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.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Lets Go Back To The Beginning

I have decided to go right back to when I first started this blog to re post a book that still has me revisiting it in my imagination. This book is another great example of Indie writing but also shows how competitive the market is. In my opinion it is one of the best books I have read but alas does not seem to have sold well. So why not give it a read, at under $2 it is a insane bargain.



This is a difficult review to write as I don't want to pepper it with clich├ęs and superlatives. But this book is epic in every sense of the word .

Aimery Thomas takes into a post-apocalyptic world were a dystopian society lives on lies and manipulation of a trusted few. All appears good on the surface but just beneath there is a more sinister and darker side. A cast of well-developed characters takes on a wild ride building up to a thrilling ending.

Yes the story does seem familiar in places and yes it is a long read. But the complexity of the story and the world the author build upon the pages had me enthralled all the way to the end. I wait expectantly for the next installment of this epic saga. If you read only one book this year make it this one.

5 Stars, LBR Tick of Approval