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review 2017-03-13 20:54
NEMESIS by AGATHA CHRISTIE
Nemesis - Agatha Christie

Why is this book often noted as the least favorite Agatha Christie book? Except for Miss Marple talking about herself in the 3rd person "call me Nemesis" (which had my eyes rolling), the story itself was good. It's been so long since I reach it that I kept flip-flopping between two of the sisters as to who did it. Good book. Great narration.

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review 2016-08-04 01:11
AT BERTRAM'S HOTEL by AGATHA CHRISTIE
At Bertram's Hotel 1ST American Edition - Agatha Christie

Audiobook

Miss Marple visits a hotel she used to love and finds it has changed beyond repair. This was a BBC production so there was an entire cast with sound effects. Nice change from the normal one narrator type audiobooks. 4 out of 5 stars.

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review 2016-02-26 15:44
ARC Review – The Covenant, by M LeAnne Phoenix
The Covenant (The Covenant Series Book 1) - M. LeAnne Phoenix

The story runs, skips, and ducks, and my heart is in my throat most of the time, never thinking the boys will make it out in one piece. But they duck like pros, so there is HEA at the end. **phew**

 

I have no idea what the author wants to do with these boys going forwards, as this is book 1 in a series. There is, however, a good feeling of completion at the end, so it is certainly a stand-alone book.

 

All the biblical stuff just swooshed past me, as I am not much of a christian at all, but it was a fun backdrop to the telling of this specific covenant between a David and a Jonathan. It is set in Texas in the early 90s, and that can’t have been an easy time and place in which to be gay. When we get angry about things today, it does us good to look back, just a few years, and see how far we have come, after all.

 

There were a lot of teenage sexy times in this book. I never really understood how old the boys were, but I surmise underage, even if not by much, which might rub some people the wrong way. It was never explicit, nor exploitative, but quite insistent. Mostly, it was teenage hormones boiling in their blood. That’s good, if you like that kind of thing. For me personally, it got to be a tad too much, but then again, I’m currently off the sexy.

 

There were a lot of people in the story, and among the very memorable secondary characters, I loved the little boys best—Elijah and Cody were hilarious. They waltzed straight into my heart.

 

All in all, this is a really cute book, with a good story that made me happy.

 

***

 

I was given a review copy of this book from the publisher, Cool Dudes Publishing. A positive review wasn’t promised in return.

Source: annalund2011.booklikes.com/post/1349607/arc-review-the-covenant-by-m-leanne-phoenix
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review 2016-01-18 01:32
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
East of Eden - John Steinbeck

 

Description: Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. Here Steinbeck created some of his most memorable characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity; the inexplicability of love; and the murderous consequences of love’s absence. RE-VISIT via BBC R4:



http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tq9r4

Episode 1/3: An epic tale exploring the nature of good and evil, inspired by the story of Cain and Abel. Cathy Ames is a young woman who has always filled her parents with a deep sense of unease. Adam and Charles Trask are brothers whose relationship veers dangerously between love and hate. Their lives are about to collide in a dark and febrile drama about familial love. Starring Holliday Grainger, Robin Laing and David Yip.

2/3 Adam has fallen under the spell of the enigmatic Cathy - a woman who has murdered her parents and now, on the run, has married Adam. He's captivated by her. But on their wedding night it was Adam's brother Cathy slept with. The newly-weds are about to start a new life in California, but it's not the one Adam imagines in this dark and febrile drama about familial love.

3/3: In order to protect the twins, Adam has always maintained that their mother is dead, but Cal, after listening in at a door, now knows the truth.

Of course it is always to have a re-visit via a spanking new production in another medium, however I can tell you this for sure, nothing is as good as the book, no siree.
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review 2015-06-13 07:31
DESTINATION UNKNOWN by AGATHA CHRISTIE
Destination Unknown - Emilia Fox,Agatha Christie

Audiobook

This book seemed a bit of a departure from Agatha's previous books which I liked. Great ending.

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