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review 2018-09-21 23:26
"Huntress Moon" by Alexandra Sokoloff
Huntress Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff

I enjoyed "Huntress Moon" from beginning to end. It's original, genre-savvy, character-driven and kept me engaged and guessing all the way through.

 

The premise sounds conventional enough, a Joe Friday, tightly-buttoned up FBI agent leading a manhunt to find someone he thinks caused the death of one of his agents, except that this is a womanhunt and he's not entirely sure what she did to cause the man's death.

 

The FBI guy is so old-school noir that it took me a while to realise the story was set in this decade.  I thought Andrea Sokoloff did a great job in painting a picture of a man who sees himself as introspective, enlightened, skilled at reading people and dedicated to doing his job well, while still letting me see that the man has no awareness of how irrepressibly male his perceptions and assumptions are.

 

Twisting itself around the story of the male hunter, like ivy on a tree, is the story of a deadly, driven woman who kills men, sometimes subtly, sometimes with a great deal of blood and keeps moving. This woman, the Huntress of the title, isn't the typical step-inside-the-mind-of-a-killer-and-be-glad-you-don't-live-there kind of character. Even though we're right there when she does some of the killing, she remains much harder to read and much more intriguing than that.

 

As the Huntress follows her own blood-strewn path and the FBI man plays catch-up, what kept me reading was a desire to know two things: why the Huntress does what she does and what Special Agent I'm-so-straight-I'd-break-rather-than-bend will do when he finds out.

 

I won't go into the plot here other than to say that it's well constructed, full of surprises and grim without ever being exploitative.

 

The book works as a stand-alone novel, reaching a satisfying conclusion but leaves the door open for the dance between the straight-man and the woman-who-kills to continue. So far there have been four books in the series. I'll certainly be reading the next one.

 

Alexandra Sokoloff also writes supernatural novels and I'll be giving them a try as well.

 

I recommend listening to the audiobook. R. C. Bray's performance is close to perfect and his range of voices is impressive. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.

 

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I read "Huntress Moon" for the Modern Noir square in Halloween Bingo.

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text 2018-09-21 20:00
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Keeping him - Kennedy Fox

I dont trust  trent

 

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review 2018-09-21 18:39
The Lost Book of the Grail, or the author wrote this with Moonlight Madness in mind
The Lost Book of the Grail - Charlie Lovett

Oh, how I loved this bookish book.

 

Some of you might remember me mentioning recently how much I loved Anthony Trollope's Chronicles of Barsetshire. I am also a huge fan of Arthurian legend. I love books about books and bibliophiles. And I love mysteries centered around historical objects, especially books. This book fulfilled every single one of these loves.

 

I doubt that it will be for everyone. It is rather slow moving, to be sure, and the main character, Arthur Prescott is so very, very stiff upper lip British male. But for me, it was the bookish equivalent of cat nip, namechecking characters from Trollope's beloved series, set in the Barchester cathedral that he created out of whole cloth, all about a mystery related to a lost medieval manuscript. I sunk into the book, emerging at the end, blinking and wondering where I was and how I got here.

 

I read this for Relics and Curiosities.

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text 2018-09-21 16:05
The Colour of Magic - 26/352 pg
The First Discworld Novels: The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic - Terry Pratchett

"No, what he didn't like about heroes was that they were usually suicidally gloomy when sober and homicidally insane when drunk. There were too many of them, too. Some of the most notable questing grounds near the city were a veritable hubub in the season. There was talk of organizing a rota."

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review 2018-09-21 15:50
Ghosts of Tsavo (Society for Paranormals Book 1) - Vered Ehsani

Such a lovely read. As a fan of the paranormal, I've really enjoyed this book. It was a lovely combination of facts, myth, and fiction woven into one story. What would it be like if spirits were pestering the material world, are their rules they should abide by? What if your spouse didn't move on after death? Rather thought provoking and amusing to think about.
I very much like that at the end of the book, the author gave notes on what was fact and what was fiction. Ghost lions sound like it's obviously fiction, however they do have hold in reality - although they weren't truly ghosts.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/2314321081?book_show_action=false
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