's CBR7 Review No:43

Not as game-changing as I thought and hoped it would be, but still fun.

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia De Luce, #7) by Alan Bradley (Buy on amazon.com)


First, a caveat: I was expecting a lot more from this book than it gave me, and those expectations were not unreasonable. In fact, they are a direct consequence of the way Mr. Bradley structured not only this book, but the last book in the series. I was expecting a sort of series reboot: Flavia […]

's CBR7 Review No:6

An Imaginative Premise Lacking Dynamic Characters to Drive it Forward

King of the Cracksmen by Dennis O'Flaherty (Buy on amazon.com)


This debut from TV and film writer Dennis O’Flaherty, dubbed “a steampunk entertainment,” is an alternate history adventure that explores what 1877 in America might have looked like. What if Lincoln had never been assassinated? What if Andrew Jackson had sold the territory obtained through the Louisiana Purchase? What if Tesla had lived long enough […]

's CBR7 Review No:5

Odyssia vs. the Cyclops

Ody-C #3 by Matt Fraction, Christian Ward (Buy on amazon.com)

Ody-C #3 by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward (Image 2015)

After a century of war, Odyssia and her warriors have left Troiia in ruins. Despite their victory they have many challenges yet to face, not the least of which is the ire of Zeus and Poseidon. Having dealt with treachery on her own ship and resisted the temptation offered by the Lotus-Eaters, Odyssia is once […]

's CBR7 Review No:21

While I like to think I’m subversive, I don’t think I’m THIS subversive

Teaching as a Subversive Activity by Neil Postman, Charles Weingartner (Buy on amazon.com)

teaching subversive

As comes up every so often in my reviews, I work in Public History, specifically historic sites. A decent portion of my reading each year is about educational theory and practice as well as practical research for topics that are coming up in my programming. As part of my continuing professional development I attended a […]

's CBR7 Review No:53

Cabbages is beautiful

So Big by Edna Ferber (Buy on amazon.com)

so big

This novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1924 and is as far from all the European mysteries I have been reading as it could be. So Big is the nickname given Dirk DeJeong when he was a baby. “How big is baby?” “S-o-o-o-o-o Big”. If the book had just been about him, I […]

's CBR7 Review No:6

Content Warning Required

Written In Red by Anne Bishop (Buy on amazon.com)

Handsome werewolves might not be so bad after all
scootsa1000 enjoyed venturing outside her usual genres with Written in Red by Anne Bishop.

Page count: 512, time taken: 4 hours   Driven by visions, Meg Corbyn flees her captors and ends up stumbling into a job as a Human Liaison in an Others enclave in Lakeside. She quickly finds acceptance from the shape-shifting inhabitants, except from Simon Wolfgard, leader of the Courtyard, and his father. Fortunately, Meg manages to […]

's CBR7 Review No:13

One Final Installment, Out With a Bang

Locke & Key, Volume 6: Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (Buy on amazon.com)

Alpha and Omega

The concluding volume of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s comic series Locke & Key is full of carnage, and I didn’t expect anything different. There is resolution, and yet so many more mysteries left to be explored in this world and with all the magical keys and the history of key house. The only truly […]

's CBR7 Review No:31

A little bit louder now…

This Can't Be Happening at MacDonald Hall! by Gordon Korman (Buy on amazon.com)


When I was a kid, I was a voracious reader – even more than I am now. My mom was so proud – she’d take me to the parish library, I’d pick up a stack of 20-25 books and fly through them in a day or three at most. Hoping to encourage my younger brother to […]

's CBR7 Review No:12

A Decent Urban Fantasy

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (Buy on amazon.com)

darkest part of the forest

So after a very stressful day (a missing shipment of a case of wine, don’t ask, all that matters was thankfully recovered!) I am finally getting around to this review. This was my bookclub’s pick for the month. I read Tithe by Holly Black, gosh when it came out?, all I know was it was […]

's CBR7 Review No:14

How to Alienate Your Reader

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (Buy on amazon.com)

The Power of Habit

I honestly can’t remember how I ended up reading The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (2012) by Charles Duhigg. I must have seen it somewhere, and I like books that can teach me something. Depending on the day and my motivation, I can have significant problems with […]

's CBR7 Review No:20

I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman (Buy on amazon.com)

Princess Bride

When this selection came up for the Go Fug Yourself Book Club on Goodreads I was convinced I didn’t want to read it. I don’t remember who I heard it from, but somewhere along the way I had been convinced that the book didn’t live up to the movie. And I love the movie and […]

's CBR7 Review No:41

Awful people are fascinating people

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (Buy on amazon.com)


In TV crime procedurals, the first part of the obvious formula includes the introduction of a red herring character, someone who is too obvious, and the detectives will waste a bunch of time trying to stick that person to the wall before finding a breakthrough that leads them to the actual suspect. Gillian Flynn’s version […]