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review 2018-12-04 16:47
Fun read.
The Doomsday Testament - Douglas Jackson

This was a more plausable than Da Vinci Code book from the same trope farm. A trope farm I enjoy visiting, this is one of the better products of this mix of thriller with hints of supernatural and that the Nazis were investing things beyond their ilk and beyond their capacity and that there are some remnants that want to revive their experiments.

Jamie Saintclair thought he knew his Anglican Clergyman grandfather but after that man's sudden death he finds a diary and this lands him into a search for hidden treasures. His father served in the Special Air Service during the Second World War and his last mission was to accompany some Nazi's to freedom as part of something similar to Operation Paperclip.

It's a romp of a story with a lot of complicated derring-do and multiple double-crosses and villains. I did like the end.

It pulled me along and kept me reading, even though it stretched my plausability quota a bit occasionally. The relationship needed work but I suspect things may not be too good there anyway.

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text 2018-11-29 15:14
TBR Thursday
Nairobi Heat - Mukoma wa Ngugi
Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files - Jim Butcher
Doomsday Book - Connie Willis
Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean - Morten A. Str√łksnes
The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon's Court - Michelle Moran
Small gods - Terry Pratchett

 

Time to buckle down and see how many of my planned 2018 books I can finish before the year's end.

 

Both Doomsday Book and Small Gods will count towards my Science Fiction and Fantasy Project.  I think that Small Gods, Nairobi Heat, Second Empress, and Shark Drunk can all contribute to my 24 Tasks of the Festive Season, too.  Maybe I can find a way to make Skin Game fit, if I am crafty enough!

 

I was supposed to meet my new great-niece on Saturday, but my niece's whole household has come down with some nasty plague, so we are cancelling those plans.  I guess this gives me a day to get caught up on housework, do some cooking (so I have a Menu Monday offering), and read!

 

My car & I were reunited yesterday.  All seems to be well with the tires, so I am happy about that.  Today, I'll be headed off to my retinal specialist for my annual check-up.  Just making sure those retinas stay stuck to the back of my eyeballs!

 

Happy reading, friends!

 

 

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text 2018-11-21 22:30
24 Festive Tasks, Door 8 - Day of Penance
Luck of the Draw - Kate Clayborn
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine - Michael Lewis
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World - Michael Lewis
All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis - Joe Nocera,Bethany McLean
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald
Polio: An American Story - David Oshinsky
Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It - Gina Kolata
Homefront Hero - Allie Pleiter
Mission of Hope (Love Inspired Historical) - Allie Pleiter

Penance Day

 

Book: I chose Luck of the Draw (Chance of a Lifetime #2) by Kate Clayborn. 

 

Task #1

My guilty pleasure reading is what I call the diseases and disasters genre. Doesn't matter if the disaster happened long ago or more recently, I just love to read a deep dive into those situations. Ditto for diseases. I also really like it when my fiction has diseases and disasters as part of the story and the characters have to overcome some serious stuff on their way to love and HEA. 

 

Non-fiction: Most of Michael Lewis' books, All the Devils Are Here, Polio: An American Story, Flu

 

Fiction: Homefront Hero and Mission of Hope by Allie Pleiter (former has Spanish flu plotline, the latter takes place right after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake)

 

Task #2

I know I am going to get some shit thrown my way, but my favorite team EVER is 

Image result for new york yankees logo

My daughter's T-Ball team was the NYY and I was so happy to see her enjoy playing baseball while dressed out in my favorite team's jersey this summer. My heart hurt a little when they didn't beat the dirty socks in the playoffs, but there is always next year.

 

 

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review 2018-10-10 17:33
Second Book All Over the Place
Magic Burns - Ilona Andrews

I have to say that I am glad that I stuck with this series. When I read these first two books I was not impressed. My re-read has not changed my impression at all. The world building in book #2 needs improved. We had a lot of new characters and we get information dumps galore. Curran, still acted like an ass and we still have Kate version #1 that seems to just blunder around.

 

"Magic Burns" has Kate working for the Pack again to retrieve some stolen maps. Along the way she also gets involved in an investigation about how a coven of witches goes missing. She ends up meeting on of the leaders daughter's (Julie) and ends up doing what she can to keep the girl safe from harm. Include in a mysterious man that is able to disappear at will and two gods that seem to be at the center of this, and we have Kate doing what she can to keep Atlanta from being destroyed by demons. 

 

We still know that Kate is keeping some big bad secret about herself, and it's still not been revealed (2 books in btw). She mentions that she has stopped drinking, which it never made any sense to me why book #1 Kate had a drinking problem. Why would she even be that sloppy to put herself in harm's way if a fight breaks out? If this isn't enough, Kate sticks her nose in when her ex-whatever and Curran's ex-girlfriend want to marry. Kate does some sad story about her life and man oh man the self-pity made me roll my eyes. It doesn't even match up to what we know about Kate's early life. Also how was this Kate ever going to beat the big mysterious bad that she only alludes to in this book based on how she is acting? 


The only things I really liked was Kate's back and forth with Bran, Derek, and the Oracle. There is that smartass Kate we all know and love. I do have to say her sudden friendship with Andrea doesn't really work since this is the first book we even meet Andrea. It was still nice to meet the Bouda Clan though and we get our first looks at Aunt B and Raphael. 

 

I really don't like the whole way that Curran's Pack leadership was set up. He sounds like a tyrant and an asshole in the first couple of books. He isn't that way in the later books and actually listens to the other alphas and those around him. I think there is even a scene when Doolittle of all people bows to him. Slight spoiler: The same Doolittle who went HAM on Raphael's ass when he thanked him and it could have cost Andrea her life and doesn't put up with Curran or Kate's BS when they are hurt. 

 

Also I think in this case we have two or maybe three instances of Curran threatening to kill Curran and then telling her that she will beg to sleep with him (it was gross and awful and I wanted it to stop). He even tells her that she will thank him afterwards. Gag. 

 

Derek is vaguely okay in this one. Still fighting besides Kate and seems to have a mind of his own. Julie was a fool. One wonders why Kate pinged on her so hard. Julie in later books comes into her own. This one though, I went eh about. 

 

The worldbuilding is a bit of a mess in this one. We hear about beastskins for the first time and then we also get into the goddess Morrigan and her myths along with the Maiden, Mother, and Crone archtypes in this book too. We also still have vampires and shapeshifters running around. And this is the first time the name Roland is used and we know that the Order is worried about him. 

 

The ending leaves things with Curran trying to trap Kate into dating him. I don't know. I just rolled my eyes and finished this thing. 

 

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text 2018-10-08 19:29
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Magic Burns - Ilona Andrews

So far the only good thing about this is that this book introduces Julie. Geez books #1 and #2 make my head hurt.

 

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