Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Book Review

 


Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, #1)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Kate Daniels #1

Released: 4/1/2007 by Ace

Pages: 260  Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed the audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t have it any other way…

My Review:

No, just no.  This book was not for me.  I like my supernatural/paranormal creatures to be the ‘good guys’, not monsters and especially not creepy monsters.  I am also not into this whole zombie or necromancer theme.  This book reminded me a lot of the Anita Blake series and while I stuck that one out for like five books this is where I leave this world.  I know it will not work for me no matter how long I stick it out.

I know that this is a popular series with many of you so please no hate mail but I just don’t get the appeal.  I don’t mind gritty but this was disturbing in places near the end.  I actually ended up DNFing the book but am counting it since I listened to all but an hour of it.  I just didn’t care and the plot kept getting increasingly more twisted and dark.  So I decided to tap out.

The main character also rubbed me the wrong way.  I just couldn’t get behind her in the plot.  She was too self-deprecating at times which I find super annoying.  One of my bookish turn offs is characters that don’t like themselves. She also felt like she had a chip on her shoulder much of the time.   I will tolerate it for a few books usually but throw in the creepy factor on top and I’m done.

If you are a fan of the Anita Blake series than this one will probably be right up your alley.  For me there just isn’t anything I enjoyed enough to finish the first book or bring me back for another.

My Rating:1 Star

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Book Review

 


The Collapsing Empire (The Interdependency #1)Book Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Political

Book Series: The interdependency #1

Released: 3/21/17

Pages:336  Price: $25.99 hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this book from my library

 

 

Book Synopsis:

The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man’s War.

Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible — until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, around other stars.

Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war — and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

The Flow is eternal — but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster than light travel forever, three individuals — a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency — are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

My Review:

I can’t believe I’m actually doing this but I’m DNF a Scalzi book.  I am on page 178, for future reference if I decide to try again, and am just struggling to get into this story.  I made it halfway through the book and just don’t care.  I don’t want to read another page and it is dragging down my reading groove so this is where I part ways with this book.  Not the author because I still think he is brilliant but this book is simply not what I’m looking for.  I know that many of you love it so please don’t send hate mail/comment, let’s keep the pitchforks to ourselves, shall we.

The book started off slow with not enough background information to help you figure out what was going on.  Like another reviewer stated it was if you were picking up a story already in progress and nobody was going to catch you up.  Also, way too political for me right now.  A government controlled by corporations IS our reality!  I read to escape and this was no escape.  Of what I read it was about the haves lording over the have-nots and I just don’t want to read that right now.

I’m sure Scalzi is making some great parallels to our society which is what great fiction does but I don’t have the patience to wait for the come-up-ins.  I also struggled to identify with any of the characters or even find one to root for.  They felt flat or wishy-washy.  I wanted someone to grab me and give me a reason to keep reading.  None of the characters managed that.  Quite frankly I don’t care what happens to any of them.  I would be curious to learn how humans ended up in this multi-planet system but it was never explained thoroughly and it didn’t feel like Scalzi was going to bring us back to why we left Earth in the first place.

Kind of disappointed but oh well.  I wish I had figured out sooner that it wasn’t a good fit and given up a week ago.  I’m not giving up on Scalzi, however.  There are still books of his I want to read but this series… I think I’ll pass.  Thanks.

My Rating:DNF

Awakened by Elisabeth Naughton

Book Review


Awakened (Eternal Guardians, #8)Book Genre:
Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, Greek Mythology

Book Series: Eternal Guardians Series #8

Released: 4/12/16 by Author

Pages: 252  Price: $4.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review

 

Book Synopsis:

DAMON – For twenty-five years he’s served as a plaything for the gods. With no memory of his past, he has no way of knowing if this is his ultimate fate, but he senses there has to be more to life.

Damon’s hope for more comes in the form of the Sirens’ newest recruit. Elysia is unlike any trainee he’s ever met. Not only can she remember where she came from—an ability the Sirens block—but she has an instant connection to Damon, one he’s never felt and doesn’t understand. Soon Damon is willing to do anything to have Elysia. Even risk the wrath of the gods to break her out of Olympus so he can keep her for himself.

But Damon’s past isn’t a mystery to everyone. Evil forces are at work beneath the surface, and before long, Damon realizes that the connection he shares with Elysia isn’t a random coincidence. His fate—and the darkness it brings—was cemented long ago. And when it is finally revealed, no one will be safe.

My Review:

I am going to do something I don’t normally do.  I am going to review a book I’m DNF. My reasoning is that I had made a valiant effort to finish this book…kinda, and have stuck with this series for seven stories thus far.  I’m afraid this is where I part from this world as I believe I am done with is series.

Don’t get me wrong it isn’t that they are bad books or that I haven’t enjoyed them so far, but I believe I have simply lost interest.  It happens.  This is a case of it’s not you it’s definitely me.  I did enjoy this world but was never terribly excited about it. I started this series when I was consuming books at a faster pace and I had plenty of reading time to spare for this series.  Now that I’m busier and seem to be struggling to even read the books I am over the moon for I feel it is time to let this series go.

As to what I thought of the 13o some odd pages of this story.  I enjoyed the beginning quite a bit.  I thought it a fun twist on a Hunger Games like theme with the female lead having to survive a series of tests she didn’t choose to participate in.  Being this was an adult novel though there was plenty of “adult” games to spice up the mix.  I think where the story lost me a bit though was with the time jump. Not that it was too confusing but too much of a break and too many new characters to become vested in.  I was totally into this story until they reached the seduction training part and it suddenly became too much.  Too much sex (if that is even a thing…)  I felt like I was fighting to stay in the story so I decided to walk away this time.  Now I did have a problem with my personal life getting in the way and I started this book weeks ago, perhaps it is a case of too much time had passed and I really needed to start over again to stay focused on the story.  Or. I have simply grown apart from this world and it is time to move on.

So thank you for the enjoyable series that entertained me for some time, but this is where I part.  Perhaps I will revisit this world or try one of this author’s other series as she does know how to write a good story.

My Rating:DNF

Claimed by the Mate by Kate Douglas and A.C. Arthur

Claimed by the mate

Volume 1 of A BBW Werewolf Menage 2-in-1 Romance: Released 9/15/15: 327 pages

I received a copy of this book for review from the publishers through Net Galley

Kate Douglas’s Site    A.C. Arthur’s Site

Book Synopsis:

THE ALPHA’S WOMAN (A Wolf Mates Novel) by A.C. Arthur
Kira Radney is all delicious curves and strong will and has no desire to be a subservient mate. When a member of her father’s pack attempts to make her his mate by force, Kira has no choice but to flee. The last thing she wants is to submit to any male and their pack. But when her escape attempt leads her straight into the arms of an alpha wolf-a sexy, dangerous, protective alpha-Kira must fight against her need to be free, and her secret desire to be controlled…

FERAL PASSIONS (A Feral Passions Novel) by Kate Douglas
Welcome to Feral Passions, a luxurious private resort nestled in a preserve and staffed by dangerously sexy men, making it a haven for women who want to get away from it all. But Feral Passions is a front for a deeper, sexier secret-it’s a hunting ground for these men. Men focused on meeting each woman’s every need. Men who are also the beautiful wolves running wild…and who are looking for mates.

Chereza Dubios is more comfortable solving math equations than she is with her voluptuous body and meeting men. But when her younger sister and best friend trick her into vacationing at Feral Passions, Cherry finds herself attracted and torn between two men who find her curvy body and intelligent mind irresistible. Two men who share a secret-they want to share her.

But that takes trust-can Cherry open herself to love with two sensual and powerful werewolves?

 

My Review:

The publisher of this book invited me to review this book through Net Galley, I did not request it.  While I am always delighted when that happens quite often it is a book that I am not really interested in reading or do not have time to fit into my reading rotation.  Now I didn’t pay that close to the description when I decided to give this one a go, I saw it was shifter romance and though why not.  I did not realize that it was a mixed couple/LGBT (does MMW count for that genre?) story line.  I have been meaning to diversify my romance reads and this one is definitely something I’ve not read before, I believe the only LGBT romance I’ve read is one of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books.  Some people might not be into this, but I was open to exploring what this branch of the romance genre has to offer.

FERAL PASSIONS (A Feral Passions Novel) by Kate Douglas  

This is the first story I’ve read by this author and it has left me wanting more!  I was delighted that this is story one for a new series because there are so many more characters’ stories that I want to follow.  It is a fun set up and has the potential to offer a lot of fun and sexy situations for the women vacationing at Feral Passions resort!  I loved Cherry and couldn’t help but identify with her as I too am far from perfect in the weight department.  She played out every woman’s fantasy though as she wound these two men around her fingers and lost a bit of her heart in the process.  Being the story is only 166 pages long things moved pretty quickly, but I think the vacation setting worked well for that, who hasn’t wanted to go have a fling while away from responsibility.  Now this was my very first triad pairing and over all I kinda dug it.  I think it might be an easier adjustment for those looking to try LGBT romance as there is still some hetero sex involved in the plot.  There wasn’t really any graphic gay sex described, it was mainly just talked about, but I don’t think it would have been a big deal for me.  After a while I start skimming the sex scenes anyway and go for the emotional connection building  which to me is the heart of a good romance story line.  This one did not disappoint and I was rooting for this couple from the beginning.  Much of the story is told from Cherry’s pov, but we also get to dip into the smexy pair of shifter’s minds a couple of times too.  I liked how the author make them as vulnerable as the female lead in regards to rejection and making things work out.  I look forward to another stay at this resort of yummy shifters and can’t wait to get to know more of the pack.

This story’s rating: 5 Stars

 

THE ALPHA’S WOMAN (A Wolf Mates Novel) by A.C. Arthur

This was also my first read by this author and unfortunately it did not go as well as the first story in this anthology.  I ended up DNF at chapter four.  My main problem was the female lead character that sounded awfully like a petulant horny teenager who was constantly telling men you aren’t the boss of me and you can’t make me.  The main lead male she is was being paired up with where I left off was alright, but a little dark and heavy personality wise for me. The first book was so light-hearted that this was a drastic switch in tone that I wasn’t in the mood for.  I’m not ruling out another of Ms. Arthur’s books in the future, but is one was just not for me.

This story’s rating: DNF no stars

 

So one out of two isn’t too bad I guess.  That is something nice about anthology reads they let you get a sample of different authors and figure out who you might like to commit to a longer read with.  In this case Ms. Douglas is someone I am going to be keeping my eye out for in the future!  The first story was fun and I would recommend the title based upon that read alone.  Then give the second story a try to see if you liked it better than I or save it when you are in the mood for something a little more serious.

My Rating: 4 Stars

 

The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1)

Click on cover to visit book’s Goodread’s page.

 

Book one in the Checquy File series: Published 1/11/12

I borrowed this book from my library for the #ReadingMyLibrary Challege and save $16.00.

Author’s Site

Book Synopsis:

“The body you are wearing used to be mine.” So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. With no recollection of who she is, Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to discover her identity and track down the agents who want to destroy her.

She soon learns that she is a Rook, a high-ranking member of a secret organization called the Chequy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain. She also discovers that she possesses a rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability of her own.

In her quest to uncover which member of the Chequy betrayed her and why, Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies, an aristocratic woman who can enter her dreams, a secret training facility where children are transformed into deadly fighters, and a conspiracy more vast than she ever could have imagined.

Filled with characters both fascinating and fantastical, THE ROOK is a richly inventive, suspenseful, and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious debut from a promising young writer.

My Review:

I was so excited when this book came in at the library.  I have heard so many good things about it and glossed over all the glowing reviews (by many respectable readers I follow) and read an online article recommending this book for grown-up fans of Harry Potter.  I even read the first chapter at a local book store before recommending it for purchase for my library.

Then I started it and it all went to crap.  The first chapter and premise did grab me, hell even the second chapter still had my attention but by page 50 I could tell I was in trouble.  The book was not living up to expectations.  Still I had recommended it for a reading group I belong to (thank God they didn’t pick it!) and was determined to wait it out, surely it would get better. After a week of struggling and suffering all the way to page 250, almost half way, I am out.  I’m DNFing this puppy and moving on to something that doesn’t bore me so much I start looking for things to clean or surf over to Netflix.  I tried,  well past I would with most books, but I have to face facts this series and author are just not for me.

Alright, since I wasted so much time and read so much of this I am going to do something I rarely do, I’m going negative and sharing what didn’t work for me in this DNF read.  First off this is no Harry Potter for adult fans of the series.  Not even close.  I would say that this book is a mix of The Avengers or X-Men set in a James Bond like government agency.  The premise is promising, but the execution just didn’t work for me.   The only character that is even memorable is the lead and half the story is told past-tense in the form of these huge info-dumping letters that she uses to catch her amnesiac self up to speed.  In the beginning it works, but by the fourth chapter it has become a crutch for the author to tell us information and has become tiresome.

Another problem I had is that I kinda liked the new version of the character with an unfortunately difficult name, but we spent so much time in the head of her former whiny self that I started to dislike both of them.  I think she could have been really kick-ass and fun to read about but the author got in the way.  I felt like the character and he were battling and the end result was this strange mix of a person that I just didn’t want to read about.

I also had issue with the plot did not follow the one that was sold to me, of this lead character’s search to discover who she is and who is out to get her.  Instead she slips into her former life and we follow her as she has meetings…  The second plot of this invasion could have been interesting too, but it just never developed. Then another and another plot threads are piled on all the while being interrupted by letters to self that sometimes add valuable information, but most of the time not and it just got really, really boring.  I kept waiting for something to happen and by page 250 I felt that nothing worth continuing had.  A few of the other characters were interesting, but we never spent any time with them, so they stayed pretty one-dimensional.  We would get the info-dump of their relevance in another letter and then she would have a meeting with them and move on.

I so wanted to like this book, and I have a hard time believing so many people did. Was I even reading the same story as them, because I feel like I wasn’t.  There were parts I did like, and I even laughed out loud from time to time, but the humor wasn’t what I was lead to believe it would be either.  I just didn’t find it clever, though I could tell it was meant to be.  I also didn’t appreciate the derogatory terms that were being used either.  For those that loved it, I’m happy for you.  I did not and will not be trying anything else by this author in the future.  Life is too short to read books you don’t like. Sorry.

My Rating: 1 Star

ARC A Vampire’s Promise – DNF

A Vampire's Promise

Click on cover to visit book’s Goodread page.

Release Date: June 5, 2014

I received this ARC book from the publisher through Net Galley for a honest review.

Book Synopsis from Goodreads:

Rowan Harper is nothing but a smart-mouthed bookstore clerk with a crappy love life on the night she walks into Rosie’s Bar. Most of the drama in her life is borrowed from her best friend’s adventures. But when she meets Gabriel–tall and movie star gorgeous–everything changes. Never mind that she turns down the drink he offers, or that he brims with secrets she can’t begin to guess at. He ignites a desire in her she never suspected–and shows a fascination with her she can’t explain.

 

He has no family, no job, no bank account;he knows where she lives and her favorite flower. An aura of mystery cloaks him, even as Rowan grasps for facts, even as she fears an answer that could destroy her happiness. Gabriel can guide her through a wonderland of new sensations. But only if Rowan trusts him enough to follow. . .

DNF so no star rating. I tried. Really I tried, but I could not even make it to my normal 50 page mark before giving up. The writing was off along with the dialog. I did not like the lead character, which is always a problem with me. I need to like the the person whose head I’m in. The inner dialog was meant to sound clever or have sarcastic one-lines but just came off snotty and snide to me. I did not care for how the lead labeled everyone and there were too many personality stereo types. This book is obviously not for me. If the writing style was different I might have hung on longer, but it was very blocky and not broken up with much dialog. Perhaps the author’s humor and mine don’t mix. It reminds me of other popular series authors I have tried and not cared for; MaryJanice Davidson, Gerry Bartlett, Kimberly Raye, Michelle Rowen. So if you enjoy those authors and their series you might give this one a try too, perhaps it will be more to your liking than mine.

ARC Darkest Flame by Donna Grant – DNF

Darkest Flame (Dark Kings, #1)

Click on the cover to visit the book’s Goodread Page

Book one in the Dark Kings Series

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review through Net Galley.

Book synopsis from Goodreads:

The Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But one of the most powerful warriors of his kind will be put to the ultimate test. Is he strong enough to resist his greatest temptations? Or will he be forced to surrender – body and soul?

Her beauty is a weapon

Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan Industries, she discovers too late that she’s been set up – as human bait. She is an irresistible lure for a man who has not seen or touched a woman for centuries. He is a man with a destiny – and a desire – that could destroy them both…

His passion is a curse…

It’s been twelve hundred years since Kellan has walked among humans – and there’s no denying the erotically charged attraction he feels for Denae. But as a Dragon King, he is sworn to protect his secrets. Yet the closer he gets to this smart, ravishing woman, the more her life is in danger. All it takes is one reckless kiss to unleash a flood of desire, the fury of dragons…and the fiercest enemy of all.

Alright I feel bad about not finishing this book, but it just wasn’t for me.  I think there are a lot of people out there that will enjoy it though.  I just couldn’t get into in and rather than force myself to finish it and probably give it a lower star rating then it deserved I decided to DNF it and give no star rating.  It’s not a bad story, the writing is fine, the concept seemed really interesting when I requested it for review.  Something just didn’t click for me and I found myself constantly looking for something else to do and checking my progress on the Nook.  Telling myself, “Alright another 50 pages if you don’t like it by then you can put it down.”  Around page 110 I said enough and threw in the towel.

So now do I just quietly delete it from my Goodreads account and Net Galley shelf, or do I review it with out finishing it?  I often tell my patrons it is alright to not finish a book, there is no law that says once started a book must be finished.  It is alright to say this just didn’t work for me.  So in order to not be a hypocrite I have decided to write the review. After all a book needs to be reviewed by those that didn’t care for it as much as those that loved it.

So why didn’t this book work for me. As with other books I’ve not finished the two main characters just didn’t capture my attention.  Kellan keeps going on about hating humans and Danae always feels like she is apologizing for being one.  Sure they thought each other attractive, but I just didn’t feel the chemistry between them. I did like some of the background characters, but it wasn’t enough to keep me reading the story.  My mind kept wandering while reading, and instead of going back to see what I missed I was like eh and pushed on.  The start was interesting, but it quickly felt like the story was just spinning its wheels.  The story just couldn’t keep my attention and I got tired of trying to follow what was going on.

I would call the story more fantasy then paranormal, and perhaps that was the problem for me.  While I do enjoy some fantasy books I don’t pick them up as often as the paranormals.  I like a more urban fantasy story like The Hollows Series or Mercy Thompson’s series.  This one had potential, but did not move at a fast enough pace for me.  Perhaps I didn’t give it a long enough attempt, but after three days of reading and only making it 110 pages  I was done.    I tried,  I gave the book more pages to grab me than most.  I think there is a definite market out there for this story and wish the author all the best.  I hope the new series does great for her.

Turned by Virna DePaul – 1 Star DNF

Turned (The Belladonna Agency, #1)

Book one of The Belladonna Agency Series

Book synopsis over on Goodreads

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher through Net Galley

I tried to like this book,  I really did…  I read to the halfway point and just said enough,  I have to stop.  This is just not the book for me.  It isn’t that it was bad, but just felt off.  The characters, the way the story was set up, it became a struggle and I said alright everyone out of the pool we are done.  Ironically it was right after the pool scene that I called it quits.  I thought the book would interest me more when I requested it, but in the end it just wasn’t for me.

So why did I give up.  I realized I just didn’t care for the characters and the story felt like it was taking forever to get started.  I was half way through the books and I still felt like I was waiting to get to the real action. I liked the idea behind the story, maybe just not how it was executed.   The story line felt familiar, but reminded me more of movies I’d seen than books I’ve read.  Back to the characters I also don’t care for being in the head of someone who hates who they are, and Ty did not want to be a vampire.  I understand why, and he has every reason to feel that way being turned against his will, but it just isn’t the type of character I enjoy reading.  Ana was alright, but I just couldn’t feel the chemistry between her and Ty, and she also had the problem of not liking who she was or her past.  It was too much negativity to get over.  I want to root for someone and I just couldn’t find someone I liked well enough to continue.  The sex scenes also felt off and a little bit creepy.  Half the time I couldn’t figure out if they were really happening or just in the imagination or dreams of the characters.  Too much telling in the beginning as well.  A lot of information overload for each of the character’s back stories.  Maybe some of it could have been held back some and leaked out throughout the story more.

Like I said it wasn’t an awful book, and I probably could have finished it, but just didn’t want to.  There seems to be a fairly good mix of reviewers and star ratings, so please don’t let me stop you from giving this one a chance.  Part of my problem could be a case of it following a book I liked better.  If you do give it a go I hope you enjoy it more then me.  If you’ve read it and totally disagree with me share your opinions in the comments.

Must Love Vampires by Heidi Betts – DNF

Book’s Goodreads page.

DNF stands for Did Not Finish in case you were wondering.  Made it to page 100 of this book before I threw in the towel.    After looking up more of the titles this author wrote I think I know why.  This isn’t the typical type of book she writes.  She normally writes those Harlequin style romance books, the thin little pulp paperbacks and this is only one of three paranormal books on the list.  Not that there is anything wrong with the little Harlequin books, but I don’t typically read them..

The lead female was annoying, almost ditsy at times and I couldn’t get the motivation behind her character’s actions.  The male lead was alright, but we didn’t get to be in his P.O.V for very long, perhaps if the story came from him I could have stuck it out longer.  The book was set in Vegas and I could not stop myself from rolling my eyes at all the cliches, for the setting and the character’s actions. The book wanted to be funny, but the humor came off as trying too hard to me.   The dialog and vocabulary was off as well almost as if it was written by two different people, perhaps an overaggressive editor.   Juvenile at time and then almost sophisticated for the same character.  I can understand changing it up when you switch characters,  after all you want them to read as you would hear them in life and stay true to their identity   Now I like romance books, but this embraced all of the negative stereotypes that the genre is know for and not in a good way.

I know I’m being kinda harsh, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting and perhaps I should have checked into the authors profile more before I started this book.  I think it would be a good choice for someone that isn’t a paranormal fan but doesn’t mind reading something a little outside their normal scope.  I’m not sorry for having tried it, it wasn’t as awful as some books I did not finish, it just isn’t for me, and life is too short for bad books. Have you read this book?  Do you agree or disagree with me?