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review 2018-03-22 01:48
Storm Front - Jim Butcher

It started off slow, got really good around the middle and then fizzled out at the end. I did like Harry but I think the way his character was written, was not enough to draw me into his world. When the murderer was revealed, I just shrugged as there was no investment for me. There was not enough explanation of how wizards came to be, the White Council, his guardian Morgan, Harry's supposed crimes, etc. I know this is the first book in the series but it left too many unanswered questions. I may read the second book, but I'm in no great hurry.

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text 2018-03-21 01:12
Reading progress update: I've read 74%.
Storm Front - Jim Butcher

Things have definitely picked up, though I don't feel I was given enough background into Harry for me to feel fully invested in his plight. 

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text 2018-03-19 02:38
Reading progress update: I've read 27%.
Storm Front - Jim Butcher

This isn't interesting to me right now. I really hope it gets better.

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review 2018-02-28 23:39
The Front Runner - Patricia Nell Warren

“The angel of death had cruised him. Death, that hustler, that last lover.”


Published between the era of Leave it to Beaver and Father Knows Best, and the AIDS crisis, The Front Runner is a very blunt and honest look at homosexuality in the world of American sports, circa 1975. By its time’s standards — as well as the current day — this book is progressive; the ideas are daring, the revelations unflinching. The front cover calls it “controversial” and “unusual” and “as moving as any love story ever written.” I would agree with all those descriptors. What is this novel? It is a tragedy.


The first person narrator is a college track coach quickly entering middle age. In the fall of ‘74 he received three candidates for his team — three boys kicked out of their previous school for their homosexuality. He, the coach, being gay himself, takes them under his wing; a romantic relationship between he and one of the boys soon develops.


This book is almost certain to make any reader a little uncomfortable; good literature does that. This challenges every societal norm of its time and even some that are still in place today. While a bit excessively dated at times (some of the male characters are a bit too chauvinistic for my tastes), this story can be enjoyed by modern audiences. The pacing, too, is an issue — the middle is a bit of a slog, at times — but the noteworthy beginning and extraordinarily written finale more than make up for it.



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review 2017-12-19 15:49
Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture
Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture - Andy Cohen
I Picked Up This Book Because: I didn’t know this book existed so of course I had to listen once I discovered it.

I would like to be friends with Andy Cohen. He lives such a fabulous life and has such great stories. I loved hearing about his beginnings at CBS and his endless love for Oprah and Susan Lucci. We also hear about his time at Trio and of course Bravo. I really enjoyed it all.

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4 Stars
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