I am a stay at home mom who likes things that go bump in the dark, especially if it is the full dark found without electric lights at the end of the world. I have a wonderful husband, a daughter, and a dog and am thankful I live in the middle of nowhere on a farm. I also have an unhealthy obsession with Stephen King, but we don’t talk about that much.
In a world full of the relics of the past and the toys of the future, Lila Howell is a psychic who struggles to remain ethical in the face of her government's demands. Currently, her government is demanding that she use her job to retrieve information from Susanne Newton. She must make a decision between keeping her life or reaching for something more.
on Oct. 14, 2010
Very rarely do I devour a book from an author I haven't read before. This novella is both awesome and terrific in the sense of the root of those words. Logos is fascinating to a reader the way a snake must be to a mouse. However, it is not for everyone. There is some disturbing imagery and most of the images and tropes are deeply rooted enough in ancient pagan traditions to make some people very uncomfortable.
However, if you are looking for the out of the ordinary, this will not waste your time.
on Jan. 14, 2011
While there are parts here that could have used some expansion, I felt this was well written. And caused some conflicting emotions. What a strange and horrid time for women.
on Jan. 14, 2011
While well written, the characters come across as a little too unbelievable. More character development would have been welcome.
on Jan. 14, 2011
I really enjoyed this short story/novella. I liked the characters and how they interacted along with the spellcasting systems. The sequel is definitely on my to buy list.
on Jan. 14, 2011
I have to agree with the previous reviewer. This is unlike any short story collection I have ever read, and I mean that in the best way possible. I couldn't put this down, even to sleep. It was like reading one of those gossip magazines, but every story was from the insider point of view. Fantastic.
Hollowland (The Hollows #1)
on Jan. 19, 2011
I thought this was a great book. The characters really meld together. I liked that the zombies were not your usual zombies, and were in fact evolving. I ate this novel in a single afternoon it was so very good. I would have given it another star, except for the ending. We get this build up to a reunion between Remy and her brother, but it just didn't end the way I expected. I can't go much further without spoiling it, but needless to say I hope Ms. Hocking eventually gives us a sequel.
Darkness Stalks the Night
on Jan. 22, 2011
Outstanding read. As someone who is the anti-Twilight fan, this story, and the twist at the end, is so refreshing. If more vampire novels were like this, I might be reading more of them. :D
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 0: Origins
on Feb. 02, 2011
** spoiler alert ** This was so fantastic. I'm slowly trolling through the rest of the stuff I have on my nook (I am a sucker for free), but the rest of the series is high on my to buy list. Especially since it ends on a cliff hanger. Got to at least get the next book to find out how it ends.
Beyond the Darkening
on Feb. 08, 2011
I really wish more vampire novels were like this. I don't want a lot of angst or sparkle. I want believable characters and a reason for the characters to be doing what they are doing.
Ms. Allen has delivered all of this in spades. Thankfully, there is a note at the end that a sequel is in the works, because the only thing I didn't like about this novella was how short it was. It is a complete story in it's own right, but I just wanted more.
The Splendor of Antiquity
on Feb. 25, 2011
I think I finally know why Gardner's work fascinates me so. It combines my love of the bump in the dark with prose that reminds me of Jane Austen, you know if Jane Austen had liked to wear black and smoke unfiltered cigarettes.
Yeah, kind of like that. Excellent book, completely unexpected ending. As always, Cheryl delivers.
The Thin Wall
on Feb. 28, 2011
I really enjoyed this book. Once again it is something unique and different. But this time the characters are people I swear I knew in graduate school.
The characters in this particular novel are men and women trying to live their lives in spite of the expectations of family and society. It is a theme that I can understand and empathize with. Of course, the story is still dark and a bit bloody, so read only if you think you can handle it.
on March 02, 2011
First, this comes across as an excellent anthology. All of the stories are well written with just the right amount of creepy. So why do I only give it three stars?
Two reasons: The most important reason is that two of the short stories appear to be rewrites taken from a slightly different point of view, and that POV is from the same zombie.
I have enjoyed a few stories that were from the point of view of the zombie, but this combined with the repetition just didn't sit well with me. My understanding is that each story in an anthology should be different.
The second is the inclusion of part of a graphic novel script. I'm not going to fault Mr. Nicholson for using this his ebook to promote or ask for contributions for another project. Certainly, I think it's a wonderful idea that I may copy one day. I just don't like how the script format gets mangled by most ebook formats. This is the best I've seen so far, but still, I did not like it.
Still very good stories, very good writing. I'll be looking to acquire more from Mr. Nicholson in the future.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 3: Triton
on April 10, 2011
The way Lalonde has pulled all the various plot points together is amazing. I was fully ready to give this installment at least four stars. However, there are three points in the plot that kind of jarred me out of the story line. There are some reunions and character meetings you have been waiting for for quite some time, and it just kind of goes ... not wrong, but not the way you think it should.
As a writer, I understand why Mr. Lalonde makes the choices he does, but as a reader, I was a bit disappointed. The story is still good, and definitely interesting, but I don't feel like I got the emotional payout I could have from this installment.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 4: Frontline
on April 19, 2011
This is a very exciting installment. Lots of battles, and fire fights, and wow ZOMG, did you see thats? I definitely enjoyed it and will be reading the next one soon.
Spinward Fringe Broadcast 6: Fragments
on May 19, 2011
This is without a doubt the best so far in the series. This book is so full of high and lows -- it is like the Empire Strikes Back in terms of action and emotional highs and lows.
I can't wait for seven. Thankfully, it is in production.
The Mountain and The City, Part I
on May 27, 2011
This is the type of post apocalypse story that I love -- what happens in the next generation? And here, Mr. Martinez has managed to give us sympathetic characters with believable problems and impediments.
This is an excellent read, and I certainly wouldn't mind hearing that more might be added to this story line in the future.
Sunset: Pact Arcanum: Book One
on June 08, 2011
This is not the book I normally read, so please take everything I'm about to say with some salt. I think if you like to read vampire novels set in highly charged political settings, then you would probably give this four stars.
Me, not so much. It took awhile to get interested in the characters, and even then, there is a lot of jargon that kept me confused almost all the way through the novel.
Once I did get interested in the characters, the story began to speed up, and by the end, I was definitely enjoying myself.
on July 04, 2011
I'm still trying to sum up all the reasons I like this book. It is a satire, which I like. Mr. Gould has interesting things to say about people who think that life is a race you win, about people who think that the right appliance brings happiness, and about those people who need a reason to celebrate everything.
Then there is the world spinning out of control, flinging people off willy nilly and then... well there are spoilers after that.
This book is a satire about more than one thing, kind of like an onion. It is thought provoking and makes me want to not think at the same time.
Empire (In Her Name, Book 4)
on July 06, 2011
This is a very interesting read. The main character, Reza, is a superstar as an underdog orphan. I will say that there comes a time as the main plot begins to heat up that you kind of have to stop analyzing the Reza and just go with the story. However, I'm very happy to say that my trust in Mr. Hicks was definitely justified. I'll be putting the next book on my list, and hopefully will eventually get around to it.
on July 14, 2011
I hate giving this book a two star rating. I really like the premise of the book, and it is really easy to empathize with the main character, George Mason, at first, but then certain problems begin to peak through.
Certainly, I have no high ground when it comes to complaining about grammar and spelling errors in something that is supposed to be the finished project. However, someone has walked through this book indiscriminately using spell check without making sure the changes make sense ("tide up" instead of "tied up" for example). There is also a flagrant disregard for police and FBI procedures through out most of the second half of the book. There is also no clear ending or resolution.
I really wanted to enjoy this novel, but it became a morass of every pet peeve I have, and my disbelief refuses to be hung from the neck until dead.
The Emperor of Glitter Gulch
on Sep. 15, 2011
I can't say I really liked this book. I enjoyed it, if that makes sense. It is funny and witty, but none of the characters really start out as sympathetic, in fact, there is no such thing as sympathetic until the last two chapters.
This book is full of cursing, racism, agism, and every kind of other -ism the author managed to stuff in. I felt kind of bad about laughing at the main character once I learned about the Incident.
And I kept reading because I like an underdog. However, the lawyer in question does eventually become a real boy. It just takes the whole book.
on Sep. 16, 2011
This was a nice, fast paced thriller. I did feel that it could have ended differently. It was not quite a cliffhanger, but I felt there was a lot of information about the cloning process and the relationship between two of the characters that just wasn't presented the way it should have been.
Either the story started too late, or ended too soon, depending on your point of view. However, I really identified with the main female lead and her relationship with her charge. That really carried the novel for me.
on Sep. 29, 2011
The main character in this book is compelling and so ... strong. She doesn't really come off as strong in the beginning, but as the novel goes on and more of her story is told, the strength of the main character as she tries to find love and acceptance kept me drawn in. Definitely, worth reading.