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Book Review: Plague Nation

Plague Nation: An Ashley Parker NovelPlague Nation: An Ashley Parker Novel by Dana Fredsti
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a free, signed copy of this and the other two books in the series at a local reading the author did. While I’ve tried to keep this review honest I do understand that it’s considered good form to be up-front about these things.

Plague Nation is the second book in Dana Fredsti’s Ashley Parker trilogy, . It follows on almost directly from where the first book left off, with Ashley and the rest of the wildcards mopping up the last of the zombies infesting Redwood Grove.

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Book Review: Herland

Herland and The Yellow Wallpaper (Vintage Classics)Herland and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

[Disclaimer: This review is just for Herland. I’ve chosen not to review The Yellow Wallpaper at this time.]

I should love this book, I really should. If everything I’ve heard or read about how important and groundbreaking Herland is can be believed then this should have immediately become one of the most valued books I’ve read in a long time. Unfortuantely, for me the experience simply didn’t match up to the hype that had somehow built up around the book itself.

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Book Review: The Concrete Blonde

The Concrete Blonde (Harry Bosch, #3)The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the third in Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, and starts by giving us a flashback to the Dollmaker case that’s been referenced a few times in the first two books. The narrative then jumps forward to the present, and leads us into a court case where Bosch (and the LAPD) is being sued by the Dollmaker’s widow. As the trial gets under way, Bosch receives a letter from someone claiming to be the real Dollmaker, suggesting that Bosch killed the wrong man four years earlier. What follows is an interesting mix of legal drama meets crime thriller.

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Book Review: Dear Crossing

Dear CrossingDear Crossing by Marjorie Swift Doering

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this one up out of curiosity, and on reflection I have to say it wasn’t too bad. It’s a bit by-the-numbers in places (washed-up cop with a drink problem and a broken marriage), but manages to keep itself fresh with a storyline that includes more than a few twists along the way.

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