Format: Digital Audiobook

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Ehhhhh. So conceptually, this sounded really interesting.  This is a world where people don’t have to die.  If you’re murdered, you get to come back in a place that feels comfortable and safe, reverted to a few hours before your death.  Our protagonist is a Dispatcher, meaning that he’s on call for things like medical emergencies, tidily “dispatching” the patient so they don’t die from the procedure. I expected to learn more about this world, but honestly, this is more like… an episode of NCIS.  Someone is missing, so a law official connects with another dispatcher to understand how the […]

Posted June 16, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Soulless by Gail Carriger

Soulless by Gail Carriger

I need to be honest straight into this and say – Soulless is a bit silly. This is a book about a declared spinster – a young Victorian lady in her twenties – who just so happens to have no soul.  It’s an unfortunate side-effect of her birth, as her father is also soulless.  She’s also half-Italian, which is a constant source of difficulty for her in civilized society.  She doesn’t really talk about her preternatural state, but she does argue with werewolves, flirt with vampires, and stab people with parasols. Really, Soulless is a typical cheeky paranormal romance with a steampunk edge, […]

Posted June 15, 2019 in Reviews // 5 Comments //
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Ender’s Game is one of those books that I’ve been aware of for as long as I can remember, but I’ve never read it.  I’ve been reading science-fiction for just about as long as I’ve been reading anything.  I was raised on Star Wars and Star Trek and Logan’s Run and Planet of the Apes.  Give me 70s and 80s sci-fi until the day I day and I’ll be happy as a clam (problematic bits aside, see: Logan’s Run).  In the last few years, I’ve revisited a lot of the older-style science fiction that I loved when I was younger… and I’ve […]

Posted June 6, 2019 in Reviews // 14 Comments //
Bossypants by Tina Fey

Bossypants by Tina Fey

You know when you pick up a memoir because you REALLY like a celebrity and you’ve REALLY enjoyed some piece of their work and you’re REALLY hoping that when they talk about their lives, you can relate because of how much you’ve related to their work? (Holy run-on sentence, Batman). This was how I felt about Bossypants. I love, love, LOVE 30 Rock.  Liz Lemon’s hot mess spoke to my soul.  And I was positively terrified to read her memoir because 50% of all the memoirs I’ve read have disappointed me.  Which is fine, but the way.  Memoirs do not exist to coddle […]

Posted June 3, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I really, really, really enjoyed this book. To start off this review, I actually want to pause and shout out to the main narrator, Graham Halstead.  I rarely talk about the narrators in my reviews even though most of my reading is audiobooks.  That said, when one is either very good or very bad, I like to highlight it.  Graham Halstead is fantastic.  Aside from having just the right cadence and buttery tone to embody James Watson, I’ve never noticed a narrator pay attention to the detail in book about the voice.  At one point, Watson mentions when he’s angry, his accent […]

Posted May 26, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

They warned me this wasn’t as good as Lamb, but I didn’t listen. A Dirty Job has the same humor as I was expecting from Christopher Moore, but the pacing was a little more awkward here, and the jokes were much more abrasive.  In this book, Charlie Asher becomes a Death Merchant quite against his own will.  Death Merchants aren’t Grim Reapers… they’re more responsible for soul transference.  When someone dies, their soul is transferred into a beloved object, and it’s the job of people like Charlie to make sure these ascending souls get into the right hands. Of course, it’s all […]

Posted May 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //