisoner sent to him as an overflow from the Sheriff in the next County but we don't know how the stories connect. The Dark Horse idea crops up frequently usually applied in a new way and or to a new person. The plot is a puzzle which Walt doesn't yet have all the pieces for, although the part of the plot that made me raise an eyebrow was how you go undercover one county over in a town that seems to have a population of about thirty.


The writing reflects Walt's odd mix of patience and passion, logic and intuition and his dryly humorous self-awareness. It's easy on the ear yet it's tightly focused and well-executed.


The people in this story are new, apart from Walt and Henry. I liked the empathy with which the undocumented single mother, the old and almost worn out cowboy, the rancher who is selling up and shipping out and the little boy who still believes in heroes were presented. They were more than plot devices but they also brought the plot alive.I liked the feel for the semi-desert landscape, for a life spent raising horses and for living in a town that doesn't have any life any more.


That was enough for me. This may not have been the strongest Longmire book but its fed me and made me hungry for more. Book six is already on my TBR pile.

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review 2019-09-21 16:29
3 Out Of 5 STARS for The Girl From the Well by Rin Chupeco
The Girl from the Well - Rin Chupeco



Ghosts & Possessions
Dark Spirits & Exorcisms
Japanese Folklore
Sort of Horror-if-ic
No Romance Whatsoever
Interesting, but I felt detached...

With Audio Performed by Andy Arndt





This would make for a super creepy movie...but as for listening...I didn't really get too frightened, except maybe in the beginning.  I think this could be due to the fact that it's told from the POV of the Ghost.  That and she only kills people who hurt kids, so that really isn't all that scary.  In that respect, it reminded me of Anna Dressed in Blood (which I rated about the same).  Basically, the effect isn't as freaky scary as it could be if I had actual visuals.  Maybe, it's also why I failed to be fully immersed in the story.

Despite this, it is a unique story steeped in Japanese myths, legends, or lore whichever you prefer to name it.  Rin Chupeco has said that her inspiration for this story is from an old Japanese legend or ghost story called the Bancho Sarayashiki.  Which is also the basis for the movie, The Ring.  BTW, I can't watch that movie...it's too scary for me, lol.  Talk about creepy visuals...

Andi Arndt didn't feel quite like the right fit for the narration, but I normally love her, so I can't say anything too bad about her.


Plot 3/5
Narration Performance 4.5/5
Characters 3.3/5
The Feels 3/5
Pacing 2.5/5
Addictiveness 3/5
Theme or Tone 3/5
Flow (Writing Style) 2.5/5
Backdrop (World Building) 4/5
Originality 4/5
Ending 3.5/5 Cliffhanger Sort of, but not really...and there is a second book.
Book Cover I actually had a different cover than the one above (I like the one above better though)...I had the Audio Version of the cover, which is very creepy...

...totally creepy, right?
Setting Japan and somewhere in the US...maybe Maine, I can't remember now.
Source Audiobook (Library)
Length 6 hours, 44 minutes

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text 2019-09-21 01:15
I am such an idiot
In a Dark, Dark Wood - Ruth Ware

I was planning on reading In a Dark Dark Wood for last year's bingo game but as usual I ran out of time.


I've just requested it from my local library and have now realized I don't actually have the Dark Dark Woods square on my card.


Guess I'll be using my second Transfiguration Spell.




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review 2019-09-20 18:45
Assassin's Code by Jonathan Maberry, narrated by Ray Porter
Assassin's Code - Jonathan Maberry

ASSASSIN'S CODE is another fine entry in the Joe Ledger series!


Filled with Ledger's sense of humor and fighting nuclear terrorism on a global scale, this book featured everything I've come to love about this series. Yes, Grace is gone, but now we have Ghost to love, and Violin. (I'll say nothing more about her because...spoilers.)


There were a few villains here from previous books that finally got what was coming to them, and maybe one or two who did not. I guess we'll have to wait until the next book and see what happens.


Ray Porter is the voice of Ledger to me, and because of his work I'm continuing on with this military/action/dark fiction story. Usually military action type tales don't do anything for me, but with Ray Porter speaking in Ledger's voice, I now find this series to be MUST READS, or maybe MUST LISTENS! I can hardly wait for the next one! Recommended!


*Thanks to my local library for the free audiobook download! Libraries RULE!*

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review 2019-09-20 00:05
The Black Opal - Victoria Holt
The Black Opal - Victoria Holt

The best I can figure is someone went through a random collection of scenes never used for other books because they weren't very good, shuffled them into a chronological order, and then typed it up with consistent names.


It's a mess, and none of the aspects rise above thoroughly mediocre: half-hearted Gothic, suspense, romance, travel, adventure, wish-fulfillment, etc. And a really surprising number of bastards or children who were legitimized by marriages between their mothers and people who were not their fathers.


Disappointingly, the Black Opal of the title is pure McGuffin, everyone ends up well off in a lovely home, the three possible love interests don't seem to interest the heroine much, and events are too random to even be coincidental. Of all the squares I considered using it for, it didn't really live up to any of them. I'm going with Gothic because it does have recognizable Gothic elements, even if they're not well-developed.


Nonetheless, it was an interesting read. It wasn't like the Victoria Holt books I read in the 70s, nor is it at all like contemporary romance or suspense. Although it lacked a real commitment to formula, it was very definitely written by someone who knew what would make an enjoyable read. Consider it a lesser work by a real pro. It certainly didn't put me off Holt: I have a couple more I'm considering.



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