Review of Saucerers and Gondoliers

Saucerers and GondoliersSaucerers and Gondoliers by Dominic Green

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Note: This review is my opinion, and it is skewed to my likes and preferences

I picked this up to read simply because I was between books for my tablet…I will say I enjoyed it. NOT due to it being good SciFi, because it isn’t. It enjoyed it because it was fun to read due to how bizarre it was. It has been many years since I read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy; this book reminded me of that type of bizarre.

Most of the humor, sarcasm and satire will be lost of the youth of today. Green has no problem making fun of red necks, UFOs, communists, British, Americans, Slavery – you name it. All with the typical humor you would expect of the British.

None of the “science” makes sense, so if you are into logical SciFi don’t read this. None of the planets are realistic, but who cares. Green he even made a joke that no one understood how the alien engines worked in the book.

Characters: Ant and Chloe are two fourteen year olds from England – the adventure revolves around them.

Story: They are “kidnapped” and taken aboard a flying saucer where one misadventure after another befalls them.

The ending was a bit abrupt, and could have been done a bit better – but was still fun reading.

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Review of Awakening the Nightmare

Awakening the Nightmare (Symmetria Series Book #1)Awakening the Nightmare by Lanie Malone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Note: This review is my opinion, and it is skewed to my likes and preferences



I really enjoyed reading this book, it had every form of preternatural you could imagine.

Who or what is Corinne (Cory) DeLacy? Thankfully the author doesn’t give everything way until the end of the book, suffice it to say from the beginning of the book you see her as an entrepeneur, and bad ass preternatual bounty hunter.

Enter bad guy vampire, Trevayne complete with his megalomania. Trevayne and his demon side-kick, Kalen – He wants to rule the world as top of the food chain.

Nick soldier vampire who is infatuated with, yet at the same time ready to fight Cory at every turn. He is tasked with protecting Elehna, heir to the vampire council – sought by Trevayne.

First, this story is NOT for kids. There are some highly erotic parts of the story. With that said, this is a fast pace romp through the preternatural world having everything from Demons and Vampires, to every other form of supernatural being you could imagine.

I couldn’t help thinging Angel, lol – that show had it all. Cory is an unknown type of preternatural, and stays that way until the end of the story. She opens her home to protect Elehna, and ends up meeting Nick and his team of vampire soldiers.

The story revolves around Cory and Nick as they must come to terms with each other, and protect Elehna from Trevayne.

The author has added twists to her own view of the preternatual world. They can teleport, speak mind to mind, can mind wipe humans, plus she introduced different types of were creatures (various cats forms).

The book is well worth a read if you liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, or if you are simply a fan of this type of story.

As another reviewer said, you definitely shouldn’t judge this book by its cover.

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Review of Reel Estate Rip-Off

Reel Estate Rip-Off (Reed Ferguson mystery series #2)Reel Estate Rip-Off by Renee Pawlish

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Note: This review is my opinion, and it is skewed to my likes and preferences.

I have chosen to give this book a rating of (3.75 / 5) for a few reasons:

1. Personally I found the story a bit predictable – however, it was still entertaining to read since you didn’t have to follow a ton of convoluted threads…

2. I found it reminded of the old dime store detective novels, or the old detective movies – don’t get me wrong, some like that style of books or maybe that was the intent all along.

Characters – Henri and Evaline were the most believable characters in the book to me, yet they were minor cast members. Ace and Deuce (god I hope they have real names) were there to provide some comic relief. The Ex was setup for you to hate from the start. The love interest could have been developed more. Reed was the casual, laid back detective.

If I had read the first book, then I might have had more insight into the cast. So to be totally fair, I might make sense to read the books in order.

Story – The story read very much like an old detective movie, which I have watched many. This may be why the story seemed predictable. Short of giving a spoiler which I hate, the story seemed to press you into believing a certain character was the killer when everything in me knew otherwise.

I will give due credit though for the following:

1. Pawlish did a fantastic job of bring all the loose threads to a solid conclusion, even threads I hadn’t caught – nothing was left hanging.

2. She definitely did her research in regards to the movies.

In reviewing the authors Bio, it was stated “From the time she was ten and tried to write her own detective series in the fashion of the Hardy Boys”. If that was the intent of this book, then I would say she succeeded. The book reminded me of light-hearted sleuth books of that genre.

Taking what I wrote above into account the book was still a fun, light-hearted read. If you enjoy dime store detective novels, or series like The Hardy Boys or The Three Investigators you will enjoy reading this.

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Review of The Universal Mirror by Gwen Perkins

The Universal MirrorThe Universal Mirror by Gwen Perkins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Note: This review is my opinion, and it is skewed to my likes and preferences.

The Universal Mirror was a well written book, which I enjoyed reading. I give it 4.25 – 4.50 stars.

Magic – it was thought out and followed rules which the author established in the book; for example, the magician had to be in contact with the earth in order for the magic to flow. She also established Heresies which the magician could commit, with the requisite punishments

– Leave the island

– Cast magic on a living being

Characters – Asahel, Quentin, Felix and Catharine; were all developed with adequate back story so you could understand the interactions between the characters.

Story – Quentin, an aristocrat, compels his ‘friend’ Asahel, a merchant, to assist him in forbidden magic. What is the secret motive that compels Quentin to risk forbidden magic and the potential of death? What is the motive behind his friendship with Asahel, and outsider well below his station. Learn the dark secret the Magic Council is hiding, and the lengths to which Asahel and Catharine will go in order to expose it.

There were a few threads which just ended; it would have been nice to see them resolved. However, they did not impact the storyline.

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Review of Amalgam, The Valaran Chronicles: Book 1

Many thanks to Michael for an great review.

Michael Griffith’s review
May 11, 12

This book is 4.75, but I still would consider this a must read for Sci-Fi fans. I can’t remember if it is posted in the synopsis so I will say it here, Do not read this book if you are not comfortable with adult scenes. With that said the scene is done as well as it could be considering. But for my review, I really enjoyed this book. I felt that the changing of perspectives worked very well to give the reader a total view of what was going on. The author provided enough information to allow the reader to follow the series of events and provide adequate back story, but did not put so much detail and information that the book became tedious at an point. There was an adequate amount of action scenes to progress the story and keep the reader interested. There were some story lines that were brought up that were not concluded that I felt could have been wrapped up easily but those were not critical so the author may be giving the reader the ability to put in his or her own ending to that plot line. I did feel that the book was short, but considering all that is involved in this story I think the length is perfect.

Now for the Sci-Fi aspect of the story. This is a very good Sci-Fi story that contains alien races, androids, and AI. Wells works all of these elements into a contrast with pre-industrial society of Redwall. I also liked that Wells allowed the advanced elements to be decaying and to allow them to have a weakness that is not seen in many Sci-Fi stories.

My favorite Character is definitely Hobs. There are many reasons for that but the main is that I find that I want to be in his shoes, even though he has faced tragedy and hardship but he does make the most of what he has been given, granted he does have some secrets that allow him to do more than most other people would have been able to do. I also find that I root for Lena, and I understand why her story ended the way it did but I would have still liked it to have ended the way it appeared it would at the beginning of the book.

I found that I instantly hated Roland and all that he represented. I think the author makes it easy to hate him, but that may just be because of my concepts of proper behavior. Other people may feel that Roland was in the right for what he did, and I will understand their views but I think that most people would side with me in that Roland received his just deserts. Also I felt that I severely disliked Pol, mainly because of his attitude toward the other characters, not because of his defense of some of his son’s actions. I cannot fault a father for wanting to protect his son, but I do feel that there was not much that he could have done to influence his son, but there are some things. Most of those deal with Pol’s own ambition and his elitist attitude that was passed onto his son.

So I really liked the novel and I highly recommend it for any Sci-Fi reader. I cannot wait for the next book in the series and I can’t wait to see what Hobs gets into.