Review: Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski

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For those really into zombies, and perhaps brass humour, I think you’ll find much to love here. There was some good storytelling but for me it felt like it needed an extra oomph; there was some missing substance that didn’t allow me to fully engage with the book.

It is a quick read and there’s some mystery in it, which I love so always a plus in a story, which makes it good for a quick laugh and break-up of your routine (unless you only read noir-style humour zombie books in which case I think you may need to branch out or you’ll run out of books).

Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozieniewski
Genre: Horror / Noir

Braineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he’s now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto to solve his own murder.

But Jones’s investigation is complicated by his crippling addiction to human flesh. Like all walking corpses, he discovers that only a stiff drink can soothe his cravings. Unfortunately, finding liquor during Prohibition is costly and dangerous. From his Mason jar, the cantankerous Old Man rules the only speakeasy in the city that caters to the postmortem crowd.

As the booze, blood, and clues coagulate, Jones gets closer to discovering the identity of his killer and the secrets behind the city’s stranglehold on liquid spirits. Death couldn’t stop him, but if the liquor dries up, the entire city will be plunged into an orgy of cannibalism.

Cracking this case is a tall order. Braineater Jones won’t get out alive, but if he plays his cards right, he might manage to salvage the last scraps of his humanity.

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I liked that the story was told as the MC’s diary entries but in some cases it made the story more confusing. Some things felt repetitive and we jumped around quite a lot. The main character works as a detective but with the cases he worked on he skimmed over many of the (important) details that would’ve made understanding the mystery a lot easier on the reader. I make a lot of notes when I read and I was left with a lot of questions that, perhaps not pertinent to the overarching story, were created because these cases were rushed through and details overlooked. I don’t know whether I could say that any of the mysteries at work in this story were actually completely solved, and it’s doubtful that was a deliberate attempt by the author for suspense and intrigue.

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Grad on the Go

I’m just gonna keep switching up the title every week til something sticks!

This is my new feature (title as yet undetermined) where I share a bit about my week and grad school life. Feel free to fill me in on how your week went in the comments!

Things are starting to pick up now so I’ve got deadlines approaching :/
Feeling the pressure more now but I’m still on top of things and nothing’s due until after Thanksgiving, so some time yet.

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Besides worrying about assignments, nothing too exciting has happened in school this week. I’m working on a research project and I can share some of my experiences with those once I get more into it but for now I can only give you hint of what it’s about – music! Maybe I’ll share that with you next Music Monday!

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Review: The Universe of Us by Lang Leav

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Another letter down! In case you didn’t catch my Blog Updates post from last week, besides the other challenges I’m participating in, I’m also trying to read through the alphabet. My remaining letters are V, X, and Z so if you know of any great books that start with those letters (preferably short!), send them my way!

The Universe of Us by Lang Leav
Genre: Poetry

Lang Leav presents a completely new collection of poetry with a celestial theme in The Universe of Us.

Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav.  Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found.  Lang’s poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.

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I really enjoyed this collection! It’s quite short but it makes for a nice read in one sitting. I had heard about this poet for quite some time so I was glad to finally get my hands on her collection, and even better that I could use it towards a challenge!

This collection is largely about love, and loss, and sometimes finding your way back from that loss, but Leav gives us these stories through the context of the universe and the night sky. Both can evoke strong emotions out of people so it seems a very wise pairing.

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