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review 2017-11-04 02:05
Compelling start to the series
A Fool's Journey: Book I, The Magician - Mark Pannebecker

I've developed a liking for continuing stories delivered in short bursts. They're perfect for a quick read at lunch or bedtime, especially when they grab a reader's interest quickly. The Magician is a great example of that. Not knowing a lot about the tarot, I wasn't sure how well I'd like this one, but that wasn't a problem. I was quickly caught up in Ben's story as enters the coming of age journey. I think we've all been in a place in our lives where we felt the need to fit in and the urge to give in to peer pressure. Pannebecker has a writing style that is quite compelling as he sets the stage for Ben's life lessons as he travels the road into early adulthood. I was surprised at how taken I was with what started as a teenager's fascination with a motorcycle gang and the path that our character is led down because of that fascination. Of course, like any good serial should do, this one left me intrigued and wanting more of this intense and promising story. 

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review 2017-10-21 02:29
Hunting between killers
Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben

Maya's husband was killed.


Who killed Joe, her husband? Who killed her sister? 


The whole book is about finding out the killer of her sister. Then more dead revealed. 


The setup is pretty good as there isn't much loop holes. 


The good friends are trying to help Maya as she seems to be losing her mind.


Maya is very determined. 


The ending is a sad and surprising. 


The relationship between Joe and Maya is the most mysterious. That's the key elements to this story. And good storytelling is like this, making you think of how relationship works. Characters should have dimensions, and this writer delivered. 

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review 2017-10-10 01:07
Fool Me Once
Fool Me Once - Lisa Falco,Steve Hockensmith






In The White Magic Five and Dime (A Tarot Mystery), Alanis McLachlan inherited a Tarot reading business from her murdered con-woman mother and proceeded to untangle who was responsible for her mother’s death.  In Fool Me Once, the abusive, about-to-be-ex husband one of the shop’s most loyal customers is found murdered.  Alanis feels guilty and sets out to find the true murderer and thereby absolve Marsha from the unjust charges.


As with the first book in this series, the best part of Fool Me Once are the “excerpts” from Miss Chance’s Tarot Guide Infinite Roads to Knowing



While many of the entries made me smile, the continuing allusions to wands as food eventually felt a bit forced.


Read for the Amateur Sleuth square, since Alanis is just not gentle and couth enough for Fool Me Once to feel like a cozy. 


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url 2017-08-14 18:25
Going Rogue! Free range reading ... nominate and vote any book for the Sept. thru 2018 books the booklikes TOR ebook club will be reading
Tor.com Publishing's 2017 Hugo Finalist Bundle - Carrie Vaughn,Kij Johnson,Victor LaValle,Nina Allan,Seanan McGuire,Fran Wilde,Kai Ashante Wilson,N.K. Jemisin,Alyssa Wong
Dark Run - Mike Brooks
The Adventures of Little Fuzzy: From the Original Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper - Benson Parker,H. Beam Piper,Michael Whelan,David Wenzel
The Ghost Brigades - John Scalzi
All Systems Red - Martha Wells
We Will Destroy Your Planet: An Alien's Guide to Conquering the Earth (Dark) - David McIntee
Fool's Assassin - Robin Hobb
The Quiet War - Paul J. McAuley
The Phoenix in Flight - Sherwood Smith,Dave Trowbridge
Alien Tango - Gini Koch

With TOR putting their monthly ebook freebie program on hold, our booklikes bookclub is going rogue, off the grid, off schedule, free range ... nominate and vote for any books that might be remotely suited for TOR (speculative fiction, fantasy, science fiction ...).


Above, I displayed some of the currently nominated ones; visit the link and scroll down to nominate, vote and edit your voting. (Or click the "Next Books" tab in the bookclub if you lose this post/link.)


Books with most votes will be our September book, the next most likley the October book  (will look at current voting in case that changes during September) ..


Vote for as many as you like. Nominating a book automatically votes for it. If you click "Remove" that will remove your vote, not the book.

Source: booklikes.com/book-clubs/next/88/tor-monthly-free-ebook-science-fiction-and-fantasy
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text 2017-07-17 12:54
15th July 2017
Nobody's Fool - Richard Russo

Ultimately, your theme will find you. You don't have to go looking for it. 


Richard Russo


Happy birthday, Richard Russo! The Pulitzer Prize-winning author wrote his first novel, Mohawk, while working full-time as a college teacher. During breaks between classes, he'd go to a local diner and write.

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