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text 2016-10-03 18:11
Reading progress update: I've read 149 out of 316 pages.
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (Pushkin Vertigo) - Shika MacKenzie,Soji Shimada,Ross MacKenzie

gosh. what to say, what to say? how do I react to 149 pages of Mystery that inherently suggest there could not possibly be a logical explanation for any of this?! crazy plotting--John Dickson Carr "impossible crimes" scenarios gone berserk. very "Golden Age"--reminds me of Death in the Tunnel and The Mystery of the Skeleton Key, both from earlier this year--in that the puzzle is all, and characterization is in the backseat; two amateur detectives in 1979 attempt to finally solve an unsolvable murder from 1936, in Japan...and we really only get to know those two guys as their conversations about the tragedy occasionally revert to banter that reveals their personalities. oh, and I said murder, but I meant murders: one murder in a locked room, then a second horrible slaying that may or may not be related to the original crime, and then finally, and most gruesomely, six murders to procure body parts for a demented art project linked to Astrology, planned by the fellow who was killed first, months before. so he's gone as a suspect (um, maybe), and his secret notes on his planned ritual murders (of family members!), were just that, secret. so what the hell is going on! I don't know. 


this is captivating Mystery reading. who did all this killing? and why?






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text 2016-10-02 19:51
Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 316 pages.
The Tokyo Zodiac Murders (Pushkin Vertigo) - Shika MacKenzie,Soji Shimada,Ross MacKenzie

time for a Japanese Murder Mystery (in-joke: seems like I'm not the only one who had that idea at around 2:46, or 2:47 PM, today; hi, BrokenTune! weird timing, eh?...although you did a Planning To Read, while I did a Currently Reading!). hope this is badass and bizarre.

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review 2016-09-13 14:25
The book of Middle of the Road
The Books of Magic - Neil Gaiman,Paul Johnson,Scott Hampton,John Bolton,Roger Zelazny,Charles Vess

*Book source ~ Library


From Goodreads:

A quartet of fallen mystics dubbed the "TrenchCoat Brigade" is introduced in this first collection of the adventures of Timothy Hunter. John Constantine, the Phantom Stranger, Dr. Occult, and Mister E take Hunter on a tour of the magical realms. Along the way he's introduced to Vertigo's greatest practitioners of magic and must choose whether or not to join their ranks.


The artwork is decent and the story is pretty good. Though I’m not sure I understood parts of it. Anyway, ever since I read about Constantine in The Sandman, he’s been a favorite character of mine. I’d love to read more about him. The other three guys are freaky weird. I’m not sure Timothy got what they were trying to tell him. He may be blinded by the new shiny…magic. I know he’s only 12, but I hope he uses his head. If I can find the rest of the graphic novels at the library then I’ll continue on. If not, oh well.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-books-of-magic.html
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review 2016-09-06 21:19
Kept me on my toes
The Wicked Go To Hell (Pushkin Vertigo) - Frédéric Dard,David Coward

This is a little gem of a book that was first published in France back in 1956. The author, Frederic Dard, published over 300 thrillers, suspense stories, plays and screenplays.  This book was first written by Dard as a play and then released in a film directed by Robert Hossein in 1955.   The book is a novelization of the film and has recently been translated to English with publication in the US.


The story involves two prisoners, Frank and Hal, sharing a cell. One of them is a spy and one of them is a police officer who has been told to help the spy escape prison, thereby earning his trust so he can learn more about the spy ring.  The reader has no idea who is the spy and who is the police officer.  It’s a short book and kept me guessing and I enjoyed it.  Nothing in depth here with not much fleshing out of the characters but rather a simple straightforward suspenseful story that kept my interest.


This book was given to me by the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review.


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review 2016-06-21 21:01
The Sandman #3: ... Dream a Little Dream of Me (The Sandman Master of Dreams (issues) #3)
The Sandman Master of Dreams, #3: Dream a Little Dream of Me - Neil Gaiman

This series never ceases to surprise me. I should've given less stars to the previous issues, because now I want to give 6 stars to this one. My favorite issue until now. Glimpses of dark humor at its best.

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