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reviewed Cinema of Shadows. December 05, 2012
Cinema of Shadows
Have you ever wanted to go on a ghost hunt? If so, read this novel first for some excellent practical suggestions—no smoking for a start. And if not, enjoy this ghost-hunting tale for the vicarious …
reviewed Isaac: A Modern Fable. March 27, 2012
Isaac: A Modern Fable
   The Bible tells its story in black and white—Abraham, commanded by God to offer his son, takes a knife to Isaac at the altar, and then God spares him. Ivan Goldman’s Isaac fills …
   I like my kindle and I like these puzzles. Great for those moments when it’s just too late to start another book, or when the TV program’s about to begin. Great while I wait for …
   Pass the kindle—pass the puzzle. Grabarchuk’s compilation of their earlier 3 kindle puzzle books has the same interface and same rules as the earlier books. Use the five-way controller …
reviewed Tundra 37 (A New Dawn). March 22, 2012
   Tundra 37, by Aubrie Dionne, is the second in her New Dawn science-fiction series. Intriguingly, this is the sort of series that really doesn’t need to be read in order, with connected …
reviewed Three Dreams Deep. March 22, 2012
   Can a children’s story start with a schoolboy learning about Galileo and the motion of the world. Well, school lessons can, and when Willis wakes up at his desk, that’s the lesson …
reviewed Neverdark. March 22, 2012
Neverdark
   Neverdark by C.S. Enfield is fun! A modern-day fairytale, set in a wonderful old Oak tree in a failing forest, it combines today’s issues with yesterday’s fluid wonder. The story …
reviewed Descent. March 22, 2012
   The journey of a woman bent on suicide surely can’t be as absorbing as this. But Melanie S. Pronia’s novel Descent is wholly believable, deeply evocative, and almost impossible …
A Note from an Old Acquaintance
   Bill Walker’s novel, A Note from an Old Acquaintance, tells a story of past love and present pain filled with questions about the future. His protagonist, Brian Weller, is the sort …
reviewed Ugly to Start With. March 13, 2012
Ugly to Start With
   Short stories aren’t the same as novels. And literary shorts aren't even as simple as stories. They start somewhere after the beginning of the tale and end before the conclusion—at …
reviewed Flight of the Stone. March 13, 2012
Flight of the Stone
   Set around Christchurch, in Dorset, England, C.H. Thompson’s Flight of the Stone is a children’s novel with some hints of older themes, making it slightly hard to place. The …
Zoe Mack and the Secret of the Love Letters (Zoe Mack Mysteries)
   Zoe Mack and the Secret of the Love Letters, by K. Dawn Byrd introduces a well-balanced, very believable 19-year-old investigator solving her first unofficial case while learning the gentle …
reviewed Literally Dead. March 07, 2012
Literally Dead
   Ernest Hemingway shot himself in the leg while hunting shark. Carl Sandburg wrote a wonderfully evocative poem of “We the people.” Nelson Algren won the first ever National Book …
Not This Time: A Novel (Crossroads Crisis Center)
Not this Time is the third in a series of suspense novels by Vicki Hinze, set in the small Florida town of Seagrove Village. A large cast of characters includes many whose story’s might be told …
Dark Mind (Emily Stone Series)
   The rescue of a kidnapped child in Hawaii is just an introductory adventure in Jennifer Chase’s Dark Mind, another in her Emily Stone series. Slow-moving island police and slow-thinking …
reviewed Witch. March 07, 2012
   The haunting poetry of Witch has simply language (though sometimes oddly used) and a nice rhythmic style. The story’s told in series of poems, collected in 5 books, with the innocent …
reviewed Embrace the Highland Warrior. March 07, 2012
   I enjoyed the first book in Anita Clenney’s Highland Warrior series so I was pleased to have the chance to read and review its sequel, Embrace the Highland Warrior. The story starts …
No Money Marketing: All You Need Is Like
   Author Angela Yuriko Smith self-published her vampire book End of Mae at the end of May 2011. In No Money Marketing, she reveals the secrets of her cyberspace success. As one of those authors …
KILL FM 100 (Night Shift Edition)
   Cart-Man Carter Jackson spins music to die for on the night shift at KILL FM 100, but his plan is to live and let live, owning the airwaves, caring for employees, enjoying gentle banter with …
Misfits and Heroes: West from Africa
   Combining a well-researched prehistoric world, reminiscent of Jean Auel’s novels, with the mysticism of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, Kathleen Flanagan Rollins tells of those quiet …
reviewed Shadows Over Paradise. March 02, 2012
Shadows Over Paradise
   Julia’s been invited to her friend’s wedding on an exotic island but nothing seems to go right in Anne K. Edwards’ Shadows over Paradise. Even the boatman on the way to …
Through the Portal, Book 1 (Through the Portal
   Rich-kid Oliver is as quick to help a stranger as he is to accidentally harm a friend in Through the Portal, by Justin Dennis. Oliver's a typical teen perhaps but more thoughtless than …
reviewed Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls). March 02, 2012
Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls)
   The cover’s cold. The red dot stares from its center. And the title, Shiver, feels hauntingly frozen. Even without knowing what this book was about I knew I wanted to read it.   …
reviewed Make It Stay. February 23, 2012
Make It Stay
   Love in an age of freedom, friendship at an age when years begin to count, loyalty in a time of suffering, and hope in the face of despair, Joan Frank’s Make it Stay has it all. A feast …
reviewed The Darkening Dream. February 23, 2012
The Darkening Dream
   Heralded as a Vampire Novel with Bite, Andy Gavin’s The Darkening Dream blends the dark shadows of Poe with the modern touch of teen adventure and a hint of magic too. Vampires live …
Fulfill Your Threats (Simple Principles to Help
   Author Jonathan Wutawunashe maintains in his first book, Fulfill Your Threats, that “success is the outcome of a simple process based on deciding, doing and learning.” He proceeds …
reviewed Ruined City. February 23, 2012
Ruined City
   Author A.F. Stewart’s words paint pictures in glorious colors in this short story collection, tall curling spires with swirling delicate traceries on the walls. The reader feels as …
A DEAD RED HEART (The Lalla Bains Series)
   Second in a series, R.P. Dahlke’s Dead Red Heart stars 40-year-old crop duster and amateur sleuth Lalla Bains as she unravels the mysteries of her heart and of her erstwhile stalker’s …
Puzzle Quizzes (150 Brain Teasers for Kindle)
   This new kindle puzzle book has a nicely reworked interface. The five way button moves selections smoothly between multi-choice answers with clear highlighting and logical positioning at …
Cut The Shapes (A Puzzle Game for Kindle)
   Cut the Shapes is my favorite so far of all the Grabarchuk puzzle books, great fun for kindle play. There’s something about moving the 5-way controller around these shapes that feels …
reviewed The God King. February 18, 2012
The God King
   The three moons crash and burn and the Sacred Tower falls down. Sister Ellonlef scrambles through the dust and rubble to save the lives of survivors, but this is only the beginning of the …
Little 15: A dark tale of first love
   The conversational tone of this novel lends a powerful immediacy to the tale, inviting readers not so much to share the protagonist’s mistakes as to examine their own. It’s unclear …
reviewed India Was One. February 18, 2012
India Was One
   Opening perfectly with a man’s dark walk to the place where he might see his wife, this novel captures the heart of a broken world with aching sensitivity, then backtracks to the more …
Opening Day: A Matt Davis Mystery (Matt Davis
   Cozy in setting and characters, gritty in detail, equally convincing in police procedure and the tying of flies for fly-fishing, Joe Peronne’s Opening Day takes Matt Davis out of New …
reviewed Bird Cloud: A Memoir. February 18, 2012
Bird Cloud: A Memoir
   Cross Bill Bryson’s At Home with Jane Kirkpatrick’s Homestead and you’ll have something like Annie Proulx’s memoir, Bird Cloud. The Bird Cloud of the title is a beautiful …
Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology
   There’s a breathless, unpolished feel to the writing in Larissa Hinton’s short stories and poems, as if the author couldn’t wait to release the words. The mix of poetry …
reviewed Vampires Rule (Rule Series). February 13, 2012
Vampires Rule (Rule Series)
   Jack would love nothing more than to be human again, but Jack died ten years ago and now his little brother’s older than him and his girlfriends are fighting over him. A teen novel …
reviewed My Life As A Dog. February 13, 2012
My Life As A Dog
   Imagine a cross between Audrey Niffnegger’s Time Traveller’s Wife, a Jim Butcher novel, and a modern paranormal romance, then you’ll have something like Mike and Cynthia …
reviewed An Angel With Fur. February 13, 2012
An Angel With Fur
   The story of a dog, from puppy to grave, hides inside it the story of a man growing into his years, leaving childhood and teenage rebellion behind as his “angel with fur” demands …
reviewed Black Purse. February 13, 2012
Black Purse
   Complex characters inhabit a very real contemporary world in Stephanie M Sellers’ Black Purse. Good farmers care for horses just as well as if they were people, and in the process, …
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