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Stronger dAudio reread so I can carry on with the next book There are too many next books I need to get readI freaking loved this book I can t believe this was the author s first book It s got all kinds of cray some ewww some funny parts Well I almost peed my pants at times but IigressMyfanwy Thomas known as Rook Thomas wakes up not knowing who she is There are Loss (Gus Dury, dead bodies all around There is a note in her pocket and lots of instructions and letters through out the book Rook Thomas has powers along with all kinds of creatureso that her form of government work to oversee so to speak I m still confused as to whether Rook Thomas was before and was she after only people that have read the book will know what I m talking about Maye D And then there is Rook Gesalt Wasn t it great fun I will let you all meet it for yourself God I freaking loved Myfanwy and Shantay together Shantay came over from America when Myfanwy s group found out some stuff from this person they had captured The group was going to torture him and some stuff went The Last Rite (Danilov Quintet, down and freaked everyone out But oh the girls had the best time I almost cracked a rib laughing when they went into this place together to see what kind of freaky thing was causing chaos I wish I could excerpt the whole thing Poppat gripped her armesperately Myfanwy we both know this is not your field I can t let you go in there aloneNo came a firm voice from behind them They turned to see Shantay zipping herself into a Pawn combat uniform She Alacrity (Illumine, d coiled her hair up at the back of her neck and suddenly looked muchangerous She s not going in alone I m going in with herAbsolutely not said Mayfanwy There may be legal precedents for you coming along to observe but can you imagine the repercussions if a Bishop of the Croatoan was harmed on a Checuy opYeah but you ll probably be ead too so it s not like it ll be your problem Well then said Myfanwy As long it causes me no inconvenience When they got inside I about peed myself I felt like I was reading a weird version of Stephanie and Lula only Plum series lovers will get that reference Anyway I had loads of fun and am going to be getting my next book as soon as BN sends me my reward card Enjoy Mel I tried to like this book I really id I have Love You To Death (Detective Ruby Preston, disliked so many books lately that I am afraid of becoming a book curmudgeon But this bookeserved my Arnhem dislike it ASKED for myislike This book reads like the beloved project of the Honest to god I m both confused that I m still reading this book and appalled at how highly rated it seems to be everywhere The praise this book has been getting got me interested in reading it and within a few chapters I had to wonder if there was some massive conspiracyTo put it uite simply the book has an intriguing premise that s Fitness for Living destroyed by a hackneyed writing style a juvenile approach to character and a narrative that is grossly overshadowed by the writer s apparently high opinion of his own talents The main character is not even remotely likeable When she s not being a high school prom ueen regularly calling technical people nerds repeatedly criticizing theress sense of the former occupant of her body she s Love Is Blind delivering oh snap wisecracks She s just strong enough to take command of a situation when a story needs it but also nicely feminine enough to need to be rescued She confronts the leader of the enemy forces and her primary concern is the gross goop getting on her clothes She appears commanding and independent and in the next scene is naked in front of a stranger for laughs and then subjected to intrusive andemeaning physical exams for comedy She s strong willed enough to be attractive but not so much that she s truly an independent character Her sexuality is regularly and offensively used as a tool to humiliate her for laughs and that makes her non threatening In short she s not a character so much as she s a collection of tropes esigned to make her the perfect female character for the male audienceTo make matters worse none of the secondary characters are anything than one to two word tropes Ingrid motherly secretary Shantay sassy friend Alrich mysterious vampire etc None of these characters evelop from these escriptions into anything memorableSetting aside the issue with characters is the issue with plot Myfanwy goes from knowing absolutely nothing to be a confident and controlled leader of a powerful government organization How much time has passed between her waking up and her turning into this bombshell in a suit We re told it s been several weeks and it s here that we arrive at the crux of the problem with the narrative we re told too much We re told everything We re not left to learn anything Practically overnight she turns from this terrified mouse whose every third thought is DO THEY KNOW MY SECRET to this "confident administrator *When her sister appears we re told suddenly that "administrator *When her sister appears we re told suddenly that is lonely *her sister appears we re told suddenly that she is lonely wants friends and family There s no buildup There s no sense of this given to the reader through ialogue and emotional Connexity description I had no idea this was coming We re told that she suddenly wants to be with friends and family just as we re told that she becomes confident in her new role These are just two examples of manyThis goes further than just the author hamfistedly handing us important facts about the characters as though we re moving our wayown a checklist The book redefines what it means to infodump Nearly every chapter is interrupted by what is essentially an encyclopedia entry giving us the history of the character Myfanwy just met or the term she just encountered When it s not an infodump about a character it s a letter written by the pre amnesia Myfanwy telling the current Myfanwy some story that is rarely connected with the plot at hand and it s usually written in such exacting narrative A Personal Influence detail that violates the nature of the epistolary format that these sections are written in Finally there are just so many parts of the plot that make ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE you re hunted by the same person who made you lose your memory and just killed a bunch of your friends and youecide to go out clubbing and then the author spends four pages talking about how ruined her clothes were and her struggles to get her car back from a hotel garage In what world would this be even slightly logical An uneuivocally awful book Avoid unless you re looking for something for kindling This is ridiculous she thought I m possessed of terrifying powers Why am I relying on a ridiculous little gun that I picked because I thought it was cute I Americas First City don t need this thing She threw it contemptuously over her shoulderThere s something foul wandering the underground tunnels beneath my office something that s invisible to my vaunted powersCrapWhere s my gun This book is X Men meets X Files meets The Bourne Identity meets Johnny English And that may sound like a clusterfuck to end all clusterfucks but somehow it works or maybe my mind is just trying to make it better than it is because I m coming off a massive chain of horrible books Whatever I loved itIf this book were made into a movie I can totally see Tina Fey in the lead roleThe good Wittyry humorous writing A femal page turner page turner lady wakes in park with no memory battered bruised bloody surrounded by Bone Mountain (Inspector Shan, dead people that she killed with her bare hands cause she has special powers the same special powers that i have often imagined myself having ifreams came true uelle coincidencethe narrative is propulsive the ideas are automatically right up my alley the whole thing is clearly built for fun i gave it to a colleague and he immediately halted the book he was reading because the jacket Neutered by the vet (The League of Dominant Women description alone was enough to give him a massive boner same here but i could have been challenged or surprised a bit the narrative goes back and forth between the presentay actions of the woman before us and past letters that the woman she used to be wrote to her which could have opened up many interesting possibilities not even necessarily literary possibilities but maybe something along the lines of a potboiler cum meditation on memory like Memento but nope all those letters from the past serve a very straightforward function infodumps hella
"Infodumps Entertaining And Intriguing Infodumps "entertaining and intriguing infodumps nothing but page turner page turner young woman is named Miffanwy rhymes with Tiffany she works for a secret government agency that is staffed by people with super powers and whose goal is to protect the world from super powered and supernatural threats including the evil Belgian Grafters the high level administrators have titles named after chess pieces cool my favorite is one who lives in multiple. The body you are wearing used to be mine So begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves With no recollection of who she is Myfanwy must follow the instructions her former self left behind to Charity Girl discover her identity and trackown the agents who want to estroy her She soon learns. Seducing Ingrid Bergman diversion Highly recommended to anyone who likes aose of humor with their surreal action spy mystery thrillerFour out of five stars Or are theyUpdate from Dec 2015 reread I think I nailed it fairly well the first time except that part about humor It s seriously funny almost all the way through in that very British wayCross posted at from September 2019 idk almost all the way through There is a lot of back story 299 Kindle sale July 14 2019 Loved it Review posted at wwwfantasyliteraturecomAs Daniel O Malley s supernatural thriller The Rook book one of THE CHECUY FILES begins Myfanwy Thomas comes to herself with complete amnesia She s standing in a London park at night Surrounding her is a ring of motionless bodies They are all wearing latex glovesMyfanwy rhymes with Tiffany finds two letters in her jacket pocket from her former self Dear You The body you are wearing used to be mine I m writing this letter for you to read in the future Myfanwy s former self was aware that in some way her brain was going to be magically wiped of all memories and id her best to smooth the way for future memory less Myfanwy by writing a number of letters to herself All you need to know immediately is that someone I should be able to trust has ecided that I need to be removed I A Secret Place don t know exactly who Ion t know why It may be for something I haven t even Scandalous (Playing with Fire done yet The second letter presents her with a choice go into hiding for the rest of her life using the fortune in a bank account specified in the letter or jump back into her prior life and try to find out why she was betrayedNew Myfanwy fully intends to grab the money and take off but another attempted assassination convinces her that the only feasible option is to stay and fight Having selected Option 2 she and we embark on reading a long series of letters from her former self which explain Myfanwy s past life as a high ranking member of the Checuy an organization of people with superpowers who help Great Britain and the world with various types of supernatural threats It s sort of like the X men except with a lot British bureaucracy Myfanwy needs to figure out who in the Checuy betrayed her and why while trying to hide from everyone the fact that she no longer remembers anyone or anythingAs an infoumping Brute Force (Nick Stone, device the letters are a bit transparent but it s all interesting enough that I never felt like complaining except for one or two times when these flashback letters interrupted a particularly suspenseful scene First get Myfanwy out of mortalanger THEN give us another letterIn an interesting conceit the Checuy organization is based upon chess pieces there s a Lord and a Lady the king and ueen of the organization two Bishops two Rooks etc Only those people who have some kind of supernatural power can be in the top ranks of the Checuy All others are Pawns which leads to some understandable resentments and tensions in the ranks Also it uickly becomes apparent that former Myfanwy for certain reasons in her past was an extremely sensitive and timid person and Beautiful Breasts Pictures despite her stellar organizational skills was not much respected within the Checuy New Myfanwy not burdened by those painful memories soon starts to spread her wings and exercise her clout within the organizationThere are multiple types of superpowers onisplay in The Rook but they re not your run of the mill superpowers We have for example Gestalt who is a single mind that inhabits four very good looking and freuently homicidal bodies Others can exude poisonous clouds of ink sprout uills or To Risks Unknown develop an impenetrable steel coating The Rook is written in a breezy easy to read style with a lot of wry humor in the writing andialogue There are several laugh out loud momentsIt was a When You Look Up dressesigned to The Vampire Next Door (Strange Neighbors, draw attention You look like Cinderella said Val in awe Yeah if she been into bondage and had Christian Dior as a godmother Myfanwy is an easy protagonist to root for as Any Girl Can Be a CandyKiss Girl! / Tea with the Birds / The G-SUS Gene despite the handicap of her memory loss she gamely takes on both her coworkers in the Checuy as well as the enemies they re battling After the initial set up there s a lot of action in the plot except when it s slowedown by the ubiuitous letters from Myfanwy s former self The mystery of Myfanwy s secret enemy kept the plot suspenseful and there
"were some interesting twists that I idn t foresee The Rook may not be Great Literature but it was just so "some interesting twists that I idn t foresee The Rook may not be Great Literature but it was just so fun45 starsContent advisory scattered F bombs a fair amount of violence and gore Sale Alert Oct 13 2019 Kindle Deal for 399You ve woken up and are surrounded by a handful of ead people wearing gloves and have no idea who you are or how you got there But luckily there is a note and with this note and a few others you learn about a world you had no idea even existed Dear You The odds of your reading this are slim to none Who would choose uncertainty and vaguely worded warnings over a new life of wealth and luxury I can only assume that you were put under a massive amount of stress touched someone s skin and they were paralyzed Or blinded Or lost the ability to speak Or befouled themselves Or one of several other effects that I won t outline right now Well the good news is that at least you woke up awesome with some kind of superpower The bad news is that you now have to impersonate someone you have never met figure out what happened to you and who is probably trying to kill yousince whoever they are they on t seem to have any idea that you are no longer herConfusing Nah not really What it is IS a wonderful set up to a completely "interesting idea Myfanwy the W is silent Thomas is going to pretend to be a member of "idea Myfanwy the W is silent Thomas is going to pretend to be a member of super secret government agency that Pilgrimage (1920) deals with supernatural and paranormal situations andisturbances She is going to try and figure out who tried to have her killed and why just as soon as she figures out how to be Myfanwy ThomasI enjoyed a very large section of the story because I found it fascinating on uite a few levels But since I read this in a group there were varied opinions on the layout of the story and I will say that while it Shapely Ankle Preferrd didn t bother me itid bother a few of them See there is a lot of infodumping But I m going to give it a pass because of the way it was presented Thomas wrote letters to herself after a psychic told her she would lose all her memories and in those is where we get a lot of history to the Checuy Her Majesty s Supernatural Secret Service and Thomas s position in it Not every letter ends up being pertinent to the story because how was Thomas supposed to know and sometimes I think it reads a lot like a journal of someone s Sword at Sunset day So while I liked this aspect of the story because of the extraetails and such I think others got bored with it since some of it had nothing to Fair Play (Zephyr Ranch do with the story I was completely entertained and so I will allow it For me this is a great blend of humor and Urban Fantasy Myfanwy is easy to like and I enjoyed even the times she is fumbling through her life Seeing this world around her as sheiscovers everything that you never knew existed was a fantastic tale and I really wanted to get to the bottom of who on the inside is trying to bring it all own This should be a pleasant little interview All I have to o is put on my scary faceYou have a scary face Ingrid sounded skepticalYes said Myfanwy indignantly I have a very scary faceIngrid surveyed her for a moment You may wish to take off the cardigan then Rook Thomas she advised tactfully The flowers on the pocket etract somewhat from your menace SO IN CONCLUSION If you *ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING WITH A SOLID PREMISE THE *looking for something with a solid premise the some new takes on lore mythology and such and oesn t really have any romance looming in the wings than this might be for you I enjoyed all the extras we get from Thomas as she tried to lead her new self after the amnesia creates a new person in her body and I m pretty interested in seeing what becomes of Myfanwy in the futur. Aristocratic woman who can enter her The Temple of the Golden Pavilion dreams a secret training facility where children are transformed intoeadly fighters and a conspiracy vast than she ever could have imaginedFilled with characters both fascinating and fantastical THE ROOK is a richly inventive suspenseful and often wry thriller that marks an ambitious ebut from a promising young write. .
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Bodies and whose name is Gestalt Miffanwy is in charge of The Great Silent Grandmother Gathering domestic operations and her title is The Rookyou know what i hate well many things but in this instance the answer would be cheap snarkiness ugh i even hate the word snarky such an ugly word like it was made up by a 12 year old the only cheap snarkiness i appreciate is the kind that pops out of my mouth or from my keyboard otherwise it needs to be good or the eye rolling will commence Good as in the films of Howard Hawks or Joss Whedon some of the time unfortunately most snark is of the CW or SyFy networks variety which to me is just lazy shallow writing unfortunately this novel is full of cheap snarkyialogue that comes out of nearly every character that is when they are not sounding like The Lord and Lady of The Masterpiece Theater Manor and so characters end up sounding just like each other and as if they just stepped out of one of the Scream films it grew tedious and hey Daniel O Malley listen high level government administrators in both the US and the UK particularly ones who are women probably New Penguin Cookery Book do not refer to other women as chicks on a regular basis now that was just intolerable to readbut page turner page turner ignore the bitching above this book was all kinds of fun and i read it like reading was going to beeclared illegal at the end of the night pure pleasure i can t wait for the seuel plus no tedious romance to speak of yay woot win I mean I loved this book Myfanwy Thomas wakes up with a note that says This body used to be mine YEAH I LOVE AMNESIA PLOTS Except this is a bit than that Secret societies are kind of my fave and this book builds a GREAT one The secret Cheuey I love all the chess terms battle supernatural forces in the world and this new amnesiac is now fully immersed in it I efinitely felt like this could be a TV show the richness of the world is so good The tone is a bit hard to grasp but it s classic British serious but also cheeky so once you get on the tricycle you re golden It s just FUN like Dr WhoThe pacing of this book was the only part I can uibble with a bit erratic at times but the world building was rich and the characters super fun I loved it and would like to see in the world Yes Minister it turns out that there was a mysterious force that caused that plane to crash We call it gravity I can t believe no one has recommended or even mentioned this book to me before It s a creative complex urban fantasy with an hilarious and likable protagonist monsters and an intriguing mysteryThe Rook grabbed me immediately Myfanwy Thomas awakes surrounded by bodies with no recollection of who she is or what she s oing there All she has is a letter in her pocket a letter that begins with The body you are wearing used to be mine She soon finds herself caught up in this life she never asked for trying to figure out how she lost her memory who s out to get her and how to manage the basics of Myfanwy s job at the secret agency known as the Checuy GroupJust so you know there s a lot of infodump I usually Dealmakers Guide To Commercial Real Estate don t like that but it was fun enough here that I kept sprinting through pages anyway The background of this world and the Checuy Group are revealed through letters that the former Myfanwy Thomas wrote before she lost her memory These letters appear throughout the book and are basically witty infodumps Still I enjoyed themWatching Myfanwy try to adjust to a life sheoesn t remember is hilarious And she s kind of badass but not in the usual kicking ass way in a I guess this shit is happening but I m still going to eat my Toblerone first kind of way My kinda girlTurns out this Checuy Group is a secret organization that The Contest of the Century deals with all the supernatural nastiness in Britain O Malley gets a great balance between the humour andrama of Myfanwy s The Battle of the Atlantic day toay life and relationships no romance though and the greater mystery behind it We all want answers to the big uestions but it was just as enjoyable to follow Myfanwy into the officeSome very weird and wonderful creatures exist in this world and some of them are Myfanwy s colleagues Like the creepy awesome Rook Gestalt Three boys and one girl Two of the boys were identical That s not the weirdest thing however The weirdest thing was that when all four pairs of eyes opened only one mind was looking out from behind them This was Gestalt Then there s strong female friendships snarking and people who are willing to rip your face off first and ask uestions later Funny compelling and just the right amount face off first and ask uestions later Funny compelling and just the right amount weird HELL YES This should be a pleasant little interview All I have to The Real Dads Army do is put on my scary faceYou have a scary face Ingrid sounded skepticalYes said Myfanwy indignantly I have a very scary faceIngrid surveyed her for a moment You may wish to take off the cardigan then Rook Thomas she advised tactfully The flowers on the pocketetract somewhat from your menace Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store Finally First great read of the year Admittedly that s because I m hoarding Days of Blood Starlight and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There like a survivalist with canned goods or a chocoholic with a secret stash of Toblerone in the back of the freezer not that I m speaking from experience And while I tempered Model-Based Systems Engineering with OPM and SysML down my five stars to a reasonable four the fact is this was a perfect read the first time through I ll save theetailed summary this is one time when the blurb gets it right It starts rather hard core action movie woman coming to consciousness in a midst of a circle of bodies no memory of self or events Pour une branche de gui dripping from the rain and blood Sheiscovers an envelope in her pocket from the Myfanwy That Was Soon it evolves into a James Bond style government agency spy thriller crunched with identity Medieval Intrigue disorientation of The Bourne Identity Halfway through I realize O Malley is channeling The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy or at least Men In Black and that the flashbacks felt a lot like X Men I m finding itisturbing that I m escribing a book by referencing movies Is that acceptable in a book reviewNarrative shifts between letters from Myfanwy That Was to the current scramble of Myfanwy That Is to solve the mystery of who is trying to kill her While that had the potential to become a tiresome evice O Malley uses it well giving context to Newbie just before she needs to use it cuing the reader at the same time Sometimes Senior relates an incident sometimes she lays out structure and organization or gives a The Ghost That Haunted Itself dossier on other characters For the most part it was able to maintain pace and tension through the shifts At times O Malley is tongue in cheek right as Myfanwy thinks I suppose I shouldo some homework on how this organization actually works the next section is from one of the letters under the title of How This Organization Actually Works I actually found it rather The Lucifer Code delightful highlighting the mental similarities in how they process information As the storyevelops Myfanwy starts to take on her own personality abrupt and The Pocket Idiots Guide to Wine direct than the prior who she now thinks of as Thomas their last name I thought the transition between the two was handled well and as the storyeveloped I cared just as much about what happened to Thomas and wanted to know her story even though I knew where it would end here s where my habit of peeking at the end of books comes in handy it s kind of like the book is a spoiler for it s own self because we know Thomas is ead or at least gone I enjoyed Myfanwy s character breaks and it set the stage for gentle humor as she responded almost but not uite in character An emergency has emerged and both you and Rook Gestalt *Have Been Summoned To *been summoned to interrogation the secretary replied in an unruffled mannerOh Okay Myfanwy looked own and her esk thought for a moment and then looked up Are we getting interrogated or are we oing the interrogating she askedThen there isIt s time for your Jesus, the Word to Be Spoken dinner with Lady FarrierOh crap she sighed then noticed Clovis s shocked expression I mean oh good this should beelightfulThe humor isn t out front in the beginning which now strikes me as one of the elightful parts about the writing Tightly wound around an action core at the start O Malley sneaks in humor one subtle comment at a time gradually becoming absurd The first hint that we aren t in London any comes about three chapters in when we meet Rook Gestalt really one of the innovative creations in sci fifantasy literature that I ve happened upon One mind four bodies I found myself trying to wrap my head around that one somewhat istracted by comparing it with Zaphod and his two heads and just got rather smacked with the possibilities By the end the absurd. That she is a Rook a high ranking member of a secret organization called the Cheuy that battles the many supernatural forces at work in Britain She also Hija de la fortuna discovers that she possesses a rare potentiallyeadly supernatural ability of her own In her uest to uncover which member of the Cheuy betrayed her and why Myfanwy encounters a person with four bodies an. .