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review 2019-10-14 13:36
Reaper Man
Reaper Man - Terry Pratchett

by Terry Pratchett

 

I've read Mort twice so decided it's time I continued this series. Admittedly I enjoyed Mort less on the second reading, but the character of Death is one of Pratchett's most interesting ideas so I still wanted to carry on.

 

As Pratchett books go, I found it a little slower in parts than I expected. The overall story was interesting in itself, but some of the digressions went on a little longer than interest demanded. The humour was certainly there and the unique concepts of Death as an entity who might take a holiday or even die himself. How he interacts with people is definitely a strength of the book.

 

The wizards tended to witter on a bit too long to keep my attention, but the inception of The Death of Rats makes the whole book worthwhile! I'm unlikely to re-read this one, but I'm glad I've read it now and I'll continue with Soul Music before too long.

 

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review 2019-09-21 06:05
Yikes
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn

What the actual fuck did I just read? This book is seriously messed up.

 

Read for Psych Paint It Black. It fits.

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review 2019-08-17 23:42
There's no monkey business here...well, not much...
Paint It Black - Amy Lane

I'm not sure that I'd say you 'have to' read 'Beneath the Stain' to follow this story but I do think it would be very beneficial and honestly, it's such an awesome story and if you're a fan of Amy Lane, I can't imagine that you haven't or wouldn't want to but that's for each of us to decide.

 

I loved 'Beneath the Stain' I read the book and I thoroughly enjoyed the audio book. No matter what the format this story just worked for me but now we're faced with the second book 'Paint It Black' and I admit I was nervous...could Ms Lane pull it off could she write a second book that was worth of what she started with and the answer for me was...yes. Was it as good as 'Beneath the Stain' I think that's a matter of individual opinion but for me it was and comparing them was also a little bit like comparing apples and oranges. Both had their own strengths and weaknesses and each story brought a different perspective to the same time frame and some of the same events through the eyes of different characters.

 

In 'Paint It Black' the focus is on Cheever Sanders younger brother to men of 'Outbreak Monkey' whether by blood or of the heart these men are brothers and 'Blake' his membership to this band of brothers was a little harder earned by he's every bit as much a brother as the the others, he just doesn't realize his own self worth.

 

Cheever has reached adulthood but it hasn't happened without a price and while his brothers have spent the intervening years trying to reach him. He's had his own reasons for keeping them at arms length, they just weren't as good as he believed them to be. it's said that it takes a village to raise a child...well it can also take a village to pull that same child from their path of self destruction and that's where Blake finds Cheever.

 

'Paint It Black' was an exercise in perspectives. What Blake and the other band members saw as an young man who was acting out and spoiled turned out to be a young man who was struggling to battle his own demons and hold himself together and failing. 

 

While most of this story takes place at the same time as 'Beneath the Stain' did. Things that happen in this story either weren't reveled in that book or we get to see them from a different (someone else's) perspective.. We also get to know so much more about both Cheever and Blake. I loved having a closer, more intimate look at these two men and their lives.  

 

Both Cheever and Blake have been showing the world a very different person than the one they truly feel themselves to be and in their own way they have each become their own worst enemy. Cheever feels like he doesn't belong and no one truly cares or wants to know what's happening in his life. Blake feels that he's just never good enough and it's not until each of them starts to see themselves through the eyes of those who love them that they also begin to realize their own self-worth. I loved Cheever's friend, Marcia. She was awesome...it took a lot of guts for her to walk out of rehab because she needed to find Cheever and be sure he was ok. She was totally the kind of friend who'd walk in when the rest of the world was walking out. 

 

Marcia wasn't the only awesome woman in this story there were more than a few Heather Sanders Mackey, Kell and Jeffereson's mom but really she was mom to all of them. Briony, Kell's wife she was fierce when it came to keeping the household on track and that may not seemed like much but for this group it really was a crucial part of their life. Sheila, Jefferson and Stevie's wife...she was that bit of calm that buffered them all and helped to smooth the edges when things got rough. Each of these women had their own unique super-power that contributed to making the groups world just that much better and they always seemed to have room in their hearts for one more...it's how a family works.

 

'Paint It Black' was every bit as gut wrenching and emotional for me as 'Beneath the Stain' but each in their own way. While the ending of 'Paint It Black' was maybe a little more over the top than I would have liked it fit the people in this story. This is a bigger than life over the top family and somehow they just seemed to need and deserve that bigger than live over the top HEA ending...so for me it all worked. I really just need one more thing to make this all perfect...does anyone know when the audio book is come out and can I expect Nick J. Russo as the narrator? 

 

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A copy of 'Paint It Black' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2014-10-09 00:56
#BookADayUK October Day 8: Best Bookshop Find
Paint it Black - Janet Fitch

This topic is just impossible. I have purchased hundreds and hundreds of books from bookshops, nearly all of which were great finds or I wouldn't have bought them.

 

I guess if we're going for a "wow" find, something rare or surprising, I will go with Paint It Black. Not that the book was rare or hard to find, but it is rare for me to walk into a bookshop and plonk down the full hardback price of a new release. I loved White Oleander so much that when I ran into Janet Fitch's next novel (not knowing there even was such a thing in existence in my pre-Goodreads days), I grabbed it up without a second thought. And it was totally worth it.

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review 2014-07-13 14:41
Paint it Black (Black Knight Chronicles #4) by John G Hartness
Paint it Black: 4 - John G. Hartness

People are going missing and have been for some time – seemingly without a trace until some jawbones were found. But they’re too old – they definitely match the victims but are years older than they should be.


Woo-woo is afoot and between the changing age of the bones and troll involvement, all clues point to fairy land, and the dangerous and alien goblin market. Clearly careful, subtle investigation is needed.


Such a shame that James and Greg don’t do subtle or careful.

 

 

 

I liked this book. It was fun. It had some hilarious moments, it had some pretty exciting moments. It had action and adventure and weirdness writ large. The story was fun, it covered a huge swath of the world, it brought up some interesting points about the relationship between the worlds and gave the characters some room to grow. It had a lot of good there

 

And it had a lot of, well, basically a whacky romp through fairy land. The guys (backed up to a lesser extent by the supporting cast) rampage their way through “investigation” which involves breaking things and hitting things until answers fall on them or people given them answers just to make them go away and stop causing trouble. This is a form of “investigation” that annoys me so much in Urban Fantasy and I was getting a little irritated with it here – except it was blatantly lamp shaded. James openly admits that his plan is basically to hit things and hope he finds answers doing it and it is presented as exactly as silly as it sounds. And it doesn’t work. Oh they make some progress but at nearly every step of the way of their “let’s rampage and get answers” they run into something bigger, stronger or smarter than them that is less inclined to tolerate their nonsense. The greatest challenge of the book is fought through the mind and not with vampire might. Sabrina is there to provide sense and rescue and they rely heavily on the patronage of the fairy queen they earned in the past to dig themselves out of the foolish hole they’ve dug

 

They do get answers, some of those answers do come from their whacky and ill advised rampage. But that rampage is always very clear as being ill advised. Especially compared to the very efficient investigation they perform later (though I do think that Greg’s computer skills are morphing into a slightly ridiculous Deus Ex).

 

The problem is that a large part of the book is a rampage through fairy land (and I’m not a fan of fairy land in this series anyway, it feels like an excuse for the author to just throw every random thing into the story). It wasn’t a bad storyline, but it also didn’t add a whole lot of anything and didn’t exactly thrill me.

 

 

Much more awesome are Sabrina and James relationship – also good but undeveloped was the moral conflict of James’s vigilantism which was a little brushed over. I think I’d like it poked more but at the same time I can understand why absolutely no-one wanted to speak out in protest against what James had done.

 

On an odd comment – I actually like that James is stepping up a little more this book as well, even if I don’t quite see why the fae queen should see him as so special. While I’ve always appreciated a protagonist who wasn’t the super-duper-specialist-most-powerful-of-them-all, in the last couple of books I’ve also been doubting just what role James serves in the story with Greg, Sabrina and even Abby having talent sets to bring and him not really bringing a whole lot.

 

Inclusionwise – we have Bobby, a Black man who provides them with blood who has a brief cameo appearance and Stephen, a gay man, shows up for a brief cameo when his woo-woo is needed. Very background.

 

I’d still like a toning down of references to Greg’s weight every 5 seconds. While a fat vampire is certainly a novelty, constantly harping on about it is not. I do like Greg and James’s conflict particularly James finally snapping and growing tired of being blamed all the time – in a genre that LOVES protagonist guilt and angst, it was nice to see

 

 

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