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206 Bones: (Temperance Brennan 12) by Kathy Reichs
To be honest, I'm not sure if this is really a 5-star book. But, I stand by my rating because this is the first Reichs novel after a long while that I didn't at some point find irritating - and that's even though all the usual story elements are there (anthropologist investigator, story-so-far summaries, finger-curling gestures, love-life dilemmas...). Of course, Tempe does once again get herself into mortal danger, but somehow it doesn't seem so infuriatingly out of place as it usually does. The corrupt academic subplot was quite interesting. Good to be reminded that education and intelligence doesn't necessarily equal integrity. Of course, we could have definitely done without the sermon… Read more
Monday Mourning: (Temperance Brennan 7) by Kathy Reichs
First of all, let me say that I quite liked the principal story line in this book. It was quite interesting, had some believable red herrings along the way, tied in nicely with some relatively current events, and aside from the unnecessarily detailed explanations of the Stockholm syndrome, would have deserved more than three starts.
HOWEVER... The whole reset of the interpersonal relationships that takes place in the beginning of each new book is *really* getting annoying. Claudel is back big time. The guy who practically wrote her fan mail at the end of the first book could just as easily be the guy from the *beginning* of the first book. Or any of the books in between. Ryan... come… Read more
Kommandant's Girl (MIRA) by Pam Jenoff
Kommandant's Girl (MIRA) by Pam Jenoff
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I decided to give this book a try based on the many an enthusiastic review here - but what a disappointment! It was presented as a compelling and thought-provoking piece of fiction, whereas in reality it is closer to a trash romance novel (I'm not sure if "sex-free" qualifies as "trash", but it's close enough). The characters are cardboard, unconvincing and Americanized, the plot developments are unbelievable, the book is sprinkled with anachronisms and - I cannot believe I'm making this observation - actually seems to be poorly edited - it seems like the author couldn't decide whether to write it in the present or past tense, so there are leftovers all over from having changed her mind as… Read more

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