I am a vertically challenged Nova Scotian whom loves to read books pretty much 24/7 since the Cancer Demon struck me and Crisis Chemo hit me with insomnia along with everything else it does to your body. I think I've been reading too many graphic novels.lol I also read every genre because I want to explore everything in the world possible before I go to the Great Beyond, which I'm sure has book shelves sky high!
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- The Virgin King
on March 22, 2011
The Virgin King by Jospeh Fullham is a mad romp through England from the eyes of King Harry VIII’s grandson William who has been stuck on an island looking after his ever-increasingly mad grandfather who would like to see William go on to rule his beloved land. What follows is a humourous , mayhem involved trek for poor William into a land that his grandfather no longer knows anything about as neither does Will.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, reading it on a night when I needed a bit of light and entertaining reading. Now if you as a reader are expecting factual events, well then this is not the book for you as they are few and far between. However it is easier read if you have some knowledge of the historical events of the time. Think of the movie Spaceballs as a spoof of Star Wars. Entirely enjoyable but not to be taken seriously.
Come on my dear readers, in an age of horrible earthquakes and crazy Libyan dictators, take an afternoon or evening, throw the cares and worries away, and join Mr. Fullam for a fun read through Tudor times. I know I did!!!
- The Magician's Castle
on June 06, 2011
I read The Magician’s Castle written by Mary Cunningham to my 10 year old niece and she immediately asked for the rest of the books in the series. It was a fun, easy read filled with magic and time travel, focusing on the theme of friendship. It taught both of us a fair amount about the 1914 period of life and provided an enjoyable afternoon reading and laughing and with my niece.
- Rise of the Raven
on June 06, 2011
Rise of the Raven written by Steven R. Drennon is an epic fantasy novel that, as I find in many fantasy novels, starts out slow but is worth slogging through the first chapters to get to the grit of the story. As the novel speeds up I found myself becoming immersed in this dark world of wizards, good and evil and even a bit of romance. A great job for a first novel!
- The Eyes that See - A Prelude to the Balancer Chronicles
on Aug. 01, 2011
The Eyes that See written by Chris Adonn is a prequel to the Balancer Chronicles. It provides some back story to the Chronicles. I absolutely loved this book. It had the traditional fantasy creatures but also a nice twist of originality, a new breed of supernatural. Never having read or heard of the Balancer Chronicles I look forward to reading them now that I have read the prequel. If you are a fan of fantasy then you will love this book.
on Sep. 09, 2011
This is the first volume in what I hope will be one of many involving the characters of Willowtree. The writing has a good flow to it, the characters are believable and even better, likeable. The main character, a wannabe detective, or else just someone who is bored and wants some excitement (lol), is Bruce DelReno. A lot of the book is about golf, or I should say involves golf. Not being a golf lover myself I thought I wouldn't really take to this book but I was in for a pleasant surprise. Mr. Bove made it very easy to understand which shows the makings of a truly good author. He draws the reader into not onlt the mystery but the characters and their lives. A great read indeed!
- The Queen Bee of Bridgeton
on Sep. 16, 2011
This is an amazingly well written novel in a similar vein as the movie Step-Up and will probably be just as well-loved by young adults. It involves a young girl who loves to dance but doesn't have the means to achieve that dream. Yet she does through extreme hard work. However, as we all know, hard work at a young age is rarely recognized by one's peers, especially when those peers are rich witches. Add on to all this the incredibly nasty, unlikeable sister and a hot yet messed up boyfriend and you have a recipe for a great, short read that teens will love. This is the kind of juicy stuff that actually does happen in teenage years and things don't always turn out for the best and everything becomes flowery and perfect. This novel is raw and gritty. I loved it!
- The October Five
on Sep. 20, 2011
The October Five is a brilliantly written novel about five Vietnam vets who meet to plan a murder. The strange things is, showing the signs of a wonderful author, is that he writes the characters in such a way that I liked them, each one, no matter their points, good and bad. I realize some characters weren't as well-rounded as others but I attributed that to the fact these are Vets, they are private, they saw atrocities that most of us can only imagine so if they are fairly quiet and mysterious then for good reason. It really made me feel like I was living the story, especially the back and forth of past and present, which I love in a book anyway. Mr. Qureshi seems to have a wonderful grasp of life for vets after the wars they fight in and that is a part of what made it so believable. A great read, Mr. Mobashar!
on Oct. 07, 2011
Who can resist a book with a title like Shrinkage? Then read the synopsis and you will be hooked! It's win-win for a light and humourous read. I loved reading a story for once about a man and his feelings of inadequacy, much like we women feel everyday. It is a very tongue-in-cheek book that handles the situation with lots of fun and laughter, something that we all need in the world today. I even talked to some of male friends about it and they wanted to read it, said Mr. Young shouldn't be revealing too many male secrets.
This is a very light, very adult read, fun to read with your man ladies, and watch him laugh and cringe!
- The Meyersco Helix
on Oct. 25, 2011
This is a novel previously released in the 80s. It is truely timeless, as relevant now as it may have been then. The characters are brilliantly written with my favorite being Dr. Stella Christopher, who just so happens to be the gritty, tough, strongly written female lead.
The President is between a rock and a hard place. Should he destroy a major American city, in this case Boston, or annihilate the world's population? Seems like a fairly easy decision...well unless you live in Boston....but it isn't and Mr. McCoy takes you through the whole mindset of the characters as they battle their inner dragons and the outer one's opposing them as well.
- No Time for Games & Other Humor Stories
on Dec. 20, 2011
I gave this book of short stories a good try. I thought maybe I just wasn't in the mood, maybe I should put it down and pick up another time, maybe the next story would get better. Unfortunately, for me, it didn't get any better. There didn't seem to be a beginning, middle, and sure as heck not an end. It was like reading about the mundane happenings in an everyday life. I read books to escape. This just was not my cup of tea but could be someone else's.
- Photographic Detonation & Other Tales
on Dec. 20, 2011
My second book I've reviewed by Ms. Auverigne and I had such high hopes. Unfortunately, it was much like the other one. The one thing that really grated on my nerves was the constant use of the word "form" for the body. Surely, in an erotic novel, there are sexier words out there than form. It usually took so long to get to the climax of the story that I had lost interest paragraphs ago and in one story I was hoping the guy would rip her head off and suck her dry because I just didn't care anymore.
- My Christmas Angels
on Dec. 20, 2011
Frankly, while reading a Christmas story, I like to be a little more uplifted. It's a hard enough season without submitting myself to an entirely depressing story. I do get the idea that through all the grief and tragedy this father feels he finds the goodness in his heart to bestow kindness on others. It is just too bad that it takes our own grief to make us realize there are so many others out there in need of a bit of happiness in their lives too. Maybe this book should be used as a good social commentary on just how we live our lives with blinders on until life rips them off.