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review 2020-06-06 16:47
PINES BY BLAKE CROUCH
Pines - Blake Crouch

I think I figured out why Crouch books suck you in so effectively. You always kinda hit the ground running. There's immediately urgency and mystery and it keeps you on that edge, with the stakes raising and game fields changing right up till the very end. I read this all in one night. It grabbed me from the very beginning and I could not put it down until I finished. Looking forward to book 2.

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text 2020-06-05 15:52
TBR Friday Library Reads:June 5, 2020

I barely read this week which is why a lot of books now got moved back to "Holds" because I couldn't pay attention to anything.

 

But today for the first time in a while I feel back to well not normal, but not feeling like everything is awful every second of the day. I think it helps that I finally slept and have been able to talk to my family more. So far my immediate family has not gone to any protests, but we have been doing what we can through online virtual townhalls and forums. 

 

I hope you all are well and that the coming weeks and months in 2020 bring us all some peace.  


Stay well.

 

-Blue

 

Borrow (6):

 

Cover image for Unnatural CausesCover image for After I'm GoneCover image for Unexpected StoriesCover image for The Stranger

Cover image for One Good TurnCover image for Chase Darkness with Me

 

Hold (13):

 Cover image for Aru Shah and the Tree of WishesCover image for CastlesCover image for The World That We KnewCover image for Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Cover image for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanCover image for The Titan's CurseCover image for The Last BoyfriendCover image for The Scarecrow

Title details for Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King - Wait listCover image for Meet Cute Cover image for When They Call You a TerroristCover image for Suicide Run

Cover image for Angle of Investigation 

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review 2020-06-05 01:27
Review: When Women Ruled The World
When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt - Kara Cooney

I do not think I can adequately express my feelings for this book.  So I will just say that I find Egypt fascinating and love to learn anything I can about its history.  I also love women and stories of empowerment and the fight for that power.  This encapsulates both.  It was well researched, well written and the author did the narration herself and while it wasn't spectacular it was what I expected for something so academic.

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review 2020-06-04 21:30
Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her by Melanie Rehak
Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her - Melanie Rehak

I read this in college and it opened my eyes, on finding a copy on our first venture out this past weekend in a second hand shop I figured it was time to give it another go since I've read a few of the original Nancy Drews now.

 

 'Girl Sleuth' traces the history of the 'Nancy Drew' series from its genesis in a memo from the Stratemeyer Syndicate to the cultural momentum Nancy Drew had achieved by the end of the 20th century. The focus is on the original author of the series, Mildred Wirt Benson, and editor Harriet Adams Stratemeyer who shepherded the series and, infamously, revised the original books and claimed sole authorship for decades. 

 

The story is a fascinating one. It is very hard to feel sympathy for Adams, but Rehak does a fine job on Adams' background and restrictions and the hardships she faced as a woman in a man's industry. Benson, on the other hand, was an amazing woman who would be noteworthy even without her having ghost-written Nancy. A journalist, pilot and - though she refused the title - feminist who paved the way for many after her.

 

I would have liked there to have been more discussion of the racism and classism inherent in the books written in the '30s and '40s. How much was present in the Stratemeyer outlines that Benson couldn't deviate from, written by Harriet and her sister for the most part, and how much did Benson add? Rehak goes straight into the era when the books needed to be revised. Those images, stereotypes and ideas were a part of the times, but they were not mandatory. Did Benson ever make a statement of regret? Did Adams? 

 

Still a good read for those of us who can't get enough.

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review 2020-06-04 21:00
MORE BETTER DEALS by Joe R. Lansdale
More Better Deals - Joe R. Lansdale

Ed Edwards is a used car salesman sent to repossess a car. His life is never the same!

 

Ed's life is nothing to brag about-hell, he sells used cars after all. He's a combat veteran that served in Korea and he has seen some things. When he's sent to the house of Frank and Nancy Craig to take back the car they haven't paid for, he cannot help but give Nancy a second look-maybe even a third. Nancy tells him how terrible Frank is, how he's a philanderer, a no-good wife beater and an alcoholic. Before you know it, Nancy and Ed concoct a scheme to knock Frank off and we're off to the races! Are they successful? Will they live happily ever after together? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

With a serious James M. Cain vibe, (DOUBLE INDEMNITY, especially), the reader knows from the outset that things aren't going to go smoothly. In true Lansdale style though, one cannot guess just how far off the rails this plan went. Dealing with so many problems, racism being one of them, his boss dying yet another, you can't help but feel a little sorry for Ed. He's not the best guy in the world, but when he goes to visit his mother, we can see he did pretty well considering where he started.

 

Every twist and turn adds another new aspect to the tale, until as Ed himself says:

 

"One thing weighs on the other, and finally it all just gets too heavy."

 

I loved how everything came together in the end because it wasn't all dolled up in a new dress. The finale was true to the story, painful and harsh. I loved it.

 

Joe Lansdale is a national treasure. In any genre, in anything he sets his mind to he has a distinctive voice. It's one I've grown to love over the years and I'll bet you love it too if you decide to give his books a try. I recommend all of them!

 

 

Available July 21st, but you can pre-order here: MORE BETTER DEALS

 

*Thanks to Joe Lansdale, Mulholland Books and NetGalley for the digital copy in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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