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review 2017-06-25 00:00
Power Play
Power Play - Catherine Gayle It's been a long time coming, but Power Play was most definitely worth waiting for. Self - assured Riley Jezek has just been dealt a dual blow. Injury and scandal just landed on his front door, two things he never saw coming. What's a guy to do when he's betrayed by two people he should never have trusted? Even the score (of course)! When the perfect ally crosses his path, he sets the plan in motion, but will his ever developing feelings cost him the winning shot? Inspired by classic romance, Ms. Gayle sets the heart racing and the hormones blazing with this gold worthy performance.
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review 2017-06-11 21:24
The Power by Naomi Alderman
The Power - Naomi Alderman

I apologise for taking so long to write a review. I’ve been so caught up in local politics that everything has taken a back seat these past few days.

 

I read The Power for a feminist book club that was meeting in Belfast last week. Unfortunately the book club was cancelled, so you’ll only get my thoughts. Sorry! I’m still glad I read it, though, as I found it an eye-opening experience.

 

The book charts the time when women from across the globe acquire a power that gives them the ability to electrocute or even kill others. It ends up being directed at men and used to attain positions of power.

 

We’re introduced to several characters from varying regions, such as London and Nigeria, and learn how the power has effected their lives.

 

What I really liked about the novel was the uniqueness of the story and directions I could see the world going in if something like this did happen. What I’m saying is, what I simultaneously liked about the novel was also it’s downfall. The fact that I could imagine a more interesting turn of events to what was depicted is a pretty big fail on the part of the author. If the book had been scaled back and described how the power affected just a couple of people in one corner of the globe I think it would have been better. The author took a much larger approach and set out to give us a kind of Rise and Fall overview of events, which diminished her ability to make the reader truly connect. The story was just too big for me. In relation to this there were several characters who I felt were unneeded and failed to add much. This idea of failing to add much was a common theme as I felt it just about everywhere. It felt like a novel that wasn’t very well planned, like all of the pieces didn’t really add up and were there largely for filler.

 

It’s worthwhile to mention that there are pockets of violence that are quite extreme, so bear this in mind if you pick it up. I felt like the violence achieved its goal well by illustrating the depths to which the world had fallen, but I also think it could have been achieved in a more creative and less jarring way.

 

The aspect I really enjoyed were the letters between the author and a friend that framed the beginning and end of the book. That gave the book a layer of intrigue that was lacking from the actual narrative.

 

All in all a great idea with mediocre execution.

 

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review 2017-06-10 00:31
Take one adorable geek accountant add in one douchebag boyfriend...
Power Bottom? - Rowan McAllister

and you get one crappy relationship...but on the upside...it didn't last long.

 

Adrian's a nice guy. He's got a good job, he's responsible, dependable, faithful and he just wants a relationship with someone he can love and spend time with and who maybe feels the same about him...sadly...he got Martin.

 

Martin is a jerk, he's a user and a player. He's every decent person's nightmare. Ok, in case you're wondering. I didn't like Martin...not even a little bit. Seriously in what world do you tell someone they're a good boyfriend but they're boring, cheap and lousy in bed? Really, WTF! and then he has the nerve to act like he was doing Adrian a favor because he hadn't cheated on him yet? Apparently bj's don't count as cheating...in Martin's world. Thankfully Adrian kicked his sorry backside to the curb and that was basically the end of Martin. Now we get to move on to the good part...

 

Adrian and Wyatt. Wyatt's hot, seriously magazine cover hot and if he had a boyfriend like Adrian there's no way he'd let them walk into a leather bar by themselves...how do we know this well, Wyatt told Adrian that when he went into said leather bar to use the phone to call for a tow truck when his car broke down. Of course Wyatt told Adrian this right after he tried to pick Adrian up at said leather bar and Adrian politely turned him down because 'he has a boyfriend.' Please, Adrian that wasn't a boyfriend that was an Albatross and thank heavens you got rid of him. Now off you go back to that bar in search of Wyatt...that's a good boy.

 

And that is how things started between Adrian and Wyatt. One simple comment between strangers and a few weeks later those strangers are meeting in a hotel room and yes there's sex...hot, steamy, sex but there's also talking and getting to know one another...until there isn't. Wyatt has things in his past that he's not willing to share and unfortunately he begins to thing that his past is still chasing him and he needs to move on to keep the people he cares about from getting hurt. Sadly Adrian's life is starting to go sideways as well and pretty soon no one really knows who's after who, but Wyatt starts to realize that he's not ready to walk away from the first person he's found in years that he wants to be with, who seems to care about him as much as he cares about them.

 

Wyatt and Adrian's relationship plays out against a background of mystery and mobsters, FBI agents and embezzlement and a lot of general confusion about who's really after who. 

 

I loved Wyatt and Adrian together. Wyatt was kind and good hearted. Everything that Adrian deserved and Adrian well he was the same. He was everything that Wyatt deserved and if the local FBI could just get their act together these two men might live long enough to do the same as soon as they face up to the fact that what started out as a weekend fling is turning into feelings that lasted all week long.

 

While I enjoyed this story from start to finish especially the romance and I'm normally a fan of good strong mysteries. However, in this case I was totally good with the mystery part of this story really just being a back drop to Wyatt and Adrian's romance. What I really, really loved was the ending. It was all that and a bag of potato chips...so there take that Martin.

 

Nick J. Russo was the narrator for this audio book and I'm not sure what more I can say about him but as always he delivered. I love listening to audio books narrated by Mr. Russo and honestly I don't even bother listening to the the sample I know I'm going to enjoy it if he's the narrator. Now I just check and make sure that I'm going to like the author's story and in the case of 'Power Bottom' it was already on my TBR list, so this was a done deal in my world. 

 

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An audiobook of 'Power Bottom' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-06-08 07:03
CatStronauts: Mission Moon (graphic novel) by Drew Brockington
CatStronauts: Mission Moon - Drew Brockington

Energy consumption is too high, and in only 60 more days the world is due to run too low on  power to keep everything going. The World’s Best Scientist’s coolest plan is to build a solar power plant on the surface of the moon, because it will always be exposed to the sun. Major Meowser (the leader), Waffles (the pilot), Blanket (the technician), and Pom Pom (the scientist) are called together and tasked with training for and completing the mission.

I bought this as a birthday present for my niece, along with the sequel, CatStronauts: Race to Mars. It was cute, although I had some problems with it, mostly due to my being unable to make my brain shut up about the internal logic issues. For some reason I could accept that the cats' spaceship came out of a giant box and included instructions, and yet it bugged me that a power blackout during the day could cause complete darkness, and that Waffles was able to eat a sandwich through his spacesuit helmet.

Blanket was probably my favorite CatStronaut - I particularly enjoyed Blanket’s love for his little robot friend. Waffles was probably my second favorite. It made me smile to see that Waffles and Blanket had such similar levels of affection for completely different things.

My few issues with it aside, this was a nice little volume, and my niece enjoyed looking at the cats. I haven’t heard from her yet about whether she liked the story.

 

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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text 2017-06-05 12:29
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