Sunday, September 02, 2018

Review: A Fatal Grace

A Fatal Grace A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

These books are so good. They are so calming and lovely in the setting (Three Pines), and yet extremely brutal (the crimes) and realistic. Also the underlying menace of the political maneuvering at the Sûreté is a startling contrast to the people in Three Pines too. People are complicated, and Gamache is a nice combination of super-smart and intentionally obtuse. This one is about a sad little family in which the mother is murdered--with great justification--and there are simply too many people who wanted her to die.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Review: The Word Is Murder

The Word Is Murder The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very meta book. Follows a character named Anthony Horowitz who writes successful YA literature who is challenged to write a "real" book. He grudgingly agrees to work as amanuesis to a former Metropolitan Police detective who is investigating the death of an older woman who is murdered the same day she had paid for and set up her own funeral.

Interesting concept. I wonder if he'll continue with this as a series. The characters are not particularly charming, and he's very clearly used to writing pop-teen fiction which is occasionally a little annoying, but it's a fun puzzle to work on.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Review: The Disappeared

The Disappeared The Disappeared by C.J. Box
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very fast read. Joe is directed by the new governor to look into the disappearance of a British tourist who went missing after her stay at a chi-chi "dude ranch" (spa-ranch?) months earlier. Turns out his daughter was working there at the time, and it's hard to turn down the governor, so with misgivings, he's off to southern Wyoming where he finds Nate and a lot of weirdness going on.

Lots of things hinge on the course of this novel. The next one is going to be interesting. I don't know if Joe's going to spend much time outside doing his job. ...oh, wait...

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Review: City of Thieves

City of Thieves City of Thieves by David Benioff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Based on the author's grandfather's experience during the Second World War in Leningrad. A bit unbelievable, but actually everything about that time and place in history is unbelievable, so not so out-of-line. It's actually a weird combination of a coming-of-age story, love story, quixotic adventure, and grisly realism. It's weird to say this, but at the end it's a sweet story, although certainly not sweet in the middle.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Review: Eighth Grave After Dark

Eighth Grave After Dark Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, this ends on a serious downer despite the arrival of a new person in the form of Charley and Reyes' baby. Some massive changes occur, Charley finds out that what appears to be dangerous beasts are actually protection, and her dad is hanging around. Oh, and Cookie gets married. And she has found Reyes' family. And she rescues a teenager. But then, the ending...hoo boy. I need to move right on to #9!

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Review: Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces

Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces by Ian Frazier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

These were a lot of fun to read, but I can't finish the book. I've had it from the library for almost six weeks and I'm just not in the right head-space for it.
The wild pigs essay was delightful, however.

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