Maybe someday she can kick Gretchen Lowell

One Kick, A Kick Lannigan Novel by Chelsea Cain; 2014; $25.99; 306 pages; Simon & Schuster, New York, NY; 978-1-47674978-5; Fiction; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Woodstock; 8/29/14-8/31/14

Kathleen Lannigan is abducted from her home at age 6 and held for 5 years by a pedophile who forces her to star in child porn movies.  The movies are the most profitable child porn ever produced and make enemies of a couple of pedos.  At age 11 Kit as she is known is freed by the FBI.  10 years after being freed she has learned many self defense techniques from Karate, Throwing Stars, Num chucks, and her Glock.  She is brought into help find a new couple of abducted children, by a mysterious man known only as Bishop, who has access to all kinds of resources to help find the children.  It turns out that he is also a former child abductee who was left for dead and his brother disappeared.  Kicks’ past comes back to haunt her and taunt her, but she stands up to it and kicks its ass.

Did I like it?  Yes, it was an exciting read and well written.  The characters are well rounded and realistic.  It is a another book that defines pageturner from Chelsea Cain.

Grade-A

What is with the title of the review?  Gretchen Lowell is the star of another series by Chelsea Cain, it would be interesting to have Gretchen and Archie interact with Kick, James and Bishop.

is Patrick Rothfuss really Lemony Snicket?

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss; 2007; $28.95; 662 pages; Daw Books, New York, NY; 978-0-7564-0407-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 8/22/14-8/29/14

This is the story of Kvothe, an innkeeper at the Waystone Inn.  Chronicler, a storyteller of note comes to the Waystone to record the story of Kvothe, who seemingly was much more than an innkeeper at some point.  We don’t get to that point in the story with just one 662 page volume.   We just get hints at what has happened early in Kvothes’ life from his childhood to his time at University.  There are some exciting stories of his early life.

Did I like it? I liked it enough to want to read the second book, but there is an element or two that seems to be missing from the story.  I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is no humor, and nothing really to relate to.  Kvothe is bound and determined and very little will deter from his path, but very much tries to deter him.  What is his ultimate goal?  The Hobbits had a very clear goal through three books or 14,000 movies.  The Shannara books give us something to relate to and use humor once in a while.  SM Stirling sets his books just far enough into our future to give us something to relate, but for me there was something missing here.  Remember this is just my opinion, because I know there are people who think this is the best fantasy book ever.

Grade-B

Why did I read this?  My son, David and his best friend, Phil had both urged me to read it and Phil proclaimed it the best fantasy book ever.

What is with the title of the review?  It seems like every time something good happens to Kvothe it is followed by an unfortunate event, so it is much like Lemony Snickets’ Series of Unfortunate Events.

 

 

Was hoping to see Myron and Elvis together

Faceoff by Dennis Lehane, Michael Connelly, Ian Rankin, Peter James, R.L. Stine, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, M.J. Rose, Lisa Gardner, Steve Martini, Linda Fairstein, Jeffrey Deaver, John Sandford, Heather Graham, F. Paul Wilson, Raymond Khoury, Linwood Barclay, John Lescroart, T. Jefferson Parker, Steve Berry, James Rollins, Lee Child and Joseph Finder, Edited by David Baldacci; 2014; $26.99; 367 pages; Simon and Schuster, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-6206-7; Thriller; Checked out from Multnomah County Library, Belmont; 8/20/14-8/22/14

The International Thriller Writers come together for a great bunch of short stories.  Gray Pierce of James Rollins’ Sigma Force works together with Cotton Malone of Steve Berrys’ Magellan Billet and that is just the beginning. Twenty two authors write 11 stories combining some of their main characters, you get RL Stines Slappy teaming up with Preston and Childs’ FBI Agent Pendergast.  All these were exciting to read and experience you would never see else where, like Reacher and Heller together, Lincoln Rhymes and Lucas Davenport working together.  I am going to read all the ITW compilations and have discovered several new authors to read.

Did I enjoy it?  Yes, it fun to see characters I have read separately come together.  None of the authors overwhelm there co-authors so it is like reading a story that one author wrote.

Grade-A

What is with the title of the review?  I was hoping that Harlan Coben and Robert Crais would work on a story that would feature Myron Bolitar and Win along with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike working together.

A nod towards Princess Bride, perhaps

The 6th Extinction by James Rollins; 2014; $27.99; 426 pages; William Morrow, New York, NY; 978-0-06-178481-1; Fiction; Checked out from Multnomah County Library; 8/18/14-8/20/14

I feel like Rod Serling when I talk about James Rollins books.  Imagine if you will a subterranean world beneath the ice in the Antarctic, with its own unique ecosystem.  Some scientist in California has a problem with a genetically engineered virus that kills everything, not just people, flora and fauna and sterilizes the earth.  Meanwhile there is a mad scientist in a hidden lair in the mountains of South America who wants to re engineer the entire world with his genetically engineered creations.  Throw in a series of maps of Antarctic that go back thousands of years including an account from Charles Darwin.  Sigma Force is tasked with shutting down the mad scientist and saving California while fighting the bad guys.  As usual they use their military and science skills to save the day.

Did I enjoy it?  Yes it was an exciting page turner that I enjoyed.  I really enjoy the combination of science, history and military skills.

Grade-A

What is with the title of the review?  One of the ancestors of the bad guy is Cuthbert Cary-Elwes.  Cary Elwes played the male lead in the Princess Bride.

 

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Just Call My Name by Holly Goldberg Sloan; 2014; $18.00; 328 pages; Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY; 978-0-316-12281-8; Young Adult Fiction; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 8/14/14-8/18/14

Sam and Riddle are now part of the Bell family, in Oregon and their no goodnik father, Clarence, is locked up in prison in California.  Destiny comes between Sam and Emily Bell, she has much in common with Sam, her Mom is also dead and Father in prison.  Clarence breaks out and heads for Oregon because he blames the Bell family for his sons being taken away from him and his being in prison.   He gets to Oregon and kidnaps Emily and her only hope is her nemesis Destiny who goes from being the different homeless girl in town to part of the Bell family.  Exciting action and realistic relationships make for a great book.

Did I like it?  Yes it was good to revisit the characters from I’ll Be There and the relationships were realistic and the action was well paced and realistic.

Grade-A

Why did I read this?  I had picked up I’ll Be There because Holly and I had gone to the same high school at the same time, now I just pick up her books because they are really good.

What is with the title of the review? There is seemingly nothing that can keep Sam and Emily and as the title of the book is a song so is the title of the review

 

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