Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Review: Finding Richard III: The Official Account of Research by the Retrieval and Reburial Project

Finding Richard III: The Official Account of Research by the Retrieval and Reburial Project Finding Richard III: The Official Account of Research by the Retrieval and Reburial Project by Annette Carson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The actual work done before the dig started is the focus here. Some interesting minutiae, and also a little twitch of the curtain that falls over political posturing when something like this is successful. There are some sour grapes.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review: A Hat Full of Sky

A Hat Full of Sky A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun. I probably should read more of the Tiffany Aching books; they're fast. This one is about Tiffany going off for witch training.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Review: Richard III: The King Under the Car Park

Richard III: The King Under the Car Park Richard III: The King Under the Car Park by Mathew Morris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bought this on vacation, and it was quite good at positioning the events in time AND space. I sort of feel like I need to go back now and prowl around the museum....

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: Oxford Mourning

Oxford Mourning Oxford Mourning by Veronica Stallwood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Purchased in Hay-on-Wye on vacation. I've just found another author I need to read all of. This one was interesting not just for the Oxford and author standpoints, but because of the concept of the squatters in the story, and the back story. Weird, sad, but interesting and pretty good.

Why do sensible women always have such stupid taste in men though??

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Monday, September 05, 2016

Review: Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are

Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are by David Livermore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting. Probably very helpful if you travel a lot. Some of it seemed a little obvious. Some of it was news to me. I might listen to this again, or just read the book that goes with it (well, it's an online pdf, whatever).

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Daughter of Smoke & Bone Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was LOVING this book at the beginning. Prague. Wishing can make hair change color. Monsters raising an ?orphan. Goofy former sorta-boyfriend. Sassy best friend.

Then a damn ANGEL shows up and ruins it. The main character dissolves into soppy, "...whyyyy is he so gorgeous? I cant resist him and I don't know whyyyy..." and I need to read another book. Too bad.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph M. Marshall III
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I believe this was a recommendation, but I don't remember where I saw it. It's very good: tells the story of Crazy Horse's life as a travelogue of places that were important turning points for him. Good way to teach kids history, both the book and the story inside the book. Recommended to kids who are trying to learn courage and who they are in the wide world.

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Review: Forty Stories

Forty Stories Forty Stories by Cal Morgan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So, yeah, this took forever to read. It's a freebie from BookShout that I downloaded to have something to do at (?) a doctor's appointment. Anyway. Some good stories, some really excellent ones I'm still thinking about, and a couple I either skipped after one page or struggled through and wanted to kill myself for doing so. There wasn't really a theme, not that I could tell, except that I recognized none of the authors. Not bad. Feel free to skip the bad ones.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Review: Long Gone

Long Gone Long Gone by Alafair Burke
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This was a freebie from Barnes & Noble (I think), in a program that gives you a chapter a day, or so. The formatting of the chapters left a lot to be desired, and was downright distracting at times.

The story was pretty strange too: famous director's daughter hired to run a new art gallery and then murder happens, and then she is set up as the killer. Cue melodrama. It was interesting, but I totally knew who the real sneaky jerk was from the first appearance in the book. And there was a completely unnecessary red-herring situation that just pissed me off when it was revealed.

It's too bad. With a little polish and more care taken in layout, this book would have been enjoyable.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Review: Zigzag: A Nameless Detective Collection

Zigzag: A Nameless Detective Collection Zigzag: A Nameless Detective Collection by Bill Pronzini
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Normally, Pronzini gets a 4 or a 5 star rating, but this wasn't as compelling as his usual books. For one thing, it's actually a collection of 4 short stories/novellas. I wasn't expecting that, so when I got towards the end of the first one, I was very confused about how the case was already over with 2/3 of the book left. I don't remember the second story at all, and I fell asleep multiple times in the last one (which may have more to do with my lack of sleep than his writing or the plot).

Good, tight stories and characters, but I didn't get into them for some reason. The last one especially was silly--easily worked out ahead of time and then a cheap twist at the end. smh No.

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