Don't you hate it when you can't look past a minor flaw? It's like Tom Cruise with Scientology, Jim Carey dating Jenny McCarthy, Liam Neeson appearingDon't you hate it when you can't look past a minor flaw? It's like Tom Cruise with Scientology, Jim Carey dating Jenny McCarthy, Liam Neeson appearing in that woeful Star Wars film and babies with their lack of personal hygiene. If it wasn't for these minor flaws you could really enjoy what is before you, especially if you didn't get sick of Jim Carey years ago.
There is a lot to like about Matt Lynn's Ice Force, especially if you like the "real operation" styled thrillers that Chris Ryan and Andy McNab write. Matt differs from the others in this style with his humorous banter between the characters, something I really like to see in novels, something I am trying to do with my own writing. So what is it that I'm hung up on? The misogyny.
Now, I'm not saying that this book and the writer are misogynistic, rather I'm saying that there is a tone stated by some of the characters that women aren't good at soldiering, that they distract men from the soldiering and that they are generally just eye candy. This is typical bloke-y fare that you get with the military and men talking at the pub who hate to admit that they are not in charge in their relationship. It may be "real" but I really don't like reading it.
Every time I walk past a book store I just have to take a wander through and see what is on the shelf. The last time I saw two books that caught my eyEvery time I walk past a book store I just have to take a wander through and see what is on the shelf. The last time I saw two books that caught my eye, Luther: The Calling and Red White and Blood. I'd never heard of the latter, never heard of the author, Christopher Farnsworth, and this was the most recent in a three book series.
Sadly I've been burnt before, so I only walked out of the store with Luther. No matter how interesting this book looked, it was about vampires, politics and secrets, this could have been Twilight in the Whitehouse for all I knew. So instead I contacted my trusty local librarian and asked if they had any of the books on the shelves, they had all three. I'm glad they had them all.
Chris's writing is witty, fast paced and well crafted. Essentially he has written a supernatural thriller in direct opposition to the sparkly lameness that has infected the supernatural genre. Despite the themes, the line isn't crossed into horror territory, remaining firmly enjoyable to thriller fans who don't like the gore aspect.
In short, I won't be getting to Luther: The Calling, until after I finish all three of Chris' Nathaniel Cade novels....more
I look forward to a lot of things: my football team winning another premiership, science discovering something cool, sleeping in on the weekend, sleepI look forward to a lot of things: my football team winning another premiership, science discovering something cool, sleeping in on the weekend, sleeping in on a weekday, reading a good book. As a reader, I feel I have a responsibility to look forward to the next novel from my favourite authors. Thankfully, my favourite writers have never failed to deliver.
The first Sydney Rye novel was a great mystery from Emily Kimelman. Dog walker is not the first occupation you expect from a mystery novel's protagonist. But since detective or private investigator characters are as stale as last week's bread that was first frozen, then thawed, then used to mop up spilt beer, it was refreshing for Emily's protagonist to be a dog walker. Plus, I like dogs.
If you haven't read the first Sydney Rye novel, you may be confused why Joy Humbolt is calling herself Sydney and living in an RV in this second adventure. I recommend reading the first novel now.... Okay, so now that we are on the same page, I can say that Sydney is evolving. This isn't just a name change, this is a quest to become something more. Emily manages to even cheekily title one of the chapters "Obligatory Training Montage".
All this novella has done is left me wanting to read the next edition. Fortunately, Emily has that coming out in January....more
As a new dad, there are a few sentiments expressed by Charlie Fox - the hero - about kids that feel spot on. There is nothing more annoying than a babAs a new dad, there are a few sentiments expressed by Charlie Fox - the hero - about kids that feel spot on. There is nothing more annoying than a baby interrupting you reading a good book, especially during the final 50 pages!
Zoe has certainly got all the right thriller ingredients. But she has also managed to mix them together into a great blend that is interesting and exciting. From go to arrhythmia, there is no let up, with Charlie trying to stay alive and figure out who isn't trying to kill her. If I had one quibble, it was with a chance encounter that was rather important to the plot, I would have preferred it to be done a little different. But then again, I forgive this in Lee Child, Zoe is no less a writer, so it is an easily overlooked point.
If you haven't read any of the Charlie Fox thrillers, do so soon....more
I've been making my way through most of the Preston and Child novels, enjoying each in turn, so I thought it waWell, the title of the book is spot on.
I've been making my way through most of the Preston and Child novels, enjoying each in turn, so I thought it was time to hunt down some of their individual efforts. My local library happened to have Blasphemy on the shelves, which came home with me for a few days.
This is a very well written book. Not only is it intriguing, it weaves in several themes, allegories, allusions and straight up social commentaries. At the same time it is a fast paced thriller. I really enjoyed it.
Of course the title is likely to make some people a little nervous about reading the book. It should be made clear that The Flying Spaghetti Monster is not mentioned, nor is his noodliness likely to be happy with the religious comments - beer and pirates are not mentioned once. No doubt some will be offended, especially if they swear blind that Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins have horns and pitch forks. Everyone else will enjoy this interesting and fast paced novel....more
Trying to read with a newborn in your arms is tricky. You try to get them to sleep and then realise you haven't been reading all of that time. You tryTrying to read with a newborn in your arms is tricky. You try to get them to sleep and then realise you haven't been reading all of that time. You try to feed them and realise that Zaphoid was right, a third arm does come in handy. This all adds up to making it hard to enjoy a good book.
The fact that I did enjoy this book shows just how good it was, because my reading has been very interrupted. Mak is back in what appears to be the finale in the Vanderwall series. Since the last book, Mak has been hiding out in Spain, but it isn't long before assassins get wind of her location and she is headed back to Australia.
If this is the end of the series (I'm going by the novel, I haven't heard Tara mention anything on this) then I think it ended appropriately. Some authors, TV shows and musicians drag out a series for too long. Tara has avoided that nicely. Now the only question is, will she continue in the crime genre, or will her paranormal novels be the focus now?...more
Unbelievably this is the first Karin Slaughter novel I have read. I have read one of her short stories before, which made me pick up this novel, so itUnbelievably this is the first Karin Slaughter novel I have read. I have read one of her short stories before, which made me pick up this novel, so it wasn't like I didn't know that Slaughter had the goods in crime thrillers.
I quite enjoyed the slightly different take that Karin has on the crime thriller. Front and centre are a mix of slightly dysfunctional characters that somehow manage to not only work with one another, but are actually interesting to read about. You know how crime novels often have that self-loathing, alcoholic, dark and depressing lead character? Well this novel doesn't have that - thank his noodliness.
You can see why Karin is a bestselling author, so the only question is which of her novels I'll read next....more
This book arrived on my doorstep from the lovely people at Booktopia, just in time for me to read over the weekend. Unfortunately last weekend also coThis book arrived on my doorstep from the lovely people at Booktopia, just in time for me to read over the weekend. Unfortunately last weekend also coincided with the arrival of my son, damn stork was early, so my reading was interrupted. Normally a Reacher adventure can't be put down, but my new bub showed that sometimes you have to.
Reviewing Lee's new novel is hard, my interrupted reading, sleep deprivation and cuddle time has clouded my impression of the book. Reacher still kicked arse, the story was decent and Lee's characteristic tight plotting was on display.
I'm only giving this 4 stars for now, with the intention of re-reading it sometime after I've had a decent nights sleep....more
I've given up on this novel. After 6 hours of listening to this in the car I feel as though the plot hasn't really moved along at all. In fact, I feelI've given up on this novel. After 6 hours of listening to this in the car I feel as though the plot hasn't really moved along at all. In fact, I feel as though all that has happened is the introduction of the characters and the premise of the plot.
In and of itself, the premise and setup are great. The various overlaps of characters will obviously have everyone circling one another. But this audiobook has broken my reading rules and not gotten going soon enough for my liking. Others may find it more rewarding, but I just found it to have too much exposition....more
Don't get my rating wrong, I enjoyed this book. The but is that the earlier books spoke to me because of the humour and Elvis' take on being a detectiDon't get my rating wrong, I enjoyed this book. The but is that the earlier books spoke to me because of the humour and Elvis' take on being a detective. This book is later in the series and is more of a typical crime thriller and disappointed me with the darker tones and lack of humour. Essentially, I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't what I was expecting from an Elvis Cole novel....more