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Dusted Off: Mad Mouse by Chris Grabenstein

Dusted Off: Mad Mouse by Chris Grabenstein ★ ★ ★ ★

Mad Mouse (John Ceepak Mystery, #2)Mad Mouse

by Chris Grabenstein

Hardcover, 320 pg.
Carroll & Graf, 2006
Read: November 27 – 28, 2012

Man, this is just such a fun series. Ceepak’s a great superhero cop (though I hope he becomes a bit more rounded in the books to come), and Danny’s one of the best sidekicks around. Watching him grow up is a blast.

I thought it was great that this book didn’t focus on a murder (my wife took a…

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Filed under Chris Grabenstein Danny Boyle From the Archives John Ceepak Mad Mouse Mystery/Detective Fiction/Suspense

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Dusted Off: Loser’s Town by Daniel Depp

Dusted Off: Loser’s Town by Daniel Depp ★ ★

Loser's Town: A David Spandau NovelLoser’s Town: A David Spandau Novel

by Daniel Depp

Hardcover, 290 pg.
Simon AND Schuster, 2009
Read: November 8 – 12, 2012

Um, ugh. This is a really well-written, occasionally clever, disappointment.

See here’s the thing…in a detective novel, the protagonist, or if you will, the detective, should detectthings. Spandau did nada. His violent associate (not really a Hawk, Joe Pike or Bubba…

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Not her best, but Rowell on an off day is still really, really good. ★★★★1/2

LandlineLandline

by Rainbow Rowell

Hardcover, 310 pg.
St. Martin’s Press, 2014
Read: August 13, 2014

4.5 Stars

If the last few years have taught us readers anything, it’s that if you want quirky, honest, heart-felt romance with real (and usually moderately overweight) people and solid laughs, Rainbow Rowell will consistently deliver for you. And if you don’t think you want that, after you read her,…

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Filed under General Fiction Landline Rainbow Rowell Romance

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Reread Project: Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais

Reread Project continues: Stalking the Angel by Robert Crais ★ ★ ★ ★

Stalking The Angel (Elvis Cole, #2)Stalking The Angel by Robert Crais

Mass Market Paperback, 260 pg.
Crimeline, 1992
Read: August 13 – 14, 2014


Okay, here we go with the second Elvis Cole adventure — I hesitate to call this a mystery, the amount of investigating that Elvis performs before finding what he’s been hired to is pretty minimal. What can I say, the guy’s got himself some great instincts.

The book opens with a great…

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Saturday Miscellany — 8/16/2014

Saturday Miscellany — 8/16/2014 Phantom Tollbooth memories, First Book Loves, Rowell’s Best Lines, New Releases and more

A quick personal note: As we have for 7 or so years, my kids took part in our local library’s Summer Reading Program — for my family, it’s never actually increased our reading, but it’s a fun little thing for the kids to do (and it gets them a free book). The last few years, they’ve added a program for adults — also, doesn’t do anything to increase my reading, still I like to participate. Turns…

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Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth by John Moe

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth by John Moe was rather amusing ★ ★ ★

Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture CorrespondencesDear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth: And Other Pop Culture Correspondences

by John Moe

ebook, 288 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Three Rivers Press
Read: August 14, 2014

This is an incredibly amusing collection of pop culture-based humor pieces — I’m tempted to call them columns, but that’s not exactly it.

So these are correspondence (in various forms) associated with gems from Pop Culture —…

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Treasure Coast by Tom Kakonis

Treasure Coast by Tom Kakonis didn’t work for me ★ ★

Treasure CoastTreasure Coast

by Tom Kakonis

Kindle Edition, 304 pg.
Brash Books, 2014
Read: August 7 – 12, 2014

I really don’t like writing these kind of reviews. So let’s get this out of the way straight off: this was not a book written for me. Which doesn’t mean I couldn’t appreciate its strengths — and it certainly could’ve won me over (others I didn’t think were for me have), but it really didn’t. I…

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Filed under Mystery/Detective Fiction/Suspense Tom Kakonis Treasure Coast

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In Medias Res: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

as the title implies, I’m in the middle of this book, so this is not a review, just some thoughts mid-way through

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House of Hades
Landline

by Rainbow Rowell

I’m on page 153 of 308 — as close as you can get to half-way (at least if you stop at the end of a chapter), and I’m all in on this book. It’s told with Rowell’s trademark warmth and charm. It’s funny, but not hilariously so; tragic, but not heartbreaking…

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Review Catch Up: Broken Homes; Black Arts; The Player; Speaking from Among the Bones

I’ve got a backlog of 50 or so reviews I’ve been meaning to write — some of them, I just have to admit aren’t going to get done. But I’m going to try my level best. The four books I’ve decided to tackle in one fell swoop are books I enjoyed, from series I enjoy, and yet I’ve had trouble reviewing them. In the end, I decided that was because by and large, I don’t have anything to say about these…

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Filed under Alan Bradley Ben Aaronovitch Black Arts Brad Parks Broken Homes Carter Ross Faith Hunter Flavia de Luce Jane Yellowrock Mystery/Detective Fiction/Suspense Peter Grant Speaking from Among the Bones The Player Urban Fantasy

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Reread Project: The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais

I kick off my Reread Project with the very god The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais ★ ★ ★ ★

The Monkey's Raincoat (Elvis Cole, #1)The Monkey’s Raincoat

by Robert Crais

Mass Market Paperback, 201 pg.
Crimeline, 1992 (originally 1987)
Read: August 6, 2014


We start the Reread Project with The Monkey’s Raincoat, which should be read as the pilot for the Elvis Cole series. It establishes the characters, the world, the tone — the story is secondary to that. It’s also the foundation — everything after this will be building on…

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