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review 2019-03-07 15:23
Dearest Stalker: A Complete Collection by Lane Parker, J.S. Scott
Dearest Stalker: A Complete Collection - Lane Parker

 

 

I love it when an author dares to be different. Ms. Parker finds inspiration in being unique and I have quickly become a fan. Dearest Stalker finds boldness in subtlety. Lane Parker takes readers on what feels like a head trip in the most intriguing of ways. Katie and Ian danced their way into emotions with their unconventional courtship. He's her guardian angel, she's his unsuspecting muse. Can the stalker change his ways and become the man of her dreams?

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review 2019-03-06 01:03
Gotten as a kindle freebie
Luka Magnotta: True Story of a Canadian Psycho (Crimes Canada : True Crimes That Shocked The Nation Book 5) - Peter Vronsky,Rj Parker,Aeternum Designs,Cara Lee Carter

This a good short history of the Luka Magnotta case. You should be warned that there are some graphic photos and description, but Carter warns you in text so you can skip those sections.

I'm not sure if the introductory bits about psychology is correct though. It seems like an over-simplification.

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review 2019-02-28 17:30
THE DAY OF THE NEW GODS by Luke Walker
The Day of The New Gods - Leesa Wallace,Graeme Parker,Luke Walker

 

Are you in the mood for a quick romp through a gory country of cosmic horror? Look no further because this is the book for you!

 

Even though THE DAY OF THE NEW GODS is a prequel to THE MIRROR OF THE NAMELESS, you can read these in whichever order suits your fancy. I've read MIRROR twice now, and both times left me wanting-at least as far as more information about the 3 "Gods." In DAY, I finally got a bit of an origin story and it did not disappoint.

 

A small group of bank robbers has their plans change unexpectedly during their getaway. A huge giant appears, bits of which fall off at random- burning and killing people, but really? That's not that big a deal, because there's also an eerie green mist which turns people into mad, murdering, gibbering things, until it wisps off and people discover what they have done. Then they usually kill themselves. I didn't even bring up the huge, white worm yet! What will happen to our group of thieves? What happens to all of these monsters and how how they did here? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I've been a fan of Luke Walker's for a while now, and when I was offered a chance to finally see how these gods came about I jumped at the chance. I find this world to be imaginative, unyielding and pretty much insane. It's perfect for me! We all know, deep down inside, that the cosmos doesn't care for us-but what if it were personified? Now it's, (they're) walking around earth, (or floating or slithering), demonstrating how useless we really are and what's more scary than that? Not too much!

 

At a few points, the pacing seemed a bit uneven, but this is a picky thing. Since all of these events happened over the course of one, very long day, it's most likely just me. One thing that WAS even throughout though, was the gore. There is no shortage of monster GOD carnage, human on human carnage and sometimes both all at once.

 

Good times!

 

I thought this prequel was a great way to revisit the Gods in this ultra violent world that Luke Walker has created. If this all sounds like your cup of tea, (or cup of bloody gore?), this is the book for you!

 

Recommended!

 

Get your copy here: THE DAY OF THE NEW GODS

 

*I received an e-copy of this book from the author, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2019-02-05 11:52
A Valentine's Dream by Lane Parker, J.S. Scott
A Valentine's Dream - J.S. Scott,Lane Parker

 

 

A Valentine's Dream is the sweetest mind trip. Step into a world where love is only a dream away. Parker has found a unique way to show how powerful love truly is. Levi and Amy take readers on an emotional ride that will tempt even the most cynical heart to believe in the impossible. A mesmerizing love story.

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text 2019-02-05 00:52
Reading progress update: I've read 127 out of 272 pages.
Parker Pyne Investigates - Agatha Christie

Very amusing so far, and much more tongue-in-cheek/light-hearted than most of Christie's other work. 

 

Stories

 

The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife: Poor Mrs. Packington has been a suitable, faithful wife to Mr. Packington for years upon years. Mr. Packington has fallen into the clutches of a young hussy, and Mrs. Packington needs the assistance of Parker Pyne. A trip to the beauty parlor and arrival of species lounge lizard later, and Mrs. Packington cares much less about Mr. Packington's behavior. But Mr. Packington doesn't much like this whole turn-about-is-fair-play thing. (three stars)

 

The Case of the Discontented Soldier: Mr. Wilbraham, single and retired from the military, is bored, bored, bored. With the help of Ariadne Oliver, Parker Pyne cures his boredom, and solves a problem for a young woman named Freda Clegg as well. This story was adorable. (4 stars).

 

Aside: Miss Lemon is in this book, too! 

 

The Case of the Distressed Lady: A young woman comes to Mr. Pyne with a problem - she has stolen a ring from her friend and needs to replace it. This one doesn't quite have the charm of the first two, but Parker Pyne shows his cleverness. (two stars)

 

The Case of the Discontented Husband: Husband shows up in Parker Pyne's waiting room because his wife has taken up with a new, long-haired arty fellow and wants a divorce. This story was hilarious.

 

"At the present moment you are, from a feminine point of view, merely a waste product. Nobody wants you. What use has a woman for something that no one wants? None whatever. But take another angle. Suppose your wife discovers that you are looking forward to regaining your freedom as much as she is?” “Then she ought to be pleased.” “She ought to be, perhaps, but she will not be!"

 

The outcome of the story is downright funny. Parker Pyne chalks it up as "FAILURE—owing to natural causes. N.B.—They should have been foreseen." (4 stars)

 

The Case of the City Clerk: Another amusing little tale of a city clerk who is bored with his life and wants some excitement. He is enlisted in a bit of international intrigue, which comes off reasonably well. (3 stars)

 

The Case of the Rich Woman: This is a strange story about a rich widow who is bored now that her husband has died. They were both born quite poor and he made a lot of money by developing some sort of process in the mill where he was foreman. It's probably the most implausible of all of the stories, which is saying something, and the point didn't really convince me. It felt like it fed into a lot of Victorian stereotypes about the working class and their ability to handle wealth. Weakest story in the collection so far. (2 stars). 

 

Have You Got Everything You Want? This one takes place on the Orient Express - Parker Pyne meets a young woman with a problem. I loved the story, but Agatha's marital advice is terrible!

 

“What is truth?” said Mr. Parker Pyne. “In my experience it is usually the thing that upsets the apple cart! It is a fundamental axiom of married life that you must lie to a woman." 

 

One wonders about Christie's marriages (4 stars).

 
 
 
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