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review 2016-10-31 14:22
Is there more in this series?
Magic Stars - Ilona Andrews

I've seen people complain about this audiobook narrator, and it's true, he isn't anywhere near as good as Renee Raudman. But, BUT, he fits Derek's character as the authors and the audience is supposed to see him. Or more accurately, how he sees himself. 

 

As for the story, it's a nice sidestep for the main series, and I kind of want to see more of these. 

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review 2016-08-07 20:33
I read it so you don't have to
Night Watch - Josh Lanyon

I knew what I was getting myself into when I clicked that buy button and yet I did it anyway.

 

If you haven't noticed, I've had issues with Lanyon's work ever since I stumbled on an old book that had the characters spouting that reverse racism is a thing. Or something like it. Thing is, Lanyon spins a good yarn, if you ignore the whitey lenses of privilege, and I keep hoping maybe I'm wrong. I'm not. 

 

Yeah, this is a sweet four star novella of two adult men spending a non-explicit night together and possibly finding a new start while waiting for a escaped prisoner to get caught or come after them.

 

But Lanyon can't leave well enough alone and (s)he has to make a dig about police violence and young unarmed dead persons. Race isn't mentioned, but considering this novella is published in 2016, you have to be willfully blind and/or privileged not to see what (s)he's getting at. Sure, twelve thousand words in a romantic novella isn't going to solve police brutality and racism in America, but Lanyon didn't have to be as dismissive as this:

 

"'Are you serious? Do you really think the majority of cops approve of shooting unarmed civilians? Of shooting kids? Do you really think guys like me want to see a departmental cover-up?'

 

In the face of his quiet scorn, I felt a little ashamed. 'No. Of course not.'

 

'There are some bad actors. We all know it. And there are some guys and gals who would be better cops if they had better training. We all know that too. But most of the men and women I work with are out there cleaning up the human garbage the best they can with the tools they've been given—and putting their live on the line every single day to keep people like you safe to write the truth however you see fit.'"

 

And then the narrator muses how he was wrong but not completely, and how much he likes his police protector for being able to argue the subject dispassionately. And they agree it's a sore subject for the both of them.

 

Sore subject indeed.

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review 2016-05-23 11:02
A win for feminism
Birds of America - Lorrie Moore

It's good to know that white women have the equal opportunity to suck at writing and publishing as white men do.

 

If you ever feel tempted, my advice is that you should pick up the book from library, sit down to read the first short story of this collection, then put the book back on the shelf and walk away.

 

Just, walk away.

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review 2016-04-26 08:43
Lesbian bashing, fat shaming, complete lack of empathy...
Breakfast At Tiffany's - Truman Capote

And E says Capote didn't like people much. I wonder why.

 

Anyway, what little impression the titular novella and the other three short stories left was distasteful and ultimately forgettable. Luckily, I won't have any problem putting this out of my mind.

 

Although a blonde Audrey Hepburn is a weird mental image.

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review 2016-04-24 21:16
Hades and Persephone done right.
Hot as Hades - Alisha Rai

Nevermind the the rating—that just shows how little erotic romance works for me these days—and read this for the one adaptation of the myth that actually works!

 

Granted, the ones I've tried before (or wanted to) were crappy YA attempts to erase the problems without addressing the passiveness of Persephone being a pawn in a game between Demeter and Hades. No such problems here. Also, no incest.

 

Read it for the retelling if not the hot sex. Text includes both.

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