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review 2018-01-18 18:40
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty #LianeMoriarty
Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

A mind blowing surprise. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty surpassed all my expectations!


I won a print copy and the Blu Ray DVD of the HBO series from Beth Fish Reads and HBO. Thanks so much for the great giveaway.


Big Little Lies

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I won a print copy and a Blu Ray DVD of the HBO series of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I haven’t watched the DVD yet, but I can hardly wait.


I was totally blown away by Big Little Lies. I thought I would enjoy reading it, but I had no idea I would laugh my way through my anticipation of who will die and who will be the one who did it.


The characters run the gamut, from overpowering to meek. Their personalities are big, even those who try to stay in the background. The women could be my friends and by the time I got done reading I felt like they were.


Big Little Lies is really about the ladies, and I use that term loosely. I must say that Madeline is my favorite. If you ever need a friend who is loyal and true, Madeline fits the bill. Her mouth is big, but so is her heart, and she backs down to no one.


I was quickly drawn in and flipped the pages as fast as I could read them.


All I can say about Liane Moriarty is…she is now on my radar and I will be looking for more of her work.

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review 2018-01-18 13:48
Soupcon of Poison
A Soupçon of Poison: Kat Holloway Victorian Mysteries (Kat Holloway Below Stairs Mysteries) - Ashley Gardner,Jennifer Ashley

Author: Jennifer Ashley 

Series: Below Stair Mystery .5

Rating: 3.5 stars


This novella is the start to Jennifer Ashley's new historical mystery series.   


In case you don't know, Jennifer Ashley aka Ashley Gardner also writes The Captain Lacey Mysteries. I have raved about the Lacey mysteries since I began reading them a couple of years ago.


This new series, called the Below Stairs series, has been picked up by Berkeley and the first book Death Below Stairs came out on January 2nd of this year.


Death Below Stairs (A Below Stairs Mystery) by [Ashley, Jennifer]


I am excited to read it, especially after finishing this novella. In it, we meet Kat Holloway. She is a cook who becomes entangled in a mystery when her employer dies after eating a dinner she has prepared. Holloway sets about trying to clear her name. To help her, there is a young boy named James and his patron Daniel- a swoon-worthy addition to the cast and obvious love interest. Make no mistake, Daniel and his past are the true mystery here. I like how Ashley develops his character, dropping hints as to his background. I have an idea of what might be going on with him as he's definitely not what he appears to be, but I'm not sure and can't wait to read the first book to get more information. 


The mystery was decent - not her best after reading so many of the Lacey books, but it was a nice introduction to the characters and made me want more.



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Withered + Sere (Immemorial Year #1) by T.J. Klune

Once upon a time, humanity could no longer contain the rage that swelled within, and the world ended in a wave of fire. 

One hundred years later, in the wasteland formerly known as America, a broken man who goes only by the name of Cavalo survives. Purposefully cutting himself off from what remains of civilization, Cavalo resides in the crumbling ruins of the North Idaho Correctional Institution. A mutt called Bad Dog and a robot on the verge of insanity comprise his only companions. Cavalo himself is deteriorating, his memories rising like ghosts and haunting the prison cells. 

It’s not until he makes the dangerous choice of crossing into the irradiated Deadlands that Cavalo comes into contact with a mute psychopath, one who belongs to the murderous group of people known as the Dead Rabbits. Taking the man prisoner, Cavalo is forced not only to face the horrors of his past, but the ramifications of the choices made for his stark present. And it is in the prisoner that he will find a possible future where redemption is but a glimmer that darkly shines. 

The world has died. 

This is the story of its remains.

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text 2018-01-18 08:23
Reading progress update: I've read 108 out of 400 pages.
The Midnight Line - Lee Child

Jack Reacher got dumped. No surprise there. Not a lot of women could be a drifter like him.


So, he kind of drifted again. And while he is on the road, he came across a West Point ring, woman's size.


So instead of reflecting on why he got dumped and how he could improve his situation, he is now focus on who this ring belonged to and why this is on sale in a pawn shop.


That led him to a thief, then another. 


The start is good. Reacher is a bit more mature, but not quite. 


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review 2018-01-18 01:44
Special Libraries: A Survival Guide - Toby Pearlstein,James M Matarazzo


I have like 90% of my reading for one class done.   Not gonna worry about the rest for now.   Onto my seven hundred page monster for my next class - and by that I mean the class that comes next chronologically in the week. 


Monday/online only with a face-to-face next Monday?   Done.


Programming is Tuesday in the morning and then archives Tuesday afternoon.   I'm going to sleep in a half hour but should have more of starting out with Python done by then.   I'm also going to turn some skeins into balls while I do this. 


Onto the actual book.   


Boring.   So dry.   


And yet, the actual ways that special libraries work is fascinating.   Sometimes there's no way to go 'hey, statistics, and holy cheeseballs we need more statistics stat' without being dry - or 'hey, lol, so many less special libraries now so good luck getting those jobs!!!!1!!!' without being a bit alarmist.   


Necessary work, but comparing it to the archives reading on how James Joyce estate liked suing the shit out of everyone, or how Pinochet was a complete bastard and archives helped, or how the US government was a complete bastard about surveillance and Puerto Rico and how archives helped, or how Iraq's archival material was stolen, and hey, can they have that shit back so it can help them?   It was just a matter of taking a deep breath, going, 'hey, guess what, you need to know this,' and forcing myself to finish.   Yes, forcing myself, and this is a four star.   Because as boring as this might have been, it was eye opening, necessary, and incredibly well written.   Could this have been, say, funnier?   Sure.   It could have, but it would have undercut a lot of the importance.   And the authors did go for humor, when it proved their point, when it was necessary, and when it didn't undercut their point.  


I honestly can't see anyone writing this and balancing the needs and doing it better.   So knocking off one star, because I didn't connect with the material as much as I'd hoped, and giving it four stars for being the necessary book it had to be. 


And hey, I'm almost 100% sure that I'm not supposed to be on a special libraries track based on this book - but that's not a dig at special libraries or librarians.   They do essential work.  I'm just not suited to a corporate library, which says more about the fact that they have needs, I have a certain personality and, hey, their needs and my personality have conflicts.   Other people have different personalities - not better, or worse, just different - that would make them go 'oh, hells yes, this is for me'.  


But I'm also almost 100% sure that I will get vital knowledge from this class, based on this book, and I'm going to put that to good use when I end up where I need to be!

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