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It was the best of books, it was the . . .

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-19

Kevin Hearne’s contribution was as fun and wonderful as I had hoped it would be. Maybe it’s because I am not familiar with the other two authors - or the series’ their stories were based on - that I didn’t enjoy them as much. Don’t know. The Lila Bowen portion held my interest after I read the synopsis of the first book in the series which explains some of the protagonist’s motivation, but the story wasn’t interesting enough to entice me to buy more of the books in the series. Chuck Wendig’s offering was Dark (yes, with a capital D) and, checking my library, I found that I had purchased the first book in the series five years ago and had given it a low rating at that time. My tastes have changed, but not that much. YMMV if you are a fan of Bowen and/or Wendig.

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  • Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon
  • Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops, and the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream
  • By: David McGowan
  • Narrated by: Bill Fike

A Fascinating Trip Through the 1960s

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I find all of the similarities and coincidences detailed in this book absolutely fascinating, but I just can't buy into any type of conspiracy theory around the fact that almost all of the first superstars of 60s rock and roll had parents who were in the military. Almost everyone born in the 40s and 50s had parents with a military background - because just about every fit male (and a lot of females) were a part of the "war effort" during WW2. A lot of the people who rebelled then were fighting just that sort of upbringing.

Having said that, I truly enjoyed the long, detailed walk through of the wild (for the times) and unbridled lifestyle of the musical heroes of my youth. It was fun to realise how intertwined everyone's life and habits were during those formative years and it was poignant hearing the stories - through the lens of almost 50 years - of those who succumbed to that lifestyle.

I recommend the book to anyone who wants to learn more about the foundation of rock and roll and the "hippie" movement of that era.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Perseverance

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-17

I finished Strange Weather and I liked it! I have wanted to like Joe Hill because I love his Dad's work so much. I read 20th Century Ghosts and Horns: just so-so, I gave up on NOS4A2 and Heart-Shaped Box without finishing and have had The Fireman in my library since its release without being tempted to start it.

Ever an optimist, I decided to give this new collection a try and "Eureka!" he has found the sweet spot! So, even if you've had a similar experience with his previous work, give it a try. This is some pretty good stuff! AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

1 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Same old same old - but poorly written

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-22-17

A lot of people will disagree, but this is one of the top five worst books I've ever read. I picked it up because it was highly recommended in an online zombie fiction group. I was stunned by the character's motivation, the magical luck that gets them out of every situation, etc. The author's politics are on display as well, and I have gotten past that in other series' - so if the writing had been better, I may have overlooked it. I'd say it might be okay as YA fiction, as they are less discriminating, but there's too much violence, sex and language for that classification. My opinion won't matter to Mr. Chesser, who has many loyal fans and a 12 book series already completed - but if you're a discriminating reader, be warned.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Short Recaps only

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Probably my own fault for not looking closely enough, but this book is simply a series of short recaps of crimes occurring in the Ohio area. If you want the full story of the angel of death - look elsewhere.

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Just Barely Okay . . .

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-16

It IS written in the style and cadence of a fairy tale, but with the sexual suggestiveness (by the kidnapper in particular) this story seems to be aimed at an older audience which may not appreciate the style well enough to continue reading. Other reviewers have mentioned the whining and unnecessary repetition by the main character and I was put off by the sense of entitlement and vanity of the mermaid sister - which everyone in the story seemed to find charming. So, in my opinion, there are no positive lessons for preteens, it is too juvenile for teens and too adult for younger children. Also, the story could have been told in less than half the time and would probably have been more entertaining. Could have been much improved by a more ruthless editor.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant audiobook cover art
  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne

Original, funny and completely

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-15

Delightful! I read a LOT and with some genres the books become almost an exercise - not this one! I enjoyed every moment, every new part of the unfolding story and was sad when it was over so soon. Highly recommended - especially for those who prefer their vampires without sparkles.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Unrelenting Heartache and Hardship

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-15

This book is extremely well written, and I believe it tells the story as the author envisioned it, but it is such an unrelenting Dark Tale that it was difficult for me to get through. I must say though, that if you begin this book you should read all the way to the end - otherwise you'll either be left with some very mistaken ideas about witchcraft or (if you already know about Wicca) you'll believe the author didn't do any research - I believe she did, but she is a writer who provides detail very sparingly. I would recommend this book to anyone whose spirits are a little too high and need bringing down.

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Umm... Wow?!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-15

Let me begin by saying- I read EVERYTHING! From Austen to Dickens to King and Straub to Hiiasen, Dorsey, Randy Wayne White and Lindsay to Gabaldon, MC Beaton to Heinlein to Tufo to... Well, you get the idea...

I received this book to review from the author and I really didn't know if I'd like even well enough to finish it. I finished in less than a day!

It is NOT for those who get all bent out of shape by "language" or graphic descriptions of sex acts or crude imagery. It IS for anyone who enjoys a good laugh and some of the wittiest, most original and well-constructed dialogue around. The main characters are three-dimensional folks who stay true to form throughout the book and - while I wouldn't want to invite them to dinner - may have been classmates of mine back in high school.

If you enjoy a good laugh and don't mind letting your hair down a bit - read this book. I did and now I'm off to pick up another by Lance Carbuncle to see what I missed last year.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Listen to Book Two? Nope, Not Me.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-14

This story, while well thought out, is helped if you have more than a passing knowledge of the original Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass books. I do. In the wake of recent re-tellings of classic children's tales, it had a lot of potential. I didn't love it.

Even though I generally enjoy young-adult tales, the emotional level of the main characters was too childish to represent the high school seniors they were supposed to be, so their issues and attitudes moved them to the interest level of a much younger group of readers - however, the amount of sexuality in the books moves it well beyond that age group - so we're left with a "who was this book written for" problem. The synopsis states that it is for Grade 8 and up, but I wouldn't want my eighth-grader reading about a heroine who allows (and seems to love) boys who try to make every decision for her, going so far as to physically restrain her to overrule her decisions.

Next, it seems the author wanted to get as much of the Carroll material as possible into the book, and unfortunately the story drags. It loses the beauty, sweetness and poetry of the original. I had to force myself to continue listening (I'm stubborn like that) until the last hour of the book, when things began to happen and it became mildly interesting. I think that the entire story could probably have been told in one long, or possible two average books at most - I won't be buying the next installment, so I will never know - but I can live with that.

My Biggest Beef in this version however, was the narrator. The 'w' in the word SWORD is supposed to be silent! I cringed everytime I heard it, and I heard it a lot. Also, I believe one of the characters was supposed to have a suave speaking voice with a Cockney(?) accent, but one or two words of each sentence he spoke had a vaguely Brit ring and the rest . . . well . . . not so much. A little research on what that sounds like should have been a requirement before recording began. It was horrendous.

To sum up, I don't recommend this book to anyone over the age of 15, and only then with parental guidance. There are too many other wonderful choices out there.