Category Archives: Book reviews

Crusader’s Cross by James Lee Burke, read by Will Patton

Read  June 2017 Recommended for fans of Louisiana Bayou ★    ★    ★      Pairing Will Patton and James Lee Burke’s Cajun protagonist, Dave Robicheaux, was genius. Patton grew up on South Carolina and went to a school for the arts … Continue reading

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Emergence by David R. Palmer

Read  June 2017 Recommended for classic sci-fi fans ★    ★    ★       Apocalypse? Hugo nominee? An eleven year-old girl? A pet parrot? Friend recommendation? Sign me up!   The first part of the story was published in 1981 as a novella … Continue reading

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The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester

Read  June 2017 Recommended for classic sci-fi fans ★    ★    ★   ★    1/2 An excellent analysis of the Trump candidacy and events leading up to his election as #45. Uses both his perspective and that of the anonymous supporter to chilling … Continue reading

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When Gravity Falls by George Alec Effinger

Read  June 2017 Recommended for people who enjoy futuristic detective noir ★    ★    ★   ★    1/2 I don’t even. This book engrossed me, sucked me in, took me to the seediest bar in town, plied me with cheap booze and left … Continue reading

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Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy, M.D.

Read  June 2017 Recommended for people who want to understand more about health and race ★    ★    ★    1/2   If there is one thing that can pull me out of my traditional genres, it’s a meditation on modern medicine. … Continue reading

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The Chinese Gold Murders by Robert Van Gulik

Read  May 2017 Recommended for fans of period mystery ★    ★    ★   ★ Judge Dee is looking forward to getting out of the Chinese Metropolitan Court of Justice. He’s  tired of only seeing cases on paper, processing routine documents and … Continue reading

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Bone Song by John Meaney. Or, Good Bones, but Needs More Flesh

Read  May 2017 Recommended for fans of UF police detectives ★    ★    ★ An intriguing but wildly inconsistent book. Imagine, if you will, J.D. Robb’s In Death series redone with the deathworld of Chronicles of Riddick, the sensibility of a … Continue reading

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Voodoo Dues by Stephany Simmons

Read May 2017 Recommended for fans of light PNR ★    ★    ★ A lot like Jello with whipped cream; light, a bit forgettable, and sweet. A few sections felt first novelish, kind of wish-embodiment on the part of the author, … Continue reading

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The Lion’s Game by Nelson DeMille. Or Thriller as Ambien?

Attempted May 2017 Recommended for fans of DeMille and reallllly slow burns ★    ★    Abandoning this book. I just don’t have time in my life right now for this kind of detail. I think this is the kind of book … Continue reading

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Marked In Flesh by Anne Bishop. Or, chocolate that doesn’t melt in your hands.

Read December 2015 Recommended for fans of Speshul Snowflakes and ecological wins ★    ★    ★   ★   Oink, oink! For those who follow my reviews, I’m unable to stop myself from comparing this series to candy. As I learned in Salt … Continue reading

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