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text 2017-04-30 04:53
Reading progress update: I've read 54 out of 217 pages.
Baccano!, Vol. 1: The Rolling Bootlegs - Ryohgo Narita

Notes so far:

 

- Looks like the anime was a pretty faithful adaptation. The main differences so far are the framing scene (a modern day Japanese man talking to an immortal, instead of a 1930s reporter talking to a little girl) and a few details in the panhandler scene.

 

- This book is almost entirely dialogue. 

 

- The translation/writing is rough. Readable, but some parts are unnecessarily confusing and everyone's dialogue feels about the same. I expected this, but it's still a shame.

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text 2017-04-29 16:49
Reading progress update: I've read 352 out of 352 pages.
Against the Paw - Diane Kelly

Finished! Which means I finally get to move on in Booklikes-opoly. I'm so far behind some of you.

 

This was...okay. Not bad, but it didn't leave me with a desire to hunt down more books in the series. I'm not sure I'd personally consider it a cozy mystery, either, despite how it's been tagged or marketed. I'll probably be giving this 3 stars. Which reminds me, I have yet to review any of my Booklikes-opoly reads. I should probably get on that...

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text 2017-04-24 04:07
Reading progress update: I've read 194 out of 352 pages.
Against the Paw - Diane Kelly

I like that nothing ever seems to work out for the peeping tom, aside from the fact that he hasn't been caught yet. He's had his peeping ruined by a spray of water directly on his crotch, real women don't all wear sexy lingerie and nighties like the women in his fantasies, and even his attempt at phone sex failed miserably.

 

If this guy could get caught and the gross misogynistic cop could get fired, I'd be happy. I have a feeling I'm going to have to settle for just the first one of those two, though.

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text 2017-04-23 20:26
Reading progress update: I've read 160 out of 352 pages.
Against the Paw - Diane Kelly

Blast is Megan's boyfriend's bomb sniffing dog. Brigit is Megan's K-9 partner. Brigit is supposedly on a diet but has so far eaten more on-page in this one book than many human characters eat on-page in an entire series. And now we have this:

 

"Brigit and Blast polished off the box of crackers in two minutes flat. Remembering that she'd been chastised before for eating people food without permission, Brigit decided it would be best to eliminate the evidence, so she ate the cardboard box, too.

 

Not bad. Not bad at all."

 

Okay, so the dog POV bits have been mostly worthless in terms of what they contribute to the mystery (the one exception could easily have been handled by the peeping tom POV that came right after it), but this made me laugh. I'm glad the tone of the book has been pretty light though (other than the creeper POV), or I'd worry more about Brigit accidentally poisoning herself.

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text 2017-04-22 18:04
Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 352 pages.
Against the Paw - Diane Kelly

I've been having a little trouble with Booklikes this morning. Crossing my fingers that it doesn't get worse.

 

Anyway, this book. I'm iffy about it so far, for a few reasons.

 

- I'm not sure I like Megan. She has some annoying blind spots. I raised an eyebrow at a bit about traffic tickets (I don't think it's a stretch to think that a traffic ticket that has typos and other errors might be incorrect in other respects, but Megan feels otherwise). Also, one of her fellow cops is a disgusting sexist pig who is protected by the fact that he happens to be friends with the chief of police. Rather than be angry that this connection is what's protecting the slimeball, she's just disgusted with the slimeball and relieved that she wasn't fired when she tased him (!!!) for making particularly disgusting suggestive comments when they were partners.

 

- The author uses 3 POVs. First person for Megan, third person for the dog, and third person for the peeping tom. I'm worried about the potential for the dog POV to be too cutesy, but so far there hasn't been enough dog POV for that to be a problem. I have issues with Megan's POV, like I said, but think it's probably a good thing that her sections are in first person - I'd be more annoyed with some of her blind spots if they were present in third person narration. As for the "killer peeping tom" POV, I was not expecting that in a cozy mystery. :-/

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