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“Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.” ― Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

The Cuckoos Calling- Spoiler free review


I’m an avid reader of crime, I love a good murder and this is the story of the apparent suicide of Lula Landry. It is a story with many twists and turns, but what makes this story is the two main characters.

Cormack Strike is an ex military detective with half a leg and a rather foul attitude- or at least so you think. In reality this character had a lot of depth and his own personal development is what drives this story forward.

Then you have the temp (Robin), now she to me represents what we as readers would be like if we were thrust into a murder mystery. She’s curious and she longs for excitement- which is exactly what she gets when she agrees to be his secretary.

This story in true J.K style (that’s hardly a secret anymore) and as such takes the first 3/4 of the book to get moving, I love description and internal monologue but at times the pace felt extremely slow. Another thing that perhaps had both negative and positives was that Cormack never shares his deductions or his theories with the reader. To me it is done like a jury; you are presented with information and facts and then you have to try and decide who is guilty. Cormack doesn’t help you! I am notorious for always working out who the killer is, and I got it completely wrong. 

This book is definitely worth a read, but don’t read it because of who wrote it! It is nothing like Potter (nothing she does ever will be). But I did love it and I’m looking forward to the sequel.


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Today’s top item in Book News: In a clear victory for the villainous Dr. Diaper, Captain Underpants —Dav Pilkey’s series about a heartless school principal who when hypnotized becomes a kindly superhero dressed only in a cape and a pair of underpants — topped the American Library Association’s annual list of most-challenged books for the second year in a row. 
The full list — maybe the only place you’ll see Captain Underpants listed together with Toni Morrison’s masterpiece The Bluest Eye and E.L. James’ erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey — is here:

1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey
2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
7. Looking for Alaska by John Green
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
9. Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
10. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

“Everyone, at some point in their lives, wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling that they are all alone in the world, and that nobody loves them now and that nobody will ever love them, and that they will never have a decent night’s sleep again and will spend their lives wandering blearily around a loveless landscape, hoping desperately that their circumstances will improve, but suspecting in their heart of hearts, that they will remain unloved forever. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to wake someone else up, so that they can feel this way, too.”

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Books for Book Lovers: In Pictures and see the original post.
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Bookshelf cat strikes again by mcwetboy on Flickr.

[TW: Sexual Assault]

His lips crushed mine, stopping my protest. He kissed me angrily, roughly, his other hand gripping tight around the back of my neck, making escape impossible. I shoved against his chest with all my strength, but he didn’t even seem to notice. His mouth was soft, despite the anger, his lips molding to mine in a warm, unfamiliar way.

I grabbed at his face, trying to push it away, failing again. He seemed to notice this time, though, and it aggravated him. His lips forced mine open, and I could feel his hot breath in my mouth.

Acting on instinct, I let my hands drop to my side, and shut down. I opened my eyes and didn’t fight, didn’t feel… just waited for him to stop.

Twilight: Eclipse p. 331 (Bella and Jacob’s first kiss)

This is rape culture.

Young women are taught to think of this passage - which describes sexual assault - as erotic. Young men are taught to force their will on young women, regardless of any (non)verbal cues, because sex is conquest and women are objects - not something to be done between two consenting individuals because it’s pleasurable for both people.

The most frightening thing about this excerpt is that many survivors of sexual assault who have disclosed to me describe stories that sound exactly like this one.

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The lines before that:

    He still had my chin—his fingers holding too tight, till it hurt—and I saw the resolve form abruptly in his eyes.
    “N—-” I started to object, but it was too late.

And after he assaulted her she punched him in the face but due to his “super human strength” she broke her hand, said “Don’t toucheme!” and then:

    “Just let me drive you home,” Jacob insisted. Unbelievably, he had the nerve to wrap his arm around my waist.

    I jerked away from him.

And then:

    When he got in the driver’s side, he was whistling.

AND THEN while he was driving:

    “…There is so much I can give you that he can’t. I’ll bet he couldn’t even kiss you like that—-because he would hurt you. I would never, never hurt you, Bella.”

    I held up my injured hand.

    He sighed. “That wasn’t my fault. You should have known better.”

And then:

    He grinned over at me. “You kissed me back.”

    I gasped, unthinkingly balling my hands up into fists again, hissing when my broken hand reacted.

    “Are you okay?” he asked. 

     “I did not.”

    “I think I can tell the difference.”

    “Obviously you can’t——that was not kissing back, that was trying to get you the hell off me, you idiot.”

    He laughed a low, throaty laugh. “Touchy. Almost overly defensive, I would say.

    I took a deep breath. There was no point in arguing with him; he would twist anything I said.

Then when she gets home, to where her father, Charlie, the police officer, is:

    “Why did she hit you?”

    “Because I kissed her,” Jacob said, unashamed.

    “Good for you, kid,” Charlie congratulated him.

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Quiet Reading. by andokadesbois
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April Book Photo Challenge - Day Four↳ 1990s: “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”