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review 2017-08-07 01:45
Pursued - Elizabeth Jennings

I have read this twice but the other was the EC rewrite.

 

With that in mind... I had some issue with the first one - some of the things that got rewrote actually made the h seem brainless, and the elaborations on the H's business really didn't work.

 

They still don't work - at least in the vague way the author intended. He says they raise TBs, Arabians, and QH. Of course he says they breed them and train them, then after 3 years or so they send them back to their owners. Makes sense to me...not.

 

The h...we don't witness her arguing with the agent over her going into hiding, so we don't get that sense that she's a ditz, and she doesn't really do anything dumb. If anything, the dingbat award goes to the H and others for assuming everyone at that party was friendly, even though there were people there they didn't know. Wouldn't have been an issue if they hadn't panicked and went in to surround her, all armed up. They compounded the error by telling everyone why. Naturally there was a third hitperson who just happened to be among the crowd. Naturally after the H got his feelings hurt by something the h said after they found out the mobster with the hit on her was dead, the hitWOMAN who had been in the diner earlier, paid the h a visit.

 

Heh; maybe the rewrite was so the H wouldn't look so dumb.

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review 2017-08-06 23:41
Heart to Heart - Elizabeth Jennings

I had difficulty with the h. Smart but dumb comes to mind. Also, I have a hard time believing that she got to the ripe old age of 30 without one bit of sexual curiosity, even allowing for that bad experience at the tender age of 15 which seems to be highly improbable any way, and she defended the guy (honey, even if you were legal age, you were still drunk), saying it was a misunderstanding.

 

Ok, backing up a bit. She was an afterthought so to speak, a token kid born to a couple of bookworms of some social standing (read, old money). Packed off to private and/or boarding schools, studious, and a child prodigy (of course). She started college at 15. She went to what amounts to a frat party, drank whatever someone passed her, the guy she was talking to invited her to his room... and 15 years later, she still has no concept of what an orgasm is.

 

That was half of it. Her missing meals - how do you expect to fit in if you don't associate with anyone like say, over a bland machine sammich at lunch? Her distracted driving (and apparently insisting on it because independence was more important than the risk of hitting someone), her tantrums at the H every time he tried to protect her from herself. She got off work early to look over a colleague's notes - in his motel room - and was there for 4 hours. Didn't tell the H she was going to be late, or anything. And got pissed off at him for assuming the worst. Uh...well, what did you think would happen? Are you really that stupid? Remembers the frat party. Oh. Right. Guess you haven't learned anything. Blew up on him after an abused patient's crazy ex confronted her outside her apartment (was puzzled at the lack of security there - how did the creep get to her door? She lived on the 9th floor). He was scared out of his mind, and she went off on him because he wanted her to have a bodyguard.

 

The H...well, other than his frets of wanting to possess her violently (read, he wanted to lose control like every LMR H we've read, but was reining himself in a *lot* to accommodate the twi...er...heroine)

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text 2017-08-04 17:15
Reading progress update: I've read 42%.
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation - Damian Duffy,John Jennings,Octavia E. Butler

I love Kindred by Octavia Butler. I chose it for World Book Day, when the U. S.  was participating, and everyone that I followed up with enjoyed it. So, when I heard that there was going to be a graphic novel of the book I was very hesitant to give it a try. I saw pics of the drawing on Instagram and wasn't impressed. Just like movie adaptations, I didn't want the graphic novel to taint my love and disappoint.

 

To my surprise, I'm really enjoying it! I have a few issues, but so far so good. I thought reading it would be a nuisance on a Kindle, but it working out great on my Fire 8.

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review 2017-06-30 14:39
Slow on the uptake
The Deadly 7 - Garth Jennings

Alright, I'll admit it. I'm often drawn to a book because of its cover. There's nothing wrong with that. Why else would they hire people to make them attractive and spend so much time designing them to be eye-catching? And then there's the blurb on the back of the book. These can range from evocative, cringeworthy, perplexing, or in some cases spoiler-y. Even after reading the back of the book jacket of today's book and seeing the title and looking at the cover image I was still surprised to discover just what this book was about. Maybe you're all smarter than me. Can you guess what Deadly 7 by Garth Jennings is about just from the name? What if I told you that it was about a little boy who had 7 little monsters accompanying him on a rescue mission and each of them had a very separate personality? The main character of Deadly 7 is Nelson who comes across a machine which creates 7 monsters that only he can see. One is always sleeping, one is angry about pretty much everything, one keeps stealing everything in sight...have you figured out what they are yet? I almost hope you haven't because then I won't feel like such a dolt. This is Garth's debut novel but he's no stranger to writing as he was the genius behind the movie Sing. However, this book is pretty much nothing like that movie. This story feels like it could be rooted in our present but with a decided twist. There's an ever-present feeling of dread while flipping the pages of this book which honestly I think that a lot of kids feel at this age. Remember the anxiety and fear when you realized that you were changing and you didn't know into what? Jennings taps into that and uses the monsters as a way to illustrate it which I think is rather brilliant. I have to say that the plot of this is kinda all over the place but the writing is solid so I have hope that further books by him will be tightened up and be even better. Nonetheless, it was a quick read and entertaining and I think it would be a good springboard for conversation. It's a solid 6/10.

 

PS Here's an article where Jennings talks about writing the book.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-05-26 03:15
"Barb and Dingbat's Crybaby Hotline" by Patrick Jennings
Barb and Dingbat's Crybaby Hotline - Patrick Jennings

So, it's interesting that this book is written entirely in phone conversations. Barb was annoying at first, but quickly, I felt her deceit was justified. Jeff was face-palmingly frustrating. That kid is more shallow than a kiddie pool. It bothered me that Barb called him a friend at one point, even though she specified that they're only friends on the phone.

 

I like to imagine that Barb finally gives up on Jeff completely after the events in the book. He never learns his lesson. He seems to get a clue once or twice, but quickly reverts back to the same Jeff he always was.

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