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Observations on ARC's and Reviews - MYSTERY WEEK!

I enjoy getting ARC’s of various books, but I can’t say I’m thrilled when I get one with so many type-setting errors it’s nearly unreadable.  One of the ARC’s I recently received was so damn annoying I came close to tossing it several times before I finally had to quit in frustration.   2,574 more words

Book Review

Riddles of the Sphinx (Laura Mulvey & Peter Wollen, 1977)

Laura Mulvey, in spite of all her other great writing, will always be known for her 1975 essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” a manifesto of sorts that moved film theory toward a psychoanalytic framework and declared that women in Hollywood Cinema were coded with “to-be-looked-at-ness,” an object of pleasure for male protagonists and male viewers. 633 more words

Film Reviews

Cormorant – Earth Diver

Though I’ve seen the name in the metal press for years, I’ve never given Cormorant a spin; it could have been their placement on the lists of writers whose tastes don’t align with my own, it could have been laziness; most likely both. 298 more words


semi-review: The Highest Price to Pay by Maisey Yates

I’ve been waiting quite a while to read the first Harlequin Presents with a black character. Harlequin finally published it in the U.S., though snuck it into a two-in-one so they didn’t have to depict a black man on the cover. 135 more words

Semi Reviews

Semi-Review: The View from Penthouse B by Elinor Lipman

The Review From Penthouse B reminded me a lot of The Family Man, and not in a good way. Lipman seems to have a formula lately of gathering a lot of lovably eccentric characters into a space and letting them fly. 133 more words

C Reviews

Review: Cross My Heart by Celeste O. Norfleet

What tickled me: The Big Misunderstanding was solved in about 5 minutes

What ticked me off: IVF, WTF?

Who might like it: Readers who enjoy a down to earth fantasy. 303 more words


Review: Five Days Grace by Teresa Hill

I’ve been impressed by how the previous books in this family series (Twelve Days, Edge of Heaven and Bed of Lies) have incorporated the backstory into the development of the characters, and I wondered how that would play out for the youngest member of the family. 434 more words