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text 2017-08-03 21:53
Hmm

I'm running up against that "not everyone agrees about what counts as a spoiler" issue. I just got lectured (via a comment) about including spoilers in a review without properly marking the review, and I can't for the life of me figure out what part of the review the person thought spoiled anything.

 

::sigh:: I shouldn't let it bug me, but it does.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-17 08:01
Apprentice in Death - J.D. Robb

I found the book to be pretty average for an In Death book. Not very memorable, due to violence I've been exposed to in shows like Law & Order, Criminal Minds, etc, and in real life. I read the teaser a while ago and immediately thought of the Beltway snipers. I suppose it was meant to be "shocking" or a "plot twist" for Will to be a psychopath but I wasn't surprised. When people like Mary Bell, Robert Thompson, and Jon Venables exist in real life, people like Will existing in fiction isn't much of a stretch.

 

Nothing significant happened, just another high profile case. Eve works herself to the ground, Roarke inserts himself into the investigation and worries about her, Peabody won't shut up about her shoes or coat, Eve is forced to deal with Nadine and the media, Roarke forces her to rest and eat, they have sex sometimes, Eve has take a few hours off to do something personal like attend a party, Eve gets mildly injured. Same old, same old. The In Death series is a good series for people who like consistency and an overall lack of change.

 

I genuinely thought Robb would use this case as an opportunity to add some real angst to the plot by having Eve hit by a laser strike or have her walk around in public places as bait. But the most Eve got was a knife wound on her hand and a black eye. She hasn't been badly injured so far in the series, as I recall the worst that's ever happened to her was when she got nailed in the back by a kid on an airboard in Reunion in Death. She was kidnapped in Creation in Death but she was more effected by the drugs than any physical injury. I think it would be interesting to see how the characters would react if Eve were to be injured badly enough to need surgery. Would Peabody for once shut up about her boots and coat and her boyfriend long enough to hunt the person who attack her partner? What about Roarke? How far would he go? How would he react in the hospitals, with the doctors while his wife is in surgery? Or, how about if Eve is injured just like Susann was killed? Just one actual plot twist in one book would help the series.

 

I apologize for my rambling but I want more out of this series. Normally I'm very much not a fan of shows or books doing things for "shock value" but the series is now 54 books long and it's gotten to the point where I feel buying the books is a waste of money and instead turn to the library.

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text 2016-09-15 01:53
HP and Cursed Child rambling

One of the things I also hated about the book was the lengths Rowling went to try to make more people like Dumbledore or Snape. Like please, finding out that Snape wanted to fuck Lily Potter doesn't automatically make him a good person and redeem him of all the shit he did. And Harry saying "I love you" to the man who deliberately left him in an abusive home until he was legally an adult? Bullcrap. How on earth is his mother's love stronger than Hogwarts, which can literally fight back as shown in the last book? A world where Harry Potter is raised by the castle and people like McGonagall is so much more interesting.

 

Also Harry's kids' names are still stupid.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-08-02 17:44
TheeStoryTeller Speaks on...The Einstein Prophecy
The Einstein Prophecy - Robert Masello

I've been reading a lot of Young Adult fiction lately, so it was refreshing to read and adult fiction book that still had my favorite elements, paranormal or fantasy. Masello mixes these elements well with the real world.

 

Einstein and the Others

 

I don't know much about Einstein and his history to be honest. I'm an English major, so we steered clear of the whole relativity thing.

But Masello has created an Einstein that is easy for me to believe. All of his characters are very well developed and have unforgettable characteristics, but I was most impress at how he was able to bring Einstein to life without turning him into a caricature. 

Yes, the familiar wild hair and heavy German accent are there. Did he always repeat the last words of his previous sentence in real life? Not sure on that one, but it's something I could believe. Masello made him very human to me. Having read this, I feel like I know a different side of Einstein that not many people are exposed to, and thats a true testament to the writer. 

 

The Plot

 

 

The one thing I will say that may be seen as a con of this book, it takes a while to kick off.  I came close to putting this on my lost interest shelf, but I just kept willing myself to continue reading it. But I'm glad I did. Once you get past the first few chapters, meaning once the first person is "attacked" by the ossuary, things pick up. And once it does, it doesn't slow down. But this is not a page turner, edge of your seat thriller. It takes its time, doesn't leave you on any cliffhangers, and allows you to soak in the events of the story, which was a very interesting one. I enjoyed how Masello weaves historical events into his fiction. Like how Lucas and Simone witness the iconic Sailor and Nurse kiss that became one of the most famous photos in history. And to think that Einstein could have helped to create the atomic bomb, well, that's not too far of a stretch is it?

 

What sometimes got on my nerves while reading though were the extremely long, comma ridden, sentences that had the author, who otherwise was a great writer, constantly interrupting himself to add anecdotes or descriptions, and making the sentence very convoluted.

 

A lot like the sentence I just wrote. That got out of hand sometimes, and I found myself reading a sentence over and over, trying to figure out what was said. But honestly, after a while I got used to it, I guess.

 

Overall it was a good read. Pretty straight forward and I enjoyed it. It's a story I wouldn't mind reading again.

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text 2016-03-16 22:59
The day I was spoiled on Harry Potter

GUYS! 

 

Please enjoy this short story on the day when almost ten years of avoiding Harry Potter spoilers came to an end.

 

So today I decided to drive to the nearest Books-A-Million (if you can call an hour a way "near") My goal was to just browse around and maybe sit in their little cafe and read some of my book. When I was done making my lap around the store all of a sudden I hear over the loud speaker "Hey all you muggles!" I knew we were about to hear an advertisement for Harry Potter, so I started listening. 

 

What happened next you're wondering?

 

Well, the advertisement was for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The announcement included a synopsis of the book, which included exactly how Harry Potter's life turns out at the end of the series!! I probably looked like an idiot standing there screaming in my head "HOW DO I STOP LISTENING? I CANT UNHEAR IT! WHY?" I just don't know why they would do that!

 

Now, I know i'm twenty years old and I probably should have read Harry Potter about ten years ago, but I didn't. I have avoided spoilers this long and I figured it was time to start the series. Ten years of being spoiler free ended today.

 

 

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