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!