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Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst


Kudos!  It is so satisfying to find a new author(to me) who writes so well.   This was a satisfying story set in a forest community surrounded by implacable enemies and defended by questionable heroes.

The author did a masterful job creating a unique environment for he story setting.  The rhyme depicting the books foes sounds so simple and yet embodies complexity.   Everything is not what it seems.  The Queen is beauty personified and seems to be omnipotent.  A disgraced champion is left to mentor an unlikely heir and both end up as defenders of the community.

This was an excellent book that held my interest, forced me to read later in the evening than I wanted to and satisfactorily wrapped up the plot.

I highly recommend.

Web Site: http://www.sarahbethdurst.com/


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

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Wrong Dead Guy by Richard Kadrey


When I read The Everything Box  I ranked it as one of the stranger books I have read and I have read a lot of books.  It was a bizarre mix of Dresden files and Hitchhiker Guide with a leavening of Stainless Steel Rat humor.   A magically immune crook who is ratted out by a colleague ends up saving the world is the premise of that book.   The same cast of characters led by Coop, the magically immune crook, is trying to capture a world threatening mummy in this book.

Kadrey also writes the very successful Sandman Slim books.   So far the only one of those I have read was The Perdition Score.  I was thoroughly lambasted for suggesting the need for some back story by a couple of Sandman Slim fan boys.  Their conjecture was read them all and you don't need a back story.   Obviously but when you don't have that opportunity you deal with each book as to  how well it stands alone. This book provided minimal back story but still stood alone quite well.  

The preposterous plot and over the top sarcastic humor will be highly appealing to a group of readers.  For me, it was just over the top and I had to force myself to finish it.  The Stainless Steel Rat series was humorous without pandering, it was more thoughtful humor than slapstick.  Kadrey has enormous talent but again, to me, it appears he works to hard to be funny.  

Web site: http://richardkadrey.com/books-2/


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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Fell Hound of Adversity by Parker T. Geissel





A dark knight kind of Gotham City is the setting for this book.  It is populated by a wide variety of losers.  All the characters seem to be caricatures.  The kind of protagonist is a failed chef.   Rudi and Buck were friends and then weren't and were again, maybe.

I found the book very difficult to get into.  It is colorful and the characters are interesting.  Injal Skube and Killer Hrapp provide some comic relief with their heavy handed thuggery and personal asides.  Fat Jack Bloom was a real thug who was more sadly comical than the government thugs.   The book seems to revels in sarcastic humor. 

This book seemed like a graphic novel translated into a no graphic novel.  It never really grabbed me.


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

Saturday, November 26, 2016

LAST BEST DAY by Jeff Somers Spotlight




















Pocket Star EBooks
Publication Date: October 3, 2016
9781501141430
$.99 Bargain Book

Learn the Words. Get the blood. Rule the world. Last Best Day is a stand-alone short story in the Ustari Cycle—the gritty supernatural series that includes We Are Not Good Peoplefrom the “exhilarating, powerful, and entertaining” (Guardian) storyteller of the Avery Cates series.

In an underworld teeming with blood mages, Tricksters, and vile individuals, Lem was the one person who never hurt the Mags—would never hurt Mags. And so when a powerful archmage kidnaps him Lem off the streets for unknown reasons, the gentle giant embarks on a dangerous path to save his pal...one that might ruin their friendship forever.

For blood mages, the twenty-first century means hiding in the shadows, keeping society unaware of their incredible powers. The power-hungry sort plot quietly to manufacture tragedies bloody enough to give them the gas they need to cast something monumental. Lem and Mags, down-and-out bosom buddies to the end, have always been good—bleeding nobody but themselves—skating by on small Cantrips, cons, and charms.

But battling an archmage means enlisting an archmage to your cause. And convincing one of those to be on your side often means giving a piece of yourself away in the process.

This ebook also contains an excerpt of We Are Not Good People.

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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ARCANUM UNBOUNDED: THE COSMERE COLLECTION by Brandon Sanderson



This is a collection of stories, some not so short, set in Sanderson's Shard Worlds.
Once again I will lament over the fact that here is another excellent author whose work has escaped my radar.  In all fairness to my self, I try not to be obsessive in my reading and I try to have something in my life besides books.  Grand kids, wives, family all intrude upon reading 24/7.   So maybe not knowing Sanderson's work isn't a major faux pax.   I am not normally fond of collections, I like meaty, full throttle books.  This book however surprised me and I really enjoyed it.   Describing the work is difficult, particularly when there is reference to the full books with which the short stories are connected.

The Emperor's Soul was sufficiently long to really get into it.   Sanderson provided the necessary character complexity to be able to relate to the Forger.  She became alive and thus well worth following.  The story stood alone quite well.  

The Hope of Elantris was good but not as satisfying.   It stood alone OK but did not provide enough depth.

Reviewing a book of short stories does not mean reviewing each story in the book.   Some of them stood alone quite well and others really could use more length to make them appealing.

Overall I really enjoyed the book and will seek out Sanderson's full works.

I liked the interludes between stories that provided a look into the author's psychic.

Web: http://brandonsanderson.com/


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