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review 2018-02-24 16:50
The Clue by Carolyn Wells
The Clue - Carolyn Wells

This is a rare classic mystery that I just really didn't enjoy at all, even taking into consideration the differences in the way that classic mysteries are plotted/presented. It took me nearly a month to finish this slender, 225 page book, which probably tells you everything you need to know.


The writing was stiff and the characters were universally wafer thin. It purports to be an entry in the "Fleming Stone" series, but the great detective himself isn't even mentioned until the 87% mark, and he essentially swans into the story at around 90%, receives all of the information from the individuals who have collected it, pronounces a rather preposterous solution and it's a wrap.


The representation of female characters is absolutely terrible - even worse than is often the case in books published during early twentieth century (this book was published in 1909). Each woman had some assigned trait from which she was forbidden to stray: the victim was majestic and haughty; Kitty, the apparent love interest, was bewitching and clever; there was a genuine French maid, who was stormy and dramatic; and Dorothy was the clinging rosebud (whatever the hell that is), timid and appealing.


I am willing to concede that, perhaps, every book written by Carolyn Wells wasn't as awful as this one. I'm not entirely certain, however, that I'm prepared to read any more so as to find out.

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text 2016-11-18 06:09
Yeah, no
Unborn - Amber Lynn Natusch

Unborn pretty much exemplifies everything that I find unpleasant about paranormal fantasy; not sure why I finished it. First off, we have a lone woman, an exemplary special girl who has untapped powers surrounded by a whole bunch of dudes. Then said dudes spend all kinds of time treating other women like shit, and this is somehow a reflection on the women and not the dudes. Then, and this is my special favorite, most of these dudes are the main girl's brothers, but they persist in treating her like a sex object, and this is funny. Because incest is funny. Why are you being such a buzzkill? 


Oh, and it ends on a cliffhanger. I know, right? 


This is the sort of book that makes me appreciate this book's antecedents, stuff like Black Dagger Brotherhood and the Fever novels. I made some fun of those at the time, but actually the way those series navigated some seriously problematic shit was pretty deft. BDB has the whole dudes-only feel, but the banter is honestly amusing, and the whole thing ends up being an exploration of masculinity that doesn't have to hate on every woman but the protagonist. Fever, well, Morning turned the cliffhanger into an art form. Unborn does neither of these things well. 

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review 2016-09-07 16:00
Little Tails in the Jungle by Frederic Brremaud and Federico Bertolucci
Little Tails in the Jungle - Frederic Brremaud,Mike Kennedy

This novel just felt incomplete. Not only was the story lacking (in which they did nothing but go around and point out things they saw around them) but the illustrations were off. It felt as if there where two different styles of graphic novels going on throughout the story. Don't get me wrong, both drawing styles were nice, but putting them together did not do the story any justice.



1.5/5 Stars

Granted this story is not meant for me, but even children would find it a difficult novel to appreciate due to the lack of story and poorly rendered images.  


Received through NetGalley for an honest review.

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review 2016-09-06 16:20
The Secrets of Evelyn Taylor by Pauline C. Harris
The Secrets of Evelyn Taylor - Pauline C. Harris

It was just an okay novel. I really wanted to like this book, but I just had too many problems with the writing. While not perfect, the first half was well written. I was enjoying the story until, halfway in, it it just seemed to go downhill quickly. My main issue was the reasoning of the characters. They just seemed unrealistic or made no sense. I wanted more from the plot, but was given an easy and boring way out of the situation.


2/5 Stars

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text 2016-04-04 20:46
I Have Made a Terrible Mistake
Londonistan - Melanie Phillips

I read the introduction to this book (a long 12 pages) Sunday night and realized I made A GRAVE, TERRIBLE MISTAKE. Melanie Phillips came off as the British version of US political pundit Sarah Palin,  complete with word salads that gave no meaning...to entire paragraphs.


I may lean towards the liberal side, but I do have conservative friends and I would not wish this circle jerk logic on them. Those 12 pages were painful to read and I just don't have the stomach nor the blood pressure medication to read further. You have to be a fan of Ms. Phillips newspaper columns and television appearances in order to swallow anything she wrote in this book.


Ms. Phillips and I do agree on one thing: we both intensely dislike George Galloway...so there is that.


Not even a DNF, more like a Did Not Start



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