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review 2017-08-30 02:17
A PI investigates a super-hero's death
Double Lives (Johnny Wagner, Godlike PI Book One) - Matt Cowper

Double Lives takes place in a world as overloaded with super-heroes and super-villains as The Tick (comic or cartoon), Powers (comic) or Powerless (TV). But our protagonist isn't a super-hero, at least not any more. Now, he's a P. I. -- with a twist. A minor deity (whose name I will not try to type), nicknamed Dak has been merged with him and acts as his right arm.

 

Dak is a god of destruction, and will use power beams, super-strength and the like to achieve this destruction, as often as possible -- even when it works against his host, Johnny Wagner, professionally or personally. He will also, at whim, start an argument with Johnny or anyone nearby, threaten them, or just sound off about whatever he wants to -- again, even when it works against his host. Dak is really annoying, but will (mostly) grow on you. I did enjoy his origin story, I should add.

 

Johnny's a typical down-on-his-luck P.I., there's really nothing about him early on that will make you think hes anything but a comic book version of Marlowe-clone. Which is fine to start with, and thankfully Cowper doesn't leave him that way. He is interesting enough to keep the reader engaged and interested.

 

The hero Captain Neptune has recently been killed by a laughable member of his rogues gallery, Gray Squirrel. The killing was very public, very definite, and very, very filmed. As such, Gray Squirrel is going away for a very long time. Until Neptune's widow hires Johnny to investigate. She just doesn't think that Gray Squirrel intended to kill him, and wants Johnny to uncover the truth about what happened.

 

Sadly, Johnny just doesn't uncover that, but he unearths many things that people'd prefer were kept under wraps. There's a decent bit of investigation that goes on, punctuated with some very well-written comic book fight scenes. I was less than impressed with the dialogue, which was frequently problematic, and the romantic storyline. The rest worked, in a heightened-comic book reality way. Which is not a slam, it's a description -- I'm a comic fan, I wish I could read more. I enjoyed the other characters -- minor, allies, villains of various degrees of power, heroes (most of whom come across as real jerks), too.

 

The climactic battles were really well-executed, and even if I hadn't been won over by the book by this time, I'd probably recommend the books just for them. Thankfully, I can say that there's a lot more going for Double Lives than those two battles. It's a lot of fun, and super-hero fans should find plenty to reward their time if they read this.

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for this post. I appreciate the opportunity.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/08/29/double-lives-by-matt-cowper
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review 2017-08-11 17:13
Morning My Angel (Angel Enterprises, #1) by Sue Brown
Morning My Angel - Sue Brown

Loved the humor, it compensate nicely for a few negative things that I came across.

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review 2017-08-06 06:07
He Speaks Dead by Adrienne Wilder
He Speaks Dead - Adrienne Wilder

Damn, Briggs!

I am not happy! :/


How can Charlie and Ethan live with themselves after all, I have no idea. This book made me mad :(

I read some reviews and I am glad to find out that I am not the only one who is upset about Briggs being disposable. He was treated like crap during the whole book, used and abused through its entirety (except for the first chapter, granted) 

only to be killed off without a second thought in the end. 

(spoiler show)

 

While Ethan is at least reflecting on the events of the fateful night in the epilogue, Charlie is perfectly cool with having a bright new shiny Ethan in a mighty meat-suit all to himself. Who's Briggs again? Only a person who saved their asses and the world :/ But - not a pause, not a care.


Anyway, I do realise RL is a bitch, but the two MC's are total and complete jerks. The last chapter made me despise Charie. And I don't understand how the author could do it to her character, leaving him a heartless, callused jerk.


2.5 stars
 

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text 2017-06-25 16:22
25th June 2017
Life of Pi - Yann Martel

It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.

 

Yann Martel

 

Happy 54th birthday, Yann Martel. The novelist initially considered other animals—including an elephant and a rhinoceros—to place in the lifeboat with a young Indian boy, but finally settled on a tiger and began writing his Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi.

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review 2017-05-23 20:46
The Better Story
Life of Pi - Yann Martel

Defiantly funny in the face of total devastation, but more than that, ever hopeful. I guess that last is the best part of strong faith. The important part. Inner piece and enduring hope.

 

Here's the deal: I'm an agnostic. We get roasted inside *grin*. I could go a long while about the difference between religion and spirituality, between faith in god and the faith in the future that makes you stubbornly plod forward. I wont. My mom says "there are no atheist in the trenches". I have no idea what an ordeal like this would do to me.

 

But here is the other side, the thing about being an agnostic: I can accept both stories. I can love and believe in the tiger, and I can forgive the killer boy. The tiger is the better story, but to me, disregarding the second feels like hiding from a horrible truth too hard to accept. Just as disregarding the tiger feels like the cruelty of denying absolution, or the company of hope.

 

Good book. The movie did it amazing justice, tight and beautiful and with lovely, memorable music, so I highly recommend it.

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