Hello fellow readers I completed 10 novels which is a record number of books for the month of January and any other month.  I would like to thank the flu and then getting strep throat for this accomplishment.

Five Stars Reviews: 

LoveCraft Country by Matt Ruff – A fantastic novel thats told in anthology of short stories that all connect and blends the real life struggles of an African – American living in 1950 Chicago and traveling south, with supernatural and horror elements.  I was shocked how perfectly it balanced real life struggles of the time, supernatural elements, and humor. Jordan Peele the director of Get Out is adapting this for an HBO series with J. J. Abrams.

Elevation by Stephen King – A whimsical feel good piece with King channeling the Man called Ove like story of a town of a neighborhood coming together with his supernatural twist. This is about an overweight middle aged man who keeps losing weight but remaining the same size, but feels lighter. This gives him a new lease on life and decides to help a lesbian couple fit in to town.  I enjoyed the novella that you can easily read in a day.

Four Stars Review:

In the Woods by Tana French – This novel has long been dwindling on my TBR, and decided to give it a try. About the Dublin Police Squad solving a murder of a young girl at a druid site in the woods, the murder seeming connects one of the lead detectives to two of his best friends disappearance when he was a child. The police interrogations scenes are amazing and the final twist was a good one.

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton – This was a reread for me I read it a decade ago and my star review went up one star. This is the first book in the ongoing 20 plus Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series. In this book Anita is asked to investigate the murders of Vampires, she refuses but when the vampires use people she cares about as pawns she begrudgingly helps. The stories a lot of fun, and does cool stuff to the vampire genre.

Jessica Jones: Alias Volumes 1-3 – I rated all the Jessica Jones Graphic Novels four stars is a really fun character piece that balances depression and humor really well.  The second volume was my personal favorite for humor.  There’s always a main mystery driving the novels that have all been interesting and make the character grow.

Three Stars Review:

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – This is the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series released a couple of months ago.  This is the only book in the series that I’ve rated 3 stars the others have been 4 stars.  I was bummed because this book had the best opening by far but I ended up not caring about the deaths of characters that weren’t all that memorable. This book is about a ship voyage from England to America filled with a mysterious new show that is all about magic and death defying stunts the likes which no one has scene before, but the acts get to close to death as the crew members and guest start being murdered with the performers as the main suspects.

The Unwritten Volume 1 Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity by Mike Carey – This Graphic Novel was a reread for me, as friend recommended I give it another shot it also went up a star from 2 stars to 3 stars.  It’s about a son of a famous author to a Harry Potter like book phenomenon, that the main character is based on, but through weird circumstances revealed about his birth not being real and faked, people believe that he is the real Tommy Taylor from the books, and he starts to believe it himself.

Two Stars Review:

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan – This book was heartbreaking as I had such high hope for the book that George R.R. Martin said was a jurassic Park meets Game of Thrones, but what I got was barely any world building, hundreds of names with no context, a confusing opening war scene, and Dinosaurs as an after thought.  A couple of twist, the death by dinosaur, and some cleaver dialogue are what saves this book from being a total disaster.



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