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review 2017-04-24 16:55
Project Elfhome - Wen Spencer

Because I love to complain - I will start off with I HATE THE COVER! This author's Elfhome books usually have these wonderful illustrations (not always true to the book but then again I'm a complainer so what did you expect). However this is like a frat party gone bad cover. The guy with his hands in the air looks especially stupid.

The description of this book kind of confused me because it said it was short stories but the author must have turned the short stories into a longer narrative while interspersing some short ideas she had for stories that I'm not sure she will ultimately use. It's a behind-the-scenes look at the Elfhome's main story, which was really interesting. Overall, the book was really good.

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text 2017-04-21 12:48
End of Watch - progress 33%
End of Watch: A Novel - Stephen King,Simon & Schuster Audio,Will Patton

Oh boy o boy, this is much more fun than his earlier attempts at a straightforward detective mystery. Keep on being yourself, Mr. King!

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review 2017-04-19 23:45
Finders Keepers ★★★★☆
Finders Keepers: A Novel - Stephen King

This was a much slower moving story than Mr. Mercedes, with the setup and history to the main action taking up the bulk of the book. But the author is so good at breathing life into the characters and sprinkling action and excitement into seemingly mundane scenes, that I was carried along without really even noticing it. And I was pleased that his awkward and unconvincing attempts at romance in the first book was mercifully absent in this one.


And does anyone do murder scenes better than Mr. King? NOPE.


Okay, I’m ready to dive into the last book!


Audio version, via Audible. Will Patton’s performance was masterful. He does much more than just allow the listener to distinguish between the voices of different characters. He uses a different voice for each scene, depending on the central character for that scene. He creates a unique voice, with breath, speech patterns, and pacing, for each character, that fully embodies the its characteristics. I especially loved his voice for Holly. His voice for Morris was absolutely menacing, it gave me chills.

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url 2017-04-15 11:27
6 New Covers (Altebrando, Grant, Haig, McGee, Rollins, Rowland)
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review 2017-04-01 14:12
Bird Box ★★★☆☆
Bird Box: A Novel (Audio) - Josh Malerman

Although the premise was interesting, this little horror story simply failed to live up to its potential. Neither the writing nor the plot were compelling enough to overcome the annoying present tense stylings and awkward nonlinear jumps through the timeline. In a story where the characters spend most of their time blindfolded, you’d think the author would make a greater effort to bring the other 4 senses to life, but instead we are treated to descriptions along the lines of, “the terrible smell was much stronger”. There were also some plot holes and logic gaps that were obvious enough to pull me right out of the story.


Still it was interesting enough to keep me listening through to the end, so I’ll give it 3 stars.


Audiobook, borrowed from my public library. I was unimpressed with Cassandra Campbell’s narration, and as this is the second book of hers that I’ve listened to without enthusiasm, I think I can attribute it to her and not the material she had to work with.

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