This is a well written novel about a family that basically disintegrates before your eyes. Each chapter is told from a specific character's POV and yoThis is a well written novel about a family that basically disintegrates before your eyes. Each chapter is told from a specific character's POV and you get into their minds as to what is happening to them within the structure of their own family. It was so painful at times to read and I found myself very upset at the father for most of the book. Though he is a kind man, suffering on his own, I wished he were stronger and able to be more of the father he should have been. I also wished the characters interacted more with each other. I found those moments in the novel to be the strongest, but the book really was about what was happening to the family members while they weren't together.
The author tackles the religious issues extremely well and I found her knowledgeable on both the Jewish and Christian angles. As the book continued and as the stress continued, I found myself compelled to keep reading and see where the author finally took us. I'm glad I did. Well done....more
I have been following Bob Nailor's Writing Tips blog for some time now and to have all 52 weeks in one place is truly a gift to a writer. Bob delves iI have been following Bob Nailor's Writing Tips blog for some time now and to have all 52 weeks in one place is truly a gift to a writer. Bob delves into all the various topics that plague a writer. But he doesn't just discuss it. He offers clear examples of the problems and then a wealth of tips to get out of them. Some of the topics I found most helpful were on developing character names, structure, plot development, fragments, and building believable characters, among a host of others. This tip book is easy to read, it's humorous and it's right on point. Some of the real great articles are even further in the book, so I implore everyone to take the time to see which tips are relevant to your needs. I honestly take away something from each of the chapters. I believe this is a great tool book for any author to keep in their back pocket when they're stuck and need some advice. ...more
It’s always wonderful to find a well-written, new series to sink your teeth into. I’m not normally into Russian Mafia novels, but this book sucked meIt’s always wonderful to find a well-written, new series to sink your teeth into. I’m not normally into Russian Mafia novels, but this book sucked me in from Page 1. The characters are well written and singularly unique, the plotline is intriguing and the book moves along at a great pace. What a fantastic start to a new series. You literally can see it playing out step by step on the big screen. Well done!...more
The idea that a dying civilization is so desperate for survival that they’ll send their children into an unknown future, using a possible faulty and dThe idea that a dying civilization is so desperate for survival that they’ll send their children into an unknown future, using a possible faulty and dangerous technology, is incredibly compelling. I was fascinated at how the author weaved all the intricacies between the worlds together and the complicated science that was involved.
I was completely invested in her characters. Her protagonist, Tolomay is this brilliant, amazing girl, but put to a task that I doubt most adults could handle. She’s fascinating and watching how she interacted with the other characters in the novel was wonderful. She’s complicated and vulnerable, though incredible capable, stubborn and brilliant – everything I love in a strong female protagonist!
The book is well written, hard to put down, and I was disappointed when it ended because I really wanted to know “what happened next.” I will definitely be getting the next novel to find out. Excellent job – a really great, fun, interesting book....more
What a great, unusual book! At first I was a bit cautious, knowing I was going to be reading a book compiled of blog posts, but I was so wonderfully sWhat a great, unusual book! At first I was a bit cautious, knowing I was going to be reading a book compiled of blog posts, but I was so wonderfully surprised. David Beeson is such a talented writer and his posts are both hilarious and insightful. As an American, I found myself fascinated with his feelings about what is happening over here across the pond and hearing it from his perpective.
He writes about thing all of us can relate to, from troubles with working with IT, his kids, his wife, restaurants, feelings on the government, royalty, you name it. The articles are short and sweet and his writing flows extremely well. What a lovely surprise. ...more
I really loved Book #1 in this series - learning about the destruction of the world and what Tolomay's people were doing to save their civilization. II really loved Book #1 in this series - learning about the destruction of the world and what Tolomay's people were doing to save their civilization. I loved discovering every fact about this fierce protagonist who is brilliant, strong and resourceful, but yet has one of the strongest hearts of a heroine I've seen in a long time.
In Book #2, I was completely unprepared for where the author took me! All of a sudden my heart was racing as Tolomay was completely thrust out of her home and from the people she had come to love. Once that happened, I had a very hard time putting this book down and finished it that very day. M.E. Lorde has created an absolutely fascinating world, with really interesting characters that I have come to care about greatly. I can't wait for Book #3! Great job!...more
The Hunt for Xanadu by Elyse Salpeter is a remarkable novel, a fascinating and fantastical journey in time and space, and one of the most gripping novThe Hunt for Xanadu by Elyse Salpeter is a remarkable novel, a fascinating and fantastical journey in time and space, and one of the most gripping novels I’ve read in a long time. It flies along at the pace of a thriller, with plenty of murder and mayhem along the way. But behind the thrill-ride is a spiritual story, an archetypal tale of mystery and darkness, riddled with fascinating and esoteric concepts in Tibetan Buddhism. Vivid characters, a truly appealing protagonist, unexpected twists, and crisp writing complete this unforgettable book. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series!
--Douglas Preston, #1 bestselling author and co-creator, with Lincoln Child, of the Pendergast series ...more
How much do I love that this author used a 17 year-old Asperger's girl as the main hero in this tale? So much! This novel is about a young girl namedHow much do I love that this author used a 17 year-old Asperger's girl as the main hero in this tale? So much! This novel is about a young girl named Zoe who we meet during a Zombie apocalypse. Because her brain processes things differently, when Zoe gets bitten by a zombie and is infected with the virus, while she becomes a zombie physically, it doesn't affect her brain and she retains her humanity. What's brilliant about this book is that this girl, who always stands out, stands out even more, but in the best ways imaginable. The author was true to the condition - though note, this girl is extremely high functioning, yet he allows us to see things that could occur, such as sensitivity issues, meltdowns, perseveration to things, etc...
I love the action in the novel. I really enjoyed the characters we met and I loved watching Zoe evolve over the course of the book. The novel is written well, easy to read and overall, really fun. More importantly, we have a book that lets a kid with a disability shine. Great read and I highly recommend!...more
I absolutely love when I find a book I can't put down. It has to have a few components for me - first, it has to be well-written, then action-packed,I absolutely love when I find a book I can't put down. It has to have a few components for me - first, it has to be well-written, then action-packed, and finally have characters I just adore. This book delivered on all three. Though the author introduces and then discards a ton of people, I had no problem following the plot, who was whom and the many twists and turns he had his protagonists go through. ATF Agent Troy Barclay and FBI Agent Amber Neilson are complicated individuals who just can't play by the book. They're flawed but fascinating and I couldn't wait to see what scrape they'd get out of next. (and there are many). The book reads well, flows nicely and the prose isn't too complicated even when the author gets technical with certain types of weaponry.
I love a good series and truly hope the author produces more with these two protagonists. Really great job!...more
How many of us have ever dreamed of being a super hero? Well, imagine taking the best parts of yourself and having them amplified because your DNA wasHow many of us have ever dreamed of being a super hero? Well, imagine taking the best parts of yourself and having them amplified because your DNA was altered because of a meteor shower releasing radiation above you. If you're strong, you're superstrong, if you're pretty and beautiful, you're intoxicating to other people. You get the idea. This book follows the antics and efforts of three really good friends and how they've changed from regular people into real life super heroes, helping the police and others fight crime in the city. I loved learning about their powers and basically just enjoying their sheer "joy" when they find out what they can do. Kevin Rau creates a fantastic world that's interesting, fun, jokey and sexy all at the same time. He describes the abilities in vivid detail and you can picture exactly what the heroes experience right along with them. It was a lot of fun and I recommend it for anyone that loves this type of genre....more
This is hands down a great book and one of the only ones out there that showcases famous/talented people with autism or asperger's but presents it toThis is hands down a great book and one of the only ones out there that showcases famous/talented people with autism or asperger's but presents it to children on the spectrum so they can "see themselves" in these people. I actually used this book to discuss autism to my son who has Asperger's and used the book to help him understand his condition - that there is nothing wrong with him at all, but just our brains are all wired differently and look at all the amazing things these people, and he, can do. Told through the eyes of a little boy on the spectrum, it's very relateable and I recommend it highly! ...more
I need to start by saying I love these authors and love the character of Agent Pendergast. Each book has enabled us to delve further and further intoI need to start by saying I love these authors and love the character of Agent Pendergast. Each book has enabled us to delve further and further into his character development. This novel was no exception. It was riveting and there were moments I had to put the book down because I was so overcome with some of the scenarios that had happened.
The best moments in the book, by far, were the ones with Agent Pendergast. They were fast moving and compelling and so intriguing. He's the true epitome of a superhero, yet he is vulnerable as well.
I won't give away any endings, but I will say, I was very worried at one point about some of the developments, but I ended up loving the way the authors weaved all the pieces together. Very well done! ...more
There are novels where you completely fall in love with the characters and you think you know everything about them, but then as you read further, youThere are novels where you completely fall in love with the characters and you think you know everything about them, but then as you read further, you slowly come to realize they are not what, or who, they appear to be. That’s exactly how it was for me when reading Doing Max Vinyl.
This is a well written tale about Max Vinyl, a man who runs a computer recycling company. When his girlfriend finds out he may not be as altruistic as he claims, the story really takes off.
The author introduces us to a lot of characters and it usually confuses me, but I found his writing style and characterization of each singularly unique individual was “spot on” and made it easy for me to remember who all the players in the book were. But even better was the fact that I found myself flip-flopping back and forth between who I thought the heroes were because when everyone is flawed in some capacity, who do you pick?
This is a really fun read and I was disappointed when it ended – there were some things I would have liked to have even learned further about and that’s how you know a novel is good. I found myself thinking about the characters long after I put the book down. ...more
Rich Weatherly's Toxic Situations is a great novella about a lethal flu virus developed in an American Laboratory with the potential to be released glRich Weatherly's Toxic Situations is a great novella about a lethal flu virus developed in an American Laboratory with the potential to be released globally. He offers us a great, in-depth police/governmental procedural on the process of the "nuts and bolts" that go on behind the scenes to avoid catastrophes like this from occurring. The writing is excellent, the characters really compelling and you want to root for them to fix the dilemna they are faced with. I could see this story expanding to a full fledged novel as it left me desperately wanting for more. I became invested in the characters and you can't ask for more from a reader. Great job!...more
This was the final book in the Dark Days series and it was everything I wanted it to be. Jocelynn Drake has a fantastic way of linking all parts of thThis was the final book in the Dark Days series and it was everything I wanted it to be. Jocelynn Drake has a fantastic way of linking all parts of the paranormal together to converge in a central stream and it's amazing it all works together and flows so beautifully. Mira, the main character who graces all the books basically, has the entire weight of the world on her shoulders (literally) and Drake does a great job of making all the various ideas and plot lines work. I hate spoilers in reviews, so I'm being careful with what I say, but the magical aspects of the many different players in the novel was just wonderful. It was also pretty "saucy," let's just leave it at that! The ending, for me, was perfect and I will tell you, she scared me for a bit as to where the story could have gone, but I found it entirely satisfying. It leaves me wanting a 7th book and here's hoping she one day opens up the series again so we can see what happens with Mira. ...more