Sunday, November 11, 2018

Review: Unthinkable: What the World's Most Extraordinary Brains Can Teach Us About Our Own

Unthinkable: What the World's Most Extraordinary Brains Can Teach Us About Our Own Unthinkable: What the World's Most Extraordinary Brains Can Teach Us About Our Own by Helen Thomson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

REALLY fascinating look at neuroscience and how the brain works, especially when it works outside the realm of what most would consider "normal." There are stories of people who get lost in their own house, people who think they are dead, people who can feel your pain and emotions as if they are experiencing them, and so on. Absolutely amazing what the brain does, and as she points out throughout the book, these "outliers" serve to show what capabilities we have in our head should we could figure out how to tap them.

I'm considering buying this so I can write all over it.

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Review: The Doll's House

The Doll's House The Doll's House by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, consider me hooked! I am going to have to finish this series now. This one was particularly "up my alley" but also I'm beginning to understand the flow of reading graphic novels. Yes, I know: slow on the uptake. This one involves a "Cereal Convention" that does not involve anything Cheerio-related.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Review: The Breakers

The Breakers The Breakers by Marcia Muller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quick in and out book here, about one of Shar's nieces disappearance. She makes a lot of discoveries about her family, some sad stuff happens, but nothing horrifying. Big changes afoot at the McCone homestead however, including a third cat, in the next book. Also, I knew who the bad guy was pretty much as soon as the character appeared on the page.

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Review: Field of Bones

Field of Bones Field of Bones by J.A. Jance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another solid entry in the series, this one finds Joanna on maternity leave (sort of), and a serial killer of young women on the loose. Creepy and a little too easily worked out, and man I really don't like Marliss at all!



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Thursday, October 04, 2018

Review: Preludes & Nocturnes

Preludes & Nocturnes Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been meaning to read this series for a decade. It's got me hooked now. I need to get #2, quick!

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Review: Knife Creek

Knife Creek Knife Creek by Paul Doiron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The beginning of this story is absolutely horrific. The mystery that follows continues at low-level awfulness of a more human-nature variety. Dead babies, missing teens, bent cops, lousy landlords, vicious women....man, I need to take a shower in puppies and kittens after reading this. Also, Stacey and Mike are going to have to make some serious life decisions in the next book.

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Review: Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision

Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision Resurrecting Easter: How the West Lost and the East Kept the Original Easter Vision by John Dominic Crossan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful illustrations! This book is about the history of the common view of the events after Jesus' death. I had no idea that there was a dichotomy here, but the Crossans explain fully, and show the development of one idea that eventually changed over into something quite different which has left a bit of a rift between the Eastern and Western versions of Christianity.

Plus, lots of art!

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Review: Hope Never Dies

Hope Never Dies Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, if you're a fan of our previous administration, this is a lot of fun to read. Plays off the standard view of the Biden/Obama relationship from Joe's p.o.v. and is full of silliness and madcap antics. I'm not sure if I'll keep reading these, if indeed a series develops. This wasn't overly violent, slightly harder-boiled than most cozies, but not by much. Just a fun speed-read.

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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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