The Old Ways, book three in The Paladins series by David Dalglish is the best of the series to date. We still see the story from our two her4.5 Stars
The Old Ways, book three in The Paladins series by David Dalglish is the best of the series to date. We still see the story from our two heroes points of view, but now they are truly united as friends. Their trials and tribulations have led them to this point as hunted and persecuted men, and for the fist time, their goals and beliefs are one. The payoff of the first two books is finally realized in this one as the punching bag with a giant heart (Jerico) is truly allied with his friend, the driven man with a giant and sword (Darius).
This is a dark and action filled book that has a few surprises as well. Although this is the longest of the three books, I did not want it to end. Dalglish ramps up the emotional weight of this story which has not been seen in the series thus far. Sure we are invested in the two Paladins, but now also we find ourselves drawn to Sandra, Kaide, and even to Luther. Simply fantastic.
I love how through being tested in so many ways both men show growth. Like the author himself confesses, it is hard not to be taken in by Darius, his story, his growth, and his triumphs. I hope in the next book that we can finally be reunited with the sword and the shield fighting side by side again.
These novels are very accessible. They are quite Young adult friendly without being dumbed down. The Old Ways is the best book of The Paladins and I cannot recommend it enough.
Clash of Faiths, book two in The Paladins series by David Dalglish is a good continuation of both the story from book one, as well as the furt4 Stars
Clash of Faiths, book two in The Paladins series by David Dalglish is a good continuation of both the story from book one, as well as the further adventures of our heroes of opposing faith.
Once again, this book gives us not one but two Paladins, one of the light (Jerico), and one (Darius) sort of the dark (Ashhur and Karak respectively.) They are supposed to be enemies and have both been outcast as a result of their friendship. The story bounces back and forth between the two men and they are both very likable for different reasons. We find our hero Darius to be a broken man without his God, and as a result he is easily swayed by Velixar, the Voice of the Lion.
This book is much less of a discovery type novel than the first. We really do not get much more world building. There is little to no additional backstory told about our main protagonists. These two areas left me wanting. Thankfully, Clash of Faiths shines with regards to readability and fun. Dalglish writes fun adventure type fantasy that leaves me wondering if the dark Elf Drizzt himself will make an appearance on these pages.
I enjoyed this book but book one is the better. I am definitely moving on to the next one as these two Paladins have much more story to tell. ...more
Night of the Wolves is a fun, safe, and standard form of the fantasy genre. I became a fan of David Dalglish by reading and then loving his Sh4 Stars
Night of the Wolves is a fun, safe, and standard form of the fantasy genre. I became a fan of David Dalglish by reading and then loving his Shadowdance series. I decided to go back to some of his early works and start with this one. I have to confess that I have always act loved the Paladin as a hero. Back in my youth I had my D&D modules and I always found myself drawn to the spiritual, gifted, and often bad ass warrior of God.
This book gives us not one but two Paladins, one of the light (Jerico), and one (Darius) sort of the dark (Ashhur and Karak respectively.) They are sworn enemies that have come to find home in the same town and they formed an abomination of a friendship bond. The story bounces back and forth between the two men and they are both very likable for different reasons. The story and plot are simple yet done well. The differences in the views between the men make this book work. I loved the easy transitions between the men and the Wolves made for a fun read.
This is a safe read that is appropriate for the young adult crowd without ever feeling watered down. The book has an awesome ending which contained two major plot twists that set up the next books. I can't wait to read more of this series and more from the great author Dalglish. Highly recommended!...more
Carter & Lovecraft by Jonathan L. Howard combines some of my favorite genres as well as one of my favorite heroes and puts them together i5 Stars
Carter & Lovecraft by Jonathan L. Howard combines some of my favorite genres as well as one of my favorite heroes and puts them together into one awesome read. This is a hardboiled mystery with a main hero and P.I. named Daniel Carter who tries his best to not be a stereotypical gumshoe.
Carter & Lovecraft is the second novel that I have read by Howard and I was a fan of his after reading The Necromancer. This book is a detective story that centers on everyone's favorite H.P. Lovecraft. I am not going to give much story details as they spoil the fun. This is a story of a former Cop that has his life flipped upside down and inside out when he comes into an unexpected inheritance. Howard plays things smart by building up everything slowly. From character development, to world building, and to secrets being revealed, all things are treated with a light touch in the beginning and rolling along as the story progresses. That being said, this is not a slow read, it is a page turner. The story works because Carter is a fantastic lead. His story and his past adds to the enjoyment as does his relationship with Emily.
I loved the tone to this book which was never too dark, nor was it too light, in fact this book was much more serious than my previous read of Howard. The whole tie in to Lovecraft is awesome. I enjoyed the build up and the ending did not let me down. This is a fun read that left me wanting to read more from Howard and it also made me wonder if that was Cthulhu I saw down by the river today...
Planetfall by Emma Newman is a very good science fiction novel and an easy read. This novel starts out as a near future novel that is dealing4 Stars
Planetfall by Emma Newman is a very good science fiction novel and an easy read. This novel starts out as a near future novel that is dealing with humans that have left Earth and made a home on a new planet. We are treated to some cool world building with some imaginative fauna. Some very light science fiction is explored along with some biology. Rena is the main protagonist and is quite likable, even with her serious issues. She is an engineer and a builder and has a major issue. Without spoilers, Rena would love much of reality TV today.
Ultimately, this book is as much an exploration on our broken heroine and the human condition as it is on the new environment and all of its challenges. Overall I enjoyed this read that is quite accessible to most fiction readers. ...more
Slade House is the first David Mitchell book that I have ever read. I have however started and stopped Cloud Atlas more than a half a dozen4.5 Stars
Slade House is the first David Mitchell book that I have ever read. I have however started and stopped Cloud Atlas more than a half a dozen times. Mitchell should be an author that I am familiar with as his style is very appealing to me. Up until now, I have not been able to connect with his word.
Slade House is a very accessible read and contrary to what other reviewers have said about this one, it is simply one story with several advances in the timeline. There is no deep circle like connection, it is simply one. This is a light horror novel and a light suspense novel. The focus without spoilers is on the Slade House, a set of Twins, and people with too much curiosity. It is a story filled with selfishness and greed. It plays with what it is to be evil. And more.
Overall, this is a page turner and an easy read. I enjoyed every bit of it. There is a tie in to his last book The Bone Clocks which I have not read.(I will be sure to try to.) I liked the characters, loved the setting, and really dug Mitchell's writing style. This book is easy to recommend to horror fans as well as those that like Mitchell....more
Neon Court by Kate Griffin is book number three of the Mathew Swift series. Even though this is the third adventure of our urban sorcerer, Grif5 Stars
Neon Court by Kate Griffin is book number three of the Mathew Swift series. Even though this is the third adventure of our urban sorcerer, Griffin uses poetic writing to keep things feeling fresh and new. God damn I love this series. I love Kate Griffin (Catherine Webb). I love Matthew Swift and the Blue Electric Angels.
First and foremost it is the writing style and word play of Kate Griffin that fleshes out this series into a truly high Def world. She has created an Urban Fantasy world that really showcases how amazing the genre can be. Yes it shares similarities with many of the genre greats but does so in an adult oriented fashion with a truly literary style.
Neon Court turns out to be a book that finds Swift at the center of an unstoppable war. He is the only one that might be able to stop things from ending the world. This however is not the real story to this book. You see, this is Oda's story. The religious "psycho-bitch" is back and things have not gone well for her. Without spoilers Matthew must come to grips with Oda and her situation. We get a great deal of backstory on Oda, her childhood, and her family. It added great depth to the series as a whole.
I absolutely love this series. I will reread them all again. Poetic, imaginative, and a freaking lot of fun. The series is filled with great characters, cool monsters, and awesome places. The streets of London, the center of the story are almost a character in itself. But after all these amazing things, it is the writing that shines for me. It is unlike anything else out there..
Some cool quotes...
““Hi,” we said. “Let us make our position clear. We are the Midnight Mayor, protector of this city, carrier of its secrets and bearer of its shadows. The shadows watch us as we pass, the pigeons turn away at our passage, the rats scurry beneath our feet and shudder at the sound of our footsteps on the stones. We are the blue electric angels, the telephones sing at the passage of our voice, our blood is blue fire, our soul carries a pair of angel wings. We are the killer of Robert Bakker, sorcerer, master of the Tower; we destroyed the death of cities; we came back from the dead, Swift and the angels, two minds become one, two souls in one flesh, in one form, in one voice. We are me and I am we. And we’re frustrated.””
““Oh. That shit. Thing is …” I went to rub at the tenderness in my face and changed it at the last moment to an uneasy scratch of my nose. “When you’re a sorcerer, and Midnight Mayor, and burning fire runs through your veins, you’ve only really got two modes. You’ve got diplomatically passive, and you’ve got apocalyptically destructive. Finding that middle ground – you know, breaking someone’s kneecaps without actually causing them to spontaneously combust – can be a delicate business.”
““We … we are … more than you,” we hissed. “We are … we are the sum of everything you are, we are the creatures you made, all that everything you poured into the telephone lines, all that knowledge, all that feeling, all those secrets, all that everything you are, digitised and sent into the wire, we are all of that. Yes. We are faster, brighter, better. We are glorious. You are tiny. But we are me.””
One of my favorite reads of 2015. An absolute favorite series of mine....more
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong is a blast of a read. I am a huge fan of Wong as John Dies at the End is a gem. This is a m4.5 Stars
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong is a blast of a read. I am a huge fan of Wong as John Dies at the End is a gem. This is a much more accessible read than the book just mentioned, it is straight forward and much more mainstream. That being said it is still Wong through and through. It is filled with clever dialog, witty humor, fun action, and a bit of cyberpunk imagination. This is not a serious read and it works by simply being fun from start to finish.
This is a nearly future thriller with bits of cyberpunk, science fiction, comic like characters, and just plain fun.
““You didn’t hear a goddamned word I said. You say you’re not a hero? Well, I’m going to tell you the best and the worst thing you’ve ever heard. Heroes aren’t born. You just go out there and grind it out. You fail and you look foolish and you just keep grinding. There is nothing else. There is no ‘chosen one,’ there is no destiny, nobody wakes up one day and finds out they’re amazing at something. There’s just slamming your head into the wall, refusing to take no for an answer. Being relentless, until either the wall or your head breaks. You want to be a hero? You don’t have to make some grand decision. There’s no inspirational music, there’s no montage. You just don’t quit.”?
I am a huge fan of David Wong and cannot wait for more from him. This one and all his works are highly recommended by me......more
I am giving Lazarus 1 full marks as it really is the first graphic novel other than the Saga series that I loved. This is a fantastic start to5 Stars
I am giving Lazarus 1 full marks as it really is the first graphic novel other than the Saga series that I loved. This is a fantastic start to the story of Forever and the family. Gore, blood, and plenty of killings. This first edition gives us a tiny bit of world building and story and hints at lots to come. This should be a fun ride......more
The Repairman Jack series continues to be one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Wilson has created a hero in Jack that is simply awesome. The4.5 Stars
The Repairman Jack series continues to be one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Wilson has created a hero in Jack that is simply awesome. The series is mostly action and thriller with a tiny albeit major supernatural line at it's heart. Gateways is a fun edition to the series as we get some well needed father and son bonding. The Everglades make for an awesome setting for Jack and his Dad. Gateways leans heavier on the supernatural side than most of the other books. The Otherness is front and center. The relationship being explored between Jack and his Father Tom has been a missing element to the series that could really make it more. Semelee was a twisted and interesting antagonist that played well with Jack.
I hope that this book is the start of more between Jack and Tom. I love the series, The Otherness, and most importantly, the writing of F.Paul Wilson. Highly recommended!...more
Nightfall by Jake Halpren is a decent young adult oriented post-apocalyptic survival story. There are some great points to it. The setting and3 Stars
Nightfall by Jake Halpren is a decent young adult oriented post-apocalyptic survival story. There are some great points to it. The setting and overall atmosphere is dark, intense, and moody. The pacing is fast. This is not a romance novel. The mysteries are cool.
There are also some problems with this book with one that deals with the monsters that made me so mad that I couldn't believe how off the mark it really was.
Although I really enjoyed the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series as a whole, this one fell a bit short for me. Library of Souls could h4 Stars
Although I really enjoyed the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series as a whole, this one fell a bit short for me. Library of Souls could have been the best book in the series if it provided us a better ending. In this young adult safe fantasy, Riggs does tie up the loose ends of the series and brings it all to a conclusion. Unfortunately, things end up far too sweet for the series, sickeningly so and to the point where nothing was lost and everything was gained. In addition to this, This book brings the action to a conclusion in such a way that had me saying what? That is it?
Up until the ending. Library of Souls is a darker, more action packed read that is a real page turner. Both of our main protagonists Emma, and Jacob both grow and develop as the book moves forward. I loved the written imagery as well as the accompanying artwork. It makes this series special.
This is a safe series that is a great deal of fun to read. Filled with imaginative heroes, descriptive places, and scary bad guys. I wish that the ending was more...and also way less. But I still give all three of these books ny recommendation....more
I hardly ever read non-fiction, not even one book per year on average. Furiously Happy is a fun read. It is a brave telling. Jenny Lawson is s4 Stars
I hardly ever read non-fiction, not even one book per year on average. Furiously Happy is a fun read. It is a brave telling. Jenny Lawson is successful by being equal parts funny and also identifiable. I was drawn into her story and I really appreciated her comfort with her own issues. She does not sugar coat her problems, make excuses, or even feel sorry for herself. I had to put this book down several times but by doing so, it kept her stories fresh and eye opening.
I enjoyed this book without ever loving it. I have huge respect for Lawson as a writer, but even more for her as a woman with problems. ...more