Review: The Bughouse Affair

The Bughouse Affair
The Bughouse Affair by Marcia Muller

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I did enjoy this book, although strangely, I think I might have liked it better in print than I did in audio. I felt an odd disconnect between the characters and the voice narrators–they didn’t seem to fit, somehow. Of course, this is a personal preference and YMMV.

I liked the setting and the characters, though–Carpenter more than Quincannon–and the introduction of a reputed Sherlock Holmes. The time period was well-done and the plot moved along at a good pace. The ending left me a bit let down as there seemed to be a lot of explanation needed. However, I would read another book in the series–but I’d stick to print this time.

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Review: Sorcerer’s Heir

Sorcerer's Heir
Sorcerer’s Heir by M.D. Benoit

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book from start to finish–in fact, had I not been reading it at such a busy time of year, I would have finished it much more quickly! I liked the fact that the main character, although being a bit acerbic, makes you root for her success from the outset. I also enjoyed the author’s take on magic, and discrimination even within the community of magic-users. The action is fast-paced and there are many twists and turns in the plot, but not at the expense of interesting characters. Definitely recommended!

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Review: The Lunatic Cafe

The Lunatic Cafe
The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While the actual story/plot of this book was intriguing (disappearing shapeshifters), I found the romance subplot just kind of overshadowed it. I wasn’t as interested in the romance as I was in the rest of the story, and there was too much of it. Still like the characters (although Anita *can* be a bit annoying at times). I’ll likely take a little break before I go for another one, but I did like it. Just needed a better balance.

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Review: The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’ll give it 2.5 stars because I did enjoy some of the puzzles, but this book really was just “okay” for me. Also, seemingly interminable. By chapter 100 I just wanted it to finish up–and as it turned out there were still 30+ chapters to listen to. One downside of audiobooks–you can’t always get a good idea of how much of the book is left. If I’d been reading a hard copy I might not have finished this one.

I’ve read and enjoyed other books by Dan Brown, but I found this one got bogged down in too much explanation and moved very slowly. If you’re a real history/secret society buff you will probably love it, but it was too much for me. And the payoff at the end was not enough change my mind. If anything, it made it worse because I found it very disappointing. Sigh. I’m sure real DB fans might enjoy really getting their teeth into all the symbolism, but I felt that the book overall could have been much shorter and faster-moving.

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