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Gift of the Phoenix Review

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 3-and-Half-Star-Review-Rating

 

 

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Comments: Okay I will start with the bad points just to get them out of the way. One thing, there was a few spots where double words showed up. Example: I will will be going with you. It is a simple editing problem just needs a good once over. Another thing there was a lot of telling of the story over showing. I did a lot of this in my first book. It distracted me a couple times, but for the most part it didn’t bother me.

Now for the good stuff!

I really liked the story and I was pulled into the characters lives. The ending was a tad predictable,but still enjoyable. It is an epic journey of good vs evil on a world full of hidden magics. I like the use of the phoenix as the source of the magic and its role it plays on the world. I liked the mystery of the stones and the power they contain. Slowly throughout the story the stones powers come into play and the characters use of that power. It seemed like a good balance through the story. I gave 5 stars for the use of characters. It’s just my opinion, but I really liked them and felt a connection. I believe a good book is one that entertains you, that is the most important thing over everything else. Gift of the Phoenix entertained me.

I give it 3 1/2 stars overall

IMO: A good book that I think people would enjoy.

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Gift of the Phoenix by Donna Cook

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Gift of the Phoenix will be my next review. Check back to see updates and as always…thanks for coming. :)

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Review of The Long Walk by Stephen King

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 4 and half stars

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The Long Walk starts out a story of a group of boys entering a contest. Each one must out walk the others and keep on walking till only one remains. That last walker gets his hearts desire, any wish is fulfilled. Doesn’t sound like Stephen King does it? Lol He always has a twist, something to blast your mind and your thoughts wrap around his storyline like a boa squeezing its prey. In a regular contest if you couldn’t walk any farther you just bow out. In the long walk if the boys slow down too much they get a warning, if they get three warnings the soldiers following the group raise their rifles until the forth, there is no warning. You buy a ticket. Yes you heard me right you buy a ticket, the soldiers pull the trigger and the walker dies. Only one walker makes it to the end the rest die.

Now before you brow beat me you learn that almost immediately in the book. Now I can walk a long way, I think most of us can, but not without resting or stretching.  The soldiers give you a warning every thirty seconds so there is no resting. You have to keep a steady pace which the soldiers monitor also, if you slow down too much you get a warning. How long could you walk if you couldn’t stop to rest or even slow down. The fear of death is a good motivator, you would keep on walking because you had to. The story turns to the lives of several walkers and their struggles through the walk. Some form friendships and have their little groups and others are loners. Stephen King digs deep into their emotions along the way, emotions and thoughts like “Why did I do this?” The contestants are not forced to enter, each one has to pass a physical and a mental evaluation. If they get picked, it was because they wanted to be in the race, so why did they enter? That is the storyline, why. What would drive you to enter a contest that only one person would survive. Money? Fame?

The story progresses, diving into their lives before the race and through the race. Dealing with the people around them getting shot on a regular basis, which only heightens the fear of their own death. Its a long walk through life in a short span of time. I work in a nursing home and I see the end of peoples lives. They way he describes some of the people turning into mindless walking zombies, walking on will alone. Their faces become blank and lifeless, their eyes stare off into nothingness. It creeped me out because the way he described it reminded me of the despair I see in the elderly. Some of them stare right through you as if they can see into the beyond.

I gave this book 4 1/2 stars, it would have been 5 but I think the end could have been different. Not better because I understand why he ended it the way he did, IMO the end should have been a bit longer and in more detail. As in most Stephen King books he ends it this way. It usually bugs me but he is still my favorite writer and I have become accustomed to it.

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The Long Walk by Stephen King

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The Long Walk will be my next review. Check back to see updates and as always…thanks for coming. 🙂

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Hollowland Review

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4-star-rating

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Comments: I really enjoyed Hollowland. I like the alternative zombie story, they are infected with a rabies type virus. I like the stories that come as close as possible to something that could really happen. I bonded with some of the characters and others kinda fell flat. Overall I would recommend reading this book IMO it is a good read.

Spoiler alert: Okay this book is about Remy a young girl thrown into a world of flesh eating zombies. She is in a quarantine area when it is over run. She goes across the US in search of her brother and picks up some stragglers. She is forced by situation to become the leader of their group and their protector. Her only thought is to make it to her brother which was taken to another quarantine to the north. She also finds a lion which the group adopts as their zombie eating mascot. They have to fight, kill and survive long enough to make it there. Remy doesn’t want to be the groups protector and tries to leave them later in the book. She’s only a 19 yr old girl and has to act like an adult/soldier/leader. In a screwed up would where law no longer exists everyone has to grow up quick. At the end they make it to the next quarantine area and she is able to briefly be a young girl and falls in love. It’s short lived, only 1 night, before she goes to save her brother and in return becomes a prisoner herself.

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Hollowland

 

The next book I will review is Hollowland by Amanda Hocking. I like the post apocalyptic novels and I like the way she makes the zombies as infected instead of walking dead. I had the same idea bet never wrote about it. I have also discovered audio books, if your like me and can’t read for very long because it bothers your eyes then they are for you. I just got a subscription for 1 book a month, but no indie yet. Follow to get updates on new reviews and thanks for all the comments.

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Review of Land of Midnight Days

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Comments: Land of Midnight Days was like a wicked version of the Pied Piper. I really like the alternate earth aspect of it. There were cars and technology, but also fantasy characters. The Elwyn are elf like characters and there are human looking characters that hide their true appearance. Basically the hero, a half Elwyn with a magic flute, must rid the city of evil but doesn’t know it at first. His guardian is a brute type of man that abuses him and keeps him down. Jeremiah (the hero) must get away from Ezra (the guardian) to achieve his destiny. He goes on a journey of discovery to find his purpose in life, the music from the flute.

It was a tad hard for me to read and there could have been less tell and more show, but in the end it was a good story. I would recommend it to any YA reader that likes this type of book.

IMO the most important thing a book can achieve is to entertain it’s reader and Katrina Jack entertained me.

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The Universe is a Very Big Place

The universe is a very big place will be Ronda’s first review. Please follow to keep up to date.

 

 

 

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Get an editor…

I believe every self published writer needs to have their project looked over by an editor. WHY SHOULD I? In my opinion it would help improve the reputation of Indie writers. Editor’s will go over your story checking for grammar mistakes and suggest ways to improve the overall storyline. They give you tips and tricks to help your story flow correctly. Most of the bad reputation comes from writers putting out crap. Their book is filled with grammar mistakes (mine was full of them so don’t hate) and the flow of the story is choppy. People are scared to buy an unknown because of the big load of crap that’s out there. If everyone that self publishes would have their books checked over by a professional it would break down some of the hype that Indie is garbage. It doesn’t mean you will have a great book, but it can move you toward a better book.

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-Steve

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Self-publishing, destroying the bad reputation.

Gone is the stigma associated with self-publishing. Best-seller lists now are jammed with self-published titles, and traditional publishers hunt online for the next E.L. James (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) or Amanda Hocking (“Trylle Trilogy”). Therefore, many independent authors are no longer interested in signing with traditional publishers, particularly if they have a fan base and pocket most of their cash. It is an appealing prospect, even if, like the majority of self-published authors, you aren’t a breakout success and only sell a few hundred or thousand copies.

Now, writers can digitally format their own books, buy stock photos as covers, and sell them to readers through a variety of online retailers as fast as they can crank them out. The money is pretty good, particularly as a side business. Amazon, for instance, pays 70 percent on books priced $2.99 to $9.99 and 35 percent on anything lower. Smashwords.comwill publish your book for free and take 10 percent of the book’s price. Bigger online retailers, such as Kobo or Sony, take 30 percent. But if you sell only through Smashwords’ store, you retain the majority at 85 percent.

Sky Luke Corbelli likes the immediacy of e-publishing. “If I finish the third book in my trilogy tonight, I can have it up on Amazon by tomorrow,” says the 27-year-old Hayward author of the sci-fi trilogy “The Will of the Elements.” “There’s no publishing delay while I wait for someone to get back to me.”

Amazon reviewers liken Corbelli’s first two books, “Wind-Scarred” and “Water-Seer,” to the works of British fantasy heavy-hitters Terry Pratchett and Piers Anthony — not bad for a full-time programmer who considers writing a hobby. His wife, a graphic designer, provides the cover art and serves as one of Corbelli’s many editors and beta readers. He says he’s so content now, that a traditional publisher would have to offer him “a really, really good deal,” complete with digital rights, to consider giving up control of his work.

“There’s a global market out there that I can reach very easily on my own,” says Corbelli, who, like many self-published authors, increases the price of his books as he publishes them. The first was free, and readers were hooked. The second cost $3.99. He plans to charge the same for the third, “Child of Lightning.” However, he says he doesn’t care that much about money. “More than anything, I just want people to read the stories.”

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