Review: A Murder in Time

A Murder in Time
A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It took some time to decide to give it 3 or 4 stars. I want to read the next book because I didn’t like how the book ended. It felt unresolved, I had unanswered questions. Of course the murderer was found it was a historical fictional whodunit with a bit of a modern twist on it (being that the girl who solves the crime in 1815 is an FBI Profiler from 2016).

It began badly as a book, it really didn’t pique my interest until the body had been found. However once we got into the meat and potatoes of the mystery of trying to figure out who the murderer is, the book actually became quite good. Then it kinda just ended abruptly, I had only a partial sense of closure, just from the conclusion of the murder investigation. The book is said to the be the first of a series: Kendra Donovan Book #1.

Then there were the convenient things. Kendra Donovan gets transported to 1815 in exact period clothing, down to the underpinnings. She befriends a genteel lady who is an advocate of women’s lib. The Duke who owns the castle is a kindly man of science. She looks like the murder victim.

The downside is I didn’t become partial to any of the characters and this didn’t allow me to become attached to the book.

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Review: Inferno

Inferno
Inferno by Dan Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I discovered this book existed because of the trailer for the upcoming movie and like all of the Robert Langdon movies I like to read the book first. I loved the book. It was riveting. It was a page turner (I listened on audio and actually got back into crocheting just to find an excuse to listen to it) I couldn’t wait for the final reveal and in fact there were two reveals, both were surprising and I didn’t foresee them at all.

As always I enjoy the trip through the art and history world in search of the clues to lead Langdon to whatever he is searching. Mr. Brown gives great descriptions and yet quite often I wanted to google the paintings or buildings they were visiting just to see them.

Spoiler!

The movie was DaVinci Code meets Plague Inc. In the end I was so reminded of the way I play Plague Inc, I keep my symptoms unevolved until I infect the whole world.

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Review: War Horse

War Horse
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I had gotten halfway through the book before I decided I wanted to see the movie. I originally didn’t want to see the movie because most animal movies make me cry, and depending on the movie (Neverending Story) I’ll break down and sob.

The movie and book were both mediocre and the ending was anticlimactic on both. I did not cry at the end of either. It wasn’t until I borrowed the book from the library I realized it was a Scholastic kids book, and I looked it up Grades 3-7 interest level. So I was prepared for short sentences and 0 sub-plots. The book did not fail to deliver those.

However what surprised me was that the book was told by the point of view of the horse. So we were seeing WWI from a Joey’s point of view, i.e. food, water, how hard he was worked, how kindly he was treated and how Topthorn was doing. I think I liked Topthorn more than Joey.

I think what would’ve made me really like this book would’ve been if the author had concluded with the fates of the others who came in contact with Joey through the war like Trooper Warren and Captain Stewart or the pair of haflingers.

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Review: The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved it. Well how could you not? There was a sub-plot that seemed unfinished that was the Iva-Sam relationship, but it actually just made me want to read a sequel, which I don’t think there ever was. As far as I know this was Sam Spade’s only novel length adventure, the rest were short stories. So now I need get my hands on the Sam Spade Short Story Collection if there is one. The history of the falcon was my favorite part of the book and the final reveal was great, I’ve read it before, and seen the Humphrey Bogart movie, excellent detailed classic hands down.

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Review: The Great God Pan

The Great God Pan
The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The book could easily be read in about an hour, so if you have an afternoon and want to read a good well written classic, I highly recommend it. I only gave it the low rating because for me the book lacked details and I failed to find it scary, even in the horror upon the soul inflicting kind of way.

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Review: Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men

Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men
Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys: True Tales of Love, Lust, and Friendship Between Straight Women and Gay Men by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When I picked up this book I thought it might strike some kindred chord, since I am a straight woman who has friendships with gay men. It did not. Only two of the essays I could relate to and they had better outcomes than my personal experiences.
It was interesting to read the essays from the gay man’s point of view rather than the straight woman’s. Still the book seemed to be missing something. I wasn’t looking for juicy details but I think I was looking for more of a -why- straight women have friendships with gay men or -why- they seek out friendships with gay men. Only a couple essays addressed this, most were tellings of actual events that brought a straight woman and gay man together or their lifelong friendship.

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Review: The Force Awakens

The Force Awakens
The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I adored the enhanced production but having listened to the novel there were things that weren’t expressed in the movie. Kylo Ren’ s thoughts and what the droids were thinking. However I thought Rey was more interested in Finn but according to the novel… She’s interested in someone else in the end.
As always Alan Dean Foster’s writing was superb and all the enhanced sounds, such as droid beeping and wookie moaning and speeder and lightsaber sounds when those things were talked about made the audio book almost feel like I was listening to the movie rather than just a book being read to me. The book caused me to fall in love with Kylo all over again. I can’t wait for the next book and movie.

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