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review 2016-12-13 17:31
Crime Plus Music: Twenty Stories of Music-Themed Noir by Jim Fusilli
Crime Plus Music: The Sounds of Noir: An Anthology of Music-Based Noir - Jim Fusilli,Craig Johnson,David Liss,Val McDermid,Alison Gaylin,Reed Farrel Coleman,Brendan DuBois,Willy Vlautin,Peter Blauner,Naomi Rand,Mark Haskell Smith,Erica Wright,Gary Phillips,Peter Robinson,Galadrielle Allman,Zoë Sharp

Modern life seems to have a soundtrack for everything. Even crime.

CRIME + MUSIC: The Sounds of Noir, collects twenty darkly intense, music-related noir stories by world-renowned mystery authors Brendan DuBois, Alison Gaylin, Craig Johnson, David Liss, Val McDermid, Gary Phillips, Peter Robinson and, from the music world, Galadrielle Allman, author of Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman and award-winning songwriter-novelist Willy Vlautin. Edited by novelist and Wall Street Journal rock and pop music critic Jim Fusilli.

The lively anthology’s chilling, sinister tales tap into the span of rock and pop history, ranging from Peter Blauner’s heart-wrenching “The Last Temptation of Frankie Lymon” to Fusilli’s “Boy Wonder,” set in the world of contemporary electronic dance music; from Naomi Rand’s “The Misfits,” a punk-rock revenge saga to Mark Haskell Smith’s menacingly comedic “1968 Pelham Blue SG Jr.”; from Reed Farrel Coleman’s study of a one-hit wonder, “Look at Me/Don’t Look at Me” to Erica Wright’s account of betrayal among minor talents in “A Place You’re Likely to Find”—and many more.


In the hands of these modern masters of mystery fiction, CRIME + MUSIC exposes the nasty side of the world of popular music, revealing it to be the perfect setting for noir.


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The biggest reason for me to reading this collection of short stories was that a story by Craig Johnson was included. Unfortunately, it was a story I had already read and not a favorite short story of mine. But, re-reading made me like it better this time. Many of the names in this book were unknown to me, besides Craig Johnson have I previous read books by Alison Gaylin, Val McDermid, and Peter Robinson. So, I was curious to see which stories would work for me. And, I'm really pleased to say that most of the stories in this book were good. Only one or two did not completely work for me, the rest was enjoyable to read.

The big drawback, for me, was so many of the stories was interesting, but I would have loved to read them as full-length novels instead. So many of them had potentials, but often I felt that because of the length did they not really have time to develop the story and its characters. However, what I really liked was that this collection has me a chance to discover several new authors that I want to read more from.

I want to mention some of my favorite stories in this collection. For instance, Played by Death by Bill Fitzhugh is one that I would love to see as a full-length book. A serial killer that stages the victim's death to evoke the title of a classic rock song. That's just awesome! Earworms by Zoe Sharp is also pretty cool. Torture through music, with a twist. Another one is The Last Temptation of Frankie Lymon by Peter Blaunder. This one does not really feel like a crime novella, but it's good. The kind of story when, despite being so short you start to care for the character and its characters. Finally The Blackbird by Peter Robinson. That story just grabbed my attention, so tragic, so good!

I want to thank Three Rooms Press for providing me with a free copy through Edelweiss for an honest review!

Contributor Bio(s)

Jim Fusilli is the author of eight novels. He also serves as the rock and pop music critic of The Wall Street Journal and is the founder of ReNewMusic.net, a music website for grownups. He lives in New York City.

Craig Johnson is a award-winning, NY Times Bestselling author, best known for his Walt Longmire mystery series, which has garnered popular and critical acclaim, and was adapted for a TV series on A&E. He lives in Ucross, WY.

David Liss is a bestselling American novels and essayist, best known for his historical-mystery work including the Edgar Award-winning A Conspiracy of Paper, A Spectacle of Corruption, and The Whiskey Rebels. He lives in San Antonio.

Val McDermid is a Scottish crime writer, best known for a series of suspense novels featuring Dr. Tony Hill. She lives in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland.

Alison Gaylin is the author of the Edgar-nominated thriller Hide Your Eyes and its sequel, You Kill Me; the standalones Trashed and Heartless; and the Brenna Spector series:And She Was (winner of the Shamus Award), Into the Dark, and the Edgar-nominated Stay with Me. She lives in Woodstock, NY.
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review 2016-11-11 21:40
Alphabet Quack
Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack - Doreen Cronin,Betsy Lewin

The entire book goes over the alphabet using very descriptive nouns. I would want to get my class to read this book while learning the alphabet. I would get my students to tell me what sound each letter makes. I would also get them to stop at each letter and tell me another noun that start with the certain letter we were on. I could also introduce nouns to the class. I would tell them this would be a person, place, or thing. It would be a very simple lesson about nouns so they did not get confused.

 

Intended Audience/Grade Level: Kindergarten.

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review 2016-06-30 13:14
Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music - Anna Beer

For anyone interested in music and/or feminism, this is a must-read. Covering the lives and composition of eight forgotten composers, the author draws clear and compelling portraits of the women and the societies in which they lived.

 

All eight women have in common the fact that they had to work harder than men, keep their music in the bounds of what was acceptable to society and juggle family obligations. It is both sad and infuriating that even in our "enlightened" days, Clara Schumann is known as someone's wife, and none of the other composers are much remembered at all.

 

We have a long way to go, baby.

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quote 2015-10-24 21:26
Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar.

~ Cornelia Funke, Inkspell

Source: bibliophileanon.tumblr.com/post/131816996117/isnt-it-odd-how-much-fatter-a-book-gets-when
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text 2015-09-11 05:54
NetGalley Haul: Week of 9/7/2015
Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song - Sara Bareilles
True Yoga: Practicing With the Yoga Sutras for Happiness & Spiritual Fulfillment - Jennie Lee
Academy Girls - Nora Carroll
Surviving Ice: A Novel (The Burying Water Series) - K.A. Tucker
NEED - Joelle Charbonneau
First Time with a Highlander (Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands) - Gwyn Cready
Romancing the Dark in the City of Light: A Novel - Ann Jacobus
Six Feet Over It - Jennifer Longo
Conjured - Sarah Beth Durst
The Devil's Only Friend (John Cleaver) - Dan Wells

I haven't done one of these posts in a while, but I figure I'd try to highlight some of the potential reads I'm looking forward to perusing in the coming weeks/months as I've been approved for them on NetGalley.  Granted, I think I might do something a bit differently than what I've been doing in the past because at one point, this was just a showcase of covers and just the mention of the titles and such that I'm going to read.

 

But I want to be a little more involved than that.  Maybe add some commentary?  Tell people why I requested it?  Feature the premise and react to it?  There are probably a number of things that I can do, but I'm going to limit the list to ten, and then maybe to give myself a bit more of a goal, give an ETA of when exactly I'll be reading them.  That should also give a gauge when I'll be posting a review for them.

 

Part of the reason for this is because I have so many ARCs now it's something I want to start paring down and set a goal to get somewhere close to 100% (Right now, that's kind of a far cry and not something I'll be able to accomplish by the end of the year, but I do read fast - I mentioned I can read a 250 page book in an hour and a half or two, but that's if I'm focused and I'm not dead tired by the end of the day from doing other things - like the day job, like writing on my WIPs - which I'm still trying to get just one project finished despite the three I planned for this year, like marathoning shows on Netflix or Hulu - heh. :) )  I mean, I'll be very lucky to get close to 70% by the end of the year.  I don't know if it'll happen, but I can do my best.  And I've got NaNoWriMo to think about in the scheme of that.

 

That said, here's the haul for this week's ten featured titles, 7 of them are newer approvals, and the rest are ones that have been archived for a while - I think I might keep to that system.  So as to not clutter up anyone's feed, I'll do this once a week. However many books I finish in a week will vary (some weeks I finish a book or two a day on average, some I'm lucky just to get a book or two in for the week if I'm listening to them on audio).

 

Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song - Sara Bareilles 

 

Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song by Sara Bareilles

Publisher: Simon and Schuester

Release Date: October 6th, 2015

Rose's Read Date: Week of September 14th

 

I love Sara Bareilles.  I think I knew from the moment I heard her album "Little Voice" that it would be one that made an impact (and later my sister told me "How the heck do you know/hear this stuff so far ahead of time?"  Comes with being somewhat passionate about media in general, whether it's books, movies, music or otherwise.)  I attended my first concert of hers last year just before my 30th birthday during her Little Black Dress tour. (Best birthday present ever!)  So I'm definitely interested in hearing about her musical journey and life thus far.  I'm not sure what to expect, but then again, she's full of surprises, and a fun personality at that. :)

 

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