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review 2017-07-09 03:13
Hollow City
Hollow City - Ransom Riggs

This was a pretty faced paced book. I read through it a lot quicker than the first book but I liked the first one better. This one didn't have the dry humor of the first. I missed that.  

 

I usually only read realistic fiction (mostly mysteries) so this story is a stretch for me. The hollows sound so scary!  Omg, long slimy tongues covered in suction cups?! I love the dog in the book though and wish I could have him. IThe menagerie cracked me up and that was a nice balance to the scarier parts. I'm afraid of chickens now too. The ending really threw me for a loop though (pun intended).

 

At the end of the first book, the Peculiar Children rescued Miss Paragrin but she couldn't change back into human form. She had a broken wing and needed care only another ymbryne could give. They had to hurry because the longer she stayed a bird the worse her chances were that she would never be able to become human again. They all set off in boats for the mainland in search of the last ymbryne. They ended up in London where they evaded Hollows and dodged bombs in their search. They found a few other Peculiar Children from other raided loops and Jacob learned more about his talent.  

 

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review 2017-02-03 00:13
Daydreaming Of The Adventures
Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons: A Journey to the Flora and Fauna of a Unique Island - Gerald Durrell

I really enjoy Durrell's books. Both for the adventures and the education he provides. This one was short, a very quick read. Written later in his life, it concentrates a bit more on the conservation aspects than his earlier works. I have to wonder what it would have been like to have accompanied him on his adventures. Just the thought will provide me with many hours of daydreaming!

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review 2016-09-11 02:09
Cat Among the Pigeons - Agatha Christie
Cat Among the Pigeons - Agatha Christie

When this was published Christie had already been a best-selling author for more than three decades. She's got it down. Certainly she has fun with the format. Hercule Poirot doesn't appear, isn't even mentioned, until the final act. The girl's school setting is fun: it gives her rein to use all the stereotypes and to demolish them.

This particular book was on Natasha's shelf, which is why I didn't get to it during my Christie run. Saturday night she comes to tell me goodnight and to ask if I know why the book is there. And even though I can't remember what day it is, I was able to tell her that she picked it out at a library book sale, because she recognized the author. Alternatively, every bookcase is required to have at least one Christie. Or, maybe, a book is just a clever disguise for aliens who've come to observe us. After two hours of increasingly random speculation about space, and teleportation, and replicators, she finally went off to bed, leaving the book with me, because now it felt slightly sinister.

Subtle evil plan to acquire all the books is working. "Maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh." Personal copy now.

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text 2016-09-06 17:23
Cat Among the Pigeons - Agatha Christie
Cat Among the Pigeons - Agatha Christie

When this was published Christie had already been a best-selling author for more than three decades. She's got it down. Certainly she has fun with the format. Hercule Poirot doesn't appear, isn't even mentioned, until the final act. The girl's school setting is fun: it gives her rein to use all the stereotypes and to demolish them.

This particular book was on Natasha's shelf, which is why I didn't get to it during my Christie run. Saturday night she comes to tell me goodnight and to ask if I know why the book is there. And even though I can't remember what day it is, I was able to tell her that she picked it out at a library book sale, because she recognized the author. Alternatively, every bookcase is required to have at least one Christie. Or, maybe, a book is just a clever disguise for aliens who've come to observe us. After two hours of increasingly random speculation about space, and teleportation, and replicators, she finally went off to bed, leaving the book with me, because now it felt slightly sinister.

Subtle evil plan to acquire all the books is working. "Maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh, maniacal laugh." Personal copy now.

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text 2016-08-01 17:19
Reading progress update: I've read 151 out of 298 pages.
Wizard Of The Pigeons - Megan Lindholm

reminder to self, in terms of not being a horse's ass during rants: don't get Megan Lindholm mixed up with J. D. Robb mixed up with Robin Hobb mixed up with Nora Roberts. even though doing so really only further proves the point of the rant; even though at least two out of the four probably don't even exist but are just fake names, so I can't really count as insulting a fake name, eh?; even though for all I know they ARE actually the same person (I mean, it's possible, right?); even though it seems perfectly understandable to me that three out of the four names DO sound similar and easy to get confused. here's me rationalizing the horse's-ass head I'm currently wearing. whatever. if everyone just picked one name and used it, I wouldn't be this confused.

 

regardless, and more fun to talk about:

 

Wizard Of The Pigeons is an amazing book, no matter who actually wrote it, or what her current name is. it's kind of a stupendous combination of really great Will Eisner comics, meets the movie Unbreakable, meets the best of Urban Fantasy, meets just a leetl teeny bit of Jack Reacher "proud to be off-the-grid, can ramp it up and throw a hurtin' on scum and then be invisible to cops and Life again before anyone catches me" ass-kickery. this is a MUCH better book than I was expecting--and I didn't think I was gonna like it after the first 5-10 pages; I wasn't feeling the style. but the story and the style meld, and become one grand experience--at least so far--and it's simply a fabulous read. I'll take Megan Lindholm over that hack Robin Hobb any day. and I'm not sure when I'll get to Nora Roberts. I think I'll punish her for making me feel like a horse's ass, even though she didn't even do anything wrong. doesn't matter...pissed at her, and that other one, whatshername, J. D. Hobb. Robb.

 

why does this book also make me think of Home Alone 2, even though I never even saw Home Alone 2?? oh yah, I think saw one scene with a pigeon-lady. I think that was J. D. Robb. I could be wrong.

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