MINI-REVIEWS: Bloodsucking Fiends, ‘Salem’s Lot, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

062. Bloodsucking Fiends – Christopher Moore paperback / source: library / read Apr. 9, 2013 / Amazon (fantasy / humor) To be honest, I was bored with this book after the first 50 pages or so. I probably shouldn’t have kept reading it but it was the only book with me at the time and I was desperate to read something. Not the best circumstances for reading ANY book, but especially not a humor book. Read More …

REVIEW: Time Traders by Andre Norton

My second Andre Norton book! Unfortunately, I didn’t really like it. It’s sci-fi, which is what she’s famous for, so that’s good. There’s time travel! I like time travel, generally. And there’s also aliens(?) and lots of Cold War stuff, which can both be interesting.1 However! Despite all the good stuff, I just couldn’t get into this book. I think my main problem was that even though it’s set roughly 60+ years into the future Read More …

Tiny reviews for the end of August

160. Scaramouche – Rafael Sabatini e ebook / public domain / read August 17-19, 2012 I can’t seem to write a good enough review of this, so instead I’ll just link you to my comments over at Tasha’s Project Gutenburg review of Scaramouche. Also here’s a gif expressing my feelings: 161. The Scarlet Pimpernel – Baroness Orczy e ebook / public domain / read August 19-20, 2012 I expected this to be more of a Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination, Bridget Jones' Diary 1 & 2

Click on a book cover to go to that book’s Amazon page. 119. Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding Publication: Viking Pr (June 3, 2004), Hardcover, 320pp / ISBN 0670033332 Genre: Fiction, Thriller (sort of) Read: October 8-9, 2011 Source: Bought? Mini-Review Basically this book went in an entirely different direction than I thought it would based on the first 20 pages or so. And I LOVED it! Before the switch happened Read More …

Review: The Dealer (CHERUB #2) by Robert Muchamore (2004)

The Dealer (CHERUB #2) by Robert Muchamore Publication: Simon Pulse (August 30, 2005), Paperback, 309 pages / ISBN 0689877803 Genre: Action, Thriller, YA Rating: Find @ Amazon or IndieBound First sentence: Billions of insects fizzed about in the sunset. In one sentence: Disappointing installment of a series that I otherwise rather like. I was hoping this second CHERUB book would be at least as good as the first book, The Recruit, but alas it was Read More …

SilverFin by Charlie Higson

Okay, so, I’ve never read any of the original Bond books (yet), but I have seen a few of the movies. For someone who’s only vaguely familiar with the Bond canon, I enjoyed reading this book, even though it did have a few problems. The story starts off really slowly– I don’t think the action-y parts start until more than 100 pages into it. However, I did like seeing Bond adjusting to a new life Read More …

N or M? by Agatha Christie

Continuing on my adventure through the Tommy and Tuppence series by Agatha Christie (previous reviews), I’m now on the third book, N or M? Tommy and Tuppence are back, a little older, with two grown children and another World War on the horizon. They’re called back into action to ferret out two German spies, the male spy M and the female spy N, from a sleepy little place called Sans Souci. First off, I want Read More …

Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie

Partners in Crime is the second book in the Tommy and Tuppence series by Agatha Christie. It’s a short story collection tied together by an overarching plot: Tommy and Tuppence are hired to pose as a detective firm in order to ensnare a Russian spy ring. They end up solving quite a few mysteries in between spy-hunting, playing a game of famous detective-imitation along the way. I’ve, er, never heard of most of those detectives, Read More …

The Recruit by Robert Muchamore

I wasn’t expecting much when I picked this up at the last FOTL book sale, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun I had reading it. I actually blazed through it in about six hours (including dinner breaks, etc), and I’m even looking forward to reading the next nine books in the series. The Recruit is about a kid named James who get into trouble often and is on his way to a Read More …