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text 2017-12-23 19:10
16 Tasks of the Festive Season - Square #12: Festivus
The Spy Who Loved Me - Ian Fleming
The Unexpected Guest - Charles Osborne,Agatha Christie
Courts of Babylon - Peter Bodo
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne
Two Serious Ladies - Jane Bowles

 Tasks for Festivus: Post your personal list of 3 Festivus Miracles –OR– post a picture of your Festivus pole (NOTHING pornographic, please!), –OR– Perform the Airing of Grievances:  name 5 books you’ve read this year that have disappointed you - tell us in tongue-lashing detail why and how they failed to live up to expectations.

 

2017 has brought a great many books and thankfully most of them were good or entertaining or at least ok. However, there have also been some real stinkers*, and of those the following tomes have taken the proverbial Christmas cookie:

 

(* I have only considered books that I read in full. If I had considered DNF's, this list would be much longer.)

 

 

1. The Spy Who Loved Me - Ian Fleming

 

I thought I had already read the worst that Fleming could dream up when I tried to suppress to throw up all the way through From Russia With Love but this was nothing compared to the sick-fest that was The Spy Who Loved Me. I seriously would have liked to hit Bond and his creator with a shovel, repeatedly, hard, when reading that book. Even thinking about the book still brings up feelings of rage and nausea. 

 

 

2. The Unexpected Guest - Charles Osborne

 

I refuse to cite Agatha Christie as the author of this. She may have written the original play, but Osborne managed to destroy the original work as only Osborne can - with gusto and beyond any hope of repair. Even if Dame Agatha's works are sometimes a bit twisted, Osborne managed to turn this one into a farcical hot mess. Again. Like the other Christie books he turned his hand to.

 

 

3. The Courts of Babylon - Peter Bodo

 

Boy, oh boy, oh boy. This was the book that tried to set a new record of how many dumbass comments one author can cram into a book. I have no motivation to find out whether Bodo really did set a record here, and I am sorely disappointed that not only Bodo represented sports and sports reporting to thousands of viewers, readers, listeners who have over the years been subjected to his self-congratulatory, patronising, imperialist, sexist, and bigoted comments, but also that I actually finished reading this book.

 

 

4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

 

Well, this will be brief: the author's got pretty much all of the HP characters wrong and their plot had some serious holes. This was fan-fiction at best, which is an insult to fan-fiction because this was really bad fan-fiction. No, seriously, just give it a miss and enjoy a re-read of the original HP books. 

 

 

5. Two Serious Ladies - Jane Bowles

 

I don't even know what this book was. I'm still more puzzled that this book apparently made Jane Bowles into some sort of adored writer. I don't get it. At all. This was one of the most boring, underwhelming, inconsequential books about drama-lama main characters who were so wrapped up in their first-world not-even-close-to-real-problems that ...

Nah, I can't even be bothered to waste energy airing my grievances about this one.

 

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review 2017-12-12 18:00
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

Lucy doesn’t like Joshua. Joshua doesn’t like Lucy. Whilst she is nice to everyone, except him, he appears nice to no one. The trouble is they both work in the same office. Across from each other. So the work days are spent playing games, the staring game, the HR game and the hating game. One day things take a turn. A new job has been announced and both Lucy and Joshua are candidates. Lucy has to either win the game or resign….

 

I picked this book up to take a quick look and I was soon caught up in the story. The writing style, humour from the outset and well drawn characters instantly appealed. I could tell that the book would be fun and it was. It’s the sign of a good book when the reader is sad that they have to say goodbye to the characters. Such was the case with The Hating Game.

 

Set in an unnamed city, and very much character based, the book is peppered with humour. I often found myself smiling and giggling throughout and often laughing out loud, or at least trying to contain those laughs whilst out in public. The banter between Lucy and Joshua is a pleasure to read.

 

The characters are all wonderfully portrayed, each one adding something to the story. Lucy is diminutive, a caring person with wild hair and the desire to make people like her. She is ultimately lonely, missing her parents, who also add witty scenes to the novel. Joshua is grumpy, tormenting and tactiturn and is fabulous to read. The reader is aware that there is more to the relationship between Lucy and Joshua than the characters would admit. As the story progresses it is highly entertaining to watch that relationship progress and alter.

 

Whilst it may be apparent to some how the story will end, for me it was not about the ending, it was about the journey there. I had immense fun reading The Hating Game. It is a book to just sit down with and enjoy.

 

Books are written for a variety of reasons and read for a variety more. Sometimes we want information, sometimes to be challenged. And sometimes we want to be entertained. To be caught up in a story for a short while and just have fun. And The Hating Game is such a book.

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review 2017-12-11 14:42
Protecting Their Mate: Part Two
Protecting Their Mate: Part Two (The Last Pack) - Kit Rocha,Moira Rogers,Mia Thorne
The Last Pack, Book 1.2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Continue the series

The Characters:

Ashley:
Blake:
Connor, Mac, Lucas:

The Story:

I’m not going to lie, there was ton of page skipping going on. I’ve picked this up read a paragraph and put it down so many times that finally I decided to just skim. This is more a desire to get this book off my currently reading shelf than a reflection of the author’s work. I’m in a hard slump, have been for most of November and I don’t think it’s going to clear up in December.


The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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3 Stars
 
 
 
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review 2017-11-22 15:33
Protecting Their Mate: Part One (New Bundle)
Protecting Their Mate: Part One (The Last Pack) - Kit Rocha,Moira Rogers,Mia Thorne

  The Last Pack, Book 1.2-1.3

I Picked Up This Book Because: continuing the series

The Characters:

Ashley Todd:
Blake:


The Story:

I read the first part of this series as a kindle freebie that I got… who knows how long ago. The series has since been rebundled into 3 parts instead of 8 so this review is for the two parts after the original part one. Man that sounds confusing.

This series is something I should probably stop reading on my computer at work. If someone saw these scenes….. *insert grimace emoji here* It’s burning up my screen for sure. I’m very interested in the relationship developing between Ashley and Blake. And I seriously hope they find Dani, I feel like she might be Lucas’ mate.


The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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4 Stars

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review 2017-11-15 21:54
Protecting Their Mate: Part One
Protecting Their Mate, Part One: A BBW Shifter Werewolf Romance (The Last Pack) - Mia Thorne

  The Last Pack, Book 1.1

I Picked Up This Book Because: Kindle freebie + I wanted something short to read at work

The Characters:

Ashley Todd:
Blake:
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The Story:

Why the hell don’t I have the rest of this series lined up to read?????

Usually a #WorkRead is something I read while waiting for files to save or download or other such non active work. This one here through? I had to make myself flip the screen or barter with myself “if you post an invoice you can read a page”. Ashley and Blake burn up the page and I’m super intrigued about the dynamic of this pack. How is she going to choose? I cut books out of the budget for the rest of the year but obviously that needs to change.

Writing: Good
Forward Motion: Great
Overall Interest: Glued to the screen
Length of Reading Time: Went by too fast
Re-read-ability: Maybe but probably not

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The Score Card:

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4 Stars

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