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review 2017-12-14 02:24
In one human's lifetime
I, Robot - Isaac Asimov

Well, that ended on an eerie note. And dovetails nicely into Foundation I guess (I'm always telling myself I have to read it, and balk at the commitment). Also, extra points for... is it irony? I mean, given who (and what) are the ones having this "laying it out and guessing" chat, and who each blame, and which is in favor? O maybe it is "discomfiting" the word I'm wanting.

 

This is an excellent collection that delves into different aspects on the overarching theme of Robot/human interaction, and goes for a variety of moods too. The thread is Susan Calvin on her interview, who, in her own words

 

saw it from the beginning, when the poor robots couldn’t speak, to the end

 

(And boy, do I have feelings about that one! My great-grandma was born in 1920, saw the advent of radio, cars and cinema into sleepy little towns, TV, PC's, cell-phones, and by the time she died in 2010, chatted on Skype with her daughter)

 

I had read many of the stories before, but the arrangement lends them extra weight with it's overarching view. As for each, there is for every taste, from the heartwarming, and the harrowing, often times ridiculous, hilarious (Powell and Donovan kept reminding me of my programmer brother whenever he's at testing stage), to the heartbreaking, disturbing and, like I started, discomfiting.

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text 2017-12-12 16:31
Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 256 pages.
I, Robot - Isaac Asimov

Because you and I have been so injudicious as to display proficiency at the task, we’ve been rewarded with the dirtiest jobs.

 

Seriously, Powell and Donovan are a riot.

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text 2017-12-12 15:03
Reading progress update: I've read 50 out of 256 pages.
I, Robot - Isaac Asimov

I read "Runaround" before from another collection I own, but I'd forgotten how much dry humor those guys roll out as they get stressed. I keep laughing in surprise.

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review 2017-12-07 19:48

Ditched 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery) by [Eaton, J.C.]

 

Book Description:

 

 

She’s handling a bridezilla—and hunting a killer . . .
 
Moving from Minnesota to Arizona was a big change for Sophie “Phee” Kimball. She’s much closer to her mother’s retirement community now—which can drive her a little crazy, but at least her mom, Harriet, has her book club and her chiweenie dog, Streetman, to keep her company. And now there’s even more activity, with Aunt Ina’s upcoming wedding. The seventy-four-year-old bride has roped Phee into working on the tent, the pastries, and even her headpiece in preparation for the ceremony. But it’s Harriet who really gets demanding when a dead body turns up yards from her front door.
 
Aunt Ina’s fiancé is acquainted with the victim—a local millionaire restaurateur murdered at the golf course. Working for a private investigator, Phee is drawn into the case—not just professionally but personally, since Harriet is in a panic about her safety. With a killer on the loose, Phee vows to figure out the plot—that is, if her side job as a wedding planner doesn’t kill her first . . .

 

 

My Review:

 

I enjoyed reading Ditched 4 Murder.  There was never a dull moment.  The characters were a riot.  The author effortlessly helped me visualize each quirky and colorful character and every hilarious moment.  However, at times I felt annoyed at the main character for not speaking up for herself too many times in the story.  For the most part the flow of the story was steady, but there were a few lagging moments that took too long to get to the point.

 

Ditched 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton is the second book in the Sophie Kimble series.  If you're looking for straight-up humor, I recommend this book.

 

Thank you Netgalley and Kensington for the ARC

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review 2017-11-22 15:43
Funny Amazon Reviews Aren't So Funny When Read Out Loud
Funny Amazon Reviews - Jane Lynch,Jane Lynch,Audible Comedy

I woke up this morning, let out the dog and stepped my bare foot into a steaming pile of cat vomit one of my furry demons so thoughtfully left for me on the mat nearest the door. Last week it was mouse innards (On My NAKED Foot!!) so I know from personal experience that it could always be worse. Much worse, actually. Still, after that stellar start to the morning I needed a little laugh on my commute to work before I started thinking bad thoughts and decided to give this one a listen.

 

Maybe it's my current sour mood or just the fact that I've already read 80% of these funny reviews on Amazon, but listening to them barely made me crack a smile. I think they work better on Amazon where you can actually see the product they're riffing on, especially the wolf shirt. You've got to see that wolf shirt if you haven't already. It's also a helluva lot more fun when you can read the accompanying funny reviews of the item because usually once someone starts it spirals into a page filled with wacky reviews.

 

I'll give this a three because I guess I liked it a little.

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