This book was reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite.
“Elfs in a Conquered Realm” by Anna del C. Dye is an impressive tome amongst her collectio...moreThis book was reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite.
“Elfs in a Conquered Realm” by Anna del C. Dye is an impressive tome amongst her collection of stories from the Elf world. “Elfs in a Conquered Realm” covers many years, and reintroduces some of the characters from Dye’s prior works. The Epilogue alone covers centuries, filling us in on happenings yet to come, and leaving us with that feeling of satisfaction that comes when you realize everything is going to turn out just fine.
Dye’s elfs are so authentically described and characterized it is hard to disbelieve they really exist somewhere. Their emotions, concerns, worries, even the ennui of their daily lives could not be more faithfully expressed for the reader. Anna del C. Dye knows elfs. Any author, anywhere, who might consider writing a book which includes elfs, would do well to solicit her advice and pick her brain, for she has demonstrated a depth of knowledge that places her among Earth’s most prominent experts on the life of elfs.
“Elfs in a Conquered Realm” is, of necessity, a large volume, approaching 600 pages. There are so many different characters – both human and elf – in this story that it literally requires a play-list to keep track of who is who. Fortunately Anna had the decency and wisdom to include that very thing at the beginning of the book. All the major characters’ names are listed, along with a pronunciation guide and a description of whom or what they are. The inclusion of this information is an invaluable aide to readers, because without it, it would be very difficult to keep track of the players.
There is no way to adequately tell you everything about a 600 page book in just a few hundred words, so I will not attempt to do so. Briefly I will say the two kingdoms – human and elf – come together in cooperation to accomplish much between the covers of this book. Young people of both races fall in love, get married, and have children. Battles are fought and won, cities are rebuilt, legends are created, and countless lifelong friendships are formed. In many respects, “Elfs in a Conquered Realm” describes a utopian society one can only dream of.
I strongly recommend you read “Elfs in a Conquered Realm” for yourself; my attempt to provide a “review” of it is a pitiful one indeed. You need to read this wonderful story for yourself. You will be happy that you did. (less)
This book is a bit bizarre. A husband and wife are talking, before he leaves for work. She is proud of him for getting a promotion at work. She consid...moreThis book is a bit bizarre. A husband and wife are talking, before he leaves for work. She is proud of him for getting a promotion at work. She considers him to be her Soul Mate. Apparently, though, HE must just consider HER to be his Room Mate.
After he leaves for work, things start to happen at home. First, when she flips on the light switch, the bulb burns out. Then, while looking for a new bulb, she notices the kitchen faucet is dripping, even though her husband was supposed to have fixed it already. Then, she starts imagining she sees a man in the shadows down the hall, but when she turns on THAT light, there's nobody there.
At that point, it really starts to get weird. I can't tell you any more without spoiling it, so you'll just have to read it yourself. Personally, I'm glad it was free when I got it.(less)
This book was reviewed by Lee Ashford ("Grampy") for Readers’ Favorite.
“The Shadow Constant” by A.J. Scudiere is a fascinating story which may, in fac...moreThis book was reviewed by Lee Ashford ("Grampy") for Readers’ Favorite.
“The Shadow Constant” by A.J. Scudiere is a fascinating story which may, in fact, be rooted in historical fact. Scudiere has created characters as varied as any like number of real people, and placed them in a situation which, although certainly not common, is as believable as any story you’ve heard or read.
By fortuitous circumstance, Charlotte “Reenie” Temple Carroll inherited Hazleton House, an antebellum plantation mansion which had belonged to her ancestors back to the 18th Century. With her boyfriend, Evan Reeves, and his sister, Kayla, they hired a historical expert to help them restore the mansion to its legitimate period condition. Dr. Ivy Lopez was a young woman who was a stickler for authenticity, as was Reenie.
Once they started tearing down walls which had been erected much later than the original mansion, they began finding interesting, and sometimes significant, artifacts hidden within those walls. Some of these were suitable for display in the museum Reenie wished to make of the house, while others seemed to almost be hidden evidence of a crime.
Of all their many discoveries, the blueprint behind a loose stone in the fireplace was by far of greatest significance to the friends and to the world at large. However, as they subsequently learned, people had previously been killed over that blueprint, and as Kayla, a brilliant engineer with Asperger’s, began to build the machine represented by the blueprints, the four became targets for considerable harassment, theft, vandalism, spying, and even kidnapping and attempted murder. Only by careful and well-executed planning were they able to remain alive long enough to complete, perfect, and market the incredible machine.
“The Shadow Constant” by A.J. Scudiere is a brilliantly conceived and written novel, intensely riveting, and thoroughly engaging. This is a must-read novel eclipsing many other “must-read” novels. Scudiere’s attention to detail presupposes personal knowledge of an authentic antebellum plantation mansion transposed to the pages of this book. If you can read only one book this year, “The Shadow Constant” would be an excellent choice for that book. It is a classic “David vs. Goliath” story situated in today’s world. (less)
Second in a series of three books by Randy Alcorn, "Deadline" and "Deception" being the other two, I highly recommend reading all three. Randy is a wr...moreSecond in a series of three books by Randy Alcorn, "Deadline" and "Deception" being the other two, I highly recommend reading all three. Randy is a writer of Christian literature, but for those of you who may be turned off by the label "Christian literature", this series of three books will entertain you as suspenseful thrillers on their own merit. The Christian aspect is present, but subtle, and will not interfere with your enjoyment of three good thrillers. Randy does not write his fiction with an "in your face" presentation of his Christianity, but simply incorporates it as a real-life component in the lives of many people, several of whom happen to play a role in these books. Brought together by tragic circumstances, the two main characters are a police detective and a newspaper columnist. At first they circle each other like a pair of dogs trying to determine which should be the dominant one, but that soon evolves into a strong friendship by which they are able to deal with some major crises. Murder, gang violence, drugs, drive-by shootings, etc, are the real focuses (foci?) of these three companion volumes, and those issues are well researched and well presented by Randy Alcorn. I strongly recommend all three books to fans of detective thrillers, as well as people who enjoy Christian fiction.(less)
It is unconscionably presumptuous of me to "review" the Master of Terror. I am indubitably unqualified to say anything about this story, except that i...moreIt is unconscionably presumptuous of me to "review" the Master of Terror. I am indubitably unqualified to say anything about this story, except that it is a(nother) masterpiece of science fiction, written and narrated by one of the best to ever take pen in hand. If this story were an actual account of a genuine scientific expedition to Antartica, it would not read one iota more realistically than does this. At the Mountains of Madness should be required reading for everybody who considers him/her-self a fan of sci-fi or horror. Period. By all means, do yourself a favor and read it.(less)
Frankly, I found the book rather boring. I know it's something of a classic, but I kept waiting for something to happen to grab my interest... right u...moreFrankly, I found the book rather boring. I know it's something of a classic, but I kept waiting for something to happen to grab my interest... right up until the book ended. If you're looking for a "SCARY" vampire story, keep looking; this isn't it.(less)
I purchased a copy of this book from one of the authors, who happened to be my Pastor. I was anxious to read it, because for many years we had followe...moreI purchased a copy of this book from one of the authors, who happened to be my Pastor. I was anxious to read it, because for many years we had followed his progress in writing this Biblical guide. When I got it, I could not put it down. I read it from cover to cover, then wished I had held a highlighter while I read through it the first time, because now I was going to have to read it again and highlight various passages along the way!
Virtually everybody - even those who consider themselves atheists - has wondered at some time or another just what it was that God would have them to do. This book was researched and written by two very intelligent and wise Christian leaders, who never vary from Biblical teachings while providing guidance to the masses. This book is somewhat scholarly, but that is just a reflection of the scholarly-ness of the authors.
There are a lot of nuggets of great wisdom in this book, and it certainly has something for everybody to learn. I'd say this is one of the more significant works of this age. I definitely recommend it for everyone.(less)