book review | Queen of Anarchy by Eva Ashwood | Dirty Broken Savages 2

queen of anargy eva ashwood book reviewAuthor: Eva Ashwood
Title: Queen of Anarchy
Series: Dirty Broken Savages 2
Genre: Dark; Crime; Polyamory
Pages: 294
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Read Queen of Anarchy by Eva Ashwood, second book in Dirty Broken Savages series, and I’m still not sure whether I like it or not.

About the Book: River’s sister is alive. Alive and part of that dark world that held them captive for so long, torturing, abusing them. The world River tried to protect her from. So this time she’s determined to save her sister once and for all. After all, she’s not alone now. She has the Kings of Chaos who, like her, are ready to kill for those they consider their family.

My Opinion: I wish crime books like this were available more commonly in non-erotic genre too, so there’d be less skimming of sappy or otherwise nasty content. Additionally, I loathe the trope of the aggressive protector. Just because you were scared for someone, doesn’t mean you can take that worry, turn it into fury, and take it out on them now. So why am I reading this? Well, as I said, as a crime book it’s written pretty well, it’s dark, it’s gritty, it’s thought out. Characters are well developed too, each has their own backstory, personality. And then there’s the chosen family bonds that I only ever find in crime books too. In this case here it grew into polyamory which I should’ve realized would happen…

A weaker 3 out of 5 than the previous book. We’ll see how’s the next one.

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comic review | Deadpool Classic, vol. 14: Suicide Kings by Mike Benson | Deadpool Classic 14

deadpool suicide kingsAuthor: Mike Benson
Title: Deadpool Classic, vol. 14: Suicide Kings
Series: Deadpool Classic 14
Genre: Comics; Superheroes
Pages: 392
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I’m back on track of trying to read all of the Deadpool comics. Today it’s Deadpool Classic, vol. 14: Suicide Kings by Mike Benson, a sort of an omnibus collection of: Deadpool: Games of Death 1; Deadpool: Suicide Kings 1-5; Deadpool 900; 1000; X-Men Origins: Deadpool; Holiday Special 2; and Spotlight.

About the Comic: Deadpool takes up the oddest of jobs. From needing to clear his good…. his normal name, to a double crossing and a bet. From hunting down predators, to saving goats. All with intermissions of having to fight himself, both mentally and physically, as sometimes it’s just an existential crisis, but other times – someone made clones of you…

My Opinion: Every chapter is very different, and very interesting, as when it comes to Deadpool – you never really know what you’ll get. Dark humor remains a staple, as our sassy-kinda-hero goes onto his rampages. It’s why he’s the only superhero I can stand.

A solid 5 out of 5.

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book review | Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs | Bones 14

flash and bones kathy reichs book reviewAuthor: Kathy Reichs
Title: Flash and Bones
Series: Temperance Brennan 14
Genre: Crime; Thriller
Pages: 278
Rate: 2/5 | Goodreads

Read Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs, fourteenth book in the Temperance Brennan series, also known by the title of loosely based on the books tv series, Bones. It’s really not getting better.

About the Book: Racing, the cult sport Brennan had no interest in, now tangled in a murder investigation, and fool acting FBI agents, who make her work and life progressively worse. Whose body is it, how it ended up in a barrel with racing track asphalt in it, and why it feels like someone’s in the higher up is trying to cover it up?…

My Opinion: Brennan is a condescending and judgmental bitch, it was hard to read. Constant remarks on people, how they’re pretty but dumb, what are their sexual arrangements, their weight. Add it to a barely simmering plot, extremely two-dimentional, shallow characters, and you get a chore to waste your time. I keep foolishly hoping to feel that Bones vibe again, but I’m starting to realize that Bones didn’t irk me the way this book does is because Brennan there was portrayed to be on the spectrum, so some of her behaviors came off wrong until you got her thought process out there, where’s here she’s just arrogant, as her thought process is what you read. Constantly.

I’ve sadly a few more books that I’d like to finish before I toss it all. Writing and character development would need to drastically pick up from here for me to get the ones I don’t have though. This one gets a wonky 2 out of 5.

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book review | Kings of Chaos by Eva Ashwood | Dirty Broken Savages 1

kings of chaos eva ashwoodAuthor: Eva Ashwood
Title: Kings of Chaos
Series: Dirty Broken Savages
Genre: Dark Literature, Crime
Pages: 484
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Can’t figure out what to read this month, so I’m just grabbing things at random here. Picked up Kings of Chaos by Eva Ashwood, first in the Dirty Broken Savages series. A strange one, set in the criminal underworld.

About the Book: River has a list, a list of very bad men, and only one name remains not crossed out, as he is the most sly of them all. Following his lead she kills an informant who crossed her in the territory of men known as Kings of Chaos. They’d normally would have a very big problem with that but… An enemy of their enemy might just be their friend. If she manages, that is.

My Opinion: Yet another book where the female hero has to go through sexual abuse to become the psychopath the rest of the guys just naturally are. Would be too simple otherwise, right? This alone is the reason why I’ll never recommend this book to anyone. Other than that, the plot was decently stitched together, and kept me entertained enough. Nothing overly special, find the guy, reach the guy, kill the guy, and then figure out what’s next on the agenda. With a lovely little plus for my tastes, the mafia-crew-family kind of relationship the guys got going on.

It’s okay. Would have been better if River was just a psychopath. A 3 out of 5.

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book review | Match Game by Craig Alanson | Expeditionary Force 14

craig alanson match game expeditionary force reviewAuthor: Craig Alanson
Title: Match Game
Series: Expeditionary Force 14
Genre: Sci-Fi; Space Opera
Pages: 698
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Can hardly believe that Match Game by Craig Alanson is fourteenth book in Expeditionary Force series. And that it’s just as great as it was. And isn’t even the last one.

About the Book: Humanity is bluffing and lying its way out of very nasty situations, where opponents are so far advanced in compare, it’s unimaginable. But that’s the price to pay when your best friend is an elder AI. Still, what if Skippy the Magnificent wasn’t so unique?… Rumor about another awoken elder AI creates a goldrush, for everyone would like this sort of an advantage against their enemies, and the pesky humans too.

My Opinion: At one point I laughed so hard I teared up. This might be my favorite book so far. No plot fillers, every side story related to the main plotline, was amusing, and interesting to read. All of the characters were lovable, interesting, and well developed. It’s absolutely amazing.

A solid 5 out of 5.

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book review | Omerta by Mario Puzo | Mario Puzo’s Mafia 4

mario puzo omertaAuthor: Mario Puzo
Title: Omerta
Series: Mario Puzo’s Mafia 4
Genre: Crime; Thriller
Pages: 369
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Omerta by Mario Puzo is fourth book in his mafia series, but not the godfather one. And it’s very, very different from all the previous ones. This one’s more… A dime a dozen kind of thriller with crooked cops and ruthless mafiosos.

About the Book: Don’s death brings on a cataclysm. His children, including the adopted one, are getting circled by vultures, corrupt law, other families, and such. As pressure to choose between civilian life and their place in the family rises, the chain of Omerta, vow of silence, is tested. And as the chain is only as strong as its weakest link…

My Opinion: The first half, maybe even a little more, was great. Felt like a new game on an old mafia board, where corruption and intrigues flourish, but new players can enter the board, and muddle things up a little. But characters got no development, and despite how great some were, eventually it just lost the luster, as plot holes emerged, and second half, a fast paced tale someone rightfully compared to Scooby-Doo script, began.

A weak 3 out of 5, more out of respect for the author, than the book itself.

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book review | I, Dracula by D.S. Crowe | 1

i dracula ds crowe book reviewAuthor: D.S. Crowe
Title: I, Dracula
Series: 1
Genre: Dracula; Historical Fantasy
Pages: 268
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I often browse the dracula tag on IG, and luck had it so that there once was an author requesting arc readers for “I, Dracula“. I’ve received my copy, and D.S. Crowe, the author of this book, has made the whole experience truly amazing.

About the Book: Vlad Dracula, the Impaler prince of the Darkness, is in a hurry to write his life down. From the sad and lonely childhood. Then teenage years spent in Ottoman captivity, where he fully explored his supernatural powers. To adulthood, its stubborn will to fight for freedom, for what’s right. And the disappointment that followed, disheartening understanding that he became all this, for all that, and still couldn’t save those who didn’t care to save themselves. Thus, prince has turned away from life and the living, and turned to science that knocked on his door, in search for answers, truths. Having discovered them, he wrote for seven nights straight, rushing to put it all into pages…

My Opinion: This book should be read as a prequel to Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”, all while being its own thing, solid. Not historical fiction per se, as facts are abstract and used loosely here. The story itself is great, especially from second half on. What shortcomings I found can be put on the author within, Dracula himself not knowing how to express what has happened any better, and developing his own character the most through the seven nights it took him to write it all down. Author, D.S. Crowe, did a tremendous job creating a fluctuating, living tale, full of human emotions expressed through someone inhuman, monstrous passion, and surprising turn of events. This is a fine new gem in my Dracula collection.

A firm 5 out of 5.

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book review | The Gang’s All Queer by Vanessa R. Panfil | Alternative Criminology

the gangs all queer vanessa panfil book reviewAuthor: Vanessa R. Panfil
Title: The Gang’s All Queer
Series: Alternative Criminology
Genre: Nonfiction; LGBT Literature
Pages: 312
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Got “The Gang’s All Queer” by Vanessa R. Panfil from NetGalley, not just to satisfy curiosity, but as a reference for my own work too. Took me a while to read it, but I’m glad I did.

About the Book: Author challenges the “otherness” of sexual minorities, the surprise and disbelief expressed that implies homosexual men to not be masculine enough for certain kind of life style, activities. Such as gangs. She interviews around fifty people in gangs, and digs into such topics as gang structures, negotiation of masculinity and queerness, toughness and effeminacy in this heavily male dominated, and violent world of gangs.

My Opinion: Study delves into masculinity that is related to violence, and violence that is related to gang activity. Author is respectful, kind, insightful, full of information, but never dull, so it’s easy to read. She tells what problems arose for both the men she interviewed, and herself, and how it all ended. The differences of bonds people have in the gangs, how some operated like families, while others were more like a corporation of sorts. We learn of the differences, if any, between straight, hybrid, and gay gangs, what are the basis of operation, how they came to be, and what’s the views on minorities in each (and how it differs from gay men to gay women). Really, the farther it went, the more interesting it got.

I think I’ll read more of Alternative Criminology in the future. This one gets a 5 out of 5.

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book review | The Last Don by Mario Puzo | Mario Puzo’s Mafia 3

mario puzo the last donAuthor: Mario Puzo
Title: The Last Don
Series: Mario Puzo’s Mafia 3
Genre: Crime; Thriller
Pages: 502
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

I’d like to finish the whole of Mario Puzo‘s mafia series, both this one and the godfather one, as it’s a separate one. Currently I’ve finished “The Last Don“, third in the mafia series.

About the Book: The last don, Domenico Clericuzio, is determined to put his heirs onto a legal path, where clean money and mafia family ties will provide them with a good life. Yet rivalry doesn’t end just because one has a legitimate job, apparently, as don receives more and more news of clashes and bloodshed.

My Opinion: The main idea, main plot point is brilliant. It’s godfather-like, where the sly don plays chess with his little pawns. A fine tale of secret and double lives, relationships with mafiosos, and the cutthroat Hollywood. But the rest of it is a filler that almost bore me to death. Entire biographies of side characters that are completely meaningless in the story. This could’ve been shorter and more solid. Still, not unreadable, no.

A solid 3 out of 5, but consider an audiobook.

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book review | Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham

midnight in chernobyl adam higginbotham book reviewAuthor: Adam Higginbotham
Title: Midnight in Chernobyl
Series: –
Genre: History; Science
Pages: 538
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Read my very first book on Chernobyl disaster, “Midnight in Chernobyl” by Adam Higginbotham. Having read on these Soviet characters to whom author, rightly or not, instilled a little degree of genuine love for the Soviet Union, I want to give a free tip to all those who still claim “it was better under Soviets“, just fucking get yourself a dominatrix. Will tell you what to do, when to do it, how to think, and you can even ask them to stop when you need to rest.

About the Book: The story, with a lot of technical details, describes the fatal disaster in Chernobyl’s nuclear plant, and how extreme mishandling of both information prior the explosion, and after, put the final crack into the Soviet Union. Additionally, it changed the way world views nuclear power too.

My Opinion: Not always easy to get through the technical end of it, but otherwise a very interesting book. The sheer magnitude of it is hard to wrap one’s mind around, and the fact that RU tried to hide it, save face before, during, and even after, endangering not only the neighbors, but their very own people, should tell you what regard they got for human life. By the way, I wrote “Chernobyl“, because it was very much in RU’s hands, but Ukrainians write it as Chornobyl. We should learn that.

A very solid 4 out of 5.

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