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Monday, August 28, 2017

Playing to the Gods by Melanie Rawn

This is the conclusion to the Glass Thorn series.  I really enjoyed Touchstone, the first book.   The second, Elsewhens  and the third, Thornlost  did not grab me as strongly but the conclusion in this book was excellent.   The theatre group, Touchstone, finally addresses all the issues of the first three books.  It ties everything up and provides a suitable ending for the myriad characters

Ms. Rawn has done a masterful job in presenting an eclectic cast of characters.  The characters often seem to be wallowing in personal revulsion.  Introspection is carried to extremes often leading to depression.  Ms. Rawn shows that people can deal with their personal ghosts and addictions and over come them.    Practically all  the allusions to societal ills such as discrimination, poverty, perversion that were made without being done with a heavy hand are addressed.

I found this book far more captivating than the previous four but sometimes things need to be seen to the end to appreciate the whole.

I recommend the book.


Web Site: http://www.melanierawn.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, August 19, 2017

The Punisher-Black and White by Edmondson and Gerads


I haven’t reviewed a graphic novel in quite awhile.  I enjoyed this one.  The Punisher is an old testament vigilante.  Often reading and watching the news, one can understand the motivation of a vigilante.  This is the first volume in a new series.

Story line and graphics combine to provide a different experience than a straight novel.  The art work was very good, dark but that is the nature of the Punisher.  The text and art meld nicely to provide a dark, nihilistic view of the world.  Futility and anger fuel the work of the Punisher. 

There are many references to previous stories and characters and not having read and Punisher comics (prehistoric graphic novels) in a long time, I was left scratching my head on occasion.

Overall impression was positive.  Graphic novels appear to have greater depth than the comics I grew up with. 

I liked it.

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, 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/

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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 

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