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Monday, June 28, 2010

The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers Discussion

I am not formally reviewing this because that wouldn't be fair. I never finished it.

I will however say that I'm highly disappointed in it and even reaching toward angry. Yep, angry. Here's why. So many authors work so hard to get a book published. So many people are not reading today. So why, why, WHY would an author waste that opportunity by boring me to this degree? Why write something with so many holes in the first 100 pages that I find myself more disgusted than interested?

100 pages. I forged my way into 100 pages and still couldn't figure out why I should like these two characters. Why I should care about them. And I certainly didn't identify with them in the least. I kept telling my husband, "This is a guy's book." Because from my point of view, it read like an action flick plays. If we throw in enough bullets, nighttime escapades, cops and robbers, they'll love it! Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeh. Wrong. Shoot outs are a winner right? Beeeeeeeeeeeh wrong.

I admit, the first few pages intrigued me. They appeared to be dead and yet weren't. They had holes in them the size of should-be-dead, and yet they weren't. Or were they? Or weren't they? Or were they? Yeah. Then we get the boys sneaking around the country looking gray and feeling pale. Where do they go? To their mom's of course! The one place the police would never look for them once their bodies are so blatantly found missing from the morgue. And what do the police tell their mother? 'Someone must have stolen the bodies.' Huh? So we have highly incompetent police, apparently a rather slow mortician and a couple of boys who have no memory of what happened and confidence that if they were thought of as dead, they could go just about anywhere. Huh?

So yeah. I just couldn't get into it. I couldn't get past these hang ups and the more I read the more angry I got that my time felt wasted. I wish I had liked it. I wish I had gotten it. I wish that the whole cops and robbers thing had done it for me. Unfortunately it didn't.

Here's my challenge. Anyone. One of you guys that regularly reads. Someone you know. Heck the author. Please convince me to finish reading this book. Give me reason enough to continue. Get me excited about it. I loathe that I bought this big beautiful book and now fear it will sit lonely upon the abandoned loser's shelf. Make me believe this is a winner and I will finish it. I will give it a proper review.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wow Where did the Days Go

So I was sure that the book opening and review were next week. Huh. I'll push the book opening to Monday. As for the book, how are you guys doing? Anyone reading the Firefly Brothers? I am but its moving slowly. How are you finding it? I don't feel the need to push this one unless any of you want it. I can take some extra time in the next few days and get it picked up. But don't be shy, let me know what you want.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Flipping Out Discussion

When the wives of LA police are being shot in the back of the head, of course the police become protective of their families. But these wives were all involved in a real estate scheme to flip houses to sell murder mystery books. As each house is put on the market, so too is a mystery in which the victim dies in the flipped house.

So why would someone want them dead? The enigmatic and extremely egocentric author thinks she has enemies. The wives of the house flipping business have their own suspicions. But mostly for Detectives Lomax and Biggs, the case dead ends, several times. With the DA's office bearing down on them to solve the crime fast, it would be enough to keep their nose to the grindstone. But even when the DA thinks the mystery is solved, the facts that Biggs' wife might be next on the hit list and some of the clues aren't adding up, mean Lomax and Biggs won't stop till they know everything.

If you love fast paced stories with twists and turns. If you've got a thing for murder mysteries and detective yarns. If you enjoy quick witted banter. This book will keep you delighted page after page. Not a heavy literary giant by any means, but exactly the kind of book that makes people love reading. I couldn't put it down. I read it in a record two days. With short chapters and constant action, this book keeps you hungry to turn pages.

If you're already a fan of this book, author Marshall Karp has three more Lomax and Biggs mysteries: The Rabbit Factory, Bloodthirsty and his latest one Cut, Paste, Kill. You could also check out his author web page, his Facebook page, his Goodreads page or follow him on Twitter.

Now it's your turn. What did you like or dislike about this book? Did it satisfy your bookish personality? Or did it fall flat beneath your literary sensibilities?