This past week we brought the highly amusing Duckett & Dyer: Dicks For Hire to a wider audience in celebration of the recent release of book 2, Duckett & Dyer: The One-Hundred Percent Solution. As usual, our Roadies brought a wide selection of content to this show and once again, it’s my pleasure to bring you the encore. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch
Overall I did enjoy Rivers of London. It had some really good ideas and the mystery kept me guessing until the endgame, but the characters fell a bit flat for me. I think there is a lot of room for improvement in the series, but Rivers of London being the first book, it definitely set the base for a great series. I can see why many people seem to love it, and though we need to work on each other a bit more, I believe we’ll get there in the end.
The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind by Jackson Ford
This opens with a bang, befitting the title but it’s weird bang – kind of like small town fireworks with the reload time between the bursts of color, as this stops mid-action to give us a bit of catch-up. Once we are caught up though, it’s go-time, and the rest of the book is an easy, quick, and fun read.
Jack and Jill: Up a Hill by Vance Smith
This is a fun, quirky little story with a bit of a deeper “big bad” plot underneath. Though I am probably a little older than the target age – I really enjoyed it and never felt that it was too young for me plot-wise or character-wise.
Sworn to the Night by Craig Schaefer
A wonderfully intriguing and delightfully brutal story after which you won’t be able to resist grabbing the sequel. Schaefer brings urban fantasy to a whole new level mixing it with mystery, classical fantasy elements – witches and knights – and wrapping it into a brilliant, although totally crazy read.
The Prince of Cats by Daniel E. Olesen
There is something charming about The Prince of Cats despite its flaws, and the fact that it’s not a heartwarming story. It’s about revenge, freedom, relationships, keeping your enemies closer than friends. It has a sort of Arabian Nights vibe about it, especially the shepherd’s story. I recommend to check this book out if you need a different setting, like to read about a thief, who is far from being perfect, or invulnerable.
An American Weredeer in Michigan by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus
Phipps obviously has fun writing this series and these characters, and if I put aside my misjudges, it’s quite entertaining. But I can’t decide if I should take this book seriously (does it takes itself seriously?) or should I just look at it as some popcorn fun. Even so, An American Weredeer in Michigan improved compared to I Was a Teenage Weredeer. I could lean back, read, and just enjoy myself while giggling at some of Jane’s or the Merlin Gun’s comments.
Dissolution by C. J. Sansom
If you enjoy mystery, with a historical background, especially the Tudor era of England, then I strongly recommend giving a shot at Dissolution. It’s gripping, makes you sit on the edge of your seat, even though it’s not exactly fast paced. It will held your interest until the end, and you’ll find yourself totally engrossed and waiting when you can continue reading on. Oh, and did I say it also adds a tiny twist to Anne Boleyn’s story? Yeah, it has many, many layers you’ll enjoy discovering. I also recommend listening to the audiobook, Steven Crossley did a really good job narrating it!
I Was A Teenage Weredeer by C. T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus
I Was A Teenage Weredeer is a rather light, fun read with pop cultural references from Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Buffy and many others fan probably will deerly love and enjoy. Those who like YA will find this an enjoyable read with a snarky heroine, several supernatural species and a mystery that holds a few twists.
Broken Meats by David Hambling
You’d think occultism, chinese culture and their ‘secret’ societies and Jack the Ripper makes a unusual mix. They do. And still, it works and that’s what makes Broken Meats such an enjoyable read.