Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Review: Raising Hell - A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Novella

Raising Hell - A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Novella Raising Hell - A Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter Novella by John G. Hartness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was just plain fun. There is something here that hooked me. It was dark, and full of sarcasm. It gets a little "left-wingy" at times which I could do without, I just thought it was the writer being a bit "snarky". The story did not need jabs at Fox News to have a good story. Also, there was one VERY long and protracted Latin section I could have done without. But as for the story and the characters, all top-notch and I will be digging in to this series in the very near future.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Review: The Final Dawn: A Debut Novella of Revenge, Betrayal and Treacherous Love

The Final Dawn: A Debut Novella of Revenge, Betrayal and Treacherous Love The Final Dawn: A Debut Novella of Revenge, Betrayal and Treacherous Love by Alice Catherine Carter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story grabbed me from the start. Set in Russia during World War II, this story is as cold as the landscape and just as harsh. Valeyria is shaped by events that happen in the opening scene and harbors a hatred that will never melt. No spoilers, but strap in for an afternoon and enjoy the ride. The ending is the reward.

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Review: Crossing the Vaal

Crossing the Vaal Crossing the Vaal by Archie Vincent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, admittedly, not my genre. I grabbed it because I am hooked on the narrator, Melanie Fraser. Her voice is like honey dripped over lilacs. I thought the story was okay. It told a wonderful themed romance set in South Africa. I do think that readers (and listeners) of a good romantic adventure will be hooked and hauled in by this story. It is vivid and descriptive and really pulls you into the landscape and setting. I can't vault the storyteller just because the tale is not in my genre of interest. There is a real talent here.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Review: Aftermath

Aftermath Aftermath by Chuck Wendig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, I may be a bit off here, but this had the tendency to almost try too hard. Also, I went into this promising that I would judge it like any other sci-fi story and not part of the Star Wars saga just to see how it held up as a story. I found parts to be a bit tiresome. I think I am really done with petulant brats as characters (Karl from Walking Dead has ruined that stereotype for me). Mr. Bones was fun, and I enjoyed his scenes perhaps more than most. It is a good story...not great...just good.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

New Jerusalem (all about) it!

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This is a book that I might have missed if it were not provided to me for purposes of a review. I went into it without even glancing at the summary because I was ready to be surprised. I am glad I had the chance to spend some time with such a wonderful story. There is so much going on and it does feel very true-to-life in the way it is presented. There is a bit of mystery and intrigue, but above all, there are interesting characters and a well-told story that is not quite a whodunnit, but more of a "what is really going on" sort of tale. 

While I did find the "romance scenes" somewhat blocky and awkward, I am not entirely sure that was not by design. The ending sort of reminded me of an episode of Seinfeld where I sort of had to ask myself if that was actually it.

This is something you might miss or pass over for a number of reasons, I would advise you to reconsider. This is the perfect way to spend a blustery day (or two).

Book Description for New Jerusalem News:

Dominick is always just passing through. He is a professional houseguest who follows the sun and the leisure class from resort to resort. But this winter he lingers on a quaint New England island and in spite of his best intentions becomes involved in the travails of his eccentric geriatric hosts. An environmental protest against a proposed liquid natural gas terminal turns ugly, and by accident and happenstance Dominick becomes a mistaken suspect in terroristic bombings. But the book, of course, is really about its characters. None of them are young—white-bearded men and blue-coiffed women busy with aging, dementia, and ungrateful children. Dominick strives to float above it all in a life of itinerant escape. A New England comedy of sorts, New Jerusalem News, on another level, is an extended meditation on history, identity, and what it means to drift.

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Author's Bio:

Originally from Buffalo, New York, John Enright holds a bachelor’s degree in literature from the City College of New York and a master’s degree in folklore from the University of California, Berkeley. After working in magazine journalism and book publishing, he left the U.S. to teach at the American Samoa Community College. He remained in the South Pacific for 26 years, directing environmental, cultural, and historical preservation programs and writing extensively about the islands. His acclaimed detective series, Jungle Beat (Thomas & Mercer), featuring Det. Sgt. Apelu Soifua, is set in Samoa. His collection of poems about Samoa, 14 Degrees South, won the University of the South Pacific Press’s inaugural Literature Prize for Poetry in 2011. He now lives in Jamestown, Rhode Island, with his wife, ceramicist Connie Payne.

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