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review 2018-09-17 17:55
City of Blades - Robert Jackson Bennett

So this is an older female hero who has retired from the army to find that she still has some service owing, so she's sent to a small outpost where their god is dead. like most of the gods in this world, but godish stuff seems to be happening.  There's also a substance that appears to conduct electricity and amplify it while conducting it and a previous investigator has disappeared, apparently the investigation caused her to lose her mind.


Our hero thought she was done and that she was going to be able to pickle her liver in peace, but no, a last mission, dealing with old friends and enemies and everything in between, including her PTSD.  Everyone, including her, have their own motive and it's quite messy.


It took a while to get really going but then I just couldn't put it down, I'm also curious what's going to happen next.


Using this for the Doomsday Square, though it could have done for Drowning Deep, Deadlands and Ghost Stories.

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review 2018-09-17 00:42
City of Ghosts
City of Ghosts - Victoria Schwab
I was hoping for a more creepy, intense read when I checked this novel out. I am hoping that this novel was just setting this series up and that it was just provoking the reader to pick up the next book in the series which it did for me. I hope the next novel in this series will be more involved, more mysterious, and scary.
I thought this novel was interesting and I liked the idea of Cassidy and Jacob being friends. No one can see or hear Jacob besides Cassidy because Jacob is a spirit. Cassidy’s parents write paranormal activity novels so they don’t think anything of Cassidy’s friend.
Jacob is basically Cassidy’s only friend. When her family takes a trip to London to cast a show showcasing the parent’s novels, Cassidy runs into a young girl who actually sees Jacob. Lara and Cassidy don’t meet eye-to-eye but I think they need each other. With London filled with mystical activity, the parents are supposed to be the experts here but Cassidy and Jacob are getting some heavy feelings and they don’t like the streets of London.
I’m hoping this series doesn’t go lightly. I hope as Cassidy travels with her parents, she uses her talent to encounter some disturbing beings.


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review 2018-09-16 21:00
Tales of the City - Armistead Maupin

So there were really Rolling Skating Nuns in the Castro.  I asked my friend who lived there.


I miss all the cool stuff.


This is a book that draws you right in and carries you with it.  It, apparently from what my friend says, captures a time and place.  It addresses question of sexuality, morality, gender, and race.


It doesn't so much have bad guys, and everyone is interesting.  It is a really good read.

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review 2018-09-13 00:01
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King, Owen King for Modern Masters of Horror
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King,Owen King

  I enjoyed this enormously. There were some surprises and some poor reading on my part (my earlier race comment was wrongish, because of my failure to notice and/or remember the race of characters, but also kind of accurate given later developments - it's complicated). Anyway, nice work with archetypes and fairy tales and a premise that is clearly fantasy, but also very grounded and concrete. There's a large cast and lots of plot. But also really nuanced and generous, kind even. Stephen has always showed an understanding of and sympathy with abused women, so a whole lot of compassion towards the inmates of a women's prison is no surprise. But there is also a lot of anger, some of it directed at people behaving badly and some of it directed at society for creating and exacerbating iniquity. Dickensian.


Good on these two for writing a book that is absolutely entertaining, but more than just entertaining.


Good for many squares, and recommended to those who don't care for horror in general.



Library copy

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review 2018-09-10 22:15
Land of the Lost for the modern times...
City of the Lost - Kelley Armstrong



City of the Lost

Kelley Armstrong


Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a domestic violence support town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you're accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. As a murderer, Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want; she's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding - in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.





This is my first Kelley Armstrong book…I've never read any of her paranormal stuff of which she is well known for.  Her writing in this was easy to listen to and her characters were easy to root for.  Especially, Casey…she kind of rocks.  I wish I could have gotten with who she chooses to be her love interest more, but I was left liking the other guy…I think it may have been the voice that Therese Plummer chose for him, I just didn't really care for it.


City of the Lost is a "city" out in the Yukon, somewhere between Alaska and Canada I believe, that is sort of like it's own little commune, minus the religion.  The people go there to live and get away from their problems in the real world, whether it's an abusive ex or a crime they've committed, they are all running from something or someone.  They even pay money for the privilege of going there to live.  I never really understood where the money goes to, some sort of council that doesn't even live there…sounds fairly sketchy to me.  But otherwise, a worthwhile and fascinating story, with everything from possible cannibals, wild dogs, cats, grizzlies and a red fox; to drinking, drugs, casual sex and oh-so-much more.  Including some unforeseen twists that will have you reeling.











Plot~ 4.2/5

Main Characters~ 4.3/5

Secondary Characters~ 4.5/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4.5/5

Addictiveness~ 4.5/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4.5/5

Ending~ 4/5  Cliffhanger~ Not really…


Book Cover~ It's okay…

Narration~ 4.5 for Therese Plummer, she does so many different voices very well.

Series~ Rockton #1

Setting~ Rockton, Canada

Source~ Audiobook (Library)



I used this for my Terrifying Women Square on Halloween Bingo




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