I think the title of this book and the name of the author tell you a lot about this book right from the start. It’s Stephen Fry telling you the Greek myths. And it does feel like he’s telling them to you. His tone is very Stephen-Fry-y and his style is direct, dryly witty, and interested. His love of alliteration does show up. “Her lines were sweepingly, swoopingly, swooningly smooth, supple, and sensuous.”— Galatea and Pygmalion If you’re very familiar with Greek Mythology, If you’re only passingly aware, or it’s been a long time since you delved into the stories, […]
I can’t believe it’s taken me 40 years to read Christopher Isherwood. Ok, maybe it’s only been 34 years because there’s no way I could have read this when I was 6. But I digress. The Berlin Stories is a combination of two of Isherwood’s novels – The Last of Mr Norris (Mr Norris Changes Trains in this edition) and Goodbye to Berlin. In Mr Norris, instead of Christopher Isherwood, the narrator is William Bradshaw (Isherwood’s middle names). Norris and Bradshaw meet on a train. Bradshaw can tell immediately that Norris is wearing a bad wig and carrying a questionable […]
A Canadian mystery writer lives in New York city and gets involved in some supernatural/criminal hijinx. Also, he’s a werewolf (which is kind of obvious right from the cover, so, like, not a spoiler). This book started life as a stand-alone short story called “This Time Around”. I read that and totally loved it. The author has a nice touch and a good sense of humor so I was interested to see how the whole story played out. The short story serves as the start of the book, rolling into the continued action.
Two different podcasts I listened to talked about this book and the two made-for-TV movies based on it. I’d never read it. I do like to read books that are generally considered “terrible” or “so bad it’s good” and I know so many people who like (if not love) this series. People? Can I ask you? Why? I was reading the ebook and I made it to 49% of the way through and had to stop. I was bored and irritated. I didn’t care about any of the characters. I didn’t care about what was happening to them. I didn’t […]
Rogue hero Jack Stratton is back in another action-packed, thrilling adventure. While recovering from a gunshot wound and the loss of his job on the police force, Jack’s romance with feisty Alice (aka Replacement) continues to develop. When Alice gets a seemingly harmless private investigation job–locate the owner of a lost dog–Jack grudgingly assists. Little do they know it will place them both in the crosshairs of a merciless serial killer I … didn’t hate this. I know. I know. I usually only seem to read books I hate, but sometimes I like them! Sometimes I love them. And sometimes […]
Woah. I’m way behind in my reviews. This is number six, and the book is a real number two. Nathan Gallagher doesn’t believe in ghosts. As a fireman, he’s seen his share of dead people, but they never spoke to him before—until now. His marriage is great, and his relationship with his son is strong, but Nathan is sure that if he tells his family that he’s seeing ghosts, it is a quick ticket to a padded room and a straightjacket. Sounds good, right? I’m thinking maybe the ghosts lead him to arsonists and he’s got to convince people he’s just […]
Disclosure: I was given this novel by the author through a CBR8 giveaway in exchange for a fair review. I received the book Friday, March 18, read half of it on the 19th, and the other half today, the 22nd. Life interfered on Sunday and Monday and I couldn’t sit down to read it, but I did spend a lot of time thinking about it. I don’t really like using terms like “page-turner” because they’re cliche, but this one … this one really did fly by quickly. The chapters are short – each focusing on a different primary character – […]
Normally I like to add the cover image. I’m not going to do that this time. This book is not worth that kind of energy. The blurb says this: An elderly woman is found poisoned in the upstairs bedroom of her home whose front door stands 52 steps above the street in an old-fashioned whodunit that blends clues, red herrings, suspects, and humor. It has a solid 4 stars. I wanted something fast to read and this promised me funny. It was free. I got what I paid for. Two homicide detectives get a call to investigate a suspicious death […]