The Watchtower / Being Neighborly / Swamp Bones (books 86, 87, and 88)

The Watchtower / Darke Conteur

synopsis – A guy takes a job at a mysterious company staffed by unusual people. Even the interior design of the headquarters is odd. Then things really get freaky when a huge egg with a deadly worm inside shows up. So the staff employ their time travel, fire casting, and cyphering super powers. But can the new hire fit in and save the company on his first day?

reaction – I didn’t feel connected to the bland characters or the random special effects in the story. Too much deus ex machina fantasy for my taste. Furthermore, the fantasy seemed “dropped in.” A simplistic storyline with a fade-out ending. This story didn’t hold my interest, and would’ve worked better as a graphically illustrated book, in my opinion.

recommendation – You’re taking your chances with this hit and miss book.

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Being Neighborly / Carey Heywood

synopsis – An all-American, marriage-minded farm guy. A bootylicious, displaced city gal. A snake bite. A secret revealed. Put them all together, stir, and toss in a generous amount of wanking and sex. Dump it all in a pot, turn it on high, and simmer. Will the recipe turn out tasting completely different this time? Hint: no.

reaction – An erotica novel disguised as a romance novel. Creepy flirting scenes. A few awkward sex scenes. Not my cup of tea. Lots of internal dialogue exposition. One of the main characters had a weird obsession with counting down the time, in months, to ask his love interest out on a date. Also, lots of characters have names starting with the letter “B.”

recommendation – You’re taking your chances with this hit and miss book.

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Swamp Bones / Kathy Reichs

synopsis – Forensic anthropologist Dr. Brennan teams up with her ornithologist buddy in the Florida everglades to shred dead swamp creatures. There they discover the swamp version of the chick-duck-key. Gators eating birds eating snakes. Stuff like that. But the swamp creatures aren’t just eating each other. They’re also eating swamp people. But who are the bad guys? Dr. Brennan and sidekick to the rescue!

reaction – I appreciated the distinguishable Florida Characters and descriptions of the Florida swampland. The Florida Men were believable with their combination of face palmery and moral depravity. But this book had a run-of-the-mill storyline. Humorous writing, but heavy on the forensic jargon. Read this if you’re into forensic jargon.

recommendation – You’re taking your chances with this hit and miss book.

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  1. Excellent timing for another batch of lukewarm books – I don’t have time to read right now anyway! Thanks for that. 😉


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