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The Smart Woman’s Guide to Murder by Victoria Dowd. Or The Smart Woman Considers it Unpalatable.

Read May 2020 Recommended for no one.  ★     You would think that at my age, I would be smarter than to fall for a marketing line that claims “A GOLDEN AGE COUNTRY HOUSE MURDER MYSTERY BROUGHT BANG UP TO … Continue reading

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Satan’s Gate by Walt Browning

Read January 2020 Recommended for military dudes  ★     1/2 Well, I was greedy and I have only myself to blame. The first book, Lost Valley, was a rather solid entry in the zombie survival genre, so I immediately went … Continue reading

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The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. Like childhood.

Read  July 2017 Recommended for ? fans of Neil Gaiman ★    ★    1/2 This is definitely not a young adult book. If you should try, with best intentions, after reading numerous glowing reviews and having heard Connolly’s name bandied about … Continue reading

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Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Read May 2017 Recommended for completionists     Apparently, some times I’m a little subtle, and the trolls have difficulty following my train of thought. So I’ll be direct: I feel kind of sick about reading this book. I mean, … Continue reading

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Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman. Yes, absolutely.

Read January 2017 Recommended for people that like Regency romance and elven politics  ★     ** spoiler alert ** Do not read this review. Unless you are Carol., and unless you are not fond of regency romance and portal worlds. … Continue reading

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Pocket Apocalypse by Seanan McGuire. It’s an apocalypse, all right.

Read December 2016 Recommended for fans. Forgiving ones.  ★     1/2 It’s an apocalypse, all right–a three-hundred page written disaster. I’ll be blunt. I don’t read this series for the gorgeous writing; I read for the fun menagerie of fantastical … Continue reading

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Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe. Or The Rage Confounder.

Read July  2016 Recommended for people who dislike language, writing and communication  ★    We all have one, that person we’d prefer to get along with, but every time they open their mouth, so much stupid erupts that low-level irritation … Continue reading

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Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Re-read May 2016 Recommended for fans of Mercy Thompson  ★     ★     The second book in the Mercy installment centers upon the vampires. Stefen, good friend and Scooby-lovin, t-shirt wearing vamp, calls in a favor. Favors among the supernatural … 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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Disappearing Nightly by Laura Resnick. Should have stayed disappeared.

March 2015 Recommended for fans of slapstick romance, tolerance for rape  (negative) ★    If I’m being honest–and I am, because I have yet to write my dishonest review–this is not my type of book. And if I’m being very … Continue reading

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