Selected Shorts and Other Methods of Time Travel–Book Review

When I first received this book I was so excited. A note from both the publisher, Blue World Publications, and the author, David Goodberg. It’s the first book I’ve received like this and I was very excited to start it, despite the stack of other books on my to read list. I was exceedingly pleased with this nicely bound book with the little stamp on the inside cover declaring that my newest prized possession is a review copy not to be resold. Woo! That being said… What did I think?

An ADD afflicted person’s dream come true! I loved this book from the very beginning. Following a two chapter introduction to the commercial side of time travel are many short stories interspersed with either thought provoking or humorous anecdotes of a single page in length. From cover to cover this book is bound to at least bring a smile about. The very few stories that aren’t amusing are insightful to the human psyche despite the fictional setting.

At the very least a very worthwhile read. I definitely suggest that anyone interested in science fiction should go out and find this book come February 8th.

Cape Seduction–Book Review

Cape Seduction by Anne Carter was certainly an interesting book. I enjoyed how you had a little bit of history throughout the book to learn the background of the lighthouse in question. It takes a strong writer to be able to properly pull the constant switching back and forth off. It was hard to get into at first but you’re grateful that you tried by the end.

Was that a nice enough review if the author is looking?

All in all, 3 out of 5 stars. Not sure if I would read it if it weren’t free. There’s enough other, better authors out there.

Between a Roc and a Hard Place–Book Review

This book had me from the cover. I love dragons. I mean I really love dragons. And while the title doesn’t say it, the cover certainly does. There’s a baby dragon sitting in a nest of bird chicks.

The author, Danny Birt, pulled off an adorable children’s book that was completely worth it. There are many lessons taught from the idea that family is what you make of it to defeating racism. A poor orphaned dragon is given to a nest of birds, of rocs, and is raised with a family so entirely different than itself that it learns many lessons that those of its kind never had before.

I completely enjoyed reading this book, especially when I found that it was more than the standard ugly duckling book that it appeared to be at first. I would imagine that many children would also enjoy it, even though my hard headed son wouldn’t give it a try. But that’s a 10 year old for you.

All in all… five stars for a children’s book, four for books in general. Cheers to you, Danny Birt. I look forward to more from you in the future.

The Gargoyle Prophecies, Part I, The Savior Rises–Book Review

I have to admit that this novel was unlike anything I have ever read before. It’s a great novel about a young woman’s search for who she is and where she fits in life. The amazing story of Stefani starts with her memory of her mother being murdered to her adult life as a stripper. The novel follows her as her life is thrown to the wind by a man determined to drive her to insanity for his own purposes. Every step of the way leaves you second guessing your own intuition the whole way and the ending leaves you thinking that you may still have the wrong idea.

All in all a good book that leaves you wanting to know what comes next. I’m not sure I’d pay the Amazon.com price of $2.99 for the kindle edition. Not sure if I’d pay the nearly $11 for the new copies, but the $3.50 for a used book is definitely worthwhile.

That being said…. It’s time for NaNoWriMo before bedtime. Cheers all!

The Magic of Longing–Book Review

If you don’t like magic I wouldn’t recommend this book, as the whole world of magic takes a backseat to the actual story. However the presence is there strong enough that if your dead set against it that you probably wouldn’t appreciate the story line until the very end.

However, if you can deal with "real-world" magic and are not overly fascinated with it, this book is definitely worthwhile. It’s a story of well meant but misguided intentions and how these intentions throw the worlds of the other characters off. While I do believe that the reactions of some of the people did not match their developed characters, it was all worthwhile in the end.

Overall… Three stars out of five. Not a bad read, but I’m not sure I’d pay the 2.99 it costs at Smash Words.

My Latest Potential Writing Scheme

… at least until I get my first novel finished.

A long time ago I was playing around online and someone mentioned hubpages.com on their blog. I looked into it and it seems really cool. You write things, opinion pieces, how-to articles, and other items like that. You submit it to the hubpages site and link it to some sponsor page. Any revenue created by people clicking through from the hubpages website to the sponsor results in hubpages receiving kickbacks from them. And after a fashion hubpages passes on a portion of those kickbacks to you, the writer.

Here’s my brilliant idea I had a week or so ago. I’m going to write book reviews. I’m going to review children books (or other books as I feel inclined) and write them from the perspective of a parent. I figure that parents would appreciate an opinion piece on the contents of a book before letting their child read it. Especially for those busy parents that don’t have time to read every book that may cross their child’s hands.

If anyone has any ideas of what these reviews should contain, please note them on here or on my facebook or even email them to me. 🙂 I’ll need all the help I can get.

I’m thinking it ought to be called Aunt Agnes’s Book Review. Agnes is my confirmation name (it’s a Catholic thing) which gives it a good religious spin almost.

Any opinions?