Monday, April 30, 2012

REVIEW: Unclean Spirits (The Black Sun's Daughter #1)

 

Unclean Spirits (The Black Sun's Daughter #1) by

Jayné Heller thinks of herself as a realist, until she discovers reality isn't quite what she thought it was. When her uncle Eric is murdered, Jayné travels to Denver to settle his estate, only to learn that it's all hers -- and vaster than she ever imagined. And along with properties across the world and an inexhaustible fortune, Eric left her a legacy of a different kind: his unfinished business with a cabal of wizards known as the Invisible College.
Led by the ruthless Randolph Coin, the Invisible College harnesses demon spirits for their own ends of power and domination. Jayné finds it difficult to believe magic and demons can even exist, let alone be responsible for the death of her uncle. But Coin sees Eric's heir as a threat to be eliminated by any means -- magical or mundane -- so Jayné had better start believing in something to save her own life.
Aided in her mission by a group of unlikely companions -- Aubrey, Eric's devastatingly attractive assistant; Ex, a former Jesuit with a lethal agenda; Midian, a two-hundred-year-old man who claims to be under a curse from Randolph Coin himself; and Chogyi Jake, a self-styled Buddhist with mystical abilities -- Jayné finds that her new reality is not only unexpected, but often unexplainable. And if she hopes to survive, she'll have to learn the new rules fast -- or break them completely....
My Thoughts:
** spoiler alert ** The story line was excellent and the characters surprising with each aspect revealed. The mind of Jayne was beautifully shown and delved deep into various aspects of the world and life in general as she sought to understand her new world. The final death of Coin was nerve-wracking not only for the location but also his reaction to her identity.

Monday, April 16, 2012

REVIEW: Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3)

Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3) by Jim Butcher

Goodreads Blurb:
HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARD
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden’s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. All par for the course for Chicago’s only professional wizard.

But in all of Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: the spirit world’s gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble—and not just of the door-slamming, ‘boo’- shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly.

Someone—or something—is stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself....
My Thoughts:
It is amazing the way that Butcher is able to interweave the books together. With various aspects or happenings of the previous books cropping up in little statements and enormous surprises. The convoluted motives and manipulations was magnificently done.

Monday, April 9, 2012

REVIEW: Grandpa Hates the Bird:Six Short Stories of Exciting, Hilarious and Possibly Deadly Adventure

Grandpa Hates the Bird:Six Short Stories of Exciting, Hilarious and Possibly Deadly Adventure by

My Thoughts: 
A very adorable book. It was interesting to have the book written from the bird's perspective and the different outlook they have on life was beautifully done. The speech of the book was simple along with the tales and yet were an immense pleasure to read.

Monday, April 2, 2012

REVIEW: Doctor's Orders

Doctor's Orders (Star Trek: The Original Series #50 by

When Dr. McCoy grumbles once too often about the way the U.S.S. Enterprise™ ought to be run, Captain Kirk decides to leave the doctor in command while he oversees a rountine diplomatic mission. Kirk beams down to a strange planet nicknamed "Flyspeck" to negotiate its admission into the Federation, leaving Dr. McCoy to enjoy his new authority.

However, the doctor soon learns that command is a double-edged sword when Kirk disappears without a trace. Desperately trying to locate his catain, McCoy comes under pressure from Starfleet to resolve the situation immediately. Matters go from bad to worsewhen the Klingons arrive and stake their own claim on Flyspeck.

Then another, more deadly power threatens them all, and suddenly Dr. McCoy and the Starship Enterprise find themselves pitted against an alien fleet in a battle they have no hope of winning.

My Thoughts:
A surprisingly philosophical book that brings many questions to mind and causes a change in perception of the very world. The world of three species was an intriguing surprise for the Enterprise crew and the reader. The amount of creativity shown by the author through the very creation and fleshing out of such alien beings and thoughts was wonderful, the added time element positively mind-bending.
I in particular loved the switching of view as it pertained to being captain of a starship a wonderful look into the minds of the characters. The opportunity to read of Dr. McCoy in a command position so changed from his sickbay was beautiful.