Let me start with a disclaimer: i don't mind a predictable plot if there are other elements that make a book more ...
Because I had fun listening to SLet me start with a disclaimer: i don't mind a predictable plot if there are other elements that make a book more ...
Because I had fun listening to Savannah Blues, I put this one in my audio queue. After the first 10 minutes, I knew where it was headed and how it would end. It was a fun listen - a slight book,an audio book equivalent of a bathtub book, so I gave it two stars and held myself back from tossing it over the side of a row boat.. The plot- there was one- was supported by characters who were little more stereotypes. It had it all- demure Southern woman, gay hairdresser, wild sister and hunky backwoods man complete with his own dog. There might have even been moonshine or maybe the glint off the beer cans confused me. In any case if you are looking to read one of her books, try Savannah Blues; it's characters are just a shade wackier and makes you appreciate what she is capable of writing: predictable plots with funny characters. On that note, she does need to dial it back when it comes to the names she saddles her characters with for they are just cutesy enough to make you salivate for the odd Lisa and Michael......more
The Chase (the second Fox & O'Hare book) by Evanovich and Goldberg is a beach read or a good car listen. It is fun, a romp as they would say withThe Chase (the second Fox & O'Hare book) by Evanovich and Goldberg is a beach read or a good car listen. It is fun, a romp as they would say with quirky characters and ...Let's face it, both Evanovich and Goldberg have strong solo careers and are clearly having fun with the series and it's improbable situations. The "tension" between Fox and O'Hare is not all that unlike the ones from all of Evanovich's books so the "will she or won't she " track is getting a little old. If you don't take it seriously or look to hard at the escapades it is fun. If you start questioning the probability of any of this succeeding it will fall apart like the things her father likes to blow up with his rocket launchers. I HIGHLY recommend the audio version - Scott Brick's narration is as good as always and lifts the book higher than it probably deserves to be. Will I listen to the next one? Oh yeah...it is fun if nothing else.
Cormoran Strike is not your ordinary detective nor is he the personification of the perfect hero. He is large, awkard, socially clumsy, intelligent anCormoran Strike is not your ordinary detective nor is he the personification of the perfect hero. He is large, awkard, socially clumsy, intelligent and sort of perfect. So is the book. If I had to give it a one word description I would say this: hooked. As in, I am hooked on the writer who kept me intrigued, guessing and surprised and on the character who is nothing he seemed to be and so much more and less than he could have been. HIs temporary secretary was the perfect foil and I look forward to following their further adventures. ...more
This is the first book by David Rosenfelt I have read / listened to that is not an Andy Carpenter book. It was very good; some of the same sarcastic wThis is the first book by David Rosenfelt I have read / listened to that is not an Andy Carpenter book. It was very good; some of the same sarcastic wit that marks the Carpenter books(that I love) but this had a bigger plot with some interesting twists. The premise itself was engaging but I am not giving away anything. This was an audio listen for me and I can't say that I loved Todd Morgan,narrator; his attempts at female voices was -well I will just call it I'll advised at best.however he didn't make me dislike the book do that is something. ...more
Poor Stephanie Bond. I finished reading her book Body Movers at the same time I finished listening to Mark Kay Andrew's book Deep Dish . I now get thPoor Stephanie Bond. I finished reading her book Body Movers at the same time I finished listening to Mark Kay Andrew's book Deep Dish . I now get the warning sides that will produce a formulaic yawn. The following elements are required in the almost-a-beach-book category. If you find some / all of them in the book you are starting be prepared to bang your head against the wall in frustration at some point(s) in your journey from cover to cover.
1. Start with a cute / beautiful heroine. Extra points if the woman is blond; blue eyes are expected. She must be slim and at least a little hapless. 2. Add in a grown / nearly grown sibling the character is responsible for tending to (sister for Deep Dish's "Reggie", brother for Carlotta) 3. At least half the characters must have a cute name - witness Carlotta and Regina 4. All animals must have cute names (Moonpie...really ? And who wouldn't name their pet snake Einstein...) 5. An extra 10 points for either a body (Body Movers excels at this) or a natural disaster. In either case the heroine must be directly threatened and rescued 6. There has to be a sleazy ex-boyfriend 7. There will not be parents on the scene - dead parents are preferable to just missing / absent ones and luckily both Andrews and Bond neatly cavort throughout the editions noted above without more than a sibling or aunt. 8. Financial implosion must be imminent for the main character so that there is a required note of "if I wasn't so desperate I wouldn't be an idiot" surrounding the plot 9. There should be a plot device that gives the a reader a crisis to pin all this nonsense around 10 There is always love in the air..that is the real plot to any of the books in this category. Forget the murder mystery or fake animosity (the old hate at first sight routine)...more
I don't what to think about this one. Silver, the hero, is likable , pathetic, tragic and comic. His tendency to unknowingly blurt out what he is thinI don't what to think about this one. Silver, the hero, is likable , pathetic, tragic and comic. His tendency to unknowingly blurt out what he is thinking is truly cringe worthy and yet he is a man in search of redemption and a man stuck in a life he hadn't planned on or wanted. But it shouldn't come as a surprise since he excels at lack of planning and forethought. The book is about what happens when it all catches up to him. I liked the book and was ready to give it 5 stars and probably should but the last 2 minutes annoyed me so much I needed to take revenge. Silver would understand. ...more