Review of The Broken Ones by Stephen M Irwin

The Broken OnesThe Broken Ones by Stephen M. Irwin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Old style Noir with a dash of occult,and supernatural aspects. While a little slow to start, the world seems off as ghosts now live along side humans. Most of the people know who there ghosts are, everyone but Oscar. As things progress, the ghosts seem to be more harmful than helpful as ritualistic, and violent murders occurs. All with children as victims. Of course Oscar gets stuck with the case, and becomes almost obsessed with solving it.

Review of The Games by Ted Kosmatka

The GamesThe Games by Ted Kosmatka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting premise with the idea of using genetics to build, or create unique gladiators whose only purpose is to die in a public spectacle. Of course that happens much later, as this focused on only one of the gladiators creation. Which is one of the cons of this book, since I imagine getting a account of the individual gladiators creation would be interesting. The characters are a little cliché, and don’t get as much development as they should. Yet, in a sense that allows different viewpoints on the American gladiator, and its unique creation.

If you want a small, but interesting read I would suggest this book is for you.

Review of the Simarillion by J. R.R Tolkien

The Silmarillion (Middle-Earth Universe)The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Despite the relative shortness of the book, it is filled with history and great detail of how Middle-Earth came to be. Downside that makes reviewing it a challenge without revealing a lot of the details. However given the amount of history, it is an essential for anyone who loved the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. A large chunk of the book is about the creation of Middle Earth, and how the world was shaped. The last part ties in to some extent with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, as it tells how Sauraman, Gandalf and a few other wizards arrived in the world.

Review of Amped by Daniel H Wilson

AmpedAmped by Daniel H. Wilson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While this book isn’t as good as I expected, since I enjoyed some of his previous work it still manages to be a decent read. There is some noticeable similarity in the plot to WWII era Germany, with the amps taking place of the Jewish people, and the Pure Priders standing in for the Nazis. Of course with the expectation, of taking place in a different era, with different technology. Yet the similarities are clear. While that may not be intentional, it is extremely apparent.

Downside to that, it makes some of the characters like Lyle and Senator Vaughn cliche and bland. Even the main character Owen is a little cliche, as he is forced to run from his life, after his father is killed in a explosion. Leaving his “normal” implanted life as a teacher behind he is thrust into a world of military conspiracies, cover ups, and political agendas.

Review of Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped BoxHeart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In a similar vein to Stephan king’s Christine, this tale takes a simple buying of a dead man’s possession gone wrong. Honestly that may be the simplest way to describe this book.

While the main character is a slightly cliche, occult rocker with a taste for heavy music, and gothic, tattooed women. Oddly enough he has this slight redneck, gear head that is very southern to me. Even his lover/girlfriend has this oddly organic, natural vibe to her. That actually really helps making the world feel real. However there like every world in a horror atmosphere, there is something dark involved. Something that isn’t natural at all, and stands out. In this case it is a vindictive, vengeful ghost of father of one of Jude’s ex-lovers.

I could tell you the story, but that would spoil a lot that is best experienced first hand. Defiantly will be picking up more of Joe Hills work in the future.

Review of A Dance of Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Honestly this book and its predecessor take place in same area of time. However this book focuses more on Jon Snow, Tyrion, Daenerys, and several names who are more secondary characters in this game of thrones. The secondary characters help move the plot forward, without obstructing the goals of the main characters. This is a welcome change of pace, (in my opinion) since reading the events that revolve around a small handful of time gets tiresome after a time.

Maybe about 2/3 of the way through the book, the plot lines connect. That makes the pace of the book slow some, as it brings in the rest of the characters. Given the length of this book, not to mention length of the other books that make up the series it is a long read. If your a fan of fantasy novels, this book would be a welcome addition to your shelf.

Review of A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire,#3)

A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well this book is defiantly the most violent of the ones I have read so far. Despite the fact that there are more weddings than battles, the weddings are at least “interesting,” to say the least. Even though perhaps, depressing may be a more accurate statement. This book focuses heavily on the Night Watch since the wildings are gathering to go past the wall. Of course depending on the reader one may say that is more interesting than the weddings, that take place. I will admit this book is defiantly not for the faint of heart, than again the same could be said for the whole series.

Despite the deaths of several main characters, the twist at the ending is well worth the emotional torment. However, it is defiantly worth the emotional damage that is felt throughout the book. I will admit I rejoiced at the death of King Joffery, his death was something that was needed to move the story forward. As to some of the other deaths, not so much was rejoicing could be felt.

The book defiantly adds a lot of depth to several characters, as they face challenging choices. Including Jon Snow, Jaime Lannister, Sansa Stark, Bran Stark, Stannis and several more others.

Review of A Clash of Kings (A song of Ice and Fire,#2)

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book defiantly, without question picks up were the Game of Thrones left off. The books pace is much faster then the previous book, which had a lot more politics in it that drove the plot. In contrast this book has much more war, which defiantly accelerated the pace of the story in my opinion. A lot takes place in this book, that impacts the landscape as well the plot. Hopefully A Storm of Swords keeps the pace of the story alive, unlike so many that have died in this book which is a lot.
This book increased my loathing for Ceresi and Joeffry. It feels like Tyrion is the only Lannister that seems to have a brain in that family. I definitely felt sympathy for both of the House Stark’s daughters who are not in pleasant circumstances that seem to worsen throughout the book.

Review of Full Dark, No Stars

Full Dark, No StarsFull Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Defiantly good, if not essential one his short (but slightly long) stories collections. I will review each of the stories individually.

The first story 1922 is an extremely well written account of the events preceding the murder of his wife and the events that follow afterwords. It also includes what happens to his son and his pregnant girlfriend as retold by the information he gathers trying to figure out what happened. The story concludes with his death as the guilt over his wife’s death drives him crazy.

The second story Big Driver is about a female author who goes to book event to meet with fans, where she meets the mother who sends her down a “shortcut” road where is she is brutally rapped by her two sons and left for dead. However she survives and debates getting her revenge in a very personal way or calling the police.

The third story Fair Extension is a man who makes a deal to get rid of his cancer in exchange for his best friend’s life going down, along with some cash. To be honest it reminds me of another of King’s books Needful Things in a much more condensed format.

The final story a Good Marriage is the story of a women who accidentally finds out her husband is serial killer. After the husband promises to stop killing, he dies by falling down the stairs after a nice meal with his wife. In the end a semi-retired officer attempts to figure if the wife was aware what the husband was doing, which concludes the story.

Review of Envious

EnviousEnvious by Katie Keller-Nieman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won this book from goodreads.

To be honest I thought the book had a difficult start (in my opinion), before it took off. It defiantly has a unique premise as a whole, even though I wished it focused more on the memories/visions over the romance but as they the book progresses they combine very well.

Cassandra, Aurora and Eric are the books main characters and are linked though some past event (which is found near the end of the book). The two girls both have feelings for Eric, but only aurora is dating him. Aurora has this strange hold on Eric. Even though if Eric is away from aurora, he is himself. Eventually Cassandra realizes this and tries to get Eric over Aurora.

The book can best be summed up in two word, those are love triangle.