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review 2018-10-22 20:41
Leverage in Death (In Death #47) by JD Robb
Leverage in Death - J.D. Robb


Published September 4, 2018.


The 47th installment of the futuristic police procedural was a good read, but it felt like a little phoned in. The story went from a ton of suspects to two in the span of a chapter. I am adding my voice to the side that doesn't give a damn about the Oscars and I felt that all that stupid award show talk took away from the story. The mystery was very engrossing though, especially after the second bombing; I just wished more characters other than the cops were used - the ones that did show up felt thrown in at the last minute. I felt that Roarke was really useful and made a great "Peabody". The argument between him and Eve was stupid and pointless, but Roarke won it because he was right. The argument just proved once again that the couple is not ready for parenthood. 


Honestly, I am still reading this series because I reached number 47 and want to see it to the end, but they are definite library reads at this point.

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review 2018-10-21 22:42
Middling mystery
Death of a Busybody - George Bellairs

This is one of the Inspector Littlejohn mysteries. I figured it out early on in the tale, so I'd just call it a middling mystery, although I enjoyed the setting and found parts of it quite funny. It was better than, say, Murder in the Museum, but not so good as Death of a Lady.


The victim was odious, though, so having her drowned in a cess pool was satisfyingly ironic.  I checked this one of out of the library, which was perfect. I'm unlikely to read it again, but I'm glad it read it in general.


I'm sure I will wedge it into Halloween bingo somewhere!

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review 2018-10-21 14:22
Death of an Airman
Death of an Airman - Christopher St. John Sprigg

This was a confusing little mystery.


As the title of the book says, an airman dies in a plane crash. At first everyone thinks it has been an accident, then everyone thinks it has been murder and then everyone thinks it has been a suicide. Essentially, no one knows what has happened.

And until the death of said airman gets untangled, another mystery surrounding the airfield at which the death has occured has to be solved.


Yep, I was confused a lot of the time. And yet I really liked this mystery and it kept me glued to the pages. And the ending was adorable.



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review 2018-10-20 17:43
Raw, unfiltered, and achingly honest
When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi,Abraham Verghese

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi is a posthumous memoir/biography from a man who was both in the prime of his life and the beginning of what promised to be an illustrious career as a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist. The terminal lung cancer which was already making its way through his spinal column wasn't part of the plan...and yet Paul chose to meet this challenge head-on as a way to understand and learn how the inevitability of death can be explored by those shepherding the way. How does the mind and brain (seen as two separate entities here) play a role in this? He first approached this topic through the lens of literature which he had always been interested in (hence the beginning of the book which would eventually be published after his death) but he then moved on to his direct experience as a doctor and then as a patient. Paul was interested in the bigger picture of what exactly death means and he kept trying to parse it out by asking, "Where did biology, morality, literature, and philosophy intersect?" (pg 41). He didn't shy away from the ugly underbelly of cancer treatment and how it's seen from both a medical professional's standpoint (best practices, proven remedies, etc) and the one receiving the care (uncertainty, despair, anger, and frustration to name a few). Facing mortality and asking the tough questions are the overarching themes of When Breath Becomes Air but this is also a quiet story about a man coming to terms with the fact his life was about to end. I don't want to give away all of the details because I really think you should read this one if you never read another book about death (although why stop here?). I didn't know if I'd be able to continue it at several points (there were tears) because it mirrors so much of what my dear friend, Jessica, went through during her battle with cancer. But I am happy that I persevered. 10/10


This quote blew my mind because I feel I'm constantly justifying to people why I do the work that I do even though some of it doesn't compensate me at all (the blog) and the one that does is probably never going to make me financially solvent (children's librarian). Looking at the bigger picture is hard if you are cutting out the crucial bits like death which comes for us all.

Indeed, this is how 99 percent of people select their jobs: pay, work, environment, house. But that's the point. Putting lifestyle first is how you find a job - not a calling. - pg 68-69

If I remember correctly this was a quote from Paul's wife and I think it perfectly encapsulates why this is such an important book. It's why I've read and reviewed so many books around this topic over the past year. 

Paul confronted death - examined it, wrestled with it, accepted it - as a physician and a patient. He wanted to help people understand death and face their mortality. Paul's decision not to avert his eyes from death epitomizes a fortitude we don't celebrate enough in our death-avoidant culture. - pg 215

Side note of interest (at least to me): Lucy, Paul's widow, found love again with a recently widowed father of two...who's spouse also wrote a book about her journey of dying. That book is The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs and yes it's totally going on my TRL.


What's Up Next: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande


What I'm Currently Reading: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden


Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2018-10-20 03:25
Reading progress update: I've read 53 out of 224 pages.
Death of a Busybody - George Bellairs

Oooh, the victim was an odious woman.


I like Inspector Littlejohn, though.

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