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The Dispatcher by John Scalzi – a book review

thedispatcher  5 Stars

This book’s expected publication is May 31st, 2017.

Scalzi writes a chilling story of how people will still continue to want to dispel revenge even when killing someone or anyone dying is almost a thing of the past. Great sub-plot of what is the value of life and if dying is really a sign that God has a hand in it.

Excellent sci-fi / mystery novella. I definitely would like to see this continue in a full length novel. The characters were great and the pacing was spot-on. This would be a great series Mr. Scalzi, hint, hint. The cop, Langdon, and the Dispatcher, Valdez, make a great team.

More please.

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The Princess Saves Herself in the End by Amanda Lovelace – a book review

amandalovelaceprincess – 5 Stars

Wow, my words and writing style are inadequate to convey the impact this small powerful book holds.

Powerful! Raw. Courageous. Brutally honest.

This is a book of prose. I know there are some who say this is not poetry; it’s too simplistic, just a few words, not epic. It is simple in it’s format, but that doesn’t mean the written work isn’t poetry. And simple doesn’t mean bad. It’s straightforward. It’s brave. It resonates truth. Amanda’s Lovelace’s truth.

This is one I will revisit often.

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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

trevornoahbac  – 5 star Read 

Insightful, tragic, funny and uplifting!

I listened to the audio version as I read along with my copy of the hardcover version; I have never “double” experienced a book in this way before, and while slower than what I would normally read at, it was a complete immersive experience in a story of high quality.

This is the story of Trevor Noah growing up in South Africa as a product of a black mother and a white father, in a time when it was illegal to have a child born of these two mixed races. This is not the story of how he rose to stardom, got the job as host of the Daily Show, or even of how he started out working as a comedian. Other than a line or two in passing, there is no mention of his career. This is the story of a boy growing up in Apartheid South Africa and the life and minor social readjustments when Apartheid ended.

Trevor Noah knows how to tell a story, but more importantly he sifted through his history and found his voice to tell the best possible story of his life. He does not glamorize or hide his scars or his sins or the way the world is. He offers meaningful insight into Apartheid in South Africa, class divisions, race divisions and social divisions. He tells it like he experienced it.

He takes on the issues of domestic violence, of trying to find his way in a world that he was always an outsider in, and of his Mother’s fierce love and determination that injustice and wrong can be overcome if you don’t pay homage to the rules that divide us. He addresses crime and criminality and what it’s like to grow up within a South African Hood environment. He talks about the things that keep you trapped and how movement out, into something better, is frayed with pressures to keep people locked in. This book has an eerily chilling truth vibe to it that isn’t just aimed at pointing out the flaws of one country but ring true throughout the rest of the world, whenever we try to separate others from ourselves or put people into boxes / places that we ourselves haven’t lived in.

Trevor Noah speaks 5 different languages and listening to the Audio of this book helped with the passages written in different languages. He also does voice characterizations very well.

This is a powerful story told by a funny guy who lays his truth on the line. One of the best autobiographies I have ever read.

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A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan ~ Book review

natural-history-of-dragons 5 stars

Absolutely one of the best beginnings of a series I have read in a long time! I loved this and will definitely be reading the following book [book:The Tropic of Serpents|17910078].

Terrific story written in a Memoir style of a woman who is passionate about dragons and her quest to study them, draw them and know the behaviour of dragons.

I loved the way this book was written and had to remind myself several times that Lady Trent was a fictional character. Think of her as the Dian Fossey of Dinosaurs.

And the illustrations of Trent’s drawings scattered throughout the book are wonderful.

I hghly  recommend this novel for anyone who is interested in the lore of dragons and a strong female anthropologist ahead of her time.  (And yes, I know, it is fiction, but the writing is wonderful and you tend to forget that this is not a true historical account; it’s that good!)

I will definitely be reading all in this series.

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The 5th in the series is expected to be released on April 25th, 2017 by Tor Books

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Curioddity by Paul Jenkins – a review

 

curiodditycover    5 Stars

Thank you to Lauren Diaz from St. Martin’s Press for reaching out to me and asking if I would like to review this book for an unbiased review. This was one of the best yes’s I have uttered! This book is pure exhilarating entertainment!

Image result for curioddity by paul jenkins

Welcome to Wil Morgan’s world. He is a middle age man who has learned that life holds no magic, is not wonderful, and at it’s very best, living is a very mundane thing to be endured. This all about to change…drastically.

Enter an old man who is the curator of the Curioddity Museum who looks at the world in an upside down fashion and tries to teach Wil Morgan to unlook at everything. Throw in an swarmy, whiter than possible glaring white toothed villian, a free spirited woman, some ninja-bots, a clock tower that is destined to drive Wil Morgan insane, a rat vomit smelly elevator, and a cat-lady landlord and you are in for a crazy amazingly silly wonderful read!

Paul Jenkins is right up there with Ernest Cline and Scott Hawkins in creating a first novel that is unlike anything you have read, in a world that’s totally different. He has had many successes with writing characters for DC and Marvel Comics ~ Spider-Man, Batman, the Incredible Hulk, Hellblazer, The Inhumans and The Sentry. He also has written great characters for The Darkness, The Incredible Hulk and God of War video games. His first foray into novels is pure geekiness and fun!

If you loved the Back to the Future Series and Who Framed Roger Rabbit movie, then you will love this story. I could totally picture a new half animated hit movie in the making (it’s about time someone tackled another Who Framed Roger Rabbit type movie, hint, hint).

Welcome to looking at life upside down. Image result for upside down

This will probably be my best read for 2016. Go out and buy this one!

 

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