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review 2017-09-14 12:15
Not Fiona McCallum's best, but still might appeal to horsey people who don't mind reading about characters that are annoying and downright unlikable.
Leap of Faith - Fiona Mccallum

This is the third Fiona McCallum book I've read, and the second one I've rated two stars. There's one main reason this book tanked in my opinion. 

Apologies in advance for the tirade below:

Jessica, the main character, is a self-centred, immature and selfish adult-child. The constant inane babbling of her inner thoughts drove me batty, and her complete inability to think about anyone outside of herself left me wanting to wring her scrawny neck. 

Add to this continued form of abuse to the reader, Jessica's incapacity to put basic symptoms of pregnancy together after the reader was subjected to copious PG-rated coitus between Jessica and Steve, her rough-on-the-outside-but-soft-on-the-inside husband, and you're left wondering how this TSTL (Too Stupid To Live) character even made it to adulthood. 

Considering the amount of inner dialogue the reader is subjected to, Jessica's character has very little character growth, the one tiny speck of change really didn't warrant the 220 pages of torment within the covers. What's with that?! Really? Are there people like this in the world?

This book gets added to my swear-tastic shelf, not because it has a lot of vulgar language in it (there is a little, it's fairly light on), but instead it's added because of the quantity of vulgar language it elicited from me as I read it.

The ONLY reasons this book gets 2 stars instead of 1, is Laurel and Hardy, the farm dogs who were adorable, and the Plain-Jane-but-not-really, Faith. The little filly, Faith, is a welcome piece of sunshine and amusement to the book. If only we'd spent more time in her mind and less in Jessica's. 

I was left thinking:

Throw it in a dumpster, burn it

Not Fiona McCallum's best, but still might appeal to horsey people who don't mind reading about characters that are annoying and downright unlikable.

**Note: I was provided a copy of this book from the Publisher in return for an honest review**

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review 2017-08-21 22:39
WTF (That's the book's title not my sentiments)
Geek Actually: WTF (Season 1 Episode 1) - Rachel Stuhler,Melissa Blue,Cecilia Tan,Cathy Yardley
Geek Actually, Book 1.1

I Picked Up This Book Because: The titles in this series intrigued me.

The Characters:

Aditi Sodhi, Christina Webber, Elli Kelman, Michelle Andrada, Taneesha Adams:


The Story:

This seems to be more of an introduction to the ladies than anything else. A peek into their lives to see who they are and what they are about and what is going on. It’s a lot. I’m very curious about Aditi and Michelle. I love Taneesha. And I can’t wait to learn more about Elli and Christina.


The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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3.75 Stars
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review 2017-08-06 01:17
WTF (Geek Actually #1.1) by Cathy Yardley Review
Geek Actually: WTF (Season 1 Episode 1) - Rachel Stuhler,Melissa Blue,Cecilia Tan,Cathy Yardley

Meet your new best girlfriends in this sexy, genre-busting serial that's all about feminism, friendship, and fandom.

Michelle and Aditi have been friends for ages, but with Michelle as Aditi's editor for her debut fantasy novel, their relationship is under a bit of strain. Aditi needs to blow off some steam-a hot Tinder date does the trick (and then some). Meanwhile, Taneesha and Elli are both having some job trouble.

Join this tight-knit group of lady geeks as they navigate the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives. Michelle is a hard-nosed fantasy and sci-fi editor used to things going her way. Taneesha is a talented video game programmer used to being the odd (wo)man out. Aditi is a fantasy writer on the verge of her big break. Christina is a rebel on the sidelines of Hollywood. And Elli is a fan-of anything and everything that keeps her from "proper adulting." They might live far apart, but through the power of the internet and a shared love of all things geek, they are ready to face the world together.

 

Review

 

This is a fun start to an interesting concept of series. 

The idea is that is like a TV show with geeky heroines and romance. I love Yardley and many of the writers but I hate serials. However, I am always up for trying something new.

This might have worked but it is more Chic Lit of Women's Fiction/Drama than romance. 

And I don't get enough time to really invest in the characters so as charming as this world is I am far from all in.

I will read several more in the series to see if it improves.

I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it.

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review 2017-07-30 16:12
And the cover is so pretty...
Realms: The First Year of Clarkesworld Magazine - Jeff VanderMeer,Sean Wallace,Elizabeth Bear,Caitlín R. Kiernan

... which is not a word I would use for what's inside.

 

This is not to be read in one sitting. For the most part, the tales in this collection are  upsetting, full of triggers, dark, squicky or all of the above, with some beauty thrown in for flavor. I found about half of the stories very interesting, immersible, though provoking; half I did not quite get; about a quarter were absolutely disgusting; maybe a tenth were just mind-blowing awesome. And almost none could be ascribed to just one or two of those categories.

I'm not totally sure of my rating, I don't know that I really liked experiencing these in a couple of days. But the independent shock value of each piece is really something.

- A light in Troy: Gutting. Specially because it's left there. But maybe for the same, a bit hopeful.

- 304 Adolf Hitler Strasse: Sickening. Take-that to slash too. Recursive. My brain hurts a bit.

- The Moby Clitoris of his beloved: first, WTF is that title (same as above, actually). It was... ick

- Lydia's Body: Well, that was uncomfortable *grimace* You can see it going wrong, and then it turns a 180 and goes worse.

- Urchins, While Swimming: It's Valente. Beautiful and bittersweet.

- The Other Amazon: Meta. A readers' wet dream.

- Orm the Beautiful: Jewels, dragons. No possible loss. But damn was it beautifully bittersweet.

- Automatic: grim

- Chewing Up the Innocent: The agony of the (creepy) artist and mid-life crisis. Little good can come out of it. And it is still oddly hopeful.

- Attar of Roses: Creepy like the smell of wilting flowers at cemeteries

- Clockmakers Requiem: I did not understand that one at all, but I liked the strange world it painted.

- Something in the Mermaid Way: AH! God!

- The Third Bear: That was pointlessly cruel.

- The First Female President: Well, talk about cruelty.

- There's no Light Between Floors: Sad and claustrophobic. Those that forget history and all that.

- Qubit Conflicts: I don't know that much about programing for this, but it IS heavily ironic.

- The Oracle Spoke: That's a terrifying concept.

- Moon Over Yodok: It doesn't say it, but, Oh, my God. She's the rabbit, and she made him her soup. So sad.

- I'll gnaw your bones, the Manticore said: Loved it, for the questions it raises, and for the departure from the all around dark cast.

- Transtexting Pose: Wait, what? Also, squick.

- The Taste of Wheat: Mystical, but ew!

- The Beacon: "Ant's life" and Armageddon and drastic changes in social mores. Awesome-sauce.

- The Ape's Wife: Nightmarish collection of might have beens and excellent exploration. Bonus point for putting me to search for "The thunder, perfect mind"

- Lost Soul: I admit I though it would go deeper. Still:

Are you surprised?” Bela said. “You ought not to be. Did you not know that every woman has a soul that belongs to her alone?

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review 2017-07-24 15:09
What Geekery is This?
Geek Actually: WTF (Season 1 Episode 1) - Rachel Stuhler,Melissa Blue,Cecilia Tan,Cathy Yardley

So I thought this serial was cute, but would say that for based on page count I would say this was a little high. I am also going to wait until all the serials for episode one are issued and just buy the whole volume. I am not a big fan of serials since I don't like cliffhanger endings. Heck I hate cliffhanger endings in trilogies too.

"WTF Geek Actually 1.1" goes into a group of friends who stay in touch via messaging (Michelle, Aditi, Taneesha, and Christina). All of these women are in what I guess we could call geek professions, but I think Aditi (sci-fi writer I think) and Michelle (editor at sci-fi publication) are a bit of a stretch. Taneesha is a video game programmer trying to break into the good old boy's network at her job. And Christina is adrift and gets hit on grossly by men while just trying to play Pokemon Go.

I have to say that due to this episode's length, I did not feel like it would be fair to criticize some things I would have in a full length novel. I got to say though, that I was more interested in Taneesha, Christina, and Michelle's stories and hard passed on Aditi's story. I don't know what is going on with Aditi and I found myself not caring. I thought the author just wrote that to shock readers a bit. I was more bored with the sex scenes we got to read about.

I think I empathized the most with Tanesesha because I can't imagine being a woman programmer. The crap she had to take and the crap you know is coming her way looks like it's very interesting story wise.

I hope that Yardley does more with Michelle in the next one. She didn't do much besides try to coax Aditi to write and ignore her husband. Speaking of the husbands, I think that Yardley has to give them some life. They both felt very flat to me throughout this story.

Cheers for geek women everywhere.

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