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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-12 07:32
Reading Anniversaries: First in a Series & Singles–October Edition

 

 

These are the books that I read in different Octobers throughout my reading life and have left an impression on me.

 

2015

 

Minette Walters became an automatic buy for me right after I had read her for the first time. This novella wasn’t any different even though it was inspired by true events.

 

 

Set in London…good!

Steampunk…good!

Shades of UF…good!

Part of a series…good!

Need I say more?

 

Okay, so this series has me confused. While I love the Asian culture that is prolific in the books, I keep thinking there is something missing. It could be that it took the lead couple like 3–4 books to even admit their feelings to each other. I don’t want to stop reading this series but I do have to be in the mood for it.

 

I haven’t read many MM novels but I did read this one and loved it.

 

My Mini-Review for this book: Everybody loves a good apocalypse and I’m no exception! There was a female lead who, if not exactly capable of kicking ass, was a leading geneticist– brains over brawn any day! The freaky way the vaccine changed them all was amazing-no death causing viruses or flesh-eating zombies, yet horrific in its own way. Prison takeovers are the scariest things ever and the author combined it with a post-apocalyptic scenario! The ever-present threat of the convicts getting to our heroine was sufficient to keep me reading.

I loved the fact that the author didn’t even need to show much violence to keep the readers hooked– she just let us imagine what “could” happen if they got to her.

 

Irreverence is a personal favorite of mine, which you might have guessed from my binge read of the Preacher graphic novels! This novel was funny but dragged in some places.

“If manta rays are going to be harmless, they should look more harmless, Pardee thought. Fuckers look like aquatic Draculas.”
“He didn’t understand religion. It was like heroin or golf: He knew a lot of people did it, but he didn’t understand why.”
 

I can’t stop myself once I have read the word, Steampunk, being associated with a book. This was a fun romp of a book and I enjoyed reading it, even if it did get bogged down in certain places.

 

Read my review here. My favorite stories from this bunch:

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES by Jodi Picoult ★★★★
 How parents deal with the loss of their 7-year-old daughter.

A LIFE IN FICTIONS Kat Howard★★★★
 She was a part of his stories..literally!

THE THERAPIST by Jeffery Deaver★★★★
 Nemes are very real and you may be susceptible to them!

PARALLEL LINES by Tim Powers★★★★
 Twins-one sister dies and decides she wants to come back.

 

2008

 

The best part about anything written by Ilona & Gordon Andrews is probably that they manage to include important issues, such as rape, abuse, family, in it. But they do it in a way that makes you see why an issue’s important yet

In diplomacy, like in great many other things, the rules of engagement survive only until one remarkable person decides to break them.

 

Which books did you read in October that left their mark on you?

 

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Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on October 12, 2017.

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review 2016-08-22 15:15
I had high expectations
The Sculptress - Minette Walters

I started off really digging the story and mystery but by the time it was over, I didn't much care. I may need to go back and listen to the last chapter and the epilogue again because I feel like I missed something.

 

I'm glad I read it but it's not one that I'd read again.

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text 2016-08-18 21:21
Reading progress update: I've read 36%.
The Sculptress - Minette Walters

Lots of twists. No idea who did it and have a few other questions on top of that.

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review 2016-08-11 18:14
The Cellar: A Novel - Minette Walters
The Cellar: A Novel - Minette Walters

Walters consistently creeps me out. In a good way. Like DeNiro in a 70s Scorsese film. Months, years after finishing one of her stories, the title alone will make you feel that you must go and wash your hands right now.

 

This book deals with modern international slavery. That's all you need to know. Psychological horror at its finest.

 

Library copy

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review 2016-06-22 16:29
Disordered Minds
Disordered Minds - Minette Walters

In the world of film, it's called a docudrama, I think - or, if satirical, a mockumentary. In the much older world of written fiction, the narrative device of presenting a story wholly or partly in the form of documentary 'evidence' is well-established. It's a device I enjoy very much, and thus I liked Minette Walters' use of it, in the form of various letters and statements to authorities. This is a book where we have multiple characters giving unreliable narratives. Walters doesn't indulge in an ongoing detective figure whose insights can be relied upon. There are several mysteries in the past - two deaths, possibly/probably linked - and one injustice that cannot be remedied, only exposed. It's all buried under mounds and mounds of English reticence about the nasty underbelly of domestic life - physical and sexual abuse, twisting people's personalities throughout the rest of their lives.

 

I found the evolution of the central investigating characters, in their growing understanding of their own particular strengths and weaknesses, interesting - but the solution of the mystery itself relied (for my taste) too much on constantly changing time/date/place evidence. Frankly, I got tired of trying to follow, which is not usually the case with me. I won't spoil, but it all made sense in the end.

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