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review 2020-06-09 06:33
Six Cats a Slayin' (audiobook) by Miranda James, read by Erin Bennett
Six Cats a Slayin' (Cat in the Stacks Mystery) - Miranda James
Charlie has an uncomfortably flirtatious new neighbor, Gerry, who seems interested in buying up homes in the area. When she invites him to her big Christmas party, he decides to go in order to be polite but makes sure to take Helen Louise, his girlfriend, with him. Both of them are shocked when the party ends with Gerry's death, quite likely due to poison.
Kanesha's in charge of the investigation, and Charlie does his best to stay in her good graces by keeping his nose out of it. Mostly. It helps that he has a lot on his plate. His daughter-in-law is running herself ragged trying to take care of her new baby and might land herself in the hospital soon if she doesn't accept help. Also, in addition to Diesel, Charlie now has five mystery kittens to take care of. Someone, quite possibly a scared child, left them on his doorstep, and he's determined to find out who it was and see if they can be reunited.
Content warning for this book:
Transphobia, although not on the part of the main character or any of his friends.
(spoiler show)
The only other book I've read in this series was the first one. I normally like to read series in order when I can, but this was the only audiobook in this series that my library owned, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Honestly, skipping eight books wasn't too much of an issue. I could tell character relationships had changed: Kanesha has softened towards Charlie, Charlie now had a girlfriend, and his relationship with his son was better. There was even a part where Charlie thought back to what his life was like at the beginning of the series, so if there were any gaps in my memories of him and his relationships, they were filled in pretty neatly.
I read the paper version of the first book, so this was my first audiobook experience with the series. Bennett was a good cozy mystery narrator, but maybe not the best choice for this particular series, which features a first person male POV. Most of the secondary characters are female, so maybe that was a factor, but I still think a male narrator would have been better.
Anyway, now for the story itself. Oddly enough, the primary mystery seemed to be the kittens and the identity of the person who dropped them off. The murder was more secondary - although Charlie chatted with friends about it and did a little bit of research, he did mostly stay out of it, and as a result, most of the resolution happened off-page. While it was certainly a tragic story, I found it to be a bit weak.
The kitten storyline, on the other hand, was nice. Diesel got multiple opportunities to act as their adorable giant babysitter, and Charlie tried to resist being charmed by Ramses, the only one of the bunch with a distinct personality. I enjoyed Charlie's efforts to figure out who left the kittens, and the whole thing was resolved in a very warm and fuzzy way.
All in all, this made for a decent listen. I wish my library owned more audiobooks in this series, although thankfully I do own a used copy of Book 8 that I haven't read yet.
(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)
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text 2016-02-04 22:06
Books I Cannot Get Out of My Head
Something More Than Night - Ian Tregillis
Archivist Wasp - Nicole Kornher-Stace
Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
The Fifth Head of Cerberus: Three Novellas - Gene Wolfe
Shadowshaper - Daniel José Older
Love Is the Drug - Alaya Dawn Johnson

I haven't managed to finish a book in a while. Yeah, just keep starting new ones instead of finishing anything. Ha. So instead of a review this week, here's a bunch of books that drilled into my brain in the best possible way.

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photo 2016-01-12 22:16
The Archivist - Martha Cooley
[Gods, Heroes, and Kings: The Battle for Mythic Britain] (By: Christopher R. Fee) [published: March, 2004] - Christopher R. Fee
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
A People's History of the United States: 1492 to Present - Howard Zinn
China Mountain Zhang - Maureen F. McHugh
A New Reading Goal for a New Year
So, here we are more than a week into the New Year, and I’m taking a little time to discuss my new reading project for the year. On Goodreads last year, I set up a rather ludicrous goal of reading two hundred books in 2016, not really planning on succeeding but just wanting to see how far I got. Well, actually, I ended up reading a few more than that!

It probably did not hurt that I am working now in a major public library system, in which new books, or strange and interesting books new and old alike are constantly passing through my sight. By the end of the year, of all of the books I read, only fifty were taken from my own shelves. That was like around only twenty-five percent my own books! As I have mentioned before, my shelves are rather overflowing right now, so for this year, I’m really going to concentrate on finishing up a few of my own books, of which I have a lot of interesting ones I’ve been itching to read. 


As soon as I finish up the pile of library books I’ve got leftover from last year, piled up on top of my chair, of course! This year, then, I'll try to keep myself under two or three library books per month, the rest gleaned from my own, neglected collections. No other "goal" than that, right now! 


The books attached to this entry are some of the books I've owned which I've had on my reading list for nearly six years now. Yeesh! 


*Theme music for this entry: "Wrapped Up in Books," Dear Catastrophe Waitress, Belle and Sebastian


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review 2016-01-02 00:00
Archivist Wasp
Archivist Wasp - Nicole Kornher-Stace Seen also at http://www.honkifyoulovejustice.com/2016/01/05/book-review-archivist-wasp

For months, one of my online friends has been recommending Archivist Wasp to pretty much everybody. It was on my list to check out some day, but when it went on sale a few weeks back she decided to just gift the book to a few of us and be done with it. I’m very glad she did.

At first glance, the world seems like a typical fantasy realm, where you take a medieval setting and add something weird (ghosts, in this case). ‘Wasp’ – not her real name – is the Archivist, one of a group of young women marked at birth by a goddess, and taught to catch and study the ghosts that linger all around the landscape. It’s a brutal life, as the role of Archivist is won through, and held onto, via knife fights to the death versus ‘upstart’ challengers.

Even that life is turned upside down when Wasp meets a special ghost – one that has no problem communicating with her. He shows her worlds never glimpsed by normal people, and shakes the foundations of everything she was raised to believe.

Archivist Wasp is a quick read that you’ll want to finish in one sitting. If there’s one flaw, it’s that it relies a bit much on flashbacks to the ghost’s previous life. But I was dying for that information so it didn’t bother me. Felt like the flashbacks to the island on Arrow in that way. Anyway, check it out at Amazon, you’ll be glad you did.
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review 2015-08-16 00:12
Review: Archivist Wasp
Archivist Wasp - Nicole Kornher-Stace



Seriously, I am so delighted with this wonderful, weird book that gave me everything I wanted at the end. Fantastic. Lovely. Brutal. 


Don't miss out on this. 

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