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Books 62-67

Bone Harvest (Claire Watkins, #4)Bone Harvest by Mary Logue

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This wasn't a bad book but overall I found myself a bit disappointed in it because Claire isn't really the one to solve the case. It has an interesting premise. It's the 50th anniversary of a family slaughter. Both parents and all five of the kids including the baby were shot to death. Now 50 years later, our villain believes it's time for the case to solve. He begins doing things that are potentially fatal to draw attention to the case.

And he leaves behind the finger bones of the victims (baring the fact that the children's bones are fully ossified).

That is interesting but in many ways they're working more on who is trying to draw attention to the old crime which makes sense since he's a potential danger. Much of this is mired in anti-German prejudice that was rampant post WWII.

But the thing that bothered me was someone has always known what happened and eventually confesses to what they know so basically nothing Claire did mattered. That was how the case was solved and the ending was rather weird.

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Eye of the NinjaEye of the Ninja by D.M. Marlowe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a fun book though a bit obviously exactly what it was, a Japanese myth heavy book written by an American anime fan (which is okay, since I met the author at an anime con, there is a market for that).

Mei Barret is born into a world that has seen severe disasters stemming from the Ring of Fire. She has pupils shaped like starbursts (not going to go into what that would do to her vision) so that marks her as the new wave of 'mutants' that people who are ostracized. She lost her father who trained her to fight and hide (and she uses it to do parkour).

She is running from a yokai but she doesn't know much about the thing. Enter Ken, a young man who has abilities of his own and seems to want to help the mistrustful Mei. She decides to trust him and through Ken learns more about the forces behind her hard life. He wants to take her to a special city where she can be trained in her heritage.

Ken and Mei are well drawn characters and the action is well done. there is a hint of a love triangle that was thankfully backed off of (unless you're going to go polyamory on me I can do without love triangles).

It's a good story and the main storyline does wrap up but that is just the opener to a much longer story. I'd be interested in seeing more

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Twittering from the Circus of the DeadTwittering from the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a fun short story. It's told in a series of tweets from a teen 'trapped' on a family vacation. Blake wants to be anywhere but on this trip with her parents. She thinks it's hell until of course they get to the titular Circus of the Dead. Zombies anyone? It's cleverly done and I enjoyed it.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1)Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It occurred to me I had never actually read this but only read excerpts and saw it in movies. I will say Alice is a bit more whiney and judgmental in the book versus the movies but this is exactly what I expected it to be. I knew most of it barring the pepper Duchess and her pig baby and the trial. It's still an inventive story, especially for it's time.

I read it for a banned book prompt (drug use) Alice, the Mad Hatter (who has much less of a role than I expected) the Cheshire cat and all the rest are such a part of the modern psyche, it's worth reading this book for that alone

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Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #1 by Tom Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's raining business men! Someone is grafting angel's wings onto the 1 percentagers and dropping them from the sky. John Constantine, one of my favorite bi disasters of all time, is on the case along with his childhood friend Detective Aisha Bukhari.

To his horror, this might have ties into a tragedy from their shared past and in typical John fashion, his mere presence might end up getting people he knows killed.

This is from DC's new Black Label mystery series. It's a bigger than usual sized book (which actually might annoy collectors who want things all the same size). It's absolutely gorgeous. The art is top notch. I haven't seen art this good in American comics in ages. Darick Robertson hits it out of the park with this art and Tom Taylor's storyline is immediately absorbing. I couldn't wait to get my hands on #2. This is prime Constantine and I want it all!

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Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #2Hellblazer: Rise and Fall #2 by Tom Taylor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can't say too much about this without ruining it but the cover gives you a big hint as to who shows up to help John with this case. The dark humor is fantastic. The storyline is great and the art even better. Worth every cent and can't wait for more.

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Tags: classic, fantasy, graphic novel, horror, mystery, urban fantasy

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