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review 2018-02-02 21:52
His Quiet Agent by Ada Maria Soto 4 Star Review
His Quiet Agent - Ada Maria Soto

Arthur Drams works for a secret government security agency, but all he really does is spend his days in a cubical writing reports no one reads. After getting another “lateral promotion” by a supervisor who barely remembers his name, it’s suggested that Arthur try to ‘make friends’ and ‘get noticed’ in order to move up the ladder. It’s like high school all over again: his attempts to be friendly come across as awkward and creepy, and no one wants to sit at the same table with him at lunch. In a last-ditch attempt to be seen as friendly and outgoing, he decides to make friends with The Alien, aka Agent Martin Grove, known for his strange eating habits, unusual reading choices, and the fact that no one has spoken to him in three years.

Starting with a short, surprisingly interesting conversation on sociology books, Arthur slowly begins to chip away at The Alien’s walls using home-cooked meals to lure the secretive agent out of his abrasive shell. Except Martin just might be something closer to an actual secret agent than paper-pusher Arthur is, and it might be more than hearts at risk when something more than friendship begins to develop.




I loved this romance with its complex heroes and slow build. I don't want to give anything away but the perfectly paced unveiling of each character and watching the romance bloom was great.

Each hero is complex and so interesting.

However, the payoff in this book is disappointing. One of the heroes is asexual so it wasn't a sexual connection I was looking for...but an emotionial intimacy is faded to black as well and some mysteries about the characters are hinted at but not revealed. 

I will for sure read more by this writer but I hope for a more fulfilling closing.

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review 2018-01-30 18:45
Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
Wylding Hall - Elizabeth Hand

2.1.18-I've been thinking about this book since I finished it and because of that I've decided to change my rating to the full 5 out of 5 stars!


WYLDING HALL is a fun novella that doesn't neatly fit into any single category other than, perhaps, dark fiction.


A thousand other people have already written reviews so I'll just say: this is a beautifully written example of a quiet horror story with building tension and dread.


WYLDING HALL is my second reading of Hand's work, the first being her collection SAFFRON AND BRIMSTONE, which I also enjoyed. I'm looking forward to reading more from her and I think I'll do that starting with BLACK LIGHT.


Highly recommended!


You can get a copy here: WYLDING HALL


*I bought this book with my hard earned money and this is my honest opinion.*

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review 2017-12-22 02:19
This'd be a blast to read to a kid
Snobbity Snowman (A Children's Picture Book for the Christmas Holiday) - Quiet Riley Jr,Maria Bardyukova

That cover tells you almost everything you need to know. Great cover.


Snobbity is not your typical Snowman -- he's got himself an attitude (although that might be more about what he's made from, not anything wrong with him) and shortly after we meet him, things get rough for him. But there's a lesson to be learned and as he does, things pick up for Snobbity. It's pretty straightforward, with a nice twist toward the end.


One thing that ran through my head while reading this: this book would be so much fun to read to a kid. It starts the way pretty much every snowman story has to (the construction), then the language gets fun, then the story turns to sentimental/the lesson. Up and down and back up again, with a good movement forward. It's something for for the grown up reader to sink their teeth into and entertain the audience.


The art is dynamic, it moves -- right through the story, and helping the reader along -- it's goofy while heartfelt. Almost as much fun as the text. It's just what the pre-reader/early reader will respond to.


This is a lot of fun with a good amount of hope -- highly recommended.


Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest opinions -- I think the authors, this was fun.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/12/21/snobbity-snowman-by-maria-bardyukova-quiet-riley-jr
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review 2017-12-09 19:31
An illustrated introvert's story
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story - Debbie Tung

Introvert and author Debbie Tung brings her story in graphic novel form. A lover of tea and books, the person of the 'Where's My Bubble' Tumblr also brings us her story via her comics, which you may have seen around the web.


The book illustrates her life and times from a child into adulthood and what it's like not knowing you're an introvert. School teachers tell you/your parents you need to break out of a bubble. Socializing and not partying can be isolating and maybe some find it strange that you're so exhausted afterwards. That new job doesn't quite fit and it's not really clear why. But you find friends and maybe that special someone who does understand and respects your needs. And maybe you find out there's a word for what you feel when socializing vs. activities that don't require group interaction and socializing. 


Since I was already familiar with Tung I didn't realize that this was her story. I had somewhat thought it was something like other introverted comics/graphic novels such as 'Introvert Doodles' or 'Text, Don't Call' that describe introverts and introversion but not as a personal story. This book's a bit different since Tung lets her illustrations speak for her and is more of a memoir rather than a general introvert book.


Which was fine by me! Not everyone will like or identify (she likes tea and books and reading, which is totally my alley) but I enjoyed it a lot. I had seen many of her illustrations before but it was nice to see her story. I suppose it would have been nice to have an introduction or maybe just some text to put it all into context but this is minor and the book does its job.


If you know someone who wants to learn more about introversion/introverts and is a visual sort of person then this (plus the other books mentioned above) would make great gifts. I was happy to support the author in purchasing the book but others may prefer to check it out from the library.

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review 2017-12-01 18:36
BE QUIET! by Ryan T. Higgins
BE QUIET! - Ryan T. Higgins,Ryan T. Higgins

This is a spin-off of the Mother Bruce series.  One of the mice wants to write a book with no words but his cohorts won't cooperate and keep talking.  I howled as he explained his idea trying to get his friends help. 

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