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Saturday Miscellany — 9/27/14

Saturday Miscellany — 9/27/14 What Authors Owe Us, Reading Blocks, and more

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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Premonitions by Jamie Schultz

Premonitions by Jamie Schultz is seriously effed-up. But in a good way. ★ ★ ★ ★

PremonitionsPremonitions

by Jamie Schultz

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pg.
Roc, 2014
Read: September 9 – 12, 2014

I spent a lot of time staring at a blank screen trying to figure out how to talk about this. I came close to just posting, “This is seriously effed-up. But in a good way. Read it!”

Really, that might have been the way to go. But let’s give this a try…

Premonitionsis not your typical Urban…

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The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey is a book I should’ve hated (or skipped), but sorta loved. ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2

The Girl With All the GiftsThe Girl With All the Gifts

by M.R. Carey

Hardcover, 403 pg.
Orbit, 2014
Read: September 22 – 23, 2014

I HATE ZOMBIE STORIES, I should get that out of the way up front.

So why this book? Well, I put this book on my TBR list based on a tweet from the director of the most recent Much Ado About Nothingmovie and a vague, yet promising, book blurb. If I’d waited until it was reviewed, or more…

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Reread Project: Indigo Slam by Robert Crais

Reread Project: Indigo Slam by Robert Crais ★ ★ ★, the weakest of the Elvis Cole series, but still fun.

Indigo Slam (Elvis Cole, #7)Indigo Slam

by Robert Crais

Mass Market Paperback, 320 pg.
Fawcett Books, 2003
Read: September 16 – 17, 2014


This, right here, is the low point for the Elvis Cole series. So why, you ask, do you give this 3 stars? Am I just that much of a mindless fanboy?

Well, probably. But that’s not it. One’s appreciation for this novel has everything to do with what you think of the clients. If you like…

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Saturday Miscellany — 9/20/2014

Saturday Miscellany — 9/20/2014 Reading for Health and Betterment, Adaptations, Ghostwriters, New Releases and more

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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Doctor Who: Silhouette by Justin Richards

Doctor Who: Silhouette by Justin Richards is almost as fun as the show, needs to get 12 down a bit better ★★★

Doctor Who: Silhouette (New Series Adventures, #53)Doctor Who: Silhouette

by Justin Richards

Trade Paperback, 256 pg.
Broadway Books, 2014
Read: September 18, 2014

I’d just said few weeks back how I hadn’t read any tie-in novels for a bit, when the good people at Blogging for Books offered this. Seemed like a good way to get back into them.

Things got off to a rough start when the argument that the Doctor and Clara were having about their…

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Putting the Irresponsible into the Blog

Putting the Irresponsible into the Blog

The “irresponsible” in the blog title is supposed to mean that I read whatever, with only a regard for what catches my eye, not in an effort to better myself or be literary or live up to whatever standard — but it’s not supposed to be a reference to my posting frequency.

So what happened to me this week? Reread Project was up late (2 weeks in a row) and then … nothing. I got busy with the…

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Reread Project: Sunset Express by Robert Crais

Reread Project: Sunset Express by Robert Crais is a Strong, Satisfying Read. ★ ★ ★ 1/2

Sunset Express (Elvis Cole, #6)Sunset Express by Robert Crais

Hardcover, 288 pg.
Hyperion, 1996
Read: September 10, 2014


There are two stories being told by Crais in this book — yes, interwoven and interdependent — but two stories. The fun one involves Lucy Chenier coming out to LA for work and to see Elvis. She brings along her son to make it a little family vacation. When Elvis gets the news, he becomes a different person…

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Saturday Miscellany — 9/13/2014

Saturday Miscellany — 9/13/2014 A lot of things about crime novels, thoughts on Kids’ reading habits, New Releases, and more

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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The Scriptlings by Sorin Suciu

The Scriptlings by Sorin Suciu An amusing tale of magic and computers (or is it computing magic? magic computers?) ★★★

The ScriptlingsThe Scriptlings

by Sorin Suciu

ebook, 372 pg.
Smashwords, 2014
Read: September 6 – 8, 2014

For reasons I can’t quite put my finger on (it may have something to do with all the Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett references I saw when reading about the book), I came to The Scriptlingswith a degree of trepidation. But it didn’t take long for the book’s charm and wit to get me past that and buy into…

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