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review 2018-07-11 17:36
BLOOD BINDS THE PACK by ALEX WELLS
Blood Binds the Pack - Alex Wells

3-1/2 stars and that's because the strike part went on way too long. I think at least 50-100 pages in the middle could have been removed and made the book a better read. But I kept persevering and finally finished it. Whew! It was a close thing to me just moving on but the last maybe 8th of the book finally started speeding along. The plot moved forward, the battles were more than skirmishes, and potential relationships finally went somewhere. So because of the ending I went up from 3 to 3-1/2 stars.

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review 2018-06-14 23:25
SCARDOWN by ELIZABETH BEAR
Scardown - Elizabeth Bear

I'll start with complaints. 
1. If your book is written in English, if you use another language in same book make sure you have the English translation. I've seen this done before in many book I've read. It's irritating if you don't have access to the internet to translate sometimes whole paragraphs of dialogue.
2. When the POV changes, maybe list in the paragraph title whose POV it is or maybe "Casey thought. . ." so we have an idea who is talking. One chapter took me over 1-1/2 pages to figure out whose POV it was.

I loved the ending. The one man, two women (not lesbian) thing - I just couldn't imagine it working so smoothly. Overall, a good book/series.

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review 2018-05-21 03:06
ANY OTHER NAME by CRAIG JOHNSON
Any Other Name - Craig Johnson
This man is always trudging through snow while dead American Indians talk to him. Is this the third book this has happened to him? The bad guys weren't just bad but demented and if these were real people I would hope that everything they did was done to them twice. 

I'm going to hold off on the next book in the series because although the series does have some humor, this one made me just sick to my stomach. Even with that, good book/series.

 

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review 2018-05-21 02:06
SHADOW FALLING by REBECCA ZANETTI
Shadow Falling - Rebecca Zanetti

First off, the names remind me a lot of what Lora Leigh names male characters including one whose name is Tace Justice. A little eye-rolling.

And then very weak women who are having to be carried and who faint all the time saying they're going to kick someone's ass. I'm surprised the guys don't laugh immediately. Also, I've never heard anyone man or woman say "Damn Straight" and I come from a long line of poor rednecks so you'd think I'd have come across that phrase a time or two. Nope. But I see it constantly in these types of books. This was such a struggle to finish that I'm not going to read anymore of the series for a while. I was bored through most of it especially with Raze (his real name supposedly) having a secret that everyone knows he is keeping but he can't make up his mind whether he's going to tell it, even though he keeps talking about it and other people talk about it and he even mentions there's a letter somewhere that talks about it. 

Then the author throws in a religious group that's segregated themselves not because of the religion but because they don't have the virus. Why make them religious?

And, of course, the bad guy - who for some stupid reason the good people think should stay President even though he's a psychotic killer - just skips away from every bad situation. Especially when these supposed elite soldiers are after him and he, with no training, can just shoot and stab with abandon and the soldiers are saying "Aw shucks, he got away again. Dagnabbit!" If they say, "Damn Straight" then they probably say "Dagnabbit" too. 

2-1/2 stars.

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review 2018-05-21 01:57
ILL WIND by NEVADA BARR
Ill Wind - Nevada Barr
Enjoyable book. I figured somewhat the reason and the bad guy was so predictable he should have had a black hat, twirling his mustache. The part I loved the best was Anna. Her trying to figure out her job, her life, her residence, her drinking. The ending was great.

 

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