Required Reading

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Magic of the Gargoyles by Rebecca Chastain


Delightful!  A budding elemental whose medium is primarily quartz discovers unseen talents in herself.

Mika is struggling and trying to make ends meet.   She, however, has a big heart and when a gargoyle hatchling appeals to her for help she has no choice but to help.

The author created a lovable character in Mika and her pal, Kylie, is the kind of friend we all hope to have.

This was a short but delicious read!


I recommend, probably for young adult but I am way, way, way beyond that age and I loved it. 

Can't say that I loved the cover, it leads one to believe it is a romance novel. 

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 27, 2019

Monster Hunter Alpha by Larry Correia

If you have any need for an adrenaline rush, this is the book for you. Correia writes action and then more action.  Earl Harbinger, the leader of Monster Hunter International, takes some time off to deal with a personal problem.  Turns out to a bit more than he bargained for!

I am aware that these books will never win any literary awards and who cares?  The book is a feast of combat and heroics and totally fun to read.

Werewolves, earth monsters, demented witches, a wealth of exotic firearms are all included.   The best part of the book was the reminiscing by Earl which provides you with his back story. 

I enjoyed 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, November 22, 2019

S.T.E.A.M.C.A.P.P.: The Rising of the Moon by J.T. Murphy

This is a steam punk book.   The two main protagonists are veterans of a war between the USA and  the British Empire.   This story focuses on labor inequities in a Victorian era society and an archaeological find.

You only have to Google the Molly Maguires to discover that violence and the labor movement have had many connections. 

The depicted society includes Vanderbilts and others of the same ilk. 

An accomplished scientist provides a variety of interesting weapons to Piper and Emma. 

The story was entertaining.



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Monday, November 18, 2019

Two Dads, Two Moms, Two Kids by William G. Bentrim


My latest book needs reviews.  If you are willing to review the book go to www.bentrim.info  and click on contact form and send me a message with your email address.   I will be putting the Kindle version of the book up for free on Amazon for reviews in the near term. 

The number of kids harming themselves due to confusion over their gender or their family situation regarding gender is increasing.   It breaks my heart to read the obituary of a kid who was just confused.   My hope is this book will at least help one kid feel more comfortable in their life and less likely to engage in often fatal behavior.

The family of today may not be the same as the family of yesterday.  Regardless of structure, if love and nurturing are present, if children are valued and protected it is a family. This book hopes to show that differing family structures need not be confusing.  


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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Desert Rising by Kelley Grant


Nomadic traders find interaction with a theocracy or perhaps more accurate a polytheistic dominated city state fraught with danger.  Visiting the temple can lead one to be chosen by one of four quarreling deities shown by a great cat adopting them. The Forsaken are this societies un-touchables often due to the greed of temple politics.  

Sulis and Kadar are twins thrust into the role of revolutionaries.  Their desert society does not believe in slavery which is what the role of the Forsaken really is. 

Grant does a very good job developing her strong female protagonist in Sulis.   Kadar is not give the same depth of development except as a supporting role for Sulis.   I do enjoy strong female protagonists.


This is an exceptional story, captivating and exciting, I recommend it.


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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden


Drayden has a distinct unique outlook on life or at least her writing does.  This is a book about a colony ship.  It is designed to last for as many generations as needed to get to a viable planet.  However the ship becomes inadequate for its population and the passengers discover they can inhabit vast beasts that travel between the stars.  The current beast is not in peak health and that leads to tensions and rebellion in the colonists.

Drayden tells a good story and provides a setting that is only vaguely similar to the Farscape ship, Moya.   The hierarchy within this ship is matrilineal and class based.   The classes restlessness reflects the restlessness of current society where the top 400 wealthiest families have more wealth than the rest of the population combined.   It is a system destined to fail and we see they same signs of failure in our current political and class based country.  

Seske is the up and coming ruler but hates the thought while not being able or wiling to give up her position.   Being her friend is fraught with peril.

Drayden provides an interesting social structure and biology for the ship.


I enjoyed the book. 

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Bad Wolf Chronicles by Tim McGregor


This is book one of the Bad Wolf Chronicles.   Two detectives with radically different attitudes are thrust together by their Lt to hopefully curb the excesses of the detective that emulates train wrecks.   Their first case involves a death by dog mauling or was it.

Gallagher is the run away cop who believes the end justifies the means.    He is saddled with Lara Mendes who’s by the book behavior drives Gallagher crazy.   The two are forced to reevaluate some of their basic thinking both on procedures and on the questionable evidence of the super natural.


The mystery was good and the character interplay was often amusing.

I enjoyed 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.