Friday, 19 December 2014

The Lazy Award for Best Author Goes To (insert drum roll).......





I am fast running out of superlatives to describe just how good Nicholas Sansbury Smith is. After being blown away by the first two books of his Orb series this year, this tireless author has crafted yet another exquisite read.

After showing us his mastery of the Science Fiction genre he has now turned his hand to a modern day tale of a truly apocalyptic nature. This books combines some my favorite elements of virology, genetic manipulation, horror, action, suspense and zombie like mayhem. One of the major ingredients in this story is that most insipid of virus Ebola, and this for me is what made the read all the more frightening. The author has also once again shown his ability to develop characters in a way that draws you into the story and makes you feel like you have a vested interest in it.

I look forward to seeing where the author takes us in this series. Nicholas Sansbury Smith has well and truly arrived and I predict his star is on the fast track to the top.

Finally it gives me great pleasure to announce that in recognition of this authors excellent offering this year he has won the prestigious Lazy award this year for best author. More awards to follow soon.

5 Stars

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Autopsy of a City


 
 
As an Australian reader I came into this book wanting to find out how a city can go bankrupt. What I got was the downside of globalisation and the lack of vision to diversify industry to future proof and protect the people of Detroit. This book had me hooked from the first chapter. The author uses a great mix of personal narrative and the story of Detroit to deliver a hard hitting book.

 The personal side of this book is what make it a fascinating read. There is no question in my mind that Charlie LeDuff loses sleep at night over the plight of the people of Detroit. This is made very evident in the stories he shares with the readers. From the fireman who have to steal to have an operational station to the story of the man in the elevator shaft. This book deliver in so many areas and makes for an unforgettable tale of the death of a city.
 
4 Stars

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Back In Action

The Lazy Book Reviewer is on the mend which means the reviews can now continue. Below is the first of my Bali reads. I managed to get two books reads in on holidays whilst cooling off in the pool. A waterproof case for my Kindle was on of my better purchases of late.


Cannibal Reign delivers an entertaining read that in my opinion was ruined by the end. The start of the book is a 5 star read with great time and care given in developing both the plot and characters. The reader is immersed into a world that has been devastated by an extinction rated event. Humanity is sent back to the dark ages where survival by any means is the norm.
 
The end of the book however left me feeling very disappointed and cheated. There was so much potential in the endgame of this story but I felt the attention to detail was replaced by the authors desire to wrap it up in one book. The potential of this story to evolve into a great series was extinguished just like life as we know it was in the book.

3 Stars

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

An unplanned trip to Hospital.

Hi all the Lazy Book reviewer will be out of action a bit longer. After a great holiday I am having an unplanned stay in Hospital due to a very stubborn ear infection. Never fear we will be back to normal reviewing service soon.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Holiday Time



The good wife and I are taking a well deserved tropical holiday. So the Lazy Book Reviewer will be out of contact for around a week. Never fear though I will return with a bag full of new book reviews. So all take care and I shall see you on flipside.




Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Blackwater Saga Part 3

Here is the last installment of the Blackwater Saga reveiw by Pamellia Smith. I have these books sitting on my shelf now ready to read.


 

Do we now know the real reason Elinor sacrificed her easy life in the Perdido river to come ashore and win the heart of Oscar?
 
In this book, so many things are changing for the family, yet so many things remain the same. As certain members get older they succumb to various illnesses and broken hearts.
 
I particularly love McDowell's writing in this part of the saga. I think I enjoy reading about great wealth and how it came about. I love how he develops the city of Perdido right along with the Caskeys. I felt from the beginning McDowell was taking a writing success chance when he moved part of the family out in the country...but with expertise writing skills, he made it work.
 


 
 
McDowell comes full circle with the rain. It's sad to think that everything might be destroyed if the rain doesn't stop. Elinor has been accidentally wounded and it seems like the heavens are crying harder than anyone ever remembers
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The ending: I would love to discuss with someone what Billy saw when he got into the boat and looked back into the house. What a thought provoking ending.
Another thing I would like to mention about this saga. I think Mr. McDowell liked this story. I think he felt for the men that were dominated by the women. I think he enjoyed writing about the old south. He was a story teller, perhaps the best story teller of our time. He was lost to us by his death much too early. Recommended to anyone wanted to read a good story
 
5 stars for both

Friday, 7 November 2014

Hugh Howey the Short Version

This review see's the return of the short story and one of the most exciting authors to burst out of the Indie scene Hugh Howey. I have been very impressed by Hugh Howey and how despite his recent stellar success still has time to lend a hand to aspiring authors.
 
 

Can Hugh Howey do no wrong?  What he has managed to deliver in a mere 5,000 words is brilliant. He has turned this book into a Tardis by packing so much content into the pages. I was left feeling exhausted ater reading this book, and like any good workout man did it feel good.
 
By being in danger of having a review longer than the book I shall keep this review short. If you have a spare 30 minutes  invest it in this story and be thorouhgly entertained.
 
 
 
I read this book back to back with the authors other short story Glitch. I found myself once again  astounded at the content packed into this short read.
 
The books plot and character develpment is very impressive. Howey manages to imerse us into an alien culture and mindset in no time. This allows for a very full narative that tells a intriguing storyline that had me chuckling away at times.
 
 
Combined together I give these books 5 stars.