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William rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Tropical Depression by Laurence Shames
Tropical Depression
by Laurence Shames (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2015
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The book had some good "one liners" and a few funny passages, but was rather dumb overall. A little too "sweet" in places and the ending was predictably schmaltzy. Interesting characters but so similar to characters from other books about South Flori ...more
William rated a book 1 of 5 stars
The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander
The Secrets of Life and Death
by Rebecca Alexander (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2015
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Started our OK but went downhill. I thought it was rather stupid for the second half of the book. Magic, Vampirism, sorcery mixed into a poor and predictable plot. Back to the library with it before it costs me more than the wasted time reading it.
William rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton
Pirate Latitudes
by Michael Crichton
read in August, 2015
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Kind of a fun read. Not very deep and likely far from the historical "truth", but a good swash buckler.
William rated a book 1 of 5 stars
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
Karen Memory
by Elizabeth Bear (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2015
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Ridiculous fiction and rather boring. The book was drawn out and frankly stupid. The SciFi part of it had NO science. The sex was just dumb.
One of the poorest books I have read recently. I had to quickly skim read most of it, but I didn't miss much!
William rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Voyage of the Short Serpent by Bernard du Boucheron
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An excellently written but very gruesome book. Not for the weak stomached, or very religious. It is really down on the hypocrisy of the middle ages Catholic religion. Probably quite accurate in its portrayal of the possible final days of the Norse Gr ...more
William rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Blast from the Past by Kinky Friedman
Blast from the Past
by Kinky Friedman
read in August, 2015
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Kind of a fun read. Nothing serious, but lots of funny (and Raunchy) one liners. Irreverent and silly in places but that is to be expected from this author.
Late sixties, early seventies counter culture of New York was really only a very small minorit
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William rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Last Word by Hanif Kureishi
The Last Word
by Hanif Kureishi
read in August, 2015
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It is definitely well written but kind of boring. Started out OK but dragged on. A book written by an author about an author is not my thing, and this was hard to keep reading. I hoped it would get better but no, it continued on in a somewhat belabor ...more
William rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle
The Harder They Come
by T.C. Boyle
read in August, 2015
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Well written story that is very sad. The subject being a mentally disturbed son who murders several people and evades the police in the forests in Northern California. I liked it mainly for the location which was extremely familiar to me. (Fort Bragg ...more
William rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Death of a Liar by M.C. Beaton
Death of a Liar (Hamish Macbeth, #30)
by M.C. Beaton (Goodreads Author)
read in August, 2015
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I liked the location (north west Scotland) and the highland characters. The story was weak and the mystery wasn't much there. It must be the 30th or more in this series and the author is probably getting a little stale. I will not be quick to pick up ...more
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Up in Smoke by Charlene Weir
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I thought the ending was very week. Captured female in distress, race against time, overdone thriller type ending. The books hows the dismal aspects of presidential campaigns. True, I'm sure. but kind of boring. I picked up the book at the recycle ce ...more
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