Monday, June 17, 2019

Review: A Rule Against Murder

A Rule Against Murder A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love these books. I never know what's going on, but I absolutely adore the characters and the fact that Penny is so good at characterization of every person in the plot even the ones we should be hating. And of course Gamache is wonderful, and not just because he married a librarian.

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Review: The Department of Sensitive Crimes

The Department of Sensitive Crimes The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was amusing on a very low-impact level. I forget that these books are not about solving a murder/mystery, but solely about getting to know the characters. I don't need to read anymore of these.

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Review: But My Brain Had Other Ideas: A Memoir of Recovery from Brain Injury

But My Brain Had Other Ideas: A Memoir of Recovery from Brain Injury But My Brain Had Other Ideas: A Memoir of Recovery from Brain Injury by Deb Brandon
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Far too many copy-editing errors for me. I only got through the first 3 chapters before I couldn't tolerate the mistakes. Too bad; it was an interesting view of what happens when the brain starts exploding.

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Sunday, June 02, 2019

Review: In the Name of the Children: An FBI Agent's Relentless Pursuit of the Nation's Worst Predators

In the Name of the Children: An FBI Agent's Relentless Pursuit of the Nation's Worst Predators In the Name of the Children: An FBI Agent's Relentless Pursuit of the Nation's Worst Predators by Jeffrey L. Rinek
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Much better written than I expected it to be. This guy is extremely open with the toll his job ultimately took on him and his family, which makes him so much more amazing that he maintains the ability to see each person as human, even those with terrible crimes in their past. Truly, searching for killers is hard regardless but talking to people who have killed children seems soul-killing. I'm glad the FBI has people like this working, rather than just bureaucrats making a name for themselves.

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Review: House of Leaves

House of Leaves House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Way too freakin' weird for me. [2010]

Well, 9 years later....my son read it and loaned his copy to me so I felt like I had to read it competitively. It's still really freakin' weird, but worthwhile as long as you don't mind ready crazy-talk. I have no idea what this is actually about. The ultimate point of the whole thing seems to be the power of love. I think. And our internal travels being bigger on the inside than they appear on the outside. And some other things. Lots of fascinating characters, for sure.

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Review: Annelies

Annelies Annelies by David R. Gillham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was very hard to remember throughout this book that Anne would have still been a teenager had she survived the camps. The book reminds us that she would have been a difficult teen even under good circumstances and the author posits that she returned angry and broken inside in many different ways. Good book. Lots of stuff about forgiveness and caring about others.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Review: E.

E. E. by Matt Beaumont
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Told exclusively in emails and set in the early days of 2000, this is the story of three weeks or so at a London ad agency. REALLY good at differentiating characters, and yes, we've all got some of these characters in our inboxes at work. However, this is also dated in the sense that the humor is sometimes horribly sexist, and the female characters seems to be a bit unbelievable.

Oh, well, I will probably look up the sequel to see if it's as much fun. Very much schadenfreude -- thank God no one compiles MPOW's emails....(actually, they are legally able to be read, which is horrifying)

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Review: There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales

There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very Russian. Some of the stories are very depressing. A lot of them revolve around death, or the perception of death. And there's a lot of sad mothers, just in time for Mother's Day. Enjoyed all the stories, but the translation was a little weird at times.

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Sunday, May 05, 2019

Review: Hearts of the Missing

Hearts of the Missing Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Great characters, but rather hard to follow the story; too many loop-arounds at the beginning of chapters. But I will keep an eye out for other books. The people and descriptions of the area are fantastic.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Review: Ghost Story

Ghost Story Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not to give any spoilers, but the title gives a great deal away. If you have not read the book previous to this, it's a must-do because otherwise this book won't make any sense whatsoever. Basically, this finds Harry trying to find a killer who turns out to be someone unexpected. This causes him to radically rethink his place in the Big Wide World, and make solid decisions about his future in the employ of Queen Mab.

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