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- An Exercise in Futility
on April 27, 2012
Not sure what age group this is pitched at, but I would suggest that even for the teen fantasy market it falls a bit short. I was expecting something with more depth given the way the book was described in the blurb...and it failed to live up to that promise. There is in no doubt, the makings of a sweeping fantasy saga - the characters, the locations, the political background and even the language are all in place but unfortunately I found this piece of writing thin and underdeveloped.
- Elements of Rebellion
on June 26, 2012
"Elements of Rebellion" was not at all what I expected. It is said that a reader is captured or estranged by the quality of the writing on the first page and I can tell you I was hooked! At first I thought I had unwittingly stumbled into a BDSM novel thinly disguised as a science fantasy but it became more than that - BDSM fans may well enjoy this piece as there is a certain undercurrent bubbling along under the surface.
Adventure, romance, mysticism, graphic cruelty and violence, intrigue and power - it has them all within this tale. It is not a tale for the faint of heart so be prepared for Ms Moore's graphic descriptions of the battles and the beatings.
I, for one, would appreciate a chance to revisit the world of the Eldari and its champions.
on June 27, 2012
Whorticulture was an intriguing title and as I have read quite extensively on the history of prostitution in the UK and Australia, I was interested to read something from an American perspective. I received this as a review title through LibraryThing.
As a collection of interlaced short stories, this didn't disappoint, however I wasn't all that sure that the language of flowers played as strong a role as it may have.
The collection certainly highlighted the plight of women in this particular age and location. To be regarded as little more than goods and chattels to be acquired, traded and abused was not unique to America nor this period in social history but the added frisson created with the issue of slavery and the community pressures brought about by the effects of the discovery of gold gave the stories a particular regional feel.
- Hotel Noir
on Sep. 14, 2012
Hotel Noir is most certainly a tale of sadness, loss, friendship and suspicion, murder and mystery. The languid heat, the jaded locals and fading glory of the old favorite hotel all combine to cloud the perspective of the reader as to how it is that our 'hero' Francis (an American author whose profile is apparently also somewhat jaded) fits in this strange landscape.
There was certainly more happening than met the eye - the little snippets of information that were left about the place like discarded glasses in the bar teased at the reader, imploring them to go on further into the morass that was this man's private life.
Intrigued to the end....
- Project Moses - An Enzo Lee Mystery Thriller
on Nov. 08, 2012
Mr Lowe has made the transition from journalist to author with great aplomb. His first book delivers the reader a twisted tale of megalomania, scientific fraud, international skullduggery, greed, traitorous spies, sex and violence all of which combine to present a scenario that is not beyond the realms of possibility in the not too distant future.
The flawed hero, the unwittingly involved heroine, the eccentric scientist, the morally bankrupt, the elderly mentor - the range of characters made for a skillfully multi-layered story that was not finally resolved until the last couple of pages.
Be assured that I, for one, will continue to avoid GM foods into the future!
I received this book as part of the LibraryThing's Members Giveaway programme.
- A Widow in Waiting
on Nov. 26, 2012
A Widow in Waiting" had the potential to wallow in mushy, bodice ripping crud that would have bored the socks off me.... but it didn't.
It felt as if it was meticulously researched and correctly placed in the historical timeline, yet it swiftly left that path and veered into the beginnings of a subtly disguised alternative Ireland where a group people had come to live together to protect themselves from discrimination based on their 'powers'. Guess its a bit "Wizards vs Muggles" but the differences were more subtle.
An engaging set of characters, multiple plot layers that enriched the basic storyline, action and adventure - it left you wanting to find out where the story would head next as there were definitely little breadcrumb trails left to entice you further in Glenscar.
I received this review copy through Members Giveway at Librarything
- Bride of a Bygone War
on Jan. 04, 2013
This was a thoroughly riveting tale of plot and counter plot, overlaid with a complex web of personal relationships that added to the action. Set in the 70's - 80's in Lebanon amid the complex interactions of the various feuding groups in the Middle East, this story served in a small way to help make some sense of the current conflicts.
Lebanon and the wider Middle East are volatile places at the best of times... throw in a CIA agent with personal relationships complicating the mix and you get a face paced thriller worthy of reading.
In my reading of this e-book I found there were a couple of slips in editing that need to be addressed as there were typos as well as confused character's names. This is a great story that can only be enhanced by dealing with these minor issues.
I received this e-book as a Members Giveaway from the author Preston Fleming.