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review 2018-04-17 08:38
The Soap Man - Roger Hutchinson
The Soap Man: Lewis, Harris and Lord Leverhulme - Roger Hutchinson

I go through phases of reading non-fiction, peppering those in amongst the SFF I'm mostly reading at the moment, and it's usually about a subject or place that interests me - in this case, I visited the location for The Soap Man a few years ago and had heard a little of the story but wanted to know more...

 

The book starts with a brief introduction to the life-story of William Lever, who would later become Lord Leverhulme, a self-made industrialist who made his money mostly from soap. His company would later go on to be part of the multi-national conglomerate Unilever. After setting up a model factory and village in the middle of a marsh in Lancashire, which he called Port Sunlight, Lever found himself with the opportunity of buying the entire Hebridean island of Lewis (and later its neighbour, Harris), the economy of which he believed he could revolutionise. 

 

As long, of course, as the people of Lewis did what he wanted and, for a number of reasons, they were not inclined to do so. Lever had bought the island but he'd inherited a bunch of historic issues around land ownership, as previous lairds had spent money on deer and grouse while the island's inhabitants wanted land for crofting. All of this was happening around the time of World War I and the returning servicemen were even less likely to go along with what Lever was proposing. 

 

All in all, I found The Soap Man an interesting example of that old adage about the irresistible force and the immovable object, with Lever as a man who was unable to see that he was half the author of his own problems with the people whose lives he wanted to up-end. 

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review 2018-04-10 21:57
You're Killing Me!!...
Why Kill The Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery) - C.S. Harris

I was very dissapointed when I finished this book. I felt like Harris just shortchanged me as a reader and her characters with this cut and pasted drivel. I normally love this series but I didn't get any warm fuzzy feelings from this book at all. The whole time I was reading it I was completely bored and it was painstakingly obvious how particular sections of writing were exactly the same and located in exactly the same places within chapters as in previous books. I know some authors like to use an outline which I don't mind in increments but when the rest of the story is so boring that, that's all I can focus on then something is not right. I just got the impression that Harris put very little time or effort into this book. If you're tired of writing about your own characters, then it's time to move on and it's time for me to move on too! Don't put out half-assed written books and expect your readers not to notice or care because we will and we do.

 

*I received this ARC from Penguin Random House First-to-Read program in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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text 2018-04-10 03:44
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Why Kill The Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery) - C.S. Harris

I'm kind of sad- this book just didn't do it for me like the rest of the series. Review to come..

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text 2018-04-04 01:00
Reading progress update: I've read 23%.
Why Kill The Innocent (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery) - C.S. Harris

There were a couple of loose ends from the last book that I'm dying to learn more about - 

 

1) Hero's mom, who I'd bet money was poisoned by her cousin Victoria and 2) the second killer is still on the loose

 

(spoiler show)

so I'm really, really hoping those storylines get reintroduced at some point in this book. 

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review 2018-04-04 00:33
Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery #12
Where the Dead Lie (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery) - C.S. Harris

I just love this series! C.S. Harris never disappoints! In this book, Sebastian has his hands full searching for a sadistic psycho that enjoys raping, torturing and murdering young boys and girls for pure pleasure. It was pretty riveting and by the end, I was just as anxious to find the murdering sickos just as much as Sebastian was. 

 

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