Sunday, October 22, 2017

Review: Blood Rites

Blood Rites Blood Rites by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, there's quite a 'reveal' in this book. And we learn more about vampires, specifically the Black Court group. Harry also goes undercover on a porn movie shoot, which is actually connected to supernatural doin's. Plus, puppy! Plus, Murphy in a dress!

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Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead

Third Grave Dead Ahead Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm super unclear about how this all worked together. I really do love Charley and Cookie and gang, but sometimes the plots of these books are a little sketchy. Also, there's torture, here. And bikers. And one of the main characters dies. Sorta.

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Review: The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well. This is certainly better than the last installment. However, it is necessary to read that one to have even the slightest clue what is going on at the beginning of this book. And the plot is a little obtuse--I had some trouble keeping all the people organized in my head.

If you are into the study of twins and like "separated at birth" stories, you'll enjoy this. It also explains where the famous dragon tattoo came from. Lots of Lizbeth; not so much of Mikael.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: Hypothermia

Hypothermia Hypothermia by Arnaldur IndriĆ°ason
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great story! I wish I'd've read it with my eyes. All about missing people and life after death. Also some really really awful people, although that doesn't really come out till very late in the book. I need to find some of the other Erlendur books.

My only reasons for lowering the review to four stars is that the translation into English was done by someone British, but it was read by an American. Granted, George Guidall is good, but his pseudo-not-quite-foreign-but-not-American accents got irritating and the language ("holiday cottage" got to the point of me screaming at him in the car; also "boot" and some other translation choices). I would have been FINE if it were read by a Brit.

On the upside, Guidall seemed to be doing a valiant job of pronouncing all the Icelandic words properly (Icelandic-style): Erlandur's name was consistently said "AIR-lan-tur" and Baldvun was always "PALT-wun." That was fun.

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Review: Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations

Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations by Garson O'Toole
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, this was interesting. I've been aware of the website that the book's author runs, and this was sort of the Best Of... from there. Lots of detailed research into who actually said some of the things we attribute rather wildly to random people. The vast majority of these attributions, at least those quotes discussed in the book, are wrong. Often REALLY wrong, but sometimes there is at least a tenuous link to reality.

Fun. Probably a bit boring if you're not into reading about research.

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Friday, October 06, 2017

Review: Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience

Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience Brain Myths Exploded: Lessons from Neuroscience by Indre Viskontas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting stuff, a nice overview of what's going on in neuroscience these days, and a debunking of things "we all know" about our brains that aren't actually true.

Viskontas' voice is easy to listen to, and she stays on point; I really felt like I could take proper notes while listening to her (had I not been, yknow, driving at the time). In the end, she's super enthusiastic about the subject and that was fun to listen to.

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Review: The Word Detective: Searching for the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary

The Word Detective: Searching for the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary The Word Detective: Searching for the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary by John Simpson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fun read! If you're a word nerd and love the OED, you will enjoy this trip through the life of a former editor of The Dictionary, who was there as it went from dusty file drawers full of cards to its current life online.
Plus, the fun of etymology interspersed among the stories--random words and where they came from and .... squee! fangirl!
I really love words.

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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Review: Second Grave on the Left

Second Grave on the Left Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Listen, any book that can make me giggle right now is a good book! And boy did I giggle. This chick...wow...just cracks me up with her sassiness. There's nothing heavy to lift in these books, and there's enough mystery to keep my interest in for that reason alone, and it's COMPLETELY outside my reality right now -- can't beat that. This is the one in which she saves Reyes' life, much to his irritation, and her potential loss.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Review: Bones Never Lie

Bones Never Lie Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It really REALLY helps if you've read the early book this is linked to, Monday Mourning. Fortunately, I had, even though I've missed several in between, so the whole part of the story about Ryan being AWOL wasn't real clear.

This reboots the horrible crimes in book #7 in the series, young girls who--in that book--are kidnapped and held hostage or--in this book--found murdered. I kind of got to some of the clues way before Tempe did, and I certainly knew who they should be looking at way way way ahead of the cops, but I couldn't figure out the science that the whole mystery revolves around.

Also, Tempe's mom is awesome.

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Review: First Grave on the Right

First Grave on the Right First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So this was a quick read, perfect for sitting in the hospital waiting for things to happen. I've been meaning to read this series and it turns out to be pretty good. The author is clever, the character is kick-ass, and the creative world-view is fun. Plus, what's not to love about the most gorgeous guy in the world invading your dreams every night.

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