Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Games Creatures Play edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner


This is an anthology of game-based tales with a supernatural twist. The authors featured in this book are Jan Burke, Dana Cameron, Adam-Troy Castro, Brendan DuBois, Charlaine Harris, Toni L. P. Kelner, Caitlin Kitteredge, William Kent Krueger, Ellen Kushner, Mercedes Lackey, Joe R. Lansdale, Laura Lippman, Seanan McGuire, Brandon Sanderson, and Scott Sigler

     I’m a fan of Charlaine Harris and that’s why I got this anthology.  Most of the stories were pretty good, but my biggest issue was that most of these stories were about ghosts and hauntings. When I hear creature I think big foot, mermaids, Nessie. Not so much of ghosts.

     But the stories for the most part were interesting reads. I have read other anthologies, and this is an above average one. Here’s a summary of each tale.



     In the Blue Hereafter: Manfred can’t escape his Grandmother’s game.



Hide and Seek: A child’s game becomes much sinister, and with high stakes.



Stepping into the Dead Zone: The new kid in class is more than he seems.



Dead on the Bones: Revenge is a dish best served after death.



The Devil Went Down to Boston: How far could one go to protect family?



On the Playing Fields of Blood: A game that has a deadly purpose.



The God’s Games: A lycanthrope is sent to the Olympics on a mission by the Gods.



The Case of the Haunted Safeway: Sometimes a haunting isn’t so black and white.



Pris de Fer: Too much pride can be deadly.



Dreamer: An afterlife game



False Knight on the Road: Sometimes a bargain with the devil can be something else than a soul



Jammed: Roller derby and a derby girl death by non- human “hands”



Hide and Shriek: Immortals get bored



Ice: There’s something under the pond



Bell, Book, and Candlepin: A curse wreaks it havoc on unsuspecting people



     This anthology isn’t a bad read if you like supernatural tales. Not a waste of time to read either.





    






Sunday, April 22, 2018

The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts


This story does start off a bit sluggish, but by chapter five starts to take off, and keeps a great pace till the end.
          I’m glad I gave this story a chance, it isn’t the type of genre I usually read. It has a good blend of characters, crime mystery, and glimpses into police procedure and training I was unaware of. It has a kind of unlikely type of heroine, who is more of a balance of kick butt fearless, but knows what she wants and who she is, female and a police officer.
      The story follows Sara and her involvement with a case that covers continents. A drug cartel. Throw in some crime drama, romance, friends and family, and of course a few surprises along the way, and an ending that wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but none the less, the story is worth the time to read.
     This is an addition to The Policewoman review. I have had the opportunity to read the re-edits for this story and though they do not affect my overall review for this story, the edits have smoothed out the speed bumps in this story and make it a much cleaner, well weaved tale of a police crime drama.


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

This is the final book in the Midnight, Texas series. The first book is Midnight Crossroad. The television series: Midnight, Texas based loosely on the series is really good, too. Its been renewed for season two.
     Unlike the two previous books in this series, this installment seems to be the neat, well, attempting to be neat, tie up and conclusion of the series, instead of being the story that focuses on Fiji and the evil lurking beneath Midnight.
     It was good book but I feel like their could have been one or two more books in this series. For one, several characters are left in limbo. Will one find  love? Will the other deal with her father? Will two others make their own way in Midnight? It leaves the door open for novellas, short stories, or even a novel.
     The final "chapter" of Midnight, Texas was still good, a twist here and there, a good dose of personal drama, and supernatural trouble balanced in an enjoyable way. I will miss Midnight, Texas, and the misfits that call it home.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and Others

This is a collection of short stories from the world of the Shadowhunters. I would not suggest reading this anthology if you have not read The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare because certain stories won't make as much sense unless you have the background information to the tales.
     Clare has several series in The Shadowhunter world. Its best to read them in this order: The Infernal Devices which starts with Clockwork Angel. The Mortal Instruments: starts with City of Bones, and the newest, The Dark Artifices: starts with Lady Midnight.

     I usually like series based anthologies but the way this one went it should have been a novella, or even a connective bridge novel between The Mortal Instruments and The Dark Artifices. Its not really a collection of short stories in the sense of an anthology.
     All the stories connect to Simon's time at The Shadowhunter academy or to what is going on at the academy at this time. It would have read better as one tale. The stories aren't bad, but they could have been so much more.
     The opportunity to enrich the Shadowhunter world was sadly wasted. All the reader gets is some glimpses of academy life and some of that is no surprise. Even the other tales not related to the academy life, could have been so much more.
     For example, Jack the Ripper could have been much better, and make a little more sense in why the murders were done. At least Simon's story gets completed enough to satisfy fans of the Mortal Instruments. Some of the tales even connect into The Dark Artifices series.
     Yes, I would suggest this gets read before the Dark Artifices series, but don't expect a really great and entertaining read.

Friday, April 13, 2018

White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Sorry, I am so behind on my posts.

     This is the second book in The Hidden Legacy Trilogy. It needs to be read in order and the first book is Burn for Me.

     For Nevada, life has returned to normal. Well, minus Mad Rogan in it. Then a new client, an unexpected one, and one who she has meant, Cornelius Harris, has a job offer, he wants to know who killed his wife...
     And so Nevada is once again pulled into the world of Primes, pulled into the gravitational pull of Mad Rogan, fate forcing them to work together once more.
     Then if her life isn't a mess already, a family secret will come out forcing Nevada to fully admit what she has already known, she is a Prime, and not only that, several family members lives will change too.
     And by the time this case comes to a close, Baylor Investigations has a new employee, its first not family member, and when everything seems to be going well for Nevada, the new threat, she knew was coming, has begun to move into play...not to mention the "Cesar" is still at large.
     As the first book in this series, you get to know more of the world of magic. More of the lives of the characters you love and all the twists and turns that makes a good story. Worth the time to dive into the world pf Legacies and Primes, magic and mayhem.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Downsizing

I'm going to be honest, I really had no interest in this seeing this film. I only saw it because company was over and they wanted to see it.
     First off, I was quite surprised with this film. The trailers were very misleading. I thought a comedy of some strange sort, but that wasn't it at all.
     This film actually could have gone several ways, a guy enjoying his fresh start in life, which could have been the comedy story line, but later in the film you start to catch on the true colors of this new "Utopia" when things in the small world still seems to mirror the giant world, not to mention other instances in the film that gets one thinking, I won't go into details, I hate spoilers.
     This movie had one flaw, there's a scene where the size difference is off. The only other thing I have to say about this film is I now see shrinky dinks in a whole new light. Really, not a bad film over all, twist and turns I never expected, but one I could say is probably better to be seen in on a big screen, to get a better feel for being small, or giant. I would say not a bad film to check out, if you want something a bit different.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Found by Harlan Coben

This is the third book in the Mickey Bolitar series. It needs to be read in order. The first one is Shelter.
It’s not just the twists and turns, and the surprises along the way that makes this installment as good as the first in the series. That does help make a good and enjoyable roller coaster of a story, it’s the believability of the characters.
I have read other YA books, and some have been good up to the point of “happily” ever after endings tied up in a neat bow, or a story with such potential but the actions of characters seemed so false and fake.
Coben understands the importance of real characters. Whether those characters live in a space ship, play with dragons, or live in the 1800’s, they must feel like the reader could meet them, talk to them, be in their world and its refreshing for me to see a story end without a tidy red bow making the characters have their happy ending.
From what I understand, this is the last Mickey Bolitar book, though by the time Mickey finally gets the answers about his father, I won’t spoil anything, but there definitely room for at least one more book.
I may hate red bow endings, but I dislike certain questions hanging in the air when a series ends. But besides this, Found is a wonderful final? Ride with Mickey, Ema, and Spoon. Glad I gave this series a try. Worth the time investment to read.