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book review | Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain

anthony bourdain medium raw book reviewAuthor: Anthony Bourdain
Title: Medium Raw
Series: –
Genre: Autobiography; Nonfiction
Pages: 288
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I miss watching Anthony Bourdain travels. They used to inspire me, revive this love for the world in my heart. So I picked up “Medium Raw“, his autobiography, in hopes to get a little bit of that. And I will surely read what other books he put out there too.

About the Book: The book is a bit of a jumble of things. He tells us of restaurants, chefs, and very deep behind the scenes of the industry. Some aspects of his life, tales of adventures. Gives opinions on people, certain, named ones, and just general crowds. And goes into philosophical debates over aspects he was passionate about.

My Opinion: It’s a fascinating read, start to end. And, truly, I wish there was more. Looking forwards to the other books, at least.

You don’t have to agree with everything he says to appreciate the inspiration, the strive for the better. A 5 out of 5.

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book review | Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

convenience store woman sayaka murata book reviewAuthor: Sayaka Murata
Title: Convenience Store Woman
Series: –
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Pages: 163
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I keep seeing “Convenience Store Woman” by Sayaka Murata everywhere, so I gave it a shot. Figured, if I don’t like it, at least it’s short.

About the Book: Keiko, by the norms of society’s majority, was always unusual. But she did her best to appease the good-wishers and pretend to be one of them. She even found her purpose, her reasons to get up in the morning, reason to eat, reason to workout. Convenience store. A type of a job usually chosen by young people in need of some money and experience so, really, even here Keiko’s clock is ticking. Up until she finds the perfect lie that could fix everything forever. But then, just because we fit, it doesn’t mean we belong, right?

My Opinion: I always really admired people overly dedicated to their work, whatever said work is. That drive, obsessiveness is just fascinating. So this was an amazing book. With beautiful view on society and how we as a whole can be, how we give in and perpetuate same kind of pressures we’d like to not feel. That added incel was an interesting thought. In one way he added a comedic relief. In another, it’s awful such mentalities do exist. That was the only thing that really put me off a bit.

Interesting and amusing. A 5 out of 5, feel free to recommend me more of such.

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book review | Heaven’s River by Dennis E. Taylor | Bobiverse 4

heavens river dennis e taylor book cover audibleAuthor: Dennis E. Taylor
Title: Heaven’s River
Series: Bobiverse 4
Genre: Sci-fi; Humor
Pages: 17h
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Bobiverse by Dennis E. Taylor was a great sci-fi trilogy I truly loved. And so I eagerly awaited it’s sequel “Heaven’s River“. Let me tell you, it was so worth it.

About the Book: A Bob replicant named Bender has disappeared and some are honestly concerned about it. So a group of Bobs sets out to an expedition, following Bender’s tracks all the way to a very strange planet called Quinland by the natives. Upon getting on its soil, Bobs realize strange pattern of the planet isn’t the only strange thing. And how much trouble can the strange things mean.

While this is happening other Bobs are having troubles of their own. Politics with humans and amongst themselves. Apparently, the farther the clone generation from original Bob, the… Farther is the Bob from Bob.

My Opinion: Those of you who have read Expeditionary Force by Craig Alanson will be very happy. Those of you who haven’t – will still be happy, because this is a great book. A brand new spanking weird planet to explore, lots of humorous situations, daring escapes, Lord of the Rings worthy friendships, and moral dilemas.

A great book. 5 out of 5 with great hopes to get more.

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book review | Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes | 1

fred the vampire accountantAuthor: Drew Hayes
Title: Fred, the Vampire Accountant
Series: Fred, the Vampire Accountant 1
Genre: Urban Fantasy; Vampires
Pages: 300
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

The full title of Drew Hayes‘s book is “The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant“. And it sort of sums it up. But only sort of. Bear with me.

About the Book: In life, Fred was a frightful man, good with numbers, a boring accountant. In death, after he was turned and abandoned – a heinous act in the supernatural world – he remains a frightful vampire, good with numbers. A valuable accountant from whom other supernaturals don’t have to hide their, at the very least, odd looking expenses. But, oh, if only those were the only adventures he got. Instead… From a LARP going wrong to a sire returning.

Cats may always land on their feet, however, the same can’t be said for accountants.

My Opinion: Book reads as a collection of tightly knitted short stories. Each one – different, interesting. So the book title is wrong with the “uninteresting” part of adventurous tales. There’s a host of very great characters too, colorful and loveable bunch. For example, my favorite, of course, is the gay weresteed. Now, why’s that I won’t reveal.

A worthy October read. Solid 4 out of 5. Will read more.

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book review | Tastes like Chicken by Johnny B. Truant | Fat Vampire 2

fat vampire tastes like chicken book reviewAuthor: Johnny B. Truant
Title: Tastes like Chicken
Series: Fat Vampire 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy; Vampires
Pages: 201
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Ah well, I feel compelled to continue series I began, unless they were utterly terrible. And since Johnny B. Truant‘s Fat Vampire series were not terrible, I’m onto second one, “Tastes Like Chicken“. It was oddly very good.

About the Book: A mysterious being, a vampire only in name, is brought before Reginald. He makes a mockery out of the precautions vampires took and foretells their genocide about to come at his hands. In this strange game of chess, where the only choices given are die by enemy’s hand or your own, vampires have 30 days to evolve. The way humans did.

My Opinion: A very well written myth and history, I really enjoyed all of that. And since the book is fairly short, there’s not much time for boring fillers, such as traveling places to discover answers that didn’t require any traveling. The minus goes to weirdly uncomfortable bits. 

A 4 out of 5, will read more.

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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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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 | Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

furiously happy jenny lawson book reviewAuthor: Jenny Lawson
Title: Furiously Happy
Series: –
Genre: Biography; Humor
Pages: 329
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

What a nice book. I’ve laughed out loud while reading “Furiously Happy: A funny book about horrible things” by Jenny Lawson. It was informative, interesting, and very entertaining.

About the Book: Author Jenny Lawson has severe depression and many other unpleasant mental things. And in this book she describes, sometimes in too much detail, her life, family, therapy, she shows us ways to cope. A way to find strength to get up in the morning. A way to find motivation to change into something else than pj’s. And what to do if you don’t find strength or motivation. All while cracking jokes and sharing profound truths.

Everything in the world either is or isn’t pandas.

My Opinion: My most favorite profound truth is in quote above. It’s an amazing book everyone should read, including those who got no known mental illnesses. There’s a lot to be learned here. Most important lesson of all being how not to beat yourself for the way you operate.

A great book I must recommend. 5 out of 5 from me, to the woman who made me laugh so much while talking about such scary things.

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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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