Saturday, September 27, 2014

Embers at Dawn

Last night I finished reading Shadow Over Shandahar: Embers at Dawn written by T. R. Chowdhury and T. M. Crim. It was book 5 in  an on going series. This book features a battle with lycans and the undead, romance, and ends with the start of another quest. This series of books focus on character development more than action. This book is not a stand alone, the first four books must be read before you can enjoy this one. I didn't follow the code in regards to reading epic fantasy, the one that says that you must reread the last books in the series before you read the new one. I read the last books in November 2013, so the events are still somewhat fresh in my mind. When the next book comes out I plan to follow the code.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Borrowed Tides

Yesterday evening I finished reading Borrowed Tides by Paul Levinson. It's a story that blended Native American mythology and space/ time travel. Eight people travel to Alpha Centauri. And on their return trip to Earth, they not only travel back through space, but through time as well. The story focuses on the group dealing with the problems this causes. There's very little action in this story. There's one chick who sleeps with half the crew, which isn't as cool as it sounds. The book was more philosophical than scientific. I give this story a C

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Balancing Act

Yesterday evening I listened to an audio drama from the website Misfit Audio Productions called The Balancing Act. In this show aliens take over Earth and start colonizing it. Only one young man dared to stand up to them and his only weapon against the aliens was the power of love. To hear this story: Click Here

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Poodle Springs

I just finished reading Poodle Springs written by Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker. Mainly this book was written by Robert B. Parker. Chandler died after writing a few chapters. Philip Marlowe was married in this book, a major change for the character, and that relationship was painful to read. The mystery was ok, the action was not much. It was an ok read. I'll give it three stars.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Practice Effect

Yesterday, I finished reading a book called The Practice Effect by David Brin. In this book a group of scientists build a machine that allows them to travel to different realities. The reality that one of the scientists travel to is a world called Tatir. In this world a person builds a stone age tool and the more they use it the better it becomes. Chairs, clothes, and every other thing  gets better with more use or practice. Overall, this was an enjoyable read with plenty of adventure, some humor, and a little action.

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