Monthly Archives: June 2015

Drifter Volume 1 by Ivan Brandon (Author), Nic Klein (Illustrator)

Drifter Volume 1 (collecting comics 1-5) harkens back to the glory days of science fiction in the 1970s. Mysterious, inscrutable, metaphysical ponderings on humanity and relationships (to other humans, alien life forms, even an entire planet), with characters you may … Continue reading

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How to Make Curtains by Rebecca Yaker

I have really enjoyed the Storey Basics line of do-it-yourself books. All are concise, easy to follow, and include simple line drawings for illustrations/steps. The books are affordable and always current. With How To Make Curtains, the book breaks down … Continue reading

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Weird Space: The Baba Yaga by Una McCormack

Although listed as Book 3, this is a standalone in a universe created by coauthor Eric Brown (he has written two previous books in the universe but I do not believe they share any characters). The story is fast paced, … Continue reading

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The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

The Witch Hunter reads very much like the Y in YA – illogical, anachronistic, kind of silly in places, complete with love triangle and soppy romance. It’s the type of book in which all the characters (especially our heroine) will … Continue reading

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Deathstroke Vol. 1: Gods of Wars (New 52) by Tony S. Daniel

Deathstroke Volume 1 collects comics 1-6 and pairs them with some line drawings and variant covers. Our eponymous antihero is given a bit of a cosmetic makeover here, throwing him off his game as he attempts to save his son … Continue reading

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Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher

The beautiful artwork of Gotham Academy (collecting comics 1-6) drew me in – illustrations, color, and layout are so exquisitely beautiful in this series. Adding in parts of Harry Potter, Manga, and Winx/W.I.T.C.H. makes for a winning combination perfect for … Continue reading

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The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook by Del Sroufe and LeAnne Campbell

The China Study Quick & Easy Cookbook provides a large collection of recipes that are plant-based (no meat) and utilize a variety of whole foods. Although the word “China” is in the title, it’s not an Asian food cookbook. Rather, … Continue reading

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Write It Your Way

Write it your way is a colorful and friendly approach to creative writing. Starting with an overview of literary terms (which are then used for a crossword puzzle), the book covers a decent range of writing topics, from poetry to … Continue reading

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The Hidden Masters of Marandur by Jack Campbell

I have to admit, something just isn’t working for me with this series. Everything feels manufactured – plotted to within an inch of its life and so lacking in realistic pathos as to be nearly inert. Instead of rooting for … Continue reading

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The Selection by Keira Cass

I purchased the narrated version of the Selection sometime ago during an Audible website sale. It had been out awhile and was quite popular when it was released, so I was curious. Sadly, I found the story to be flat … Continue reading

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Sacrifice by Kate Pearce

Sometimes, it can be fun to read a spicier Sci Fi – something more about interactions than space battles, people rather than spaceships. Sacrifice, however, was so poorly written that not only was I not having fun, I was completely … Continue reading

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The Silver Ships By S. H. Jucha

The Silver Ships is a rather heavy handed and fairly improbable Marty Stu type of story: everyone (male, female, even the computer AI) fall madly in love with our 20 something young super genius while he manages to save the … Continue reading

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Poor Man’s Fight by Elliott Kay

Poor Man’s Fight feels very much like an indie: some typos (e.g., there/their/they’re), some grammatically awkward sentences (e.g., highly educated people saying things like, “It went good.”), and far too many extraneous or superfluous POVs/situations that didn’t forward the plot … Continue reading

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How to Connect with your iteen by Susan Morris Shaffer, Linda Perlman Gordon

As a parent of a 12 year old, I was looking for a book with which to help transition her to middle school and all that it entails as she enters puberty. How to Connect With Your iTeen is well … Continue reading

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Broken Lies by Claire Vale

For those wondering about the difference between post apocalyptic and dystopian, here’s a book that start firmly in one genre but inexplicably jumps into another abruptly at the end. More introduction to a series than first book, Broken Lies was … Continue reading

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The Tide of War by Lori A. Witt

The Tide of War is a book about different relationships, loss, and the things that keep people going. Author Witt sets up strong family groups only to break them down one by one with devastating results. The focus is on … Continue reading

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Lonely Shore by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen

I greatly enjoyed Chaos Station – book one of this series. As with book 2, Lonely Shore, the writing is smooth, characters engaging, and there’s a solid story underlining the interrelationship aspects. The science fiction is easy, well integrated, and … Continue reading

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JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook

Although JJ Virgin’s Cookbook is a companion to her Sugar Impact Diet book, one need not have read the diet book first. Most of the diet plan’s crutial information is condensed in the beginning of the cook book and so … Continue reading

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The Light Within Me by Carly Fall

Honestly, it all comes down to this being very poorly written: cardboard characters, unrealistic plot, unbelievable dialogue, and a liberal ‘lifting’ of similar plots from other (much better) books. At the start of the 5th chapter, when the info dumping … Continue reading

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Ark Royal by Christopher G. Nuttall

Ark Royal feels very much like a self published book; the pacing is off, characters thin, info dumps egregious, and action/dialogue scenes unrealistic or over/underwritten. Honestly, this seems like a jingoistic ode to the British military; sort of an answer … Continue reading

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