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book review | Hunting Whitey by Casey Sherman

hunting whitey casey sherman dave wedge book reviewAuthor: Casey Sherman
Title: Hunting Whitey
Series: –
Genre: True Crime; Nonfiction
Pages: 368
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Not gonna lie, I had no clue who James “Whitey” Bulger was up until reading “Hunting Whitey” by Casey Sherman. A life and death book of a legendary South Boston mob boss.

About the Book: A ruthless mob boss, self proclaimed gentleman, and a loving father to his children. James “Whitey” Bulger’s name is mentioned along side such notorious ones as Al Capone or Vito Genovese. This is a book of his long overdue capture, long and tough years in prison, and death by murder.

My Opinion: A pretty good book, well written, with plenty of details and names (an important factor for fact-checking). I’m just surprised I had no clue who this man was, since he was second most wanted man in the USA, just after Osama bin Laden.

While the book is good, and I approve of it for October, if you just want a tale of mobsters and gangsters, I’d go with something more fun, like one of those Hollywood Godfather books (there’s a few “former” gangsters who wrote amazing memoirs). But this one gets a solid 4 out of 5.

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book review | Finders Keepers by Stephen King | Bill Hodges Trilogy 2

stephen king finders keepers mr mercedes book reviewAuthor: Stephen King
Title: Finders Keepers
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy 2
Genre: Thriller, Horror Literature
Page: 434
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Mh, still a no. I liked “Finders Keepers” by Stephen King, second book in Bill Hodges Trilogy, about as much as I liked Mr. Mercedes. Which isn’t much.

About the Book: Obsessed with characters, fictional world, Morris Bellamy commits to robbery and even murder. But those aren’t the reasons he’s in prison. No, this torture was just a drunken error. And the only thing that keeps him alive all this time is his treasure. The notebooks he stole from his most loved and hated author. Notebooks that are safe, waiting for him. Notebooks that have been found by a boy who read them too and now burns with the same obsession Morris feels… 

My Opinion: This isn’t the first book by King on insane readers. Makes one wonder, doesn’t it? Anyway, the book is written very well. Characters are on point. But the problem is with the middle. Good start, strong ending, with almost nothing other than air in between. Sure there’s a little bit of insight into character inner workings. And some tension due to some mean fellas. But that’s about that. The rest is pushing time and pages.

Saying which I still can’t claim the book is bad, and will give it a solid, firm 3 out of 5. 

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Categories: 3-5, Books: Crime, Books: Everything, Books: Horror, Books: Other Fiction, heists, murder, Mystery Books, Nosferatu Books, Thriller Books | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

book review | Shadows Linger by Glen Cook | The Chronicles of the Black Company 2

glen cook shadows linger book reviewAuthor: Glen Cook
Title: Shadows Linger
Series: The Chronicles of the Black Company 2
Genre: Dark Fantasy; 
Pages: 319
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Ah, now that’s some interesting dark fantasy. Read “Shadows Linger” by Glen Cook, second book in The Chronicles of Black Company series. While somehow simple in the plot, it was a great and entertaining read.

About the Book: Raven ran as far as he could, keeping his charge safe; a girl who might just one day fix this broken world, torn apart by two evils of whom his former brothers in arms serve the lesser. But due to his carelessness Raven almost sent the said world into oblivion instead. Which, of course, brought the Lady, her Taken, and the Black Company itself over, to this edge of the world where Raven hid…

My Opinion: There’s these almost mundane scenes of grave robbers and innkeepers. And then you start noticing the less mundane, as they venture out to visit a castle that grew out of a rock, filled with strange creatures and vicious faces. Unlikely heroes, unlikely betrayals, and daring feats. A very pleasant read.

Definitely a good piece of dark fantasy. Even a bit nostalgic, if I may say so. A 5 out of 5, solid.

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book review | Vampire Lord: Conquering a Bloodthirsty Earth by Logan Jacobs | 1

vampire lord logan jacobs book reviewAuthor: Logan Jacobs
Title: Vampire Lord
Series: Vampire Lord 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy; Vampires
Pages: 418
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Sometimes my TBR scares me. Then I pick up some book that’s not on it. Like “Vampire Lord: Conquering a Bloodthirsty Earth” by Logan Jacobs, first in the series. It’s a strange one…

About the Book: Sam wakes up in a new world, and not in the dreamy kind of way. After getting vaccinated from airborne AIDS, majority of the folks went berserk soon after. Riots on the streets as rabid humans tear each other apart to drink blood and eat flesh. And somewhere in this awful hell there’s his girlfriend whom he must reach no matter what. But the problem is… Sam got vaccinated too.

My Opinion: It feels in poor taste to read a book about vaccines from pandemic that cause people to turn berserk. One must just hope that all the conspiracy theorists will not find it. There’s also a nasty whiff of sexism or outright stupidity as the hero keeps calling his girlfriend and her friends “brunette” and “long-legged girl“. Do you actually call your partners by their hair color, even in thought? Then he jumps to google if women can use some weapons, all while unable to use any himself. Dude, really? Found answer was “yes, with training” as opposed to guys not needing any training, I guess. Anyway, the one plus would be the fight scenes, and surprising vampire characters.

I both sort of want to read another one and not, so we’ll see. This one gets a weak 3 out of 5, and not one of those stars goes to character dimensions.

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book review | Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir | The Locked Tomb 2

harrow the ninth tamsyn muir locked tomb necromancer book reviewAuthor: Tamsyn Muir
Title: Harrow the Ninth
Series: The Locked Tomb 2
Genre: Fantasy; Sci-fi
Pages: 512
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Holy… I’ve noticed there’s “Harrow the Ninth” by Tamsyn Muir, second book in The Locked Tomb, already out, so I grabbed it. Remember in the last review I said I love me a good book on necromancy? Well, score two.

About the Book: When Deathless Emperor beckons – you come. Even if he’s drafting you into a war you could only win in your dreams, and even then – unlikely. And it absolutely does not matter that you barely just rose above being the last necromancer of your house, that your body is failing and trying to fall apart, that you’re nauseated and can’t trust any of your tools, even your damn eyes. Nor does it matter that you’re possessed by an angry spirit. Or several. Death is everywhere at all times. So what’s a few more crumbs to the tar of demise? The only true question here is, should you let go or must you fight?…

My Opinion: I don’t even know where to begin. Harrowhark is barely keeping her head above the water. Even in the previous book she put all her efforts into survival – small house, little power, not enough of anything new, not yet chewed up or sucked dry, with other houses trying to swallow you whole at all times, no one to trust. And now it’s a voyage to unwinnable war with the Deathless Emperor, Teacher. Imagine a gothic tale full of decadent nobles in haunted surroundings full of spirits and walking skeletons alike. And now put that into space, spaceship. All while hopping around, killing planets, fighting monsters, entities. Insane.

It’s a colossal tale. The only thing I didn’t like was the way it was told. But when such things are being told – I’m prepared to suffer. A 5 out of 5, firm.

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book review | The Shanghai Factor by Charles McCarry

changhai factor charles mccarry book cover reviewAuthor: Charles McCarry
Title: The Shanghai Factor
Series: –
Genre: Spy Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 336
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

I’ve realized a little too late when I picked up The Shanghai Factor by Charles McCarry, that I’ve not inspected the genres well enough. This might be the first spy thriller I’ve read. And I don’t think it’s a genre for me.

About the Book: A nameless American spy placed in Shanghai with bare orders: learn the language, absorb the culture. Avoid other Caucasians, especially other Americans. Which turns out hard to do, for any other white person in Shanghai jumped at the opportunity to speak to a possible same origins kin. But he could trust no one, and knew patterns too well to fall for real, possible or imagined ploys. Up until a pure accident has sent him tumbling head-first into a very tight and sticky cobweb. For he ran into a bike of a very attractive young woman.

My Opinion: It was dull. This nameless fellow is yet again one of those guys whom men with power just want to pay to do nothing, and women are happy to have sex with him, and absolutely understand that he can’t stay, and must go, and can’t explain them shit. Secondary characters were cold and two-dimensional. Plot itself felt like a tumble of things that barely fit together to make some kind of unclear image. It didn’t feel like a thriller at all.

I understand there’s quite a bit of my own fault for choosing a book so poorly, so no matter how tempted I am to give this book less, I will give it a 3 out of 5, just in case it wasn’t as bad as it seemed to me.

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book review | Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco | Stalking Jack the Ripper 3

escaping from houdini kerri maniscalco book coverAuthor: Kerri Maniscalco
Title: Escaping from Houdini
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper 3
Genre: YA; Mystery
Pages: 416
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

Having some really tough time, not gonna lie. Needed something easy to read, so I picked up “Escaping from Houdini” by Kerri Maniscalco, third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series, for I knew her writing style to be perfect for this kind of mood. And it indeed did the job.

About the Book: A luxurious liner trip, with travelers gathered to admire a show troupe full of magicians, fortune tellers, acrobats, and so on, soon becomes a nightmare, as the ship becomes a gilded cage, a prison, with all the passengers trapped inside with a killer; A master in slight of hand, for no one is the wiser, even after someone is brutally murdered among them. Victims tend to disappear just to reappear in a tarot setting, dead. And it’s up to Audrey Rose to find the killer, and find them fast, for it is not just strangers in danger…

My Opinion: The writing style is pretty good, very light, and very easy to read. If you, like myself, aren’t native English speaker, but want to practice reading books, I can really recommend Kerri Maniscalco works. They’re unique and quite interesting. But one thing I did have an issue with in this particular book. It’s the scenes that seem to exist only to add to the volume of the book. I mean, I do understand there’s an attempt to set a scene, create the false calm before the storm, but often they just flopped as scenes designed to portray an outraged lady in society where so much is forbidden to women.

It’s a good lazy read, even if not my favorite. I can give it a very solid and firm 3 out of 5, and will definitely read the next book.

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book review | Unlearn by Humble the Poet

humble the poet unlearn book coverAuthor: Humble the Poet
Title: Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life
Series: –
Genre: Nonfiction, Inspirational
Pages: 288
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I like Humble’s music. And I like his Twitter or IG feed. So, figured I should probably read the “Unlearn: 101 Simple Truths for a Better Life” by Humble the Poet too. And, you know what? It was pretty great.

About the Book: Nobody can give us happiness. Not only they can’t, even if they could, they don’t have to. Nobody owes you happiness, no matter what you gave them. Happiness has to be made, for you, by you. Not so easy, you say? Well, if it was, we’d not need books like this, right? Instead Humble teaches us to be more conscious about our lives. It’s hard to do, because we’re often blinded by emotional strain, stress, pain, but it’s possible, even if it means seeking professional help. You can choose to do something about yourself, for yourself. Even if it’s one conscious glimpse while you’re drinking your favorite tea: it’s good, isn’t it? And isn’t that happiness?

Little drops like that add up, and teach you to be more aware of the good things, even in the face of the dark days you might be having. That’s one great thing I took from this book. Another, and not the only one, be sure, was the time to start lesson. Want to do something, start something? Okay, start. Don’t wait for new years to make resolutions. Don’t wait for the first day of the month. Don’t even wait for that Monday. Start now. That’s the difference between “One Day” and “Day One“.  Which one will it be for you?

My Opinion: Humble writes in this very friendly and familiar manner. He doesn’t spew philosophy to an audience, no, he’s telling you simple things you might know, or you might not, joking with you, telling you a little bit of his own personal experiences, telling you that you can do whatever you set your mind to. Because when you truly want it, truly, you will have it. There’s no commitment, there’s no “do this every day and…” stuff. Humble’s real and simple.

It’s a light read that might just help you reconsider some things in your life. I’ll give it a very solid 4 out of 5, because there were a couple of edges that I could’ve done without, and that’s just my personal take. Other than that, it’s a good book worth the time.

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White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland | White Trash Zombie 5

2Author: Diana Rowland
Title: White Trash Zombie Gone Wild
Series: White Trash Zombie 5
Genre: Zombies, Paranormal
Pages: 325
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Not gonna lie, I’m a bit in a reading slum. Even such an easy and simple book as was the fifth book in White Trash Zombie was a tad tough. But at least it was fun, for the main plot line was pretty good.

About: Angel’s life is trying to fall apart just as she got it all together. After becoming a zombie she got a chance to ween off all the drugs she been doing due to them not working on her kind. But now there’s new pharma, just for zombies, and oh boy does it work nice. As long as she’s willing to stoop so low as to steal it from her sick Zombie Baby, the man she turned into zombie and who has been suffering side effects ever since, thus needing the treatment. On top of that, the zombie serial killer has returned, with extra footprints, no less, that lead straight to her ex, who she never thought to be this stupid, or this cold-blooded as to be a killer. And then the zombie movie showing real life footage of real live zombies doing their thing, killing, eating brains, with people Angel recognizes. All that added together threaten her and her kind into having to take drastic measures: Exodus

Mine: There’s something missing to make Angel’s personality pop, and I can’t figure what it is. She’s nice and all, but she could be real nice, you know? To add to that, I kinda hate how her redneckishness is only there via her pointing a finger and literally saying “I did this, because I’m a redneck / white trash“. Her father is becoming a father of the year too, but I’m a hopeful person, so I won’t be mad at that, and believe that it is possible. But my favorite part was Nick the Prick story line. Now that’s one curious sight to behold. Though it all gets spoiled if you think how many story lines were dropped for the sake of this one, and how everyone from the previous book just got their lives and moved on, or decided they hate Angel, and moved on.

It was okay. Above average as books like this go, but a bit far from being good just yet. I can still gladly give it a 4 out of 5, and will also gladly read the final book. It’s a good simple read, really.

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Vortena by Neven Iliev

1Author: Neven Iliev
Title: Vortena
Series: Everybody Loves Large Chests 3
Genre: Fantasy, Adult
Pages: 444
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Dunno what happens in November and why everyone needs translations done, but it happens, and I am very tired with way too much on my plate. So, wasn’t feeling like any serious book. Resulting in the happy little find: apparently Everybody Loves Large Chests already got the third book out called “Vortena” by Neven Iliev. And there was a lot of good in this book. But one big fat bad too.

About: Boxxy is on a quest to level up and find more shinies and tasties. It would be preferable to do so via Unholy Wealth ritual, but if leveling up is what it takes, he’ll do it. To help along the way he blackmails a lich into becoming part of the team. One that he killed himself in the past. Twice. But, being just a brainless box, he didn’t see how that could possibly create an issue with loyalty, and, destroying newly found dungeon left and right, went on the quest. After all, the dilema wasn’t the Nasty new team member. It was the fact that upon leveling up Boxxy will cease being this perfect shape of a chest. He’ll evolve into a brand new creature.

Mine: There were a lot of great and funny moments, not the smallest being Boxxy’s agoraphobia, or his quick dubbing of lich as “nasty” due to her horrible flavor. But one thing bothered me from the second it occurred: I will absolutely never understand why rape is necessary for character development when everything else points to it being unnecessary. Including the common sense. So after the character finally got abused to a point where she started considering suicide, the rest of the book just stopped being as amusing. The only excuse that left me reading was the fact that she was given great power, and as sincere an apology as one could give under the circumstances, including the improvement in behavior towards her.

It’s an alright book. Was pretty funny at points, and I still love this concept of a mob being the hero. Our little gnome story was upsetting tho, and absolutely unnecessary. 4 out of 5 is the very best I can do, merely because I hope in the next book she takes some form of closure-vengeance.

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