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review 2017-12-03 17:26
Just Above Meh, Not Worth My time
Smart and Sexy - Jill Shalvis


I'm not loving this, it's above meh. There seems to be a bit of story and a lot of groping, rubbing and ridiculous running for you lives without a damn answer to why. Really who would run from bullets without and explanation for this chick ????? Not one of her better books. Now, do I DNF it and try another of do I continue with meh+ ? I DNF, my time is worth more than this. No more meh sandwiches 

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review 2017-12-03 02:19
Fresh familiar and lesser-known fairytale retellings with a focus on interiority
Brave Red, Smart Frog: A New Book of Old Tales - Rohan Daniel Eason,Emily Jenkins

Disclaimer: reviewing an uncorrected proof/eARC via NetGalley.

This covers some well-known (Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, Snow White) and lesser-known fairytales with the author's unique spin and a sketched piece of artwork heading each tale. The author's notes suggest that she focused on motivation, which jives with my impression that these retellings are a little more focused on character motivation and interiority than some traditional versions, with perhaps a splash of feminism/female initiative. I did enjoy them, but placed alongside recent retellings-with-a-twist/twisted fairytales like Ransom Riggs's and Leigh Bardugo's, they come across a little bland. The language is not particularly gripping or lyrical (not picture-book style), and with one illustration heading each tale, it's not a child's bedtime book. However, as kids lit/MG, they're a nicely rounded-out variation.

I'd have liked to see more of a storybook-format with more illustrations for child readers (& those of us who just enjoy the pictures~~), but generally a nice edition.

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review 2017-09-24 02:13
Beyond Heaving Bosoms Mini-Review/reaction
Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels - Candy Tan,Sarah Wendell

I'd been wanting to read BHB for a long time now as I'm a fan of the Smart Bitches Trashy Books website and especially the podcast (SPTB). It absolutely met my expectations: snarky observations, hilarious critique, and a deep love for the romance genre. It was so funny. I'm working on ways to add "humperate" to my vocabulary.

 

The book feels like an in-depth conversation with a good friend who loves romance. It's honest, at times painfully so, especially when discussing the problematic history of the genre. I loved the discussion of old school covers--that even the weather was tempestuous.

 

Highly Recommend.

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review 2017-09-23 23:29
Carpe Jugulum - Terry Pratchett
Carpe Jugulum - Terry Pratchett

  I've only read this one once before, and that ten years ago, so I didn't remember much, and didn't remember the Mac Mac Feeble were in it. And Greebo. Plus the whole Omnian question, and the christening. A delight, but by no means a simple one. Is there another writer who makes me feel so kindly toward other people? Dickens, Austen, Vonnegut all appeal to the same part of my brain, but none of them puts me in such charity with humanity, although Christmas Carol comes a close second.

 

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