Monday, April 28, 2014
No suspension of disbelief necessary here: readers will slide immediately into the tale.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
In.this first installment, five extraordinary youngsters come together, all called by a Purpose greater than each, all suffering much as their powers come into fruition.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Additionally, this mystery contains much good advice on privacy, personal life vs. Online exposure, and the growing tendency to shift our time, interests, friendships and other relationships to the online sphere rather than "face to face."
Friday, April 25, 2014
If you're an aficionado of the occult and the paranormal, or if you just enjoy the titillation of the supposedly (and possibly real) spooky, and you're exhausted from hunting piecemeal on the Internet for locales and information--relax, the void in your life is about to be filled. Authors and researchers Eric R. Vernor and Kevin Eads have done the fieldwork and the footwork for you.
EERIE AMERICA gives you, state by alphabetical state, the right locales, illustrations, and applications. Don't let your next "Haunted Vacation" be hit-and-miss. Get EERIE AMERICA and get it right.
Eleven and a half centuries ago, in a Central American jungle, a sudden brilliant blinding light, powerful enough to destroy, would not attract much attention, simply due to the paucity of population. Nowadays, with global Information overload and a planetary population in the billions and a society ruled by the Greed Motive, secrecy is, literally, a thing of the past. Jump in for a globe-ranging, tension-laden adventure, and be prepared to have your eyes opened and your imagination stretched.
As highly dystopian as it gets (if it could be worse, please spare me), XVII postulates an Earth severely groaning under the combined eight of a populace of 17 billion (hence the title) and multi-corporate rule. The 99% of humanity have been wrung dry to feed the gross profit motive of the 1%. What remains can scarcely be considered human.
Narrator/protagonist Dyson Devereux is not human. Not to say, "extraterrestrial"; but definitely, alien. His only claim to humanity is his physiognomy. Internally, he experiences no emotions in the sense that normal.humans do; his one rule is self-interest. As if to make up for his emotional void, the Universe granted him a high level of intellect; were he tested, he might be considered "gifted." With that high intellectual capacity arise the concomitant qualities of easily acquired boredom, total tactlessness, and elitism. Like most sociopaths, Dyson is self-analytical. All that given, why is he spending his career life as Head of Burials and Cemeteries for his local borough council? Why not, instead, Minister of Defense, Prime Minister, or world domination? One wonders.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Realistic, true-to-life characters, each well-defined despite a large cast; setting imagery which calls into play all the senses; clever balancing of the Man Against Nature, Man Against Man, and Man Against Himself literary tropes, all function together to showcase an author of excellent talent and a story with sufficient thrills, chills, adventure, and mystery to satisfy even jaded and dulled readers.
Readers will feel as if they've lived the story.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Review of SpaceHive by Kenna McKinnon
“SpaceHive” is a zippy little tale which makes the “what if” of alien invasion seem probable, and even likely. Forget what you’ve read and heard about the humanoids with oblong heads and huge onxy eyes; it’s space insects we should be worrying about instead—bees and wasps. Oh, and we also need to worry about the shortsightedness of those in power, because it’s all too easy to destroy during a war, even a war against an advanced alien species.
The good news is, there are individuals like young Jason, age twelve when the aliens invade, and Aadab, a freedom fighter in India, who won’t take this invasion lying down; instead, they will use good common sense and cleverness to fight back. As long as there’s life, there’s hope.
“SpaceHive” was written for middle-grade and above, but us oldsters can enjoy it too (and this one did!)
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Race to read PEACE COTTAGE; then anticipate with joy the author's next.
Gritty, uncompromising, and terribly real, BONE DUST WHITE, a debut novel, is a mystery.that refuses to look away or turn its head. No hiding one's eyes here: instead, one is glued to page after page of unrelenting enhancement, puzzling out mysteries piled upon covert plots upon illegal, immoral conspiracies. Don't miss it, don't dim the lights, don't answer the phone, nor the door--you never know just whom it might be.
It will also be quite suitable in The category of chapter books, read a chapter at a time as positive and encouraging bedtime reading? I quite enjoyed it and will look for others in this series.
Friday, April 18, 2014
I HIGHLY recommend THE GUIDE, for any reader of suspense, mystery, thriller, and literary fiction. This is a very DIFFERENT kind of thriller, a mystery that is character-driven rather than plot-driven. Make no mistake--plot is here and it's excellent, very unexpected and twisty, all in a way that makes perfect sense: in the context of CHARACTER. Read ONCE for pure enjoyment; read TWICE to savour the author's excellence.
I truly think this novel is like nothing I've read before, and I found it very, very good. There is so much of horror here, of Supernatural and Paranormal, of history and contemporary life, of greed and selfishness, of dedication, honor, loyalty, and friendship. The horror (screaming horror) is approached in such a low-key manner, that like a silent jungle predator, it is on us before we realize--and then it's too late for retrieval. I also enjoyed the background, first prehistory, then 12th century, then moving forward. This is a definite candidate for re-trade!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Some novels are so powerful as to render me awe-struck; here is one of the best of those! A 36-star book, here is history and magick, poetic imagery and realistic suspension of disbelief, literate composition; Elszbet Bathory, Dr. John Dee, Edward Kelley; and a host of like able contemporary characters. I could read this book a thousand times.
Early on our protagonist Elizabeth Butler, speaking of the long-ago Mayan populace and the centuries of history intervening, states that "Christianity sits very lightly on the land." As her story unfolds, archaeologist Elizabeth -- a woman who once abandoned her marriage and family for the pursuit of her career --discovers that modernity also-- indeed, contemporary woman's grasp on consensus reality--also lies "only lightly" on this historic, nay, prehistoric, locale.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Adorable series debut, narrated by--the dog:) ! I really like this approach. The story can be easily handled by upper elementary readers, and precocious younger readers, and would make a good chapter-a-day bedtime read as well. A winner!
Monday, April 14, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
21 Stars to this novel, tremendously riveting from first page to left, utterly unstoppable with tension, mystery, suspense, passion, friendship, and romance; plus fanaticism and emotional pain, fear and hatred, and self-righteousness to the max. Unforgettable.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
WOW! As a grandparent of 10, I am constantly on the lookout for good stories, both for the kids to read, and to be read to them. Look no more--Big Honey Dog Mysteries are GGGGGRRRRREEEAAAATTTT! Ms. Hanna doesn't tell us about sentient conversing dog, she demonstrates. In this story, the clever canines hunt a valuable, missing, fabulous "Fabby" (Faberge) egg.
I really enjoy these super stories, and plan to introduce my grandchildren to this series (May it continue for years!) Smoothly written, cosy, clean, with tautly plotted mysteries, they've heartwarming and enjoyable.
A really smoothly-written, exciting, involving, tale, with a large character populace ( each one actively delineated and backdropped--all endangered) and some creatively-engineered "monsters" invading the beaches and homes of southeast Long Island. By "creatively-engineered" I include both author Hunter Shea's imaginative staging, plotting, and creature-design; and the "research & development" brought forth by those pesky "mad scientists" on a certain nearby island in Long Island Sound. The horror is, yes, visceral; but an integral part of the story, and this reviewer did not find it to be over the top, but just right.
21 Stars and "Wow! Wow! Wow! " I was totally absorbed and riveted by this absolutely wonderful book, which surpasses all my expectations for the YA genre. Forget high school drama, these students have real trouble: DEMONS!! Forget suspension of disbelief; believe me, you WILL believe. Well-written, strong on friendship, love, and loyalty--I SO hope this will be a series!