Friday, April 22, 2016

Review: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love short stories. They're so, short. Except maybe Stephen King's. Okay I kid, for the most part. This collection has a little bit of everything from horror (shocking, I know) to poetry, yes he writes poetry people, he is a writer after all so quit acting shocked. The best part of these short tales is that they rarely disappoint I mean no one can get them all right. Kind of like this review I guess. Anyway, I gave the overall collection five stars, one of these days I'm going to review each story in a collection, just not today.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review: The Cold Cold Ground

The Cold Cold Ground The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found this novel to be an entertaining read that follows Sean Duffy , a CID officer working in Belfast in the early 1980's during the height of the hunger strikes that kept everyone on edge. He is trying to solve what seems like a hit on a competing gang/group that turns into much more. Mr. McKinty brings to life the real fears of police officers in Belfast during that time, and with Duffy being a Catholic police officer his life seems to always be in some sort of peril. You live with the fear that Duffy has while driving his car, knowing that he forgot to check for a bomb and being unable to stop and check because of a gang of protesters acting threateningly. Looking around his environment thinking that this is how it will all end, in a depressed area of Belfast with burned out buildings and broken down cars. McKinty takes us on a fast-paced thriller as Duffy tries to solve the murder(s) and find out what exactly is going on. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Review: The Brothers of Baker Street: A Mystery

The Brothers of Baker Street: A Mystery The Brothers of Baker Street: A Mystery by Michael Robertson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am really enjoying this series about a couple of brothers that are working out of an office that used to be where Sherlock Holmes used to reside. It's a great concept for setting up pretty decent mysteries. This one even includes... Moriarty. It's a fun read and you will enjoy it, I almost guarantee that for everybody but there is always that one, or a million plus people that just won't agree with me all the time. Buggers.

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Review: A World of Talent and Other Stories

A World of Talent and Other Stories A World of Talent and Other Stories by Philip K. Dick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Five wonderful short stories from a master storyteller.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Review: The Grownup

The Grownup The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting short story that started off slow and kind of an annoying manner (to me) but then it started to pick up and while predictable, kind of, I did enjoy the twists at the end so that allowed me to give it three stars instead of two. Obviously at 60 some odd pages, it'll be a quick read for most, so you lose an hour maybe two reading it. So give it a shot and let me know what you think.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Review: The Baker Street Letters

The Baker Street Letters The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun read! Quick too! How's that for a review?

The Heath brothers have an office at 221B Baker Street, the former home of an infamous and fictional detective you may have heard of, Sherlock Holmes. Paper of their lease agreement is to answer any and all correspondence to Mr. Holmes. That concept alone hooked me into starting this series and I'm very happy I did. If you like British humor I think you'll get a kick out of this book, even when the author gives the US and us Yanks a back-handed compliment or ten.

I think the best compliment I can give this book is that I already have the next one lined up in my queue, just waiting on the library now.

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Review: The Hit

The Hit The Hit by David Baldacci
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The second story about Will Robie the spy turned investigator or something, was filled with loads of cliches to the point where they got distracting. There was also a lot of redundancy in using the same words a little more than one would think an author of 30+ best sellers would use. The story itself moves along fairly quickly but it lacks some realism, granted it is a work of fiction but one should expect a certain amount of time to pass between events, at least, more than one gets from this novel. Oh well, it is what it is a quick fast read that occupies your time while waiting on a plane or on a road trip.

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Review: The Innocent

The Innocent The Innocent by David Baldacci
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Thought I'd give this a try, since I have read Mr. Baldacci before and enjoyed his work. I wasn't very disappointed but I also didn't think it was a great work by any stretch. I am not sure if I should be happy about the fact that I called one of the major parts well before it happened, I honestly think that anyone that reads it will see it as well. Now since this is the first book with this character I feel like I owe it to the author to read the next in the series, you know to make sure it isn't going to all be cookie-cutter type stuff, then again I am a sucker for a quick entertaining read, so I will probably end up reading all of them. Especially since they generally move at a quick pace and I don't have to do a whole lot of deep thinking.

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