Tag: book review

  • Book Reviews – Quick and Dirty or Reviews that Reveal

    Book Reviews – Quick and Dirty or Reviews that Reveal

    As authors we are all scrambling for reviews of our work. Give it a think. You want quick and dirty or reviews that reveal? With that in mind: Can we talk? I’ve been sitting on this story for a bit, but an interesting conversation on Twitter has made me think – ‘It’s time to tell…

  • Rise Of The Ranger: Tropes and Grit Sans Heart

    Rise Of The Ranger: Tropes and Grit Sans Heart

    I’m trying to set some quick thoughts down about this book, and I’m finding it nearly impossible. Mainly because I’m trying to remember the story. That’s not a good sign, I only read the book two weeks ago.

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora: A Brave New Con

    The Lies of Locke Lamora: A Brave New Con

    I don’t think I have enjoyed a book quite so much in a very long time. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch presents a richly convoluted story that twists and turns faster than a back-alley chase.   The setting is a quasi-Venice of canals, bridges and distinct regions. The city of Camorr, is well…

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree: Strong Women and Power

    The Priory of the Orange Tree: Strong Women and Power

    I am sitting here grasping at ephemera in an effort to draw my thoughts together and perhaps give you a nugget of an idea to chew on. In an attempt to tie this all up in a neat package, I would say the novel is well worth a read. Despite that assurance of quality, I’m…

  • The Power of the Eight

    The Power of the Eight

    The Power of the Eight by Suzanne Rho is one of those books that improves after the fact. If that sounds like I am damning it with faint praise – hold on – I’m not. As I initially read the story I found it enjoyable. It’s the kind of read I like to take along…

  • The Things We Keep

    The Things We Keep

    The Things We Keep, the premier novel of Ms. Julee Balko, is a story about grief, both that which we let go and that which we keep. The thread of grieving carries the story from far before we meet Serena to the final resolution of her own pain. As the reader progresses through the layers…

  • Intense Transformation

    Intense Transformation

    This little book is rather like a HIIT workout itself. Short, intense, sometimes a challenge, but in the end, it is worth the work. For those that are not familiar with the term, H.I.I.T. stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. Many programs over the years have followed the HIIT principles. Among them, Crossfit, P90X, Tabata, and…

  • Ta Le – Book 1: Knowledge

    Ta Le – Book 1: Knowledge

    I picked up the novel of Yessoh G.D. entitled “Ta Le” because I wanted to experience a culture that was not my own. I find myself torn about leaving this review because my background is not African and I’m wondering if I am missing something, or if I’m taking something for granted that is not…

  • Dark Apprentice

    Dark Apprentice

    Wow, I really dislike Nikolai Fedorov. I know this guy. He is the guy who smirks when they think you can’t see. He is the guy convinced of their own superiority. From the first page to the last Nikolai, the main character, is both protagonist and antagonist in his own story. He undoes himself at…

  • Steady

    Steady

    Steady: A Guide to Better Mental Health Through and Beyond the Coronavirus Pandemic by Dr. Sarb Johal is one of those books I wish everyone would read. 80% of the people around the globe would find some idea or thought within these pages that would help explain the currently fluid world we find ourselves within.…