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review 2018-12-11 14:31
Similar Story Archs: "Past Tense" by Lee Child
Past Tense: (Jack Reacher 23) - Lee Child



I have said elsewhere that crime fiction seems to flourish in times of stress, such as our era now. I fully expect more great detective fiction in the near future as it is one of the few genres that can show society from top to bottom: the detective, investigator or whatever, in many of the best novels, talks to both the monied and the moneyless at the same time against a puzzling foreground as broad and as complex as the society, or the human beings, that carry out and solve seemingly deeply baffling crimes at the outset of any great novel.

 

 

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review 2018-12-03 19:12
What an embarrassment
Past Tense: (Jack Reacher 23) - Lee Child

The 23rd outing for Jack Reacher  After leaving the US Army as a major in its military police at age 36, Reacher roams the United States taking odd jobs and investigating suspicious and frequently dangerous situations. In his latest outing he visits a town in New England where he believes his father was born. At the same time two young Canadians trying to get to New York remain for the night at the same motel Reacher is staying....and that's as good as it gets. Here we have an author Lee Child who has created a very memorable character, an antihero with unconventional ways and methods dealing fair play whenever he sees wrong, living off his own wits and his own code of justice. At the start of the Reacher series the writing was exciting, told in the first person in a very crisp style with very believable story lines. If ever there was a writer in love with his own success it must be Lee Child. You can imagine his publishers..."OK Lee it's that time again we need a new novel to keep all your fans happy! it doesn't matter about the plot or the story just include Jack and we will all be happy!" The result is probably the most absurd and boring book I have had the displeasure to read this year. Just think about the plot....Reacher arrives looking for his dad's past in a deadend town..meanwhile our two Canadians Patty and Shorty are trapped in the same motel as Reacher and it would appear the the motel's owners have a hidden agenda for our two young travellers. That hidden agenda is not very original and soon becomes very obvious...

 

How can anyone class Past Tense as a good story. It is only published because it has a winning formula and a well known author and so it can therefore be a commercial success. A very disappointing read and it saddens me to see such rubbish published...hang your head in shame Lee Child.

 

 

 

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review 2018-12-01 21:17
Playing in the Dark (Glasgow Lads #4)
Playing in the Dark - Avery Cockburn

When this series started, I hated Evan with a passion for hurting Fergus the way he did, skipping off to Belgium to be with some other lover. Only in Play Dead, we learned that things were not as they seemed, and I got instantly way more interested in learning more about him. And about Ben too, I guess. *whispers* I actually forgot who Ben was! shhh!

 

Evan's trying to get his life back together after a horrifying ordeal and when he met Ben in Playing With Fire, he was pretty much resigned to living a lonely life as the bad guy on the team. But he and Ben connected instantly apparently, and they pick up on that attraction here and move incredibly quickly considering the sort of life Evan lives and the secrets he needs to keep and lies he needs to make. (I should do a reread one of these days because I was having trouble keeping a lot of these couples straight ... but not straight-straight. You know what I mean.) 

 

I admit, I started getting a little worried by the halfway point about where this story might go. I don't know why, since Ms. Cockburn has always avoiding cliche pitfalls before, but there's always a first time right? Not here, I'm glad to say. This story was more about two characters learning how to be more fully themselves and realizing that in order to do that they actually had to let go of some of their previous preconceptions of who they were. That didn't stop me wanting to smack them more than a few times when they were making stupid mistakes, and there were a few chapters with a few too many sex scenes too close together at the beginning, but that evened out and we really got to see how they work as a couple and not just in the sack.

 

I did like learning about Ben's Bahá-í faith, which I never knew about before. It did feel a tad on the preachy side a couple of times though. I really would've liked to see some more of Ben's mom and Evan's family. Evan's job with MI-5 was also interesting and well-paced, with a layered quasi-mystery to drive the plot. Evan was a little reckless at times, and this teetered just over the line into unprofessional professional a couple of times, but I could understand why Evan made the decisions he made.

Though it doesn't make much sense why he couldn't tell Ben he'd been in Belfast but he could tell Fergus. I guess because Ben was getting a whole lot more details than Fergus  was.

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I was happy where this book left them though and they're both clearly where they need and want to be by the end of it. I hope we get more of them in later books and novellas.

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review 2018-11-24 22:21
Entertaining read
Fifth Grave Past the Light - Darynda Jones

Number five in the series. Charley’s signature humor and snark is there, along with the requisite serial killer. In this edition there is arson, more pain and tribulations. The question is why is everything that happens around our main characters basically the same as in the previous books. Still this book was entertaining and another good read.

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review 2018-11-09 12:45
Conveyor Belts: "The Past Through Tomorrow" by Robert A. Heinlein
The Past Through Tomorrow - Robert A. Heinlein,Damon Knight

(Original Review, 1980-10-13)


People have complained about roads as conveyor belts as represented in Heinlein's THE ROADS MUST ROLL as being an inefficient means of transportation because of a number of reasons, some of those being energy efficiency and the problems of handicapped people using them. Instead of building them as a single conveyor belt, how about building them as a variable speed conveyor belt (by this I mean a conveyor belt that at different locations on it can have different speeds).
 
 
 
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