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text 2018-12-11 22:12
Reading progress update: I've listened 365 out of 542 minutes.
The Devotion of Suspect X - Keigo Higashino,David Pittu

Oh, I'm cringing. Ishigami is a genius mathematician who, for various reasons, had to settle for a job as a high school math teacher, and he's really not dealing well with it right now. I suspect his students are going to fail their second makeup test. Will it be enough to make even Ishigami, whose college nickname was "the Buddha," snap?

 

ETA: And, seconds later, he comes up with a solution to the situation that I would not have expected from him. Huh.

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text 2018-12-10 21:42
Reading progress update: I've listened 114 out of 542 minutes.
The Devotion of Suspect X - Keigo Higashino,David Pittu

Usually, when a guy likes a woman, he brings her flowers, asks her out on a date, gives her compliments, etc. Ishigami offered to help the woman he liked cover up a murder. I thought at first that he might have a secret life as an assassin because of how matter-of-fact he was about his offer, but he's really just a math teacher.

 

I'm curious to see where this goes. Readers know who the killer is, why she did it, what Ishigami's motive was for helping her, and a little of what he did to help her cover things up. Now the question seems to be "Will the cops manage to figure everything out?" Ishigami seems like the kind of guy whose Plan B would involve him being accused of the man's murder instead of Yasuko.

 

I didn't realize when I requested this that it was the third book in a series. So far that seems to not be an issue.

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text 2018-12-03 20:54
Reading progress update: I've listened 132 out of 602 minutes.
Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) - Patricia Briggs,Holter Graham

"Samuel's eyes climbed to the top of his forehead."

 

LOL. It's like they're little critters.

 

This kind of thing isn't generally one of my pet peeves, but updates from folks like Grim (I think?) and others made me more aware of it.

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text 2018-12-03 18:15
Reading progress update: I've listened 130 out of 602 minutes.
Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) - Patricia Briggs,Holter Graham

I ended up relistening to a lot of the stuff I listened to on Saturday since for some reason the audiobook didn't sync, but it's not a big deal since I've enjoyed most of it. I wouldn't mind it if the entire book were devoted to Anna adjusting to living with Charles and his pack and Anna and Charles adjusting to each other. Unfortunately, I know that it'll soon be time for the rogue werewolf portion of the story.

 

One thing about Charles that I now realize showed up a bit in the short story as well: Native American fetishism. Anna actually thinks of Charles as exotic-looking at one point.

 

Oh, and we get one of the things I tend to dislike in romance: a character noticing the hotness of another character while that other character is either unconscious or badly injured. Usually it's a male character noticing the hotness of a female character, but in this case it's Anna reacting to Charles while she's trying to patch up his bullet wound. Anna did acknowledge that it was an awful thing to be thinking about at that particular moment, and it was at least partly due to her wolf's reaction to Charles (although you'd think Anna's wolf would be a bit more worried about Charles bleeding all over the place). But it was still gross. Briggs could have found a better time to bring up how good Charles looks and how attractive Anna finds him.

 

Edit: Oh, and I just wanted to add that I loathe the cover. The colors are nice, but the artist's interpretation of Anna is crap. Overdrive only shows a portion of the cover while streaming it, and of course that portion is mostly Anna's cleavage.

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text 2018-12-01 23:46
Reading progress update: I've read 66 out of 320 pages.
Game Slaves - Gard Skinner

At some point in this story, Phoenix and his team got to know Dakota well enough to sit with her and comfort her as she tried to deal with the realization that she's just a computer program (not really a spoiler since they've all referred to themselves as NPCs since the beginning).

 

The problem: readers weren't invited to any of that. We somehow jumped from Phoenix finding Dakota's freakouts during battle annoying to Dakota learning how to fit in more with the team without any of it ever showing up on-page. As a result, this whole crying and hugging scene just comes across as weird and out-of-character.

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