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The Lion’s Game by Nelson DeMille. Or Thriller as Ambien?

Attempted May 2017 Recommended for fans of DeMille and reallllly slow burns ★    ★    Abandoning this book. I just don’t have time in my life right now for this kind of detail. I think this is the kind of book … 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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Doppelgangster by Laura Resnick

March 2015 Recommended for fans of slapstick romance with tolerance for poor plotting ★      I know what you are thinking: why did I read this when I apparently hated the first in the series? The short answer: it … Continue reading

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Known Devil by Justin Gustainis

Read July 2014 Recommended for ★    ★     With Hard Dark, I had the impression Gustainis was having fun. Enjoying the hell out of himself, in fact, and the enthusiasm translated to an entertaining read. This time, the writing feels … Continue reading

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The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry. A double dose of Ambien.

Mostly read December 2013 and January 2014. ★   ★ When I was in my mid-teens, one of my friends was rather obsessed with Film (capital intended). I watched a lot of movies that year, most of which I could tell … Continue reading

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Box Office Poison by Phillipa Bornikova. Or, Yes. It is.

Recommended for: fans of female-focused UF such as Chicagoland Vampire series Read on August 23, 2013 ★  ★  ★ Fast and frivolous. Good parts: Fast Frivolous Linnet, the heroine, does not miraculously develop kung fu skills She does use amazing … Continue reading

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Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock. A slow myth.

Recommended for: fans of bitter chocolate ★  ★   1/2   I am not the ideal audience for this book. This is a book that takes the idea of fantasy very, very seriously. There is little love, or sense of joy … Continue reading

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The Diviners by Libba Bray. It isn’t divine.

  Recommended for: I don’t. Read on May 2013 ★  1/2 I imagine the conversation went something like this: “Ms. Bray, I have an idea for your next book.” “Yes?” “Well, the researcher who worked on The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder … Continue reading

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Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. Or librarians vs. Carol

Recommended for: die-hard Sanderson fans, except they’ve probably already read it. Read from July 22 to September 20, 2012 ★ ★   Oh, Elantris, why must you torture me so? Why must you force me into conflict with the library, … Continue reading

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Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich, if you mean in that ho-hum kind of way

Recommended for: hardcore Plum fans only Read from January 15 to 16, 2013, read count: thankfully, once ★    ★   Hi. My name is Carol and I’m a bookoholic. I’ve been reading ever since I can remember, but Goodreads seems … Continue reading

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