2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
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Book Review: Shark’s Tooth: Emerald Coast Murder by Michael Guillebeau

This was a fun collection – and I’m not usually a fan of short stories! I have read the author’s full-length novel featuring Emerald Coast Beach (Emerald Coast: Free Money – which I have reviewed on here if you’re curious), which is what drew me to this collection. I loved that one – very fun and quirky characters and a fantastic setting – and wanted more set in that world/with those characters, and this title had been published previously so I agreed to take a look despite my long-standing antipathy to the format of shorts.

I found what I usually do: I thoroughly enjoyed the stories set in the world/with the characters that I already knew and loved. But I also found a surprise: I quite enjoyed a number of the others, with new (to me) characters as well. Continue reading Book Review: Shark’s Tooth: Emerald Coast Murder by Michael Guillebeau

Book Review: The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson AND a Video Interview AND Chance to Win a Trip to Fall River!

Wow. This was SO detailed, and yet at the end of the day, I don’t feel like I know anything more than I did before… Which is, of course, almost entirely the point.

This was a minute-by-minute covering of the infamous trial of Lizzie Borden. I’m a lawyer, and I probably enjoy a courtroom procedural more than the next guy. The nuance, the order in which things happen/are revealed, the decisions over legal minutiae that seem insignificant but turn out to have unimaginable importance – these fascinate me.

But even I found them a bit overwhelming after a while. Continue reading Book Review: The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson AND a Video Interview AND Chance to Win a Trip to Fall River!

Book Review: The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

Apparently I missed the description mentioning this was horror. I started reading it expecting a tale of banal human evil, but found so much more…

This was a creepy tale that, even if not wholly original in premise, was very entertaining nevertheless, largely because I enjoyed the characterizations. Not the characters, mind you – many of them were odious. But the characterizations were brilliant and spot-on for the tale. Continue reading Book Review: The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

Book Review: The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni

I really like Dugoni’s writing style – he’s engaging and devises intriguing characters that jump to life off the page. His Sam Hell book is one of my favorite finds in 2018. This story had everything I enjoy – besides great characterization, there were spies and secret identities and lies and betrayal, which all make for a great tale. My only complaint is that this felt rather like two books cobbled into one…. (Hence only three stars.)

The first portion is all about the spy stuff – and it was EXCELLENT. Absolutely spot-on in recapturing the cold war spy thriller feel of Le Carre or DeMille. There’s action, adventure, palace intrigue, people being left out in the cold. Continue reading Book Review: The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni

What, oh What, is the Deal with Reviewer-Shaming?

I know, I know – I never post *real* writing/thoughts (as opposed to reviews/other people’s real writing/thoughts) – but this one has been bugging me for a while, so I felt the need…

More and more lately, I’m seeing EXCEEDINGLY seething and negative feedback (that, frankly, reeks of trollishness, but is from people who only do it sporadically so I don’t know if it technically counts) from readers when a reviewer says they did not finish a book – particularly if it was a review or advance copy.

I don’t understand why other readers get so upset when someone doesn’t finish a book… I can see where an author would – they wrote it. But another reader? If you didn’t write it and didn’t give it to me, why on earth do you think you have to right to yell at me for not finishing it?

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