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Walter H.

Joined 1 year, 1 month ago

50 something queer writer who reads far too much and loves it. Though I read a lot, I mostly read fanfic, but with a book here or there.

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Pete Buttigieg: Shortest Way Home 5 stars

Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future is an autobiography …

Review of 'Shortest Way Home' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I've been intrigued by the well-spoken Pete Buttigieg since before he announced his candidacy for the 2020 Democratic nomination and saw he'd written a book. I actually picked up the audiobook version of the book, narrated by Buttigieg, and listened to it while I exercised, etc, and found that I had a hard time putting it away. Buttigieg's story, from his beginnings in South Bend to his unsuccessful bid for the DNC Chair is compelling. And one thing about him - he didn't shy away from controversy. He's one that is able to admit mistakes when the situation called for it. It's what makes him one of the most honest people running for President.

Definitely a good read! Now on to 2020!

Noah Hawley: A conspiracy of tall men (1999, Pocket Books) 2 stars

Review of 'A conspiracy of tall men' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I wanted to like this, because it's a wonderful concept. But i just couldn't get past the head-hopping POV changes that jerked the reader through the scene. And stupid little things, too, like going through the explanation of eating at a vegetarian restaurant, but ordering shrimp cocktails? I managed to get through to the fifth chapter before calling it quits.

Review of 'Shadow Magic' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I LOVED this book!

I will preface this by saying that I don't usually read Urban Fantasy, nor do I read first person written works. But knowing Nazri's style of writing, I decided to give it a shot. I'm so damned glad that I did!

The way the book unfolds, you cannot help but feel like it's going on around you because of how immersed you get into Dustin's world. Dustin Graves. That gave me a chuckle right there.

Dustin's world was so real, through how Nazri describes it, that you can easily get lost for hours along with the characters. Without giving too much away, there are some parts of the book that have you laughing, while others have you gripping your reader so tight because of the tension. I'm usually a bit jaded, and can usually 'get' the plot twist before it's revealed. But Shadow Magic had me …

Review of "Particularly Dangerous Work, Part 1 : At Waters' Edge Particularly Dangerous Work, Part 1" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

An interesting read.

Always had a fascination with WWII, and as a gay man, wondered what it might look like through a gay man's eyes (that wasn't wearing a pink triangle in Germany). [b:Particularly Dangerous Work, Part 1, At Waters' Edge|34941438|Particularly Dangerous Work, Part 1, At Waters' Edge|G. Russell Overton||56209783] is an intriguing look into what the life of a gay man, turned reluctant spy, starting with Fancoist Spain and then the lead up to WWII itself. Overton takes you on a journey across the globe, from when Rodrigo steps foot in America, and his life as it takes him through situations made dangerous by circumstance, and sensual by meetings casual and passionate.

Delilah S. Dawson: Kill the Farm Boy (The Tales of Pell, #1) (2018) 4 stars

Review of 'Kill the Farm Boy (The Tales of Pell, #1)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I partook in the unabridged audiobook version of Kill the Farm Boy, and I have to say that I mostly liked it. There were a couple of times when I thought that the particular scene was going a little too far. And I won't spoil anything, but there was one death that irked me a bit. But beyond that, this was definitely a fun read. I didn't realize, going into it, that there's a little bit on the book cover that says, "Once. A Pun. A time." Didn't get it at the time. But oh, I freaking adored Dawson & Hearne's writing style.

You know what's better than reading a well written book? Listening to it. The audiobook is narrated by Luke Daniels, whom I already loved from another book that he narrated. But here? So many voices - Luke Daniels is a master of voice acting. I adored his …

Timothy Snyder: On Tyranny (2017) 4 stars

In previous books, Holocaust historian Timothy Snyder dissected the events and values that enabled the …

Review of 'On tyranny' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Read this book on the planeride home. This is a quick, but damned well essential book for anyone that considers themselves part of the resistance. If you believe in true democracy and fight Trump and his ilk at every turn, read this!

Review of '16 Souls' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Nance keeps you in the thick of it

I’ve always been a Nance fan, and this book is no different. Captain Mitchell is in an incredible, yet impossible position, and you’re there for the ride. The book is well paced, keeping the reader on their toes from start to finish. If you like thrillers, this is a good one.

Five stars for content, though I will say there are a few typos throughout the book. They’ll get caught soon enough, though.