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text 2017-05-16 07:49
Reading progress update: I've read 141 out of 386 pages.
The Good People - Hannah Kent

Enjoying this more than 'Burial Rites'. It is very atmospheric.

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review 2017-05-15 23:00
HOME IMPROVEMENT UNDEAD EDITION - VARIOUS AUTHORS
Home Improvement: Undead Edition - Simon R. Green,Heather Graham,James Grady,Charlaine Harris,S.J. Rozan,Rochelle Krich,Toni L.P. Kelner,E.E. Knight,Victor Gischler,Stacia Kane,Melissa Marr,Suzanne McLeod,Seanan McGuire,Patricia Briggs

Anthology The rating I'll round up to 3 but only a few of the stories were worth reading

1. If I Had a Hammer, Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse #13.1). It's been awhile since I read a Sookie book so this was really nice to read about her now. Even though I thought I'd everything out there this story was new. I liked it, I just wish the Sookie wouldn't be hypocritical where other people are concerned. Sookie even acknowledges it but is more like, "Oh well, that's how I think." Very good story. 4 stars.

2. Wizard Home Security, Victor Gischler. A wizard is robbed, pays for security, is trapped by the security and then thwarts the robber. Super short. 3 stars.

3. Gray, Patricia Briggs: (Mercy Thompson universe). A very good story about a female vampire who moves back home hoping to find some peace. 4 stars.

4. Squatters' Rights, Rocelle Krich. A story about a house with a bad history and how that affects the new owners. I have no idea what was going on with the "squatters". 2 stars.

5. Blood on the Wall, Heather Graham. A mild mannered detective stops a killer that's targeting a fake demon cult. We never figure out why they were targeted in the first place. 2 stars.

6. The Mansion of Imperatives, James Grady. A strange story that I think the author was trying to make scary but didn't really suceed. 2 stars.

7. The Strength Inside, Melissa Marr. Sisters and the children they take care of are trying to improve their home and use unconventional (or should I say ancient) methods to do so. Strange story. 3 stars.

8. Woolsey's Kitchen Nightmare, EE Knight. Morbid and flippant don't usually go together and they don't in my opinion. 2 stars.

9. Through This House, Seanan McGuire (October Daye #4.5) A good story about Goldengreen and some of the horrors that took place there. 4 stars

10. The Path, S J Rozan. I really tried to read this story but it was soooo slooowww. I just gave up. No rating.

11. Rick the Brave, Stacia Kane (Downside #5.5) I miss Terrible and Chess! Please Stacia Kane, write another book in their series!!! This is a short story about a home improvement project that goes bad. 5 stars.

12. Full-Scale Demolition, Suzanne McLeod (Spellcrackers) Cute story about a Sidhe who's job is to round up fae that are causing a commotion. There's a kelpie that the heroine is attracted to if she can get beyond the kelpie tendencies to drown people. Throw in a couple of lamias and children to rescue - it should have been a lot of fighting but mostly it was getting hit, passing out and then waking up. (Another book I'm reading has the same passing out theme. A little frustrating.) 3-1/2 stars.

13. It's All in the Rendering, Simon Green. This couple lives and works in a sanctuary house for the normal and paranormal world. Both sides inspect the home and say all kinds of changes need to be done. The couple and the guests discuss different options, end up doing nothing and that's what works. What the frick!? 2 stars

14. In Brightest Day, Tony Kelner. The author was trying to write humor for the main character or at least make her humorous. To me, it didn't work. And bringing back the same guy over and over was really cruel. The reason didn't seem enough for me. 2 stars.

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review 2017-05-15 22:58
HAVEN by LAURY FALTER
Haven - Laury Falter

A few kids get caught in their school when a zombie apocalypse occurs. It seems the principal and the cook were preppers because there's a lot of stuff there to help them out. The only problem is they're magnets for the undead who surround the school. The ending is a cliff hanger. Not a huge one but enough that you want to see what happens next. 4 stars

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text 2017-05-13 05:23
Reading progress update: I've read 233 out of 390 pages.
All Our Wrong Todays - Elan Mastai

I'm so glad I didn't abandon this in the end, it get better, much. I found chapter 56 particularly eloquent and meaningful...;-)

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review 2017-05-12 23:52
A FATAL THAW by DANA STABENOW
A Fatal Thaw - Dana Stabenow

Audiobook

This audiobook is narrated by Marguerite Gavin and must be one of her early narrations because her voice is very young and actually sounds different. I listened to the first book in this series that was narrated by her years later. The thing I'm liking most about this earlier version is she gives Kate the gravely voice that's mentioned in the book. In the first book the director must have talked her out of it. Now I understand why Kate can no longer sing.

And even though Kate is known for having been a good police officer or whatever her title was, twice her dog has saved her in this book alone. I think Mutt is the one that should get all the credit for stopping the shooter and for saving Kate after the earthquake. She even found Kate's backpack after the avalanche. This is some spectacular dog!

I gave it a 4 star rating, but I was a little disappointed with the ending. The party seemed more spiritual and meaningful than the mountain trek.

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