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review 2017-11-05 21:44
Still prefer the Twitter account.
More Very British Problems - Rob Temple More Very British Problems - Rob Temple

The Very British Problems continue, except abroad. If you're familiar with the Twitter account and especially if you're familiar with the first book then you'll know what this one's about. Wisely Temple gives a different spin on this one, focusing on what it's like to go abroad for vacation (holiday). 

 

There are some funny observations, some that will make you cringe in sympathy, some not so fun. Along with the similar illustrations of the first book. And so forth. 

 

There really isn't anything new. I suppose what I really appreciated was that Temple includes what it's like at the office before and after the trips and dealing with the issues of pre and post holiday. Office culture often pops up in his tweets so this was nice to see.

 

Not much more to say about it. Again, not sure if these observations popped up in his tweets but if you're followed VBP for any amount of time there isn't much that is out of "character." I wanted to support the author though and it's not available at the local library. Recommend a bargain buy or borrow if you can find it.

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text 2017-09-29 05:32
*Bookworm problems*
Sixth Grave on the Edge - Darynda Jones

I know I have like 6 book reviews to write but I seriously can't stop binge reading the Charley Davidson books right now! These books are addictive! A little bit of mystery, a little romance, a little supernatural, a little humor, a little action and a lot of fun! And all those things are really more than just a little. 

 

 

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text 2017-08-31 20:11
My Best Book of August and the Runner-Up
Ash and Quill - Rachel Caine
Boundary Problems - Greg Bechtel

 

For my taste, Ash and Quill was the best book that I read during the month of August.  No surprise, it features a library, the Library of Alexandria to be exact, in a dystopian world with library scholars as the heroes (and villains). 

 

But I have to also mention Boundary Problems, a book of speculative fiction short stories.  I've met the author and hope to see him again at some conference in the future so I can tell him how much I enjoyed this little volume.

 

And now, friends, I am almost done my summer fluff reading and will be starting on my Halloween Bingo books over the long weekend!

 

Let the games begin!

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review 2017-08-08 20:13
Boundary Problems / Greg Bechtel
Boundary Problems - Greg Bechtel

In his confident debut, Greg Bechtel offers ten magnetically charged stories about the impossible-turned-possible — secrets, paranoia, sex, conspiracies, and magic — as he effortlessly shatters the boundaries between speculative and literary fiction.

Boundary Problems vibrates on the edge of meaning, as carjackers, accidental gunrunners, and small-town cabbies struggle to wring meaning from the strange events that overtake them. Bechtel’s worlds of mystery and magic constantly challenge his characters’ pursuit of logical explanations. These compelling tales blur lines and push boundaries — into the surreal, into the playful, into the irresistible energy of uncertainty.

 

I must be finally getting over my summer cold (its been kicking my butt for about a month now), because I felt the lure of reading something better and more complex than the fluff that I’ve been filling my summer with to date. This book has been sitting on my shelves for almost a year and the time had arrived—I picked it up with anticipation.

What a perfectly titled collection of short stories! All of them poke at boundaries of some sort—between physics and magic, mental health/illness, male/female, reality/illusion, self/others, past/present/future. How accurate is anyone’s assessment of the world? We each view it through our own lenses. The characters are ordinary people, made extraordinary by the author’s attention to their existence.

The writing is beautiful. The stories are a pleasure to read, but I hesitate to say that I fully understand them. They don’t spill their secrets too easily and I can see where I will likely read them again, more slowly and with more attention. Though each stands on its own, they also support one another, each providing a window into their creator’s imagination. The varied topics reveal an unexpected mix of experience and knowledge.

I will definitely be interested to see what Mr. Bechtel publishes next.

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url 2017-05-23 17:30
48 Books in Series Release Today
Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare
Space Taxi: Aliens on Earth - Wendy Mass,Michael Brawer
Rise of the Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants) - Melissa de la Cruz
Just One Touch: A Slow Burn Novel (Slow Burn Novels) - Maya Banks
Perish the Day: A Thriller (The Storm Murders Trilogy) - John Farrow
The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen - Victoria Alexander
Wen (VLG) (Volume 6) - Laurann Dohner,Kelli Collins,Dar Albert
Trackers 2: The Hunted (Trackers series, Book 2) - Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Cavanaugh Standoff (Cavanaugh Justice) - Marie Ferrarella
Rich People Problems: A Novel - Kevin Kwan

I highlighted a few; see https://www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar for full list.

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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