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review 2018-03-15 00:27
Yes, please!
Transformers: Lost Light #15 - James Roberts,Brendan Cahill

Oh, man, as much as I was shocked by the last issue, this one?   This one had me just in shock throughout.   


And I was pleased.   This series keeps getting better and better, although, dammit, why can't Grimlock be part of a story for more than, like, two issues at a time?   Bummer.   I look forward to meeting up with the Lost Light crew at the same time that I regret leaving Grimlock behind, so mixed feelings about that. 


And if Python hadn't melted my brain, I would be giving you a longer, better review.   So there you go. 

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review 2018-03-13 19:00
REVIEW: Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology by Terrible Ten
Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology - Dyrk Ashton,Steven Kelliher,Timandra Whitecastle,Alec Hutson,Benedict Patrick,Bryce O'Connor,David Benem,Phil Tucker,Mike Shel,Ben Galley,Grace Greylock Niles,Laura Hughes,Jeffrey C. Hall,Michele Ashman Bell,Michael Miller

I was invited by Steven Kelliher to participate in a group read of Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology by, Terrible Ten. Having read Steven's work, I agreed. I'm glad I did. This is a great anthology with each story having its own style of fantasy. I rated each book separately. 

No Fairy Tale by Ben Galley - ****
And They Were Never Heard From Again by Benedict Patrick - ****
A Tree Called Sightless by Steven Kelliher - ****
Barrowlands by Mike Shel - *****
Into the Woods by Timandra Whitecastle - **
Paternus by Dyrk Ashton - ***
I, Kane by Laura M. Hughes - **
The Huntress by Michael R. Miller - ****
The Prisoner by Phil Tucker - *****
A Simple Thing by Bryce O'Connor - *****
Palesword by T L Greylock - *****
Light in the Jungle by Jeffrey Hall - ****
Black Barge by J. P. Ashman - ****
Making a Killing by David Benem - *****
The First Thread by Alec Hutson - *****

Overall, I give this anthology a 4.06 = 4 on Booklikes.


Bought on Amazon.

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text 2018-03-12 18:34
Reading progress update: I've read 215 out of 215 pages.
Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions - Johann Hari

Deep grief and depression have identical symptoms for a reason. Depression, I realised, is itself a form of grief-for all the connections we need, but don't have.


Elton John wasn't wrong when he commented (on the cover) that this book would change your life. It's helped me realise so much that I never acknowledged before. I would hazard a guess and say it'll be hard to find a non-fiction book that'll top this. 



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review 2018-03-12 14:31
Lost to a Spy - Sharon Cullen Book three in the All the Queen's Spies brings us the murder of Darnley, the King of Scotland, which was hinted at in book two, Bound to a Spy. Lady Emma is walking home when she witnesses the murder right before a massive explosion lands her in the care of Tristan, an English spy turned printer. Tristan isn’t sure why he brought Emma to his home, he just knew he couldn’t leave her in the streets. It doesn’t take him long to see it as the opportunity it is when he discovers she witnessed the murder of the king. She is very reluctant to believe Queen Mary knew of the plot or that Bothwell, a close adviser to Mary, was in on it. But she can’t refute what Tristan says or what she hears on the streets. The people don’t trust Bothwell and she comes to realize the Queen, she loves isn’t woman she is now. Tristan and Emma get to know each other during the week she spends in his home and she comes to trust him, the first man ever since her abusive husband’s death several years ago. So she puts into Tristan’s hand her full trust, and what comes out of that is beautiful and passionate. However, the morning after she comes to discover evidence that paints Tristan as not so honest or innocent and she fleas back to Holyrood palace where she speaks with the Queen and overhears Bothwell speak of rounding up printers for questioning. She rushes to warn Tristan and the resulting adventure adds drama, suspense, hope, and determination to an already successful plot. I loved how everything unfolded. I liked the escape from Scotland and the scene with Tristan, Emma, and Queen Elizabeth shortly after arriving in England.  I hope LaGrange gets his own book and I want to find out what happens next in the intrigue and drama at the Scottish court.
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review 2018-03-11 01:41
Worth the $4.60 I paid for it? Debatable.
Night Watch: A Long Lost Adventure In Which Sherlock Holmes Meets FatherBrown - Stephen Kendrick

When I saw this book on the shelf at BAM it was the most exciting thing I'd found there all day. I even broke a self-imposed book buying ban to get it. (I figured, hey, it's less than $5, why not?) Oh boy was I wrong.


On principal, a crossover between Sherlock Holmes and Father Brown is possibly the most exciting thing I've found since I discovered Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula by Loren D. Estleman in the 12th grade. This book didn't live up to its lofty promise.


First of all, Father Brown wasn't really in it. He acts as translator to an Italian cardinal and doesn't make more than six appearances in 258 pages. Secondly, Stephen Kendrick wasn't very nice to him. His descriptions make poor Father Brown sound like he has the Innsmouth look about him.


And this doesn't even touch one of the biggest problems with the book: consistency. Watson is constantly calling Holmes "Sherlock" and then "Holmes" all withing a few paragraphs. For some reason people keep forgetting that Watson is a doctor and calling him "Mr Watson" and forgetting that Father Brown is a priest and calling him "Mr Brown."


And now onto the real problem: the plot. It's all about a conference of faiths that's interrupted by a brutal and unusual murder that Holmes must solve before dawn or risk an international incident. Everything is flat. The characters are flat, the murder is flat, the motives are flat. It starts with a completely unrelated case that doesn't really tie into the main plot of the book.


Then the timeline started bouncing. First Holmes and Watson are enjoying Christmas day at their shared flat in Baker Street, then it's Christmas Eve and they're in Oxford at a Christmas party hosted by one of Holmes' professors, and then it's Christmas day again. It continues to bounce around until about halfway through the book when it inexplicably stops. If the author had continued to use the twisting timeline throughout the whole book it would have at least been justifiable, but stopping it halfway through just made it confusing.



PLOT - 3/5

PROSE - 3/5


OVERALL - 2.5/5

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