Thursday, June 30, 2016

Review: Two Graves

Two Graves Two Graves by Douglas Preston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am very glad that it really isn't necessary to read these in order but I will say that I think this was the best Pendergast novel that I have read. What does that mean exactly? Not sure, other than I was enthralled by this book more than any of the previous ones I have read and that I had a real hard time putting it down. There were moments where certain characters were mentioned and I had to remember where they were in my mind, some dead, some alive, you know how it goes. Anyway, I found Two Graves to be the best one I have read yet in this series, I think I've read four or five. Reading this one makes me want to go and read them in order but I'm impatient and can only go where my library allows me to go.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Review: Crooked Heart

Crooked Heart Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I immediately fell in love with this novel from word one, okay maybe it took several more words than that but honestly, this was one of the best books I have read this year and I am so glad that I picked it up. So now you have a chance to go and pick it up and I highly and I do mean highly recommend that you do so straight away!

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Review: The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This novel was a finely-crafted and well-written novel that I enjoyed thoroughly and highly recommend you all go out and read it.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Review: The Fifth Assassin

The Fifth Assassin The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I find myself enjoying these novels and the main character Beecher White, as presented by Mr. Meltzer. What can I say he's growing on me. Sure the novel is still filled with plenty of cliches but it isn't meant to be a great piece of art that will forever live in the annals of literary history, so I should just lighten up and enjoy, right? All I do know is that it would be pretty cool to be an archivist and apparently there was something in the water in Saginaw, WI because a lot of interesting people come from there. Anyway, it's a quick easy read that has a decent story and mystery that the author does a good job of keeping it until the end.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Review: The Defenders and Other Stories

The Defenders and Other Stories The Defenders and Other Stories by Philip K. Dick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am loving these short stories by Philip K. Dick a lot. The only complaint I may have would be with the narrator and let's be honest here, I'm just nitpicking now. This audiobook is a quick four-hour one that I'm pretty sure most of you will enjoy, well most sci-if fans at least. All these stories are from the 1950's and deal with various conflicts, be it us versus the Martians, or us versus the Commies. Good stuff!

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Review: Church of Marvels

Church of Marvels Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story takes place around the turn of the 19th century in Coney Island and Manhattan and has four main characters whose stories are all told from their point of view and to be honest it was slow going at first. Then as the novel progresses you see that they are all connected to each other at the end. There are some surprises along the way that add a richness to the overall story. I will admit that these stories aren't normally my cup of tea but the change was good and I think most people will enjoy this piece of work.

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Friday, June 3, 2016

Review: The Inner Circle

The Inner Circle The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you want a quick easy to read a novel that is filled with awesome cliches, this might be the book for you. Nah, I kid. The cliches aren't that good. I will admit to getting caught up in some of the action at times but it also has plenty of boring stuff in it as well. I think that might be because it is the first in a series, who knows. Anyway, it wasn't bad either. How's that for a meh review? I still say go out and read it while getting caught up in plenty of conspiracy theories, then go watch some real life and catch the Kardashians. I'm kidding.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Review: The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so glad that I finally got around to reading this book that is all about the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago and as a bonus, one creepy mofo. I found myself going back in time to when the city of Chicago worked to put together the 1893 World's Fair, also known as the Columbian Exposition because it was celebrating the 400th anniversary of when Columbus, at that time, was thought to have discovered America. It is the story of Daniel Burnham the architect of the "White City" and of the Devil that lived nearby. I'll keep that name a mystery, mainly because I am drawing a blank and don't have the book in front of me. Needless to say, I sure am glad that I wasn't a young female that was visiting the big city, alone, in the 1890's. The fact that the Fair went off with minimal hitches, heck that it was even built in time shows a sense of pride in a city by coming together to make it all happen. The fact that it ended up becoming the greatest spectacle of the time is even more amazing. Mr. Larson has painstakingly researched the subject and does an outstanding job of presenting it here that makes my little history-loving heart beat with joy. So if you haven't already read it, I highly recommend you give it a try, I don't think you will regret it.

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