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text 2018-11-03 10:04
24 Festive Tasks update -Re-read for the Day of The Dead.
Mean Streets - Jim Butcher,Simon R. Green,Kat Richardson,Thomas E. Sniegoski,Dion Graham,Richard Poe,Mia Baron,T. Ryder Smith

third deathI'm half-way through re-reading this novella as the book task for the Day of The Dead.


It's been eight years since I last looked at it but it stuck in my memory and I'm thoroughly enjoying reading about the Grey Walkers time in Mexico on the Day of the Dead.


The story is about 100 pages long and originally appeared in the "Mean Streets" alongside stories from Jim Butch and  Thomas E. Sniegoski who I enjoy and Simon R Green whose work always slips by me without gaining traction.





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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-07-04 22:31
The Weeping Woman on the Streets of Prague
The Weeping Woman on the Streets of Prague - Emma (Ed.)/ Landry Judith (Translator) Wilson,Judith Landry,Sylvie Germain,Emma Wilson

This is the book I received when my book order was mixed up and my bookseller sent the wrong book...otherwise, I probably would never have known of its existence.


As it turns out, this book tells the story - in the way of a long poem - about the spectre of a woman who appears in various places in Prague of a number of years, then disappears, weeping for various people, or groups or people, or injustices.


I very much enjoyed the idea of the book: the spectre of a weeping woman as the soul of the city grieving for the injustices carried out in history.


However, the repetitive style and and sometimes over-explained descriptions did not make for a gripping read. 

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text 2018-06-30 14:14
The Elusive Lucio... (Book Order Mix-Up)
The Weeping Woman on the Streets of Prague - Emma (Ed.)/ Landry Judith (Translator) Wilson,Judith Landry,Sylvie Germain,Emma Wilson
Lucio's Confession - Mário de Sá-Carneiro

It seems that Lucio's Confession is a rather elusive book. I had ordered it through Ammy from a 3rd party seller when I first heard about a couple of weeks ago.

A day later I received a message that the order was cancelled by the 3rd party seller.

So, I ordered it again from another seller. 
A few minutes ago, I received the package...but they shipped the wrong book. :(

Does the book exist? Are the sellers trying to tell me something by not letting me get hold of a copy?

And what are they trying to tell me by instead sending The Weeping Woman on the Streets of Prague (by Sylvie Germain)???
In all seriousness, I'm still determined to get my mitts on Lucio's Confession. And the Germain book actually looks interesting - it is also very short.
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text 2017-10-31 00:37
Sad News for Shadow Police Fans
London Falling - Paul Cornell
The Severed Streets - Paul Cornell
Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? - Paul Cornell

I missed this blog post when it went up on the 21st, but saw it earlier today. Tor UK has dropped the line, so the last two books remain unwritten. These dark, procedural UF novels are excellent and I was so excited to read the next one. They are desolate and hopeful and one has a fucking Neil Gaiman cameo.


I would be more saddened, but the cover art rework and the format change to a paperback release for the third book make this also not terribly surprising.


If anyone sees him doing some crowd funding to finish the series, please let me know. I will definitely throw money at him for two more books.

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review 2017-10-30 17:39
The Severed Streets / Paul Cornell
The Severed Streets - Paul Cornell

Summer in London: a city in turmoil. The vicious murder of a well-known MP is like a match to tinder but Detective Inspector James Quill and his team know that it's not a run-of-the-mill homicide. Still coming to terms with their new-found second sight, they soon discover that what is invisible to others - the killer - is visible to them. Even if they have no idea who it is.

Then there are more deaths. The bodies of rich, white men are found in circumstances similar to those that set the streets of London awash with fear during the late 1800s: the Whitechapel murders. Even with their abilities to see the supernatural, accepting that Jack the Ripper is back from the dead is a tough ask for Quill's team. As they try to get to grips with their abilities and a case that's spiralling out of control, Quill realizes that they have to understand more about this shadowy London, a world of underground meetings, bizarre and fantastical auctions, and objects that are 'get out of hell free' cards.


  I read this book to fill the ‘Darkest London’ square of my 2017 Halloween Book Bingo card.

I really must give Neil Gaiman credit for being a very good sport—I am not sure how I would feel about becoming a character in someone else’s fiction, especially if that author gave me some rather dodgy motives, as Cornell does.

I liked this second book in the series considerably more than the first one. It’s like the majority of the world-building has been settled now and Cornell can get on with telling us the dark and twisted tale of what’s going on under the surface of London!

There is a walking tour of Jack the Ripper sites, where two of our coppers see ghosts of each of the victims, there is an auction of supernatural items, and a mysterious Ripper-like murderer at work in the great city. Our team of Shadow Police get ripped apart in several ways and kind of patched back together eventually. I’ve got to get to the third book, Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?, as soon as I can arrange, to see if their team can survive these upheavals.


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