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review 2018-04-07 05:44
not for me
Dog Days of Voodoo (A Malveaux Curse Mys... Dog Days of Voodoo (A Malveaux Curse Mystery Book 1) - G.A. Chase

Miles had paid for the charter and wanted to dive where they were. He told Vanessa there was a WWII plane sunk in the water and he saw the plane and it was down in the water in this location. Myles told Vanessa and Charlie they had agreed to come with him and he said if there was nothing down there they would spend the next day diving wherever Vanessa and Charlie wanted to. Kendell reread the article in the alumni paper. She didn’t care about the story but recognized the guy with the couple in the picture.  He had shared a class with Kendall. He too had fallen for a made up college class. The class had been the dumbest mistake a music student could make. Kendall loved her guitar and could play from classical music to david Bowie. Kendall decided to call Myles. Myles sat in the funky coffee shop lined with books. Frenchman’s Street wasn’t one of Myles’s usual New Orleans hangouts. Myles tried to place the spunky girl behind the counter-Kendall. Apparently they had went to college together. It had taken all Myles’s time and energy to get his Archaeology degree. Kendall thanked Myles for meeting with her. Myles said it was no problem as he worked in the Quarter as a bartender. Myles said he had always been lucky finding things. Kendall said “if you can’t explain what you did could you show me”? Myles told her he didn't know if that would work. Kendall said they could take it on as a scientific experiment. For someone that was just learning about how energy affects them kendall was remarkably perceptive.  Kendall had a gig that night she was in a band called Polly Urethane and The Strippers. Kendall adores her elderly dog named Cheesecake but then she’s dognapped and Kendall was determined to get her dog back. Then there is a murder that looks like a tragic accident because of the cursed object Kendall and Myles had found. There are a lot of mysteries and curses around the Voodoo Shops in New Orleans.

I wasn’t crazy about this book. I thought from the cover it would be more light hearted. There were a lot of twists and turns.This book dragged for me. It just didn’t give me what I was looking for at the time. I will say the second half was a little better than the first half as far as reading this went. I just found this a little boring for me and had problems keeping my attention on what I was reading unfortunately. I am sure other will enjoy this a lot more than I did this book just wasn’t meant for me.

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review 2018-03-06 01:26
Curse of the Narrows - Laura M. Mac Donald

I picked this after hearing about the release of a book about the same topic, though written by an American. The Halifax Explosion was the explosion of the Mont Blanc that destoryed a good section of the city. (The Mont Blanc's anchor traveled miles). MacDonald details the events leading up to the explosion as well as the aftermath. She also looks at how society treated the different sections of society - for instance the Mi'kmaq damages and deaths were ignored and whites saw the First Nation people as looters, though there was no proof. Black residents recieved far less than they were entitled to out of the damage fund and were short changed as a matter of policy.

The writing is vivid, the story compelling.

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review 2018-03-01 15:51
Funny
Curse Words (Issue #1) - Charles Soule

When a wizord comes to Earth from another world, or dimension, to take it over for his master, he realizes he likes Earth, and no, he won't do that at all.  Meanwhile, he's using his magic powers to save people, charging them to turn them into literal platinum because it'll be good for their music careers, and just having a ball. 

 

So when his master sends someone to come ro him and find out what's going on with Earth, well, he may have to become more of Earth's protector than he bargained for.  I'll find out eventually because i have this first volume from Humble Bundle. 

 

Unsurprising that I loved this given it's Soule's work, and I've loved about everything he's done.

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review 2018-02-21 00:00
A Treacherous Curse
A Treacherous Curse - Deanna Raybourn I knew when I read the opening chapter about phalluses that this book was going to be good! Lol : ) I think it's the best out of the three actually.

I loved the Egyptology and archaeology storyline. It reminded me a little of one of my all-time favorite series, the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. Oh how I miss you E.P....

Of course, Veronica was in rare form as usual. She cracks me up! She put several people in their well-deserved place, including Stoker. I wish they would just get together already! ...but unfortunately it was not to be. After reading the suggestive ending though, I am hopeful.
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review 2018-02-16 09:30
A Treacherous Curse (Veronica Speedwell, #3)
A Treacherous Curse - Deanna Raybourn

I love Veronica Speedwell.  Her character is almost everything I admire in a person, with the exceptions of her penchants for collecting butterflies, necessitating her killing them, and her need to verbalise her sexual liberty.  This isn't hypocrisy on my part; I think it's distasteful when men make their sexual needs topics of casual conversation, and it's no less so when a woman does it.  Boundaries.  Good fences make good neighbours and all that.

 

But these are very minor niggles.  Everything else about Veronica is excellent and Stoker doesn't suck either.  Raybourn has found that perfect balance of rawness, gentility, intelligence, anger, and grace in her hero (although I have to say, what's up with the eye patch? Is that really considered sexy?  I see one and have to resist the urge to pull it and watch it snap back).  The dialog between the two of them is snappy and sometimes electric.  There's no doubt as to where these two are headed, but Raybourn is taking her time sending them there, and doing it well enough that I, for one, feel no impatience for them to get on with it already.

 

The mystery plot is the only thing that held this book back a bit for me.  It succeeded in terms of leaving me guessing until the very end, but honestly it was so convoluted that I stopped trying to figure it out about halfway through and just focused on the characters until the end.  That's not necessarily a criticism; this is a strong book just on the merits of being an engrossing work of historical fiction.  But my enjoyment came from the story first, with the mystery an afterthought.

 

Sadly, I'm going to have to wait an entire year for the fourth book.  But I'll be looking forward to it with anticipation.

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