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Robb Grindstaff's "Rudy and Deidre" is a story about (as the summary states) "a shorter than averagI received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Robb Grindstaff's "Rudy and Deidre" is a story about (as the summary states) "a shorter than average man admir[ing] a taller than average woman from afar." But it feels like a much bigger story than that, and broader than its short length would seem. I've read other work from Robb, and one thing I admire about his style is his ability to evoke strong imagery and emotion without resorting to overly flowery or pretentious language, and this story is a prime example. It's very short, but it makes you feel the frustration of both characters and also makes you wonder what sort of missed connections you might've had yourself for reasons as seemingly insignificant as height.
PK Tyler's "Deadalus' Daughter" was mysteriously beautiful. The mythological imagery was perfect for showing the physical manifestations of Isha's pain and loss and showing that sometimes the things we want to keep hidden out of fear are the things that others will love us for.
I'm still working through the rest of the stories, but I'm confident they'll be just as good....more
All three stories were great. Hot as all get out, fun, funny, authentic. I loved reading from the guy's perspective, and G. has a conversational styleAll three stories were great. Hot as all get out, fun, funny, authentic. I loved reading from the guy's perspective, and G. has a conversational style to his writing that really pulls you into the point of view. The third story in this collection, "Chapter Forty-Two," packed an unexpected emotional punch that brought tears to my eyes. And it was still erotic and romantic. That said, my favorite of the three is the first one, Madness. You can't go wrong with with a sizzling shifter threesome that's just as sweet as it is hot. I can't wait for more stories from G....more
After reading some excerpts on Amy Jo's blog and seeing the seriously steamy cover, I knew I had to read this novella. And I'm glad I did. The writingAfter reading some excerpts on Amy Jo's blog and seeing the seriously steamy cover, I knew I had to read this novella. And I'm glad I did. The writing is solid, and the author has a knack for pulling out vivid sensory details in a way that isn't heavy-handed. I tend to skim passages of heavy description, even from my favorite authors, but Cousins focuses just on the most important descriptions and crafts them in a way that the sights, scents, and physical sensations really jump off the page. I admit that I'm not a fan of the trope of the ex lover who is sexually repressed, or couldn't fully please the main character, which is exactly what Callie is rebounding from. But it's such a vital part of the story, and the author does such a wonderful job of making Callie and her sexual reawakening both vulnerable and erotic that I didn't mind it as much in this story. I enjoyed the characters and can't wait to see what else Callie, Kate, and Gabe can get into, in any combination, in future stories....more
Short, but great! I have my geeky side, but admittedly Star Wars isn't one of my passions. I didn't get every reference in the book, but that didn't sShort, but great! I have my geeky side, but admittedly Star Wars isn't one of my passions. I didn't get every reference in the book, but that didn't stop me from loving this one bit. She had me at "undercut." It seems a small thing, but I loved reading about a leading man who is hot outside of the mainstream definition, and I personally have a thing for undercut hair styles. When I read that, I fell in love. The characters have some adorably awkward moments, which I loved. It's a very quick read. Outside of a couple overused words/phrases, there's not really anything to pick at. It was funny, sweet, sexy, smart, sexy, yummy, and did I mention sexy? Definitely recommended....more
I absolutely love Dean Koontz, especially the Odd Thomas series. I'm practically incapable of critically reviewing his books. Which is why it saddensI absolutely love Dean Koontz, especially the Odd Thomas series. I'm practically incapable of critically reviewing his books. Which is why it saddens me to say that this was probably my least favorite of the Odd Thomas books so far. Koontz tends to take some time to really describe settings and surroundings in all his books, and it's just my personal preference that I really don't care much what stuff looks like. In other Koontz books, I sometimes skip over descriptive sentences or paragraphs (I know, I'm a bad reader.) That is where I think this book fell short for me.
Without giving anything away, the setting in Odd Apocalypse is like a character in and of itself, so Koontz spends even more time than usual describing the look, feel, smell, etc. of the landscape and buildings and surroundings in general. Naturally, that drove me nuts. I was about halfway through the book before it really picked up and I actually felt compelled to continue reading without stopping.
Of course the book is also full of the things I love about Koontz and Odd Thomas, like Odd's often pointed and funny observations about current events and the state of the world. Odd is generally very mellow and unassuming, which makes for some fun moments when he comes face to face with unsavory characters and villains.
If you love the rest of the Odd Thomas series and love Koontz's descriptive moments, you will absolutely love this book. If you like Odd Thomas but are like me in your meh-ness when it comes to description, you might need a bit of patience for this book. But hey, it's Odd Thomas, and that's pretty much reason enough for me to read it....more