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Monday, December 31, 2018

Review: The Lucifer Chord

The Lucifer Chord The Lucifer Chord by F.G. Cottam
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've long admired the exceptional British horror fiction of author F. G. Cottam. This man knows his history as well as knowing how to craft a fine story and to make readers empathise with his characters. In THE LUCIFER CHORD, he fully strums the suspense riff as he keeps the tension boiling, while protagonist Ruthie Graham, author and researcher, "stumbles on" to a research job involving the Rock Music environment of the 1970's (and oh, does Mr. Cottam illustrate that culture superbly!). Ruthie is driven more by a quest for the truth than the substantial promised payment, and she determines to persevere despite a number of sudden suspicious deaths, what seems to be only dead ends with no hope of recourse, and a secret society ("They never forget. They never forgive.") THE LUCIFER CHORD is a non-stop read for any lover of horror, history, Britain, or conspiracy.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Winter's Respite 2019

Total Books Completed: 60

Off to a good start!
THE HAUNTING OF HENDERSON CLOSE by Catherine Cavendish. :Horror. Release 10 Jan 2019. Read Jan. 1
EXIT REALITY by Robert  S. Wilson. SF. Jan. 1-2.
DRAGON ASSASSIN: TWIN FURY by Arthur Slade. Jan 2. Fantasy. Release Jan. 3.
THE GATES by John Connolly (because this author can raise my spirits even if nothing else does:) Horror/Fantasy/Supernatural (Samuel Johnson & Boswell Trilogy #1). Jan. 1-2.


JUNCTION by Daniel Benson. Contemporary SF.

Review: The Booking

The Booking The Booking by Ramsey Campbell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I took some extra time before writing my review of this very special novella, because it is not straight-out horror nor fantasy. Instead, it is a metaphysical blend, even an extension, of both horror and fantasy. There aren't really any "monsters" or "terrors" here, other than those hiding in the hearts and minds of humans. Ostensibly, a young man, Kiefer by name (that is all he chooses as his identity), a former librarian and university graduate, seeks employment. As is common in the latter 20th and early 21st century, he is often deemed "overqualified," and so is nearly at his wits' end when he discovers a simple online notice: Bookshop, Technician Wanted. He calls and then visits the shop, discovering an odd owner and a plethora of books, many rather old. Then he can't find one of the keys to his girlfriend's flat, offered to him while she is away in Tuscany caring for her folks; and the owner offers him a room upstairs of the shop, in an upstairs that seems to go on forever, always laden with books.

Mr. Campbell unfolds a story that is so imaginative in breadth and depth that I cannot do it justice, other than to say, for Mr. Campbell's fans, and for any thinking person, THE BOOKING is an absolute must-read. It is part of the Black Labyrinth series, with incredible illustrations by gifted artist Santiago Caruso.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Review: Ghosts Know

Ghosts Know Ghosts Know by Ramsey Campbell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Review from 2nd reading, Dec. 25 2018)

I originally read this novel in November 2013, so rereading it yesterday was fresh. I'm sure I got more out of it as well (smile). Mr. Campbell here again demonstrates his genius at locality, as he does in THE OVERNIGHT, which I had just finished the night before reading GHOSTS KNOW. Manchester radio personality Graham Wilde hosts a talk show on WAVES radio, a media operation about to be taken over by the Frugo conglomerate (which figures prominently in THE OVERNIGHT as well). Wilde has a temper issue, which he struggles constantly throughout the novel to control. Unfortunately, he is not the only one. He is set off by an "American psychic," about whom some of his callers rave. He and his producer/girlfriend Christine attend one of the psychic's appearances in Manchester, and Wilde unearths facts about the man calling himself Frank Jasper. From ( there, everything unspools, and I do mean everything. As with much of Mr. Campbell's fiction, a feckless protagonist who, with good reason (genetics and nurture) has serious psychological issues, is unable to discern the correct steps to take and more or less plays the Minotaur blundering through a china shop. The consequences are dreadful, of course, and not just for the protagonist.

I was so absorbed that I read this novel in one day (on Christmas).

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Review: The Overnight

The Overnight The Overnight by Ramsey Campbell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Grand Master Ramsey Campbell is unfailingly a genius. THE OVERNIGHT is a strong and stirring example: an unputdownable, unforgettable, novel of a group of individuals close-knit not by genetics or friendship, but by the confines of their employment situation. An American expat (again, not by choice or by design, but by the demands of his employment) is shipped to a nearly-rural small strip shopping mall between Liverpool and Manchester, to manage the new branch of the bookshop chain Texts. Woody is a rather odd individual, apparently, even prior to the events of the novel. If there is one character arc in this novel which is more extensive in evolution than any others, that is Woody, American among a passel of Brits, and well aware of it. His is not the only character evolution, but it is perhaps his which preys most extensively on my mind. Among the secondary characters, possibly my favourite is the local historian who appears intermittently, both through the local history he wrote, sold in the shop, and in person and over the phone as well. His is the backdrop narrative, and he provides (parceling the history out little by little) the backstory of why that locality is as it is, and a horrifying story and outcome it is.

I cannot highly enough recommend this perfect horror novel!

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Monday, December 24, 2018

BOUT OF BOOKS_January 7-13 2019

Bout of Books Books Read: THE PLUNGE by Nancy G. West. Read January 7 THE FORGOTTEN MEN by Bill Thompson. Read January 7-8. THE CHA-CHA BABES OF PELICAN WAY by Frances Metzman. Read January 8. THE NURSERY by Bill Thompson. Read January 9.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Review: Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer

Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer Fireside Chat with a Grammar Nazi Serial Killer by Ryan Suvaal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All my life I've considered myself a Grammar Tsarina. I despise the multiplicity of grammatical and spelling mistakes which seems to actually proliferate over time. However, I have never felt that serial killing was an appropriate, let alone, required response. Simply refusing to buy the author's books should be sufficient. However, the protagonist of this book views the situation quite differently. One day she simply "had enough," and decided to annotate books with horrid grammar, leave detailed notes--and kill the authors. Gorily. Gruesomely. But in apropos situations. Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach, this short book (40 pages) is nevertheless wildly imaginative. I enjoyed the ways in which the Grammar Nazi skewered us conspiracy theorists. Quite humorous in its way. From a stirring reader's hook to a very surprising epilogue, this is not like any story you've read; or at least, not like any I've read.

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Review: Quaker Quicks - What Do Quakers Believe?: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Quakerism

Quaker Quicks - What Do Quakers Believe?: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Quakerism Quaker Quicks - What Do Quakers Believe?: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Quakerism by Geoffrey Durham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fascinating quick guide to a Faith that many people know nothing about, or think they know but actually believe wrongly in false myths about the Quaker community or Quaker beliefs. I was surprised to learn that not only is their no "dogma," also individual Quakers believe as they wish. Quaker experience is just that: personal experience. I applaud the Quaker drive to honesty, clarity, and love. I really applaud their Silence. I believe the world in general could use a whole lot more silence and contemplation.

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Review: The Last Second

The Last Second The Last Second by Catherine Coulter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Suspense, tension, and danger are literally nonstop in this breathtaking thriller, newest in the BRIT IN THE FBI series. Authors Catherine Coulter and J. T. Ellison are superbly teamed and there is never a moment of letdown nor regret that I chose to read this novel. Aliens (or not), pscyhological disorders, Space, astronauts, astrophysics, nuclear weapons, EMP's, undersea treasure hunts: there is so much about which to be excited, and the writing is purely excellent.

The plot is genius, and so very plausible that the potential reality only heightens the terror. I couldn't stop reading. So engrossing!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Review: Black Hotel: A Supernatural Thriller

Black Hotel: A Supernatural Thriller Black Hotel: A Supernatural Thriller by Renee Wakefield
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

BLACK HOTEL is a novel of a really Feckless Hero, the overweight, purposeless, yet endearing Jack. He is the type of personality who is almost always either "invisible" to others, or else the brunt of all jokes. He really does try hard, though. At age 38, he has never realized his potential and is not even sure what his potential is. Finally one day he runs out of work (yet another dead-end) job and just walks and walks, till he comes on a lovely Gothic hotel in the midst of industrial estates. He goes in, applies for a job, and soon becomes the Night Clerk. All is fine and Jack manages not to get into any trouble--until he starts experiencing what he expects are ghosts: visual, auditory, and so forth.

I really liked and empathized with Jack's character despite his obvious deficiencies. He does seem to be one of those individuals whom everything is stacked against. But he perseveres, and that's important.

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Review: Spirit of the Fox

Spirit of the Fox Spirit of the Fox by Matthew O'Connell
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

Rich in folklore, mythology, and culture of Japan, this very imagery-filled novel is also an exploration of family function and dysfunction, including in mother-daughter and father-daughter relationships. I enjoy learning about Japanese mythology, which in some ways seems so different from that of Western Europe. This is a fine novel in which to explore that mythology.

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Review: Painter of Time

Painter of Time Painter of Time by Matthew O'Connell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Matthew O'Connell's PAINTER OF TIME is literary fiction, a very visually-oriented work of magical realism. Its visual nature is especially essential since its focus is Art, painting, and art restoration. It also focuses on family ties and history, particularly Renaissance history and art in Italy. Readers who enjoy most lyrical imagery in fiction will find this novel particularly appealing.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Review: Billette Hall

Billette Hall Billette Hall by DL Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

BILLETTE HALL is a heartfelt and adventurous account of slavery before the Civil War. It skillfully exposes the variations among the planter class and also among the sufferers of slavery. Mr. Jones brings his characters to remarkable life. I had no difficult in getting emotionally involved immediately. I fell passionately in love with the blurb: who could resist that description?

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Review: Göring's Gamble

Göring's Gamble Göring's Gamble by Dan O'Rourke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A strong and clever female protagonist and a historical background of danger and potential tyranny set the scene in this novel of a secret weapon provided for the Fuhrer's Third Reich--an atomic bomb. With such a power, Hitler could successfully all of Europe but Great Britain as well. Author O'Rourke skillfully delineates character and plot in an intriguing, breathtaking, suspense thriller.

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Review: Escaped: A Thriller of Partho, the Unconventional Investigator

Escaped: A Thriller of Partho, the Unconventional Investigator Escaped: A Thriller of Partho, the Unconventional Investigator by Rajib Mukherjee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Partho is a distinctly different kind of hero--that is what makes him so special. His background and life experience are vastly different than mine, but in the capable hands of his creator, author Rajib Mukherjee, Partho immediately becomes a character with whom the reader empathizes, an individual we would like to know, and an amateur sleuth who is quite talented. The narrator, Dev, Partho's best friend, is delightfully feckless. Partho's wife Ria is adventuresome, unafraid, and warmhearted.

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Review: PATHOLOGICAL: The Murderous Rage Of Dr. Anthony Garcia

PATHOLOGICAL: The Murderous Rage Of Dr. Anthony Garcia PATHOLOGICAL: The Murderous Rage Of Dr. Anthony Garcia by Henry Cordes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

True crime nonfiction narratives are never pleasant. That's the nature of the topic. Throughout this book I asked myself over and over again. "Why? Why did this individual/these individuals have to die? Why is such promise forever unfulfilled? Why?" The authors of PATHOLOGICAL, Henry J. Cordes and Todd Cooper, are the journalists who covered this story for the Omaha World Herald. Their research into the crimes, the investigations, and the aftermath make for a powerful and compelling story, one which few readers are likely to complete without a box of tissues in hand, and that ever present demand of "Why?"

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Review: Goddess of Lies

Goddess of Lies Goddess of Lies by Thomas Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If your taste for fantasy runs to danger (present and potential), exciting plot lines, oddities (monstrous and paranormal), deep characterization, and lots of subtle humour, look no further. This is Book 3 in Thomas Green's wonderful Requiem for Fallen Gods series. I was captured from the first chapter, deeply involved with the characters. My constant refrain was, "Oh! What happens next?"

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Review: Karda: Adalta Vol. I

Karda: Adalta Vol. I Karda: Adalta Vol. I by Sherrill Nilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought yesterday, "When will I find a fantasy novel as lovely and lyrical as the series I've been reading?" Here it is: KARDA is Volume 1 of Sherrill Nilson's amazingly expansive ADALTA series (I so anticipate the continuation of the series!). Adalta is a colonized planet of humans, in the far future of course, where sword and sorcery rule, not technology--never technology. Until Marta, a trade scout suffused with technological capability, arrives; and technology meets magic, with incredible results.

The psychology underpinnings of this novel are unbeatable. That made the novel for me as much as the magic.

I classify this series as sci fantasy, even though it is sci fi, because the planet Adalta is straight out wonderful fantasy: no technology, everybody (except one) is born with Talent (magical ability), weapon of choice is swords, castle, dungeons, oubliettes, and warded entities. Yay! I adored this novel and am eager to read it again, and then continue the series.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Review: The Flames of the Immolated

The Flames of the Immolated The Flames of the Immolated by Alan Spade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THE FLAMES OF THE IMMOLATED is the stunning conclusion to Alan Spade's ARDALIA TRILOGY, but I wish the series would continue on. Mr. Spade has an enviable gift for both lucid prose and world-building, and a he aptly demonstrates both. To read these are to revel in wonderfully vivid imagery and hold one's breath with suspense and marvel. Will the world survive? Will darkness win? Will we find fantasy this good?

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Review: Turquoise Water

Turquoise Water Turquoise Water by Alan Spade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my favourite aspects of fantasy or science fiction is the opportunity to fall into a whole new world, created by wonderful imaginations and drawn to life. Alan Spade demonstrates in the Ardalia Trilogy, of which TURQUOISE WATER is Book 2), that he is a past master of the Speculative Genres. Writing in incredibly vivid prose, he awakens all our senses as he presents an entirely new world, actually a series of worlds. ARDALIA, Book 1, set the scene. TURQUOISE WATER turns up the suspense as we discover an entity able to consume souls. Meanwhile, the dark god's strength is intensifying, and if he breaks free from the volcano, the world will collapse.

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Review: Doc's Codicil

Doc's Codicil Doc's Codicil by Gary F. Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you want a warm-hearted, family-oriented, feel-good during and after your reading, novel, suffused with puzzles and a pair of minds (Doc and his sister Linda) who just won't quit, then by all means I suggest you take up DOC'S CODICIL by Gary Jones. A subtle story, gently told, this novel commences with the reading of the will of the late veterinarian, with his children and nephew present. Remember, these are all adults, not youngsters. So they should know how to behave and how to act and think. Clearly Doc and his sister Linda think so, as did their own parents. Doc's estate is fairly substantial, although not in the billionaire category so desired today; but among seven heirs, not as much. Especially if these heirs quibble and complain. Instead of a straightforward "I bequeath," Doc set the codicil up so that they all have to think and ponder, and especially, they all have to work as a team to puzzle it out.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Review: Stronger Than Death: DI Jake Sawyer Book Two

Stronger Than Death: DI Jake Sawyer Book Two Stronger Than Death: DI Jake Sawyer Book Two by Andrew Lowe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In my experience British mystery authors seem to possess a certain flair for convoluted mysteries, odd backgrounds, weirdly motivated villains, even torturous constructs that will put readers through their paces trying to Figure It All Out. Detective Inspector Jake Sawyer, formerly of the London Metropolitan Police, is a protagonist with issues all his own and one of those torturous backstories. Now while on leave, he is tasked to return early and take on investigation of a bizarre crime.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Review: Crows

Crows Crows by Grace Harney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can't sufficiently express how totally absorbing I found CROWS. I completely lost myself in the story, and many times I was unaware of whatever happened around me "in real life." Fortunate I was neither driving nor operating machinery, because my consciousness was "away with the fairies" or in this case, "away with the crows." Wow! This novel has so much going on, is so multi-layered, with never a single dull moment. So much of magic and witchcraft and evil and good and friendship and bullying and parents and children and dysfunction. So thankful this is a series and I cannot wait for the next book!

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Review: The Forbidden Temple

The Forbidden Temple The Forbidden Temple by Ernest Dempsey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lovecraft repeatedly reiterated the danger of too much knowledge, of too much exploration. I think he would have roundly decried the Mission Statement of the original Star Trek: "to boldly go where no man has gone before." Lovecraft believed, and illustrated with many of his characters, that the outcome of too much knowledge is inevitably madness. Well, we can add to "madness" also danger, injury, and death--even disappearance. Professor John Portman of Cambridge University, expert on early Indian culture and history, should have heeded Lovecraft. But he did not, thereby creating another case for the intrepid duo of Sean Wyatt and Tommy Schulz. Sean has plenty of experience, both working for the government agency Axis, and since working on his own with partners. This is the 16th entry in the Sean Wyatt series, so be ready for lots of action, compelling suspense, and archaeological intrigue.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Review: Chaos at Castle Buchanan

Chaos at Castle Buchanan Chaos at Castle Buchanan by Alyssa Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Author Alyssa Johnson delivers an engaging heartwarming, cozy, romantic suspense thriller with a likable heroine who is unafraid to show her vulnerability, who cherishes and deepens her relationships with her best friend Britlee and her stepdaughters, and even when she fears change, still embraces it wholeheartedly with total hope for the best. There's plenty of mystery to keep readers in suspense, romance, plus trouble and tension. Like real life, the protagonist, Riley, has ups and downs; good times and bad, fears and hopes, ideals and illusions. Readers will find it easy to empathize with this vividly humanized heroine.

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Review: NanoMorphosis

NanoMorphosis NanoMorphosis by Marla L. Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Exciting science fiction with riffs on politics and government, free will and fear, religion and faith, NANOMORPHOSIS will keep science fiction aficionados turning pages with awed wonder and intrigue. This compelling novel introduces a new breed of aliens, very scary; but what is the most scary aspect is, as the Protagonist intelligently points out, that government and religion in combination have convinced humanity that to venture into outer space is to result in extinction of the species, that space has no place for us, and basically, that aliens are waiting around every planetary corner to destroy us. Although very up to date, I am still reminded of the classic age of Science Fiction, particularly the 1950's.

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Review: Map of Shadows

Map of Shadows Map of Shadows by J.F. Penn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I confess: this is Fantasy the way I like it best, filled with Magic and Lovecraftian overtones of Shadow and Ritual and Ley Lines; and here, Cartography. Purely delightful. Good guards the Gate against Evil with Ritual Cartography; but Evil will not be denied and is determined to break through and overrun the entire Earth, starting at Bath, England. Can the Shadow Cartographers be halted, let alone turned back? If not, humanity is surely doomed

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by Mike Martin

About the Book

Darkest Before the Dawn (Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series)

Supernatural Suspense Mystery

7th in Series

Ottawa Press and Publishing (September 27, 2018)

Paperback: 266 pages

ISBN-10: 198843713X

ISBN-13: 978-1988437132


Darkest Before The Dawn is the latest adventure in the Sgt. Winston Windflower mystery series, the popular Maritime tales about a Mountie who finds himself with a new family and a new life in tiny Grand Bank, Newfoundland. Ghosts, mysterious deaths, and a new, perplexing character confront Windflower, Tizzard and the other police officers in Grand Bank as they unearth secrets that have been lying hidden in the sleepy hamlet for decades. A fast-moving mystery, Darkest Before The Dawn is also a story of love, loss and learning how to grow old gracefully; a tale of family, community and looking after each other, of not giving up hope, just before the dawn.

About the Author

Mike Martin was born in Newfoundland on the East Coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a longtime freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand. He is the author of Change the Things You Can: Dealing with Difficult People and has written a number of short stories that have published in various publications including Canadian Stories and Downhome magazine.

The Walker on the Cape was his first full fiction book and the premiere of the Sgt. Windflower Mystery Series. Other books in the series include The Body on the T, Beneath the Surface, A Twist of Fortune and A Long Ways from Home.

A Long Ways from Home was shortlisted for the 2017 Bony Blithe Light Mystery Award as the best light mystery of the year. A Tangled Web is the newest book in the series.

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Review: The Memori Project

The Memori Project The Memori Project by Martin Ashwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Martin Ashwell's debut novel is a subtle yet compelling thriller about a Feckless Hero who means well, caught in th web woven by a Villain who gives new illustration to the definition of Narcissism, a man with secrets so deep they could fill volumes of Conspiracy Theory. Mr. Ashwell is champion at building slow suspense and tension, so that the dangers sneak up on the reader as on the protagonist, Josh Heller (a former CIA agent, who "should know better"). You don't have to be an expert at Neuroscience, the topic on which this plot revolves, to understand the implications for humanity posited in this thriller. I certainly am not an expert, and I found the story engrossing. Josh is a delight in his earnest fecklessness; he is indeed skillful in some ways, yet it is his "blind spots" that will be his downfall. Thankfully THE MEMORI PROJECT is Book 1 of a series.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Review: Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest

Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest Haunted: Horror of Haverfordwest by G L Davies
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Suspension of disbelief" is automatic for me. I have no problem whatsoever accepting these events. Although the author's introduction was a bit slow, the interviews with first the couple who inhabited the house in this small but bustling community beginning in November 1989, then the latter section (earlier published as "a most haunted house") of the couple living there in 2003, I found absolutely riveting. In a dictionary definition of "I couldn't put this book down," HAUNTED: HORROR OF HAVERFORDWEST would be the book cover next to the definition.

Absolutely engrossing, completely terrifying. My stomach roiled many times at the evil nature of the entity or entities haunting this residence, attempting to destroy any humans living within, and as it turned out, any attempting to cleanse the house of its evil.

There were many Lovecraftian overtones as well, including the insistence by a spiritualist that the Entity comes from beyond this Universe. The author even quotes Lovecraft's famous statement on fear.

I highly recommend this nonfiction account to anyone with an open mind and/or an interest in the paranormal or metaphysics.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Review: Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil

Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil by Mary Fan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Just because they're in charge doesn't mean they're right," reiterates a character in this sci fantasy. I think that statement serves as the perfect epigram--and introduction--to this engrossing story. Massively creative world-building provides the solidest foundation for this novel, and non-stop action, excitement, and suspenseful tension keep the reader on track throughout. In the Dystopia subsequent to the magical apocalypse, supposedly the "new world" is perfect and perfectly governed. Not so. As in most Dystopias, both facts and perceptions are false. Nothing and nobody is what you expect, and certainly not what they say they are.

"Just because they're in charge doesn't mean they're right." Right on.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Review: Salt of the Earth

Salt of the Earth Salt of the Earth by Kate Moschandreas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a slightly near-future Berkeley, a young chemical engineer and researcher diligently works on projects to institute desalizination, for a globe with increasing difficulties. The time is 2038, not really all that far in the future, and Jess is a very intelligent individual with a lot of good scientific ideas. In a world where water is so prized and essential, and becoming increasingly unavailable, ideas like her are at a premium; and many factions are determined to possess her knowledge. I was particularly captivated by the author's fresh and original approach to the concept of Artificial Intelligence.

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Review: Written By Blood Part One: Conviction

Written By Blood Part One: Conviction Written By Blood Part One: Conviction by Dwayne Gill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If your particular taste is nonstop, breathtaking, action thrillers with tuned-up science in a near-futuristic setting; and if you also enjoy conspiracy theory dilemmas; take a look right here. This novel will blow you out of the water, because it is jampacked full with all of that. I hardly took a breath during my reading. Just whenever I thought something had been straightened out, I was wrong...more action, more breathtaking suspense; and that reader's hook! Totally awesome! (Tragic, yet awesome) And the series rolls on!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Review: Broken Slate

Broken Slate Broken Slate by John A. Daly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

High-octane indeed! A nonstop riproarer of a thriller with plenty of mystery, family drama, dysfunction, betrayal, and psychological issues to boot, BROKEN SLATE is #3 in John A. Daly's Sean Coleman Thriller series, a not-to-be missed series that will really wake up a reader. So much adrenaline! Such convoluted past histories! So much to devour!

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Review: Already Guilty: A C.T. Ferguson Private Investigator Mystery

Already Guilty: A C.T. Ferguson Private Investigator Mystery Already Guilty: A C.T. Ferguson Private Investigator Mystery by Tom Fowler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Any C. T. Ferguson novel or novella is going to be wildly entertaining. ALREADY GUILTY not only is that, but it is also deeper, because it focuses on an issue that is riling the nation: police and violence, in this case the killing of a well-thought-of police officer at his home. The Baltimore Police Department have an immediate suspect, and no one but the man's Public Defender's Office-assigned attorney and pro bono private investigator C. T. Ferguson acknowledge that his bizarre story might just be factual.

If he jumps into the investigation, C. T.'s hard won alliance with the Police Department will go south all the way. His cousin Rich, a detective, warns there might be actual repercussions. But C.T. is an individual who is always going to be guided by his own moral compass, not by groupthink; and he's in this one all the way.

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Review: The Case of Bonnie and Clyde: A Laurel Private Eye Mystery

The Case of Bonnie and Clyde: A Laurel Private Eye Mystery The Case of Bonnie and Clyde: A Laurel Private Eye Mystery by Shannon D. Wells
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

The film version of "Bonnie and Clyde" sure made Bonnie (played by Faye Dunaway) a snarky, smart-mouthed, "out front" criminal, a woman with a sharp tongue and not afraid to use it (or her gun). In this fictional novel, our heroine is the kick-butt woman, torn up about her husband but not about to put up with a harridan office manager in her job at the Pinkerton Detective Agency. She may be female in 1932, in the Southwest, but by golly she is strong of character, intrepid, and full of integrity. This woman's "gonna get her man--and woman."

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