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Thursday, December 7, 2017

The End of Ordinary by Edward Ashton

This book is not about sentient corn of any kind.  No zombie corn, no ravaging corn cobs.   The book is about near future genetically manipulated people and the issues it creates. 

The plot resonates well with the almost daily breaking news of some other illness that can be alleviated or eliminated with genetic manipulation.  It isn’t too far fetched to imagine designer children or animals.  Jurassic Park doesn’t hold a monopoly on the frightening consequences of altered genes. 

A sub-plot is also clear that the have and have not situation may create a whole new discriminatory slate. 

In addition it is made clear that a parent desperate to live vicariously through a gene altered super child may not always find a child with the same goal as the one in which the parent hopes to revel.

This was well done with a wealth of thought provoking scientific and ethical postulates.

Web: http://www.edwardashton.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.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Book Bonanza For Hurricane Relief


This book sale is an opportunity to put
your money where your mouth is!

A group of authors are providing 25 books at a ridiculously CHEAP price and 100% of the royalties will be donated to  
One America Appeal  for Hurricane Relief.

This is a Win-Win situation 
if there ever was one. 

You're getting hours of great reading
and doing good as a bonus!
Link

R.E. McDermott's books alone are worth far more than $10, 
I have read them all and loved them. 
Go to this link and revel in having gotten a terrific bargain and done some good for the poor folks struggling to recover from this years devastating hurricanes.
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, November 27, 2017

The Exiled King by Sarah Remy

This book appears to wrap up the story.   Renault’s kingdom is under siege.  Mal,his Vocent,  has his own ideas on how to save the kingdom.  Avani  has drawn away and Liam has grown distrustful.  The sidhe are meddling with both the kingdom and the desert people.  War is inevitable.

Remy does an exemplary job of showing how love of country can lead to destruction of self.   Mal has an addiction but seeks to channel it to save the king he loves.  Everin is exposed in multiple ways for who he is and isn’t.  The characters have depth and color which underpins and excellent plot.  

Remy did a great job on this series.

I really enjoyed the book.

Web: http://www.sarahremy.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.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017


Here's hoping you have many blessings 
to give thanks for today!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Last Gargoyle by Paul Durham

This is an upper elementary school book.  The plot does have some scary stuff that might not be good for the primary years.  However if you consider the Grimm fairy tales, this is pretty tame.  Goyle is not a gargoyle, he is a grotesque.   His task is to protect his wards. 
Goyle takes his job very seriously.

The Boneless King comes into play and threatens Goyle’s wards.  Goyle is befriended by Viola who can see and hear him even though most mortals can not do either.  Goyle’s wisp, his disembodied form, is of a young boy in a hoodie who looks moderately disreputable. Goyle’s stone form is a typical gargoyle looking form, wings, claws and fangs. 

Viola and Goyle work together to defeat the Boneless King and protect Goyle’s wards.

I liked the book and will be sharing it with my grandchildren.

Web: http://pauldurhambooks.com/thelastgargoyle/

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, November 17, 2017

The Rift Frequency 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.

In this book Ryn and Levi are exploring the Rift trying to determine what ARC, the controlling entity of Rift guardianship is doing and why they are doing it.  Ryn has been deprogrammed and discovers some unpleasant truths about the lies she has been told since a child.

Ryn and Levi search for Ezra a Rift traveler and discover the Roones are also not what they seem.  They find some excellent but surprising allies and discover that an enemy may be an ally.    

I enjoyed the book.

Incidentally the author actually lets real teen behaviour and angst bleed through the persona of the enhanced warrior.

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, November 13, 2017

Gods of Sagittarius by Eric Flint, Mike Resnick


This book was a bit of a travelogue of weird places.   Two very different groups are looking for the weapons repository of the “old ones”.   The old ones may be mythological or not.   The two groups are searching for divergent reasons and yet they end up working together.

My favorite character was the Warlock Variation drive.  The driving force on this book was “trekkie” type humor.   There was a lot of tongue in cheek and sarcasm.  It was convoluted, weird and somewhat humorous.  I would characterize it as Stainless Steel Rat type of humor.

It is worth reading but know you are not walking into a “normal” plot.




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