Time of Torment

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tldrTime of Torment is an interesting detective novel with a paranormal edge that kept me rapt to the end.

    synopsis

Charlie Parker is a private detective who has been tasked with helping an ex-convict who believes he will be killed now that he’s been released. As Parker investigates it quickly becomes clear that this involves a very old and secluded community with dark secrets.

thoughts

Full disclosure: while this book is #14 in a series surrounding Charlie Parker, this is the first one I’ve read. That being said, I don’t think my lack of history impeded my enjoyment of this book. While there are a few story threads that are clearly related to previous books, they were fleshed out enough that I could grasp what was going on.

Ok, disclosure out of the way, I liked this book. The slight paranormal aspect made me think of the TV show Grimm, but it’s not quite that. The paranormal wasn’t front and center to the story, even though it seems to be an important part of Parker’s character. I liked this about the book since too much strangeness can turn me off.

Parker and his companions were really fleshed out as characters. Even without reading the preceding 13 books I got a sense of history from them and could easily picture them sitting in a diner chatting about their cases. Similarly the community of people inside the Cut also felt very real, even when they were participating in awful things. Connolly did a great job of putting us inside the heads of his characters and giving us an understanding of why they’re doing what they’re doing. Along those same lines, each character, even the “good guys” were flawed in very human ways. Honestly, for a long running detective series, I was impressed by the character development.

The story is also very engaging. While I think it probably could have been cut down to be a bit shorter, I was still left biting my nails most of the time, hoping certain characters made it alive to the next chapter. This book honestly has me considering picking up the previous 13 books.

prosGreat characters

Page-turning story

Deep sense of history in the world of the story

Some very creepy moments

consNada!

quotes

“He regarded the falling of leaves as they drove, like all the dead days descending.”

“Then [redacted] ignited too, burning a path into the next life.”

“And although Ormsby had listened to him drawing nearer, and seen with his own eyes how he stepped into the open doorway, still it was as though this man had descended upon him, alighting in his home like a bird of prey landing by wounded quarry.”

“It was a woman, as close to the glass on the outside of the house that Ormsby was to the pane inside. She wore the tattered red dress, soiled with blood and dirt. Her skull was entirely hairless, and the sockets of her eyes were empty. Her skin was gray, and wrinkled around the mouth like the surface of an apple long past its best.”

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

End Point

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tldrEnd Point is a decent sci fi novel with some interesting ideas and concepts that kept me turning the page, even when the writing did not.

   synopsisIn End Point a team of scientists and military men discover alien artifacts appearing around the globe and causing odd things to happen around them. As they explore each artifact they attempt to uncover the mystery of what is really happening on earth. Are they being invaded? Or just toyed with?

thoughts

The premise had me really interested in this book, and it started off really strong. There’s some great moments in this book, especially when things really start going wonky. The problem is everything that happens in between, or for that matter, doesn’t happen. The book is a series of events, strung together by loooooong bouts of dialogue that primarily take place in a military debriefing. Each briefing scene goes something like this:

“Here’s what we’re gonna go. I’m gonna pass it off to someone else to explain.”

“Hi. I’m someone else. Here’s what we’re going to do. I’m gonna pass it off to someone else to explain.”

“Hi. I’m also someone else. I can’t tell you everything because it’s confidential.”

Naturally, that eventually got pretty boring. I think Breakspear has some great stories rumbling around in his head, but he could use some work on how they’re delivered.

pros

Interesting story

Great sci fi setting

consToo much explanation that explained nothing

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I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

Women In Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

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Women In Science is a lovely and quick history of women…in science. A must read for any young girl, and a should read for most humans.

synopsis

Women In Science is a brief history of scientific achievements made by women, who have often been overlooked in the annals of history. Each page gives a brief description of the life of a scientist as well as beautiful accompanying illustrations. Written and drawn by first time author, Rachel Ignotofsky, Women In Science is meant to inspire young women to aim to achieve great things in life.

thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. While I knew most of the women there were a few fascinating scientists that I’d never heard of. I really appreciated the variety of sciences that were represented. We all expected Marie Curie, but there were also botanists, mathematicians, computer scientists (love Grace Hopper), paleontologists, and so forth. The book is also lovely to look at. The illustrations and colors are just so pretty and fun. I can’t imagine an ebook version capturing how neat this book is. This book is perfect for teaching young girls about important women in history. Hell, it’s perfect for showing anyone how much women have contributed to science and technology. This is one I’ll definitely be passing on to my niece.

prosInspiring stories

Gorgeous illustrations

 Easy and quick read for all ages

cons

Writing style is “cute” and clearly aimed at a young audience, but that’s also who it’s meant for

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I received this from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review

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