Author Archives: thebookgator

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avid reader and Goodreads reviewer looking for a home.

One of Us is Lying

  It could be me. It could be debra. Punchline: It’s both of us. https://www.goodreads.com/read_status… Literary fiction almost sucks me in with these titles that sound like the beginning of great stories. Or good memes:       Personally, while … Continue reading

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The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata. Not the Last Good Woman.

Read  July 2017 Recommended for fans of military thrillers ★    ★    ★    Short version: a nail-biting action thriller. Read it if you want thriller, but not to experience anything new in female characterization or military sci-fi. “If Daniel could offer … Continue reading

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The Chinese Maze Murders by Robert Van Gulik

Read  July 2017 Recommended for fans of Hercule Poirot and an interest in China ★    ★    ★    ★    Who knew 7th century China could provide such fertile source material for mysteries? And who knew that it would take a Dutch … Continue reading

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Vampire Blues by Stephany Simmons

Read  June 2017 Recommended for fans of very light PNR ★    ★    ★    Adventures of the first book over, Eleanor Figg and Lian Cairn are now a couple. They’ve decided to remodel his Irish pub into a bar and grill. … Continue reading

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Mercy Blade by Faith Hunter. Or, Mercy me.

Read  July 2017 Recommended for fans of kick-ass-lady urban fantasy. And vampires ★    ★    ★    I’m always on the lookout for the next Kate Daniels, and the Jane Yellowrock series comes close. Like Kate, she lost parents to violence, and … Continue reading

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The Get Fuzzy Eperience

Read  June 2017 Recommended for Bucky fans (not the badger) ★    ★    1/2   Sometimes you just need some easy laughter in life, and what better than comics to fit the bill? I’ve enjoyed the Get Fuzzy comic strip for … Continue reading

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Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy by Stevenson, Ellis, Watters, and Allen

Read  June 2017 Recommended for people in the mood for fun! Pow! Friends to the max! ★    ★    ★     1/2 I’m really not one for graphic novels; the form generally misses me. But I kept seeing Lumberjanes appear on my … Continue reading

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The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Read  June 2017 Recommended for people who want a fast read, Scalzi fans ★    ★    1/2     Written at the proverbial, easy-to-access, reach-all-literacy-levels eighth-grade level, The Dispatcher has an intriguing core idea. Unfortunately, the writing kept it only two … Continue reading

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The New Bohemians: Cool & Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney

Read  June 2017 Recommended for fans of bohemians ★    ★    1/2     Hey, maybe I’m a Bohemian!   My friend Tracy periodically reviews decorating books, and I always end up tempted by her selections. I’m style-impaired, so I was … Continue reading

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The Haunted Monastery by Robert Van Gulik

Read  June 2017 Recommended for fans of Judge Dee ★    ★    1/2 Fresh off the case of The Chinese Gold Murders, I was rather looking forward to another of Judge Dee’s adventures. Judge Dee and his retinue are returning from … Continue reading

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