Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book Review: Trigon Daze

Trigon Daze: (The Legend of Vanx Malic Book Five)Trigon Daze: by M.R. Mathias
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Vanx Malic has managed to free his friend, Chelda, from the spell that kept her bound to the Shadowmane, and hoping that what he saw in the Mirror of Portent can be prevented, or at least changed. When the Trigon start the invasion just as he saw he isn’t sure if he can protect his friends or if the zombie warriors will just bowl over everything in their path, with the help of the grand dracus hovering over the battle. Losses are inevitable, but is this war even winnable? He has to try….

In general I love M.R. Mathias’ series, but I have to admit I felt like this was one of the weaker, more connective filler novels. Necessary, but not the absolute best. There wasn’t loads of character development as we were already familiar with most of the cast, and I think that is where Mathias shines in some of his other novels. I did LOVE the short story at the end about Foxwise Posey-thorne, I thought that really added a lot of love to that character. However, the battle was pretty epic, and as usual there was lots of immersive description. I think the battle took up most of the book, which is where I started to get a little bored - there’s only so much battle carnage I can take before I start to skim. But it was still a really solid fantasy novel, and I think fans of Mathias as well as the genre in general will really enjoy Vanx and his adventures.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Book Review: Bloodline Gypsy

Bloodline Gypsy: Jook and Gypsies Vol. 1Bloodline Gypsy: Jook and Gypsies Vol. 1 by Shirley A. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Susannah has always known she was a little different. Her unconventional, nomadic childhood did nothing to prepare her for the death of her mother and grandparents in a terrible crash, or the home of her thus far absent father and his family. Finding out a mythical creature is after her and another is protecting her seems almost par for the course. She wasn’t sure how she was going to embrace her destiny, but it was barreling down in her in a live or die scenario. She was pretty sure life was the better option, but it isn’t exactly the life she planned.

Yep, it’s a werewolf book. So far only one mention of vampires though, in case you were worried. I have to admit, I know almost nothing about werewolf mythology, so reading some of the history and backstory of the werewolf-gypsy relationship was pretty fascinating for me.It was well done and presented as a natural part of the story, which made for easy reading. I enjoyed the character development, particularly the non-human development and contrast with humans, and am very much looking forward to seeing how Susannah fares on the run with her protectors. Note for sensitive stomachs, there is a fair amount of gore in the book, as well as some graphic sexual violence. It made sense in the context of the story, but it was a bit to stomach if you don’t normally read this type of story. It’s a really fascinating read though, and I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys supernatural thrillers.


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Book Review: Child of Shadows

Child of Shadows (The Shadow God Trilogy Book 1)Child of Shadows by Kathe Todd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Leila has had a rough life, but she’s made the best of it. She has scrapped, stolen and survived, and while she is an excellent thief, her luck may be about to run out. Running from guards who discovered her theft, she is drawn to an eery temple and is conscripted into service by a disgraced god. Will she be able to complete his task and restore him to his former glory? Not even his gifts and her skills as a thief may get her through this adventure.

Set in an alternate reality Age of Enlightenment Europe (1700s or so) where the gods are not just stories but actively participating in modern life, author Kathe Todd pits them against each other in much the same way the Greek and Roman pantheon are portrayed in the classical stories. They squabble, they manipulate, and for some reason they always require human muscle to carry out their divine intervention. The story progresses like an epic, with a long journey and a lot of learning. It starts with Leila as a child and ends with her as a woman, but I love the history and the back story. I think it’s a great read, and am looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy.

Note for parents, some sex and occult themes.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Book Review: Where Angels Prey

Where Angels PreyWhere Angels Prey by Ramesh S Arunachalam
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bob has a nose for a story, and something about Prasad Kamenini doesn’t smell right. Sure, his company, SAAMAN is hailed as the cure for poverty in India, thanks to his microlending program and innate ability to help foreign investors part with hefty sums to aid the poverty relief for some of the poorest of the poor, but Bob is convinced there’s more than he’s telling. Maybe even more of the extra-legal variety, and not particularly helpful to the poor, to the point of hurting the most vulnerable. Armed with a global list of contacts and aided by his good friend and Indian reporter Chandresh, Bob dives into the world of microfinance, and what he finds is about as far from angelic as you can get.

Where Angels Prey tells an intricate tale of corruption, and one the Western world needs to hear. While there is nothing inherently wrong with microfinance, it is not always monitored and distributed properly, and can sometimes replace a broken system with an even more broken one. While a sometimes complicated story, it is worth it to delve deeper into the issues, particularly from a non-Western perspective. I know that it opened my eyes to issues and practices I was not aware of, and I appreciate that immensely. Overall the story was very compelling and the issue very real in the modern world.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Book Review: Legend of Things Past

The Legend of Things PastThe Legend of Things Past by Phillip William Sheppard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Donovan Knight is no stranger to top secret assignments, and he is good at what he does. He assumes this one is the like the others, but is stunned to go back in time to pull off saving the planet. Consequences abound, whether he is successful or not, not to mention the whole distorting the time-space continuum thing. But the survival of the future, and more importantly, his family, depends on his mission succeeding, and there is nothing more important than his family.



In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Survivor fan, and am happy to support contestants, hopefully without the obvious fangirl nerding out. Upon discovering that Mr. Sheppard wrote this book, I immediately had his voice in my head reading it to me, which made it all the more fun. The plot moves quickly, and while I question some of the timey-wimey parameters, it’s a great read with a few twists and turns along the way. Mr. Knight’s motivations are very clear, and it makes for an interesting decision making process for him. I really did enjoy the book and for anyone looking for a light sci-fi read should pick it up.


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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Book Review: Money, Wealth and War


http://www.amazon.com/Money-Wealth-War-Robert-Shuler-ebook/dp/B00UIPW4E2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430920650&sr=8-1&keywords=money+wealth+and+war 
Ever wonder how our monetary policy developed over time? I mean a looonngg time? Author Robert Schuler gives a history of how money developed and influenced in trade and war. I’m a huge history buff and married to one of the rare (according to Schuler) men who  has a degree in both economics and history, so this book was right up my alley. While I don’t profess to be an expert I found Schuler’s explanation intriguing, if a little academic for the uninitiated, but still really interesting. I think that applying it to personal finance is a bit of a stretch, although I loved the focus on building intergenerational wealth, as I think this is a sorely overlooked priority in most western mindsets. If you want your paradigm challenged and enjoy historical context don’t pass this one up!


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Monday, May 4, 2015

Book Review: Church of Martyrs

Church of MartyrsChurch of Martyrs by Pete Fusco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eddie, former priest and current sole occupant of the derelict Church of Martyrs in Cleveland is really not sure why he has garnered the attention of any assassin, but he’s grateful the creepy, over realistic statues of famous Church martyrs were there to save him. Now if he could just figure out what they want from him, and how to stay alive and maybe how to keep the pope alive, that would be awesome.

I loved the somewhat sacrilegious humor coupled with the healthy skepticism of religion in general, although the Catholic Church was the prime target in this one. I also loved that it was a fast paced globe trotter and the added supernatural aspect, although as a social worker, I was a little frownie at the relationship progression. Still it is a great read, and anyone looking for a quick read should definitely pick this one up.


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