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text 2018-07-18 13:28
Reading progress update: I've read 146 out of 436 pages.
Binary Storm (Liege-Killer) - Christopher Hinz

This has been slow-going. I'm starting to think that Liege-Killer was the only book in this series worth reading.


Why does this book exist? There have been a few big revelations, but they only count as big if you haven't read the original trilogy. And if you're new to the series and were planning on reading the original trilogy after this, well, Binary Storm spoils some of the trilogy's biggest revelations.


I feel like the author just wanted to write a lot of world-building details. So we have lung restoratives, respirazones, servant and assistant bots, edible ads, and suicide cults. Is there a plot? I'm still waiting to find out.


And Hinz still sucks at writing women. I liked Bel at first, when she coolly recognized that Nick was probably complimenting her because he wanted something from her, but then she fell in lust with him. It was so out-of-character for her that even she wondered whether he'd slipped her some kind of futuristic date rape drug (there are multiple kinds, and readers got to learn the details of several of them), but no, it turns out he just has that effect on her.

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review 2018-07-09 16:48
I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells
I Am Not A Serial Killer - Dan Wells,John Allen Nelson

This is a weird book but I think I liked it well enough. Let’s see if I can work out a rating by the time I stop writing out my feelings here.


“I think that fate wants me to become a serial killer.”


John Wayne Cleaver is a teen doing his best not to murder the cretins that surround him. I’m not joking about this either. He has serious serial killer in the making vibes. Even his therapist thinks so. His family runs a mortuary and he’s been exposed to death since he was a child but he’s the only one in his family who finds death fascinating. He’s written school essays on serial killers and is obsessed with learning everything about them. But unlike most killers (besides Dexter), he knows murder is wrong and he creates rules for himself that will prevent him from acting out on his urges to slice people up like stir-fry. But people do not make it easy for him. As you all probably know, most people are jerks. Especially when they’re still in high school. John has one friend and that friend was so annoying I might’ve wanted to slice him up a time or two myself.


This kid is detached, he knows it, you know it and it’s hard to feel for him since he doesn’t feel normal emotions. He mimics others in order to be a decent citizen and get by in society. You think you see where this all heading with comments like these, don’t you?


“If you met me on the street you’d never know how much I wanted to kill you.”


But you would be wrong. The book takes a weird and unexpected turn somewhere midway in and it really threw me off. I thought I was reading one thing and then it turned into another thing and I wasn’t sure I liked where it was heading but in the end I guess it worked out because I didn’t quit it. Just go in expecting the unexpected and you might be ok.


With that said, I must steer you away from the audiobook read by John Allen Nelson. Sadly this narrator was not a good fit for my ears. He has a news anchor voice and he’s not afraid to use it and it continually threw me out of the story. He would be much better suited to a true crime or a nonfiction book. He doesn’t do well with a teen’s voice and this book is told by a teen. He also has the funniest, most cartoony old person voice I think I have ever heard outside of the shows my kids used to watch on Nickelodeon. I laughed when I should’ve been a wee bit sad or terrified.


In the end, I guess I’m giving this production and story a three. I wasn’t happy with the way everything was wrapped up so tidily in the end. It seemed too easy and too unbelievable and it infuriated me a little. Many people say this story gets better as the series moves along. I may try another if I stumble on a free copy but I won’t actively seek them out.

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review 2018-07-09 04:30
Intensity by Dean Koontz
Intensity - Dean Koontz


The red sun balances on the highest ramparts of the mountains, and in its waning light, the foothills appear to be ablaze.

- first sentence


Chyna is a psychology student sleeping at her friend's house when she hears a noise in the middle of the night. A serial killer is in the house and Chyna manages to evade him by hiding under the bed. Through a series of unusual choices and coincidences, Chyna ends up hiding in the back of the motorhome driven by the killer.


The story is tense and frightening. Chyna makes some stupid choices, but all in the name of saving another girl who is also the killer's prisoner. It is a bit predictable, but still entertaining.

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text 2018-07-09 03:31
Reading progress update: I've read 39 out of 436 pages.
Binary Storm (Liege-Killer) - Christopher Hinz

This was published in 2016, 26 years after the last book in the original Paratwa trilogy. I read the trilogy back in 2014, so I'm a bit fuzzy on everything that happened. I recall really liking the first book, being somewhat dismayed by the second, and outright hating the third.


I just spent the past 39 pages very confused, probably more than a newbie to the series would be. I had assumed this was somehow a sequel to the original trilogy - difficult, considering how much was destroyed in the last book. I finally got online and checked and, yeah, this is a prequel. Okay, I'm a little less confused now, although I still vaguely recall Nick having been brought out of cryo not long before the start of Liege-Killer.


So far a Paratwa informant has told Nick something interesting that readers haven't been clued in on yet, and we've gotten to see Paratwa living arrangements. Which includes nitty gritty details on bowel and bladder function, for some bizarre reason. I absolutely don't recall simultaneous toilet use being a thing in the original trilogy. It seems like a ridiculous detail for Hinz to saddle his badass binary assassins with.

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review 2018-07-02 06:06
Green River Killer
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story - Jonathan Case,Jeff Jensen

This book should have been interesting, but the material is mishandled, and it ends up being a story about essentially nothing (what was the point of this book?).


I did not understand the interweaving timelines. It just made it difficult to understand what was happening.


Skip this one and read My Friend Dahmer instead if you're looking for graphic novels about serial killers.

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