Monday, October 21, 2019

Review: Full Throttle

Full Throttle Full Throttle by Joe Hill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have a new favorite Joe Hill! I love suspense but am iffy about horror, but Stephen King's son won me over in the Introduction that he narrates himself.  He tells readers how he tried to NOT be like his dad, but ended up giving into everything he was raised around, like pulpy comics and his dad's writings. 

So funny to read in the comments how we all have different favorites--mine were Throttle, By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain, Thumbprint, and You Are Released. I can't stop talking about the last story and how it just seems so plausible that World War III is right around the corner. I wasn't a huge fan of "Late Returns" about the bookmobile and grief, but I know some librarians and readers will eat that shit up. Hill's narration of the intro and notes make this a kickass audio, too.

And don't quit listening too early--he throws in a bonus story at the end. 

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Review: Big Sky

Big Sky Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn't read the first books in this series, so I felt like I was missing some of the backstory. Love the references to good American country, though, especially the female artists like Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert!

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Review: The Moon in the Palace

The Moon in the Palace The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've had this on my kindle for ages and finally got around to reading it because I usually enjoy novels set in ancient China. I honestly don't know how the pheasants lived back then--even the girls in the palace didn't get much food. I've been to Bejing and I couldn't help but picture the Forbidden Palace as I read about young Mei. It's sad because as a child she dreams of living in the palace, but, then, eh, palace life isn't all that great either. The Emperor is a wus (my word, not hers), and every other man is off limits. Life just sucked for women back then. The main character's mom was happier in a Buddhist temple, and I totally understand why!

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Review: The Chain

The Chain The Chain by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I just can't suspend belief enough to believe things like this could happen in real life. There is no way in hell I would kidnap a kid in order to save my own kid. I'd be FBI-ing with the best of them, thank you. So it's just hard to read something like this.

Especially since if the main characters do the deed--why would they suddenly believe they could beat the chain on their own? Why the change of heart?

Nah.....just too unbelievable.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Review: Puss in Boots: A Musical

Puss in Boots: A Musical Puss in Boots: A Musical by Neil Fishman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Perfect for the whole family! The music is amazing and there are some modern additions to the fairy tale that will make you chuckle. The amazing Jim Dale is fantastic, of course, but the voice of the princess (she sounds like Elsa!) and Puss really impressed me. Those Hipsterians.... lol

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Review: Sisters Matsumoto

Sisters Matsumoto Sisters Matsumoto by Philip Kan Gotanda
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good play about an important time in history. There are a lot of characters so it's difficult to tell the voices apart, and I hated the laughtrack. I know it was recorded before a live audience, but, to me, the laughing felt contrived? Some of the voices sounded like they echoed, too, which wasn't good.

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