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review 2019-09-18 09:28
The High Window (Philip Marlowe #3)
The High Window - Raymond Chandler

Maybe I shouldn’t have started with the third book in the series. Maybe Raymond Chandler just isn’t my cuppa. Maybe I should stick to old black-and-white films for my noir fixes. Maybe I’ll just leave you with this quote from Chapter 4 that pretty accurately describes my reading experience:

My face was stiff with thoughts, or with something that made my face stiff.


(Read for Halloween Bingo Classic Noir square)


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review 2019-09-15 10:00
The Book of Speculation
The Book of Speculation - Erika Swyler

Yay for the library catalog turning up a title I’d never heard of while I was searching for The Night Circus. The Book of Speculation utilizes a variation on what I call the Kate Morton Formula (yes, I know she didn’t pioneer it, but whatever). A present-day individual comes into possession of a piece of the past and commences unraveling a family mystery, the past story and present story alternating in the book. In this case, the mystery is why all the women in Simon Watson’s family have a tendency to drown themselves. Oh, and the women are all circus performers. Swimmers and divers who can hold their breath for unbelievable lengths of time. Mermaids. Drowning mermaids. Honestly, if the book description had just been “Drowning mermaids” I still would have been sold.


The present chapters are told in first person present tense (ugh, why?), and the past in third person past tense. I’m never going to love present tense, but it wasn’t too obnoxious. Aside from that, I enjoyed it. The characters are memorable and the supernatural elements add a lovely flavor. I’m pretty pleased overall with this random library find.


(Read for Halloween Bingo Creepy Carnivals square)


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review 2019-08-31 14:51
Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan

Contemporary romance isn’t really my cuppa, but this was enjoyable. I didn’t have as much trouble keeping track of all the characters as I feared I would (I admit, I’m daunted any time there’s a family tree at the start of a book), and yet I felt like I could have done without some of the family subplots. Actually, Astrid’s subplot could have been given its own book and I would have happily read it as its own story. As part of Rachel and Nick’s story, it just added to the clutter. I am undecided on whether I want to read the rest of the series or just imagine happily ever afters for the characters I cared about. We’ll see, I guess.

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review 2019-08-30 04:36
Daisy Jones & The Six
Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid

I sincerely hope that this book is to future generations what The Princess Bride was to me, and by that I mean I hope people search as long and fruitlessly for the albums of fictional bands as I did for the unabridged works of S. Morgenstern.

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review 2019-07-29 09:40
I Have Lost My Way
I Have Lost My Way - Gayle Forman

I might have liked this book more if I’d read it before David Levithan’s Love is the Higher Law. I feel like it’s trying to do something similar, but Levithan did it better (and in fewer words). I was annoyed by the tense changes and the switches from third person to first, and while the present tense wasn’t terrible, it still bugged me. I also didn’t get enough closure to satisfy me, but at the same time I have no interest in a sequel (which is good, since to my knowledge there isn’t one).


This is the third book I’ve read by Forman. Much like what happened when I read my third Lauren Beukes book, I think the time has come to admit I like Forman’s story concepts more than I like her actual writing and I need to either give up on her books or adjust my expectations.

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