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Review: Rotten Fruit: My Testicular Cancer Adventure

Rotten Fruit: My Testicular Cancer Adventure by Jay Elwell My rating: 5 of 5 stars “I am going to be talking copiously about my dick, balls, and asshole as well as (but not limited to at this very moment in time) throwing up, pooping, and the occasional bleeding of untold orifices. There is a lot going on here.” This gem of a quote appears within the opening of Jay Elwell’s Rotten Fruit: My Testicular Cancer Journey. Indeed, there is a lot going on here within its pages. After virtually meeting Jay and sharing his Band of Ballers piece back in September, he also gave me the chance to read his aforementioned book. Testicular cancer memoirs have become quite a niche genre for me, with me greatly enjoying Joe Bakhmouski's Simplify Cancer: Man’s Guide to Navigating the Everyday Reality of Cancer and Dan Duffy's The Half Book: He’s Taking his Ball and Going Home. I eagerly dove in to this slim, but important book. Rotten Fruit: My Testicular Cance
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Review: Not Dead Yet

Not Dead Yet by Willow Rose My rating: 3 of 5 stars I always enjoy the Eva Rae series and this one was an entertaining and quick read. As usual, Willow did a great job of tying two storylines together for an epic conclusion. Thank you to the author for an ARC. View all my reviews

Review: Where'd You Go, Bernadette

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple My rating: 2 of 5 stars I just did not care for this book. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it as a print book versus an audiobook but I just couldn't get into it. Hard pass from me. View all my reviews

Review: Third Degree

Third Degree by Ross Klavan, Tim O'Mara, & Charles Salzberg on Tour October 1 - November 30, 2020 Synopsis: ”Cut Loose All Those Who Drag You Down”: A crooked reporter who fronts for the mob and who’s been married eight times gets a visit from his oldest friend, a disgraced and defrocked shrink. The man is in deep trouble and it’s clear somebody is going to pay with his life. ”Beaned”: After smuggling cigarettes, maple syrup, and coffee, Aggie discovers a much more sinister plot to exploit what some consider a precious commodity: the trafficking of under-aged children for the purposes of sex. ”The Fifth Column”: Months after America’s entry into World War II, a young reporter uncovers that the recently disbanded German-American Bund might still be active and is planning a number of dangerous actions on American soil. My Review: The highlight of this novella anthology was the final story in the book, "The Fifth Column." It did an excellent job of

Review: Home Before Dark

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager My rating: 5 of 5 stars Riley Sager continues to be one of my newer favorite authors. He manages to take a stereotypical genre and add a new twist to it. In this case, a seemingly haunted house turns out to be much, much more. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this book and couldn't read it fast enough! I loved the book within a book approach and how the two stories tied into each other. The characters were well-developed and the plotting was impeccable. As has become tradition with Sager, multiple twists are introduced one after the other at the end, leaving you breathless. Highly recommend this one to fans of mysteries. If you're looking for a horror novel, this isn't for you, but if you love thrillers, definitely check this one out. View all my reviews

Review: In Her Words

In Her Words by J.S. Ellis My rating: 3 of 5 stars Overall a decent domestic thriller. Very fast paced and I was able to read it quickly. Nothing too notable or memorable. View all my reviews

Review: Dragonfire

Dragonfire by Ted Bell My rating: 3 of 5 stars I've been a fan of the Hawke books for over five years now and look forward to each installment. I finished this one with mixed feelings, as I see many other readers did. I loved the Hawke storylines; both Alex's and Blackie's. They each had a great mission to fulfill and felt very Bond-esque. I always enjoy the interactions between Alex and his cast of supporting characters, and this was no exception. I also enjoyed seeing how the mystery just seemed to get bigger and bigger with every page. However, I did not care for the Ambassador Tang storyline. It didn't really seem to go anywhere and left a lot of random plot threads dangling. It also felt oddly reminiscent of the Manchurian Candidate, but without slowly plotted build up. Despite me enjoying Blackie Hawke's mission, I also didn't really see how the 1940s timeline tied into the present day as a whole. As I look back, my rati