Call of the Wild

by Jack London. A book review.

…the rope was off his neck. That had given them an unfair advantage; but now that it was off, he would show them. They would never get another rope around his neck.

The Call of the Wild
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up the “Free Edition”, and purchased the Audible Whispersync for Voice or Immersion Reading for $2.99 which Audible did not screwed up for once! So this review covers both the ebook and the Audible audiobook. I read it on August 12, 2016.
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I really liked it and recommend this book to all readers. It is a classic for good reason. My 4 of 5 star rating is probably an insult, but I was comparing the book to White Fang which I really loved. The hard thing with giving any rating is that it is subjective. Whether the reviewer realizes it or not, their rating is almost certainly relative to something else.
Call of the Wild is very similar to White Fang. Rather than the coming of age story of a young wolf, it is instead about “Buck”, a large and powerful St. Bernard-Scotch Shepherd. Unlike White Fang Buck starts in a happy home in Santa Clara Valley, not born into the wild. Buck is dog-napped by one of his owner’s servants in order to cover the shortcoming of his gambling vice. So begins Buck’s life moving ever northward and driving him to his inner Call of the Wild. Continue reading “Call of the Wild”

Lord John and the Haunted Soldier

By Diana Galbadon. A Book Review.

But he is soon standing up, indignant, and marching out of the inquiry, uncertain if it will mean serious punishment, but he is too angry to care.

Lord John and the Haunted Soldier (Lord John Grey, #2.5)Lord John and the Haunted Soldier by Diana Gabaldon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read on 7/27 to page 214, on 8/5 to the end.

I liked this story. I recommend it to historical fantasy fans, mystery fans, and gay men.
LJG-Haunted.pngIn “The Haunted Soldier” we start out putting Lord John into a confrontational military inquiry. The inquiry is a stretch back to a previous book. “Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade”Tribunal.jpg

In that book, Lord John finds himself in the fog of war in a battle in Germany. In the fog of war you begin knowing what you are doing then slam into such chaos and confusion it is much like a thick fog. Inside that “fog of war” you bounce through the emotions of fight or flight. Time becomes an abstraction where moments may pass instantly, or seem minutes, hours, or days to pass. A clearing in that mental, emotional, and chaotic fog of violence brings an awareness you know not where you are, or why, but the adrenaline still demands the urgency of doing the next thing. Continue reading “Lord John and the Haunted Soldier”

Time is the Simplest Thing

by Clifford D. Simak, A Book Review.

As always with humanity there are souls who’s lives begin when the experts proclaim a thing impossible.

Time Is the Simplest Thing by Clifford D. Simak
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My rating: 2 of 5 stars
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Read on 9/2 to page 154, on 9/10 to The End. It was ok, two stars. I recommend it to classic or “Golden Era” science fiction fans although it may have a wider appeal.

We begin our novel with humanity’s final understanding that the dream of space is fatally flawed and no advance in our science or efforts will ever allow these feeble human bodies to withstand the massive dangers of space. Continue reading “Time is the Simplest Thing”

To Build a Fire by Jack London

A Short Story Review

He was angry, and cursed his luck aloud. He had hoped to get into camp with the boys at six o’clock, and this would delay him an hour, for he would have to build a fire and dry out his foot-gear.

To Build a Fire by Jack
is a short story. Read to completion on Friday 8/5/16 finishing at 01:11AM. Repeated Librovox audiobook listening(s) between 8/5 and 9/13 by Bob Neufeld(taking 46:38 minutes) and Betsie Bush (40:03 minutes).

I really liked it (4 stars) and recommend it to all readers.

The story is told from an omnipresence 3rd person point of view so in addition to knowing the protagonist’s sights, sounds, feelings, you also know what he is thinking and not thinking as he takes or does not take actions throughout the story.

A man in the Klondike, Yukon has taken a side trip to check on some money making opportunities for the coming spring and is now heading to meet his boys. He has apparently been told that when the weather gets below minus 50 degrees he ought to have a traveling companion. While the man is not intimately familiar with the specific area he’s a man’s manly man and believes he knows how to make a short trip through some cold weather. Continue reading “To Build a Fire by Jack London”

The Last Gatekeeper by Katy Haye, Book Review

I look at the massive number of 4 and 5 star reviews (at several locations) and think to myself. “I wish I read that book.”

The Last GatekeeperThe Last Gatekeeper by Katy Haye

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Read on 8/16 to page 37, on 8/19 to page 68, on 8/21 to page 80, on 8/25 to page 104, on 8/26 to page 114, on 8/30 to The End

“I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review.” Today I reviewed the Reading Deals Review Club “rules” once again because I was distraught. The rule is actually “Only provide honest, constructive reviews”. Some folks may not notice the difference. But I do.

My 2 star rating is based on Amazon’s 2 star rating (I didn’t like it), but I won’t argue with Goodread’s 2 star rating (It was ok.) which makes it sound better. I would not recommend this book. There are some interesting concepts with interconnecting fantasy worlds.
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I look at the massive number of 4 and 5 star reviews (at several locations) and think to myself. “I wish I read that book.” There’s no need to detail anything at all about the book. Between the blurbs and the reviews it is pretty much covered top to bottom. There’s no question what is going on, or what happens, or by who. I doubt I could write a spoiler not already written. A person may be able to read the blurb and several reviews and never need read the book. I felt similar about White Fang by Jack London, so it may just be one of my personal quirks. Continue reading “The Last Gatekeeper by Katy Haye, Book Review”

The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett, Book Review

I recommended the book but how do I NOT recommend this book? How dare I say no if there’s a chance it may frustrate Mr. Brett and he respond by cutting off the supply of Demon Cycle euphoria.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Read on 5/21 to page 45, on 5/31 to page 107, on 6/19 to page 181, on 7/6 to page 297, on 7/15 to page 391, on 7/25 to page 459, on 8/4 to The End. Loved it! Recommend it!


It is weeks since I finished Desert Spear, and frankly, nearing completion of The Daylight War. What took me by surprise initially was the direction Mr. Brett started Desert Spear, in fact, the entire book seems mostly contradictions against the expected. Continue reading “The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett, Book Review”