Friday, May 22, 2015

Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong

     This is a short story / novella collection that is better enjoyed if you have read The Otherworld series. The first book is Bitten.

     The collection is worth the read, and I'm excited that other volumes will be released in the future. Follows is a brief summary of the tales.

1. Demonology : Adam's mother finally finds out the truth behind her son's "gift".

2. Twilight : Cassandra has begun to feel her age and must decide to fight for life or fade away.

3. Stalked : Clay and Elena finally get away and have their honeymoon, only to have a mutt show up.

4. Chivalrous : This story focuses on Reese and why he left Australia.

5. Lucifer's Daughter : Hope and Karl go to a Museum Exhibit and end up having a devilish time.

6. Hidden : Clay, Elena. and the twins attempt to have a normal Christmas together, and as always, even in Canada, the mutt trouble comes.

7. From Russia with Love : A person from Elena's past comes calling and trouble follows.

8. Vanishing Act : This tale was never previously released and follows after the novel Thirteen.
         Savannah and Adam are having one those days, and its not all about their current case.



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Sixth Extinction by James Rollins (audio book )

This is part of The Sigma series. It needs to be read in order, the first book is Sandstorm.

     This is book ten in the series. Not disappointed, though this book seemed to be shorter than I expected. 15 discs, int the audio book.
     This is a typical James Rollins book. The right balance of action, science, history, and characters you love to keep following and routing for.
     This tale does have a few big changes for characters in it. Never too much action or to little. A roller coaster ride of a tale, a perfectly woven tapestry of a tale. One that soon hooks who and never lets go till the end, leaving you waiting for the next mission.

Beautiful Ashes by Jeanine Frost

I am a fan of this author. I have read her Night Huntress series, sadly concluded now. So I got a little excited to see what she was coming out with next. Sadly, I am two for two on authors I love and new series falling short to what I wish to continue reading.
      I did finish this book unlike the last that I thought could have been the meeting of new characters and a new journey to delve into. That was something.
     First off, the story started out promising. Then I hit the first road block. An angel and demon story. Ok, not my favorite form of tale. But I pushed past this block, and continued on. Then the further I read, the more this tale became a plate of lentils, from the ham and potatoes it started with.
     After some thought I realized it wasn't the whole angel and demon thing with the twists on biblical tales that caused me to lose interest. It was the loss of character and action balance. This book didn't have a lot of the character interaction I enjoy from her other stories. This one spent too much time in running around from this or to that.
     I will not be continuing this series. So disappointed.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Avengers : Age of Ultron

This film was good, but the balance of story and action got a bit skewed. Some of the action sequences needed to deleted or shortened. The story can hold its own without a lot of action in it. the first was proof of that.
     But the story was good, a mix of emotion and humor. A bit long but worth the viewing at least once and worth the 3-D.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong

This is the third, and sadly, the final Nadia Stafford novel. The first is Exit Strategy. I would recommend reading the books in order, but you don't have to.
     I love Nadia Stafford. Ex-cop turned hit woman who only kills those who deserve to die. The final novel is Nadia;s past coming full circle. The twists in this story were good. Things one never expected to find out. The story moves smoothly, and has a good balance of action and personal. Worth the read and was worth the wait for it to be published.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin { audio book edition}

This is book three of The Song of Ice and Fire Series. This needs to be read in order. Book one is Game of Thrones.

     It seems that Martin definitely has a knack for balancing drama, intrigue, and  a decent but not over whelming dash of fantasy to it. Every book seems to get better, than the last one. The tv adaptation to the books has been well done, even with the changes and mixing of facts, the trueness of the books is still there.
     More twists and turn and an ending I would have never seen coming. A Storm of Swords is a another rollercoaster ride for the players and pieces in The Game of Thrones. This is also one of those series installments where big important changes come. A turning point for the characters. Never a dull moment, fluid and well written.
     If you have watched The Game of Thrones series, read the books anyway. There is so much more that isn't covered or changed for tv adaptation. I do really enjoy the series too. So if you haven't seen it check it out.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare

Sorry, this has been a while coming.
     When I first discovered these stories, I was sadly disappointed that they were being published in e-book form. I do not own an e-reader. I prefer the books I buy to be in hardback or paper back form, so I can have a physical library, over a virtual on. I'm not against e-readers, and perhaps one day, I will buy one, just to have access to those tales released only in electronic form.
     So I was excited when these stories were put together in an anthology. If you have not read The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Device books, then I would not recommend reading these tales, because they focus on Magus Bane and characters that accompany his history, from these books. The first of The Mortal Instruments is City of Bones, and the first of The Infernal Devices is Clockwork Angel.
     This was a collection of tales, 98% were good tales. Though at times, I thought a bit more could have been added to round the tales out a bit better. My main issue, was with the first and last tale. The first never answered the question that it claimed by title to answer. It was like giving someone a gift, and once they unwrapped it, discovered an empty box. A waste of a tale, and truly unfair. So disappointing.
     The lasts tale, seemed to be a wasted attempt to have another tale. The whole tale is done through voice mail messages. Face to face contact would have been much more interesting and less tedious, of a tale.
     Otherwise, the tales were what I expected even when co-authored with another. Worth reading.