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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/

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, 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.  



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, 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/

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, 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/

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, June 26, 2017

Firebrand by A. J. Hartley


This is the second book set in a future where whites, blacks and browns live in uneasy harmony.  Anglet Sutonga is a teenage steeplejack.  One of if not the premier steeplejack in Bar-Selhem turned private eye or perhaps special agent.  Someone has stolen some documents and her personal government official tasks her with finding them.

Hartley did an excellent job creating a community that seems to combine aspects of Victorian society with a respect for the press and uneasy race relations.  Anglet’ ethics and morality give her frequent pause in this book.  She is faced with a sociopath with semblances of a racist and a Hitler clone who frighten her and nauseate her simultaneously.   

Current events play a part as there are refugees driven from their homes by war and civilians interfering in government plots as well as nefarious government plots.

I highly recommend this second book and love the strong female protagonist.  I pleased to find that Hartley, a noted male author,  has gone out of his way to feature a strong female protagonist in this new series.

Web:  http://ajhartley.net/

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, June 20, 2017

The Reluctant Queen : Book Two of The Queens of Renthia by Sarah Beth Durst

 


Kudos!  Again! It is so satisfying to find a new author(to me) who writes so well.   This, too, was a satisfying story set in a forest community surrounded by implacable enemies and defended by questionable heroes.  Queen Daleina finds herself thrust into a position she doesn’t feel she deserves and struggles to make peace with the recent violence that put her there.  A desperate need to find an heir fuels the plot.

Bayn, the wolf, and Ven the champion are, again, major components of the story.  Naelin, a new character, brings a maturity level and a different approach to a society and government focused on pomp and circumstance.

This, the second volume, 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 but clearly left the door open to a sequel.

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.

The Darkest Corner by Liliana Hart




This is a romantic adventure with the emphasis on romantic.  When I read that it was about the Gravediggers, an elite team of special ops agents, I expected more adventure.  Tess, a small town girl, has a mother who steals from her, an ex-finance and works as a mortician for  Eve, a mysterious ice female dog.(using a euphemism here)

Said dog has purchased the funeral home where Tess was working and has turned it into a clandestine special ops center.   Eve is the liaison between hard men and a harder board of directors who have taken on themselves the responsibility for policing the world.

The book features a love relationship with Tess and one of the Gravediggers and has the team thwarting a terrorist plot.

Romance is not my cup of tea but this was pretty good.  Considering the author has sold way more of her books than I have sold of mine, perhaps I should try and tap my romantic side. Hmm, not likely.

https://lilianahart.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.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox



The Librarians is a TNT TV series.  This book is based on that TV series.  The book isn't labeled as YA but I would classify it as a young adult read.  It is pretty simplistic in it's characterizations and superficial in a lot of ways.   The gist of the plot is that the Librarians are tasked with safeguarding mystical and magical books and relic.   The particular relic in this book is the original Mother Goose stories.   The Librarians and the descendants of the original Mother Goose are competing in the quest to find the powerful relic which has been divided into three volumes.  

The plot is ok in the book and it does have plenty of action.  You need to suspend all disbelief to get into the story.   It has it's moments but it does read like a TV script. 

It chronicles the adventures of the Librarians. These are not your stereotypical schoolmarm type librarians. This group of adventures are charged with gathering magical and mythical books, artifacts and treasures that may be too dangerous to be in the public domain.

This specific adventure focuses on Mother Goose tales and the dangers inherent in rhyming. There is very mild violence and lots of references to magical and mythical things.

The story line and plot are clearly meant for the younger reader.

It seems suitable for 4th or 5th graders.

web: http://www.gregcox-author.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.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Urban Enemies edited by Joseph Nassise




This is a book of short stories which I tend to avoid but with the inclusion of Jim Butcher and Jonathan Mayberry I had to give it a shot.  It is a compilation of back stories of villains that are featured prominently in the author’s full length books. It provides a different perspective than the hero-centric novels.

The authors included in the book are:
Kelley Armstrong
Jim Butcher
Domino Finn
Diana Pharoah Francis
Caitlin Kitteredge
Jonathan Mayberry
Seanan McGuire
Jon F. Merz
Joseph Nassise
Lilith Saintcrow
Craig Schaefer
Jeff Somers
Steven Savile
Carrie Vaughn
Sam Witt
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, June 6, 2017

Steeplejack by A. J. Hartley

This book is set in a future where whites, blacks and browns live in uneasy harmony.  One pictures South Africa but this is merely my personal supposition.   Anglet Sutonga is a teenage steeplejack.  One of if not the premier steeplejack in Bar-Selhem.  The occupation is so hazardous that being an older teen makes Anglet a rarity as she has survived the hazards of her occupation.  Steeplejacks repair and build the tops of towers and chimneys.  In Anglet’s case she stumbles into a conspiracy that is killing her apprentices, peers and community.

Hartley did an excellent job creating a community that seems to combine aspects of Victorian society with a respect for the press and uneasy race relations.  Anglet was driven by ethics and morality.   She is an excellent protagonist.  

This is the first in a series. I will be reviewing Firebrand, her next book, soon.

I highly recommend it and love the strong female protagonist.  I pleased to find that Hartley, a noted male author,  has gone out of his way to feature a strong female protagonist in this new series.


Web:  http://ajhartley.net/


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, June 2, 2017

Ode to Donuts


On this National Donuts Day I wish to pay tribute to one of my favorite things.

Ode to Donuts   

Never did I see

A more perfect food for me!

So round, so firm so fully packed,

I must admit my brain is racked,

To come up with a better snack.

So well rounded as a treat,

The zero calorie center that can’t be beat.

Life’s paths are leaved so well,

With May’s donuts that were simply swell,

With First Street Bakery’s kind souls

Who filled our bags with glazes so gold,

With Ronnie’s Hilton Head knarly treat,

With Hornburger’s cream filled oh so sweet,

With Publix’s maple glaze dream,

Only beat by YumYum’s cruller of sour cream.

My life defined by donut’s sweet road.

Three exercise bikes worn to a nub,

In an effort to keep donut’s sweet love,

from making me a happy but lardy tub.

On this day celebrate the wonder

Of this wonderful, awesome treat

This ode’s to you oh donut delight,

Your ability to turn darkness to light,

To defeat depression and stifle blight,

There is no mental state so dire

That a donut can’t un-mire.

There is no treat so sweet

That the wonderful donut cannot beat.


 

recommendations.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Kill Society: A Sandman Slim Novel by Richard Kadrey


The last time I reviewed a Sandman Slim novel I got all kinds of negative comments for not rating it the best book that has ever been written.   Kadrey has some very vocal and I have to assume very young rabid fans from the more virulent comments.   However, I call them as I sees them.   Jim Stark is now below Hell and expected to help the Magistrate fulfill his holy quest.

The book is rife with the requisite violence and profaneness in both the verbal and spiritual sense.   Nothing, I repeat nothing is sacred.  If you are easily offended this not the book for you.  It does seem to appeal to the fans of Grindhouse types of entertainment. 

Jim/Lucifer/the monster who kills monsters has a code of honor and while it would be a stretch to say a heart of gold, he does have some redeeming moral values. 

This is a strange mix of hoodoo magic, hellion stuff, wise cracking angels and guns and ammo.   The good guys are not so good and the bad guys are worse.  

I enjoyed the book but then I have eclectic tastes.

Links to other Kadrey book reviews:  The Wrong Dead Guy; The Perdition ScoreThe Everything Box

web site: http://richardkadrey.com/slim-series/

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, May 21, 2017

Spotlight on Edward Ashton's The End of Ordinary

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Drew Bergen is an Engineer. He builds living things, one gene at a time. He's also kind of a doofus. Six years after the Stupid War -- a bloody, inconclusive clash between the Engineered and the UnAltered -- that's a dangerous combination.
Hannah is Drew's greatest project, modified in utero to be just a bit better at running than most humans. She’s also his daughter. Her plan for high school is simple: lay low and run fast. Unfortunately for Hannah, her cross-country team has other plans.

Jordan is just an ordinary Homo-Sap. But don’t let that fool you -- he’s also one of the richest kids at Briarwood, and even though there isn’t a single part of him that’s been engineered, someone has it out for him.

Drew thinks he’s working to develop a spiffy new strain of corn, but Hannah and her classmates disagree. They think he's cooking up the end of the world. When one of Drew's team members disappears, he begins to suspect that they might be right. Soon they're all in far over their heads, with corporate goons and government operatives hunting them, and millions of lives in the balance.

Energetic and bitingly satirical, THE END OF ORDINARY is a riveting near-future thriller that asks an important question: if we can't get along when our differences are barely skin deep, what happens when they run all the way down to the bone?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Edward Ashton lives with his adorably mopey dog, his inordinately patient wife, and a steadily diminishing number of daughters in Rochester, New York, where he studies new cancer therapies by day, and writes about the awful things his research may lead to by night. He is the author of Three Days in April, as well as several dozen short stories which have appeared in venues ranging from the newsletter of an Italian sausage company to Louisiana Literature and Escape Pod. You can find him online at edwardashton.com.

THE END OF ORDINARY Harper Voyager Impulse
June 20, 2017 ISBN: 9780062690319
$3.99 eBook

Link to my review of  Ashton's  Three Days in April which I thoroughly enjoyed. 

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, May 13, 2017

Spotlight on Owl and the Electric Samurai by Kristi Charish

OWL AND THE ELECTRIC SAMURAI
The Owl Series by Kristi Charish, Volume 3
Pocket Star EBook
May 8, 2017
ISBN 9781501139727
$5.99

OWL AND THE ELECTRIC SAMURAI is the third exciting novel starring the unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. From the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish (Owl and the Japanese Circus), for fantasy lovers everywhere…

The International Archaeology Association (IAA) is responsible for keeping all things supernatural under wraps. They’re also responsible for ruining the promising archaeology career of Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl. Needless to say, Owl’s still a little sore about that.

Just to keep Owl’s life lively, the IAA has opened a bounty on the two designers of World Quest, the online RPG that is much, much more than it seems. Owl needs to locate the notorious gaming duo before the other mercenaries do. But finding the gamers won’t be easy since every clue points to them hiding out in the legendary lost city of Shangri-La. Not to mention that the last time Owl and the game designers spoke, their conversation didn’t exactly end on the best note…

Meanwhile, undercurrents of supernatural politics are running amok in Tokyo, dragging Owl and her friends into a deadly game of wits with an opponent who calls himself the Electric Samurai. The cost of losing? All-out civil war between two powerful supernatural factions. All in all, just another great day on the job.

About the author:
Kristi Charish is a scientist and science fiction/fantasy writer who resides in Vancouver, Canada with her spousal unit, Steve, and two cats named Captain Flash and Alaska. She received her BSc and MSc from Simon Fraser University in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and her PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. Kristi writes what she loves; adventure heavy stories featuring strong, savvy female protagonists.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lotus Blue By Cat Sparks


Sometime in a very dystopian future in a world devastated by war, a nomad caravan is crossing a desolate plain.   Star, despite being in a dystopian future, is a stereotypical teenager.  She resents authority, she avoids work and responsibility and longs for a luxurious future.   A series of unfortunate events leads to her being on her own and tasked to save the world.

Star is the main protagonist but she has supporting characters that change through the book.  A Templar warrior is one of the few characters that roam all the pages of the story.  He is a cyborg, specifically created to fight and is possibly hundreds of years old.  The world had nearly self-destructedold tech to sell to the cities.
with wars that destroyed nearly all the infrastructure. Some subterranean cities survived as well as surface dwellers who scavenge for

I don't know that the author intended the story to be a cautionary tale about AI but the surviving weapons intend to continue fighting regardless of human overwatch.  

This was a good adventure.

Web:  https://catsparks.net/

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, May 4, 2017

Assassin's Price L.E. Modesitt, jr

This book is part of the Imagers series but imagers are only peripherally  involved.  Modesitt's stories are character centric and philosophically laden.   He takes you into the mind of his central character,  Charyn, and allows you to see how his decisions are made and where he is planning of going.  Charyn is the heir to the Rex and determined to be his own person.  Lorien is the Rex and seems demanding and short sighted.  

The story line includes a mistress musician who educates Charyn in music and far more than mere coital positions.   Palenya illustrates the fate that lies in store for young, single women in a closed, male dominated society.  This ironically appears to be carried through even in the character list in the preface of the book as she doesn't even appear to be in it. (I went over the list several times, sure I missed her name, but apparently not.)

As many of Modesitt's books there isn't non-stop action but there is action amidst the soul searching and philosophizing.  There is the requisite foul treachery and rule bending justice.     

I look forward to the next book with the possibility of seeing the development of a viable steam ship to provide Solidar with a more powerful navy.

I highly recommend. 



 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, April 30, 2017

STEEPLEJACK Series Giveaway Starting Today--Celebrating STRONG Female Protagonists



Misogynist Beware!
This series features a strong female protagonist!

The winner of this two book series GiveAway will be 
randomly selected on June 6th. 
The books will be delivered by the publisher sometime after that and no I don't know their time frame for delivery.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

STEEPLEJACK by A. J. Hartley















Spotlight ON:



ABOUT THE BOOK

​“What a world Hartley has created! A world of great danger... murder... suspense on just about every page. And enough twists and surprises to keep the pages turning long into the night.” —R.L. Stine, bestselling author of Goosebumps

“Readers who come for the tightly plotted mystery will stay for the heroine who does all she can to resist.” —Kirkus, starred review


“Hartley has composed another electrifying fantasy that buzzes with intrigue and timely political and social issues, making this a must-have addition to any collection.”—Booklist, starred review

 “A richly realized world, an intensely likable character, and a mystery to die for.” —Cory Doctorow, New York Times-bestselling author

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Thoughtfully imaginative, action-packed, and set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world, Steeplejack by New York Times-bestselling A.J. Hartley was met with resounding critical acclaim from authors, reviewers, and readers alike. Steeplejack introduced the world to Anglet Sutonga, and brave and smart young woman navigating the complicated world of Bar-Selehm. In Firebrand, Ang goes undercover at an elite club in order to unmask a thief selling government secrets, but stumbles upon a greater plot that endangers the most vulnerable in Bar-Selehm.

Once a steeplejack, Ang is used to scaling the heights of Bar-Selehm. Nowadays she assists politician Josiah Willinghouse behind the scenes of Parliament. The latest threat to the city-state: government plans for a secret weapon are stolen and feared to be sold to the rival nation of Grappoli. The investigation leads right to the doorsteps of Elitus, one of the most exclusive social clubs in the city. In order to catch the thief, Ang must pretend to be a foreign princess and infiltrate Elitus. But Ang is far from royal material, so Willinghouse enlists help from the exacting Madam Nahreem to train Ang in the ways of Bar-Selehm’s upper class.

Meanwhile, refugees are trickling into the city, fleeing Grappoli-fueled conflicts in the north. A demagogue in Parliament is proposing extreme measures to get rid of them, and Ang soon discovers that one theft could spark a conflagration of conspiracy that threatens the most vulnerable of Bar-Selehm. Unless she can stop it.

A.J. HARTLEY is the international bestselling author of a dozen novels including several archaeological thrillers, the Darwen Arkwright children’s series, the Will Hawthorne fantasy adventures, and novels based on Macbeth and Hamlet. He is the Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare at UNC Charlotte. Find out more at http://ajhartley.net/























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, April 23, 2017

The Dastardly Miss Lizzie by Viola Carr



This is the third book I have read by Viola Carr, the first being The Diabolical Miss HydeThe Devious Dr. JekylI was the second. I found this book as entertaining as the last she does a good job with her characterizations and the Steampunk theme is done quite well.

The author does an excellent job painting her characters.  This book too, could be a good study in schizophrenia.   Many of the scenes are very graphic and somewhat disturbing sadly fairly accurate for the time it portrays.  This book provides more insight into the Lizzie side of Dr. Jekyll.  It also shows a different side of Mr. Todd.

Steam Punk alternate history horror might aptly describe an interesting take on a mixed mélange of iconic fiction.  

This is an interesting mélange with lots of twists and turns.   Schizophrenic Eliza is an often naive soul.  She is also a police physician in a misogynist society.   Victorian style England is depicted as a soul less police state.   The scene settings are squalid and vile and lead to incessant hand washing after reading.   Seriously the squalor is palatable!  This book seemed darker than the previous two.  

Lizzie is both appealing and appalling while simultaneously depicting unbound, unrestricted liberation.

The author did a masterful job in depicting an alternative environment where electricity ran amuck amid the muck.  Some interesting technical paradoxes are drawn in this volume.  Murder and mayhem abound in this tale of kindred soul discovery.

I recommend.  

site: http://www.violacarr.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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Gears of Faith by Gabrielle Harbowy

This is a fantasy featuring Keren, a knight of Iomedae and her partner Zae, a gnome priestess of the clockwork goddess Brigh along with their war dog Appleslayer. 
The two lovers are thrust into a highly dangerous adventure with minimal information.

The story is a coming of age of Keren who struggles to find her relationship with her goddess.  Appleslayer is a war dog and mount for the diminutive Zae.

The author does nice character development with a very tasteful presentation of the relationship between the two main female protagonist.   The beauty of fantasy is that the relationship can be depicted without any of the baggage and outrage of the current political climate.

The plot has magic, gods, goddesses, sword play and violence.  It is a smidge rough around the edges but still a good story.

I recommend.

Web:  https://gabrielleharbowy.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.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Devious Dr. Jekyll by Viola Carr

This is the second book I have read by Viola Carr, the first being The Diabolical Miss Hyde .  I found this book as entertaining as the last she does a good job with her characterizations and the steampunk theme is done quite well.

The author does an excellent job painting her characters. Could be a good study in schizophrenia.   Many of the scenes are very graphic and somewhat disturbing sadly fairly accurate for the time it portrays.  This book provides more insight into Captain Lafayette and into Dr. Jekyll.


Steam Punk alternate history horror might aptly describe an interesting take on a mixed mélange of iconic fiction.  

This is an interesting mélange with lots of twists and turns.   Schizophrenic Eliza ia an often naive soul.  She is also a police physician in a misogynist society.   Victorian style England is depicted as a soul less police state.   The scene settings are squalid and vile and lead to incessant hand washing after reading.   Seriously the squalor is palatable!

Lizzie is both appealing and appalling while simultaneously depicting unbound, unrestricted liberation.

The author did a masterful job in depicting an alternative environment where electricity ran amuck amid the muck.   Murder and mayhem abound in this tale of kindred soul discovery.

I recommend.  

site: http://www.violacarr.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.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Gathering Edge by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller




This is in Liaden Universe series.  I read Alliance of Equals and felt it stood alone quite well.  I did not feel this book did as well as a stand alone.  I felt there was too large an assumption of the readers' awareness of the back story.  

The AI ship Bechimo is featured prominently as is his bonded Captain.  The other characters are vaguely familiar.

They crew picks up two of the Troop who have arrived in this universe out of sync with time. 

I like the authors' ideas and writing but felt this was too disjointed for me to really like it.


Web: http://korval.com/alliance-of-equals-press-kit/

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