Monday, January 4, 2016

Middle Sister's December Books

December's list is short, sadly.

Amelia Earhart, Beyond the Grave by W. C. Jameson. A preview read for NetGalley, I am unable to recommend this book. Jameson rehashes a theory originally put forward in 1971 without providing any new data to support it or to merit its resurrection. Repetitive uses of the same annoying phrase (so frequent that I started counting them), typographical errors, and odd word choices had me checking to see if this was a vanity press that did not employ editors. Major inconsistencies include the author wholeheartedly accepting the overheard hearsay evidence of a small boy (and indirectly at that, as the author never spoke with him) at some points and later rejecting evidence from that same source when it contradicts the author's pet theory. Full confession--I personally know two of the anthropologists derided in the book and can assure readers of this blog that they are highly respected, well-trained scientists. With faults too numerous to go into, give this one a wide berth.

Trouble in Mudbug by Jana Deleon. Interesting setting: Louisiana bayou, check. Sympathetic heroine: check. Paranormal occurrences: check. Yes, gentle reader, I gave another of this subgenre a try. Well this was much better than the others I've read, mainly because the ghost Helena is a hoot, I still can't say I am a fan of paranormal mysteries. However, the appearance of Helena to her estranged daughter-in-law, Maryse, and Maryse's reactions were depicted very realistically. Personally, I was disappointed in the very graphic sex scene included for no real reason (and I wound up reading that passage in the lunchroom at work), but I realize I may be in the minority when it comes to disliking graphic sex or violence in my novels. Pleasant read otherwise.

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