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review 2017-09-25 02:17
The Usual Santas: A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers - Stuart Neville,Mick Herron,Helene Tursten,Peter Lovesey,Cara Black

I love anthologies like this. When your schedule is crazy & you find it difficult to make any progress on a full-meal book, these provide the perfect snack. Here we have 18 stories with an interesting theme. All are set around the Xmas season. But that’s about all they have in common as the authors took the brief & ran with it.


Some are funny, some are gritty. Settings include different centuries & locales such as Seoul, Bangkok, Ireland, America & Cuba. And genres run the gamut from psychological to full on action. There are even a few names you’ll recognize such as Jane Austen & Sherlock Holmes.


Like most collections some are great, most are good & a couple are meh. But what falls into those categories will vary from reader to reader. My favourites were those by Helene Tursten (do NOT mess with a Swedish granny), Teresa Dovalpage (great characters, set in Cuba), Tod Goldberg (poignant tale of a lonely sheriff’s final days on the job) & Martin Limón (American military police in 1970’s Korea). Two of these authors I’d never read before & therein lies the gift. It’s great chance to try out new (to you) authors & editor Peter Lovesey has included each writer’s back list at the end so you can easily select something meatier by whoever catches your fancy.


It’s a great book to take on your daily commute or leave on the bedside table. Just keep it handy for those times when you have a few minutes to escape to another time or country.



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review 2017-09-24 21:15
Die Alpen, wie man sie wohl selten zu sehen bekommt - künstlerisch auf höchstem Niveau!
Peter Mathis Alpen - Peter Mathis,Nansen... Peter Mathis Alpen - Peter Mathis,Nansen & Piccard

Peter Mathis Alpen - Peter Mathis,Nansen & Piccard  Peter Mathis Alpen - Peter Mathis,Nansen & Piccard  


Mit seinem Buch „Alpen“ präsentiert der österreichische Fotograf Peter Mathis eine unglaublich eindrucksvolle und atmosphärische Sammlung diverser Schwarz-Weiß-Aufnahmen von unterschiedlichsten Bergmotiven. Wahnsinnig stilvoll und emotional setzt er die Alpen in Szene, hält scheinbar flüchtige Momente auf höchstem künstlerischem Niveau fest. Die Aufnahmen erzählen ausnahmslos Geschichten massiver Gesteinsgebilde und diverser Szenerien - teils nebelverhangen, teils natürlich schroff. Peter Mathis hat es hier meiner Meinung nach geschafft, Szenen in ergreifenden Bilder festzuhalten und sie pur, aber auch intensiv auf den Betrachter wirken zu lassen. Sein Gespür für die Darstellung von Stimmungen ist beeindruckend und es macht großen Spaß, das Buch anzuschauen und im Detail zu genießen.

Ich finde, es ist Peter Mathis bestmöglich gelungen, wunderbare Aufnahmen in dieser Sammlung zusammenzufügen. Ob nun in der Zusammenstellung der einzelnen Motive oder auch mit den festgehaltenen Szenerien selber. Eindrucksvoll, zeitlos und schön! Absolute Empfehlung, 5 Sterne.


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review 2017-09-23 03:20
Enemy in the Dark: The Story of a Luftwaffe Night-fighter Pilot (Fortunes of War) - Peter Spoden

Here, in his own words, Peter Spoden, shares with the reader his experiences as a Luftwaffe night-fighter pilot with the Fifth & Sixth Night Fighter Wings (NJG 5 & NJG 6) in the West between the Spring of 1943 and the end of the war in May 1945. Spoden survived a number of close-calls in his battles against British bombers attacking the Reich and emerged from the war with 24 victories to his credit. 

"ENEMY IN THE DARK" is a sobering memoir of both the wonders and perils of wartime combat flying by night.

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review 2017-09-22 03:47
Nightfall by Justin Halpern & Peter Kujawinski
Nightfall - Peter Kujawinski,Jake Halpern

I was going to reshelve this book and move on with my day, but the arresting cover made me turn it over and read the back. Done. Sold.

Nightfall is about 14-year-old Marin and her home, an isolated island that enjoys fourteen years of daylight. With nightfall imminent, Marin helps her family and her friend Line, who is head of his household after the death of his parents, prepare to depart the island to wait out the long night. There are some unusual rituals. The placement of furniture in specific places, the placement of knives and bizarre trophies, and a cleansing of each house. To stay behind through the long night is unthinkable. At least the adults refuse to speak of it.

There's a difficulty, however. The boats that arrive to bring the Islanders to safety come early and there are fewer of them. In the rush and confusion, the adults dismiss Marin's concern that her friend Line is missing. It dawns on her where he might be, and convinces her twin brother Kana to help her find him. They don't make it back to the boats in time.

The three of them are about to find out why the islanders leave their homes for fourteen years rather than face the night.

This was an excellent juvenile thriller/fantasy, it created a new world and brings the reader into this dangerous situation with a minimum of exposition for a mg/ya book. I could have used a little more insight into Kana's experiences (can't say more) and a little bit more to the last act of the book, but it was very satisfying nonetheless. There is a sibling book out now and a sequel possibly on the way.

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review 2017-09-22 01:09
A Twisted Affair...
The Kind Worth Killing - Peter Swanson

Book Title:  The Kind Worth Killing

Author:  Peter Swanson

Narration:  Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early & Keith Szarabajka

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Mystery, Suspense Thriller

Setting:  Maine & Massachusetts

Source:  Audiobook (Library)




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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  3.7/5

Secondary Characters:  3.5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3.8/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  3/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger: ???

Total: 4/5 STARS - GRADE=B+


The Kind Worth Killing is soooo twisty, just when you think you know where it's going, it veers off and totally does like a 180 on you.  It did this more than once, actually.  I really liked this, despite feeling that it may be a tad not-my-style, even though my style is constantly changing, especially lately. 


Will I read more from this Author⇜  I really have no clue…this time last year I would have never even thought of reading this.


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