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text 2017-04-24 04:07
Reading progress update: I've read 194 out of 352 pages.
Against the Paw - Diane Kelly

I like that nothing ever seems to work out for the peeping tom, aside from the fact that he hasn't been caught yet. He's had his peeping ruined by a spray of water directly on his crotch, real women don't all wear sexy lingerie and nighties like the women in his fantasies, and even his attempt at phone sex failed miserably.

 

If this guy could get caught and the gross misogynistic cop could get fired, I'd be happy. I have a feeling I'm going to have to settle for just the first one of those two, though.

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text 2017-04-23 20:26
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 352 pages.
Against the Paw - Diane Kelly

Blast is Megan's boyfriend's bomb sniffing dog. Brigit is Megan's K-9 partner. Brigit is supposedly on a diet but has so far eaten more on-page in this one book than many human characters eat on-page in an entire series. And now we have this:

 

"Brigit and Blast polished off the box of crackers in two minutes flat. Remembering that she'd been chastised before for eating people food without permission, Brigit decided it would be best to eliminate the evidence, so she ate the cardboard box, too.

 

Not bad. Not bad at all."

 

Okay, so the dog POV bits have been mostly worthless in terms of what they contribute to the mystery (the one exception could easily have been handled by the peeping tom POV that came right after it), but this made me laugh. I'm glad the tone of the book has been pretty light though (other than the creeper POV), or I'd worry more about Brigit accidentally poisoning herself.

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text 2017-04-22 18:04
Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 352 pages.
Against the Paw - Diane Kelly

I've been having a little trouble with Booklikes this morning. Crossing my fingers that it doesn't get worse.

 

Anyway, this book. I'm iffy about it so far, for a few reasons.

 

- I'm not sure I like Megan. She has some annoying blind spots. I raised an eyebrow at a bit about traffic tickets (I don't think it's a stretch to think that a traffic ticket that has typos and other errors might be incorrect in other respects, but Megan feels otherwise). Also, one of her fellow cops is a disgusting sexist pig who is protected by the fact that he happens to be friends with the chief of police. Rather than be angry that this connection is what's protecting the slimeball, she's just disgusted with the slimeball and relieved that she wasn't fired when she tased him (!!!) for making particularly disgusting suggestive comments when they were partners.

 

- The author uses 3 POVs. First person for Megan, third person for the dog, and third person for the peeping tom. I'm worried about the potential for the dog POV to be too cutesy, but so far there hasn't been enough dog POV for that to be a problem. I have issues with Megan's POV, like I said, but think it's probably a good thing that her sections are in first person - I'd be more annoyed with some of her blind spots if they were present in third person narration. As for the "killer peeping tom" POV, I was not expecting that in a cozy mystery. :-/

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text 2017-04-21 20:55
Reading progress update: I've read 159 out of 159 pages.
Star Surgeon - James White

I had hoped for some interesting medical mysteries, and instead I got a book that was basically a message about war. Definitely not subtle, although it fit in perfectly with Sector General's origins.

 

I'll probably give it 3 stars for the overall story, although if I focused just on the stuff to do with women (which means mostly Murchison) I'd give it 1.5 stars. 1) I don't think there was a single mention of Murchison in this book that didn't bring up the effect her beauty had on human males, or how nice her curves looked. 2) Men can handle having multiple completely alien minds in their heads, but apparently women experience horrible mental damage if they try to do the same thing. Right...

 

And oh look, it's a Booklikes-opoly Roll Day!

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text 2017-04-19 12:59
Reading progress update: I've read 51 out of 159 pages.
Star Surgeon - James White

If I miss out on today's roll, I'll use the time to finish up one of the other things I'm currently reading.

 

At the moment, Conway and the Monitor Corps are about to help out a nearly immortal alien named Lonvellin who likes to travel to random planets and make things better (I have so many questions and thoughts, but whatever). Lonvellin's newest project happens to be Etan, a planet with natives that look a lot like humans (I feel like I've entered a Star Trek episode) and that react violently towards beings that look differently from themselves.

"Etan was beset with much sickness and suffering and narrow, superstitious thinking, their reaction to Lonvellin being a shocking illustration of their intolerance towards species which did not resemble themselves. The first two conditions increased the third, which in turn worsened the first two. Lonvellin hoped to break this vicious cycle by causing a marked improvement in the health of the population, one that would be apparent to even the least intelligent and bigoted natives. It would then have the Corpsmen admit publicly that they had been acting under Lonvellin's instructions all along, which should make the e-t hating natives feel somewhat ashamed of themselves. Then during the perhaps temporary increase of e-t tolerance which would follow, Lonvellin would set about gaining their trust and eventually return to its original long-term plan for making them a sane, happy and thriving culture again."

 

Conway thinks this sounds like a "very good plan," by the way. I'm less optimistic. It'd be nice if bigotry were that simple to overcome in real life...

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