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review 2018-02-25 18:08
Snowblind: whiteouts aren't all they're cracked up to be
Snowblind (Dark Iceland) - Quentin Bates,Ragnar Jónasson

Siglufjörður is a fishing village in Northern Iceland, where no one locks their doors and "nothing ever happens" according to the chief of police who has been there forever. Even better, it's accessible only via tunnel and frequently snowed in because of avalanches. Enter Ari Thór Arason -- who will finish his exams and training here. At most he's a supposedly talented rookie on his first posting, far from Reykjavik where's he's been at school and lived with his almost-doctor girlfriend.


Sounds ripe for mystery and crime, no? Also, it's not New York or London or Shanghai or Moscow or any of the usual suspects we find in police procedurals or mysteries. I loved the idea.


Unfortunately, this novel felt like so much set-up for a series, and I have a pet peeve about writers doing that. I'm eventually going to read the second one, but I will admit I don't have high hopes, and I will borrow it from the library.


A lot was just unrealistic about the plot of this "mystery." First of all our hero is so young as to not even have finished his training when he moves to the town where he's been told "nothing ever happens" and in short order solves a twisted and complex bunch of crimes. Those crimes aren't even being acknowledged by the police that have been in the town forever, but our young almost-cop figures it all out without any help and with seemingly very little trouble or time.


Then there was this weird extraneous romantic plot which I'd be willing to bet a lot of money will resolve in one certain direction in the next book. The whole thing was very A-B-C, but not even that orderly. Come on, mystery writers, challenge me!

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review 2018-02-25 17:40
3.8 Out Of 5 STARS for Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
Bonfire - Krysten Ritter







It has been ten years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small town roots. Now working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career, a modern apartment, and her pick of meaningless one-night stands.  


But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's most high-profile company, and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens’ biggest scandal from more than a decade ago involving the popular Kaycee Mitchell and her closest friends—just before Kaycee disappeared for good.


Abby knows the key to solving any case lies in the weak spots, the unanswered questions. But as Abby tries to find out what really happened to Kaycee, she unearths an even more disturbing secret—a ritual called “The Game,” which will threaten the reputations, and lives, of the community and risk exposing a darkness that may consume her.


With tantalizing twists, slow-burning suspense, and a remote, rural town of just five claustrophobic miles, Bonfire is a dark exploration of the question, can you ever outrun your past?






Krysten Ritter, who plays Jessica Jones on the Netflix series, wrote a novel.  It's not bad, either.  Bonfire is compulsively readable or listenable, considering I did listen.  The mystery is atmospheric and layered.  The characters are clearly flawed.


On the surface, it reads like another small town girl who was tormented in high school returns home to face her enemies and bring down the company that is her hometown's savior…Erin Brockovich style.  Then somewhere along the way it turned into something much more lascivious and diabolical than poisoned water. 


While not without its flaws, and despite my confusion with the MC's constant state of drunkenness and her dreamlike memories that come to surface whenever she is in this state (it seemed to me that she never remembered how she came to be drunk in the first place), I found this to be an engaging read.  After my last two Audiobooks, I needed something that I would like, and this stepped up to the plate.  











Plot~ 3.9/5

Main Characters~ 3.8/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.8/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.


Book Cover~ I like it…it goes well with the story

Narration~ My Grade for the narration by Karissa Vacker is a B+, I found her voice is easily listenable.

Setting~ Barrens, Indiana

Source~ Audiobook (Library)



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text 2018-02-25 17:10
Reading progress update: I've read 124 out of 635 pages.
Unterleuten: Roman - Juli Zeh

Auch wenn Jule ansonsten wenig mitbekam, eines stand fest: Der Mann auf der Bühne stammte aus einer anderen Welt, und er war gekommen, um die Dörfler über den Tisch zu ziehen. Da galt eine alte Regel von der Uni: Wer einen Beamer mitbringt, ist ein Betrüger.


Entschuldigt die ganzen Updates, aber im Moment amüsiere ich mich köstlich.

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text 2018-02-25 16:49
Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 635 pages.
Unterleuten: Roman - Juli Zeh

Sie hatte nicht vergessen, warum sie Gerhard geheiratet hatte. Wie alle ihre Freundinnen und Kommilitoninnen hatte sie jahrelang Pech mit Männern gehabt und es kaum bemerkt, weil Pech mit Männern den Normalfall darstellte. Für emanzipierte junge Frauen gab es einfach keine männlichen Gegenstücke.

Im ICE konnte man ältere Ehepaare beobachten, die stets zu zweit an einem Vierertisch saßen. Während die Frau ein Soduko löste, las der Mann die Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, wobei er gelegentlich durch kurzes Auflachen seine Verachtung für das Gelesene zum Ausdruck brachte. Irgendwann rief er: "Marianne, hör dir das an," und las einige Zeilen aus der Zeitung vor. Darauf folgte eine ausführliche Erklärung, welche gravierende Denkfehler der strohdumme Autor begehe und warum die Zeitung heutzutage das Papier nicht mehr wert sei, auf dem sie gedruckt wurde. Marianne sagte "Du hast recht" und förderte eine Tupperdose mit Salamibroten zutage. Der Mann empörte sich lautstark über die kleinbürgerliche Angewohnheit, auf jede noch so kurze Reise eine Proviantpaket mitzunehmen, aß dann hungrig von den Broten und nahm noch ein hartgekochtes Ei dazu.

In den meisten Kommilitonen konnte Jule heute schon den Privatdozenten aus dem ICE erkennen. Bis auf wenige Ausnahmen, die nett und so langweilig waren, dass man es beim besten Willen nicht mit Ihnen aushielt.

Die Idee zu Gerhard war simpel gewesen. Er konnte kein Vollidiot mehr werden, weil er sich in einem Alter befand, in dem die meisten Männer schon einer waren. Bei einem 45-jährigen lagen die Dinge bereits auf der Hand. Ein Testlauf barg wenig Risiko.


Das ist so zynisch und böse. Ich konnte mir ein Schmunzeln nicht verkneifen ;)

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review 2018-02-25 16:08
A Darker Domain by Val McDermid
A Darker Domain - Val McDermid

Series: Inspector Karen Pirie #2


There's nothing really wrong with this cold case mystery book, but it felt like it dragged on. I guess I just wasn't all that fussed about the constant jumping back and forth between the past and present rather than watching the police discover the story. Now, I'm not sure whether it felt like it dragged because the writing is actually slow or whether I'm stuck in a reading rut.

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