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review 2016-12-06 01:32
Good Story and Characters
Starfish Moon (The Brides Of Blueberry Cove) - Donna Kauffman

Kerry McCrea is a natural born wanderer. The fact that she’s been back in her hometown for a year without leaving is something short of a miracle, although only her beloved uncle knows the real reason. When that reason walks into her uncle’s bar from halfway around the world, Kerry isn’t happy.

This was a really good book. It was a contemporary, which aren’t usually the types of books I read very often, but I loved how the author set up the feel of the book and all of the characters were very well written. It kept me reading until I finished the book. I recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2016-10-08 19:40
Starfish by Peter Watts
Starfish - Peter Watts

Series: Rifters #1

 

Starfish is an uncomfortable book. I feel I should issue a warning that several of the characters have been abused or were abusers. That said, it’s also a good book. There is a dismal atmosphere that is both oppressive and claustrophobic, and a large part of it takes place in the depths of a black ocean. These people are tasked with the care of a geothermal generator station on the ocean floor. The combination of their initial personalities and the behaviours they develop in this isolated alien place is really creepy.

 

I might have rated it higher if I hadn’t spent most of the book wondering where it was going. I did enjoy the journey but there was a vague uncertainty throughout a significant chunk of it. As it turns out, the book is headed somewhere; it’s just not apparent from earlier on. So I might increase my rating on a reread although I need to finish the series before even considering one.

 

Simple or complex. File or Infection. Checkers or Chess. βehemoth or biosphere. It was all the same problem, really. 1211 knew exactly which side it was on.

(spoiler show)

 

The thought that everything comes down to checkers or chess amuses me. The quote won’t make sense if you haven’t read the book (hence the spoiler tag).

 

I’m counting this one for the “Read by candlelight or flashlight” square for the Halloween Bingo since I read it at night on my ereader (or at least I did until I got near the end). This really isn’t the best book to read before bed though.

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text 2016-10-06 18:02
Reading progress update: I've read 79%.
Starfish - Peter Watts

"Three hundred megatons," Brander repeats at last. "You know, I can't tell you how disturbed I am to find that you know such things."

Lubin shrugs. "It's basic physics. It shouldn't intimidate anyone who isn't totally innumerate."

I can't tell you all how refreshing this book feels after listening to the boring condescending info-dumps of Seveneves, where almost halfway through the book it is felt necessary to define "delta vee" and go in to explain what the delta symbol means in mathematical parlance. Even if you're not that comfortable with physics and math, can't you figure it out from context? The book even calls delta "a common bit of mathematical shorthand." And this is well after the term is first used, of course.

 

I have been reading Starfish mostly at night before bed via backlight for the bingo square, but I plan on just going ahead and finishing it now. I'm too close to the end to put it down just because it's light out.

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review 2016-05-10 00:00
Sunfish & Starfish: Tropical Drag Queen Detectives
Sunfish & Starfish: Tropical Drag Queen ... Sunfish & Starfish: Tropical Drag Queen Detectives - Wallace Godfrey
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2,5 stars

Oh dear...
How I wanted to like this book!..

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The blurb sounded INTERESTING, promising and fancy. I watched some movies about the world of drag but I have never read a full-length novel where the main characters were drag performers, these beautiful creatures who use their cha­risma, unique­ness, nerve and tal­ent to enter­tain and mes­mer­ise!

And, be honest, how often do you come across a book with TWO drag queens at the same time in a leading role?

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And not just some novel - a mystery! And not just a mystery, but one of the best mysteries of the year, because this book was nominated for the 28th Lambda Award in the category Gay Mystery!

Maybe I had too high expectations, we all know that high expectations SOMETIMES could be very tricky.

The good things:
Beautiful-lips Extraordinary and likable protagonists. This duo has potential to fill a niche in MM genre.

Larry and Oscar are not a love couple, but best friends and partners on stage. They differ not only in appearance, they are different also in their ideas and ways of living and thinking. Larry - the six-foot-two, two-hundred-fifty-pound hairy bear of a man - has his feet planted firmly on the ground, he lives together with Stan, his life partner since 15 years. The ever single Oscar, a star-spangled Hispanic, 12 years younger than Larry, is hopelessly romantic young man with dreams too big for the real world.

Beautiful-lips A decent writing style.

The author is a full-time ghostwriter and novelist. He is not a beginner in this field, and one can feel it.


My issues:

What disappointed me mostly was a mystery part. When I pick up the book, that is supposed to belong to one of the best gay mysteries of the year, I expect a mystery, that will keep me on the edge of my seat all the time, I expect to be stuck to it and not to be able to put it down.

For the most part of the book I felt bored. And irritated. Because I didn’t see what Oscar saw, and I wasn't convinced with the explanations the author delivered me trying to justify Oscar's annoying behavior.

An expensive lonely left (or was it right?) shoe under a dumpster in a parking lot leads to surveillance video that recorded two fighting people without giving away their faces, and this video in turn leads to a very reach girl with a black eye, THAT in turn leads to a BAD BOYFRIEND. OH HOW AWFUL. (I'm trying not to be sarcastic)

You HAVE to have a VERY good fantasy and a well-developed six sense to suspect something wrong here, and it is exactly what everyone DID NOT.

Except Oscar. He sacrificed his free time, his power and sanity hunting a BAD BOYFRIEND of an occasional reach girl whose problems he takes VERY personally, following her every step and begging her to report it to the police. I don’t know what I as a reader was supposed to feel. Probably compassion with the victim and admiration for Oscar’s exemplary moral courage, but all I felt was non-stop-eye-roll and annoyance.

The easiness with that Oscar got an access to this reach circle (maids, house, friends, clubs), the eagerness with that everyone chattered with him about family and other secrets, delivering all kind of information he needed was very unbelievable. All he had to do was just to say, "I'm a friend of...."

Of course he was much luckier with his ingenious method than the police. WHAT A LUCK (Again I'm trying not to be sarcastic) .

The fact that he WAS right with his suspicions, became irrelevant at the end, because
1) I didn't care
2) of course you can find a crime behind many domestic violence cases that CAN look innocent at the first sight, but IF an author decided to make a thrilling story out of it, then he HAS to put more credibility, more healthy sense in the actions of his amateur sleuth.

Sure, an author can do it without any logic, but at least he can make it FUNNY and WITTY. It is always helpful when any good sense is secondary.

And it is WHERE I come to my second complaint: I wish the story would be more humorous and have more funny situation, because OBVIOUSLY two drag artists offer all these good stuff by themselves. There were some humor but not enough for my liking.

There are two subplots to the main story line:
I have to confess that I like them more than the main one

Beautiful-lips Edward Hannandale, a politician and a priest who names himself reverend and who is well known for his hate speeches towards gay society has been accidentally photographed in a gay bar during the show of Oscar and Larry. Suddenly Larry, together with Hannandale, are the number one news on all TV channels. And Jerry's gay bar, a home stage for our boys, is occupied by all news team of the country. The whole situation got out of control.

Beautiful-lips My favorite subplot! Oscar and his love affair(s). Did he really mean it - AT LAST to leave Niko behind and make place for a new real relationship?


I understand that as a starter for a new series, the tasks of the first book was to provide readers with the first insight into surroundings, characters’ lives, it has to introduce not only those who play the main role in the series, but also those who play the second part. I can imagine, that I’ll like the next book more. The first case was solved and maybe the next case will be more interesting for me, and if there will be also more of a private life of our protagonists and less of a private life of people that are less interesting (to me), then I'll probably enjoy it much more.

I have though to warn you, that I'm in the minority with my opinion, and it looks like other readers enjoyed this book, so don't take my review too seriously or like a not recommendation to read it. Because you can like it.

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review 2016-04-26 22:45
Starfish Moon (The Brides Of Blueberry Cove) - Donna Kauffman

This is the third and last book of The Brides of Blueberry Cove series by Donna Kauffman, and the youngest sister, Kerry McCrae's story.  

Kerry has been the free spirit sibling.  After having lost her parents at a really young age, Kerry has just been floating through life, never staying in one place too long because she didn't want to make any connections that she could possible lose.  Kerry spent the past year in Australia at the Cameroo Downs Station....a ranch that raises cattle....and the longest time she had spent anywhere except for back home in Blueberry Cove, Maine.  While down under, Kerry started lusted after Cooper Jax, son of the owner of the station.  Seeing as though Cooper was never going to make any moves, and getting news of her siblings upcoming weddings, Kerry headed back to Maine.  

Now a year later, Kerry's life seems at a stand still.  She is helping run Uncle Gus' Rusty Puffin since he had a stroke but she still longs for Cooper Jax and his Australian family.  Imagine Kerry's surprise when Cooper walks right into the Rusty Puffin while she is working on a Friday night!  It's an even bigger surprise when he tells her that he should have asked her to be his wife before she left!  After Kerry's initial shock the two of them talk privately.  Kerry is still uncertain about many things in her life, but Cooper is very certain of what he wants.  Then Cooper drops a bomb telling Kerry that he plans on staying in Blueberry Cove for 30 days to try and help her make up her mind.

Oh, my....let me just say that Cooper is delicious!  He is sweet, sexy, considerate and has an accent that will bring woman to their knees.  I just adored the things he did throughout this story to make Kerry fall for him even more.  He was utterly perfect!

I loved how Kerry worked through her issues, involving all of her family and friends.  I loved how everyone was rooting for her to end up with Cooper, and I really enjoyed their happy ending.  It made me laugh, cry and swoon.

I'm sad to see this series end.  It has been a really enjoyable ride.

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