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Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger
Crazy Love You

techeditor, February 23, 2015

The first two-thirds of CRAZY LOVE YOU is a five-star book, the best kind, the kind that is unputdownable.

Ian writes and illustrates graphic novels (a fancy term for "comic books"). As an adult, he's in better shape, but he grew up as an overweight sissy. His mother is confined to a mental hospital because of a horrible crime she committed when Ian was a child, a crime that almost involved him. For these reasons, he grows up with anger management problems and still has them even now.

Priss (isn't that name a synonym for "sissy"?) is the child he meets in the woods behind his home. But so what, I thought. I was bored enough that I decided to quit if the story didn't redeem itself by page 50. On page 49 I caught on and realized I shouldn't have been bored. Here's what you need to know right up front so the book is as unputdownable for you as it was for me. (I reread the first 49 pages.)

Priss is not what she appears to be; she is a mystery throughout this book. And then so is Ian. Is he crazy? Is he good or dangerous? Is Priss dangerous? Or is she not even real?

So why, then, does this book get just an average rating? Because the last third degenerates to the supernatural and becomes just plain silly. If the entire book had been written like this last third, the rating would have been zero. It's too easy to solve mysteries by blaming them on supernatural silliness.
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The Ghost Shift by John Gapper
The Ghost Shift

techeditor, February 18, 2015

Part 1 of THE GHOST SHIFT is difficult to follow. Probably, readers more familiar with China will be less perplexed.

It takes place in China. Apparently, a 23-year-old Chinese woman who works for the government becomes involved in something, we aren't sure what, but the twin sister,who she didn't know she had and who is now dead, had something, we aren't sure what, to do with it.

By Part 2, more is clear, so it is easier to follow. The mysteries first presented in Part 1 are still there. But, little by little, they are unraveled.
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My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni
My Sister's Grave

techeditor, February 9, 2015

MY SISTER'S GRAVE should have been a hardcover book. I keep books I enjoyed reading, and keepers always look better in hardcover.

Yes, I enjoyed MY SISTER'S GRAVE. It's the kind of mystery that keeps changing and keeps you guessing, although I did suspect early on what would happen with the psychopath. Still, I wasn't sure. And Dugoni's gift for writing courtroom drama is also apparent in this book, as it is in most of his books.

Although these take nothing from the mystery, two little things bugged me: 1) Tracy, the main character, insists AFTER SHE HAD BEEN SLEEPING WITH A GUY that she wants to take it slow; and 2)Tracy drives, during a snowstorm, up into the mountains to the home of a person who she thinks she knows is dangerous BY HERSELF. I felt that the latter was creating a situation to maximize thrills, but it made me think less of Tracy.

Not to end on a sour note, you can safely ignore that last paragraph.
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My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni
My Sister's Grave

techeditor, February 9, 2015

MY SISTER'S GRAVE should have been a hardcover book. I keep books I enjoyed reading, and keepers always look better in hardcover.

Yes, I enjoyed MY SISTER'S GRAVE. It's the kind of mystery that keeps changing and keeps you guessing, although I did suspect early on what would happen with the psychopath. Still, I wasn't sure. And Dugoni's gift for writing courtroom drama is also apparent in this book, as it is in most of his books.

Although these take nothing from the mystery, two little things bugged me: 1) Tracy, the main character, insists AFTER SHE HAD BEEN SLEEPING WITH A GUY that she wants to take it slow; and 2)Tracy drives, during a snowstorm, up into the mountains to the home of a person who she thinks she knows is dangerous BY HERSELF. I felt that the latter was creating a situation to maximize thrills, but it made me think less of Tracy.

Not to end on a sour note, you can safely ignore that last paragraph.
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Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!) by Jackson Galaxy
Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!)

techeditor, February 4, 2015

If you have an indoor cat(s), you probably realize how important it is that she have places indoors where she can climb and scratch and that otherwise make up for what she's missing outdoors. But we want our homes to be decorated for us, not our cats, right? With CATIFICATION you can, as its subtitle says, design a happy and stylish home for your cat and you.

But be sure to begin by reading Part 1 in order to first understand what catification is. You'll learn how important this is to your cat as well as to you.

Then you'll probably see your home differently. I do. Now I look at everything in my rooms in relation to possible catification: "cat superhighways," "dead ends," scratching posts that double as climbing ramps and stairs, "cat bridges," and "kitty TV." And I can't wait until this spring, when the snow is gone and the weather is warm, so my husband and I can build a "catio."

If only CATIFICATION was around when my cat was alive! With every page, I couldn't help but think about how it would apply to her. But I'm going to get another cat now, and this time I'll do it right.
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