Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Past present and future and books

I'm still trying to catch up on posting book reviews. I suspect the next few days may see me tied to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads and all those other wonderful reviewing sites, trying to fulfil my commitments, but for now, here are a few more reviews of stories set in the world's past, present and future, read with cups of modern-day coffee. Once I've posted them I'll return to writing my own post-apocalyptic fantasy in hopes of beating the Seventh Star Press deadline. Or to reading some more...

For hunters of free reads, The Toadhouse Trilogy book one is free on kindle at the moment, so why not give it a try. http://www.amazon.com/The-Toadhouse-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B008ML9ONS/  A regular teen in 1930s Alabama finds she's been living in a book for the last five years and her only escape will be through the pages of more... Sounds good to me.

So, back to book reviews... Starting in the past, Jerrica Knight-Catania's More than a Governess combines historical romance with suspenseful mystery, adding a pair of delightful children to the mix and building a picture of London traffic james with stalled wagons and meandering barouches. Fun characters, nicely intriguing tale, and a very pleasant afternoon's read, this is one to enjoy with  2-star bright lively cup of coffee.

Moving forward to the present, Promise Me Eternity, by Ian Fox, is a dark drama with lots of warped characters driving each other to destruction. Set around a small hospital in Medford Oregon, and combining medical research, mob bosses, FBI investigators and cheating wives, it's a slow chilling tale best enjoyed with several cups of 5-star dark-colored coffee.

Similarly dark but faster flowing is a series of short novellettes, The Vampire Hunter's Daughter by Jennifer Malone Wright. I've read the first four episodes now, following Chloe from the traumatic murder of her mother to a new home with intriguing high school friends, an unexpected family, curious love interests and even more curious powers. Enjoy these tales (and look out for 5 and 6) with your teenaged readers and 5-star bold dark intense coffee.

Slipping into the future, The Water Thief by Nicholas Lamar Soutter is more 2084 than 1984 but creates a similarly plausible modern dystopia to that in Orwell's classic tale. A post-government world is controlled by big business, buying and selling everything from air and water to children's futures, and Charles is either destined for greatness or doomed to fall. Bold, dark and intense, this  one's filled with thought-provoking political and social insights, best enjoyed enjoy with a 5-star bold dark intense coffee.

Ending on a lighter note, and further into the future, Cherie Reich's Defying Gravity is a fun sci-fi novella, sort of Romeo and Juliet with aliens and a curious hint of earth-bound apocalypse, plus Greek mythology. The story stands alone, creates lots of intriguing questions, and begs the reader to look for more. Enjoy with a 3-star well-balanced smooth coffee.


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