Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Review: Chrissie's Run

Chrissie's RunChrissie's Run by S.A. Mahan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The New Republic is the epitome of civilization, and as such does not tolerate deformity. When knocked-up teen Chrissie is told her unborn son will be born without his right hand or foot, she is scheduled for an abortion and sterilization, like it or not. If she wants to save her child, she must escape the only world she has ever known. Daniel is worth all the trials and tribulations she will endure, but will she survive being hunted by those who try to keep the rest of her society clueless to the real world? Or has she doomed both her son’s life and her own?

Chrissie’s Run is a fast paced, post-modern thriller that takes certain modern cultural norms to their logical conclusion. It is very well written and keeps the reader engaged and wondering what exactly is the world that Chrissie has left and what world she gains by her run, and above all showcases a mother’s love for her child. I loved the glaringly obvious pro-life message and mild allegorical undertones, which is not surprising for anyone who knows me (I work for an adoption agency) and I think that fictionalizing that message allows you to see beyond the rhetoric and come to your own conclusions. For anyone who enjoys futuristic fantasy this is a great read, whether you dig the message or not.


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Paleo Ebook Flash Sale Tomorrow!

For those of you interested in Paleo cooking, I found another ebook event tomorrow only, a bunch of Paleo ebooks for .99-1.99 each. This site lists various flash sales of ebooks, quite a few decent ones so far. http://buckbooks.net/504.html


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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Ultimate Christian Living Ebook Bundle!

Remember the Ultimate Healthy Living Ebook Bundle a couple of months ago? Well the same group has put together the Ultimate Christian Living Ebook Bundle! Take a look at what you can get and as always I appreciate you buying through my link - I get a small commission. Every little bit helps, right?



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Friday, October 31, 2014

Book Review: The Quest of Narrigh

The Quest of Narrigh (The Other Worlds #1)The Quest of Narrigh by S.K. Holder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Connor wakes up in an frighteningly familiar place, a world he thought only existed in the computer game he was playing, Quest of Narrigh. How did he get there, and can he figure out how to get home to London before game over? Every boy who plays video games has dreamed of really being the hero of the game, but that reality is far more frightening than assumed.

The Quest of Narrigh is the first book in The Other Worlds series, and does a good job of setting the stage while leaving the reader wanting more. Author S.K. Holder artfully sets up characters and plot points, and I really appreciated the map of the world in the game, as well as the explanation of races and factions. I am one of those gamers who loves to take the time to actually read the back story rather than just scroll through it, and I think anyone reading this book will appreciate how critical that step is. If you are a fan of fantasy and/or role playing games this is a great read and sets up a great series.


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Book Review: Found, Near Water

Found, Near WaterFound, Near Water by Katherine Hayton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Christine leads a support group for women, like her, who have lost their children. Some are known deceased, others are unknown. Over time the support group dwindled to a few women who became fast friends as they bonded over their shared grief. But what will happen when Christine, a victim support advocate, has to be there for a new mother who has also lost her child, and a curious psychic tells her that the child is dead, and the body will be found, near water? Will Christine be able to support her and deal with her own past and present, and will the women she calls friends still be able to rely on their own stories to get them through the ensuing scandal?

As a mother, one of the worst fears is that of your child being abducted, dieing of some horrible disease, or being killed in an accident. No parent should have to outlive their child, regardless of how old the parents or the child. I think that’s what made this books so compelling, it was one of those train wreck scenarios where it’s just too awful to look away; you are helpless to hold back the deluge of tragedy. Each of the support group women’s back story is told in the context of the unfolding story, and even though I have never gone through any of that the possibility still haunts me. The emotion behind the stories was palpable, and I finished the book in one afternoon - I couldn’t put it down. Even though it was a tragic story it was a very good read, and made me resolve even further to protect my kids and any others that I can from the sickos out there, because no child should be without secure, loving parents, and no parents should have to hang on to a thin thread of hope that their child will be found.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review: Death and Disapperances

Death and DisappearancesDeath and Disappearances by Richard Smiraldi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Montgomery Clark, a struggling author who is lucky enough to come from a family who can afford to support a starving artist, is frantically looking for his missing wife, Petula Beaujolais. She stormed out after a spat and hasn’t been seen since. On his way to find her we meet many characters, some from the present and some not so present. Will he find her and reunite or will the worst be discovered?

Death and Disappearances reads like 1950’s film noire, with a bit of more modern sparkly vampire supernatural thrown in for good measure. The main characters, particularly the upper class socialite snobs, seem a little over the top to be believable, although terribly amusing. I have to admit the ending was a bit predictable, but I would have actually liked more monologuing by the eventual villain, particularly more about how/why Petula’s fate came to be. She reconciled the explanation a bit too quickly and cleanly with Mont, and the supernatural aspect led to more confusion than was necessary I thought, at least without getting into more of that dimension, as it left me feeling more like it was just weird than awed or scared. Overall a quick, interesting read, but I thought it just needed a little more polishing.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review: Hire Me or Fire Me

Although author Alexander McDonald seems to think that the first in his series of books, Hire Me or Fire Me, is a novel, it is pretty clear that he is writing more of a memoir of his life as a resentful Canadian immigrant from Scotland. As a young lad his parents moved the family for job reasons, and a young McDonald deeply misses his romanticized Scottish boyhood. The rest of the book details his dislike of Canada both in the school system and the employment situations.

As the title suggests, the bulk of the book focuses on his many jobs in the sales field, starting with the typical short-lived and ill-fated teenage jobs at a gas station, a funeral home and McDonalds, and continuing with cars and pharmaceutical sales. Largely, the book suffered from a lack of focus, as it seems to be a memoir posing as a novel, but also tries to bring in little tidbits of wisdom gleaned from the sales world and constant interaction with people. He can’t quite find the voice he wants, as it is largely first person with a lot of references to pop culture - that don’t add any value, in my opinion - but also tries to tell the story of people he encounters. Most of them seemed to be from a rather narcissistic, holier-than-thou (or more Scottish than thou, anyway), slimy salesman perspective that only served to heighten my irritation with the man, until the last story. The story of Walter had a completely different tone, the voice was humble and appreciative of the experience. I would have preferred the whole tone of the book to be written like that last story. Hopefully, Mr. McDonald will decide to edit his books either into a completely fictionalized account of a salesman, write a sales technique and people-reading book that gives tips and tricks illustrated with stories from his experiences, or an actual straight and acknowledged memoir, because the combination just doesn’t work.

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