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text 2016-01-28 06:55
I did not realize

When the year started I wanted my reading motto to be, Read Harder, because doing it smarter overwhelms me.  I can't organize what I'm going to read.  What sounds good today doesn't always mean I'm going to want to read it tomorrow.  So I want to Read Harder.  All the books I've been meaning to pick up.  The ones I pushed aside because I should be reading that.  Reduce my book buying until I can march my way through the stacks.  The reasons and ideas go on and on and on.  


What my motto should be: 2016, the year all my favorite series get new books and I some how miss the memo.  


Sure it's a little long, but I'm beginning to see a pattern.  After some dinking around Goodreads.  Looking at some of the recs that popped, flipping through some graphic novels I might want to add to my Hold list at the library.  I was like, I wounder if Alex Grecian has a new book he's working on that Rasputin Volume 2 is out.  Wouldn't you know the series that I thought was over.  Which was one of the reasons I've been putting off finishing the series, because four books wasn't enough.  It has a new book.



I just went through this with the Lady Trent Series.  So I did some digging to make sure it's not some small little novella like the Blue Girl.  Nope.  It's all true, Lost and Gone Forever will be her in May, and that cover.  So creepy!  I only have one reaction to the four month wait I'm now enduring.



Basically it gives me time to finally read Harvest Man, the fourth book in the series so I'll be ready for the new book on release day.  It will also hopefully mean the Alex Grecian will come all the way out here during his book tour.  I have yet to be so lucky.  I'm going to be entering to win a copy of this book ever single chance I get.  I need it in my life!

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review 2013-10-14 20:39
Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad #3)
Faithful Place - Tana French,Tim Gerard Reynolds

bookshelves: published-2010, summer-2010, mystery-thriller

Read in July, 2010

  Unabridged (~16 hours)
Read by Tim Gerard Reynolds

Long awaited but worth the wait - a dark tale plaiting many family secrets together.

Do you get the feeling that most families are dysfunctional to some degree.

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review 2013-09-21 00:00
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad Series #1)
In the Woods - Tana French,Steven Crossley A Plodding but Satisfying 4 Stars

Three quarters of the way through In the Woods, I thought the book was in the 3-3.5 star range. The story itself moves slowly and the murder investigation at the heart of the story unravels very slowly. Generally, I would be bored and would have moved on but for the fact the characters themselves were very interesting.

Unlike many crime novels that I have read, In the Woods is intensely character driven. The investigation is intensely personal to our MC and the story often switches between the present and the childhood. The result is rich and vivid character and, in my opinion, some of the most well developed characters in any book that I have read.

The story really picks up in the last quarter as the investigation comes together quickly and we treated to interactions with once of the most intriguing "bad guys" I have come across. You will have to read it to find out more. I would also like to say that I figured out who was the ultimate villain early in the story and was satisfied to see that I was right in the end :)

Overall and excellent story with great characters. Very well written. As I listed to the audiobook, I was pleased with the narration. It was top notch and very listenable. I recommend this for crime/police procedural fans.
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review 2013-06-30 00:00
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad Series #1)
In the Woods - Tana French What I liked:I am happy to say I liked a lot. Firstly the narrative voice of Tana French is completely captivating - atmospheric, funny, intelligent without being patronizing. Secondly the author managed to omit many template mistakes. Imagine yourself a book without a love triangle. Imagine a book in which two main characters, a young man and a young woman at the beginning of their career, simply befriend each other, without any sexual context, and continue that friendship almost to the very end. Imagine that Rob Ryan, the narrator, can be deliciously honest about his own shortcomings, saying something like this:"What I am telling you, before you begin my story, is this - two things: I crave truth. And I lie."There is also Cassie Maddox, who not only thinks and acts like an intelligent human being but also is a dropout psychology student so perfectly able to analyze herself and the others. If only those others listened to her and believed in her best intentions...The friendship between her and Rob Ryan is at the heart of the story, interwoven with Rob's childhood trauma and the ongoing investigation concering a murder of a 12-year-old Katharine Devlin, an aspiring ballet dancer. I found that thread really refreshingly original. I was so pleased it wasn't the case of an insta-love or insta-lust but something far more mature and real, something beautiful and true. Of course the fact that their frienship is doomed from the beginning because Rob admits he destroys every relationship, sexual or otherwise, due to his childhood drama or maybe a flaw of his character, adds to it a dash of nostalgia. Let me quote him once again:"And then, too, I had learned early to assume something dark and lethal hidden at the heart of anything I loved. When I couldn't find it, I responded, bewildered and wary, in the only way I knew how: by planting it there myself."Well, I don't know about you but that quote I found simply heartrending. How not to like such a character?Finally let me add that the attention to police procedural detail was exquisite. I was really surprised Ms. French hasn't worked as a cop herself.What I didn't like: This book won the Edgar Award for best debut novel but it doesn't mean it is perfect. Don’t read it for the mystery part. In fact I found the criminal puzzle the weakest as I was able to spot the main culprit without any problems somewhere in the middle of the investigation and I am not the brightest fictional crime solver around, even old, good Agatha Christie always managed to mess with my head (fortunately I loved every minute of it)Also don't read it if you like everything nicely solved and explained in your books because plenty of questions will be left unanswered. If I were to choose an alternate title for this book (and yes, it is a bit spoilerish) it could be: Complete Lack of Any Clear Explanation About What Really Happened In The Woods. It didn't bother me much; I admit that monsters living inside our heads are rarely exposed or explained and that's why they are more interesting and terrifying than any real creature you can meet. The two hapless kids could have been taken by the Pooka or by the slavers or Doctor Who, it really doesn't matter. If you share my outlook you'll be fine.Final verdict:I loved this one even if, from time to time, I dreaded what direction the story would take and I solved the crime pretty early on. I definitely want to read more because I like psychological mysteries far more than normal ones and here Ms French didn't disappoint me even one single time.ETA: thank you, dearest Nataliya for your review which made me curious!
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review 2013-06-13 00:00
Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad Series #3) by Tana French
Faithful Place - Tana French

***And just like that, after a 3-day reading binge of Faithful Place and Broken Harbour, Tana French joins my list of favorite authors.***


There is no place like home... Well, Frank Mackey knows this phrase can have quite unexpected sinister undertones. After all, he spent 22 years away from the place he grew up and away from his family; and it's only a suitcase found in an abandoned house on his old street, Faithful Place, that can bring Frank back home - and open an old wound that has never healed.


"The suitcase was by the window. It was a pale-blue thing with rounded corners, spotted over with big patches of black mold, and it was a crack open; someone had forced the pathetic tin locks. What got to me was how small it was. Olivia used to pack just about everything we owned, including the electric kettle, for a weekend away. Rosie had been heading for a whole new life with something she could carry one-handed."


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