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Mini Reviews:  Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

Mini Reviews: Tess of the Road, Daughter of the Burning City, & The Game of Love and Death

I know I rarely do mini reviews (read: never) but every once and a while, I do humor myself and re-read a book that I’ve read before.  For posts like these, I don’t think that a unique, standing review is strictly necessary.  After all, I’ve already outlined all the good stuff about these novels.  However, experiences differ between an initial read vs. a reread, and I still want to talk about these books. To solve the repeat-book dilemma, I’ve decided that every time I collect 3 re-reads, I’m going to give y’all a set of mini reviews!  Not as much of a […]

Posted July 30, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice

Oh Anne Rice.  I have a difficult time understanding why I loved your books so much when I was in high school. Honestly?  Interview with the Vampire is just plain boring.  It is told in interview format, but 95% of the book is just Louis talking.  For as poetic a speaker Louis may be, telling your entire story in dialogue means description is sparse.  And the way Interview With the Vampire is told, it is in first person past tense so everything was reflective.  When something exciting or terrifying was happening to Louis, Lestat, and Claudia… I was just bored.  Because Louis […]

Posted July 27, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

I’ve read and listened to The Amulet of Samarkand many times since I was first introduced as a high schooler, and so help me, I still love Bartimaeus. This series has a world-feel all it’s own.  It feels like a bit later than Victorian England, but there’s no element of steampunk.  There was a similar aesthetic to Ink and Bone but where that version of the world had fallen apart, this one is tightly held together, like a fine tapestry foretelling doom.  The stiffness of the humans (magician or not) is the contrast needed to make Bartimaeus himself so funny.  Where even young […]

Posted June 29, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

I’ve always found the conspiracy and the theology and the science in Angels and Demons fascinating.  It’s been over a decade since I have read the book, so most of what I remembered of it comes from the movie (which, in all fairness, I still think is a fantastic interpretation).  It seemed time to revisit, so here I am! Most of this is still very good.  The pacing keeps you on your feet the whole time.  The treasure map through Rome is fascinating – even though there’s murder, Dan Brown has done a fantastic job making the reader excited for the next stop.  As […]

Posted June 19, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
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 //
The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

I really, really dislike the feeling of: “Oh thank goodness, this is over” when I’m reading a book, but I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that was the way I felt after completing this trilogy.  For a series so renowned and beloved, The Lord of the Rings is incredibly boring… and honestly?  The Return of the King is the worst culprit of them all. Why? The Return of the King has the greatest potential for excitement, but the least delivery of the trilogy.  There are so many cool things that are happening here, but the parts I found I […]

Posted May 23, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //