The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in 2017, 3.5 stars, Book Review, Tim Dorsey | 0 comments

The Stingray Shuffle by Tim DorseyThe Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey

Genre: Crime Fiction, Humor, Suspense
Format: Hardcover and Ebook
Series: #5 in the Serge Storms series
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 303
Source: Library

The Book:
From the publisher:

When serial-killing local Florida historian Serge A. Storms is off his meds, no one is safe — not Russian hoods, Jamaican mobsters, spoiled frat boys, women’s book clubs, drug dealers, bad Vegas-rejected local lounge acts — especially when $5 million in cash in a bugged suitcase is still racing up and down the Eastern Seaboard. But in the oddball circus known as the Sunshine State, little things like astronomical body counts tend to get lost in the shuffle.

My Thoughts:
It’s been about a year since I last read a Serge Storms book from Tim Dorsey and it was just the kind of lunacy I was in the mood for. I have always described this series as Pulp Fiction takes Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride through Florida and this fifth volume is absolutely all that and more.

It was the usual chaos that happens when Serge is off his meds. In this one Serge came up with some particularly inventive ways to kill people.

This series does not have a linear timeline at all. The suitcase full of money was introduced a couple of books ago. It was fun to get back to that storyline.

The spectacularly inept mob guys from several different countries were my favorite part.

This is violent stuff but in such a darkly humorous way that it just makes me laugh.

3.5 stars Rating 3.5/5

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Black Hammer: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in 2017, Book Review, Comics, Jeff Lemire | 0 comments

Black Hammer: Secret Origins by Jeff LemireBlack Hammer: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire with art by Dan Ormston

Genre: Superhero Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: #1 in the Black Hammer series
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 184
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume 1 is a compilation of issues 1-6 of the comic series
From the publisher:

Once they were heroes. Now, banished from existence by a multiversal crisis, the old champions of Spiral City lead simple lives in a timeless farming town. But as they attempt to free themselves from this strange purgatory, a mysterious stranger works to bring them back into action for one last adventure!

My Thoughts:
I know. Another Lemire. I can’t help it I love his work and this one is no exception. This is the first trade paperback collection of this new series. Lemire wrote it and Dean Ormston did the artwork. In fact, Dean Ormston did the artwork after suffering a brain hemorrhage that affected the right side of his body. He’s right handed and had to recover from having his drawing hand partially paralyzed. It’s a bit of a superhero story about the making of a series about superheroes.

This is a superhero story but with a distinct Jeff Lemire feel to it. The characters’ superhero days seem to be behind them. They are living in a farming community and hiding their identities and talents. How they got there and whether they can leave is unknown. Each issue focuses on one of the main characters and both gives their background as well as filling in bits and pieces of the story.

This is clearly an introductory and stage setting book with much of it devoted to filling in who the characters are more than moving the story forward. It’s a twisty story too. Time and space shifting keeps the settings interesting and give Dean Ormston plenty of opportunities for creating different scenes.

I’m hooked and highly recommend this. I don’t think I’ll be able to wait until the next collected edition is released. I’m going to have to subscribe to the individual issues of this series.

a9741-rating_5stars Rating 5/5

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Bout of Books 19 Wrap-Up

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Blogging/Reading, Bout of Books, Fun | 4 comments

Bout of Books 19 Wrap Up

Bout of Books

Bout of Books 19 ended last night. It was my tenth Bout of Books and I’ve got the next one marked on my calendar the week of August 21st-27th.

Once again I had a great time having a reason to say ‘nope, it’s Bout of Books and I’m going to read instead”.

I had a great reading week. The main reason I like Bout of Books is that it’s a low-pressure readathon. I never feel like I need to stop doing everything else to just read but I am encouraged to maximize and make more time for reading than I normally do. Obviously I worked full time all week so that limited my reading time but I managed to get a lot of reading hours in.

I managed to make some changes to my daily routine that I’d like to make regular habits. I traded my bus ride twitter and phone game time for reading. I also made sure to stay away from the phone apps and read on my lunch break. It used to be my habit and I’d like to get back to that. I feel like this week has kickstarted my reading mojo.

I don’t track pages read but I do track time spent reading and listening to audiobooks. My goal this year was to end up with more time spent reading than I did for the last Bout of Books. In January I had 17 hours and 48 minutes of reading time for the week.

For this Bout of Books I ended up with 21 hours and 12 minutes of reading so Yay Me!
Bout of Books 19 reading
This is what I read this week.
I finished one audiobook – Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson.
In print, I read The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey, Black Hammer Vol. 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire, The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, Fairest Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willilngham, and I started The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean.

All in all a great week of reading. Now I have a pile of reviews to write!

If you participated in this week’s Bout of Books I hope you had a great week of reading. If you didn’t participate you should consider joining me and all the other participants in August.

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Weekend Update – The 6 Things on Sunday 5-14-17 Edition

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Fun, Weekend Update | 4 comments

Weekend Update

Six Things On Sunday

1. I have two three day weekends in a row coming up. Vacation next Monday. Memorial day the next.
2. We have a new kitchen table and chairs. We decided this year to do a joint birthday gift to each other and replace our old beat up dining set. We looked for ages and didn’t see anything that was truly what we wanted. I was wary of ordering something online that we hadn’t seen or sat on in person but what we ended up with is just perfect.dining set
3. I’m tired of rain. We had two days of summer a few weeks ago. Then we had three days of spring the week before last. Other than that. Rain. BlerghStatue in the rain
4. I ordered more tea. I might have a problem. I need to figure out a storage solution.
Republic of Tea
5. Bout of Books may have revived my reading mojo. I’ve had a great week of reading.

Bout of Books

6. Prosciutto Pasta for dinner tonight. Yes green olives on a pasta dish sounds odd but it’s one of our favorites. See my post about this dish.
Prosciutto pasta
Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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