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review 2017-10-31 06:35
Unidentified Funny Objects
Unidentified Funny Objects - Alex Shvartsman,Scott Almes,Jake Kerr,Stephanie Burgis,James Beamon,Jennifer Pelland,K.G. Jewel,Lavie Tidhar,Chuck Rothman,Ken Liu,Leah Cypess,Sergei Lukyanenko,Zach Shephard,Michael Kurland,Stephen D. Rogers,Marko Kloos,Jeff Stehman,Don Sakers,Bruce Gold

This book is a collection of 29 humorous science fiction and fantasy stories by a variety of authors.  There were about 3 stories I didn't much like, but the rest were amusing or took a different perspective on old tropes.  This book is perfect for those between book moments or when you just want something short, amusing and frivolous to read before going to bed.

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review 2017-04-25 23:19
A child who was loved more in death than in life...
The Boy in the Box: The Unsolved Case of America's Unknown Child - David Stout

I have to give this five stars for the excellent work that the author put in to writing this heartbreaking history. The tragedy of losing a child is made harder when the child is not reported missing or people coming forward to claim or identify a missing child.
The case of the Boy in the Box, from Fox Chase Pennsylvania, is something that consumed the careers of many police officers and left many of the brightest minds scratching their heads. Discovered in February 1957, the young boy was seen a case that would be easily solved, as someone would come forward to claim the body. The medical examiner noticed the bruising and wounds on the body. Each person who worked the case of the Boy in the Box became so involved, that the child became an silent member of each family. With the hope of a fast solve quickly becoming dashed as the days turn into weeks and then stretch into months and years.
The Boy in the Box was buried by the police department, everything being donated and contributed by the community and the homicide detectives. The case was never closed and they continued to work the case and follow any and all leads. Nothing was considered to small to follow up on, and the case moved from small files to the several boxes of notes and mementos. Today the case is still open, and the young boy who was more loved in death than he was in life, remains nameless, cared for by the policemen who take over the case and the community who have adopted him as their own..

This book was a hard read. I love true crime and the many facets of what can make a person tick, but this story... this was enough to keep me awake nights. I don't often cry while reading or watching a movie, but this book had me in tears more than once. I found myself asking questions throughout this entire read.. how could anyone do this to a child? Who could not claim the young boy and give him his full identity back. I found myself wishing that they could have done more, even though they did everything they could and then some. While this case is still open, given the length of time, its entirely possible that this case will never be solved, and that makes it even worse. As a mother, I can't imagine how any parent could not come forward and claim their little child. I hope that this case will continue and that maybe with the leaps and bounds that forensic science has taken, that this little boy will be identified. Even if the person who caused the injuries or placed him where he would be found is gone, knowing the full story and getting a conclusion to the story would help complete the thousands of hours of work that the original officers and medical examiner put into trying to find the answer. Closure will never fully happen, but a completion and explanation will go a long way to helping a community and police department close the case of the young child who became the "Boy In The Box."


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review 2017-01-23 00:00
Unidentified - Michael McBride 40 years ago, Karl and his friends saved their little town of Wray from an unknown entity that was mutilating cattle and snatching local children.

Now it’s come back and Karl and his friends must do it again. This time, they need to finish the job.

McBride knows how novellas are supposed to be done. Even in shorter formats, he skillfully develops characters and story lines that go much deeper than just the word count.

Excellent as usual. Highest Recommendation.
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review 2015-10-10 00:00
The Unidentified Redhead
The Unidentified Redhead - Alice Clayton This review was originally posted on Bookish Things & More


This book was so funny.  I loved Grace.  She's a hoot.  She very rarely takes herself too seriously, and has an awesome sense of humor.  She struggles with her emotions as she begins falling for a younger guy.  I felt like her fears and concerns were real.  I'm sure many people who date younger than them have these feelings.  And can I just say how much I adore Jack.  He's hilarious, sweet, and very down to earth.

There are so many funny scenes, and you can see how well these two work together.  I like that Grace doesn't define herself as just an aspiring actress.  She works and if the role comes along, great!  Her friends are pretty amazing, and share her sense of humor.  I think that's so important in anything really.

There are lots of times of doubt, but those are quickly put away with fun and hot sexy times moments.

Even though the narrator wasn't my favorite, she did a great job of bringing the characters to life.  I just wish the difference in which character was speaking was done a little better.  Sometimes I felt like I was a little lost on who was doing the talking.
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review 2015-08-14 07:24
The Unidentified Redhead
The Redhead Revealed - Alice Clayton

This is my second book by the author, the first being Wallbanger which I loved.

I liked this one to start with. Younger man older woman romances can always be interesting and how these two got together was just that. It was cute and flirty.

I just didn't always get the humour these two shared. Maybe it's because I'm a Brit...but so was Jack, so I'm a little stumped there.

The rest of the storyline didn't grab me either. It was almost like nothing happened in the story but their budding romance, which would be fine normally but I wasn't 100% behind it.

I haven't decided if I'll continue the series but at the moment I'm hovering more over the 'not' side of things.

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