The Fiery Cross

by Diana Galbadon

He explained, “In the Highlands of Scotland, when a chieftain would set himself for war, he would burn the fiery cross, and send it for a sign through the lands of his clan. It was a signal to the men of his name, to gather their weapons and come to the gathering place, prepared for battle.”

The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5)The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read in 2016 on 12/16 to page 76, on 2/17 to page 84, on 12/18 to page 128, on 12/19 to page 422, on 12/24 to page 507, on 12/25 to page 735, on 12/28 to page 996, on 12/29>1051, on 12/30 to the end.Fiery Cross Rating-

I really liked this book even putting aside other books in favor of finishing this book, but it doesn’t rise to I loved it. I do recommend it to Gabaldon’s Outlander series fans most passionately. Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon SM
How do you summarize a fifth book in a series of at least 8 books without just blasting out spoiler after spoiler? I can’t.

Also this book is over 1200 pages. I did manage to finish it in under a month, but my memory isn’t up to the job of holding this kind of complicated plot, let alone report on this book. Well I’ll give you a tip about the book’s title…. Continue reading “The Fiery Cross”

Killing Floor

by Lee Child
I WAS ARRESTED IN ENO’S DINER. AT TWELVE O’CLOCK. I was eating eggs and drinking coffee.

Doors burst open, policemen jumped out. Two from each car, weapons ready. Two revolvers, two shotguns. This was heavy stuff. One revolver and one shotgun ran to the back. One of each rushed the door.

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, #1)Killing Floor by Lee Child a Jack Reacher Novel and Audiobook. Read/Listened in 2016 on 11/25 to page 170, on 12/4 to page 248, on 12/23 to the end. I really liked it. I recommend it for those action adventure suspense fans who want to dig into Lee Child’s creation of Jack Reacher.  Killing Floor sm

I’m glad I had watched a Jack Reacher movie.

killing floor thumbs up in rain smAbout the book… I was only checking the acoustics of the audiobook before loaning it out and several hours later had shut it off and crawled into bed… marking in the book and audiobook where I had left off. Continue reading “Killing Floor”

Dark Edge by D.I. Telbat

Prequel to the COIL Series

… we find an international thriller providing background to Corban Dowler and the COIL Organization.

Dark Edge (COIL #0.5)Dark Edge by D.I. Telbat
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Dark Edge Prequel by D.I. Telbat. Read in 2016 on 8/31, and again on 11/14. It was ok.Dark Edge I still recommend it to Christians who enjoy thrillers and suspense novels in the genre of Robert Ludlum’s Jason Borne or Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. DarkEdgeitsokI felt no connection to any character. It is flagrantly Christian. Being a Christian myself I have no issues with Christian fiction. It was one reason I wanted to look at the book. But I’m also an extremely experienced reader. Lot’s of Christian fiction is done well. The reader connects to characters, and it is not difficult to suspend disbelief with the plot. I deeply enjoyed This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti. Continue reading “Dark Edge by D.I. Telbat”

Custom of the Army

by Diana Galbadon

“Well … dead, actually. I had rather a nasty letter from his father, accusing you of murder. That one came over breakfast; didn’t think to bring it. Did you mean to kill him?”

The Custom of the Army (Lord John Grey, #2.75)The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lord John and the Custom of the Army by Diana Galbadon. Read in 2016 on 8/24 and 9/11, and again on 11/11. I liked it. I recommend it to Outlander Series fans, science fictional history fans, and fans of fiction with a homosexual hero.Custom of the Armyok-thumbs-giphy

We start at a society party attended by Lord John. It is a theme party where an entertainer with an electric eel shocks members of the party for the amusement of the guest. Lord John is manipulated into being the guest at the front of the line who is to grasp the eel while holding hands with another guest. Continue reading “Custom of the Army”

First Lensman by E.E. “Doc” Smith

The Arisians know that he is incorruptible, a paragon of bravery and virtue, so they have chosen him to be the first entity to wear the “Lens of Civilization”.


First Lensman (The Lensman Series Book 2)First Lensman by E.E. “Doc” Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First Lensman by Doc E.E. Smith. Read and simultaneously listened to in 2016 on 6/1 to page 71, on 6/22 to page 107, on 7/7 to page 211 and completed it on 7/16. I liked it. I recommend it to classic science fiction fans.First Lensman SM This review includes the Books in Motion audiobook read by Reed McColm, who performed with excellence. I prefer doing both read and listen, old “learning trick” from college. Plus it allows you to do some things without the story stopping while you live life.

“First Lensman” is a story that follows incorruptible heroic space adventurer Virgil Samms as he attempts to establish a military or police force to protect the civilization from those who would rather have chaos. Continue reading “First Lensman by E.E. “Doc” Smith”


Well, lets see if fate is better to me this year than previous years!

INaNoWriMo_2016_WebBadge_Participant-200.png wanted anyone interested in this blog to know that there is a lot more coming.

I’m 14 book reports behind schedule.  I’ll get to them and to the ones that will build up before I get to those 14.

I’ve currently been spending a lot of my time helping a friend with their creative work.  At first I refused the request, then had a epiphany that led me to want to do this work.  I’m only partially finished after a month.

I have once again, at the last minute, signed up for NANOWRIMO 2016.  I don’t know hNANO2016ND.jpgow you find authors on NANOWRIMO but I use the same “handle” pretty much everywhere.  “aegiswiz”.  So if you are doing that and looking for me, maybe that information will help.  I bring this up because that will make posting much of anything in November extremely challenging.

Who knows, I may take up drinking coffee again and discard all that wasted time sleeping…

Thanks for your interest and check back.  The upcoming book reports are First Lensman, Lord John and the Custom of the Army, Dark Edge Prequel, The Daylight War, Confessor, Mesenger’s Legacy, Galactic Patrol, The Fifth Season (A Hugo Winner), Jilo, The Scottish Prisoner, The Omen Machine, The Partner, Open Minds and The Girl on the Train.  Look forward to writing about them.

Norm Davis aka aegiswiz.

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

A Book Review

One aspect of this series that kept me interested is how Mr. Westerfeld has incorporated real characters of the era into the events of his imaginary history

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld  Read in 2016 on 7/29 to page 101, on 8/6 to page 268 on 8/21 to the end.

I liked it, 3 of 5 stars and recommend it specifically to alternate history fantasy fans, science fiction and fantasy fans, generally to young adults, and finally to all comers who enjoy good fiction.
Goliath is the final book in an alternate history fantasy series that takes place in an altered World War I era. In the imaginary world various country’s have adapted one of two technologies. One is primarily organic where people have altered DNA of animals to suit the purposes we would generally think of as technology. They are referred to a Darwinist. Leviathan, the first book is named after, is a giant dirigible war aircraft developed by altering the DNA of a whale. The details are an interesting creative idea. Alternately various other country’s technology is based on mechanical constructions, but in this imaginary work the “Clankers” fashion their machines based largely on biology. For example armored vehicles built to engage in war walk on various number of legs depending on the vehicle. Continue reading “Goliath by Scott Westerfeld”