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review 2017-07-15 18:21
Worth a read if this is your sort of thing
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith

I admit these kinds of books are a guilty pleasure of mine. You give me zombies and Pride and Prejudice I’ll read it in a heartbeat. You give me William Shakespeare with vampires and I’ll add it to my wishlist to read. People are going to scoff at these types of books because they’re known to be silly and not worth the time reading. Sometimes we just need a bit of silliness in our lives to remind ourselves that it’s okay to throw ideas that have nothing to do with each other and make it into a story (or film, or both.) I enjoyed this one because well, vampires, and history put together are usually a great mix. This time around it’s more of an alternate history story line with an interesting but pretty feasible so it’s not over the top ridiculous. Vampires who support the South because it gives them easy access to food. Sounds plausible doesn’t it? It makes sense if you think about it that way. Of course then you have vampires like Henry who don’t believe in getting food that way and that’s where the plot of vampires and history blend nicely together. The format of the book is also different and interesting in where it’s written like a ‘non fiction’ book. It’s a nice way of putting it together and adds more to the story to make it more enjoyable. The problem with this is, since it’s meant to emulate a non fiction book, it also dry and boring in some parts. So the execution of this type of book could have been a bit better to make the read less of a chore - as some parts seemed to have dragged. Despite some of the parts being a bit boring, it’s worth a shot to read. I enjoyed the ending immensely and liked what they did there with Lincoln. This book isn’t for everyone that’s for sure, but if you’re curious about it, give it a try.

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review 2017-07-10 20:12
Ho Hum
The Skin Collector (Lincoln Rhyme) by Deaver, Jeffery (2014) Hardcover - Jeffery Deaver

Not much to say about this one except that I didn't enjoy it. I saw every plot point coming way before the author showed it. I don't get what Deaver's obsession is with

 

the Watchmaker, but the character has passed the point of fascination. His link to the overall plot in this one was so not believable.

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I really wish that Sach's relationship with Pam would just go on the wayside. The character (Pam) is not vital to this series, and the constant fights about Pam's relationships is getting old. We don't get to spend much time with any of our old favorites either which didn't thrill me.

 

"The Skin Collector" starts off with an unsub kidnapping a young woman and tattooing something on her body. When Sachs and Rhyme are pulled in, they find out that the unsub is using poison to cause his victims to die in terrible pain. There seems to be a potential connection to an old case of Rhyme and Sachs involving "The Bone Collector" which leads to ties to Sach's pseudo-daughter, Pam.

 

The forensics aspect of the case were great and I did like reading about different poisons. It's pretty obvious Deaver did some research into tattoos as well and I loved reading about the different ways a person can be tattooed and what certain things mean.

 

The characters in this one did not have a lot to do though.

 

Sachs and Pam hit a wall due to Sachs mothering Pam and being unhappy that Pam is going to walk away from school to go traveling with her boyfriend Seth. After the last time Pam got obsessed with a guy I don't even know why Sachs continues to get involved. Due to Pam's upbringing it is pretty obvious that she needs a therapist or someone since she is so desperate to be loved. But Sachs also doesn't really know how to parent and should not be trying to parent Pam who is 19 at this point in the series. The book shifts back to Sachs doing her best to get past feeling rejected by Pam and dealing with her issue with small spaces in this one. I really wish that Deaver had continued to have the unsub leave the victims in small spaces to see how he would have Sachs react to that. But unfortunately he seemed to forget about that as the book went on. Also one of the things I liked about Sachs was her having to deal with having arthritis issues. Due to the plot in that one, Deaver has that not being an issue for her anymore which I wish he had left in. I liked the fact that Sachs had a real ailment that made it hard for her to do police work. It seems like most books Deaver has some character undergo an operation and voila, they are fixed.

 

Rhyme was even more of a tool in this one than he has been in a lot of books. I think I am just over him speaking to other characters the way he does and no one blows up at him.

 

Pulaski (former rookie) needs some growth ASAP. It feels like this character has not changed much from his first book appearance. He is still unsure and nervous everytime he does anything it appears.

 

Per usual, Deaver gives us POV from the murderer. I found myself bored with the unsub though. I think the issue for me was that I guessed who this person was and was right which is always a disappointment.

 

The flow was up and down on this one and I found myself irritated with the writing since as I said above, I could guess what was going to happen every five seconds. I also loathe authors having revelations brought forth that the readers are not privy to. It's just a lazy way to write yourself out of a corner due to you not setting things up properly. The chapters in this one were pretty short and at times I started having flashbacks to reading a Dan Brown book (never good). I felt like everything was being staged as a movie and it drove me up the wall.

 

Taking place in New York again, but I think the series needs to change locations or something. There does not seem to be a wealth of knowledge that used to sprinkle these books about old New York and current locations.

 

The ending was a joke and a half. I just rolled my eyes a bunch of times.

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review 2017-07-10 19:07
Good Installment of the Further Adventures of Sachs/Rhyme
The Kill Room - Jeffery Deaver

I had to take some time out on Sachs and Rhyme doing their forensic thing due to the fact that I was getting really annoyed with the Kathryn Dance series as well as with the endings that came out of nowhere in the Rhyme series.


"The Kill Room" was a good installment, but some of the execution was flawed. I was glad to see that Sach's stand in daughter Pam was not in this one. Unfortunately she was in the next book. I have to say that each chapter trying to end on a mini-cliffhanger got to be a bit too much. I missed Sachs and Rhyme interacting with Dellray and Lon more in this one. Everything felt a little too pat. I am also tired of the constant plot points about Lincoln maybe getting surgery, but then there's a head fake about that. I just need something new in this series to shake it up again for me.

 

"The Kill Room" has Sachs and Rhyme in unfamiliar waters. Instead of them investigating a crime in New York. They are asked to get involved with a death that occurred in the Bahamas. It appears a U.S. citizen was murdered by a sniper given orders by someone working for a super secret organization that takes orders from the highest level of government. 

 

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Sorry with everything going on in the news right now with our White House and everything else I can't believe anyone in power has the ability to walk and chew gum at the same time. 

 

Back to Sachs/Rhyme. Sachs is reluctant to become involved in this case due to the ADA that brings it to them telling them to find evidence that the deceased was a good guy and the U.S. got it wrong ordering a hit. So she (the ADA) pretty much wants them to roll over anything that paints the deceased in a bad light and potentially get in trouble with people that don't want this story coming to light.

 

So here's my big problem. Why would the NYPD even be involved with this? It makes zero sense. I think Deaver threw in some bits that didn't make a lot of sense to me. Something like this I can see being prosecuted in the federal courts in DC. But whatever, I guess Deaver wanted to keep the action to New York. 

There is very little forensics to work with in this case. Just a lot of interviewing, hemming and hawing and I think I am about tapped out with Rhyme acting like an asshole to his aide Thom and to the no longer a rookie Pulaski. 


Why did I give this 4 stars?

 

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Bah.

 

Anyway, I just think that this book was interesting, but honestly this book is dealing with witnesses and interviews and it seems more like a Dance book than a Rhyme book. 

 

Sachs and Rhyme work together seamlessly per usual. They remain the bright spot in this book. I sometimes think about "The Empty Chair" and shudder at how bad that book was and am glad that Deaver bounced back to make this series more palatable and believable. 

 

We don't spend much time with other long term characters. 


The writing was okay, I honestly didn't follow a lot of it. And the flow was pretty good. 


The setting in this one was New York and the Bahamas. I have a hard time believing that the Bahamas would be this blatantly corrupt when a U.S. police officer (Pulaski) and someone of Rhyme's renown was there trying to get evidence. I still don't get why someone from the DA office wasn't involved or didn't try to grease the wheels. The blatant obstruction and then the okay they decided to let Rhyme stay when he magically deduces a murder in another case. 

 

I have to say that all of the happenstances in this book was a bit much. 

 

Bank:
April 15: $20
April 17: $23. I read "The Wangs Vs the World", electronic pages 368.
April 24: $28. I read "Dream Wedding", electronic pages 512.
April 25: $28. Landed on BL and had to post a vacation photo or tell a story about a vacation.
April 29: $31. Read "Whitethorn Woods", 354 pages Kindle edition, $3.00
April 29: $34. Read "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", 256 pages;$3.00.
May 4: $37. Read "The Ghost Brigades" Paperback, 346 pages; $3.00
May 8: $42. Read "American Gods" Hardcover, 465 pages; $5.00.
May 8: $45. Read "Moon Called" 298 pages Kindle edition; $3.00.
May 13: $50. Read "Solitude Creek" 434 pages electronic; $5.00.
May 14: $53. Read "No Country for Old Men" 320 pages Kindle edition; $3.00
May 19: $56. Read "The Witches: Salem, 1692" 384 ebook; $3.00
May 30: $59. Read "The Good Earth" 372 pages ebook: $3.00
June 4: $62. Read "The Wind in the Willows" paperback edition, 256 pages: $3.00
June 27: $67. Read "The Lincoln Lawyer" kindle edition, 528 pages: $5.00.

THE BIG SHAKE UP

June 28: $75. Read "That Summer" kindle edition, 174 pages: $8.00.
June 30: $84. Read "And Then There Were None", paperback, 247 pages: $9.00. Multiplier due to second time on BL space.
July 4: $94. Read "The Changeling" Kindle edition 448 pages; $10.00
July 4: $100. Read "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" Kindle edition, 280 pages; $6.00.
July 6: $106. Read "The Rivers of London" 396 pages; Kindle edition, $6.00.
July 8: $121. Read "The Brass Verdict" 419 pages; Kindle edition. $15.00 Multiplier due to second time on New Orleans Square 21.

July 9: $136. Read "The Kill Room" 496 pages: Kindle edition. $15.00 Multiplier due to second time on Adventure Land 26. 

 

Balance $136. 

 

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text 2017-07-10 18:47
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Skin Collector (Lincoln Rhyme) by Deaver, Jeffery (2014) Hardcover - Jeffery Deaver

The ending was ludicrous. 

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text 2017-07-10 18:31
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Kill Room - Jeffery Deaver

Really enjoyed this one. I ended up reading "The Skin Collector" after this and that one was a disappointment. Due to that, this book gets 4 stars from me. 

 

 

 

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