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's Review No: 93

Despite its title, Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha is not at all funny.

I’ve been trying to go through Booker Prize winners, and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha is one that I haven’t read. I’m more familiar with British writers than I am Irish, so it seemed like a logical pick.

Oh, my, that book took FOREVER to read. Or seemed like it. It picked up speed towards … [Read More »]

's Review No: 49

The Twelve Dancing Princesses, circa 1920

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The Girls at the Kingfisher Club is a reimagining of the fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses set in 1920s New York city. It features twelve lovely and lively sisters, their miserly and evil king-like father, speak easies, bootleggers and flappers. The girls’ mother has died and dad, disappointed in having no male heir, … [Read More »]

's Review No: 53

Yeah, the criminal justice system doesn’t work that way

Hunted

Karen Robards is another–original–favorite romance author of mine. I found her ages ago. Sometimes her books can get a little too violent and bloody, but they’re consistently fast-paced and easy to read. I usually enjoy them. So when I saw Hunted (2013) by Karen Robards on bookshelves, I picked it up–at the library (because … [Read More »]

's Review No: 46

“Everywhere’s been where it is ever since it was first put there. It’s called geography.”

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I’ve made my first foray into Discworld.

There was an article on io9 that described the best way to turn your friend into a fan of your particular fandom. If I didn’t know better I would swear a couple of my friends either read or possibly even ghostwrote this article specifically about getting me … [Read More »]

's Review No: 144

Goosebumps, Adult Goosebumps (Stephen King), and Other Assorted Mediocrity

#137: Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown: 2 stars.

#138: Blockade Billy by Stephen King: 1 star.

#139-141: Let’s Get Invisible, The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb, and Say Cheese and Die by R.L. Stine: 1 star each.

#142-3: Phantom of the Auditorium and The Haunted Mask by R.L. Stine: … [Read More »]

's Review No: 19

“But screw your courage to the sticking-place”

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It seems like Philippa Palfrey has everything–a scholarship to Cambridge (or Oxford, I can’t remember which), comfortably-off parents, health and beauty–but she feels that there’s a part of her selfhood missing. She’s always known she was adopted, but not who her birthparents were, or why she has very little memory before the age of … [Read More »]

's Review No: 104

Now & Then by Jacqueline Sheehan

Double Cannonball! Woo!

This book was…meh. It was…inoffensive. Well, that’s not true. I was offended by the fact that it could have been a great story, but the author had apparently never heard human beings having conversations, and therefore delivered some of the most stilted dialogue I’ve ever read. And the method/reason for the time … [Read More »]

's Review No: 45

Nerds, gosh! So nerdy, amirite?

This book sounded so promising when I found it at the used bookstore. A murder mystery that takes place at a science fiction convention! How fun! However…is there a word for what happens when a roast crosses a line? Oh yeah: mean.

Appin Dungannon is the author of a hugely popular fantasy series about Tratyn … [Read More »]

's Review No: 136

Quadruple Rainbow

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#132-6: Attachments, Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline by Rainbow Rowell: 5 stars each.

's Review No: 131

Surprise, bitch. I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.

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#129: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe: 4 stars.

#130: The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie : 2 stars.

#131: Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes: A No-Bullshit Guide to World Mythology by Cory O’Brien: 5 stars.