Author Archives: thebookgator

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avid reader and Goodreads reviewer looking for a home.

That Ain’t Witchcraft by Seanan McGuire

Read May 2022 Recommended ★   ★   ★   ★   Surprisingly fun and a nice return to the attraction the series originally held for me. Snappy dialogue, a tone that nicely balances fun with consequences and an interesting storyline all make for … Continue reading

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Amongst Our Weapons by Ben Aaronovitch. Or, Primary Weapon: Kobna

Read April 2022 Recommended ★   ★   ★   ★    1/2 Here’s what you need to know: while I generally am unable to be an audio book listener, audio is absolutely the best way to consume the Peter Grant series. Although I … Continue reading

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Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats by Cylita Guy

Read April 2022 Recommended for junior high libraries ★   ★   ★   Stellar, top notch idea that seems less than expertly executed to this adult reader. Written by Cylita Guy, illustrated by Cornelia Li, and apparently assembled by committee, Chasing Bats … Continue reading

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Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater

Read April 2022 Recommended for magical animal-lovers ★   ★   ★   ★    In kindergarten, I wanted to be a veternarian. So I have some empathy for Pip, the main character in a series by Pearce and Stiefvater, who is fascinated … Continue reading

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You Sexy Thing by Cat Rambo

Read March 2022 Recommended, I guess ★   ★    1/2 First of all, let me do the completely expected and take a moment out of my day and note how Goodreads has completely failed to live up to its function … Continue reading

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False Value by Ben Aaronovitch. Audio version–not so much

Listened March to April 2022 Recommended  ★   ★   ★     1/2 The story definitely improved with Kobna’s reading. It took me a long, long time to get to the audio version, having bounced so hard off the hardcover. The narrative time shifts … Continue reading

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Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

Read March 2022 Recommended  ★   ★   ★   ★   1/2 Continuing my streak in above-average teen-adult books, I’m going to have to relax my genre prejudices. Really, I shouldn’t have them; I grew up female, after all, and found a great … Continue reading

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Crowbones by Anne Bishop

Read April 2022 Recommended for fans. Very ardent ones. ★   ★ And so continues my love-hate relationship with Anne Bishop’s The Others series. Although, to be honest, it’s really more of a guilty pleasure-outright disgust hookup, but that’s always more … Continue reading

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Silent Parade by Keigo Higashino

Read March 2022 Recommended for fans. Very ardent ones. ★   ★     I loved Higashino’s  Salvation of a Saint and The Devotion of Suspect X.  Malice and A Midsummer’s Equation were enjoyable, but not nearly as remarkable. This, though: this was … Continue reading

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Dead Man’s Sins by Caimh McDonnell

Read March 2022 Recommended for mild mystery laughs ★   ★   ★   1/2 Really best if one just sits back and enjoys the ride. Relax into the exaggerated writing that is McDonnell, because some of the rat-a-tat-tat is sure to land. … Continue reading

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