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Hard months are hard. Thank heaven for fiction, at least. I think taking a break to see Despicable Me went a long way toward keeping me from exploding, or imploding. It's so fluffy!

And the new Sherlock BBC series! That's really engaging - although I like the direction they've taken, part of me wants an even more alternate take on Holmes canon: why not set it in the future? Why not have Holmes or Watson or Lestrade a different race, or gender? They could have played with the concept even more, I feel, for what's essentially fanfiction on tv. (Will I still be watching it avidly? Oh hells yes. :D )

More piecemeal booklogging:

7. Out by Natsuo Kirino.

Wow. How to describe Out. I loved it? Dark, violent, gripping and beautiful. Cliff's notes: a quartet of Japanese housewives, who work the night shift together, end up in dangerous circumstances after helping one of their number cover up the murder of her husband. I'm a fan of noir, psychological thrillers and plots I can't predict the outcome of: Out is all of that and more. I really enjoyed Masako, the de facto leader of the women, and the development her character goes through. 5 out of 5.


8. Death By Chick Lit by Lynn Harris.

Okay, I picked this up because the title made me double-take, but it turned out to be a funny, catty, well done little murder mystery. I almost fell for the red herring, and loved Lola's running commentaries and multi-sided character. Sure, she wants to stop a killer, but snagging a book deal for it wouldn't hurt either! 4 out of 5.


9. Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman.

I do love people running around in spandex and capes. Grossman invites us to root for a supervillain who's totally going to take over the world this time - and a cyborg who maybe just wants to be able to pay her rent. A very fun read. 5 out of 5.


10. Pigeons From Hell by Joe Lansdale and Nathan Fox.

Thoroughly spooky and violent, but artistically quite lovely. This one is a graphic novel adaptation of an old horror story/ghost tale, and it certainly delivers. Just like Jaws keeps me away from deep ocean water, Pigeons From Hell will be keeping me out of swamps for, oh, forever - but so worth it. 4 out of 5.





Previously:

1. Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie [5/5]
2. The Summoner by Gail Z. Martin [4.5/5]
3. The Blood King by Gail Z. Martin [4/5]
4. Witch & Wizard by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet [2/5]

5. Daisy Kutter: The Last Train Job by Kazu Kibuishi [5/5]
6. Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson [4/5]
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