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review 2018-03-19 04:57
The Medium (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy #1) - C.J. Archer

This is a pretty awesome mystery book as Emily the MC isn't a fainting violet and actually has agency in this romance/mystery. HOWever, the one she falls for isn't George the flesh and blood human, but Jacob. I hate Jacob and I really wish Emily wasn't in love with him.

You see, Jacob is tall dark and growly type of man. He's DANGEROUS more than once he's threatened Emily by hitting things and doing that arm against the wall corralling thing men do to control women. He even wanted to see her dead on many occasions just so they could be together forever in death. So, of course  he's the main love interest. I just wanted to toss my ereader across the room.

I preferred George. He's the weak type that wears glasses. Someone to protect. He's the opposite of Jacob and because he's weak... Emily doesn't want him. I really wish I could find a romance where it's the woman protecting the man and stuff. That was not in this book however.

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text 2018-03-15 15:20
TBR Thursday
Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World - Noah Strycker
Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Trilogy) - Kiersten White
Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks - Annie Spence
The Shoe on the Roof - Will Ferguson
The Gap Into Vision: Forbidden Knowledge - Stephen R. Donaldson
My Brief History - Stephen Hawking

Actually, this is just a fraction of my library book pile, but they are the ones that I'm going to concentrate on for the next week or so.


Three of them have holds on them, so they can't be renewed--Birding Without Borders, Dear Fahrenheit 451, and The Shoe on the Roof.  The subject matter of the three couldn't be more different, so it should be an interesting week.


Now I Rise is the second book in The Conqueror's Saga.  The first book, And I Darken, is the book for April in my real-life book club.  I read that one last year, so I'm going to forge ahead into the second book before our meet up on April 6.


It seems appropriate to read Stephen Hawking's autobiography, My Brief History, to celebrate the great man's life. 


And Gap Into Vision : Forbidden Knowledge is the next up in my Science Fiction & Fantasy Reading Project.  I'm glad to have finally found a series by Stephen R. Donaldson that I actually kind of like.

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review 2018-03-05 01:15
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All the Pretty Horses - Cormac McCarthy

This is ostensibly a Western. I, ostensibly, do not like Westerns. I've never made it through any western film unless you count Native American stories, and I don't. I'll grant you that it's set in the Southwest. But this is no normal Western. While reading it, it actually feels like a saga, the word "sweeping" comes to mind. The boys ride wide open terrain, wild animals are always nearby; the weather is harsh, life can be harsher. It is so quintessentially American I can imagine some politician using it for his (yes, his) campaign. (Of course that politician and nobody on his staff would realize that many things about this book clash with their proposed platform.) It's deceptively simple and mind-bendingly complex. Characters speak in short simple sentences (save Alejandra's grandmother,) the meanings layer themselves one on top of another and before you know it, it's slipped from our grasp.


I could tell you the plot, but that's almost beside the point.


Riddled with death and grim reality, it retains a sense of purity and near-innocence. Our main character, John Grady, is moral, stoic and honest to a fault, a criminal and a man-child. On one level the book is violent and gritty, but if you flip it over it's a spiritual fairy tale of sorts. Is it a metaphor, a myth, a prayer, or as the writing would suggest, a lullaby? Do the characters make their own choices, or are they simply puppets played by the strings of fate? Think of every contradiction and this book could probably fit most.


It's fun to read all sorts of books. I see no reason for shame about a beach read or a comic book or a "genre" read like a western. But when it comes down to it, the reason I read is not simply to entertain or to distract myself but rather to find something between the pages that helps me understand and delve further into the state of being human in this oftentimes cruel and confusing world. That could be a particularly good YA novel or a book about a baseball game. All the Pretty Horses is one of those books - a book that defines the reason I read.

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review 2018-03-04 14:26
Last Orders (The Dublin Trilogy Book 4) - Caimh McDonnell

And so it ends. If I could I’d insert a picture of me having a tantrum that would leave any self respecting 2 year old in awe. On second thought that might be too scary. But I digress…


This is the one fans of the Dublin Trilogy have been waiting for & it doesn’t disappoint. We’ve followed Paul, Brigit & Bunny through murders & mayhem that made us cringe & laugh in equal measure. As this one begins, their private investigation firm MCM is barely solvent. Brigit seems to be the only one showing up for work these days & is royally done with stalking cheating spouses.


Paul is engaged in prank warfare with a rival firm run by the Kelleher brothers who are responsible for his breakup with Brigit. And Bunny…well, Bunny is mostly AWOL. He’s spending a lot of time with 2 men who were with him at a particular incident about 20 years ago. Which would be fine if they were alive. Unfortunately they’re figments & Bunny is getting more than a few looks as he’s seen arguing with himself around town.  Could it be the feared & infamous ex-copper is finally losing the plot?


It seems to have started about the time DSI Susan Burns & sidekick Det. Donnacha Wilson were called to a remote area outside of Dublin. New construction unearthed human remains. The bodies are old with nothing to identify them. When the coroner deems them at least 20 years old, all Susan can do is turn to forensic testing. And boy, does she get results. Before she knows it FBI Agent Alana Dove is on her doorstep, demanding to be part of the investigation.


Meanwhile Brigit gets news the firm is being sued & there’s a better than average chance they’ll lose it all to the Kellehers. No more about that. The ensuing game of spy vs spy between the 2 groups adds tension mixed with insanity that may have led to some unladylike snorts on my part.


But the heart of the story belongs to Bunny. Dear, hurley-weilding (& arguably sociopathic) Bunny. After the first 2 books of the trilogy the author released “Angels in the Moonlight”, a companion book that gave us the details of Bunny’s past. It’s a fantastic read that made me look at the big guy in a completely different way as I began to understand how he became this solitary man with an oddly honourable code of ethics. That past has come back to haunt him. He’s done some dodgy things & you get the feeling he’s finally going to pay.


As usual, the characters are colourful & so well described you feel like you would recognize them on the street. One standout is Susan Burns. She’s a whip smart cop with a sharp mind & sharper tongue & I enjoyed her scenes immensely. Dialogue is sharp, witty & full of vernacular that gives you plenty of laughs to break the building tension as all the story lines begin to converge. There’s a big finale ahead & no doubt that things at MCM will never be the same.


This series has been such a pleasure to read. The books are smart, well paced & endlessly entertaining & I highly recommend reading them in order of publication. There are hints some of the characters may pop up in future projects so….tick tick, Mr. McDonnell. No time like the present. Now if you’ll excuse me I have a tantrum to finish.



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text 2018-03-03 21:46
My February 2018
So klingt dein Herz: Roman - Cecelia Ahern,Christine Strüh
Renegade Red: Book Two of The Light Trilogy - Lauren Bird Horowitz
So klingt dein Herz - 4 stars
Renegade Red - 4.5 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: So klingt dein Herz


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Mörderische Hingabe, Count of Monte Cristo, Ein Moment fürs Leben, Assassin of Truths


Let's not talk about february. Seriously. LET'S NOT!!!!


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