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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: QUINTANA ROO, YUCATAN by Scott Harper

The author graciously provided me with a copy solely for review purpose; no fees were exchanged.

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.

Review: BEST NEW HORROR OF THE YEAR VOLUME SIX edited by Ellen Datlow

When a reader must stop in the middle of a story in order to wait for daylight before continuing, and when a tale leaves the reader shivering even at the memory, that is a sign of a Horror Anthology well worth the reading. This is very true of this volume, which effectively proves that Horror can be subtle, not splatter.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: EARTHMAN JACK VS. THE GHOST PLANET

Whether or not we believe in the possibility of alien invasion (extraterrestrial, that is, not cross-border), who among us could imagine Earth 's only hope being a sloppy, "no-'count," bullied, low-achieving high school boy? Author Matthew Kadish tried that idea on for size, and it worked-very well. Although I found the prologue a little dry, the story, from the entrance of our protagonist (and Earth 's Defender) Jack, rockets along (pun intended) and I.totally enjoyed it.

Review: SATAN'S PREP by Gabe Guarente

Strictly Laugh-out-loud hilarious, delightfully illustrated, cute plotting--of course it helps if you've a skewed sense of humor--or if you're an adolescent with a keen appreciation of the downside of school. For everyone who's ever lamented, "High school is hell," here's your validation.



Review: SPACEHIVE by Kenna McKinnon

Review of SpaceHive by Kenna McKinnon

5 stars



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

Review: FRIGHTFULLY FRIENDLY GHOSTIES : SCHOOL OF MEANIES

A delightfully cosy and not scary story of a group of inhabitant ghosts "living" a normal routine existence: writing poetry, working in the garden, cooking, attending Ghost School, being "overly proportioned," and getting expelled. Warm and gently humorous (I am so minded of Victorian and Edwardian instructive tales for children), this series will delight young readers and adults, alike.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Review: PEACE COTTAGE by Lisa Kent

Adorable, enchanting, poetically imaged--a sheer delight and glory to read. Couched in concentric circles of mysteries, readers will yearn to unfold the characters, each one a delight in her or his own right. Even the setting--quaint, homey, very-small-town East Winsett, Maine--is a Character not to be missed.

Race to read PEACE COTTAGE; then anticipate with joy the author's next.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/900764510

Review: BONE DUST WHITE by Karen Salvalaggio

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.



https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/912913338

Review: ANTONIA AND THE BIG COMPETITION by Elizabeth Zoller

An adorable and engaging story that fits well into the age brackets of  upper elementary readers and middle grade readers; the young girl who owns and trains two beautiful horses is entering fifth grade.

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

Review: THE GUIDE by Milt Mays

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.
 

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/913153152

Review; DAWN OF THE WHITE LIGHT by

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!




https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/912922306

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