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review 2017-09-19 02:44
Half-Off Ragnarok
Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire

Afraid my opinion of Half-Off Ragnarok isn't all that original. 

 

If you like the cryptozoological world full of basilisks, bogeymen, Jhorlac and The Aeslin Mice created by Seanan McGuire, you are going to want to read volume #3 of The InCryptid series.  

 

Alex Price isn't quite as captivating as his perky older sister Verity.  Ohio isn't as exciting as NYC. The love interest isn't nearly as intriguing as Dominic. The Aeslin Mice make fewer appearances and have less of a role in the plot. But Half-Off Ragnarok is a decently paced urban fantasy with a lower body count than the previous volumes that moves the series along.

 

I'm counting Half-Off Ragnarok for

 

 

This book at the rest of the InCryptid Series would also work for

   

 

Seanan McGuire is the Featured Author Guest at Philcon this November.  It's day-trip distance for me and we are planning to attend.  If anyone else is going, please let me know, because I'd love to meet for coffee.

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text 2017-09-18 02:57
Halloween Bingo 2017 - Cozy
The Cat Who Turned On and Off - Lilian Jackson Braun

This was a perfect antidote to the shenanigans of The Thin Man.

 

No dysfunctional families with a weird obsession with incest and cannibalism. No skeevy guys and because Jim Qwilleran is a recovering alcoholic, definitely no booze.

 

Ah yes, Jim Qwilleran. A man of his times (the early books were written in the 1960s). He sees women as decorative arm candy to be invited to Christmas parties. He prefers them to be subtle and he definitely knows what he likes when it comes to legs and cleavage. Hey Jim, women have brains you know.

 

But that's just feminist me quibbling. As cozies go, these books are fun and fluffy and Koko and Yum Yum totally steal the show as Siamese cats are wont to do.

 

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text 2017-09-18 01:36
Hallowen Bingo 2017 - Cozy
The Cat Who Turned On and Off - Lilian Jackson Braun

"No one ever owns a cat," he corrected her. "You share a common habitation on a basis of equal rights and mutual respect . . . although somehow the cat always comes out ahead of the deal. Siamese particularly have a way of getting the upper hand."

 

Sounds about right. 

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text 2017-09-17 23:05
Halloween Bingo 2017 - Cozy
The Cat Who Turned On and Off - Lilian Jackson Braun

"You see, no one thinks of Junktown as a community of living people - merely a column of statistics. If they would ring doorbells, they would find respectable foreign families, old couples with no desire to move to the suburbs, small businessmen like Mr Lombardo - all nationalities, all races, all ages, all types - including a certain trashy element that does no harm. That's the way a city should be - one big hearty stew. But politicians have an a la carte mentality. They refuse to mix the onions and carrots with the tenderloin tips."

 

Probably more true now than in 1968 when this was written.

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text 2017-09-17 22:27
Halloween Bingo 2017 - Cozy
The Cat Who Turned On and Off - Lilian Jackson Braun

Mrs Cobb started up the creaking staircase, her round hips bobbling from side to side and the backs of her fat knees bulging in a horizontal grin. Qwilleran was neither titillated nor repelled by the sight, but rather saddened that every woman was not blessed with a perfect figure.

 

Well boo hoo Mr Qwilleran, you're no prize pig yourself are you?

 

 

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