Book review – Sherdan’s Country

Title: Sherdan’s Country
Author: Jess Mountifield
Genre: Science Fiction
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Sherdan’s Country is the third book in Jess Mountifield’s trilogy around Sherdan Harper, a scientist with big ideas who follows a prophecy. In this last book Sherdan and Anya face the problem to regain control of his country, but also their personal lives still need some problem solving. Will they succeed in all this? I know, because I read the book. If you want to know, get your copy and find out.

I absolutely liked all three books. Mrs. Mountifield wrote a fascinating world with interesting characters and strong personalities, and I’m waiting for what she has in store for the reading world next!

Book review – Glass books of the dream eaters

Title: Glass books of the dream eaters
Author: Gordon Dahlquist
Genre: Steampunk
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Yes, that’s quite a long title for a book but it’s worth it. In this book we meet a few people who, in normal circumstances, should never meet. A young lady from a distant island, the doctor of a Macklenburg prince, and a man whose life is spent on the lowest rungs on the social ladder. Still they come together, and all that because of the mysteries that envelope strange pieces of blue glass. What are these glass bits? Who made them, what do they plan with them, and – why can you see other people’s memories when you gaze into them?

These questions and many more are answered as you progress through the book which is written in a very interesting way, moving from one person’s view to another as new chapters reveal more and more about art, alchemy, dream and something called the Process

Book review – The Cloud Roads

Title: The Cloud Roads
Author: Martha Wells
Genre: Fantasy
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The Cloud Roads takes you to a fantastic fantasy world where amazing creatures live, fight and try to survive. Shifting Raksura and Fell, Dwei, and many kinds of groundlings who live in their various cities. Martha Wells did an amazing job creating this environment and the writing was so well done that I couldn’t get through the story fast enough. Which unfortunately means it ended far too soon as I reached the end quickly. I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series, The Serpent Sea. I have to know what happens with Moon and Jade after they won their mutual battle and the battle against their enemies, the Fell. Will they come back?

Book review – Pride and prejudice

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Title: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Genre: Classic romance
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I was literally blown away by this book. Miss Austen produced a magnificent book with Pride and Prejudice. It’s witty and funny, and it also allowed me to have a peek into the way of life in that time. The difference in status and ‘importance’ between men and women was immense. But also it made me see how much life has progressed. For instance details like travel. A stretch of road that we’re used to do in about an hour by car would take more than half a day in those days!

It’s very unfortunate that Jane Austen died at so young an age; the world lost a brilliant writer far too soon.

Book review – Freak of Nature

Title: Freak of Nature
Author: Julia Crane
Genre: Scifi
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A very interesting book with a good plot. Suppose you wake up not knowing who you are and you learn you’ve been turned into an expensive cyborg. All that because you decided to leave your body to science in case you die.

That is all I’ll divulge about the book. An interesting read but I can’t go over 3.5 stars because of the poor editing. I am not even sure if the story has been proofread consistently because there are several rather obvious errors in the text. If you can read over those then Freak of Nature is an interesting, quick read.

Book review – For such a time as this

Title: For such a time as this
Author: Jess Mountifield
Genre: Fantasy
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“For such a time as this” is a delightful short story of an Elfen slave. The oriental setting is nicely detailed, and the story has a nice, consistent flow to it.

If you like Elves, kings, a nice touch of romance and a few surprises, this little book won’t disappoint you.

(Short book, short review, so no chance of spoilers!)

Book review – The Rook

Title: The Rook
Author: Daniel O’Malley
Genre: Fantasy
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The Rook is a surprise. It starts with a puzzle, and this puzzle gets taken apart throughout the book, where more and more becomes clear. This happens in many books, but the way Mr O’Malley did this is master-crafted.

A strange awakening, mysterious letters and amazing powers that unfold in more and more people are a touch of The Rook. If you like fantasy and supernatural powers, stacked up on a nice mystery, you will do yourself a favour by reading this book.

 

Book review – The Coming Storm

Title: The Coming Storm
Author: Valerie Douglas
Genre: Fantasy
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The Coming Storm is one of those books that suck you into a different world, one you hate to leave whenever you have to put the book down. Even worse than that: after finishing it, I had to run over and get the last book in the trilogy because I have to know how the whole story ends! Valerie Douglas wrote a masterpiece, taking the reader to a fantastic world with Elves, Dwarves and Men, where battles of the mind and the heart are fought next to a war against an uncanny enemy.

If you’re a fan of epic fantasy and you are not reading The Coming Storm then you are doing yourself no favour.

Book review – The Way of Wyrd

Title: The Way of Wyrd
Author: Brian Bates
Genre: Beliefs, awareness
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A very interesting and surprising read indeed.

Experiencing how a devout Christian undergoes the world of Pagans and how he grows through that while being able to stay true to himself is very impressive.

Mr Bates also shows that there are more ways to the old British ways than the Celtic way. One of them is the Way of Wyrd.

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Book review – The Chronicles of M.

Title: The Chronicles of M.
Author: Nicholas Foristal
Genre: Fantasy
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The book looked like an interesting read, about a man who’s assigned to watch over a superhero. This sounds incredible, and that was my reason to acquire the book. It’s well written and has a nice pace, smart quips and other things that make a book good for me. About sixty percent into the book however something entered the story that I am very much not a fan of, and after trying to get through that for a while I decided to stop reading the book.
I must say that the way this book approaches zombies in a very different way, so people who appreciate them will probably enjoy this book very much.