The Third Kingdom

by Terry Goodkind

He was loath to try such a thing. He was dead anyway. If he didn’t try, everyone would die. This was his only chance. He knew it was purely an act of desperation. Zedd always said that sometimes an act of desperation was magic—real magic.


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Third Kingdom by Terry Goodkind. Read in 2016 on 11/9 to page104, on 11/19 to page 299 on 11/29 to the end. I really liked it and recommend it to fans of Terry Goodkind’s books about Richard and Kahlan.

The Third KingdomThis is book two in a four book story so anything specific is a spoiler. I don’t like the idea you have to buy four books written over a long period of time in order to enjoy a story but that is what publishing has become.

For normal spoiler info on the book read the blurbs on the sales sites or Goodreads. I’m going to write a review. It will have spoilers. It will be after the “read more” link to save you from accidentally glancing at the ruin of your future reading. Continue reading “The Third Kingdom”

The Omen Machine

by Terry Goodkind

Hannis Arc needed people to stop believing in Lord Rahl. Once the people lost their respect and rejected him, his fall from power would be swift.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Read and listened to the audiobook in 2016 on 9/27 to page 183 and on 10/6 to the end. I liked it and recommend it to fans of Terry Goodkind and his books about Richard and Kahlan.Omen Machine Rating

The Omen Machine is the first book in a story that reaches across four books including this book. This book is exciting enough.  It sets up the dramatic props authors use to keep the reader turning pages, ending with the dramatic tick-tock countdown timer adding the ever looming doom over our protagonist characters for the remainder of the books. Continue reading “The Omen Machine”

The First Confessor

The Legend of Magda Searus by Terry Goodkind

Despite her grief, she is driven to find the reasons behind why her husband would commit suicide–why he would abandon her and her people at such a profoundly dangerous time.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read in 2016 on 6/4 to page 213 on 6/25 to page 383 on 7/10 to the end. I really liked it and recommend it to fans of Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth Series. For the record, I consider all Terry Goodkind “Richard and Kahlan” books as “Sword of Truth” books as well.The First Confessor

The First Confessor is a prequel that fills in much of the back story that is referenced throughout the Sword of Truth Series but it is largely irrelevant until you reach “The Omen Machine” (Book 12 of Sword of Truth or 1 of Richard and Kahlan). Before review, a bit about the entire series. Continue reading “The First Confessor”


by Terry Goodkind

Living by the sword alone is not enough. He needs that investment of his own emotion. He needs to give love as well as receive it.”

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My rating: 2 of 5 starsreally-dog-read SM

Read in 2016 on 8/28 to page 99, on 9/6 to page 233, on 9/17 to the end. It was ok, Two Stars. I recommend it as if you’re in this deep in the series you might as well, and if your not in the series at all, you’re not going to pick up book 11 in a series and hope to enjoy it.Confessor Rating

This is book eleven in the series, and at one point was believed to the be the final book in the Sword of Truth series of books.  What put me over the top with the first book was the wizard Jed’s revelation of the Wizard’s First Rule: “People are stupid.”  (Fist pump!)  NAILED IT.  Truth is, as I read deeper into the series I added a section to one of my web sites dedicated to the Wizard’s rules.  Continue reading “Confessor”

Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1

by Brian Michael Bendis, David W. Mack (Illustrator), Michael Gaydos (Illustrator), Bill Sienkiewicz (Illustrator)

book cover Jessica Jones Alias 1 This book was started and discarded to my Unfinished-discarded pile. No rating.

I recommended it as I sincerely wanted to read it.

It is a graphic novel. That is a 200+ page comic book.  In my day comic books were never 200 pages.  You were lucky if you could beg, or have a fit, or whatever worked to get your mother to let you have that ten cent comic book at the checkout stand of the local store.

I had to discard this “graphic novel” for the sake of my eyes. Everything I read these days is on a tablet… or is on a tablet in audiobook format that can be streamed to a very loud bluetooth speaker that I can actually hear.  My ears are about as good as my eyes, probably worse.  I worked on jet engines at one point and it wasn’t manly to wear ear protection.  So I was manly then and near deaf now.

I actually did wear lots of ear protection but those engines are like 180+ decibels.  There is no effective ear protection standing eight feet from that kind of noise.

Comic books just aren’t a good format to be reading on a 7″ tablet.  I have nothing against them.  I’m sure I read every Archie comic printed before 1964, when I discovered the new releases of Doc Savage stories and started reading “real books”.

That’s actually untrue, I started reading real books much sooner.  I think I read every baseball biography I could find at the library long before I discovered Doc Savage.  They were “real books”.  I can remember some of them better than the books I finished last week.  They tell me it is age, not Alzheimer’s.

I had never heard of Jessica Jones until Netflix produced a few episodes. I watched all of them and didn’t really get a good understanding of the Jessica Jones superhero character so wanted to learn more. This was offered free as part of my benefit package as an Amazon Prime member.

If you’re interested in 200+ page comic books, this one is out there along with several companions. I thought the TV series Jessica Jones character was probably a more interesting character in the world of Marvel comics that I never knew about. Never knew about Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Daredevil, or the Punisher either.

I suppose I should be flogged for such lack of knowledge of the high literature formats, but that is probably painful. Since I already have more than my share of pain, I’d like to just pass and be called vulgar names if no one objects.

If you pay for Amazon “Prime” membership they have a “new” reading benefit that lets you read from a rather large collection of books for free. This series is among those books.  I suppose it isn’t a really new benefit, but it is new to me.  Vulgar names again…. I’ll skip the flogging.



by E. E. “Doc” Smith

Every speaker in the space cruiser blared out the warning as he evacuated his lungs entirely empty. “Vee-Two Gas! Get tight!” Writhing and twisting in his fierce struggle to keep his lungs from gulping any noxious atmosphere, and with the unconscious girl draped limply over his left arm, Costigan leaped toward the portal to the nearest lifeboat.

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Triplanetary by E.E. “Doc”Smith, Read in 2016 on 6/1 to page 71, on 6/22 to page 110, on 7/7 to page 211, on 7/16 until complete.

Before I begin rambling, I liked it. I recommend it to classic science fiction space opera fans. Triplanetary is the first of the Lensmen series by E.E. “Doc” Smith. A wonderfully successful series.
Triplanetary Rating Chart 3x5Triplanetary is Earth-centric in this galactic adventure. If memory serves (more on that later) the planets of the Triplanetary service are Earth, Venus, and Mars. It’s a shoot-em up space adventure with rather clear good guys and bad guys. There are a number of threats that are also lingering as foretelling.

The hero-saves-damsel-in-distress-and-falls-in-love is 1930’s contrived as are some Doc Savage-like escapes. You don’t know who Doc Savage is? Shame on you! Continue reading “Triplanetary”

A Criminal Defense

by William L. Myers Jr.

“…Forcing me to look at your lying face, holding down my anger, trying to make sure we all aren’t destroyed by this goddamned disaster.”…The rage I’ve held back for so long finally overtakes me… when I finally stop and gather myself…the wine bottle missing from the coffee table, the TV screen in shards, and the deep red stain dripping down the wall just like the blood…

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Amazon ebook and Whispersync audiobook, read/listened in 2017 on 5/20 to page 238, and on 6/9 to the end. I loved it (4½ of 5) 😁 and recommend it.

In addition to being a standard lawyer suspense novel, the type that first caught my attention when I binged on John Grisham’s 1991 –The Firm, 1992 – The Pelican Brief, 1993 – The Client, it is also a mystery with more twists than a pretzel.
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I’m certain the genre was around before John Grisham but, for me, he turned the genre from Graham Crackers into Hershey’s Chocolate.

In March 2017 William L. Myers Jr.‘s  A Criminal Defense looked more appealing to me than the other Kindle First offerings that month. I’m glad I bumped this one to the top of a very long list of “to read” books.

William L. Myers, Jr Our author, Mr. Myers, gets us into the story quick enough. His protagonist, Mick McFarland is standing outside the home of a convicted murderer’s mother who has begged him to appeal her only son’s hopeless murder case. Mick took the case pro bonoa and has lost two costly appeals already but his Hail Maryb legal maneuver was caught in the end zone, so now Justin Bauer will be getting a new trial. The mother has been so distraught she no longer answers the phone. So Mick is at her door to try to give her the good news. Great that Justin will get a new trial, nightmare that Mick’s firm will be likely go broke from the trial.
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