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review 2018-08-02 05:13
An Age-Appropriately Creepy SF for the MG reader in your life
Picket Town - Chris von Halle

Amanda is bored. Every day is the same -- her life isn't bad, she actually likes it. But she wants more. She's not sure exactly what it is that she wants -- but it'll be found outside the city limits of New Pines (she calls it Picket Town). She and her friend Sam spend their days after school playing a computer RPG, eating with their families, playing the game some more and repeating the whole thing the next day.

 

Then something starts happening -- some of the kids in town come down with some sort of bacterial infection that requires them to be hospitalized while a cure is worked on. Amanda starts to wonder if everyone is going to be okay -- no matter how often she's assured that the grown-ups have everything under control. She wants to strike out, she wants to learn something -- and on the way home from school, they pass the same sign forbidding them to enter the forest that they walk by every day. But this day, this particular day she decides she's had enough -- and then she convinces Sam to come with her. They climb over the fence and explore the forest. This is the most thrilling thing they've ever done. Right up until the point that they find a what appears to be a flying saucer (well, a saucer that's landed). Pretty much everything they've ever known ends right there. What follows is exciting, dramatic, and unexpected (well, at least for the target audience -- Middle Grade -- adult readers will have a pretty good chance of seeing what's around the corner, most of the time).

 

I wasn't so sure that I was going to enjoy this at the beginning, I'm not sure why, it just didn't seem like it clicked. But it honestly didn't take long before it reminded me of the better SF I read in grade school, and I was in it for the long haul. Although, honestly, I'm not sure any of the books I read when I was that age would've gone where von Halle took this. That's a compliment, by the way, it may not look like one.

 

I'm not crazy about the conclusion, I have to say, as much as I liked almost everything that came before. There's a good twist to it -- and I really liked it. But the ending itself? I don't know -- it relied too much on a big info-dump, and then the reveal for Amanda and Sam could've been executed a little better. But I think those are quibbles, and I really don't imagine that there's a Fourth Grader out there that'll say the same thing.

 

This isn't a MG novel that transcends the label and that'll appeal to adults -- in other words, not everyone is J.K. Rowling. I'll give you a moment to digest that revelation. This <i>is</i> a MG novel that knows its audience and that will deliver what it wants. Were I in that audience, I'd be re-reading this a few times. I'm not, so I'll tell people to give it to someone who'll appreciate it more.

 

<i><b>Disclaimer:</b> I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion, given above.</i>

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/08/01/picket-town-by-chris-von-halle-an-age-appropriately-creepy-sf-for-the-mg-reader-in-your-life
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text 2018-07-31 18:40
July Re-Cap
The Flight Attendant: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian
Folsom - Willow Aster,Tarryn Fisher
The Difference Between Us: An Opposites Attract Novel - Rachel Higginson
Obscura - Joe Hart
Iron to Iron - Ryan Graudin
Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf) - Ryan Graudin
Winter's Bone: A Novel (Audio) - Daniel Woodrell,Emma Galvin
Crossed (Soul Eater) (Volume 3) by Eliza Crewe (2015-08-13) - Eliza Crewe
Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
The Good Liar - Catherine McKenzie

 

 

It was a good month of reading with 17 books total read and listened too, actually, a lot of those were Audiobooks.  I've found something new I can do while listening, it's an app called Sandbox and I have it on my Samsung tablet, so easy to do while listening, especially since I'm always icing my foot.  The reason I'm always icing is foot is because I went back to work two weeks ago (only 4-hour shifts, though) and it's kicking my ass.  I just finished my last book of the month today, even.  (I had this post all drafted up and had to add it in at the last minute...)

 

 

 

(Audiobook) The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Finish Date:  07/02

☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

(Kindle eBook) Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

Finish Date:  07/03

☆3.3☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Kindle ebook) The Difference Between Us by Rachel Higginson

Finish Date:  07/07

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Obscura by Joe Hart

Finish Date:  07/08

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Kindle eBook Novella) Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin

Finish Date:  07/09

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Audiobook) Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin

Finish Date:  07/11

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Finish Date:  07/12

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(Kindle eBook) Crossed by Eliza Crewe

Finish Date:  07/16

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Finish Date:  07/17

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie

Finish Date:  07/18

☆4.8☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Damselfly by Chandra Prasad

Finish Date:  07/19

☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook) Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Finish Date:  07/21

☆4.7☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

(Audiobook) Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Finish Date:  07/23

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) We Were Liars by E Lockhart

Finish Date:  07/24

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Kindle eBook) Jackal by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster

Finish Date:  07/26

☆3.2☆STARS - GRADE=C+

 

(Audiobook) This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada

Finish Date:  07/27

5STARS - GRADE=A+

 

(Audiobook) Into the Light by Aleatha Romig (review pending)

Finish Date:  07/31

☆4.8☆STARS - GRADE=A

 

17 Books Total, 12 Audiobooks, 5 Kindle eBooks, one of the ebooks was a novella and No Netgalley eARC's this month.

 

Plus 1 book that I DNF'd (Audiobook) The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

Not because it was bad per say, it just wasn't for me...

 

 

From my Goodreads Pages Challenge

MY GOAL FOR 2018: 42,000
MY TOTALS: 31,676/42,000

 

JULY PAGES READ: 5,225

07/02 {345} The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian☆3.7☆
07/03 {210) Folsom by Tarryn Fisher & Willow Aster☆3.3☆
07/07 {284} The Difference Between Us by Rachel Higginson☆4.7☆
07/08 {348} Obscura by Joe Hart☆4☆
07/09 {104} Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin☆4☆
07/11 {496} Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin☆4.7☆ 
07/12 {225} Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell☆4☆
07/16 {346} Crossed by Eliza Crewe☆4.7☆
07/17 {256} Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion☆4.3☆
07/18 {373} The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie☆4.7☆
07/19 {277} Damselfly by Chandra Prasad☆3.5☆
07/21 {342} Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller☆4.8☆
07/23 {352} Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott☆3.2☆
07/24 {242} We Were Liars by E. Lockhart☆3☆
07/26 {238} Jackal by Tarryn Fisher☆3.2☆
07/27 {433} This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada☆5☆
07/31 {354} Into the Light by Aleatha Romig☆4.8☆

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian Folsom (End of Men, #1) by Tarryn Fisher The Difference Between Us (Opposites Attract, #2) by Rachel Higginson Obscura by Joe Hart Iron to Iron (Wolf By Wolf, #1.5) by Ryan Graudin Blood for Blood (Wolf By Wolf, #2) by Ryan Graudin Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell Crossed (Soul Eaters, #3) by Eliza Crewe Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1) by Isaac Marion The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie Damselfly by Chandra PrasadDaughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2) by Tricia Levenseller Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Jackal (End of Men, #2) by Tarryn Fisher This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil #1) by Emily Suvada Into the Light (The Light, #1) by Aleatha Romig
 

 



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review 2018-07-26 17:02
DD on a horse
Daredevil (2015-) #605 - Charles Soule,Mike Henderson,Chris Sprouse

The cover pretty much says it all.   Great addition to the storyline with both The Hand and Wilson Fisk being mayor, which I suspect will be a much longer storyline. 

 

Still loving what Soule is doing with everything right now.

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text 2018-07-22 08:07
Reading progress update: I've read 7%.
Dark Eden - Chris Beckett

As I found out I can still get Audible on my windows 8 phone I bought the audio book to accompany the kindle ebook I bought many moons ago but never read. So far, so good, I'm switching between the two. It feels like a good old-fashioned 70s sci fi story, the kind I grew up with and the kind of sci fi that made me love the genre so much. The narrator has a nice voice that is pleasant to listen to, but I find that the audio loses a little of the 'speak', words like 'slipping' (the colonists expression for having sex) sounds very much like sleeping, so I had a bit of an 'aha' moment when I read it.

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review 2018-07-18 16:31
Flirting with Paradise (Sweet Aloha Series Book 9) by Chris Keniston
Flirting with Paradise - Chris Keniston

 

Bradley thought he had it all until he discovers he never even had a clue. Flirting with Paradise takes a few hints from a reality show and changes how we should look at the world. In a world full of celebrity, wealth and pride, kindness tends to get lost in the shuffle. Keniston shows how empathy can change the world. On a dare Bradley learns a valuable lesson and painful truths. In order to become someone worth knowing, he had to become someone no one noticed. Meeting Hope taught him the true meaning of happiness. Living is about more than what a person has. Living is about knowing what it means to be human. Flaws and all, we all have something to offer. KINDNESS! There's no greater lesson than that.

 
 

 

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