This is the final book in J. Michael Radcliffe's Beyond The Veil series, This is a wonderful fantasy series, and Radcliffe is one of the writers who h...moreThis is the final book in J. Michael Radcliffe's Beyond The Veil series, This is a wonderful fantasy series, and Radcliffe is one of the writers who has made me a big fan of the genre. In this final book, the author has cleverly told a story that ties up all the loose ends and brings the timeline back full circle to where the series started. Skillfully written, and full of magical prose, this story will draw you in with the many larger-than-life characters. The descriptive quality of the narrative enables the reader to imagine all of these fantastical characters, including dragons, wizards, necromancers.
Touch of Darkness is Rami's story. He is on a journey to find the Book of the Dead. He teams up with Amirah, the daughter of the caravan leader. There is a touch of romance in this tale as well as darkness, and I liked the way the author portrayed the blossoming relationship between the teenagers. There is a lot of action and adventure in this tale. The ending is heartbreaking.
Well written, with much humour, imagination, and skill. I would recommend this series and the other books by this author. I am always pleased when I find an author who writes so well that I am able to lose myself in the story. I am looking forward to reading more of his work in the future. (less)
This book contains all three of Helle Gade's poetry collections, along with wonderful photo art. I have enjoyed reading all the books, Silent Dreams,...moreThis book contains all three of Helle Gade's poetry collections, along with wonderful photo art. I have enjoyed reading all the books, Silent Dreams, Nocturnal Embers,Savage Rose, and think it's a nice idea to have a book containing all three poetry collections. It would make a great gift.(less)
I'd been wanting to read this book for ages because I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Rock'n'Roll Suicide. Although this is book 2 in a s...moreI'd been wanting to read this book for ages because I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Rock'n'Roll Suicide. Although this is book 2 in a series, it is a totally different story, rather than a continuation, and can be read as an individual novel.
Jack Lockwood is probably the luckiest or unluckiest man on the planet (depending on how you look at it). He always manages to get himself into life-threatening situations, yet he always gets out alive! This is actually one of the most enjoyable things about the two books in this series, there is endless action and tension, and page-turning suspense.
In this book, Jack Lockwood finds himself falling in love with a woman, who it later turns out could have a very dark past. Or does she just look like the woman who could be a murderer? This is one of the mysteries Jack has to solve. Meanwhile, there is a contract on his life because of a book he is writing. We follow Jack as he tries to survive and also tries to find out who his new love interest actually is.
As a further twist, he meets another woman who falls head over heels in love with him. Which woman will he choose?
Another part of the storyline is the investigation into a spate of recent murders in Canterbury. The serial killer has been dubbed The Bible Killer. Could this serial killer be a bit closer to home than Jack first thinks?
Geoffrey West's writing is addictive and I'm very happy to have discovered such a talented author. I'm looking forward to book 3.
If you like traditional crime fiction you'll love this book.(less)
Perfect read for this time of year. Lots of Christmas references, and seasonal food described in delicious detail. A magical tale full of true-to-life...morePerfect read for this time of year. Lots of Christmas references, and seasonal food described in delicious detail. A magical tale full of true-to-life characters. Who is the mysterious Natalie Hope and what difference will her presence in the Sugar and Spice bakery and café make to the residents in town? Can she restore the Christmas spirit? Susan Buchanan is expert at introducing us to lots of interesting characters and weaving the tales of their lives into a great plot. A bit of romance, a touch of fantasy, festive feasts, and down to earth humour. A quick read that will put you in the mood for Christmas. (less)
This is another brilliant collection of poetry by the talented Helle Gade. Having read her first two books, Silent Dreams and Nocturnal Embers, I knew...moreThis is another brilliant collection of poetry by the talented Helle Gade. Having read her first two books, Silent Dreams and Nocturnal Embers, I knew it would be a must read. This writer is a gifted poet, in my opinion, able to express feelings and passion in a way that evokes a reaction in the reader, creates a picture in the mind of the reader. This book, like Nocturnal Embers, also includes beautiful photographs Helle Gade has taken. I love the idea of combining poetry and photography. This book is full of insightful observations about life and human nature. It seems very personal, a collection of thoughts put to paper in a most eloquent way. Helle Gade is a name to watch. My favourites in this collection include Reflection, The Bell Chimes, and Fire Soul, but I enjoyed all the poems. It's a quick and satisfying read that I would recommend to everyone who is inspired by words. (less)
This is a really good book. I was eager to read it after seeing the author's YouTube video describing what the book is about. Even with nearly 500 unr...moreThis is a really good book. I was eager to read it after seeing the author's YouTube video describing what the book is about. Even with nearly 500 unread books on my Kindle, I decided to download this one and I have to say I'm pleased I did. I enjoyed it. I liked the idea behind it, and the way it is written really brought the characters to life. I could almost believe these were real people.
An Eye For An Eye For An Eye (the title itself also caught my interest!) is about Simon Moralee. He has a gift. He can touch a dead person--a person who has been murdered--and immediately see in his own mind the killer's face. His gift has become useful to the police in solving crime. The country, the world even, described in Marc Nash's book is not as we know it now, it's different, has been changed. I think it's set in a time in the future. Moralee's gift has gone some way to changing the way the country deals with crime. It's a very grim environment described in this book.
Simon Moralee lives a privileged life in the ravaged country. He has minders. He is under constant surveillance, for his own protection. His life, however, has never been at risk. Things change when one day he attends an alleged murder scene and is unable to see the killer's face in his mind. Has he lost his gift? The situation goes from bad to worse when we meet the character Harding. He is gifted too, in a different way, and the novel takes a disturbing twist.
This is dark fiction, the subject matter is not pleasant, but I enjoyed reading it because it is quite original and told in a thought-provoking way.
Be warned, this is literary fiction and the author seems to have scoured the dictionary for many uncommon and rarely used words. You may find yourself looking for a dictionary quite often while reading it. I did!
I will be looking out for more of this author's work. An entertaining, if somewhat dark read.
I love this author's writing style. The prose is so engaging. This paranormal story kept me interested. It's a quick read, and reminded me of somethin...moreI love this author's writing style. The prose is so engaging. This paranormal story kept me interested. It's a quick read, and reminded me of something from the Tales of the Unexpected. Altori lost her sister a year ago in the 'Void' and she goes in search of her a year on. Strange things start to happen to Altori after her night in the Void. History begins to repeat itself. The author uses flashbacks to show what happened to Helen, Altori's lost sister. Will Altori find out where her sister went? Will she survive after the frightening effects of the Void? This is a story of one girl's journey to find a place where she fits in, as much as it is about a paranormal phenomenon. Definitely worth a read.(less)
This book would be worth purchasing just because it's for a great cause. Proceeds from this poetry collection will go to an animal shelter, The Humane...moreThis book would be worth purchasing just because it's for a great cause. Proceeds from this poetry collection will go to an animal shelter, The Humane Society of Dallas County's No-Kill Shelter, Dog & Kitty City. When you buy this book, however, you're in for a real treat. Four talented poets have contributed poetry to this collection, and also their own personal note about why they wanted to take part in this project. I had already read some works by Ben Ditmars and Amber Jerome~Norrgard. I always enjoy their poetry so was looking forward to this collection. Both of them have contributed some fabulous poems to this anthology. My favourites from them include 'Days' and 'It Could Have Been' by Jerome~Norrgard, and 'Grandpa' and 'Never Regret' by Ditmars. I enjoyed the other poets' contibutions too, especially Robert Zimmermann's section of the book which I think is wonderful. I don't think I could pick a favourite from Zimmermann because they're all equally thought-provoking. My favourite from Scott Morgan would have to be,'One True Cat', definitely a poem by someone who knows cats well. I don't often choose to read poetry, but I'm glad I picked up this book. There's something for everyone in this selection of poetry. There is information at the end of the book about the shelter and also more about The Quillective Project that put together this anthology.
This is a wonderful children's book that will also appeal to adults. I bought this book as a book I could read to my nieces, and decided to read it fir...moreThis is a wonderful children's book that will also appeal to adults. I bought this book as a book I could read to my nieces, and decided to read it first. It's a fun story that takes place in a fictional world called Cat City. Amy and James wonder where their cat Kiwi goes at night and one day decide to follow her. They are amazed when the cat begins to talk to them, then they are taken on a thrilling adventure where they themselves become kittens in order to fit in to the new city they have travelled to with their cat. The book is part mystery with a fabulously imaginative setting. I think it is probably aimed at older children, maybe pre-teens. It's the first in a series of books that follow Kiwi the cat in various adventures. I think it's a great idea for a series of books, and very well written. The illustrations are really good, and if I have one criticism it would be that I would have liked more illustrations in the book. I would definitely recommend this to older children, and adults who are cat lovers. (less)
After reading Sandcastle and Other Stories by this author, I was looking forward to reading more of his work. The Conversationalist is a wonderful lit...moreAfter reading Sandcastle and Other Stories by this author, I was looking forward to reading more of his work. The Conversationalist is a wonderful literary fiction novella. It is clear that the author is serious about his craft. He engages the reader with descriptive narrative and realistic dialogue. The two main characters in this book seem all too real. They have a past, and that has shaped their present. Everything they do is tainted by dark secrets in their past. I love this style of writing and this kind of psychological theme. I was hooked from the start and gripped by the twists and turns in the story. It's a very emotional read, and a story that will have you thinking about the characters long after you finish reading the last page. This story reminds us that we are all human, and that everything we do, and every experience we go through, has a ripple effect. If you're looking for a well written, engrossing, and slightly darker read, this book is for you. (less)
I enjoyed reading this story. It's an entertaining fantasy tale, containing wizards, magic, curses, and spells. Hesh is a likeable character and I fel...moreI enjoyed reading this story. It's an entertaining fantasy tale, containing wizards, magic, curses, and spells. Hesh is a likeable character and I felt compassion for him. Well written with a tragic twist. (less)
I really enjoyed this short story. It's perfect for the Christmas season. It's a fantasy tale about a curse that must not be broken, and how a dragon...moreI really enjoyed this short story. It's perfect for the Christmas season. It's a fantasy tale about a curse that must not be broken, and how a dragon saved Christmas. The story is full of enchanting and magical characters. I am already a fan of this author's work, having enjoyed his novels and other short stories. He is a talented writer who excels at fantasy writing. If you enjoy this little story, I would highly recommend his novel, The Guardian's Apprentice. This short story is a great way to sample his work.(less)