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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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review 2017-05-26 15:06
Review: Fool Moon (The Dresden Files #2) by Jim Butcher
Fool Moon - Jim Butcher

Review originally featured at Angel's Guilty Pleasures

 

Fool Moon

The Dresden Files #2
Jim Butcher
Urban Fantasy - Mystery
Roc
January 9th 2001
eBook/Paperback
432
Library

 

Harry Dresden--Wizard


Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

 

Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn't been able to dredge up any kind of work--magical or mundane.

 

But just when it looks like he can't afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.

 

A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses--and the first two don't count...

 

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Fool Moon is book two in The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. We are taken on another mystery, full of suspense and adventure.

 

Harry is one of the good guys. But he struggles and he’s flawed. He isn’t perfect. I like him and I like how hard he tries to protect everyone around him.

 

As for the women in Harry’s life I’m not a fan of either at this point. I don’t care for reporters. I just don’t like them, but Susan came through and helped Harry out. Though I feel she’s with him just to get a story. Murphy the detective she was mistrustful, impulsive, and violent in this installment. She was not very nice and put Harry in a situation that made things worse, instead of letting him explain.

 

The werewolf lore was very interesting, especially the twist at the very end. The teaser about Harry’s mother was a tease for Harry and the readers. I’m excited to see what more Harry and us will learn about himself, his parents, and his past.

 

Fool Moon was another great read in The Dresden Files series. I loved the mystery and the surprises we get. It’s not straightforward and the developments will surprise you.

 

Rated: 4 Stars

 

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Challenge(s): Library Love Backlist Reader Pick Your Genre (UF) (2017)

 

 

 

 

Owner/Review and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. However what I am not is a writer. I apologize now for the grammatical and punctuation errors I make, because I know I’m going to make them. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. My favorite animals are horses. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2017-04-15 22:35
More Fool Me
More Fool Me - Stephen Fry

Memoir, the act of literary remembering, for me seems to take the form of a kind of dialogue with my former self. What are you doing? Why are you behaving like that? Who do you think you are fooling? Stop it! Don’t do that! Look out! Books, too, can take the form of a dialogue. I flatter myself, vainly perhaps, that I have been having a dialogue with you. You might think this madness. I am delivering a monologue and you are either paying attention or wearily zipping through the paragraphs until you reach the end.

Never a truer word. 

 

As much as I like, even adore, Stephen Fry, I cannot say that I enjoyed this third instalment of his autobiography.

 

The first part of the book basically retold the parts of Fry's life that were detailed in Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles. Catching up with these parts would have been ok if the rest of this book had made for it with an account of the next part of his memoir that was written in the same engaging style as Moab or the Chronicles

Unfortunately, this doesn't happen. What follows the re-cap of his earlier life is an excerpt of Fry's diary recorded in 1993. 

 

But that is just it. There is little commentary from Fry on the diary entries which as a result read like a mere listing of dates, events, (famous) names, and an account of just how much coke he scored. 

 

In fact apart from the way that these uncommented entries make Fry look and sound like a bit of a tosser, there was a major part of his life that is hinted at but that actually is never brought up: What made him re-consider his coke habit?

 

All the way through the book, he goes on about how "naughty" or "debauched" his behaviour and especially his cocaine habit were, but there seemed to be something missing - most of the book goes on to show how his habit fuelled his enormous output of work during this period, without any apparent consequences. 

How do you get from this to a short couple of paragraphs warning people not to copy his indulgences because they will surely die???

 

I'm under no impression that the Stephen Fry of 1993, whose diary I found grating and who seemed quite arrogant, patronising, and sometimes even rude in his address or description of people he thought less skilled or less intellectual than himself, may have (and probably has!) developed into the person who wrote the compassionate,  introspective, and discursive volumes that are Moab and The Fry Chronicles. That aspect of Fry, his discussion of issues, is what is missing from More Fool Me.

 

 

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review 2017-01-23 02:26
Fool Me Twice
Fool Me Twice - Meredith Duran

Olivia is on the run. She finds a place as a housekeeper in Alastair's house. Alastair is depressed and hiding in his house since his wife died and he discovered she had been cheating on him and spreading secrets.
I enjoyed this. The first part of the book is Olivia taming/coxing Alastair to learn to live again. And each coming to know the other. I liked Olivia's strength. She didn't care what anyone though of her. Her goal was be safe and find a way for her father to leave her alone.
The second part is solving the secrets that come out. There were moments I didn't like Alastair, I thought he was purposefully mean. I liked the Olivia could dish it right back and didn't take it.

Using this for the Virgin square.

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review 2017-01-22 14:42
Fool Me Once
Fool Me Once - Harlan Coben

OK. Let me start with this book was page turner. It was tense, The premise that this woman sees her supposedly dead husband playing with their daughter on the nanny cam a few days after his death hooked me. I will not deny that. The lure was great and for about two-thirds of the book it worked. Thus the three stars.

 

Then we get to ending of the story, the explanation, the denouement, the moment we have all been waiting for - and it literally made me face palm. "Really Coben?" I said out loud. No, just no. It's one of those endings that SHOULD make you go back and re-read the book to see how he pulled it off. Wondering at his genius. Instead I went, "If you say so..", finished, tossed the book and said, "NEXT!" 

 

It may have been that I did not like the main character. She was cold to me. I didn't really connect with her at all. But that bait was so good I kept reading to find out the answer...

 

Ugh. Well, Coben can write a decent thriller and I've enjoyed his other works. This one left me wanting.

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