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W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton

W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton was good enough. ★ ★ ★

W is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone, #23)W is for Wasted

by Sue Grafton

Hardcover, 486 pg.
A Marian Wood Book/Putnam, 2013
Read: July 25 – 26, 2014

There are two (dead) men that we focus on in this novel — the first, Pete Wolinksy, I’m pretty sure we’ve met before. He did some work for the men that Kinsey apprenticed with, and she’s run across him at least once before in the novels (but I’m not going to run off an verify that). The…

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The Competition by Marcia Clark

The Competition by Marcia Clark — another winner for Clark and Rachel Knight ★ ★ ★ ★

The Competition (Rachel Knight, #4)The Competition

by Marcia Clark

Hardcover, 416 pg.
Mulholland Books, 2014
Read: July 28, 2014

So, Rachel Knight and her pal Det. Bailey Keller are called to the scene of a deadly shooting at a high school. Very deadly — it soon becomes clear that there will be a higher death count here than any other school shooting, which is exactly what the gunmen were going for. Students of mass shootings…

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Never Go Back by Lee Child

Never Go Back by Lee Child. Lee Child and Jack Reacher, firing on all cylinders, doing what they do best. ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, #18)Never Go Back

by Lee Child

Hardcover, 400 pg.
Delacorte Press, 2013
Read: July 23 – 24, 2014

The journey that Reacher started following 61 Hoursis at an end — he’s back at the 110th MP, his old unit to meet the person the goes with the voice at the other end of the phone line — the new CO, Maj. Susan Turner. He’s planning on asking her to dinner, and to see what happens from there. Sure, walking…

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The Sound and the Furry by Spencer Quinn

The Sound and the Furry by Spencer Quinn a charmingly fun read (as always) ★ ★ ★ ★

The Sound and the Furry (A Chet and Bernie Mystery #6)The Sound and the Furry

by Spencer Quinn

Hardcover, 320 pg.
Atria Books, 2013
Read: July 23, 2014

I cannot think of another narrator in contemporary fiction as charming, as relateable, as endearing Chet — unreliable as all get out, but utterly trustworthy. I’m sure there are readers out there who are not susceptible to Chet’s canine charms, but I’m not one of them. I chuckle, I laugh, I am drawn…

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From the Archives: Year Zero by Rob Reid

Year Zero by Rob Reid made me laugh ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Year ZeroYear Zero

by Rob Reid

Hardcover, 364 pg.
Del Rey, 2012
Read: October 27 – 29, 2012

Aren’t we at the point yet where just because something involves aliens, spaceships and more than a few laughs, we don’t have to invoke Douglas Adams? (not that I have anything against the man or his work) But this book owes more to Scalzi’s Agent to the Starsthan to anything about Arthur, Ford or Zaphod (or even…

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Filed under From the Archives Rob Reid Science Fiction Year Zero

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Saturday Miscellany — 7/26/14

Saturday Miscellany — 7/26/14 Crime Fighting Duos, Best Paranormal Fantasies, Harry Potter lessons, New Relases

Thin week overall, but what I have to offer, I really liked.

Odds ‘n ends over the week about books and reading that caught my eye. You’ve probably seen some/most/all of them, but just in case:

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Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan and Dad is Funny, too ★ ★ ★ ★

Dad Is Fat<a href=”http://www.jimgaffigan.com/books/dad-is-fat”>Dad Is Fat

by Jim Gaffigan

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Published May 7th 2013 by Crown Archetype
Read: July 19 – 22, 2014

It’s been years — almost decades since I last read a book by a stand-up comedian. I used to love them — you get their act, usually expanded — if not, at least more of it then you got to see on TV in Idaho. If you were familiar enough with…

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Filed under Dad is Fat Humor Jim Gaffigan Non-Fiction

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Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta

thoughts on Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta ★ ★ ★ ★

Those Who Wish Me DeadThose Who Wish Me Dead

by Michael Koryta

Hardcover, 388 pg.
Little Brown, 2014
Read: June 21, 2014

Once Koryta left Lincoln Perry behind and started writing stand-alones, I read one and never got around to the rest — but something about this one drew me in (and it doesn’t look like my typical suspense preference) — and now I’ve got to find time to go back and pick up the three or four I’ve…

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The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman is very good, and very difficult to describe ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

The Rise & Fall of Great PowersThe Rise & Fall of Great Powers

by Tom Rachman

Hardcover, 384 pg.
The Dial Press, 2014
Read: July 15 – 19, 2014

He raised his menu.
She consulted hers. “You don’t like sweet-and-sour, do you.”
“No,” he confirmed. “I want food that can make up its mind.”

I had a real difficult time connecting to the people, the story, this book — but early on, I came upon this exchange between a man and…

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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Robert Galbraith continues to please with The Silkworm ★ ★ ★ ★

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)The Silkworm

by Robert Galbraith

Hardcover, 455 pg.
Mulholland Books, 2014
Read: July 2 – 5, 2014

Cormoran Strike is back, and I couldn’t be much happier. After the events described in The Cuckoo’s Calling, Strike’s enjoyed a few minutes of fame — a degree of notoriety with the police, and a profile big enough to land him bigger clients, plus his fair share of would-be clients with a weak grasp…

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Filed under Cormoran Strike Mystery/Detective Fiction/Suspense Robert Galbraith The Silkworm