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Azalea, Unschooled by Liza Kleinman
Because of the Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Birds Art Life: A Year of Observation by Kyo Maclear
Bisbee, Arizona, Then And Now by Boyd Nicholl
Blood and Circuses by Kerry Greenwood
Born with Teeth by Kate Mulgrew
The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle
CatStronauts: Mission Moon by Drew Brockington
CatStronauts: Race to Mars by Drew Brockington
Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
Finding Fortune by Delia Ray
Glimmerglass by Jenna Black
The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg
The Green Mill Murder by Kerry Greenwood
Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia by Won-Ldy Paye
Hello, My Name is Octicorn by Kevin Diller
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
How the States Got Their Shapes by Mark Stein
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph M. Marshall III
"It's a Good Life" by Jerome Bixby
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber
Pantomime by Laura Lam
Pippi Moves In by Astrid Lindgren
Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
The 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Upper Mississippi: A Wilderness Saga by Walter Havighurst
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block

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Crossing the Cornfield
January inclusivity reading and shortening the gap in reviewing
On reading your own books and moving

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Hold Me Closer, Necromancer: 01/07/17

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride

I wouldn't normally think of Seattle as being a hotbed for necromancy, but that's where Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride is set. Sam, who works in fast food, doesn't either, until he's attacked my something paranormal and accused of being an unregistered necromancer.

For the most part, this book is about Sam and his best friend trying to figure out what to do now that he's been given a deadline (emphasis on dead) to comply. There is also the talking but severed head of a co-worker of theirs adding to the compulsion to do something — anything.

But there's also a side plot involving the council approved necromancer and a werewolf he has taken prisoner for reasons that are eventually explained. The werewolf's plot is tied up in the old Seelie, Unseelie battle of the centuries and frankly, I'm bored — so very bored of it.

As with many multiple points of view stories, their pieces of the book can be skipped because the plot can't really move forward until Sam, the protagonist, is gotten up to speed. Telling us before telling Sam, just means, we have to sit through it twice. It's not like we can jump in and tell him ourselves.

Three stars

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