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review 2017-08-14 03:20
Harry Bosch solving the murder of an old comrade
The Black Echo - Michael Connelly

A body was found in the pipe.

 

Harry was working on Sunday. This is his turn to show up on the scene. It was thought of a OD at first. 


Not Bosch. He put all the first crime scene data together and it does not sit right with him. So he pushed his way around, and got an autopsy on the next day.

 

He got in. Got his confirmation. It is not OD but a murder.

 

That's where the fun begins.

 

Now he dig further and found that his old comrade was a suspect on a heist.

 

Only 30% in. Progressing normally. A bit slow. This is Connelly earlier work. And he stick to a format that give you bits of information in a chronological orders. It is like watching TV series 24, that you would not know things that detective Bosch has not come to it yet.

 

Fun read.  

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-02 08:17
July 2017 — A Wrap-Up

 

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As much fun as only Douglas Adams books can be. Although, it might also be due to my technique that I apply when reading books by DA. I space them out, which keeps the jokes and randomness from being repetitive and not-random!

 

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I won this in a giveaway. Read my review here.

 

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Okay, so this was different and seemed a bit incomplete at the end but I still liked it. Something that stuck with me was the concept that while the people were free as a nation, it meant compromising their individual freedom. What does that even mean?

 

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Here is a scene that stayed with me:

 

 

 

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This was cute and fun. I will continue with the series to see if it is more than just cute and fun though. Two examples to give you an idea of what the art looks like:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trying this one out for size. Still not impressed though. Just wanted to leave this here; it shows a new level of racism, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

 

 

This was for a buddy read over at Booklikes. I won’t say the book wasn’t a fun read, however, it was quite light on science. The humor the depth of observations were the usual Scalzi standard.

 

I just realized this was the beginning of a whole new series with quite a few books in it. While I liked the book, I didn’t love it. Lets see if I feel like reading the next one.

The funny thing is that this book will be the first entry in my Twinsies — Books that Go Together series of blog posts!

 

Two words that I loved:

 

 

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This was okayish. I thought that the author was trying to make up for all the complaints that the readers make about Dresden being sexist. It didn’t work for me though. The story was weak but I did like the art. No idea why I like the code of “honor” that Macone plays by but I do!

 

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I have no idea why I read this. Maybe I only read it because I had it. Whatever the reason, I didn’t like it just as I didn’t like the movie. This was a sequel in comic form but it had nothing new to hold my attention. Two supernatural species fighting each other with humans caught in the middle. Sound familiar? It did to me too! The art was okay-ish while there was no story.

 

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Find my review here.

 

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This one was also a Bingo read for the extremely slow round of Book Bingo that we are playing at work! About the book, it isn’t that I didn’t know what went on in Afghanistan. It was nice to be able to know the exact stats for what went down there.

 

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You can find my review here.

 

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I tried Lumberjanes and didn’t like it but when I saw this was going to be a crossover with Gotham Academy (which I mostly like), I decided to give it another try. I am glad I did because it was a whole lotta fun! I love how the characters seem more human and less comic-y because of the way they are drawn. They don’t all look as if they have stepped off magazine covers. Now I just have to give Lumberjanes another chance to wow me!

 

 

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text 2017-08-02 04:40
July Books

I read 34 books in July. 17 of them were graphic novels. 9 were audio books. I had a few disappointing reads, but I had quite a few great books to make up for them.

 

 

5 Stars

Bad Romance - Heather Demetrios Bitch Planet Volume 2: President Bitch - Kelly Sue DeConnick  Saga, Volume 7 - Fiona Staples,Brian K. Vaughan  Monstress Volume 2: The Blood - Marjorie M. Liu  Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty  

 

 

4 Stars

Words In Deep Blue - Cath Crowley Prisoner of Night and Fog - Anne Blankman  Prez Vol. 1 - Mark Russell,Ben Caldwell  Checkmate by Greg Rucka Book 1 - Greg Rucka,Various  Our Dark Duet - Victoria Schwab  All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation - Rebecca Traister Wolf By Wolf - Ryan Graudin  DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 4: Queens - Marguerite Bennett QQ Sweeper, Vol. 1 - Kyousuke Motomi  Clean Room Vol. 3: Waiting for the Stars to Fall - Gail Simone,Jon Davis-Hunt The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee  

 

 

3.5 Stars

Blood for Blood (Wolf by Wolf) - Ryan Graudin Bandette, Volume 1: Presto! - Colleen Coover,Paul Tobin,Brendan Wright  

 

3 Stars

How It Went Down - Kekla Magoon  Titans Vol. 1: The Return of Wally West (Rebirth) - Dan Abnett,Brett Booth  You're Welcome, Universe - Whitney Gardner  Supergirl (2016-) Vol. 1: Reign of the Cyborg Supermen - Steve Orlando,Brian Ching,Emanuela Lupacchino  Nightwing Vol. 2: Back to Blüdhaven (Rebirth) - Tim Seeley,Marcus To  Teen Titans Vol. 1: Damian Knows Best (Rebirth) - Benjamin Percy,Jonboy Meyers  Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Vol. 1: Hooked On A Feline - Kate Leth,Brittney Williams  Not Your Sidekick - C. B. Lee Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy - Ameriie  Justice League vs. Suicide Squad (Jla (Justice League of America)) - Joshua Williamson,Jason Fabok,Tony S. Daniel  

 

2.5 Stars

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World - Sarah Prager,Zoe More O'Ferrall Ever the Hunted - Erin Summerill  

 

2 Stars

Teen Titans, Vol. 1: It's Our Right to Fight - Scott Lobdell,Brett Booth,Norm Rapmund The Unworthy Thor - Jason Aaron,Olivier Coipel  Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair - Sarah Schulman The Bourbon Kings - J.R. Ward  

 

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text 2017-08-01 14:32
July 2017 Books Read
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay
Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James

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I honestly did not get a chance to read that many books. I had a lot of work commitments and not too many things spoke to me. 

 

I read 27 books for the month of July. One of those was a DNF though. I have to start setting aside books I don't enjoy. It's kind of a pain to force read something that you are feeling meh about. 

 

 

5 stars

 

The I-5 Killer by Ann RuleThe Changeling by Victor LaValleHunger by Roxane GayThe Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly

City of Bones by Michael ConnellyWatership Down by Richard AdamsBad Feminist by Roxane Gay

 

4 stars

 

Rivers of London by Ben AaronovitchHungry Heart by Jennifer WeinerThe Kill Room by Jeffery DeaverAstrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie FlaggThe Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy TanWTF by Cathy YardleyThe Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

 

3 stars

 

Lowcountry Bonfire by Susan M. BoyerThe Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison AllenMaeve's Times by Maeve BinchyThe Dark Tower by Robin Furth

 

2 stars

 

Buns by Alice ClaytonThe Skin Collector by Jeffery DeaverDescent by Tim JohnstonThe Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver

Sons by Pearl S. Buck

 

1 star

 

Once and for All by Sarah DessenFifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

 

DNF

 

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

 

I have to say my favorite book was by far Roxane Gay's "Hunger". My least favorite had to be E.L. James, "Fifty Shades of Grey." 

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text 2017-08-01 13:35
July 2017 Round-Up with Book-Haul and Giveaway

 

Hello everyone,

I hope you all had a great July and  hope you enjoying the summer and some good books. Again, I can't believe how fast the month went by, and that should mean something considering the kids are home every day, all day.

 

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By some miracle I actually got some reading done and only one was a ARC, so that was kind of nice. But I know I have some coming up here really soon that I'm looking forward to. I don't have any real plans for August yet and think I just go with the flow and see what I can find on my shelve ;)

 

Here are some releases for August according to Goodreasds:

August first Brave New Girls: Stories of Girls Who Science and Scheme and Dragonsworn by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

On August 8th The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter.

The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss on August 10th.

August 15th Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

August 23rd Molten Dusk by Karissa Laurel.

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller, The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee, Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and Wild Ride Cowboy by Maisey Yates on August 29th.

 

So I don't have one giant book haul every once a while I will try to post one at least every couple months with the round-up. I hope I can stick with it and don't forget them all too often.

 

Here is my book haul for June and July

 

 

 

Here are the hard hard copies I got. From the publishers to review I got:

 

Dark Water by Parker Bilal

Down Home Cowboy by Maisey Yates

A finished copy of Kiss my Boots by Harper Sloan, I previously received the unfinished galley from them.

I won a copy of The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night.

I bought The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas , Fairest by Marissa Meyer, White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland, Midnight Crossroad, Day Shift and Night Shift by Charlaine Harris.

 

For e-copies I won both books

Lie by Mayra Statham and Lukas by F. G. Adams.

 

 

 

I have a couple books ordered and coming but they will not be here before August so I will add them to that one. 

Anyway, we still have the giveaway going on and I will add the copter to the bottom as usual.

Here are my books for July, as always you can find the buy links in the reviews that are linked down below.

I hope you all have a wonderful August :)

 


Down Home Cowboy by Maisey Yates 

 

 

 

 

This Texas cowboy has come home to Copper Ridge to put down roots…but will he risk his heart again?

Asked where he’d be at this point in life, Cain Donnelly would have said anywhere but Copper Ridge, Oregon, living with his estranged brothers. But since his wife abandoned them, both he and his daughter, Violet, are in need of a fresh start, so he’s back to claim his share of the family ranch. Local baker Alison Davis is a delicious temptation, but she’s also his daughter’s mentor and new boss. That makes her off-limits…until she offers a no-strings deal that no red-blooded cowboy could resist.

Alison has worked tirelessly to rebuild her life, and she won’t jeopardize her hard-won independence. Especially if it also complicates Cain’s relationship with Violet. But with Cain offering a love she never thought was possible, Alison has to find the courage to let her past go…or watch her future ride away for good.

 

3 ½ ★

 


Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

 

 

 

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death… because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear — will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

 

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3★

 

 


Midnight Crossroad  by Charlaine Harris

 

 

 

 

 

From Charlaine Harris, the bestselling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale – populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that’s how the locals prefer it…

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal. Stay awhile, and learn the truth…

 

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3★


Lukas by F.G. Adams

 

 

 

Oh, the foolish games we play.

The moment I was gifted a test drive of the luscious Sage Blackwood, I knew she was mine. I was broken, half a man, until she pieced me back together. She changed my world forever with her magnetic humor and hot body. Sage is an expert of subterfuge. Her logic overrules her cravings. It doesn’t matter if she feels the same; I’m the master at games and puzzles. And I’ll win this game in the end. I always do.

Oh, the tangled webs we weave.

Pushing the wrong buttons is Lukas Rogers’ forte. Except he presses all the right ones when he’s sending me to heaven with each and every delicious touch. But I can’t give him what he wants. I will never give myself completely to another. It just doesn’t work in my world. I bury those dreams deep. My job connected us. Now this powerful bond scares me. My body desires to cling to what Lukas offers, while my mind is telling me to run away.

Far.

Fast.

Forever.

 

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4 ½ ★

 


White Trash Zombie Gone Wild  by Diana Rowland

 

 

 

Angel Crawford has buried her loser past and is cruising along in undead high gear--that is, until a murder-by-decapitation sends her on a hazardous detour. As Angel hunts for the killer, she uncovers a scheme that would expose zombies to the public and destroy the life she's built, and she's determined not to rest until she finds out who's behind it.

Soon she's neck-deep in lies, redneck intrigue, zombie hunters, and rot-sniffing cadaver dogs. It's up to her to unravel the truth and snuff out the conspiracy before the existence of zombies makes headline news and she's outed as a monster.

But Angel hasn't quite escaped the pill-popping ghosts of her past--not with an illicit zombie pharmaceutical at her fingertips. Good thing she's absolutely sure she can handle the drug's unpredictable side effects and still take down the bad guys...or maybe she's only one bad choice away from being dead meat--for real this time.

Angel knows a thing or two about kicking ass, but now the ass she needs to kick might be her own.

 

 

 

4 ★

 


 

 

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