Saturday, May 28, 2016

Review: NOS4A2

NOS4A2 NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While reading this I had all kinds of great things I was going to write about this and then I finished it and went out and played with my kids, had dinner, went to the park and forgot about everything I was going to write. Good thing I don't get paid for these things. I do know that this is the kind of book I like, the characters are all strong and well thought out. Some are super creepy, some are misguided, some are just plain old messed up but they all feel real! Mr Hill definitely learned a thing or two from his novelist parents, you might have heard of his dad (Stephen King). In fact, there are times in his novels, Mr. Hill's, that I wonder if he might be ghost writing for his dad. Crazy, right? I digress. Anyway, if you want to read a story that will creep you out a bit, with real characters, then this is the book for you!

Disclaimer, of sorts... If you are offended by some crude language, you might want to steer clear. Just saying.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review: The Circle

The Circle The Circle by Dave Eggers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off I found this novel to be both funny and sad. Funny that the people portrayed seem to have no real concept of what life is and actually think that if you don't share everything then you are a thief because you are depriving others of seeing your experiences. I mean these people think that by giving smiles and frowns the whole world will be a better place. Sad, because this novel is probably hitting the nail squarely on the head because I am sure that people really do feel like their online presence means something.

Like me writing a review for a book online, right? Trust me, I'm not nearly as bad as the characters in this novel by any stretch of the imagination.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Review: The Book of the Dead

The Book of the Dead The Book of the Dead by Douglas Preston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book even though I didn't read the first two parts of the 'Pendergast Trilogy' which explained some things but for the most part I was fine without it. I will admit to thinking that I was reading a Scooby Doo mystery with the mysterious happenings at the museum. Thankfully, it got better, much better. I may go back and read the first two later but honestly I don't think I need to. You however, should.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Review: Falling Glass

Falling Glass Falling Glass by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Review: The Survivor

The Survivor The Survivor by Vince Flynn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars



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Review: Rain Dogs

Rain Dogs Rain Dogs by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another excellent piece of work by Mr. McKinty, snappy dialogue, excellent vocabulary, good mystery all in all a great read that once you pick it up you will find it hard to put back down. My only regret is that I have no more Sean Duffy books to read, thankfully though Mr. McKinty has several more books that I can enjoy. If you enjoy good police stories with great mysteries and excellent dialogue, you cannot go wrong with the Sean Duffy series, trust me. They are real good reads.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Review: Upon the Dull Earth

Upon the Dull Earth Upon the Dull Earth by Philip K. Dick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I highly recommend to anyone to read the brilliants stories by Philip K. Dick. They always are entertaining and more importantly, thought provoking. These five stories all deal with things that when written seemed fantastical yet now seem probable, especially "Progeny" which tells the story of how a family raises their children in a future world. I enjoyed each and every one of these short stories and recommend them to anyone that wants to have a good quick read.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Review: Gun Street Girl

Gun Street Girl Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love, and I do mean love this series by Adrian McKinty. It, like the previous three, takes us back to Northern Ireland in the eighties, we're in 1985 at the beginning of this novel and as per usual Detective Inspector, Sean Duffy is in up to his neck with violence, sex, drugs and some great rock n roll references. The backdrop of all these wonderful tales is against real world events from the time. All that really doesn't matter to me much, as I love the dialogue and the writing in each of these stories so much. The mysteries are pretty good too, even with the curveball or three thrown your way. I highly recommend reading all four in this series, so you can wait with me for number five, which I am hoping will be out soon, if not already.

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Review: Split Second

Split Second Split Second by David Baldacci
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this book, really I did but it just kept dragging along slowly, painfully to what I will just call a bizarre ending that was not really satisfying. That being said I may give the next book in this series a chance since we have most of the boring stuff out of the way - I hope.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Review: Gatefather

Gatefather Gatefather by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Satisfying conclusion to a fun series, I mean trilogy. Go and enjoy them all!

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Review: The Columbus Affair

The Columbus Affair The Columbus Affair by Steve Berry
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I love historical fiction novels and I usually enjoy novels written by Steve Berry but, this one is weak both in character development and story, which is a bit far fetched but I'm sure people will read as non fiction. I know it can't be true but I sweat Mr. Berry really hates Catholics. Enough of the editorializing on my part maybe. Anyway my biggest disappointment is the character development and the fact that he created one of the dumbest women ever, even though she has a PhD. I seriously doubt you will enjoy this story but I'd be interested to hear what you think if you do.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: I Hear the Sirens in the Street

I Hear the Sirens in the Street I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm really liking this detective inspector Duffy of the RUC, he's a pretty sharp peeler and a decent person that solves crime and deals with his own personal baggage in a way that we simple folk can understand, well aside from the outstanding vocabulary. Mr. McKinty tells a great tale that first takes you left then zags to the right and back again. Just when you think you have the puzzle solved he throws you another curve ball. I like that! He also gives us a glimpse into the lives of the people in Northern Ireland back in the early 80's and throws in some great music references. Give them a try, you won't regret it. Fair warning though, there is a wee bit of swearing.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Review: The October List

The October List The October List by Jeffery Deaver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to admit that I wasn't going to finish this because it didn't seem like it was going anywhere, well except the beginning I guess, lol. Anyway, stick with this until the end and appreciate the talent shown by Mr. Deaver in weaving this tale together. Check it out, you won't be disappointed. I promise.

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