Opening Lines – Dead Beat

We all know we’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover (yet, publishing companies spend big bucks on cover design/art). But, the opening sentence(s)/paragraph(s) are fair game. So, when I stumble on a good opening (or remember one and pull it off the shelves), I’ll throw it up here. Dare you not to read the rest of the book.

On the whole, we’re a murderous race.

According to Genesis, it took as few as four people to make the planet too crowded to stand, and the first murder was a fratricide. Genesis says that in a fit of jealous rage, the very first child born to mortal parents, Cain, snapped and popped the first metaphorical cap in another human being. The attack was a bloody, brutal, violent, reprehensible killing. Cain’s brother Abel probably never saw it coming.

As I opened the door to my apartment, I was filled with a sense of empathic sympathy and intuitive understanding.

For freaking Cain.

from Dead Beat by Jim Butcher

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November 2017 Report

I had a pretty good month, it seems. I gave out a whole lot of 4 Stars — which means I read/talked about a whole lot of good books. Good way to spend the penultimate month of 2017.

Here’s what happened here in November.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Communication Failure The Squirrel on the Train Moshe Comes to Visit
4 Stars 4 Stars 2 1/2 Stars
Righteous Meddling Kids The Freedom Broker
4 Stars 3 Stars 3.5 Stars
Paradox Bound The Rat Tunnels of Isfahan Dead Souls
4 Stars 3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
The Hidden Face Breaking Bad 101 Artemis
4 Stars 4 Stars 5 Stars
Faith. Hope. Love. Shadow of Calvary Blood Rites (Audiobook)
4 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
Deep Blue Trouble All Hands on Pet! Suspect (Audiobook)
4 Stars 3 Stars 5 Stars
Curse of the Coloring Book The Midnight Line A Serpent's Tooth (Audiobook)
3 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
Red Dog Bedlam      
4 Stars 4 Stars      

Still Reading:

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized A Plague of Giants Between Wittenberg and Geneva
Talking to the Dead (Audiobook) Briefly Maiden      

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

In Medias Res: Briefly Maiden by Jacqueline Chadwick

as the title implies, I’m in the middle of this book, so this is not a review, just some thoughts mid-way through.

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Briefly Maiden
Briefly Maiden

by Jacqueline Chadwick

Ali Dalglish, the best criminal profiler this side of Will Graham or Tony Hill, with a Tarantino twist is back. She’s not an amateur like she was in In the Still, and has a couple of more cases under her belt.

Then she’s called in to help with what seems like a lay-up of a case. Which is the biggest signal to a reader that this will be horrible — and boy howdy, this is. I’m at 49% and this is already one of the darkest, most twisted books I’ve ever read. And somehow, don’t ask me how, Chadwick has me loving this — I’m not getting a kick out of the depravity, mind you — but Ali and her interaction with her team and everyone else, I just can’t get enough of. But man . . . this book will eradicate any lingering suspicions you might have had about the reality and force of human depravity.

Actually, that reminds me: I could use a lot more of Marlene (Ali’s friend/assistant/Watson-y figure).

At this point, I’m sort of rooting for the killer — at least who Chadwick is making us think is the killer. The victims/intended victims thus far could be the primary antagonists in a book from just about every other crime series. I’m pretty sure I’ve figured out one of the mysteries — I’m fully prepared to be proven wrong, though.

Anyway, I’ll finish this tomorrow, so you can expect to see a full post early next week. But you should really read this book — and its predecessor, if you haven’t yet. I practically guarantee that you’ll love it.

October 2017 Report

October’s been a frustrating month for me, and I’m glad to put it behind me. Almost everything took a day or more longer than I thought it would to read, I had a hard time writing a few posts (don’t ask me why), and like I mentioned yesterday, I got knocked out by a stupid cold for a few days. On the other hand, looking back at this post, I read some pretty cool books — and when I can focus on that, this is a pretty fun hobby. And If I can accomplish most of what I want to in November, this’ll be a much happier post next month.

But enough of that, here’s what happened here in October.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Reformed Catholicity Workman's Complication How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
The Flying Frog and the Kidnappers Death Masks (Audiobook) The Hanging Garden
2 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Uncensored Bonfire A Long Day in Lychford
3 Stars 3 Stars 3 Stars
The Dark Prophecy Planet Grim Henry: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America
3 Stars       4 Stars
The Hanging Tree Ghost Hero Bodacious Creed
4 Stars 4 Stars 3.5 Stars
Grace Alone—-Salvation as a Gift of God All That Is in God As the Crow Flies
4 Stars 5 Stars 4 Stars
An Unexpected Afterlife A Die Hard Christmas Y is for Yesterday
3 Stars 5 Stars 3 Stars

DNF:

http://rhettbruno.com/the-complete-circuit-trilogy/(again, not the book’s fault — my problem)            

Still Reading:

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized A Plague of Giants Meddling Kids
Communication Failure            

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

September 2017 Report

My numbers were a little off — which surprised me, really, I thought I had some busy weeks. But, oh well, I seemed to really like almost everything (average rating of 3.99 this month). Maybe I’m getting soft. Or I’m just reading a lot of good books.

Anyway, here’s what happened here in September.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

The Blue Curtain Black and Blue The Brightest Fell
2 Stars 5 Stars 5 Stars
Prayer Hell is Empty The Spirit Mage
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
The Song of The Swan Wonder Woman: Warbringer The Western Star
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 5 Stars
A Little Book on the Christian Life IQ All Tucked Inn
4 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
Travels and Travails of Small Minds The Whole Christ Night Broken (Audiobook)
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Flame in the Dark Sourdough The Hunger Angels
Not sure yet, at least
4 Stars
4 1/2 Stars 3.5 Stars

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

August 2017 Report

The end of the month snuck up on me, I kept wondering why I saw all these August Wrap-Up posts Thursday night, and then I looked at the calendar. So I paused my other post and got this assembled (frankly, that worked out pretty well for me, I just didn’t have the energy to finish the other post). Turns out that August was a pretty good month — I liked everything I read, most things I liked a lot.

Anyway, here’s what happened here in August.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

The Hate U Give (Audiobook) Ewan Pendle and the White Wraith The Dark Horse
5 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars
Dead is Good Whispers Under Ground (Audiobook) The Brothers Three
4 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
Miles Morales Let it Bleed The Driver
3.5 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 4 Stars
Skyfarer Hopcross Jilly Broken Homes
4 1/2 Stars 3 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions Junkyard Dogs The Blinds
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Christ and Covenant Theology The Last Resort Open and Shut
4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars 3.5 Stars
Camp Arcanum Summer Knight (Audiobook) Double Lives
3 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
The Shadow of Christ in the Book of Job Wait for Signs Foxglove Summer
3 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
Salt Creek Jamarr's Promise      
(still deciding) (still deciding)      

Still Reading:

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized Planet Grim Hell is Empty

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?

July 2017 Report

I didn’t finish nearly as much as I’d intended to this month — every book I’ve read over the last couple of weeks has taken me at least 1 more day than I’d estimated/planned. There are two books I was supposed to read and write about in July that I haven’t started yet — whoops.

Still, I read a lot of pretty good stuff this month, and that’s the important thing, right?

So, here’s what happened here in July.

Books/Novels/Novellas Read/Listened to:

Gork, the Teenage Dragon Kindness Goes Unpunished (Audiobook) The Hangman's Sonnet
3 Stars 4 Stars 4 1/2 Stars
Dark and Stars Grave Peril (Audiobook) Christ Alone
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars
In The Still One by One Frost Burned (Audiobook)
4 1/2 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
Saul Henry and the Hidden Treasure Another Man's Moccasins (Audiobook)
3.5 Stars 4 Stars 4 Stars
Mortal Causes Tilt-a-Whirl (Audiobook) The Late Show
3.5 Stars 3.5 Stars 4 Stars
#Next Level Manners Luck Favors the Prepared The Vanishing American Adult (Audiobook)
            5 Stars
Besieged The Coven Rivers of London: Black Mould
4 Stars 3 Stars 4 Stars
God Is: A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God Strife      
5 Stars 4 Stars      

Still Reading:

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament: The Gospel Realized Christ and Covenant Theology Whispers Under Ground (Audiobook)
The Hate U Give (Audiobook)            

Reviews Posted:

How was your month?