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Jammies' books

This is the blog of a bossy, opinionated sock zombie who loves to read and has really great nails.

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The Inheritance Trilogy Omnibus
N.K. Jemisin
Final Girls
Mira Grant
The Six-Gun Tarot - R.S. Belcher It never occurred to me that you could make some really interesting fiction from Mormon mythology!
The Windfall - Diksha Basu

This is a perfect summer read, especially while on a family vacation. None of the characters are perfect, but they are all perfectly human, and I rooted for all of them. The plot is clever and engaging, and the same miscommunications which would drive me in a romance novel made me smile here.

 

This is definitely a love story, it's just one about family love, and how even the ones you love the most can still fail to understand you. It's a warm, funny, poignant book that I enjoyed thoroughly.

 

 


A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

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Kolymsky Heights - Lionel Davidson

The fact that I was expecting a horror novel and got a thriller is my fault, not the author's or the publisher. And since I am not a big fan of thrillers, I went into this book with a feeling of obligation rather than excitement.

 

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. While I wouldn't re-read it, the pacing was good, all the characters enjoyable (although the Russian Major General is a bit two-dimensional) and the plot kept my attention.

 

This novel might be an even bigger pleasure for someone who loves thrillers, but for me it was still an engaging read.

 

 

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Kolymsky Heights - Lionel Davidson

The fact that I was expecting a horror novel and got a thriller is my fault, not the author's or the publisher. And since I am not a big fan of thrillers, I went into this book with a feeling of obligation rather than excitement.

 

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. While I wouldn't re-read it, the pacing was good, all the characters enjoyable (although the Russian Major General is a bit two-dimensional) and the plot kept my attention.

 

This novel might be an even bigger pleasure for someone who loves thrillers, but for me it was still an engaging read.

 

 

 

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Gunpowder Girls: The True Stories of Three Civil War Tragedies - Tanya Anderson

This was a quick read, but certainly not an easy one.  Ms. Anderson does a wonderful job of making the reader care about her subjects, making the tragedies of which she writes all the more heartbreaking.  In addition, I learned quite a bit about the process of ammo making during the Civil War.

 

 

Disclaimer: I received a free copy for review.

Gunpowder Girls: The True Stories of Three Civil War Tragedies - Tanya Anderson This was a quick read, but certainly not an easy one. Ms. Anderson does a wonderful job of making the reader care about her subjects, making the tragedies of which she writes all the more heartbreaking. In addition, I learned quite a bit about the process of ammo making during the Civil War. Disclaimer: I received a free copy for review
Gunpowder Girls: The True Stories of Three Civil War Tragedies - Tanya Anderson This was a quick read, but certainly not an easy one. Ms. Anderson does a wonderful job of making the reader care about her subjects, making the tragedies of which she writes all the more heartbreaking. In addition, I learned quite a bit about the process of ammo making during the Civil War. Disclaimer: I received a free copy for review
African American and Cherokee Nurses in Appalachia: A History, 1900-1965 - Phoebe Ann Pollitt

When I first read the introduction to this book, I recognized that I was one of those people who just assumed that Appalachia was lily-white. Clearly, I had a lot to learn and this book was a big help.

The style is definitely scholarly, rather than narrative, and few, if any, individuals appear in more than one chapter. Still, it's a quick read and very informative, so I'd recommend it to anyone interested in Appalachia.


Disclaimer: free copy sent in exchange for an honest review.

The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace - Lynn Povich

This book should have been a favorite for me--a fascinating true story of women working together and fighting sexism plus some mid-century details.  Instead, I read the whole book without feeling anything other than an academic interest in the fates of the protagonists, including the writer/narrator.  

Feedback - Mira Grant

Bittersweet in all the best ways.

San Juan Noir (Akashic Noir) - Mayra Santos-Febres

I feel bad that I couldn't finish this book. I received a review copy, and while a free book doesn't guarantee a good review, I do feel as though it should guarantee a review.

 

Unfortunately, when one story where the dog dies was followed by another where a dog is abused, I couldn't take it any more. I put down the book and will not be picking it up again.

Radical - E.M. Kokie

This was a striking novel, less for the plot than for the author's ability to convey a point of view so entirely opposite to my own and make me empathize. I've read enough history to know that the folks colloquially known as "Preppers" are not necessarily crazy, but I am staunchly on the side of gun control. Kudos to the author for making me really understand and feel the fears of a main character who does believe that the American government wants to take away all guns. I am stunned and impressed with how very much I could identify with Bex, who is almost completely my opposite.

The story was compelling and the decisions Bex has to make are heart-wrenching but the whole novel is utterly believable. Bex and the people around her all exist somewhere in the here-and-now. An eye-opening and amazing novel.


A copy of this book was sent to me for an unbiased review.

The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim - Shane Peacock

Although it wasn't perfect, I really enjoyed this book. The young adult characters were multi-dimensional and engaging, the adult characters less so. Some of the horrors experienced by Edgar are things that have scared me silly in the past, so those really resonated with me. However, there were a number of typographical and grammatical errors that took off a half star. A copy of this book was sent to me for an unbiased review.

The Fireman: A Novel - Joe Hill

Right from the beginning, it's clear that neither the main character nor the author actually read any of the Mary Poppins books. Unlike Julie Andrews' character in the movie, Mary Poppins in the books is a right bitch.


Not a bad book, but the endless callbacks to The Stand got exasperating, the ending was way too drawn out and I call BS on Hill's claim that his agent didn't know his real last name for years.

— feeling bad smell
Tulip Fever - Deborah Moggach

Maybe it will be better as a movie, but I'm not paying to find out.

Sounds and Sweet Airs: The Forgotten Women of Classical Music - Anna Beer

For anyone interested in music and/or feminism, this is a must-read. Covering the lives and composition of eight forgotten composers, the author draws clear and compelling portraits of the women and the societies in which they lived.

 

All eight women have in common the fact that they had to work harder than men, keep their music in the bounds of what was acceptable to society and juggle family obligations. It is both sad and infuriating that even in our "enlightened" days, Clara Schumann is known as someone's wife, and none of the other composers are much remembered at all.

 

We have a long way to go, baby.