Saturday, 30 August 2014

A Well Crafted Experience

Not the usual type of book I go for, normally anything with the word romance in it has me running for the hills. But I am so glad I resisted this primal urge because I was rewarded with an extremely well crafted story.

From the opening paragraph I was compelled to read on as the narrative pulled me in. While there was definitely a large serving of romance in this book, it was well balanced with all the other components. When all of these components are put together they deliver a memorable experience. The character and dialogue in this book for me are the standouts as they feel so real.  Overall a very satisfying read that made me glad I stepped outside of my literary comfort zone.

4 Stars

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A Very Original Review

Here is Pamellia's second review and this one is worthy of a review itself. What I fantastic way to review a book.


When I close my eyes
I can clearly see
The Arizona desert
Looking back at me.
When I feel the beginnings
Of a migraine attack
I am thankful to God
The Arizona sun's not on my back.
If you want to read
A book with a story to tell
Sunblind by McBride
Is the one that will ring that bell.
Characters are developed
Monsters most real
Twist and turns
Oh, this one's the deal.
The book is 5 stars
Recommended, I'd say
It's a book you can easily
Read in a day.
Review by Pamellia Smith

Friday, 22 August 2014

Sputnik A Story Worth Telling

For those of you that have been following the Lazy Book Reviewer for a while you might start to be noticing a pattern forming. I quite often  get what I like to call a 'Subject Crush' and at the moment that crush is over the Cold War. I strive to maintain a good mix of genres but some times my curiosity gets the better of me. So please don't despair this crush will soon be over.

Coming into this book with little knowledge of the story of Sputnik I was not sure what I was going to find. What I got was a great story about the early years of the Cold War. The author goes to great length to give the reader a great sense of what it was like to live in these times.

From the end of World War II to the late 50's the story of Sputnik goes way beyond this watershed moment in history. Like a best-selling thriller the narrative is a delicate web of numerous stories all linking to deliver a fantastic story. This book delivers a story that in many ways exemplifies the Cold War.

4 Stars

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

New Team Member

The Lazy Book Reviewer is expanding with a new reviewer joining the team. I am pleased to introduce to you all Pamellia Smith. I for one am very excited to have Pamellia on board. But that's enough from me I will let  Pamellia introduce herself in her own words:

My name is Pamellia Smith.  I am a wife, friend, sister, musician, reader and former home-school mother.  I am a retired (fall 2013) Pastoral Director of Liturgical Music for the Roman Catholic Church.  I continue to serve on the Leadership Board for the musicians of our Diocese. 
I have always enjoyed reading.  As I have aged, I’ve found I enjoy reading more and more.  For the past few years, I have read an average of 2 books per week.  I enjoy several genre, however horror is by far my favorite.  But one can see me enjoying historical fiction, mysteries and comedy also.
My goal is to write an honest review for each book I read.
Here is Pamellia's first book review:

The story open in the German occupied Poland. Major Eric Kaempffer, SS Officer, has received orders to investigate The Keep at the Dinu Pass in Romania. This is a strategic sight for the German military. Captain Klaus Woermann, a military officer, has occupied the keep with his troops and odd things begin to happen. Throw in unexplained murders, a genius Jewish profession and his lovely daughter, some interesting villagers, a mysterious man with an unexplained connection to all this and you have the story of THE KEEP.

I enjoyed the story. I thought the characters were believable and well developed. The differences between the SS Nazi's politics and regular German Army were well defined and actually educational. The villagers were humble and accommodating. There were twist and turns and lots to think about. I believe the author wanted the reader to see that a person's background shapes their views and believes. Without a strong well established position and responsibilities one can be easily swayed by perverted believes and politics. I especially liked the long time rivalry between the SS officer and the Army officer.

I recommend this book to those enjoying European WWII Historical Fiction and lovers of horror.
4 Stars 

Friday, 15 August 2014

The Short & Short Of It

Once again I have delved into the world of the short story and I have found these two gems.

My Friend Asmodeus by Nathan Barnes

We all have that little voice in your head urging to say what’s on your mine regardless of what it is. Well what would you do if that voice in your head was actually a demon that gave you the power to control others and promises you world? Would you go sign yourself into the nearest looney bin or would you embrace it and see where it takes you? Nathan Barnes takes us on rollicking tale of anarchy be it only a short one.

This is my second sampling of this author’s works and I continue to be impressed. This book is the perfect length to read in one go and at the end I was wanting more. I would love to see this novella evolve into a full length novel. But at the moment all I can do is sample another one of this authors offerings.

4 Stars

Space Sushi delivers a gourmet narrative jam packed with all sorts of goodness that deliver on many levels. The only downside to this book is that it had to end; I could have gone on reading it for hours. The author delivers a very unique story that had me intrigued from the very beginning right up to the suspense filled end. It is amazing what he has managed to pack into 25 pages. So if you a looking for a highly entertaining short read this is your book.

5 Stars