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review 2020-06-09 06:33
Six Cats a Slayin' (audiobook) by Miranda James, read by Erin Bennett
Six Cats a Slayin' (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) - Miranda James
Charlie has an uncomfortably flirtatious new neighbor, Gerry, who seems interested in buying up homes in the area. When she invites him to her big Christmas party, he decides to go in order to be polite but makes sure to take Helen Louise, his girlfriend, with him. Both of them are shocked when the party ends with Gerry's death, quite likely due to poison.
 
Kanesha's in charge of the investigation, and Charlie does his best to stay in her good graces by keeping his nose out of it. Mostly. It helps that he has a lot on his plate. His daughter-in-law is running herself ragged trying to take care of her new baby and might land herself in the hospital soon if she doesn't accept help. Also, in addition to Diesel, Charlie now has five mystery kittens to take care of. Someone, quite possibly a scared child, left them on his doorstep, and he's determined to find out who it was and see if they can be reunited.
 
Content warning for this book:
Transphobia, although not on the part of the main character or any of his friends.
(spoiler show)
 
The only other book I've read in this series was the first one. I normally like to read series in order when I can, but this was the only audiobook in this series that my library owned, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Honestly, skipping eight books wasn't too much of an issue. I could tell character relationships had changed: Kanesha has softened towards Charlie, Charlie now had a girlfriend, and his relationship with his son was better. There was even a part where Charlie thought back to what his life was like at the beginning of the series, so if there were any gaps in my memories of him and his relationships, they were filled in pretty neatly.
 
I read the paper version of the first book, so this was my first audiobook experience with the series. Bennett was a good cozy mystery narrator, but maybe not the best choice for this particular series, which features a first person male POV. Most of the secondary characters are female, so maybe that was a factor, but I still think a male narrator would have been better.
 
Anyway, now for the story itself. Oddly enough, the primary mystery seemed to be the kittens and the identity of the person who dropped them off. The murder was more secondary - although Charlie chatted with friends about it and did a little bit of research, he did mostly stay out of it, and as a result, most of the resolution happened off-page. While it was certainly a tragic story, I found it to be a bit weak.
 
The kitten storyline, on the other hand, was nice. Diesel got multiple opportunities to act as their adorable giant babysitter, and Charlie tried to resist being charmed by Ramses, the only one of the bunch with a distinct personality. I enjoyed Charlie's efforts to figure out who left the kittens, and the whole thing was resolved in a very warm and fuzzy way.
 
All in all, this made for a decent listen. I wish my library owned more audiobooks in this series, although thankfully I do own a used copy of Book 8 that I haven't read yet.
 
(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)
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text 2020-04-21 12:54
Will Motley Crue Cancel The Stadium Tour: The Official Announcement Has Been Made!

 

Motley Crue's iconic drummer Tommy Lee had a recent conversation with Billboard and broke the silence on whether or not the band would postpone their next "The Stadium Tour" or not.

 

According to the legendary drummer of Motley Crue, the reunion tour is still an opportunity, and they have no plans to postpone or cancel the stages of the tour yet.

 

He also said that all the members of the group are in constant contact and that the apocalyptic atmosphere is developing, everyone will be in a good mood to have a good time in concert.

 

Here's what Tommy said:

 

"We are all in constant communication. Nikki and I have attended several production meetings. You are talking about different stages, it's like two children in a candy store who are putting together something that people will walk and said:

 

"Are you kidding ?!"

 

This is our mission today, and it certainly goes in that direction. By the time all of this apocalyptic shit is over, I think everyone will be in a great mood to go out and have the best time. I do.

 

“I hope everyone stays inside, and we can control that and go back to the normal people."

 

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Source: blog.storymirror.com/read/osnroegj/will-motley-crue-cancel-the-stadium-tour-the-official-announcement-has-been-made
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review 2020-04-04 08:22
Silence, privilege and opression
Purple Hibiscus - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This book is terrible. It hurts like a bitch in a very quiet, understated way, it does not have the grace of tying the themes in any of the expected or more hopeful ways, and does so in a excellently written way. "Beat me while I love you" much?... Feels like a meta-theme.

 

There are: parallels between the government and Kambili's father's tyranny, between her aunt dithering on leaving the country while urging her mother to leave her father, the friend's questions on what is to be done if the strong leave, the children as reasons for leaving, where to go as the mother asks.

 

There are: commentaries about privilege, and the amount of issues it conceals, about the difference between public and private image, about having for others to see but not enjoying, about compassion not being something deserved, or related to station.

 

There are: questions about internalized colonization, the way religion opens paths for oppression and culture erosion (I raged so hard at the baptism and confirmation names thing), how a nation's identity gets eaten.

 

The motto of a university being "to restore dignity", like dignity has been lost, and higher education is what "gives" it... I have so many issues with the pretentiousness of that motto even while I think education does empower a people.

 

There is frankly a lot, and it left me so sad.

 

The first tenth is a mastery of the ominous. There is no overt violence, but the atmosphere itself is violently oppressive, and you can feel how the silence was bred into this girl. There is a moment where Jaja talks about another girl that saw her father murdered just starting to talk after 4 months, and he says she'll never heal from that, and it stayed with me that none of this characters ever will. The mother drank the love sips and was grateful that there was no second wife. Jaja paid heartily for his inner guilt. Kambili still yearns for her father's approval in her dreams, and that's how terrible and binding this twisted mockery of love is. They still do not talk. But maybe they have some hope of laughter.

 

I'm not touching that other priest with a ten foot pole because she's freaking 15.

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review 2020-04-03 00:30
Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder

Honestly I think this may be my favourite book, ever. There's just something about Valek where the story could be absolute garbage and I wouldn't even notice because I'm following Valek's every movement like a lost puppy. I love him so, so much and it takes a lot to be added to my book boyfriends list - I only have two others on it.

The story is much more adult that I would normally read, and I would not put it in a Young Adult category due to it's fairly violent depictions of torture and rape. I do wish Yelena and Valek's er... moments together would have been a LITTLE more descriptive to make up for it, and that's coming from an Asexual.

The biggest strength of this book is it's main character, Yelena. Smart, sarcastic, flirty and hilarious when drunk, I just loved everything about her. She actually quite reminded me of Eugenides from The Thief series, they both find themselves in dungeons and navigating castles, using their intelligence to get ahead in life.

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review 2019-11-06 23:50
Fun Read!
Poison Me - Cami Checketts

Poison Me is a romantic suspense by Cami Checketts. Ms. Checketts has provided readers with a great story loaded with fun and lovable characters. This story does drag a tiny bit in a couple of places but it's still worth the read. Chanel leaves Las Vegas when her boyfriend gets her fired from her job and takes a position as activities director at a retirement home. Jake is a doctor and visits the retirement home often to see his grandmother. Chanel and Jake's story is packed with drama, laugh out loud humor, spice, action, murder, suspense, secrets and a little angst, but not enough to be overwhelming. I enjoyed reading Poison Me and I must confess, Ruby and Ellie were my favorite characters. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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