By Janet Evanovich
Same old, same old. Nineteen books and the character of Stephanie Plum has not evolved at all. Same dilemmas, same stupid love triangle. I always wonder how much time has past in Stephanie’s world. There has been very little progression in her life. Unfortunately the once likable characters have pretty much become caricatures of themselves. Evanovich is just copying and pasting old stuff and changing the names. What was once light, fun beach reading is now a sad rerun. But, I’ll keep buying them for $5 from the bargain bin and passing the hours with a new Stephanie adventure. There’s something that keeps me trucking, but I really don’t know what it is.
THE DARK TOWER, Book 7 of the Dark Tower series
By Stephen King
Read multiple times
This book is hard for me to review…but I’m going to try. This is more of a review of the series as as a whole.
I’ve read this series multiple times and love it more with each journey. This book in particular is heart-breaking. To come so far with all these characters, then to lose them so quickly… Stephen King has done an amazing job with this story. The connections with all his other work is incredible, and the characters are so clear and real. Eddie Dean is one of my favorites in all of King’s books. I’m so glad I read these back to back. I can’t imagine the wait between any of the books.
Now I know some people had issue with King putting himself in the story, and I did at first as well. I thought he was making himself a God of some sort and found it very pretentious. However, upon finishing book 7, I realized King was just another character in the story. He was not God, only a tool. Roland and his Ka-tet exist without King; he merely tells their tale. And who better? Who can weave a tale like Stephen King? Who can connect so many books/worlds together as well as him? I’m probably biased, but I think he is one of the best story-tellers ever…
As for the ending…well, I found it perfect. I was one of the Constant Readers who smiled at the last sentence. After all, Ka is a wheel.
Well done, Sai King, well done.
On another note, I’ve read the series three times and listened to the audio version twice. I highly recommend the audio books to any fan of the story. The narrator truly brings life to these characters and it is a completely new journey for the reader.
Wrapped in Black: ThirteenTales of Witches and the Occult
Read in November, 2014
I am a big fan of Sekhmet Press and their WRAPPED Series. Wrapped in Black is the third anthology in the series and the focus this time is witches and the occult. I will admit, witches aren’t my favorite characters to read about. I rarely find myself drawn to a book because it’s about witches, like I am with books about vampires or time travel. But Sekhmet has yet to disappoint me with their anthologies, so I was very happy to read this one!
WRAPPED IN WHITE: Thirteen Tales of Spectres, Ghost, and Spirits
After reading Wrapped in Red, a vampire anthology released by Sekhmet Press, I was very excited to hear about Wrapped in White: Thirteen Tales of Spectres, Ghosts, and Spirits. As a lover of ghost stories, this was a wonderful collection. The perfect kind of tales to read around a campfire. I was very pleased to see two of my favorite authors (Allison M. Dickson, author of STRINGS, and Patrick C. Greene, author of PROGENY) had contributed to the anthology. I also discovered some authors I was unfamiliar with who had some amazing stories in the anthology.
Here’s the breakdown, in TOC order.
Daddy’s Glasses by Allison M. Dickson
This is Dickson at her best. Great imagery, amazing character development, and her remarkable skill at grabbing the reader and never letting go. There’s a reason she’s one of my favorite authors, and this story is the perfect example of her talent.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Read in May, 2010
After reading Catching Fire, I decided to go back and read The Hunger Games again. I must say I am in complete awe of this series. It is so compelling, and so disturbing. After reading it again, I have decided to up my rating to 5 stars, it is well deserving of it.
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
Read in 2010
This is the fifth Palahniuk book I’ve read. I enjoyed it. It was entertaining, while grusome and disturbing at the same time. I think you either love Palahniuk or you hate him. What I don’t understand is people who don’t like him yet continue to read and bash his books. If you don’t like an author, DON’T read his books. I don’t read James Patterson despite his popularity. Not for me, so I won’t continue reading his books and bashing him in reviews.
The Murdered Metatron
by James Glass
The voice of God is dead…
When John Smith wakes from a coma in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania he remembers nothing of his past except that he might have tried to commit suicide. In an effort to pay the bills he becomes a private detective and is hired by a strange pair of clients who are determined to find out who killed the Voice of God. The clues lead him to the doorstep of the strange and reclusive Virgil Calahan and a hundred year old crime.
The concept of this story is very intriguing. A man wakes up from a coma with no idea who he is or why he is in the hospital. He has two scars running down the length of his back and he possibly tried to commit suicide. Meet John Smith, private investigator.
This story instantly drew me in. James Glass has a wonderful skill at mood setting. The story has a dark quality, yet you find humor throughout. The Murdered Metatron is filled with a cast of unforgettable characters. I loved the way the story was told, with little bits and pieces of the past slowly being revealed. The story has some twists and kept me guessing until the end.
I am a fan of mysteries and this one hooked me. I anxiously await the second installment.
The Murdered Metatron is available in my print and eBook editions on Amazon!