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text 2017-07-05 08:08
The Good, the Bad, and the Undead - Kim Harrison

While this one wasn't as much of a push through read as book one, I still didn't flow into it easily. I'm starting to think that short stories are the authors best medium. Too many conflicting/overlapping/annoying threads to the story and one really irritating loose end. What the hell happened to the professor? I'll try book three just to see if that question is answered, but I'm losing faith that a full novel is worth it.

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review 2017-06-13 11:45
Review: The Turn
The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death - Kim Harrison

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

Since The Hollows is one of my favourite urban fantasy series, and probably one the series that got me hooked on urban fantasy in the first place, a prequel to the Hollows was a must have. I put in a Netgalley request as soon as I saw it. (Even though I’m only up to book 7 in the series).

 

Though after reading it, I can’t honestly say I liked it all that much. It was okay, somewhere between a two and a three star read for me. The first half of the book was full of science stuff that I found incredibly boring and a slog to get through. I’ve never DNFed a Kim Harrison book before, so series and author love made me determined to finish it.

 

 I found it quite confusing, it didn’t help also that I could have sworn there was a Trent Kalamak in the Rachel Morgan series. It was only when I was reading reviews on Goodreads and saw the questions about this book section that someone else had asked the same thing that was puzzling me. Not the same character, two different characters (though there was a ding! moment towards the end of the book that made me go aaaah, that’s why).

 

One or two familiar characters also popped up, demon Algaliarept (who’s name I can’t pronounce to save my life) was his usual delightfully obnoxious (and somewhat amusing in a snarky way) self and Quen.  One of the vampires makes an appearance towards the end as well.

 

This is all about two dark elf scientists who are fighting it out for funding, Trent and Trisk, both of whom hate each other, Trisk’s created a genetically engineered tomato that will supposedly end third world hunger. Forced to work together each have their own separate agendas. As I said, the first half was all very technical and the two of them playing off each other to get to their own goals. (I had to keep reminding myself this was set in the 60s as well). Favourite classic songs are on the radio as new music.

 

But of course, jealousy rears its ugly head and one thing leads to another, something goes hideously wrong. This resulting in a wide spread disease that nearly wipes out the human race, bringing out the fear and repercussions of a bunch of vampires, witches and other species trying their best to get head of it and survive as well.  While at the same time Trisk and a companion, the Dr who created the virus in the first place, there’s links to her genetic tomato, and Trent trying to keep on top of things.

 

The second half was much more exciting as things went from bad to worse and Trisk and her friends try to fix the problem. There’s something – satisfying is not the word I’d use – but there’s definitely a so that’s how it all happened feeling about now knowing how The Hollows all started, but it’s certainly not a favourite novel. Though I am glad I read it, and would certainly recommend to Hollows fans.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for approving my request to view the title.

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review 2017-05-08 20:43
THE TURN by KIM HARRISON
The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death - Kim Harrison

Wonderful book! This is about how Trent's mom and dad got together and everything that happened because of their relationship. All I could think of was poor Trent. Also, I wonder what happens with Orchid. Hopefully there is a second prequel book in this series.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-30 08:07
March 2017 — Wrap-Up

 

 

 
 
 

Old Favorites

 

DU

 

Dune (Re-Read)

I’ve covered this book in too much detail to add anything here. Well okay, I’ll just leave this joke here:
 
Check out the final review instalment here.

 

New Delights

 

 

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Coraline

Coraline is a book that I would have loved to read as a kid. It is full of Dahl-esque quirkiness…okay, who am I kidding? I loved it even as an adult! Two of my favorite quotes:
 
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Binti

Read my detailed review here.
 

 
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I dunno what to say about this book, except that it had nothing and everything in it! I wanted to pick it up as soon as I got off work and I didn’t want to put it down. The plot is simple and straightforward. The author hasn’t weighed it down with complicated science. You can see where the events are leading up to and yet… I am still ambivalent about the ending but I guess, I’ll just let it sink in for a bit before I come to a decision. This was my first Simak book and I can’t wait to gobble everything else by him!
 
 
P.S. The cover has NOTHING to do with what goes on in the book. 
 
 

Holocaust Horrors

 

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The Complete Maus

This comic will just mess you up and yet, you’d be unable to put it down. Just look at how beautifully it portrays the impact of the dreadful event on not just the parents who experienced it but also on their kids who had to live with it:
 
 
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New Additions to Old Favorites

 

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Saga Vol.5.

 
Saga continues to be its beautiful, painful self. I’ve stopped thinking that the story is going anywhere. I just read it because I can’t not read it! Some of the artwork:
 

 

 

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More Weird Customers Say in Bookshops

 
The first one was wayyyyy funnier.
 
 
 
 

New but Okayish

 

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The Lady Killer

Beautifully drawn but lacks anything that’d make it stand out!  I don’t think I will be continuing.
 
 
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Bag Lady

According to GRRM, this book is the first ever short story written in the Wild Cards series. However, it wast published as a part of the series, which had already changed and evolved.
 
I loved this nod towards Asimov:
“What are your orders?”
“To obey my creator, Dr. Maxim Travineck. To guard his identity and well-being. To test myself and my equipment under combat conditions, by fighting enemies of society. To gain maximum publicity for the future Modular Men Enterprises in so doing. To preserve my existence and well-being.”
“Take that, Asimov”, Travineck said.
 
He uncorked the bottle of vodka and raised the bottle on high in a toast.
“New Prometheus,” he said, “my ass.”
 
and this witty repartee:
“I am beginning to realize, said the android, raising a hot buttered rum to his lips, that creator is a hopeless sociopath.”
Black Shadow cnsidered this, “I suspect, if you don’t mind a touch of theology, this just puts you in the boat with the rest of us,” he said.

 

 

Unbound

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Read my review here.
 
 
A good month that was full of reading, I’d say. How was was your March reading-wise?
 
 
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review 2017-02-16 04:00
The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death - Kim Harrison

Trisk sat at her booth hoping to find an employer. She was a geneticists. It had been four months since Trisk had graduated. It was like a reverse job fair post graduates came from all over the country to see if there was a place in their company for the graduates. There wasn’t that many of Trisk’s people left- elves. The population would drop a lot more if they couldn’t halt the ongoing genetic degradation caused by an ancient war. Trisk and her dad had only entertained three employers at their table and they were only interested in her minor in security rather than her major in genetic research. After the fair was over a man from the Conclave told Trisk to put her application in for Global Genetics which was a human ran lab. Trisk would make enough to be free and afford to live and not have to marry. At least she could do what she loved doing at Global Genetics. It had been three years trisk still yawned at noon but no longer fell asleep during lunch as elves were most alert at sunrise and sunset. But Trisk had to follow a human schedule now instead of then naps her body wanted at noon and midnight. Angie was Trisk’s lab assistant. Trisk was helping design tactical biological weapons. Trisk had let Sa’han know of Daniel's research almost eighteen months ago. Trisk had tweaked it and Daniels work could not hurt any paranormals. Then Trisk ran into the new CEO at Global Genetics and he was a vampire but he was not undead but a living vampire. Rick- the CEO told her he was making sure the tweaks she had made on Daniel’s virus wouldn’t hurt vampires. He knew she was an elf and that she worked for Sa’Han and rick told her that was why she and Dr. Pluck were still alive. There was a man who was a witch from the military another who was a vampire with Sa’Han and the were talking to Trisk’s nemesis Kal. Kal was to go to Global genetics and check Trisk’s work. Kal wants to take Trisk’s research and use it as his own as well as get rid of her. I couldn’t get into this in any way I tried a couple times and it just bored me .

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