Thursday, March 31, 2016

Review: Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers Finders Keepers by Stephen King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have to give Mr. King five stars for this story because to tell you the truth, I couldn't put it down. I love it when a book does that to me. It is the middle part of the Bill Hodges trilogy of which the third part comes out this summer and I for one cannot wait until it gets here, especially if it is as good as the first two parts.

With the words "Wake up Genius" we are taken into the disturbing world of people that really like what they read and the writers that write them. Also, it goes into the mind of a reader that doesn't like the way a writer leaves their character at the end, in this case, the reader feels that the author had 'sold out'. From there the pacing is wonderful as we bounce back and forth between the past (1978) and the current day eventually, both timelines merge and lead us to a tumultuous finale that leaves you at the edge of your seat. Literally, I was on the edge of my seat near the end.

We also get to experience the beginning of Mr. Mercedes from a whole different perspective and that's all I'll say about that because I would hate to spoil anything. My recommendation? Go read it! That's about as simple and easy as I can make it.

Happy reading!


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Review: The Aeronaut's Windlass

The Aeronaut's Windlass The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think I am really starting to like these steampunk stories and I really liked this one! Going in I was a little worried because Mr. Butcher is well-known for his Dresden Files - which I love - and I was wondering how he would do with steampunk. I must give Mr. Butcher kudos for a job well-done here. The overall story is of a grand scope with multiple stories and story arcs that take you through the world that he has created. Yes, it does start slow but it pretty much has to so that he can build the foundation of what looks to be a grand series. A really great read and I feel better for having read it, now I just need to wait for the next one.

Happy Reading!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Review: Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Discoveries

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Discoveries Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Discoveries by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another collection of short stories that were once again read to me by Neil Gaiman, can't be all too bad right? In fact, I think if Neil Gaiman is narrating the book or novel, I'll just have to get it because he is a great storyteller and unlike different audiobook readers, he actually knows what he meant when he wrote it and knows how the inflections, etc should be. Hope that makes sense.

That being said, this is more of a 3.5-star review than a 3-star one. I decided to go with the three instead of the four probably because it is really more of a 3.37.

Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of great stories in this collection but there are more good ones. The Dr. Who story, for instance, is great! The Sherlock Holmes is good. Some of the poetry, well I'm not really a fan of poetry so I probably should just say that I didn't enjoy it but I am sure you will! Now I'm thinking that maybe I'm too harsh and should give it a four here since it is really close to that roundup point. No, I am a man of principle so I shall not change it, unless I have second thoughts at a later date, of course.

Don't let my waffling keep you from enjoying this collection however, in fact if you can, get the audio version read by Mr. Gaiman himself, you won't regret it.

Happy reading!


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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Review: Enchanters' End Game

Enchanters' End Game Enchanters' End Game by David Eddings
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent conclusion to a wonderful series of books. We find our friends as they near their respective journeys and come to satisfactory conclusions, for the most part. Not everyone can have a happy ending you know. I feel that this novel did a great job of closing out the series and I recommend it to anyone that loves reading epic fantasies, you won't regret it.

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Review: Year Zero

Year Zero Year Zero by Rob Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a fun read!!

In galaxies far-far-away aliens tuned into what was beaming from earth, looking for something interesting, they found Welcome Back, Kotter. As they were getting ready to write us off, the show ended and they heard the theme song and went into orgasmic fits because it was the best thing they had ever heard... Thus starts a journey that is similar to the craziness that ensued during the 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'. Loaded with tons of musical references aas well as various different throwbacks, from PK (Post Kotter) forward. It's hard to describe other than to say I was laughing out loud a lot. Well done Mr. Reid, well-done!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Review: Faceoff

Faceoff Faceoff by David Baldacci
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This collection is, simply put, pretty freaking good! I love the interaction between different heroes and anti-heroes from all these different authors. Nick Heller and Jack Reacher together was fun! I also found that I am more interested in reading about more of these characters like I've been a huge fan of John Sandford's Virgil Flowers but had yet to try out his Prey series and Lucas Davenport, so guess what I'll be checking out soon, well, eventually. All-in-all I found the short stories with all these various characters to be very entertaining and a great source for some new reads.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Review: Forty Thieves

Forty Thieves Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was going to give this book only two stars because to be honest it was rather slow-moving and really seemed to be going nowhere fast. Then it picked up the pace and got a little better and finally it took a turn that initially made no sense at all. So why three stars? Because the author did reel it all in and gave me an ending that I found to be satisfying, for the most part.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Review: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Highly Recommended!!

Oh my, what a wonderful story this is. What starts as an attempt to escape the festivities for his hundredth birthday turns into quite an adventure for Allan Karlsson but it turns out that it is pretty mild compared to what he has done in his life. In the manner of Forrest Gump being at several big events in history and meeting various presidents and world leaders, we learn what Mr. Karlsson has been doing in his hundred years. Quite an enchanting tale and a fun read that had me laughing out loud several times.

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Review: Queen of Sorcery

Queen of Sorcery Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to say that I am really enjoying this series.

Our team faces new challenges and Garion finds out his true identity and, even more, secrets are revealed.

Mr. Eddings has built a wonderful world with entertaining characters and I must end this now, since I have a third book to start reading.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Review: Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Finally got around to reading Gillian Flynn's first novel, Sharp Objects, and I will say it again I think Ms Flynn must have some seriously dark dreams.

We start out our story with or "star" Camille being sent back to her hometown to report on a murder of one girl and a girl that has gone missing. The editor of her Chicago paper senses a bigger story and wants to get the jump on it before the big papers in Chicago do. The logic being that a reporter from the area went all the way out to Montana and wrote something up that got him a Pulitzer, reason enough I guess. The problem is Camille doesn't want to go back home and to help her deal with these demons her editor says she can stay at her mom's house instead of getting and expensing a hotel. Nothing like dropping in on your mom, stepdad and half sister unannounced to get the drama flowing, right?

It's at this point that you realize this story will be less about investigating a murder, which quickly becomes two murders shortly after Camille's arrival, and more about investigating and confronting Camille's demons.

I liked the book and found it to be dark (surprise) and full of some seriously messed up people, at least in Camille's family. Her mother is an uncaring and cold bitch that could care less about Camille (nice, eh?) and her thirteen-year-old half-sister has basically done every drug known to man and had sex with every male in the town, well the ones in high school and younger anyway. Like I said, some messed up people. Oh, and her stepdad has all the personality of a store mannequin.

The local police officer could have been better developed, I think, but he does serve his minor part pretty well.

There is also the eighteen-year-old brother of one of the murder victims, a real looker, and his equally attractive girlfriend that just wants to get in the paper so the world could see her brilliance or whatever logic she has in her head.

Finally, there is a detective called in from Kansas City, Missouri. Richard, who doesn't mean being called "Dick" because it works on a variety of different levels. Now the story takes place in Wind Gap, Missouri which is in the far southern and eastern part of the state, so I have no idea why they would call in a detective from Kansas City instead of St Louis. That last bit bothered me throughout the whole story and I am curious as to why he was from there.

The story does get pretty predictable, although the thirty plus Camille hanging out and partying with the thirteen-year-old Amma did seem kind of far-fetched but maybe the author used to hang out in those kinds of circles, which might explain some things. The book was a quick read and if you want a decade old book to keep you entertained while flying across the country or something, you could do worse.

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