Book review – Maze. By Katya Mills

Title: Maze
Author: Katya Mills
Genre: Urban fantasy
Rating: 4books(Note that 4 stars is good.)

Maze is the sequel to Daughter of Darkness. Maze is written in the same fast, powerful style. Ame, the main person from Daughter of Darkness, gives the reader her look on life, humans (because she is different) and what they do to each other. Her life hasn’t been easy and in book two things have changed for Ame, but not always for the better.

Join Ame in the next stage in her life. Learn about the way she looks at everything and the ways in which she tries to help others.

Book review – Jihadi, by Yusuf Toropov

Title: Jihadi – A love story
Author: Yusuf Toropov
Genre: Thriller
Rating: 5 books out of 5 stars

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Jihadi. What can I say about it? It’s complicated. Really, it is. A deep book on many levels. Many layers. Complicated to read in the first chapters as well, because of the form the book has been created.

I must first say that I travelled part of the journey to completion of the book together with the author after meeting him online. He shared bits of it, asked the opinion of friends, even from me a few times. And he worked hard and long on it.

Jihadi tells about governments, political play and the way how people can get influenced. The story is not easy to read, as I said. It’s demanding. It keeps you on your toes. A US intelligence man is accused of terrorism and held in a prison that no one knows about. There he writes his memoirs, and through those slowly the story comes to life. A story that kicks, bites and screams, and makes you feel sorry for people who get mixed up in so much crap. If you feel up to it, follow Thelonius Lidell. See how he ended up where he is now.

Again, this is a hard read, but very worth the time.

Well done, Yusuf.

Note to the reader of this review: after reading Jihadi you’ll get this.

Book review – The Unfinished Song #1

Title: The unfinished song, book one. Initiate.
Author: Tara Maya
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5 books out of 5 books.

Honesty makes me tell that I acquired this book when it was free. No arms were twisted for a favourable review though.

The book surprised me. It is well written and keeps a great pace. The characters in the book become well developed and the change from point of view to point of view is easy enough as the name of the character ‘in charge’ is announced clearly.

We meet Dindi, who wants to become a famous dancer. Good dancers in this world cast magic, and there is a good deal of dancing which proves that in this story. We meet lots of other people as well, all with their good and bad traits. The end of this book is very open, leaving the readers to guess what will happen – unless they get book #2. Which is what I plan to do. (And I shan’t wait for it to be free.)

Book review – A graveyard for lunatics

Graveyard for lunaticsTitle: A Graveyard for Lunatics: Another Tale of Two Cities

Author: Ray Bradbury

Genre: Mystery

Rating: 5 of 5

Fantastic read by Ray Bradbury. Of course I am biased; I love everything I’ve read by him. This story takes the reader into the innards of a film studio where long time ago one of the leaders of that industry died. At least, everyone knows he did. But did he? More and more details about this man come to life after death.

Book review – Terminal World, Alastair Reynolds.

Title: Terminal World
Author: Alastair Reynolds
Genre: Steampunk
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Terminal World is classified as a steampunk book. I agree with that but it has a large amount of future in it so it also is science fiction for me.

Terminal World was worth reading. We meet all kinds of fascinating people and not-people in the story, which starts in a very complicated, high structure called Spearpoint. As the story progresses, steampunk becomes more prominent (steam, airships etc). The pace of the story is good, I like how it flowed along, and also the way Mr Reynolds managed to express himself in descriptions is very nice. At some point in the story I feared that things would turn into a ‘Mad Max’ environment as the Skullboys made their appearance but that proved to be not so. Such a relief.
The end of this book was very good, amazing in some places even (I name Tulwar and Nimcha in particular). And I definitely liked the Mad Machines.

If you are in search of a great story to read, I can recommend Terminal World.

Book review: Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

Book review: Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

Title: Neverwhere
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 6 out of 5 stars.

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Sometimes you come across a book that will prevent you from opening another book for a while. A book that has a story that won’t leave you alone even in your dreams. For me, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is such a book. It’s about London. Everywhere and neverwhere in London. If you’ve been to London you’ll recognise many places and spots, but Mr Gaiman paints such an amazing world in and around the city that it grabbed me by the eyeballs and it refuses to let them go. It had this stunning duality where I wanted to get to the last page to see how it ended but at the same time I did not want the story to end!

Neverwhere is high up there with the best stories of Ray Bradbury and Terry Pratchett for me. It wasn’t a read. It was an experience. When I grow up I want to write like that.

Book review – A Symphony of Echoes.

Dear reader,

I’ve been reading again. I’ll always read, until someone pries my eyes from my dead, cold hands. Or something along those lines. What did I finish?

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A Symphony of Echoes. The second book in the series about St Mary’s and their marvellous Historians. Again this is a wonderful book by Jodi Taylor.

St Mary’s doesn’t disappoint when it comes to getting in history’s way, even when the plan is to correct it! If you are interested in the ways of the Tartan Trollop this is a read you shouldn’t miss. If you don’t know who the Tartan Trollop is, then you really have to read the book!

Book review – Convocation Of Kings

Title: Convocation Of Kings
Author: Valerie Douglas
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

convocation of kings“Convocation of Kings” is the sequel to “The Coming Storm”.

For me it was very nice to get reacquainted with the characters from the first book and follow them on more adventures. It’s a great read, like the first book. Be warned, if you start it, that there are a number of erotic scenes in this sequel. Nothing dramatic but some readers might be “surprised” by them.

I’m very glad that I read this book. The beginnings from the Coming Storm were picked up and worked out. I hope this doesn’t count as a spoiler.
If it does, then look at this little light and forget you read this.

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Book review –

Title: Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary Book 1)
Author: Jodi Taylor
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 6 / 5

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If you want to read a funny book with a very interesting storyline, you need to read this book. If there hadn’t been a concept called “plot twist” yet it would have been invented for this story as it’s filled with them. Something new and unexpected is around every page corner.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would award it six stars if possible. I’m currently enjoying book 2 in the series and so far it’s just as good!

Take this as high praise!

Book review – Of Ice and Magic

Title:  Of Ice and Magic
Author: Hugh B. Long
Genre: Nordic Fantasy
Rating: 5 / 5

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Of Ice and Magic is a short story but one that’s worth reading. If you like Nordic environments, sagas, and heroes in forms you wouldn’t expect, then this book is for you. The characters are nicely worked out and quite credible, and there are a few twists in the story that I didn’t see coming.

All in all a very nice read.