Clothes might not make the woman, but they certainly can add starch to her spine.
from Justice Hall by Laurie R. King
If you don’t know this series, you really should – it’s a Sherlock Holmes spin-off, but set after his (semi-)retirement and heavily weighted toward his new partner, Mary Russell. The writing is lovely, the plots original, and the style utterly consistent with yet not derivative of the original stories. It’s great fun and very well written and devised, and definitely worth your time…
So today’s review is a little unusual – it is for a book I haven’t read. Didn’t even try. Not even a single page… BUT, that doesn’t matter, because this one was reviewed by the oh-so-talented TheAudioBookGuy (aka, Mr. Jill-Elizabeth). He normally only does reviews of audio books BUT he’s a ginormous Lee Child/Jack Reacher fan, and when I got the opportunity to get an advance review copy of the latest installment he decided he’d go slightly off character and read it now rather than wait months to listen… Series addiction is a beautiful thing, no?? Since my only experience with Jack Reacher comes via the Tom Cruise movie (which TABG aka MJ-E insisted we watch when it come out on Vudu last year), I can’t honestly say that I’m contributing much beyond a lead-in and formatting to this review. I have an unnatural abhorrence of reading series books out of order, even when it’s likely not a big deal to do so (this is a prequel, but it comes WELL into the series), and so couldn’t read this on my own. But I know Child’s fans love good ol’ Jack, so wanted to get some sort of review up as soon as I could.
Without further ado, I bring you the abbreviated (compared to my reviews, that is) official J-E/TABG review of Night School. Since he’s a bit less verbose than I am, here’s a quick link to the author’s site for the jacket blurb.
The latest Jack Reacher novel may be a prequel, but it still follows the same excellent format that series readers know and love. It’s a format that never gets old – kind of like Jack himself… You can see who the bad guys are a mile away, but it doesn’t matter – I still found myself wrapped up in the story and the journey to the finale. Child’s writing is great. He’s not overly descriptive, instead he gives you just enough to let you know where you are and what that particular corner of the world looks like, and then lets your imagination fill in the blanks. It makes for engaging, involved reading (and listening). There don’t seem to be any shortcomings – it’s another excellent book in a very enjoyable series. I liked it – I liked it a lot.
Our review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
I loved the cover art, the description, the title – I love world-behind-the-world books. I’m fascinated by the concept of a secret connection between worlds/experiences of the world, and really enjoy reading different authors’ spins on explaining the inexplicable. I’m generally a fan of the anti-hero, who struggles to save both the world and himself. Yet despite all that, this one only gets a mediocre recommendation in the end…
I quite liked the start and set-up. The underlying concept – that some people have “The Knack”, an ability to see extra-world beings (aka monsters) that have made their way to our “regular” world – was an interesting take on how to explain the anomalies that occur in everyday life… For those of us without the Knack, the ability to actually see and hear the supernatural around us, The Uncanny events that occur in the everyday world are simply, Mysteries. For those like our protagonist, who are blessed or cursed with that ability, there’s only one response: action. This construct resonated and held a lot of promise for me… The main and supporting characters were well developed and most continued to grow and develop throughout the story – even if that growth occasionally felt a bit stereotypical. The villain also felt like a bit of a stereotype, but Continue reading Book Review: Doorways by Robert Enright
So I have a few bits to share with you on this one. First, my review – which is, I must admit, not the warmest I’ve ever written… Nevertheless, there were enough redeeming qualities to the writing that I felt compelled to share some author interview questions and answers because I think they’re insightful and address the parts of the book that I really enjoyed – namely, the historical elements. Judge the whole book for yourself; regardless of how you feel about its entirety, the author’s perspective is interesting in itself, I think.
I was very intrigued by the concept of this book – I really enjoy Robert Louis Stevenson, and Jekyll/Hyde is one of my favorite of his stories… This book started out well, but devolved rather quickly into a bit of a jumble for me. I found the back-and-forth in time/storyline to be less of a connection between past/future than a confusion. Continue reading Book Review and Interview: The Jekyll Revelation by Robert Masello
I have a long-established love-hate relationship with e-books… On one hand, I love them – I can carry thousands of books around with me in something smaller and lighter than my wallet. And if those thousands of books aren’t enough or what I feel like, I can find nearly any (or at least anyt relatively new and/or relatively popular) book I want and get that in seconds. That’s amazing and fantastic and makes traveling/schlepping kids/waiting rooms/lines infinitely easier and more pleasant.
On the other hand, BOOKS. And by books I mean real, honest-to-god, paper-bound-into-covers books. There’s just something about a *real* book – the feel, the smell, the heft (I like long, involved stories best)… That something isn’t really explainable – either you are a certain kind of reader and get it, or you don’t. (That’s not meant to be as much of a snob-girl statement as it sounds, honest…) I’ve struggled to explain it to people, and pretty much given up as a result of that realization.
Until Now. Continue reading It’s Not Just Me! Or On Books vs. eBooks