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review 2018-01-14 05:43
Coyote's Creed (Broken Mirrors #1) by Vaughn R. Demont
Coyote's Creed - Vaughn R. Demont

3.5-ish stars.

 

Warnings: 
Non-romance. There are some smooches, sex, even attempts at "i love you", but - no, not a romance. 
Elements of horror.

One full star off for Present Tense. I find it generally awkward and unnatural, bordering creepy, unless it's tied to the story/characters, like The Silvers, where one of the MCs lives "in the present" and processes everything accordingly.

0.3 stars off for the urn shuffle. The whole business is rather fishy and springs an unhealthy amount of unanswered questions.

 

0.2 stars off for non-american feel. I kept thinking I am in Europe somewhere, no matter how much the author wanted me to believe otherwise.

Anyway, a very entertaining read. Rounding down to 3 (considering the rough beginning) and moving onto book 2.

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url 2017-12-31 03:59
Save a Horse, Dive a Cowboy Is Now Available

Shep's just your average all-American cowboy. He runs his own ranch and rides the occasional saddle bronc. Nothing special there. Unless you look too closely at his boyfriend.
Descended from a long line of Native American mustang shifters, Charlie "Hoss" Running Horse is anything but average.
When Coyote takes a shine to Shep, he decides that Hoss has got to go. With the theft of the medicine horseshoe that allows Hoss to shift from mustang to human, Coyote sets his evil plan to have his way with Shep in motion.
Will Shep be able to save Hoss before it's too late? Or will Coyote's plan come to fruition?

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review 2017-07-18 07:59
Harry Bosch, one great detective series
The Last Coyote - Michael Connelly

In the many years that I have been reading crime the two stand out characters are Rebus and his creator Ian Rankin and Harry Bosch written by Los Angeles ex crime reporter Michael Connelly. The Last Coyote is no 4 in the series and to me one of the best, in it Detective Bosch tries to finally solve the case of who murdered his mother Marjorie Lowe. The Last Coyote is a lovely thoughtful title and one that Bosch thinks he has an affinity to. One evening he sees a mangled bedraggled coyote and he uses this imagery in his conversations with his psychiatrist Carmen Hinojos, she adds her timely interpretation...."For what it's worth I think it's clear you identify with the coyote, there are not so many policemen like you left and you feel some threat to your existence or your mission."....

 

Connelly's portrayal of Bosch as a lonely maverick of a man using his nonconformist methods to fight crime is nothing short of brilliant..."Loneliness had been the trash can fire he huddled around for most of his life."..."It was always in the silences that Bosch felt most comfortable with the women who had moved through his life."....."He felt the numbness of disappointment that comes from broken hopes and wondered if he would ever talk to her again."..  Bosch is able to devote his time to this case as he has been temporarily suspended following an incident with Lieutenant Pounds and the story naturally plays out in a political arena where the perpetrator has been able to stay undetected for many years. The ending when it occurs will surprise you in a beautifully constructed  study of a detective loathed by many, loved by a few, a man not always at peace with himself on an endless search for atonement...."The sex created a world without intrusion. One so vital that it could have lasted an hour or maybe only a few minutes and he wouldn't have known the difference."

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review 2017-06-02 03:45
Sky Coyote by Kage Baker
Sky Coyote - Kage Baker

Series: The Company #2

 

This Company novels features Joseph as a main character instead of Mendoza (he recruited Mendoza when she was a little kid). It was interesting to see his perspective on things since he’s had a good 18 000 years or so to develop perspective. The actual plot about rescuing the Chumash was a bit thin, but we found out more about the Company including at least some theories about it. The Company is an organization from the 24th century that travels through time to preserve the past and recruits young orphans to become cyborgs and curators of the past. As you may have been able to tell from my previous updates for this book, actual 24th century people don’t cope well with the past so these “immortals” are key to their plans. We also find out a lot more about Joseph and his past, which was interesting. I look forward to the next book in the series!

 

I read this for booklikes-opoly square #22 Tomorrowland Station “Read a book that involves time travel to either the future or to the past”. This novel definitely fits this square, what with the Company travelling to the past and all, although the main characters are actually from the past. At 320 pages, that’s another $3 for my bank, bringing my balance to $104. Now I just need to decide what to read for Paradise Pier.

 

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text 2017-06-01 01:42
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
Sky Coyote - Kage Baker

24th-century guy is at it again:

“They’re nice people, when you get to know them. Really.”
“But they have rituals and dances,” said Bugleg in distaste. “And they catch animals and kill them.” His eyes widened as a horrid thought occurred to him. “A feast is where they catch an animal and cook it on a big fire, isn’t it? Are they going to do that?”
Lopez and I looked at each other.
“Well, only an animal that’s already dead, sir,” Lopez told him at last. “It’s not as though it’s being hurt in any way.”

“But there’ll be—bones, and muscles, and …” Bugleg’s face was going pale, either with the slaughterhouse mental pictures he must have been forming or with the effort of forming them, it was hard to say which.
“It’s true, sir, meat in its natural state does have bones in it,” I agreed. “But the natives are okay with that, and so are we. We’re used to it, remember.”
“But I’m not!” He clenched the edge of the table. “This is gross. And I just thought of something! You’re all, ‘Only dead animals will be cooked,’ but that still means somebody will kill the animals, doesn’t it? And you can’t do that! You can’t have rituals and … and all that other stuff! I won’t sign permission. It’s too nasty and scary.”

I keep waiting for things to go horribly, horribly wrong.

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