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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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The Burglar on the Prowl by Lawrence Block. AKA, WTF.

Read August 2014 Recommended for people who don’t mind a date rape ★     If you are willing to gloss over a significant character relationship, it might theoretically be an entertaining read. Seriously, Block. What’s the author of the finely … Continue reading

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Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

Read January, 2014 ★   1/2 This is a tough one to review. Not because my reaction to the read wasn’t particularly clear –it was– but because my good friends over at Shelf Inflicted and I differ significantly in our … Continue reading

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Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood.

Recommended for: Honestly? No one. Read from July 28 to August 01, 2013 ★  ★ Geekomancy has many, many problems, including an extremely superficial world-view reference set and stereotypical characters (which largely come courtesy of the male gaze). By far … Continue reading

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The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams. Or, The war against taste.

  Recommended for: no one, really Read from August 12 to 18, 2012 ★   Derivative. Reminds me rather unfortunately of Christopher Golden‘s the Veil trilogy, and Terry Brooks‘ Landover series, neither of which I enjoyed. Bear with my summation, … Continue reading

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Cursed by Benedict Jacka. I certainly did.

Recommended for: People looking for Dresden-esque who can overlook blatant sexism Read on May 23, 2013 ★   FROM THE POLICE BLOTTER Subject: Benedict Jacka Alias: Alex Versus Location: Cursed Date: Published 2012, ongoing issues. Charges: –Multiple counts of misdemeanor … Continue reading

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All the Flowers Are Dying by Lawrence Block. And so is this series.

Recommended for: Scudder completionists Read on January 19, 2013, read count: half was more than enough ★   A Matt Scudder book that came perilously close to the “DNF” as soon as I discovered Block using a serial killer viewpoint. … Continue reading

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A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Or Why Adding Witches Doesn’t Make it Fantasy

Read from May 03 to 12, 2011 Recommended for: Paranormal romance readers ★    1/2 Redeemed only through a nice use of language. Initial assessment: Harlequin romance meets Twilight. Most irritating similarity to Twilight: they discover all sorts of ways … Continue reading

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Prince of Thorns, or, Why I Do I Hate You?

  Recommended for: no one, really Read on January 10, 2012 ★   Here’s Cliff Notes to my review: The Blade Itself Lite, with significantly less character development, a typical revenge plot and little redemption. Feels suspiciously like watching a … Continue reading

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John Dies at the End by David Wong. Or, Maybe John Should Have Died First

read April, 2012 recommended for: adolescent humor fans ★   ★ Put this book down and go read Wong’s work at cracked.com, particularly his piece “6 Things Rich People Need to Stop Saying,” a brilliant piece of humor, psychology and economics: … Continue reading

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