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text 2017-09-20 04:27
Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 97 pages.
The Dark Victorian: Risen Volume One - Elizabeth Watasin

Done, except for an excerpt of the next work in the series.


I'm going to have to think about my final rating for this. At the moment, I'm debating between 2.5 and 3 stars. Something about Watasin's writing didn't work for me - I often found myself having to reread passages because I had trouble following what was going on, and I kept forgetting the characters who weren't Art or Jim. The world and characters felt like they were stuffed into a container too small for them, but I did at least find them intriguing, enough that I'm tempted to give the next work in the series a shot, despite my issues with this first one. It's four times longer, which might be a good thing if Watasin does better with longer works, or it could end up being a slog.


Well, that's another Bingo square taken care of. This would work for Ghost, Darkest London, Supernatural, The Dead Will Walk, and Terrifying Women. I've already marked Terrifying Women, and all the others except Ghost haven't been called yet, so I'll be marking Ghost.


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text 2017-09-19 15:15
Reading progress update: I've read 35 out of 97 pages.
The Dark Victorian: Risen Volume One - Elizabeth Watasin

I think this is approximately where I stopped reading this morning. It's clearer now that, yes, this will work for the Ghost square, although the character still isn't quite what I'd normally think of as a ghost: Artifice is referred to as an artificial ghost and has the ability to take ghostly form and move through walls, but she spends most of her time solid.

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review 2017-09-19 01:04
One Good Man (American Heroes: The Texas Rangers) - Alison Kent

You'd kinda think that a Texas Ranger would be a little smarter than your average bear. Unfortunately, a lot of these books featuring some nameless bad guy seem to have law enforcement heroes who seem...careless?


Ok, so 10 years ago, an armed robbery took place at the diner the h worked at. She was the only survivor, and it was mostly due to being grazed - head - and the addlepated robber not checking. I never really understood why he made the owner drive to the middle of nowhere and killed him elsewhere. The h's parents split up due to dear old dad not being able to handle this, the h's mom got a legal name change (and was able to continue being a vet. Huh). And they reinvented themselves.


The owner's remains have been found and our H shows up shortly after the h gets a newspaper and finds this out. He wants her to undergo hypnosis to see if she remembers anything. She comments that she'd always sort of had the impression the killer knew where she was but since she didn't seem to remember anything, he left her alone.


Undergoes hypnosis, remembers a detail or three, goes home. Ok yes; sex does happen shortly after the hypnosis, and he stays the night after taking her home, but he leaves her there. No-one to watch her or anything.


The killer shows up at the office she works in. She recognizes the tattoo but keeps her cool until well after he's left (and her co-worker comes back from break). She quickly calls H and tells him. He collects her and takes her to his mountain hideaway (that everyone at the office knows about). And then he decides to set a trap. Of course, they go to the pond unarmed and without a phone. He goes back to fetch and well...


We never learn the ID of the killer - there was some speculation that his brother worked with the Rangers but it's never clarified. And even when he's suspicious that there might be a leak, he doesn't exactly make much effort to cover his tracks. And why, if you're setting a trap, would you ever be unarmed, let alone without the phone?

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text 2017-09-17 17:07
Reading progress update: I've read 20 out of 97 pages.
The Dark Victorian: Risen Volume One - Elizabeth Watasin

I picked this up a while back after several reviews here on Booklikes put it on my radar. I decided to read this for Halloween Bingo because 1) it's short and 2) it looked like it would qualify for several squares. I was hoping to use it for the Ghost square, but so far it's a better candidate for squares that haven't been called yet, The Dead Will Walk (several reanimated cats and a horse), Supernatural, and Darkest London. Nothing yet that I'd say qualifies as a ghost.


So far this isn't necessarily bad, but it's not grabbing me enough to make me want the rest of the series. Still plenty of time, though.

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review 2017-09-14 12:30
I only wish we were given more...
The Nameless One - Kathryn Meyer Griffith

The Nameless One is a short horror story set in Egypt. It follows husband and wife, Laura and Julian Bennet, who are Egyptologists looking for an elusive tomb. 

The book blurb leaves little left to explore when you actually read the book, but given its length, that's not entirely unexpected. 

The pace felt a little fast, some of the richness of Egypt missing because of this and the writing style. There wasn't a lot of time given to building up the world around Laura and Julian, which I felt was quite a shame.

If given a bit more sensory information, this story could have been very creepy and horrific.

This is marketed as an erotic horror, but the erotic content is very light on and no great detail was given. The opportunity for exploring the erotic nature of the idea in this book was missed almost entirely, which was a shame.

Overall, this read well, if a little clipped, had a reasonable plot and had the beginnings of a good story with likeable characters. I only wish we were given more.

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

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