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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Uncle Brucker the Rat Killer by Leslie Peter Wulff

This is a strange book.  I’ve read a lot of books and I’ve read a lot of strange books but this ranks up their with the strangest.  Walt, a teenager from a dysfunctional home, spends a lot of time with a very strange Uncle Brucker who is the Rat Killer.  Not a rat killer but the premier rat killer.
 
The author has Uncle Brucker provide a lot of information on rat types, rat language and rat behavior.  A war between rats and humans involves both Walt and his Uncle.

This was way to nonsensical for me.  I like fantasy but this was like a bad fairy tale. 

I really didn’t care for the book.

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Conflict by Walt Socha


Alternate reality or time traveling, neither the protagonists or I are sure what happen.   A group of young adults end up leaving a dude ranch and ending up nearly 1000 years in the past.   The group discovers that the past much as the future is fraught with danger and potential.  

Joe has a good heart and is suffering from nightmares when he suddenly finds himself as a leader of a band of mismatched adventurers.   Thrust into Pennsylvania Indian history, the group finds themselves unknowingly tasked to change the future.

The struggle Joe has with age and adulthood smacked of realism.   The incursion of Mississippi river culture into Pennsylvania is theoretically accurate.  Socha did a nice job setting up a culture and how it handled different types of invasion.

This appears to be the first in a series, I look forward to reading more.

Web: http://www.waltsocha.com/

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Rift Uprising by Amy S. Foster


This book features a butt kicking female protagonist.   Ryn is seventeen and a Citadel team leader.  Citadels are enhanced humans who protect society from a trans-dimensional invasion.

Rifts are breaks in reality allowing entry into this earth.  The multi-dimension theory is that there are infinite earths that may have developed in different ways from the current earth.  Citadels are enhanced teenagers who are tasked to guard the Rifts and prevent any cross over beings from running lose in our earth.

Ryn discovers that ARC, the controlling entity of Rift guardianship, may not be truly forthcoming with what is actually happening.   The enhancement process appears to have some seriously negative side effects.

Ryn, her team and a Rift traveler are faced with the daunting task of discovering the truth about the Rifts and the Citadels.

I enjoyed the book.

Web: http://amysfoster.com/the_rift_trilogy 

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Mongrel Mage by L.E. Modesitt, jr



I am aware it is not a steampunk novel but
I love this rating graphic. 
Once again Modesitt provides an entertaining story with philosophic undertones that provoke thoughtful ponderings.   It may be a stretch to compare the plot to the very current brouhaha over Transgenders but in Modesitt’s world  if you are a mage, identification as to white or black can be a life or death decision.  Similar unthinking prejudice provides thoughts about the plot.

Beltur, a weak white mage, discovers things about himself that dramatically change his life.   The plot centers on his journey of self discovery and it is leavened with a tyrant’s attack on his new home.

Another thought that struck me was the title and use of mongrel is indicative of the strength of our nation.  The good old USA is made up of a wealth of ethnicities that meld together to a dynamic and vibrant population.   It is imperative that we do not let our politicians polarize us into reds and blues, we are all red white and blue.  This is the problem with Modesitt’s books, they make me think. (gasp!)

Modesitt suggests that a truly ordered mind would have difficulty dissembling.   Beltur discovers that hatred can be unthinking and have no basis besides erroneous perceptions.  In spite of the consistent pattern of Modesitt’s protagonists, I enjoy how each discovers their strengths and weaknesses and grows into a laudable character. 

I am a FAN!

I highly recommend.  



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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Twelve Days by Steven Barnes

Barnes work is very thought provoking.  This story focuses on the untapped potential of the human brain.  It is touted as a paranormal thriller but frankly I believe there are many factors of the human brain that we have yet to identify, quantify or explore.  Consequently I would label this as a thriller and skip the paranormal.  What is normal anyway?

A charismatic cult leader has plans to change the world.  A small boy who is on the autistic spectrum may be the key to her success.  Standing in the way of her exploiting the child is a former military man with a martial arts background and a mother who adores her special needs child.

There is lots of action and questionable decisions in this book.  It was an enjoyable read.
I recommend it.

Web:https://stevenbarneslife.wordpress.com/

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Friday, June 30, 2017

The Bones of the Earth by Rachel Dunne


This novel is based on the mythology of parent gods disavowing their twin children the same as the last Dunne novel (In the Shadow of the Gods) as both are Bound Gods novels. 

There is a dichotomy in some of the characterizations.  The book has multiple main characters, each of whom has their own story.   The methodology of some character lines is so different from others that it is almost like multiple authors.   That isn't a problem but the diverse character lines led to some confusion.

Many of the same characters are in this book,  Scal and  Rora were still the characters that successfully grabbed my interest.  Joros continues to be the most despicable of the characters.  

The book has an interesting premise but I had some difficulty in maintaining my interest.

web site: http://racheldunne.com/

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