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text 2018-06-17 17:46
Reading progress update: I've read 28 out of 310 pages.
Lying in Wait - Liz Nugent

My pile of conference ARCs makes me feel guilty. At least this book has only been out for a few days. I've had some of my ARCs for a few years and still haven't read them.

 

So far we have three POVs: Lydia, Karen, and Laurence. Lydia is the wife of Andrew, a judge, and has been wealthy her whole life. Until now, anyway. Andrew blew it, and now they have a mountain of debt that they're desperate to hide. They met up with a prostitute named Annie for reasons that have yet to be revealed (something to do with money). They totally didn't intend to kill her but, well, Andrew choked her and Lydia finished her off.

 

Karen is Annie's sister, the "good" sister. She was supposed to meet up with Annie, but Annie never showed. This wasn't unusual, so it took Karen a bit to start to worry about her.

 

Laurence is Lydia's son, her pride and joy. He's 17 but, to me at least, reads younger. He's bullied at school because of his weight. He knows his dad has lied to the police but he doesn't know why.

 

We'll see how this goes. I don't read thrillers much, but I'm in the mood for one right now.

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text 2018-06-16 15:58
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
To Terminator, With Love - Wes Kennedy

This was not at all what I expected. I had thought that Dexter's robot would play a bigger part, but instead it was just some background thing meant to explain all the action. As far as the asexuality aspects went, it was okay I guess, but if I had been Dexter, the way everything played out would have made me incredibly anxious.

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text 2018-06-15 02:20
Reading progress update: I've read 76%.
To Terminator, With Love - Wes Kennedy

"Because he wasn't Neville Longbottom. He wasn't even Jar Jar Binks; he was Leeroy fucking Jenkins."

 

I had to google Leeroy Jenkins, but otherwise I've mostly been doing okay with this story's pop culture references. I could see the past few pages being annoying for someone who only knows one or zero of the references, though.

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text 2018-06-13 12:50
Reading progress update: I've read 72 out of 313 pages.
The Shape of Water - Guillermo del Toro,Daniel Kraus

Zelda's a better, more fleshed out character here than in the movie. In the book she actually has a dream for her future: she wants to own her own cleaning business. Lainie, Strickland's wife, is also a much better character here than in the movie, although in her case it feels unnecessary - unless the story is tweaked so that she has a larger part, she really doesn't have anything to do with the River God storyline.

 

And yay, the whole "I only wash my hands before using the urinal, not after" conversation doesn't exist here. Will the rotting fingers be edited out too? I doubt it, but I can always hope.

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text 2018-06-11 06:23
Reading progress update: I've read 37 out of 313 pages.
The Shape of Water - Guillermo del Toro,Daniel Kraus

"Giles mazes into the queue. It's a weekday midafternoon, a peculiar time for pie, and he's second in line. He likes being here, he tells himself. It's cozy and warm and smells of cinnamon and sugar. He doesn't look at the cashier, not yet; he's too old to feel this nervous. Instead, he studies a five-foot glass tower, each level presenting a different dessert. Double-decker pies like department-store hat boxes. Sculpted pies like the bout of a cello. Pie puffs like a woman's breast. There is room for all kinds, all kinds."

 

The writing style isn't working for me. Also, I seriously doubt that Giles would mentally be comparing pies to a woman's breast. And this whole book is present tense, OMG.

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