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text 2019-10-20 01:18
Catwoman, Vol. 1: Copycats - Laura Allred,Joëlle Jones,Fernando Blanco

As expected of Catwoman, she has a lot of cats. 5 of those cats are on the cover, but none of them are black. However, many more of her cats are in the pages of Catwoman, Vol. 1: Copycats, and several of them are black. I'm using the book for the Black Cat square.





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text 2019-08-25 10:27
The Last, My First, in a Lengthy Series
Two Kinds of Truth - Michael Connelly

Hieronymus Bosch (fifteenth century Dutch artist) is also a great name for a detective with the San Fernando police department and yet I come late to the Bosch phenomenon. Twenty one novels (so far) in the series by Michael Connelly and apparently one of the most watched original TV series on Amazon Prime (in its third season), somehow it had not penetrated the ‘Burfo-bubble’. So, I am indebted to an enlightened friend who loaned me his copy of “Two Kinds of Truth” (Intriguingly the latest in the series, published in 2017), as a useful start point. It proved a good call. Part murder mystery, part thriller, part courtroom drama, the novel galloped along like a Grisham/Baldacci mash-up. Still, Michael Connelly is clearly a skilled storyteller, with an eye for character that makes the eponymous ‘Harry’ Bosch an interesting, if somewhat enigmatic hero.

On this occasion Bosch straddles two investigations. A double homicide at a pharmacy will flare outwards from being local murders, to a symptom of wider organized crime and a challenge to the integrity of a historic case, which saw the detective allegedly consign an innocent man to fifteen years on death row. Thus, jeopardy to life and reputation rains down on Bosch, who must protect both victims and himself from the drenching impact of powerful malign forces.

A former police reporter for the Los Angeles Times, the author utilizes a knowledge of criminal justice process and a journalistic nose for the sensational, to repeatedly hook the reader. But, while the dual plot is exciting and moves along at a breathless pace, it also provides some useful space to ponder Bosch the man and his selfless dedication to a very personal cause. I thoroughly enjoyed this very American novel. However, in what is a fairly crowded genre, for me, it is the central character that makes it stand apart. That I am minded to go back to the beginning of the book series is perhaps testament to some fine writing and my friend’s impeccable taste.

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review 2019-01-05 00:33
Standard but Creative
Creature Cops: Special Varmint Unit - Rob Anderson,Fernando Melek,Novo Malgapo

The storyline is pretty standard, though the two women supporting characters get far more time than the men supporting characters.  The main character is male.  It is about a police like SPCA that has to deal with hybrid animals.  It is the animals where the book is most creative.  The plot is pretty standard but most of the characters are poc.

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review 2018-11-04 09:14
Time-Retarded Fields: "The Patchwork Girl" by Larry Niven
The Patchwork Girl - Fernando Fernández,Larry Niven

(Original Review, 1980-04-03)

I just read this book by Niven; it looks new (first printing April 1980), and features Gil the ARM. Standard Niven with some new psychic hand abilities. (Would you believe searching in a hologram like dowsing over a map). Also, another laser murder, however nothing so creative as the one where the light originated in a time-retarded field. One thing he never explains - why are lunar ("Lunie") courts so quick to mete out justice?



If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-09-23 03:09
Good Book and Characters
Breaching the Contract (The Conflict of Interest Series Book 1) - Chantal Fernando

Jaxon Bentley is one of the top criminal lawyers in the country and he had hired Katerina /Kat is an associate at his firm. Getting an associate position at Bentley and Chenning - one of the best law firms around in a highly coveted job. They had never hired and associate right out of law school before Jaxon said he hoped Kat was ready as the job would test all her limits and everything she had studied over the last few years. Then Jaxon handed her a file and said it was the Curtis case and he told Kat he wanted her to learn everything about it, top to bottom because the case would be her baby, and she was going to help him win it. Then Kat thought how how she had just passed the passed the bar and she had a case handed to her. But she was both excited and scared. This was everything Kat had been preparing for. This was not something Kat was going to fail at. Jaxon warned Kat that they did things a little different there. Kat won’t have a secretary so she will be responsible for drafting her own briefs and correspondence.Yvonne was the office secretary can help you with that are urgent. They also had an intern Callin who can help with any legal research she may need done. He added this may seem like a lot of work but now she was working his cases with him and at the moment Jaxon only had a few  clients since they were high profile, Then when she was in the office she asked Jaxon if there was anything else he wanted her to do besides study the case and he said yes research he needed her to do and by some he meant a lot. Kat’s past only fueled Kat’s hunger to succeed. This was where Kat was meant to be and she gets right to work. When Kat was walking back from grabbing a quick sandwich she sees a man’s wallet drop on the floor and Kat picks it up and he is on the phone and she waits till he is done.with his call and taps him . But he ignores her the first time but she taps him a second time with more force and she then she says “ excuse me Sir. and he says yes but not in a friendly way and then Kat says you lost your wallet . He checked his pocket as if he can’t believe his wallet fell out of his pocket and then says thank you and Kat turns to leave and he says “wait - thank you”. Then he explains today was not his day and then he holds out his hand says his name is Tristan . Kat is doing well with Jaxon’s guidance but then he goes on emergence leave as there is a family emergency. Tristan is a widower and has two kids so also a single dad. Kat is left to fend for herself without Jaxon but then Tristan lets her know he us Jaxon’s partner and she is under him until Jaxon returns. Kat is attracted to Tristan and he to her. But he doesn’t want to do anything about the attraction. Tristan doesn’t work with Kat like Jaxon did, He treated her more like an intern than an associate. Having her do coffee runs and even pick his kids up at school and babysit them. Tristan is trying to avoid Kat.

I had mixed feelings on this book .If it were still summer   I would say this was a drama and angst free short read.- about 120 pages. This was a fast paced read. I loved that Kat was sweet to Tristan’s kids. But I do think it was above and beyond Kat’s job description to have to pick up Tristan’s children and babysit them but that is just my opinion and he is a partner. But she did remain professional when given a interns errands. Jaxon actually used her as an associate. It annoyed me that there was drama at the end instead of throughout the book. This was a pretty good read but not a great read so as you can see I had mixed feelings.

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