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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.

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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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August is Done!

 

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Sorry I haven’t posted much lately. I have been so busy I just didn’t have time, but now that August is done I will have more time. I still have to wait for the chapter edits then a final edit before it can be published. I will finish Gift of the Phoenix as soon as possible so I can give the review, so far it is a good read. Thanks to everyone that follows my blog, to you and everyone else have a great holiday weekend.

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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 The Universe Is A Very Big Place by April Aasheim

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Comments: A good story once you get through the many flashbacks and jumping around. The beginning took extra time to get through because of new characters introduced in each chapter and the frequent flashbacks being somewhat confusing. At times it was hard to follow without reading back over previous chapters to reintroduce a character to memory. Enjoyed the story overall, but took a lot of time to relate to characters and get self involved in storyline.

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Review of Cell (by Stephen King)

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Comments: I read Cell a while back and just wanted to do a review on it. I bought it with high hopes as it was written from one of my favorite authors. It synopsis got me right off, I mean it’s a zombie fest but they are not dead. The people that were on their phone when the pulse hit turned into a mindless walking creature that indulged in anything. They ate anything, including people, did anything and age didn’t matter. Little kids and adults alike, attacked people eating their flesh. They killed each other also, I mean it was glorious mayhem. I thought I was in book reading nirvana, until I got further in. It went from wicked awesome to mediocre. Usually a good book builds you up and slaps you in the face along the way till….BOOM! At the end you put it down and go wow.

This book slapped me in the face almost to the point of real pain then……….dropped to blah. I have never read one of his books and been disappointed so I read Cell till the end. The plot was good, the characters were pretty good but the overall story was (lack for a better word) blah. The end, holy crap, almost made me want to toss it across the room. For me when you get to the end of a story and you have a nagging question unanswered it’s just annoying! Sometimes (almost never)  when a story lets you fill in the blank at the end it works. His short story The Raft did it and it worked really well IMO, but if you read this I will guess it will tick you off also. I give it 2 stars for overall story mainly because of the zombie’ish end of the world hooked me. If it had gone a different way (more like The Stand) then it might have gotten 4 to 5 stars.

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Revolution No Quarter

 

Revolution last night was awesome. It finally has a hook in me and I can’t wait for the next episode. If you haven’t been following it let me catch you up to speed. All the power is out across the world. It forces everyone back to the middle ages. People become desperate and start stealing food and killing each other. The guy in the center started a militia to try to bring back some order. He left and went AWOL, his troops that once followed him are now looking to bring him back on charges of treason. On the other side, one of the villagers has found out that he holds a device that can bring back the power but doesn’t know how to use it yet.

If you like post apocalyptic type of shows I believe your going to enjoy this one. Cute women that desperately need a bath lol and guys for all you women. The storyline is getting stronger as the show progresses and the characters are beginning to take shape. It has everything that I like in an end of the world show. Struggle for survival (which would happen) Sinister plot, Strong characters and a bit of Mystery. I give it 4 stars right now up from 2 for the first show and 3 last week. I don’t know if it will reach my elusive 5 stars but we will see.

 

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