transmission
7Jun/18Off

tank?

Head On

John Scalzi

This is the sequel to Lock In which set up a near future world where an illness called Haden's Syndrome has left a significant percentage of the population locked into their physical bodies and only able to experience the world remotely via robot proxies.
The lead character is once again Haden FBI agent Chris Shane.
This one is set in the world of the fast-growing and ulraviolent Haden sport of Hilketa.
When a player dies in a pre-season match Shane and their partner uncover a web of lies that goes all the way to the heart of the sport.
As always Scalzi's prose is easy to read and designed to draw you in. It's a fast-paced ride of a read rather than something designed for depth.

Rating: B+

29May/18Off

attention?

Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl

Carrie Brownstein

I picked this up because Brownstein is part of one of my favourite bands: the wonderful Sleater-Kinney.
Despite her success with the cult comedy show Portlandia this book is very much more concerned with her band than any other aspect of her life.
Speaking with a disarmingly frank and self-deprecating tone she looks back at the band and her early life.
It's definitely one of the stronger rock musician autobiographies I've read.
I don't think she paints a very flattering picture of herself but she does come across as someone very much worth knowing.

Rating: A-

25May/18Off

gunshot?

Moonlight Over Manhattan

Sarah Morgan

Sweet sheltered Harriet Knight gets her chance at love in the last of the "Bark Rangers" books.
Her love interest is dedicated Emergency Doctor Ethan. He's convinced after the failure of his first marriage that he's not suited to long-term love. After getting to know Harriet the last thing he wants to do is to hurt her by getting involved.
Another fun, readable romance by Sarah Morgan. She's got this type of tale down pat and never disappoints.

Rating: B

20May/18Off

reality?

New York, Actually

Sarah Morgan

In this, the first of the "Bark Rangers" books, we find cynical divorce lawyer Daniel pursuing psychologist Molly with the aid of an over enthusiastic dog he borrows from his Sister's business.
The couple get close only for their secrets to get in the way of a future together.
Another enjoyable romance from Sarah Morgan. It's amazing how consistently she puts out solid and entertaining books.

Rating: B

19Apr/18Off

cookies?

Holiday In The Hamptons

Sarah Morgan

This book is technically the fifth book in the "Urban Genie" series but is also the second book about the Knight family siblings who own the "Bark Rangers" service.
Felicity Knight is the business brain behind Bark Rangers. Normally a cool and savvy woman she panics when she discovers that her ex-husband Seth Carlyle has turned up in Manhattan.
When her grandmother falls and hurts heself Felicity uses it as an excuse to run away from Manhattan. Of course she discovers pretty much immediately that Seth was only helping out at a Vet clinic in Manhattan and actually lives in the same Hamptons town as her grandmother.
I enjoyed this one quite a lot as I tend to do with Morgan's stuff. I really liked the lead characters and Felicity's Gran is a lot of fun too.

Rating: B

3Apr/18Off

pageant?

Bury The Hatchet

Catherine Gayle

Bury The Hatchet is a "Fake Married" story in the romance sub genre of Ice Hockey novels.
Hunter makes a few inappropriate remarks about Tulsa when he learns he's moving there as part of the expansion draft.
To calm down the stories about him in the press and to redeem the image of beauty queen Tallulah they agree to a marriage of convenience.
This is a readable but not especially enjoyable romance. I love "Fake Married" stories and I've certainly enjoyed some of the author's previous Hockey books but this one just didn't do anything for me.

Rating: C

27Mar/18Off

moors?

Crazy in Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop

Annie Darling

The third of the Lonely Hearts Bookshop series finds tattooed cutie Nina trying to find the "crazy love" of her life - the Heathcliff to her Cathy.
No one would be more surprised than her when Noah - the boy her brother bullied every day at school - turns up to rejig the bookshop business and he takes a serious interest in her. Surely she's not interested in this total geek?
Another competent romance from Annie Darling. It's not quite as enjoyable as the first in the series and again relies on people behaving like idiots for it's source of relationship drama. It's worth picking up as a 99p ebook like I did.

Rating: B

6Mar/18Off

glasses?

Sunset In Central Park

Sarah Morgan

This is the second book in the "Urban Genie" sequence. This is the story of Frankie. Due to her childhood Frankie doesn't trust that love can be real. Matt (brother of book one's Paige) knows that he wants to be with Frankie but understanding that she's got trust issues slowly builds their relationship.
When Frankie finally recognizes her feelings for Matt things go a little haywire.
A perfectly sweet and enjoyable romance by an author who consistently delivers enjoyable romances.

Rating: B

10Feb/18Off

betty?

Faking It

Jennifer Crusie

The second Dempseys book is similarly filled with whip-smart dialogue but the story doesn't quite land as well. It stands up just about as well as it did when I reviewed it a few years back.

Rating: B

7Feb/18Off

pool?

Welcome To Temptation

Jennifer Crusie

The first of the Dempsey books is an enjoyable read full of Crusie's signature witty dialogue.
I reviewed this one a couple of years ago and most that entry still stands.

Rating: B+