You're Never Weird on the Internet is Felicia Day's memoir. I've been a big fan of Felicia Day for many years now and I'm a member of her Vaginal FantYou're Never Weird on the Internet is Felicia Day's memoir. I've been a big fan of Felicia Day for many years now and I'm a member of her Vaginal Fantasy book group on Goodreads. I had no idea that the young woman who seems so confident on camera actually suffers from so much self-doubt and crippling anxiety.
Felicia's memoir is funny and self-aware and she doesn't shy away from talking about her dysfunction as well as her success. This isn't a look at me, look at me, I'm so successful I did all this stuff and won the Internets story. It's a very insightful look inside her own mind, from her very unconventional upbringing, to her agonizing over writing The Guild, all the way to now. Felicia, you rock. You're my hero, er, heroine. I recognized so much of myself in these pages there were places where it was difficult to continue reading.
(Side note: If I ever met Nichelle Nichols, yeah, I'd do the exact same thing)...more
Hanover House is a prequel novella to Brenda Novak’s upcoming series of the same name. I classify it as romantic suspense. It is a great teaser. The pHanover House is a prequel novella to Brenda Novak’s upcoming series of the same name. I classify it as romantic suspense. It is a great teaser. The premise is interesting and after I finished Hanover House I wanted more. I’m hopeful that the author will fulfill the promise of taking us into the mind of a killer and give us a great story with interesting characters to boot.
Evelyn Talbot is a psychiatrist who was traumatized by a psychopathic killer in her youth. She has dedicated her life to finding out what makes them tick. Her goal is to set up a medical facility where she can study the worst minds she can find. Naturally, there was difficulty finding a community in which to build. It ends up in a remote town in Alaska out beyond cell phone coverage.
Evelyn is deeply scarred by her past and finds it difficult to connect. Until she meets Sergeant Amarok, who, without even trying, makes it past some of her defenses to become a friend. He hopes for more; she isn’t sure she can give him more. Their romantic hopefulness seemed a little bit rushed, however, since the prequel is so short we don’t know what efforts Evelyn has made to overcome her handicaps in the past.
The first full-length book in the series won’t be out until September 2016. Be sure to save the date for Whiteout. I know I will. ...more
On the day Adam Walsh was abducted from a Florida mall in 1981, the author of Frustrated Witness, Willis Morgan, had a strange encounter with a dirty,On the day Adam Walsh was abducted from a Florida mall in 1981, the author of Frustrated Witness, Willis Morgan, had a strange encounter with a dirty, disheveled man in that very same mall. Mr. Morgan was disturbed enough by the stranger’s appearance and actions to follow the stranger into Sears and watch him enter the toy department. At that time, Mr. Morgan had no idea who the stranger was, in fact, it wasn’t until years later that he realized the stranger was most likely Jeffrey Dahmer, and that he could easily have been his victim.
Willis Morgan presents a compelling if largely circumstantial case for Jeffrey Dahmer being the sadistic killer behind Adam Walsh’s death. I say circumstantial only because after over 30 years with both Dahmer and Toole (the man accused and posthumously “convicted” of killing Adam) there is little chance of actual proof.
Morgan paints a picture of police corruption, negligence and the deliberate disregard for witnesses and evidence. He pulls pages from the 7000+ page case file to prove his findings. He has painstakingly tracked down other witnesses who were at the mall that day. In almost every case even though so much time has passed the witnesses remember the events of that fateful day. They also had no difficulty in recognizing an artist’s composite sketch of Dahmer, and rejecting the one of Toole. Unbelievably, even though most of the witnesses tried to tell their stories to the police, they were ignored.
There is also quite a bit of research done on Dahmer’s stint in the armed forces. Dahmer was stationed in Germany, and not surprisingly there was more than one unsolved brutal murder close to his assignment.
Morgan feels compelled to tell Adam’s story and have his case tried in the court of public opinion. He has spent his money tracking down leads, paid for a polygraph, and even attempted to contact the Walsh’s to tell them what he saw. No one asked Mr. Morgan to do these things, in fact, many people, and especially the police officials responsible for the cover-up have tried to make him stop.
Some might call Morgan obsessed, I think the title of the book is apter. Mr. Morgan is frustrated. Frustrated that he knows the truth. Frustrated that no one wants to hear it. ...more
Post-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy concerning an engineered virus that wiped out most of the human population. Humans moved deep underground to survivPost-apocalyptic dystopian fantasy concerning an engineered virus that wiped out most of the human population. Humans moved deep underground to survive and started building a new society. Scientific advancements have given humans telepathic abilities, immortality, and has altered the human genome to create transhumans who are better and stronger than "regular" humans. Yet the surface of the earth is still uninhabitable due to the virus. Scientists have been working for years trying to master the virus but as yet after countless trials have been completely unsuccessful. The societies are splitting into factions, with the ruling class (Beimeini) being opposed by The Liberation Front.
The first book in this multi-book series, The Song of the Jubilee, is all about world building. There is not much exposition here. We learn a little bit about the world and its denizens and the struggle for power. Several characters are introduced, including the Supreme Scientist and his team who are searching for a serum to thwart the Reassortment virus or face the consequences of being demoted and banished to the deepest underground. The leader of the resistance has been captured and is being held by the Belmeini, which forces his middle son to take his place at the helm.
Hopefully, more answers will be forthcoming in future books because as it is the story is unfinished. This is not surprising since this is just the first in a series. I recommend it to readers who are looking for something new and different....more
Before you move into a new neighborhood you should really check out the neighbors first. That's a lesson that Ben McKelvie learns to his own chagrin.Before you move into a new neighborhood you should really check out the neighbors first. That's a lesson that Ben McKelvie learns to his own chagrin. His neighbor Madeline is crazy, and not a good crazy, she is singlehandedly turning her property into a toxic waste dump. First she leaves food out for pigeons, and when rats come to eat the pigeon food, she feeds them too. Poor Ben, this is not what he expected when he moved into Barcroft.
But things get worse, first his dog gets eaten by a mountain lion. Or was it a mountain lion? He's not really sure, it looked like one, but the eyes were strange and haunting. The policewoman who takes his statement doesn't seem to care. Neither does the town council. What's a guy to do? Team up with a big cat curator from the National Zoo. At least she believes that there's a big cat stalking the neighborhood. Or is it a big cat? Something fishy happens with evidence collected from the scene that leads them to team up with a cryptozoologist and a Native American shaman to root out the source of the evil that's stalking Barcroft.
This book was a real page-turner. The action came on fast and the suspense didn't quit. The characters were interesting and likable. I also really liked that when one of the characters turned out to be gay it was incorporated naturally into the story. I think fans of Stephen King and Bentley Little will really enjoy this book.
This book is the third in a series featuring the same characters. While this book was great as a stand alone I do wish I'd read the two previous novelThis book is the third in a series featuring the same characters. While this book was great as a stand alone I do wish I'd read the two previous novels first to get more information on how the characters met and to better understand their interactions. Besides the story was so good it's a shame I didn't take in all of it.
I'd classify this book as romantic suspense. The romance involves private investigator Jamie and Adam, a Lieutenant Colonel, with DEA agent Marc on the sidelines. Marc is hoping for a triangle, Jamie only has eyes for Adam.
When the book begins Adam is busy recuperating at Jamie's house. He is recovering from wounds he received on their last mission together. Things are heating up when suddenly a strange man breaks into Jamie's house and demands that Adam come with him. Just like that Adam turns cold, packs up his stuff and leaves. Jamie can't figure out what happened, he won't return her calls, and she has no idea where Adam ran off to until Adam's grandmother calls and asks her to come to his hometown and get him out of jail.
When she arrives in the tiny little town of Fallowfield the suspense comes into play. The strange man is an old friend of Adam's from high school. He insists that one of Adam's old friends is in danger, but there is no evidence of that until the "suicide" is discovered. Even though the rest of the town, including the police force, is convinced that the victim killed himself, Jamie knows better. Then Marc turns up, hot on the trail of drug runners. Now Jamie is completely certain she isn't wrong, something is going on in Fallowfield. Throw in a 20 year old mystery that has the townspeople looking askance at Adam and Jamie has her hands full, juggling two men, restoring Adam's reputation, and rounding up the bad guys.
I was confused by the relationship between Adam and Jamie. At first he was interested, then he dropped her like a hot potato. She spends the rest of the story chasing after him. She loves him, he blows her off. She pines after him, he gets jealous when she talks to Marc, then blows her off again. Referencing my earlier comments about not having read the first two books, I wonder if I'm missing something. Because if it was me, well, let's just say, Marc seemed like a really hot alternative. Even if Adam was trying to protect Jamie from his past, and the issues going on in his present, it made him come off as a jerk, not a gallant.
Who knew that in the 1950's you could essentially support a family of twelve by entering contests and writing poems? Essentially that is what Evelyn RWho knew that in the 1950's you could essentially support a family of twelve by entering contests and writing poems? Essentially that is what Evelyn Ryan did, she had ten children and an alcoholic husband who spent most of his salary getting loaded. To keep them fed and clothed, she wrote jingles and poems and submitted them to contests. She won quite often usually just in the nick of time to get a bill paid. ...more
Thera Ballard is an orphan, her elderly aunt can't handle her so she drops her off at Rock Point, a home for unwanted girls. Thera Ballard is a drug uThera Ballard is an orphan, her elderly aunt can't handle her so she drops her off at Rock Point, a home for unwanted girls. Thera Ballard is a drug user, a thief, and a bully. Thera Ballard is a liar, she tells anyone who will listen that her mother killed her father with an ax, or was it father killed the mother? Thera Ballard is really just a girl, like any other girl her age, trying to find out where she fits in. But then, Thera Ballard wants more than anything to be a warrior so she can slay the Minotaur and win acclaim and fortune.
The Minotaur, besides being a creature out of Greek legend, is a very real fear in Thera's hometown. She is an actual monster, confined to a maze high up in the cliffs on the outskirts of town. They send her human tribute and pray she never escapes. Thera embarks on a quest to slay the Minotaur and in the process she finds herself.
This was a difficult review to write. I enjoyed the underlying story, but found it difficult to connect with the characters. Perhaps this is because instead of an angsty teen I'm a middle-aged woman. I'm sure that the intended audience, a young female who is still fresh to feelings of love and loss, who thinks that one day she will save the world will find it more amenable. More often than not I'd stop and think "now why would she do that, it's so stupid" and have to put myself into the character's shoes to realize that she wouldn't know any better. I'm not the right audience for this book. Having said all of that, the writing was clean and crisp, with excellent descriptions. Technically everything is in the right place, and the flow and pace of the story moves along well. It's my fault I didn't enjoy it more than I did. ...more
Dr. Sophia Channing is a forensic profiler who works closely with Agent Cam Prescott. Some might say a little too closely, they had a brief affair whiDr. Sophia Channing is a forensic profiler who works closely with Agent Cam Prescott. Some might say a little too closely, they had a brief affair which we learn about in snippets during flashbacks. These flashbacks start every chapter, which breaks up the almost non-stop action and gives the reader a little breathing room to process the horror of the rest of the story. They also give us some insight into why Prescott is hesitant and a little awkward about working with Channing on what may be the biggest case of his career.
A twisted, sadistic maniac is hunting women and leaving their remains in other people's graves. The first body is discovered by accident but it doesn't take long to discover there are more. The hunt is on, and the team is using every means at their disposal to figure out who the killer is before he strikes again. But when Channing's profile is aired on the news their plans go badly arwy Now they have to find him before one of their own ends up in a shared grave.
I thought the romantic elements lent some spice to the story, and helped to explain the tension between them. Cam has secrets from time spent on a federal task force, and while we don't learn what they are, those secrets get between Cam and Sophie and doom their relationship from the start. Yet each is still powerfully attracted to the other. It makes the story more human, most serial killer psychological thrillers focus solely on the hunt. This one gives insight into what makes the good guys tick and left me at least wanting to know if they ever surmount their personal obstacles and get back together. Since it's a trilogy, hopefully more relationship will unfold in book two, while they hunt down the next killer....more
The Ananke is a military research vessel on its way to Pluto for experimental purposes. The nature of the experiment is never explained, but we do leaThe Ananke is a military research vessel on its way to Pluto for experimental purposes. The nature of the experiment is never explained, but we do learn that Ananke is special. A smallish vessel she only houses a three-person crew. Althea is the computer specialist and she's spent her career working on the Ananke. She loves the ship and her computer like it is her child. At first Althea's personality seems flat and undeveloped until the realization dawns that she's a computer savant who doesn't really know how to interact properly with other people only machines. To me, this explained why she reacted the way she did to the later events of the book.
Two unknown people with terrorist ties slip aboard. When one of the terrorists introduces a virus into the Ananke's systems, Althea's only concern is for the ship, instead of eating or sleeping she'd rather work on fixing the malfunctions. Imagine her surprise when she discovers the exact nature of the malfunction.
Meanwhile, one of the terrorists escapes while the other is held captive. Enter System official Ida. The System is the government who keeps watch over its citizens and punishes them for even minor wrongdoing. An incorrect response or facial expression is tantamount to insurrection. Ida's job is to interrogate the terrorist Ivanov. Ivanov is a fast-thinker and fast-talker with a gift for lying. But will he be good enough to stand up to the System? Is he good enough to convince Althea to defy everything she believes, turn her back on her crewmates and help him? The other characters are really only foils for Althea, Ivan, Ida and the Ananke. They aren't very well developed and they don't need to be.
As the story unfolds the malfunctioning gets worse, tensions mount, ultimatums are issued. While the first two-thirds of the story unfolds rather slowly the last third ramps up considerably. I've heard that this might be part of a trilogy so that's understandable, the author had to get all the background information out of the way. I both do and don't hope that it's a trilogy. While I want to know more, I also think that the ending was perfect on its own....more
The Face Transplant is a medical action thriller. It is set in a society where total and partial face transplants have become nearly perfect. The techThe Face Transplant is a medical action thriller. It is set in a society where total and partial face transplants have become nearly perfect. The technology has advanced to the point where only thick scarring betrays that work has been done. Naturally this means that the technology is not only being heavily financed by the government but that it is being used for covert warfare. In the first few paragraphs, we learn that the protagonist, a world-renowned facial surgeon, is being forced at gunpoint to perform a total face transplant on an unknown person. Days later he finds out that his mentor is dead, and while it was made to appear natural, it was probably a murder by the same people who previously took him hostage.
The remainder of the book is the story of the protagonist trying to find out who and why. His search takes him around the world, including the top of an inhospitable Himalayan mountain and into the death zone. Several organizations are hunting him, and brushes with death are quite common. In fact, without the help of friends he'd already be dead. It certainly lived up to the promise of being a thriller.
I'm hoping that because the e-book that I read was an uncorrected proof from NetGalley that the formatting will improve in the published edition. As it was the formatting made it difficult to figure out what was going on, there were sections where the action jumped around without any segue. There is also an error at location 2063 on my Kindle where it says "The bullet has sliced through Jason's colon" Except that it wasn't Jason who had been shot at that point. Jason was still alive and well and plotting. So the book really does need serious editing before publication.
I gave it three stars because I really wanted to enjoy this story. The medicine was fascinating, and I really liked the artificial intelligence, Alice. The ending had a lot of promise, but ultimately the book failed to deliver completely. Part of that was due to the limited readability but part of it was due to the stilted and not quite believable dialogue. It was very hard to follow and I had to keep scrolling back and forth to figure out what was going on....more