In continuing with my love of a good murder mystery, I decided that my next book would be with someone who has innocent but was framed for a murder he didn’t do. Was it cliché? Yes. Did I think everyone was stupid? Of course. Did I love it none the less? Kinda. 15 Seconds by Andrew Gross.
Imagine the typical story: someone is framed for a murder he didn’t do, so he goes on the run while trying to clear his name. Insert that one person who totally should have been a detective but isn’t because life happened, and she’s the only one who believes him. If this was only to the book, I wouldn’t be recommending it. What I found interesting was the killer. Understanding why and how was the most significant thing. Trying to understand his process and how he was connected to things that were going on kept me reading. That’s what I found to be the best part of the book. If that’s what also interests you about these types of novels, I think you’ll enjoy it as well.
I love a good murder mystery and watching the good guys win. Even though I love this, it’s usually in the fictional sense, and no one in the making of the murder was hurt. This type, I dipped my toe into more real-life crime with In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.
This classic tells the story of the real-life murder of the Clutter Family in Small Town, Kansas. The story switches from the point of view of different townspeople, the investigation team, and the duo responsible. It’s was intriguing how the story all worked together. You read it as if you’re there in the moment of the events and interact with the twists and turns as they happened. I could hardly put the book down. If you are thinking of reading this book, be forewarned that there is offensive language toward African Americans sprinkled throughout and sexual advances on minors. If these offend and/or trigger you, I would suggest not reading.
I have finally gotten around to reading a book series that I have been meaning to. This omnibus has been sitting on my bookshelf for years, and I gave finally started going through it. The series is the Remember Me series by Christopher Pike. The first book is aptly named Remember Me.
The book starts with the reader finding out that our protagonist, Shari Cooper, is dead. It’s an interesting way of introducing a character, but it did instantly capture me into the story, wanting to know what happened, which is great considering the plot of the book. Shari doesn’t remember how she died, so she goes through this book trying to figure it out. She follows her friends and family around trying to find out what happened to her and meet interesting characters along the way. I wish that I could tell you a bit about them, but they’re huge spoilers for the story overall. Just know that cool ghost powers are discussed, but no true haunting.
If you are interested in mysteries, I would greatly recommend this. It is also interesting to solve a mystery from the dead person’s perspective. I honestly don’t understand why this is a series of books right now. It seems like it is better off as a one-off book, but I’ll just have to continue and see.
One major thing about myself is that I love puzzle games. I don’t know whether I would consider myself good at them, but I do enjoy a good puzzle. Now, when I found a game that was a cop drama with puzzles attached, I was intrigued. The name of said game is “Tiny Room Stories: Town Mystery”. The story line of the game is that a detective going into a old town pretty much abandoned, and you need to figure out what happened. The puzzles start of easy but then get progressively harder. I personal don’t believe that the learning curve is that steep. The one thing that you do have to remember is that you can turn the scene 360 degrees. I would often get frustrated with the game because of that one fact: there is more that just what you see because of a particular perspective. I only played the first season because it was free. The game is still in development, so I’ll look into getting the rest of the game once it comes out.
The game is available to download on only on Android as far as I see. If you see differently, please let me know.
One of my favorite shows is Bones. Even though it is officially done, I would love something that is very similar. That is how I find myself watching Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteriu, A Corpse is Buried Under Sakurako’s Feet, or Beautiful Bones. Really long names, but it is fitting with the anime. After looking a bit into it, this anime is based on a novel. I follows an awkwardly scientist who loves putting together skeletons and ends up helping the police on cases were there is nothing but skeletal remains of humans. Sometimes she steps in before that because of the incessant nature of her lovable sidekick. I greatly enjoyed the show. It was fast paced in everything seemed to be going somewhere. My main complaint is that the show doesn’t really end. It feels as though they hoped they would get a second season and didn’t. There’s just this huge cliffhanger. Maybe there is something else that I just missed when I was looking around for more, or I might just need to read the book. Either one is a possibility at this point.
Playing escape games were a past time for me, and I recently wanted to get back into them. In comes Escape Logan Estate. It is an escape style game with a story. You are at you grandfather’s house and are searching around it. Other than that, I’m a little confused about what is going on. You have to solve puzzles around the house, but it’s not to escape. It’s to uncover the story. The first chapter is free, but the last two are about $3.00 each. Someone might find the worth it, but I personally didn’t, especially when you introduce a story element that has no conclusion. If you just play the first chapter, you will understand. At the end of it, I had more questions than answers. Maybe you guys can explain to me what’s going on. Personally, I wouldn’t pay for this game, but unfortunately, I found that out afterward. If you guys still want to play the game, you can find it on Android and iOS.
As the new addition in the genre of “cute girls doing not so cute girl things,” there is Princess Principal. It’s a historical-ish drama taking place in what could be an alternate Berlin Wall situation taking place in England. The country has been torn apart into a monarchy and a commonwealth. There to make sure the country as a whole does not get overrun by those that what to ruin in are a group of young spies. They are all amazing, well written, and have great chemistry with one another. The story, for the most part, is told out of order, but one can get the gist and see how much they care about one another. It’s a great show that needs a sequel. I NEED to know what happens next. There was such a huge cliffhanger.
I recently reread of book Moon Dance by J. R. Rain. I loved this series when I was a bit younger, not much younger, but it has been a couple of years. I stopped reading it because I got to the end that the author had written for it, which was about five books, so I was waiting for more to come out. While I was waiting, I, of course, forgot all about it.I was recently looking through my Kindle books, remembered this series, and wanted to see where it had gone to. Turns out that this series, titled Vampire for Hire has fourteen main books and a couple of spin-offs. Being the person I am (who loves vampire novels) decided that I was going to read the entire thing, no matter how bad it gets. And as a first entry, it’s a pretty good one. The story follows Samantha Moon, a recently turned vampire, who is trying to keep her family together by being a Private Investigator so that she can keep her own hours. From what I have read so far, it, of course, keeps that basic vampire tropes, (being unable to go out into sunlight, sleeping through the day, etc.), but adds the element that she is around her human family, taking care of her kids like the average mom, and at the same time trying to keep her secret (horribly at times, I will admit). So far, I think it’s really good, and I have a feeling that it’s going to add to it. Now, instead of reviewing every single book, I’m going to add updates as I read the rest of the books, to show how I’m feeling about it and then give a “full length” review again as I finish the series. At this point, I would suggest checking it out. We’ll just have to wait and see where everything goes.
Ever felt the need to run away from from the life that you live? The anime Mayoiga or The Lost Villiage explores this facet of life with a slightly supernatural twist as you follow thirty individuals. Is this way too many, yes. Do they go into that every one of them? Not even close, but at least you get close as to some of the ones that I would consider interesting. I really loved this anime, but feelings about this anime are all over the place. The reasons that some of the people have for running away are super iffy, but the ones that have real reasons, you truly empathize with them, which I feel is very important. I personally wished it was longer to go into more of the characters and see more development.