Carolyn Cannot Live Without Books!

Hi, I'm Carolyn F and I've been an avid reader since elementary school when dinosaurs roamed the Earth (also known as the 1970's). My favorite genres change every five to ten years so who knows what it is now.

CAT TALES by FAITH HUNTER

Cat Tales - Faith Hunter

Anthology. 4.125 is the average star.

The Early Years - This is the first time Jane changes when she leaves the orphanage. Short but sweet. 3-1/2 stars.

Cat Tats. This story explains how and why Rick got his cat tattoos. Really sad story. 4 stars

Kits. A story about how Jane and Molly became friends. 4 stars.

Blood, Fangs, and Going Furry. This story happens right after Mercy Blade and is about Jane tries to help Rick. 5 stars.

THE GOOD HOUSE by ANN LEARY

The Good House - Ann Leary

Audiobook

I had to come to terms with the fact that this book is about a woman with problems and the people around her. There's no big mystery, really no big A-Ha! moment, although there is a coming to terms at the end. For a moment I thought there was going to a murder, but it was all my imagination. Good book, great narration.

CODE OF CONDUCT by KRISTINE SMITH

Code of Conduct - Kristine Smith

I was a lot confused reading this book. I had the short-story prequel and really liked it. This is 15-ish years later. I'm not exactly sure what/who the female protagonist is - ex-soldier, document reviewer, alien, cyborg. The main bad guy (there are many) for this story wasn't really a surprise. Even though I'm confused, I still enjoyed the book. So I'm reading the rest of the series.

MERCY BLADE by FAITH HUNTER

Mercy Blade: Jane Yellowrock, Book 3 - Audible Studios, Faith Hunter, Khristine Hvam

Audiobook

Each book in this series gets better and better. A little cliffhanger of an ending. They had a little of the next book in the series after this audiobook was finished that I hoped would say what happened next. But nope, it was a few days/months(?) later. I'm so interested in what is happening next that I'm going to read all of the novellas between this book #3 and the next #4. I think there are about 4-5 novellas. Good book/series.

BLOOD BINDS THE PACK by ALEX WELLS

Blood Binds the Pack - Alex Wells

3-1/2 stars and that's because the strike part went on way too long. I think at least 50-100 pages in the middle could have been removed and made the book a better read. But I kept persevering and finally finished it. Whew! It was a close thing to me just moving on but the last maybe 8th of the book finally started speeding along. The plot moved forward, the battles were more than skirmishes, and potential relationships finally went somewhere. So because of the ending I went up from 3 to 3-1/2 stars.

BLACK RABBIT HALL by EVE CHASE

Black Rabbit Hall - Eve Chase

Audiobook

This felt like a Gothic novel. SPOILER!! [A matriarch dies and the family falls apart especially when the dad remarries. (The new wife)] She tries to be just as beloved but her jealousy just makes things worse and she does and says nearly unforgivable things. This is more a young adult romance book which I'm usually just okay with but I ended up liking this book a lot. 4 stars

THE LAST TRIBE by BRAD MANUEL

The Last Tribe - Brad Manuel

Audiobook

I sometimes like my apocalyptic books to be a little less murder, rape and pillage and this book was exactly that. I'm hoping the author will write a follow-up book just to see if they were able to rescue more people and because I enjoyed this book a lot. There are some unbelievable parts like what the former jobs were for key people. What a wonderful coincidence! But even with that, I loved the book.

THE SHARING KNIFE PASSAGE by LOIS McMASTER BUJOLD

Passage - Lois McMaster Bujold

Audiobook

I keep forgetting how young Fawn is. I like how the Lakewalkers aren't shown as completely good and the farmers mostly bad. Sad middle imagining what happened to the father and the rest of the crew. Enjoyable book/series. I'm planning on reading more of the series.

SCARDOWN by ELIZABETH BEAR

Scardown - Elizabeth Bear

I'll start with complaints. 
1. If your book is written in English, if you use another language in same book make sure you have the English translation. I've seen this done before in many book I've read. It's irritating if you don't have access to the internet to translate sometimes whole paragraphs of dialogue.
2. When the POV changes, maybe list in the paragraph title whose POV it is or maybe "Casey thought. . ." so we have an idea who is talking. One chapter took me over 1-1/2 pages to figure out whose POV it was.

I loved the ending. The one man, two women (not lesbian) thing - I just couldn't imagine it working so smoothly. Overall, a good book/series.

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by RAY BRADBURY

Something Wicked This Way Comes - Ray Bradbury

Re-read by Audiobook. I read this when I was in high school - I think around 1978 - and thought it was such a scary, fantastic story. If there would have been goth in the 70's, I would have been one. Everything scary, occult, horrific I read. Just a bundle of sunshine!

This reading I liked it (thank goodness) but not as much as I did when I was a teenager. The narration included a part about how Ray Bradbury came up with the idea for the story which was interesting. The narration was good but I didn't remember Will being so whiny.

THE PILOT'S WIFE by ANITA SHREVE

The Pilot's Wife - Anita Shreve

Audiobook

I wish Melanie Griffith would have narrated other books because she does a fantastic job. Her voice is a little gritty and is just wonderful to listen to.

The story itself I really enjoyed but mentions of the SPOILER!! IRA - Irish Republican Army  really date it. I was thinking, oh year, I remember there were problems with them in the 1990s. I just enjoyed the whole book front to back. 5 stars.

ANNIHILATION by JEFF VANDERMEER

Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer

Audiobook

If there was a drinking game for every time the author wrote "perhaps" I'd be dead. Things happen but not really. Things are seen but not really. Is that a rat or something else becoming a rat? I could never really figure out whether events really happened to the characters. And there was way too much reminiscing/self-reflection going on for my taste. I way come back to the remaining books of this trilogy or I may not.

THE IMMORTALISTS by CHLOE BENJAMIN

The Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin

Audiobook

I kept putting off requesting this book because I stopped reading family sagas in the early 1980s. But I kept reading the blurb over and over and finally thought why not. This book was so good! It's about 4 brothers and sisters and their life from an encounter with a psychic until their death. I liked that it didn't jump around between them but had four parts for each person. The family itself was so sad. All of the stuff they did or should have done, I just wanted to grab the fictional person by the shoulders and tell them that they matter. I loved the ending. I would definitely recommend this book.

Maggie Hoffman did a great job with the narration - both the men and women, young and old.

BASED ON A TRUE STORY by NORM MacDONALD

Based on a True Story: A Memoir - Norm Macdonald

Audiobook

First off, Norm Macdonald did such a great job with this book. In the beginning when he was doing the voices of a young man, an older man, his father - they were all just great. He should really look into doing more audiobook narrations.

And speaking of the beginning of the book. I was feeling so sorry for Norm's family and the family friend with the squirrel. When I started the book I was telling my husband (a huge Norm Macdonald fan), "He's hit rock bottom Danny. He's drinking, doing drugs, has no money, people are tripping him as he gets off stage. It's horrible." Danny said he hadn't heard a thing and he still liked him. Then the next chapters started and I was thinking, "Wait a minute that doesn't sound right." I went online and he wasn't even born where he said he was and he wasn't dirt poor. Norm was interviewed and he said that the only part that was true was when he said there was water in a river. So the next day, I get home and tell Danny it was all a lie - or not really a lie, fiction. 

Norm does use living people in this book especially his friend Adam Eget who according to the book was giving hand jobs under a bridge when Norm made him his ASSistant. The difference between ASSistant and assistant went on a little too long. 

Overall, I loved the book. I'm listening to this book and trying not to smile and laugh like a loon while I'm on the train. The gambling bit went on way too long too but other than that, a real funny book of fiction.

ANY OTHER NAME by CRAIG JOHNSON

Any Other Name - Craig Johnson
This man is always trudging through snow while dead American Indians talk to him. Is this the third book this has happened to him? The bad guys weren't just bad but demented and if these were real people I would hope that everything they did was done to them twice. 

I'm going to hold off on the next book in the series because although the series does have some humor, this one made me just sick to my stomach. Even with that, good book/series.

 

BEGUILEMENT by LOIS McMASTER BUJOLD

Beguilement - Lois McMaster Bujold
Audiobook

Another great series by this author. I loved that the language wasn't all flowery, I loved the humor, I loved the romance and the speed of it. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.