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review 2018-01-30 20:59
"I'll Keep You Safe" by Peter May
I'll Keep You Safe - Peter David,RIVERRUN,Anna Murray,Peter Forbes

Why did I read it? Because I had enjoyed the author's Lewis trilogy, and I had hoped for something similar.

What's it about? Niamh and Ruairidh MacFarlane are two islanders who build up a textile business, Ranish Tweed, and while on a visit to Paris, a car bomb goes off. As the investigation gets under way, Niamh struggles to come to terms with a life without Ruaridh.

What did I like? There were parts set on the island, and, as always its character shone through. Both narrators were good, and it was interesting to have one for the present, and one for the past. The downloaded audio file was clear.

What didn't I like? It is unfortunate that this book failed to hold my attention. I kept leaving it, coming back, then leaving it again. This was not helped when, in the back of my mind, I held an idea about the direction of the book from the time of the car bomb. I ploughed on, despite not being gripped by the story line, or the characters, and with clues seemingly corroborating my thoughts on an outcome. When, finally, the end came, it was merely a confirmation.

The characters could just not hold my interest, and the hints about events in the past of some characters were frustrating, especially when the author would elaborate later in a flashback chapter - the waiting seemed so unnecessary. Niamh was the most developed character, but I had no sympathy for her, or indeed with any of the characters, no empathy, or any kind of connection really. Each seemed predictable, and flat.

Having that feeling about the story line's conclusions put me off, and I felt really let down by this book. I wanted to like it so much. I wanted it to grip me and hold me down to it until the bitter end as the Lewis trilogy had, but it just whimpered quietly, and I was frequently able to leave it alone.

I guess my disappointment is showing, but it's really how I felt at the end.

Would I recommend it? Please don't let this be your introduction to Peter May's work; he has written better. Overall, I cannot recommend "I'll Keep You Safe".

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review 2017-09-23 00:00
Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir
Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir - Peter David,Stan Lee,Colleen Doran Brilliantly written with excellent illustrations and a full scope of Stan Lee's life in comics.
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review 2017-08-21 18:45
The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three: Bitter Medicine
Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three - Bitter Medicine - Robin Furth,Peter David,Jonathan Marks


I'm sorry to say that I didn't like this one any more than the last entry in "The Drawing of the Three" series. It's like the train stopped in meh-ville and now it's parking there long term.


The story is okay, but I already know it-I'm reading the graphic novels because I want to learn more and because I like the art. Now that I'm not digging the art the story needs to work extra hard to keep me going with these.


At this point, I'm not sure I will keep going.

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review 2017-08-19 15:57
Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three: The Lady of Shadows
Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three: Lady of Shadows - Peter David,Jonathan Marks,Robin Furth

All I can seem to muster up about this entry is "meh." I'm not crazy about the artwork or the story. 


Maybe it's is because I'm also re-reading the books via audio and recently finished The Song of Susanna and I'm just  plain Odetta'd out? I'll admit this is very possible. 


I have the next entry in the series on hand and I'll see how it goes with that. 

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review 2017-06-12 18:45
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger-The Man in Black
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Man in Black - Robin Furth,Alex Maleev,Stephen King,Peter David

"Go then. There are other worlds than these."



And I might just do that after the next graphic novel in the series, which finishes off this story arc.


This installment completely changed what happened in the books, and I'm okay with that, I guess. However, that combined with the artwork, which I still don't feel is on par with the earlier graphic novels, may be enough for me to quit the series entirely. That goes against my completist nature, but life is too short and I want to read ALL the books. Choices must be made and I'm not sure the rest of this series will make the cut.

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