Review: Hammered

Hammered
Hammered by Kevin Hearne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is the one that almost lost me. Everything was writ large and ridiculous to the point of almost seeming out of character. It seemed that way to me, anyway, with Atticus causing a lot of unnecessary death and going out of his way to be extra stupid. If it comes up later that something is a question of what he sees as his honor, I hope it hearkens back to this book’s events and is a hard choice, or I’m just going to have to edit it all down to a sentence in my brain and forget it.

People glided though this book being too perfect and knocking down everything in their way as though it were no true consequence. I could tell that he’d busted out the first three books in quick succession by how tired this one was. Good thing the next one ups the game.

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This is my yarn stash. I just played at making it more organized in a color-sense. I have a LOT Of blues.

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Speaking of blues, I’m moving along on the spiffy cashmere-mix merino yarn that my husband bought for me.  I REALLY like working with it.  I’m going to be saving up to buy more of it, perhaps.

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Last week wasn’t very productive, in my mind.  I shied away from my individual code projects or writing projects.  Fear of success/failure?  Probably so.  I’m also lazy.

The weather has finally turned toward spring, so that’s bound to inspire me in a lot of ways.  There’s yard work, and just so much to do when one can leave one’s own house to do it.  In the winter it’s all “House-car-destination-car-house” because I DO NOT GO OUT in that freezing stuff!

Watch out world… I’m coming!

Review: This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It

This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It
This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It by David Wong
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

[b:John Dies at the End|6364718|John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1)|David Wong|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1317064454s/6364718.jpg|1858059]is not a book I’d want to be the successor to (if I were a book, and I’m not. However if JDatE were Marcia, I would not want to be Cindy or, heaven forbid, Jan.). [b:This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It|12924261|This Book Is Full of Spiders Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It (John Dies at the End, #2)|David Wong|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1330576586s/12924261.jpg|18079704]does a heck of a job of it, though. It’s not quite the “WTF did I just read?” mind-game joyride of it’s prequel, but that doesn’t hurt it. This Book [etc., etc.] gives us a slightly more “ready” Dave, John, Amy, and Molly [SPOILER: MOLLY!!!]. In the end, though, Book remembers who it is and who its big brother is.

Read this book, spiders or not.

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Review: Tricked

Tricked
Tricked by Kevin Hearne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

We’re back, and Atticus is facing a few repercussions, with promises of more, for his profoundly hubris-tastic turn in [b:Hammered|9595620|Hammered (The Iron Druid Chronicles, #3)|Kevin Hearne|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347736359s/9595620.jpg|14482655]. He’s working with Morrigan, Granuaille, Oberon, a Navajo mystic, and of course, Coyote himself. Nothing’s ever simple when you involve a real Trickster, and Hearne has never forgotten who Coyote is. His genuine interest in and gleeful fun with multiple folklores is my favorite part of reading these books.

Ever since another review of these books that pointed out the dearth of real female characters in the books (That weren’t there to observe and be in awe of the work Atticus did), I haven’t been able to unsee the truth and stop looking for contradiction of it. I had wondered, after the first two, if it were just me and my paranoia. It isn’t really, and I remain in the desert of lack when it comes to a good adventure/humor/fantasy series with seriously badass and fun and flawed female characters that doesn’t become a romance mess or start revolving around the men in her life in some other way. But I digress, that’s not the point. I will continue to miss women in Iron Druid and Dresden(at least Dresden tries!), but I still liked this book. (Sorry Gran and Betsy, better luck next time.)

This time, we see an answer to complaints that Atticus never really is in any danger. He’s half-dead half the time (and more than a percentage of the rest of it). Even Oberon has his heroic moments! That dog is NOT ALL TALK. Coyote continues to get the better of Atticus, and it’s hard not to root for both of them in turn.

I like the mix of mythos in a way that I (unfortunately) didn’t really enjoy [b:American Gods|4404|American Gods|Neil Gaiman|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1303478569s/4404.jpg|1970226]. One day, I’m going to go back and try to figure out why. Today, though, it’s true. There is just enough tongue-in-cheek to keep me coming back, and this book has been a definite rising point in my enjoyment of the Iron Druid.

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Review: You Know What You Have to Do

You Know What You Have to Do
You Know What You Have to Do by Bonnie Shimko
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The tagline got me. I spent my own money ($3.99, but still), to go past the free preview. So, advertisements on the Kindles that have adverts for screensavers work. “Judy Blume meets Dexter.” Who could resist.

The premise was interesting, and the heroine/protagonist/narrator was a darkly funny and real as advertised. I felt for her, having had one of those outcast type school experiences with sometimes fickle friends and often disappointing revelations. Beyond that, the book itself lacked for a certain dark humor that would have befitted a spiritual kindred to Blume and Dexter. It rambled into semi-introspective depression and when one would expect and hope for resolutions to start to fall into place… someone shoehorned an after school special in and then remembered the earlier book right at the end to tape on an unsatisfactory “resolution.”

At least they didn’t kill the dog.

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