Tag Archives: DNF

A Ghoulish Midlife. Why yes, it is ghoulish.

Attempted July 2021★  Read only if you are a middle-aged woman who lost the love of your life (but who also refers to your only son as the other love of your life) and want to imagine what it might be like … Continue reading

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Suppose a Sentence by Brian Dillon

Attempted June 2021 ★  ★ Literature analysis wonks only. A lovely review tempted me, but alas, this only lives up to its premise if one is well-versed in All The Writers. I thought perhaps it would contain sentence construction deconstruction … Continue reading

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The Case of the Missing Servant by Tarquin Hall

Attempted June 2021Not recommendedDNF/ ★  “Watch out Alexander McCall Smith!” claims the blurb. Watch out indeed, because Hall is not doing the genre any favors. Though I picked this up due to a favorable GR review, and found myself further … Continue reading

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The Living Dead by George A. Romero and Daniel Kraus

Called it November 2020 Recommended for serious fans only  ★     ★     ★     Results of a 51% read: It’s long. Really, really long, which is an interesting genre choice. As much as I go on about the value … Continue reading

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Sleepless by Charlie Huston. Alas, no.

Read  December 2017, sort of Recommended for sleepy people ★    ★    This should have been right up my alley. I really enjoy Huston’s writing and story approach, and I have a fondness for end-of-the-world stories, but this was a resounding … Continue reading

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Dance of the Bones by J.A. Jance

Read August 2016 Recommended for fans of Jance’s Walker/Beaumont series  ★    Note to self: Do NOT pick this up again. Yes, I know you are a bit desperate for a solid mystery series and thought you’d check out Jance … Continue reading

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The Shaman’s Bones by James D. Doss. Should stay buried.

Sort-of Read January 2016 Recommended for fans of James D. Doss only  ★    If you enjoyed this book, fabulous. Great. Please don’t read this review. I’m very forgetful, and if someone suggests this book to me in a year, … Continue reading

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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, or The Week I Couldn’t Decide

October 2014 Recommended for fans of the Pulitzer, Jonathan Strange  ★    ★  I can’t get no sat-is-fac-tion, and I tried! I tried! Oh how I tried! Nothing’s working for me this week: It started with The Element of Fire, … Continue reading

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The Twelve by Justin Cronin. Meh.

Read May 2014 Recommended for fans of The Passage ★    1/2 Dear Justin: We get the religious reference. Really, we do. But thanks for providing a summation of The Passage in a handy Biblical format at the beginning of The … Continue reading

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