Saturday, August 12, 2017

Review: Fallout

Fallout Fallout by Sara Paretsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fun book! Vic is well outside her usual haunts, traveling to Kansas to locate a couple of missing people as a favor for her niece. What she finds there is, however, not outside her usual discoveries, though she rarely has to take on para-military groups AND the U.S. intelligence and military communities in Chicago!

Great story. Really, this might be my favorite Warshawski book ever, which is saying something considering I've loved a great many of them.

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Review: Magpie Murders

Magpie Murders Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What fun! This is actually two books inside one cover: the book about the publisher of a book called Magpie Murders, the book itself (minus the final chapter). If you remember fondly reading Agatha Christie books and working out the puzzles therein, you will enjoy this book. If you like your mysteries more modern and meta, you'll enjoy this book. It's a great deal of fun trying to work out all the silly bits whether they be red herrings or actual clues.

Plus, discussions of islands in the Aegean!

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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Review: No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories

No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories No Middle Name: The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories by Lee Child
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are a couple of wickedly good stories in this collection, which covers Reacher's life from childhood up to the current day. It was good to see him as a kid, and I liked the one in the hospital.

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Review: Back Spin

Back Spin Back Spin by Harlan Coben
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well there is certainly la lot of ick-factor in this book, but a surprisingly amount of emotion as well. Some deeper background about these characters.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Review: Home

Home Home by Harlan Coben
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, shoot: another author to follow! :)

This one is about two boys who disappeared 10 years ago, one of whom seems to have resurfaced. The ending is brutal. Actually, the whole story is pretty awful, but not particularly gory. Much is left to the imagination, which (for me) makes it worse.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Review: The Peking Man Is Missing

The Peking Man Is Missing The Peking Man Is Missing by Claire Taschdjian
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The bones of the plot are good, and the historical facts of the Peking Man disappearance at the beginning of WWII, but the writing is a little stilted and dated. Still, I read till the very end. Another great historical real-life mystery here, one that I'd never really paid attention to. What did happen to the fossils after December 4, 1941?

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Review: The Lace Reader

The Lace Reader The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So what did happen when Towner was last in Salem, that caused her mind to dissolve 20 years ago? And now that she's back for her Aunt Eva's funeral and executrix, is she losing her mind again?

This is a twisty book, like the lace of the title, that bends around itself and sometimes ends in a knot. It's also a matter of choosing who to believe, whether these Lace Reading Women of Salem can indeed see things supernaturally, or is the rational New York City cop the only one to believe.

Good story. Had me hooked till the last page. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is that I felt a little manipulated by the ending.



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Saturday, July 08, 2017

Review: Burley Cross Postbox Theft

Burley Cross Postbox Theft Burley Cross Postbox Theft by Nicola Barker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fun book for fans of British (and probably all other) small villages. Someone breaks into a mailbox and steals a pile of letters, which are later discovered in back of one of the shops in town. The Big Police Force can't get a handle on it, so the case is turned over to a more local officer in hopes of him getting to the bottom of it. The only evidence, as such, is the stack of letters that was stolen--that is the book.

Read carefully. As in small towns everywhere, everyone knows everyone else's business and talks about it endlessly, even in the mail. Each letter-writer has a specific voice and style as well as a specific ax to grind. Some of them are wonderful, kind-hearted (if delusional) people. Some are despicable in every way. I loved the "translation" letter (one of the letters was written in patois), and the one from the frazzled mom of several whose life is a total and complete disaster. And the one from the Little Old Lady to the biker in prison.

It almost becomes beside the point to know who pilfered. The ending will surprise you.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism

Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women, and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism by Deborah Jian Lee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a classic case of "it's not you (the book), it's me" being the problem. I'm just not in a place where I can read this with attentiveness. HOWEVER, Lee is a good writer, and comes from a solid place of Christianity and love. I recommend the part I read and would like to come back to this in the future.

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Review: Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days

Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a weird combination of stories (some rather surreal ones) and recipes and reminiscences of the role of Christmas in Winterson's life. If you like her, and like her writing, you'll enjoy this. It also helps if you enjoy cooking--which I don't--because her recipes are delightful to read!

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