by Susan Kaye Quinn
Then three things happened in rapid succession: I fell forward, I grabbed the edge of a desk to catch myself, and I pivoted down into Simon Zagan’s lap.
Falling and catching myself: fine. Landing on Simon Zagan: a tragic catastrophe.
Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read and listened to the audio book (whipsersync from Amazon) in 2016 on 9/30 to page 133, on 10/13 to the end. I liked it, 4 of 5 Stars. I recommend it for young adults, science fiction fans, evolutional altered future fans.
It is a young adult book set in the future where evolution has caused people to change around their time of puberty. Around that time, along with sprouting pubic hair, comes the ability to easily read other people’s minds. You might imagine the multitude of ways an author can go wild with that “what if”. Continue reading “Open Minds”
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.”
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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. I 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”
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.
A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon
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.
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”
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 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.
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.
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”
Prequel to the COIL Series
… we find an international thriller providing background to Corban Dowler and the COIL Organization.
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”
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 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.
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”