Horns (by Joe Hill)

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Horns 
by Joe Hill 
Published in 2010 by William Morrow

Ignatius “Ig” Perrish wakes up with a killer hangover and a set of horns growing out of his head! Set in New England in the recent past (as evidenced by cell phones and x-ray security at a state politician’s office,) Horns is a fun and clever, if not particularly horrific story about the transformation of man a year after the rape and murder of his girlfriend. Ig is the prime suspect, though he was never charged, or for that matter cleared of suspicion. As the town’s dislike and abhorrence of him becomes crystal clear to him, Ig changes both temperamentally and in physical stature. The story twists both that which seems sacred & profane as well as that which is both material & metaphysical with an adept hand of wit and humor. There are poignant moments which ground what would otherwise be an overly comic spoof of references to the devil. 

OP-ED: I admit that there were times that I laughed, remembered that the book was classified under the heading of “Horror” and then felt a little uneasy about laughing; but it really is a funny book 🙂

OTHER: I’m not sure but I think that I probably picked up this copy of Horns (by Joe Hill) from a Friends of the Library sale or from their shop (Jackson County Library System, Southern Oregon.) I receive no monies, goods or services in exchange for reviewing the product and/or mentioning any of the persons or companies that are or may be implied in this post. 

This title qualifies for the Murder, Monsters & Mayhem Challenge hosted by jennsbookshelves 🙂

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Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files #8 by Jim Butcher; narrated by James Marsters)

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Proven Guilty 
The Dresden Files #8 
by Jim Butcher; narrated by James Marsters
(P) 2009 by Penguin Audio
16.25 hours

Harry Dresden, the only practicing wizard detective in Chicago, is called upon to investigate more suspected necromancy (see Dead Beat (The Dresden Files #7)) and, bail one of his best friend’s daughters out of trouble. Of course the plots are interconnected and are ultimately tied into another ongoing thread about the war between The Red Court of Vampires and everybody else! As I’ve mentioned before, the series is terribly uneven, but this, like Dead Beat before it, is one of the better ones. Still prone to cliched language, stereotyping and suspect choreography when it comes to the action scenes, the story is nevertheless intriguing with moments of true suspense.

James Marsters sounds exhausted: His voice register has dropped a couple of ranges and there is little to no differentiation between many of the characters at this point, making it difficult to follow who is speaking in a few of the conversations. If Marsters’ rumblings, even in this condition, are still pleasant to the ear, it must also be said that the editing is poor: there are noticeable places in the recording where there the sound levels don’t match.

OTHER: I dnloaded a digital audio edition of Proven Guilty (by Jim Butcher; narrated by James Marsters) from the now defunct digital dnload site, weread4you.com. They used to have amazing sales and I purchased a number of The Dresden Files audiobooks to fill in the gaps in my collection. To be honest, if I hadn’t bought them, I probably would have dropped the series by now; but I did and so I didn’t! I receive no monies, goods or services in exchange for reviewing the product and/or mentioning any of the persons or companies that are or may be implied in this post. 

This title qualifies for the Murder, Monsters & Mayhem Challenge hosted by jennsbookshelves 🙂

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sherlockah0lique:

“Reading one hour per day of your chosen field will make you an international expert in 7 years.”

This is so motivational.

When I was doing grad work, I had a professor who told me that I shouldn’t speak on a topic unless I had read at least ten books on the topic.