Land of The Free
(Mystical Slayers Book 1)
Michael W. Huard
Today, my Gentle Readers, I have a futuristic post apocalyptic story for you to check out. I enjoyed this book and recommend it, but with a few disclaimers.
Huard has built us a world where in the wake of widespread destruction and warfare, a corporation has arisen to take over all important aspects of our lives. The rich get richer and the poorer, well, maybe they live something akin to a life. To the average person, the American Dream is beyond dead. Enter the Q-Jin, the Mystical Slayers: a group of genetically, chemically, and in some cases cybernetically enhanced women with elite martial arts training across a spectrum of disciplines. Their mission is to return America to the great country it was and bring down Y-Wood Corporation.
Sounds exciting right? And it is. Huard delivers a diverse cast of women with their own unique styles and quirks, bonded by their sisterhood’s ideals and philosophy. The fight scenes are well described and, to my limited knowledge of such things, accurately portrayed. The one difficulty one may have with this cast is the hopping about from character to character is reminiscent of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, but not quite as long between jumps.
For me, the detractors center on two things. First is a constant repetition of the Q-Jin being the Mystical Slayers, being dedicated to bringing back America’s greatness. This seems to happen almost every time the focus shifts from one character to another. After the information drop in the opening chapters, it should be readily clear to all readers and not need repeating as often as it was. It seems like word count padding that pulls away from the driving action of the women’s battle against Y-Wood. Second are scenes that seem superfluous and don’t really drive the plot or provide a clear character development device. I don’t like to post spoilers, but suffice to say there were scenes that I don’t think would have been missed if they weren’t there.
Overall this was a delightful read with some really great fight scenes and a diverse cast of strong female characters. Don’t know if I would recommend it for kids, but late teens should be able to handle the violence and suggestive themes.
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The Other Sound
(Balancers Book 1)
N. C. Stow
Stow has given us an imaginative world with a rich history to explore. Her characters are deep and run the gamut of what one should expect in a fantasy novel. There are unlikely heroes, friendships betrayed (or are they?), creatures of mythical and magical proportions, and a few old codgers you can’t help but laugh at. I enjoyed the wit and comedic elements sprinkled into the rampant action scenes.
Tebby awakes one night to a strange sound emanating from her father’s library. When she discovers a talking book, you know things are just going to get weirder. Soon she and her friend Aiden are separated in a strange other world. With her constant companion, the voice in her head she named Nasty Giggles, Tebby sets out to discover how to learn the “knowing” in order to “do the doing” of Balancing. Reality is in danger and Balancers are the only hope the two have.
Will Tebby and Aiden be reunited? Can they solve the mystery of Balancing in time to prevent catastrophe? Grab a copy of “The Other Sound (Balancers Book 1)” and find out today.
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The Eighth Day Brotherhood
Alice M. Phillips
Riveting historical thriller…
My Gentle Readers, Alice has given us a gripping page turner that I had a lot of trouble putting down to deal with real life.
It’s Paris, 1888, and someone is committing heinous murders by turning artist models into sculptures of mythological figures. The police are baffled, but occult bookstore owner Rémy Sauvage thinks he sees a pattern. Driven by revenge for one of the victims, Remy eventually joins forces with Claude Fournel, a second generation artist, and his mental hospital patient turned muse, Margaret Finnegan. The trio tries to stop the murders and clear the suspicion that has fallen on them directly. As Paris prepares to reinvent itself in the world’s mind, they can scarcely bear a black eye such as this.
Murder, love, history, and a touch of the occult, “The Eighth Day Brotherhood” is a page turner you won’t be able to put down.
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Shifting Isles Book
It made me think, laugh, and cry…
Lyons has woven a magnificent tale of oppression and redemption, loss and love, despair and hope.
Benash is a member of the Hawk forces, and second in command of Sonekha prison. Weighed down by the utter sameness of his routine and duties, Benash dreams of more. His ‘sinful’ desires echoed in the words of one of the men he arrests, “Haven’t you ever just wanted to have a choice?”
As his unswerving loyalty to the Elder’s commands begins to crumble, he takes a fateful trip down the forbidden right fork of the forest trail he walks to the prison each day. This decision would set him down a path he never dreamed of before when his path crossed that of Vorena, a rebel trying to escape the isle of Tanas for a better life on Agoran.
This chance meeting will change the course of both of their lives.
Lyons weaves a seamless world that one finds easy to feel could truly exist, from realistic climate to a religious system as believable as any existing in our own world.
She made me think, laugh, and cry with this book and I highly recommend you pick this book up immediately.
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My Gentle Readers, I’ve got something different for you today. As I know some of you are self published authors as well, I think you may find this book as interesting as I did.
I came across Denise Weldon-Siviy’s latest book, “Self-Publishers and Libraries” via Facebook. I grabbed it through my Kindle Unlimited subscription. What she delivered is a very thought provoking case study of self publishing and its relationship to the library system, mainly in the US, but also as it applies worldwide.
In checking up on the author, she has experience on both sides of this issue. Having spent time as a technical writer, and as a librarian, Denise’s unique perspective gives a fair representation for the complications that self publishers have getting their books into libraries, and the challenges libraries face including the diverse books that the self publishing boom has produced.
With insights about just how little a lot of self publishers need to know (for example Library of Congress submission requirements), Denise gave me a lot to think about in this book. If you are a self published author, or thinking of becoming one, this is a definite read to understand the complexities of making your book show up on library shelves. It will help you understand the bias, whether intentional or not, that librarians may have towards the flood of self published books that have hit the market in the last decade. For librarians, it is an eye opening look at where the market is going as the Big 5 publishers continue to lose ground, at least from the looks of sales on Amazon.
A great read for self publishers and librarians alike. Get your copy today by Clicking Here.
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The Sand Dweller
This book, my Gentle Readers, is a fantastic journey of one man’s quest to overcome his birthright and find redemption.
Molly weaves classic Christian And Egyptian figures into a tale stretching from thousands of years BC, to present day.
Lucifer’s top general in Hell, Azazeal, has a desire to possess the fallen first female, Lilith. He proposes a bet, a winner take all battle between a single offspring from each of them. With Lucifer’s blessing they begin.
What follows is a spiritual journey that challenges the concept of “nurture vs. nature”, begging the question “Can one overcome their birthright?” Malachi bin Sinai, son of Azazeal, would like to know. His path weaves from ancient Egypt, past the crucifixion, a stint as a Roman gladiator, to end in a brutal battle with his nemesis, Ra.
I couldn’t put this one down and I doubt you will be able to either.
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The Celtic Curse: Banshee
Gentle Readers, I know it has been some time since my last review. I have been terribly busy and I apologize for that. Let’s dive into this one shall we?
This story has love, betrayal, murder, supernatural curses, and eventually, a seeking of redemption. The beginning is great in that it gives us some background on the Banshee and why she is doing the haunting she is. I feel this was rushed quite a bit. Her becoming a banshee could almost have been a novel (or at least a novella) all on its own.
Fast forward many generations and finally the bloodline is linked strongly enough to its Irish roots in order for her to come back with enough power to enact revenge again. This begins a race against time before the Banshee takes her next victim. Again, to me this was rushed a bit. There is also some tension, and one not so mild sexual scene, that seemed gratuitous and forced. Perhaps there was more to this storyline that made the scene/tension less “WOW, Here I am”. If so, I think it was lost to the editing floor.
Overall I thought it an enjoyable read and I look forward to seeing what the author does with their next work.
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