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text 2018-12-02 19:19
24 Tasks of the Festive Season - Day 9 / Task 3 - Thanskgiving
Cocaine Blues - Kerry Greenwood

Task 3: Name a book you’ve read this year that you thought was full of “stuffing”.


The first book in the Phryne Fisher series is stuffed with Phrynes clothes. There were so many descriptions of Phrynes wardrobe, at some point I thought I was reading the Vogue magazine.


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text 2018-12-02 18:23
November Reading Round Up
Things Slip Through - Kevin Lucia
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Hollow Shell: A Zombie Epic - Part One - Mark C. Scioneaux
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - Diana Rowland
V for Vendetta - David Lloyd,Alan Moore
The Lesser Dead - Christopher Buehlman
A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Jason Isaacs
After: First Light - Scott Nicholson
The Wind in the Willows (Kindle in Motion) - Kenneth Grahame
The Rose Master - Valentina Cano



I've missed a lot of round ups this year so thought I should post at least a couple before the end of the year.


Just the 10 reads for me this month, but only 1 comic was included so that's a plus.


Yearly Reading Challenge update - 122/140


Read in November - 10


Audio - 0

Novels/novella/short stories - 9

Comics/Graphic novels - 1




Things Slip Through - Kevin Lucia  A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness,Jason Isaacs  




Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - Diana Rowland  The Lesser Dead - Christopher Buehlman  




Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins  V for Vendetta - David Lloyd,Alan Moore  After: First Light - Scott Nicholson  





The Wind in the Willows (Kindle in Motion) - Kenneth Grahame  




Hollow Shell: A Zombie Epic - Part One - Mark C. Scioneaux  The Rose Master - Valentina Cano  



Just gearing up for the end of the year now, I'm pretty much done with my Christmas shopping and only have to post a couple of presents off to Oz for friends. 


I'm working this Christmas which is shit and I've noted in my recent pay that it has STILL not been sorted which now makes it 6 months of management pissing around. 

In all honesty I don't think I can stay there full time anymore, I've really hit my limit and the frustration of several elements is driving me insane. 

Next year will bring a few changes work wise but I'm not quite sure what that will be at the moment. 


I'm off on leave at the moment and tomorrow I'm taking Boo to the vet to have her neutered so I'm feeling a little anxious about her having an anaesthetic. I'm sure Suzy will love this as it will give her several hours of peace and quiet.


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review 2018-11-22 12:17
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues!
Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues - Diana Rowland


The second book in the white trash zombie series sees Angel being falsely implicated in the theft of an unusual body from the morgue. With her job on the line she investigates who could be behind the theft and comes across a disturbing organisation that ties in with the zombie mafia.


This was almost as good as the first book, there's not much difference in my rating for 1 & 2 just a feeling that I liked the first book slightly more. That being said this was all out fun, a little slow to start off with but there's a lot going on and it was a fast read once I got into it.


The biggest reason I am loving this series is Angel, she's such a great character. She undergoes quite a bit of character growth in this second book, starting to better and believe in herself more and it was heartening to see her move forward in her relationships with others, especially her father. She is a very relatable and overall likeable character, in no way perfect and better for it. 


A fun read that has me itching to get the next one started. Highly recommended.

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review 2018-09-29 02:20
Half-Resurrection Blues
Half-Resurrection Blues: A Bone Street Rumba Novel - Daniel José Older

This wasn't a bad book at all. I like the author's writing style, and I love the diversity of the cast of characters. Had it not been for a few things, I'd have likely rated this a 3 or a 3.5 star read.


1. I mentioned this in an earlier update, but I feel somewhat like I was dropped in the middle of the story. Like my copy of the book was missing the beginning section or something. There was really no introduction to the world.


2. The ending felt very rushed. There was this climactic battle that the story had been building up to, and then it was just...over. So quickly.


3. Carlos - the main character. I didn't really care for him all that much. It mainly had to do with something else I alluded to in a previous update...

and that's the fact that early in the book Carlos kills another Inbetweener named Trevor. Trevor, as he's dying, gives Carlos a picture of his sister, Sasha, and asks him to protect her. While this is happening Carlos is busy falling in lust with Sasha just by looking at the picture. He proceeds to hunt her down in a very stalkerish way. The two begin a sexual relationship, without Sasha knowing that Carlos is the one who killed her brother. This brings up all kinds of consent issues and just really squicked me out. There comes a point later in the story where she (non-lethally) stabs him after she finds out. My immediate reaction? "Good."

(spoiler show)


4. What female characters there were, were not very developed.


I really enjoyed a lot of the characters: Riley, Baba Eddie and his boyfriend, Russell, and Mama Esther. I'd rather the book focused more on any of them.


All that being said, I would probably try another book by this author at a later time.

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text 2018-09-29 01:47
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Half-Resurrection Blues: A Bone Street Rumba Novel - Daniel José Older

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