Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Survivors of the Sun: A post-apocalyptic thriller by Mia Kingslie

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Survivors of the Sun: A post-apocalyptic thriller by Mia Kingslie was genuinely a pleasant surprise. Kinglsie writes with such ease and realism, this tense story about a horrifying situation feels so real, you might as well be experiencing everything along with the characters. The story opens with the main character Georgia on what seems to be an ordinary day in Kansas City, getting her kids ready, sending her lawyer husband off to work, then down to her studio for her own work. What happens next is astonishing, and slowly and insidiously, the energy in the story shifts into a story of survival. This was fascinating to read, as Georgia figures out her best plan of action for survival. The author adds stark details that are both necessary and eye-opening. The writing is natural and certainly conveys the gravity of the situation taking place in Kansas City and across the country. Unwittingly, Georgia becomes a heroine of the first order, her character and resolve a powerful reminder of the innate will to live. Strong recommendation for this one of a kind book.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Magic Bullets: The Perfect Medicine by Keith Jahans

Magic Bullets: The Perfect MedicineMagic Bullets: The Perfect Medicine by Keith Jahans
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Magic Bullets: The Perfect Medicine by Keith Jahans is not your typical crime fiction. Jahans has an interesting background and this is not his first writing endeavor, however it is one that has been in development for quite a while. With a medical slant, the book takes on a more serious tone, one that sets the stage for plenty of action and intrigue. Adam Knight is the protagonist, a microbiologist, and as such takes the brunt of the bad stuff that happens in this fast paced novel. Firstly, he has developed a new antibiotic, but one with flaws, second, he falls in love, and maybe with the wrong person. Knight is a man that is hunted and wanted for various reasons. Overall this book has an interesting premise, well designed characters, great dialogue, and a solid plot. Strong recommendation.

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Monday, August 20, 2018

The Darkness of Enlightenment: Lyrical Poetry of Love,Life, Death and Redemption: The Poems of Shamus V. Mosby

The Darkness of Enlightenment: Lyrical Poetry of Love, Life, Death, and Redemption: The Poems of Shamus V. Mosby: Volume oneThe Darkness of Enlightenment: Lyrical Poetry of Love, Life, Death, and Redemption: The Poems of Shamus V. Mosby: Volume one by Shamus V. Mosby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Darkness of Enlightenment: Lyrical Poetry of Love, Life, Death, and Redemption: The Poems of Shamus V. Mosby: Volume one is quite a refreshing collection of well thought out poems. It's not often you find something totally new and worthwhile while reading poetry. This volume however is the exception and is worth your time, to sit and have a visit. Mosby's prose is lyrical, evocative, and emotional. Beautifully composed and touching on common themes, these poems resonate with originality, yet have a classic tone that is hard to miss. It is evident that Mosby has read some of the greats and used that to oomph up his writing. Single Shallow Room is a standout with Poe overtones, embracing the reader on an emotionally desolate level. Highly recommend this collection of poetry for something a little different.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Whisper of the End (The Wakewalkers Book 1) by Maximian Held

Whisper of the End (The Wakewalkers Book 1)Whisper of the End by Maximian Held
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whisper of the End (The Wakewalkers Book 1) by Maximian Held catches your attention right away. Caius and his protector, Kearika open up the book with a bit of jovial banter between the two, the attraction between them evident. However, this book is not just about that attraction, this is more a coming of age story, a battle of wits, and literally moves at such a fast pace, you will have to take a break and catch your breath while reading. Fantasy, magic and special powers infuse this wonderful book with a unique backdrop, while the skilled writing takes the story to the next level. This story alternates in point of view from the main characters, and while some of the scenes are repeated, it is interesting to get their individual viewpoints and perspectives. It's great to see such a strong female lead in Kearika, and Caius is no slouch either, both are three dimensional and captivating in their own way. Highly recommend for an excellent coming of age/YA novel.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

With a Voice that is Often Still Confused But is Becoming Ever Louder and Clearer by J.R. Hamantaschen

With a Voice that is Often Still Confused But is Becoming Ever Louder and ClearerWith a Voice that is Often Still Confused But is Becoming Ever Louder and Clearer by J.R. Hamantaschen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With a Voice that is Often Still Confused But is Becoming Ever Louder and Clearer by J.R. Hamantaschen is a great collection of horror stories that starts off with a bang. The first story,Vernichtungsschmerz is about Julie and her dreams, and while she claims to never remember her dreams well, here her dreams, horrifying at times, seem to overlap with reality, along with the reality of her three childhood friends. There are physical mutations, death, and other scary elements not only in this story but the others as well, as the author carries scary and overwhelming themes throughout the collection. To say that this writing is good is truly an understatement, the author grabs you by the throat and makes you want to read further, even though you know that may not be a reasonable idea. The writing is addicting like a drug, you know it's bad for you but you can't help yourself. A good mix of genre that blends gore with horror and everything in between, ranging from subtly nuanced to in your face disaster and mayhem. Highly recommend.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Reign of the Vedic Gods by Swami Achuthananda

The Reign of the Vedic Gods (The Galaxy of Hindu Gods Book 1)The Reign of the Vedic Gods by Swami Achuthananda
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Reign of the Vedic Gods (The Galaxy of Hindu Gods Book 1) by Swami Achuthananda is a veritable endless source of information about the Hindu religion and Hindu gods and goddesses. This is the first in what is to be a multi volume series, as the author states that he simply cannot fit all of the information into one volume, it would simply be too thick. Achuthananda approaches the subject with a touch of humor, which helps in keeping the dissemination of information from being overwhelming. There is a lot here to digest, but the author makes it fairly easy and entertaining. He also is clear that the gods of Indian mythology, were in fact, quite imperfect, which makes them all the more appealing. This is a great reference book that outlines the lives of Hindu gods and Indian history for novices and experts alike. Highly recommend for an immersive read, and an entertaining one at that.

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Wolf's Clothing: A Moriah Dru and Richard Lake mystery by Gerrie Ferris Finger

Wolf's Clothing: A Moriah Dru and Richard Lake mystery (Moriah Dru & Richard Lake Book 7)Wolf's Clothing: A Moriah Dru and Richard Lake mystery by Gerrie Ferris Finger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wolf's Clothing: A Moriah Dru and Richard Lake Mystery (Moriah Dru & Richard Lake Book 7) is a great entry into the established series by Gerrie Ferris Finger. This time the Atlanta famous police dog Buddy has gone missing, and the mystery begins. He is a well loved dog, and everyone is rooting for him to be found. Finger writes with great affection for the South and an understanding of Atlanta and its environs capturing the essence of the city and its people. While you might think you have to read every single book in this series to understand the tenor and tone of the story, this book stands on its own just fine, while the characters of Drug and Lake are well fleshed out and very real. An investment scam, a mega -church, and a cast of well crafted characters make this a substantial read with topics that are timely and interesting. Highly recommend for a solid mystery with a strong plot, good tension, and a fast pace.

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