Wednesday, October 30, 2013

read: Bad Monkey (3 stars)

Bad MonkeyBad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was kind of funny. Not laugh out loud (LOL!) funny. More like occasional amused smirk (lol) funny. The mystery was engaging, if a bit drawn out by the side adventures and extraneous activity. The characters were well drawn, if a bit over-the-top and all-over-the-map. This ain't Elmore Leonard, but who is?

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

read: The Wee Free Men (4 stars)

The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30)The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun frolic through an engaging fantasy world. The characters are all quicker of wit than you or me, even when they are in mortal danger. This is the story of a young witch in the making and how she comes to discover that she is both a witch and a grown up. Her allies in her quest are a band of 'Pictsies' known as Nac Mac Feegle (or Wee Free Men), who will fight and drink nigh anything and speak in a brogue so thick it's often easier to skip past it and rely on the context to understand their meaning. It all comes together for great fun, perhaps even a 5 star read for the right crowd.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

read: The Three Little Javelinas (4 stars)

The Three Little JavelinasThe Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not much more explanation is needed than "The Three Little Pigs" recast as javelinas outsmarting a coyote. Well told, well drawn, well done.

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