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Lora's Rants and Reviews

My own unapologetic opinions on books and writing. I DO NOT accept review requests but only review books I choose to read and I don't post reviews on Amazon. I'm also persnickity about genre and plot. DO NOT FOLLOW ME IF YOU'RE HERE TO ADVERTISE, ESPECIALLY NON-BOOK PRODUCTS. I WILL BLOCK YOU!!!

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Kitchen Witchcraft
Rachel Patterson
Conrad Monk and the Great Heathen Army
Edoardo Albert
Magic Medicine: A Trip Through the Intoxicating History and Modern-Day Use of Psychedelic Plants and Substances
Cody Johnson
Hero at the Fall
Alwyn Hamilton
Progress: 5%
Pieces of Her
Karin Slaughter
John Peters in the land of Demons
Tempests and Slaughter (The Numair Chronicles, Book One)
Tamora Pierce
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream
Christopher Golden
Barnabas Tew and The Case Of The Missing Scarab
Columbkill Noonan
Sound—The Fabric of Soul, Consciousness, Reality, and the Cosmos
Ramiro Mendes, João Mendes
Progress: 1%

Have read 2%

The Vines - Christopher Rice

I knew it was likely to be a mistake, but I was curious.


You see, despite all the furore over her recent public communications, I've read and enjoyed several Anne Rice books, especially some of her older ones from before she "didn't need an editor".


I have no trouble separating books from their author and will read what I like, regardless. So wondering if her literary influence might rub off on those around her, I read a sample of the book her PA wrote. It made me cringe over the amateurism.


But her son... the book came up on Netgalley and I thought surely he was around during her better years? Surely she will have proof read and helped mold him into a polished writer?


Apparently not. Awkward prose, the word 'which' twice in a sentence, and written in (spit) present tense. If I hadn't got it from Netgalley, I would DNF now. But I see a request as a commitment, so I'm going to speed read this turkey and get it over with so I can move on to something else.


Who knows, I've barely started, maybe it will get better. I'm a hopeless optimist.