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review 2018-01-16 05:18
Lie With Me
Lie With Me: the gripping Richard & Judy bestseller - a perfect summer read - Sabine Durrant

O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive! - Walter Scott. A great quote that sums up a not so great story. Paul, the main character and narrator of this tale, has to be one of the most unlikable characters that I've ever come across. He's arrogant, womanizing, lazy, manipulative, and deceitful. I came to the conclusion pretty quickly that we aren't actually supposed to like Paul, and that's okay, but there needs to be something that pulls a reader in and gives them a reason to want to know what happens to a character like that. Not only was that key element missing, but I didn't find a single character in this book to be remotely likable. The story crawls along at a snail's pace until the very end. Then, we get a big twist and an almost conclusion. Sadly, I couldn't find it in me by that point to care one way or another what might happen to our hapless narrator. The subtitle on this one claims " the gripping bestseller and suspense read of the year," which rather suits the general theme of this tale. In fact, the only thing that kept me reading was my own OCD-like penchant for being unable to leave a book unfinished. 

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review 2018-01-10 18:53
My eighty-sixth podcast is up!
Lincoln’s Sense of Humor - Richard Carwardine

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interviewed Richard Carwardine about his excellent book examining the role humor played in Abraham Lincoln's life (which I reviewed here). Enjoy!

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review 2018-01-04 14:28
A look at more than a crime
People Who Eat Darkness: The True Story of a Young Woman Who Vanished from the Streets of Tokyo--and the Evil That Swallowed Her Up - Richard Lloyd Parry

Parry's book looks at the murder of a young British hostess, but also at the cultures that led to such a murder as well as the effect of the murder on the family.  In many cases, it is easy to find a side a champion, at least in terms of a family that is broken (the victim's parents were divorced).  It is to Parry's credit that he doesn't take sides, that he takes a step and examines the role fo media and how people view survivors.  

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review 2018-01-03 21:56
Good Story to Listen to
The Christmas Mystery: A Detective Luc M... The Christmas Mystery: A Detective Luc Moncrief Mystery (BookShots) - James Patterson,Richard DiLallo

I borrowed the audio version of this story because I am trying to work on handcrafted items (a blanket for my nephew, a hat for a friend's son, etc). I also cannot have the tv on during the day hours because the kids would not do school work because they are too busy watching tv. I assign the work and then they are to do the work and I check the work (later that night before I go to bed). 

 

Luc Moncrief is a Frenchman who is a detective in New York. He and his partner Kay Burke are called right before Christmas to solve the murder of a socialite Baby D. Moncrief notices that the paintings are forgeries, but just before they can collect them and have them tested, they are taken from the apartment, that was guarded by police. 

 

Then they try something else and Moncrief follows the driver that he thinks is to blame for the missing artwork. They also go to Paris, France where Moncrief's father has just died. He wants to see a report on his father's death and is told that there isn't one. 

 

On the whole, it was two mysteries and two good stories. I enjoyed the audio and may borrow the book at a later time to actually read it for myself. 

 

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text 2018-01-02 18:45
December 2017 Round-Up
The Ghost Club: Newly Found Tales of Victorian Terror - William Meikle
Everybody's Fool: A novel - Richard Russo
Slade House: A Novel - David Mitchell
The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir - Maude Julien,Adriana Hunter
Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers - Joe R. Lansdale
Wrestle Maniacs - Duncan P. Bradshaw,Jeff Strand,Werner Leins,Eryk Pruitt,Jason Parent,Gabino Iglesias,Adam Howe,David James Keaton,James R. Newman,Katherine Kurtz
Chasing Ghosts - Glenn Rolfe
The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit - Michael Finkel
March (Book One) - Andrew Aydin,Nate Powell,John Robert Lewis
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

I read 18 books during the month of December!

 

Audio Books:

 

Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan

Everybody's Fool by Richard Russo

The Devil's Own Work by Alan Judd (actually read in August, but forgot to add!)

Slade House by David Mitchell

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel

 

Total: 5

 

ARCS

 

 

Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They Inspired

The Ghost Club by William Meikle

Artemis by Andy Weir

The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers

Green by Sam Graham-Felsen

Cemetery Dance Select: Michael Marshall Smith

 

Total: 7

 

Reads for Review

 

Chasing Ghosts by Glenn Rolfe

Wrestle Maniacs (anthology)

 

Random Reads

 

The Walking Dead (Book 13) by Robert Kirkman

March Book One: by John Lewis

The Wicked + The Divine Book One: The Faust Act

Scrooge and Marley by Kurt Hollenbach

READING CHALLENGES

 

Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge: 

(Horror Aficionados Group on Goodreads)

Goal: Read 40 books I already own in 2017 

 

January Count: 1

February Count: 2 

March and April Count: 0

May: 2 (Boo! and The Well)

June & July: 0

August: 1 The Talented Mr. Ripley

September: 1  Carter & Lovecraft

October: 0 (But had LOTS of fun with Halloween Bingo!)

November: 0

December: 0

Running Count: 7

 

As you can see this was a massive fail! I've challenged myself to the same number of books I already own in 2018. Hopefully I'll be more successful this time around!

 

Graphic Novel Challenge:

(Paced Reading Group on GR)

Goal: Read 25 Graphic novels in 2017 

 

January count: 5

February count: 2

March count: 5

April count: 5

May count: 3

June count: 4

July count: 4

August count: 5

September: 1

October: 1

November: 0

December: 3

 

Final Count: 38!

Challenge Met!

 

I plan to read a TON of graphic novels in 2018 but I'm not formalizing it with a challenge. 

 

Thanks to Booklikes for creating this place which it makes it so easy to make friends with fellow readers! Happy Reading in 2018 everyone!

 

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