Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Delighting in book reviews

Psalm Stories has two book reviews now, and I'm so thrilled to read both of them:

Thank you so much, Candace and Eileen. And here's hoping my stories might garner some more reviews as those readers who downloaded them start reading bedtime stories to their kids, or teaching Sunday School.

Meanwhile I've been reading and drinking coffee. Yes, I did find time for both during the promotion, but only because my Mum's here keeping me sane, reminding me from time to time "Stop twittering and eat something." But I haven't managed to keep up with my schedule, so today's first reviews all come with apologies...

Starting with Into the Dark by Stacy Green. I promised I'd review this book today, and I am doing, just. But the day's halfway finished. The book, on the other hand, is appealingly complete, an enjoyable romantic thriller with intriguing mystery, great locations (including the tunnels under Las Vegas), pleasing characters with plenty of depth and strength plus a willingness to learn from past mistakes. Enjoy with a cup of 5-star bold dark intense coffee.

Next comes a very intriguingly scary novel, Mayan Interface by Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin. I promised a review of this novel--set in part around my beloved Portland--last year and never quite got around to it, for which I apologize. The authors recreate a very convincing Portland and contrast it wonderfully with Mayan jungles, matching science and technology with myth, future and past, and bringing all intriguingly together in a wonderful feat of storytelling. Enjoy some 4-star elegant complex coffee with this elegant complex novel.

Then there's Patrick Greene's Progeny, which I was meant to review by Christmas. A thoroughly enjoyable tale of fathers and sons, each a mystery to the other, as they meet a rather different parent furious at the loss of a different child. Enjoy this scary, intriguing, character-driven horror story with some 5-star dark intense coffee, and beware of dark forests.

A Tincture of Murder by Donna Fletcher Crow only came out recently, so maybe I can be excused being later than promised with my review for this excellent period mystery set in my beloved England. Fancy a balloon ride to York? Want to walk the dingy streets of the poor, or would you rather walk hallowed halls of luxury? Do all these and more in this fascinating, well-researched tale of Lord Danvers--an amateur sleuth I definitely want to read more of. Best enjoyed with a well-balanced 3-star cup of coffee.

Finally, William Eisner's The Stone Lion doesn't come out until February, so maybe I'm not too tardy with this one. I wasn't sure how I'd enjoy a novel so steeped in the misery of modern economic decay, but the characters are great and somehow lend a shape and completeness to the tale that kept me fascinated and eager to read. Stone lions might look right and proper outside ancient buildings, but they can find a place in the concrete and glass jungle of the new world too, and might even roar. Enjoy this complex tale with a 4-star cup of complex flavored coffee.

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