ARC/Humor-satire: After I picked this book (quickly) on Amazon Vine, I then looked the description. (No, I did not choose the book by its cover; it ha...moreARC/Humor-satire: After I picked this book (quickly) on Amazon Vine, I then looked the description. (No, I did not choose the book by its cover; it had me at Christopher Moore. Ha!) I saw that the book was a "two" to a series and yeah me, I have "Fool" [[ASIN:0060590327 Fool: A Novel]] on my shelf. So quickly read it before "Serpent" was delivered in the mail. Wow, I could not read Fool fast enough. I thought I was going to have to call in sick for work. (Not that I have ever done that. I swear). Then my Serpent came in the mail, but I read something else as not to get over-moored. (I crack myself up sometimes).
Being educated in public school, I had barely heard of Merchant of Venice and had no idea what it was about. I know a bit about Othello. I used to do crossword puzzles and Iago is in a lot of them. I know Othello strangles Desdemona when he is fooled into believing she is cheating. I did have a bit of a time getting into this book. Pocket is not so lovable and witty at the first book. You find out soon enough that he is depressed and is suicidal like Mel Gibson's character in Lethal Weapon [[ASIN:B001EBV0L2 Lethal Weapon]]. But I'm not going to tell you why. There are plots and plots, and more subplots and the novel picks up and gets really good.
This book doesn't come out for several months, so you only have the book jacket until a sample is available. You are probably thinking that I am lucky and you are not to get this ARC. Well, think of it this way, while you can wait in anticipation for the book, I will have to wait six months longer in between Serpent and the next installment. Sorry that's all you get. Now go pre-order the book. That's an order. (Cracking myself up again). (less)
Uncorrected copy/Thriller: Book #7 of the Colton Banyon series. I have really mixed feeling about this book. Good Morning America did a story of some...moreUncorrected copy/Thriller: Book #7 of the Colton Banyon series. I have really mixed feeling about this book. Good Morning America did a story of some sort on George Clooney this morning. While Colt is middle-aged, I really don't see him as Clooney, Brad Pitt, or my future ex-husband Keanu. I picture him as more of a punchy Ned Beatty or Gil Gerard. Yet, all these younger nubile women throw themselves at him. It must be the money. I liked the premise of setting and Colt's character to a point. He just seems indecisive at times and really needed a backbone; not just with the two girls, but everyone. I liked the whole supernatural aspect of the book, but at times Wolf made situations way too easy. I really liked the writing style of short chapters that made it easy to read during my breaks at work. I liked that only important facts were brought up from past books without bombarding me with useless information.
Why did the book lose so many stars? One word: Mandy. I couldn't stand her. I wanted Colt to get a gun and shoot her, strangle her corpse, and throw it in a lagoon of piranhas. Heather at least knew when to shut up and take orders. Mandy is an immature child who pouts when her boss gives her an order she doesn't like. She throws herself at Colt sexually and can't figure out why a 63 year-old man might feel creepy about a 21 year-old parading around naked. Granted, Colt has the sexual maturity of a 15 year-old teen and likes the attention; or he would be more careful to lock a door every once in a while! But with fiction, you need drama.
My biggest peeve is Colt picks Mandy to be a bodyguard (of course) and he even has reservations about her being able to kill someone if necessary! Well Colt is old enough to have seen the movie "Brubaker" with Robert Redford, which was based on a true person. If you haven't seen it or it's been a while, the most intelligent decision Warden Brubaker makes when he arrives at the prison is who will be manning the watchtowers. The towers are watched with armed prisoners, usually with several kills. Brubaker orders that only prisoners with one kill are allowed on the tower. Why? Because a man with no kills will hesitate too long and a man with too many kills will shoot too quick. Mandy is the former and should have never been brought on the mission. She never, never follows directions or even listens to directions unless threatened with job termination. Even then she doesn't listen. I could never figure out if she was just low IQ, had Asperger's, or borderline autistic. But saying that is probably an insult to people who have those conditions because she has something fundamentally wrong with her reasoning of consequences. It's one thing to be a sexy Bond girl and it's another to insulting to every female born.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the book from the author for an honest review. While I would not mind reading any prior books in the series, I don't think I would want to read and future books in the series because of Mandy.
Audio CD/unabridged/Erotic Romance: First, a disclaimer because I got this from GRs for a honest review. I remember as a teen that the movie "Love Sto...moreAudio CD/unabridged/Erotic Romance: First, a disclaimer because I got this from GRs for a honest review. I remember as a teen that the movie "Love Story" used to get a (**)** star review because you either love it or hate it. I liked this audio as a guilty pleasure, but I found myself yelling back at the Keisha, a lot. While I didn't read the original 50 because it was so poorly written, I did read the beginning, the contract and some of the "good parts" (which weren't very good).
Here is an open letter for Keisha (may contain spoilers, but it's erotica and a parody nothing should surprise you).
Dear Keisha, Girrrl, are you mental? I mean, did someone hit you with a hammer? He has had multiple skanky women. He seems only concerned with a condom during regular intercourse in case of pregnancy. Then why did you not add, as a hard limit, absolutely no unprotected sex, ever, in any orifice. Do you want to end up with HPV and anal cancer or AIDS. Why did you not insist Richy Rich take some dollars and get tested. Really? If he skips a condom with you during anal intercourse, then he was not using one with them. Just tell him what your daddy issues are. I mean, he will lighten up on the "sessions" and get bored sooner. Then you could keep the money; duh. Oh yeah, the money and gifts? There are gifts from a man and then there is whoring yourself. Just sayin'. And by-the-way, how can Tristan be a little over six foot and have an identical twin brother...who is a pro basketball player? And did you notice, he broke that stupid contract twice in the first three weeks. In closing, he's not all that into you and doesn't want a commitment, so get your clear heels and run. I mean, the man never cooked you dinner, he doesn't make you laugh, and you have to watch every little thing you do around him.
Here is an open letter for Tristan (may contain spoilers, but it's erotica and a parody nothing should surprise you).
Dear Tristan: You are a tool. You act like a tool, talk like a tool, and probably smell like a tool. You are boring and you should be lucky a strong women like Keisha gives you the time of day. What do you do? You have to break her down. Under the contract she is isolated from her friends and family during the weekends. No dinner with mama. No church. No work. No friends. No shopping. No rest. That is the first sign of what a abusive boyfriend/spouse does: isolation. You constantly break the contract and demand/stalk her for "sessions" during the week. You brag, numerous times: "A good dom knows when his sub..." Well, you don't. How could you not see her warning signs she was breaking apart. What are you going to do after you break her down? End the contract and leave a real man to pick up the pieces? You also say you you have her physical being in the forefront. Well, there's more than smoothing on suave after a flogging. As I mentioned in my letter to Keisha, you have unsafe sex and you are exposing her to every woman you've ever been with. And if you are clean, how do you know Keisha is? She used to have sex with a unfaithful boyfriend. That means any woman in the future has just been exposed to every woman the unfaithful rapper had sex with. You're going to end up like Michael Douglas in 20 years with mouth cancer caused by a HPV. You don't like that Keisha doesn't tell you everything. You're worse. We, and she, know little about your past. In conclusion, stick to one-night stands, with condoms.
I know what your thinking: you liked this? I listened to it in the car on my way to work. It was really good in small pieces. I am thinking about reading the next part, but I like how this one ended.
ARC/Thriller: I picked this book on the Amazon Vine List because I had read Flowertown (a sci-fi book) by Redling and I had really liked it. In realit...moreARC/Thriller: I picked this book on the Amazon Vine List because I had read Flowertown (a sci-fi book) by Redling and I had really liked it. In reality, this book is better! I saw this book doesn't come out until January 2014 so no spoilers here. I will say that I have been in the mood for spy and spycatcher books and this book could be about espionage...or something even bigger. If you look at the description, it has a Days of Condor feel to it. I really liked the main characters of Dani, Booker, and _________. (Sorry can't give that away). It has a good plot and a pretty good ending. I really felt lonely at it was over because I was missing my fictional friends. (less)
ARC/Mystery(ish): This is more of a coming of age story for a late bloomer. When I went to look at this book for a Vine choice, I was weary because th...moreARC/Mystery(ish): This is more of a coming of age story for a late bloomer. When I went to look at this book for a Vine choice, I was weary because the were some negative comments that the book "just ended." No, the book ends after the main character learns about life, herself, and getting over the death of a childhood friend. That would be a conclusion to a plot and an ample ending. (BTW: Ambrosial Flesh by Mary Ann Mitchell and A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton just end).
I grew up during the 70s and 80s, so I really enjoyed the USSR references from that era. I so enjoyed Sarah's descriptions of Moscow and the citizen and expats attitudes and customs.
Then there was the drama and mystery of what really happened, if it did at all. Are they spies, con-men, friends, or something else? What parts of her trip to understanding does Sarah believe, not believe, not care, or it doesn't matter in the end?
ARC/Thriller: I really liked this book! It is well written, great characters, and it has an ending. This book is fairly new so I don't want to give aw...moreARC/Thriller: I really liked this book! It is well written, great characters, and it has an ending. This book is fairly new so I don't want to give away any of the plot. While some things could be confusing and others didn't make sense, the journey of the story really worked for me. The only thing I did not like that the author did not explain scene or time to my liking. There was a lot of travel time for Will Cochran and the continuity seemed off. It was forgivable because Cochran's tale is such a good story.
This book was given to me for an honest review. (less)
CD/Mystery: Spenser #28/This book has great banter with Spenser, Hawk, and his group of thugs. I really had fun listening to it and Joe Mantegna did a...moreCD/Mystery: Spenser #28/This book has great banter with Spenser, Hawk, and his group of thugs. I really had fun listening to it and Joe Mantegna did a great job with the voices. (less)
Hardcover/Sci-Fi: I like tie-in book because it's like old friend week. The downside is you know how the "big picture" ends. This book comes in betwee...moreHardcover/Sci-Fi: I like tie-in book because it's like old friend week. The downside is you know how the "big picture" ends. This book comes in between the first and second (or fourth and fifth) movies. The story of Princess Leia Organa coming into her role as more than a princess. She has to make hard decisions in this book when Alderaanian rebels/pirates come into play. And there's Wookies too.
I did receive this book for an honest review from Goodreads.
EDIT: I guess I need to edit this on why I gave it three stars. One big reason is that it is only 288 pages and hardback...and it is $18 bucks. This book is an average story, not bad, not a classic. It really should have been a paperback only. (less)
PB/Sci-Fi: Did I like this book? It depended on the chapter I was on. Most of the time, I did like it. However, this book was looonnngggg. It was too...morePB/Sci-Fi: Did I like this book? It depended on the chapter I was on. Most of the time, I did like it. However, this book was looonnngggg. It was too long and there was much unnecessary narrative to explain a zombie-world that doesn't really exist. How many times do I have to go through a door with Georgia and do the blood test and watch the lights. There isn't a house, car, or public building you can walk through without getting a blood test. Finally around page 400, the author skips the detail and just tells the reader that there was one given. I guess there are no bank robberies in the future. While the plot is good and does work, there is no real character development of Georgia. She remains static as someone closed-in and defensive. In a lot of ways she doesn't even let her brother Shaun in nor the reader. He narrative is long and too descriptive at times, especially about her eye issues. Also note, that Shaun, while a different person, has the same long descriptive narrative. For such a long book, there was too much missing. I would not continue with this series, but I accidentally bought the second book first. Grr. I was happy with how this one ended, but I guess I will try the second one.
NOW THE BIG QUESTION!!!!!:
Was it just me or is Republican Senator Peter Ryman really Republican Senator Paul Ryan? Just sayin'.
Paperback/Paranormal Romance: I wanted so much to like this book more, but it was a struggle to read it for me. This book has everything; fantasy, rom...morePaperback/Paranormal Romance: I wanted so much to like this book more, but it was a struggle to read it for me. This book has everything; fantasy, romance, kookie characters, mystery, and I was in drama club in high school. I started reading this in the summer and still I couldn't fully get into the book. Maggie finds herself suddenly unemployed and decides to joyride for the weekend because her apartment is too depressing. She ends up in Vermont and joining summer stock. The book goes zero to 80 with interesting characters. As many plays as I seen or just know about, I have no idea about Brigadoon or Carousel. The novel makes several hints about parallels to Brigadoon, which I of course, didn't get. The book is more romance than fantasy, with magic as the catalyst on why everyone ended up not wanting to leave the plays even though they had commitments on the outside. Even Maggie was suppose to be trying to find a job in between rehearsals. Again, I really wanted to love the book and I honestly don't know why I barely liked it. (less)
**spoiler alert** I really only had one peeve with this book which is why I minused a star. Sturman is a wet alcoholic, real wet. The author made it a...more**spoiler alert** I really only had one peeve with this book which is why I minused a star. Sturman is a wet alcoholic, real wet. The author made it all happiness and roses at the end. No. Sturman needed AA. The fact that he never had DTs was wrong. His alcohol tolerance was really high, meaning he probably had alcohol in his blood most of the time. Then going cold turkey for two days should have put him in the hospital. The man never even had the shakes. (less)
PB/Thriller: Three people with nothing in common wind up in Switzerland. This is a long book, but a well written book with no real filler. It is part...morePB/Thriller: Three people with nothing in common wind up in Switzerland. This is a long book, but a well written book with no real filler. It is part of a trilogy and has an ending. I liked the setting in the cathedral in winter. (less)