A Game of Thrones

by George R. R. Martin

As his men died around him, Littlefinger slid Ned’s dagger from its sheath and shoved it up under his chin. His smile was apologetic. “I did warn you not to trust me, you know.”

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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 starsapprove-danaryes-SM

Read and or listened to the audiobook in 2017 on 1/25 to page 199, on 2/1 to page 260, on 2/14 to page 387, on 2/28 to page 479, on 3/8 to page 563 on 3/19 to the end. I really liked it but my recommendation is with reservations.

Yes, it is a great series (I’ve read them all previously, this is a second read), and no, I do not recommend the series. Game of Thrones SMI do not believe the series will ever conclude. In fact, the reason I decided to re-read the series is that I think, my memory isn’t my strong suit, that the HBO series has shown the story beyond the end of his last book. I’m uncertain, so I’m reading again.

You may read dozens of reviews of this book and have as many different opinions regarding what this book is about. Robert Baratheon is king (and multiple other titles), and Jon Arryn, is Hand to the King (and multiple other titles). The Hand of the King is the virtual ruler of the seven kingdoms, appointed by the King as head of his small group of councilors. Jon Arryn dies and by many is suspected to have been murdered. Continue reading “A Game of Thrones”

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

by Diana Gabaldon

The year is 1772, and on the eve of the American Revolution, the long fuse of rebellion has already been lit. Men lie dead in the streets of Boston, and in the backwoods of North Carolina, isolated cabins burn in the forest.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read in 2017 on 1/1 to page 82, on 1/6 to page 158, on 1/7 to page 442, on 1/10 to page 566, on 1/12 to page 619 on 1/13 to page 666, on 1/15 to page 1026, on 1/22 to the end.  Listened to Recorded Books Audiobook by Davina Porter  simultaneously.

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I loved it and recommend the series to any lover of fiction. I selected this series as I was tired of waiting for several years for George R.R. Martin to write another book in his unfinished Game of Thrones series. Continue reading “A Breath of Snow and Ashes”

A Spy’s Devotion

by Melanie Dickerson

How painful to realize that her aunt did not consider her a member of the family at all, only a tool, a servant who would serve a purpose and then be discarded as unnecessary.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With additional Whispersync Audio that worked a good deal of the time. I read it in 2016 and 2017 on 12/21 to page 34, on 1/2 to page 65, on 1/3 to page 142 and on 1/4 to the end. I really liked it and recommend to Romance fans of that flowery time in England that is, I think, Victorian age… a time when looking at a girl at a dance may be understood to be almost a proposal for marriage.
A Spys Devotion SMI struggled mightily with this book. I believe in the “Acknowledgments Melanie called it “Regency Romance”. I don’t have words for it.

I will not watch Lifetime Movie Channel (for women) as it is more addicting than heroin, and I speak from experience. The withdrawals are slightly easier on the nerves, stomach, and other nasty things but like any addiction you can’t have even one or you’re back on the stuff. I’ve never went for this kind of Romance novel as I feared it would be as addictive as Lifetime Movie Channel. Continue reading “A Spy’s Devotion”

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?”

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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”