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Book Review: Seer’s Stone by Holly Evans

October 22, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews, Fantasy, Fiction, Urban Fantasy | By

Seers Stone (Hidden Alchemy #1)Seers Stone by Holly Evans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great series opener

I loved this book. Normally, I’ll be in the middle of two or three books at any give time and take a few days to work through them all, but once I started reading Seer’s Stones I just kept going. It was a fast read and lots of fun. The characters are well-developed and their individual strengths and weaknesses mesh nicely to make for a good team. There’s quite a bit of humor in the book and a fair amount of talk about sex, but the few actual sex scenes that are included are quite mild.

Interestingly, there wasn’t really any kind of defined villain to the story, which is about the main characters’ attempts to obtain a valuable artifact. Others are also looking for it, of course, and the dramatic tension comes from our heroes trying to stay ahead of these various rivals. I really rather liked the idea that there wasn’t just one guy who kept throwing blocks in their way nor any grand conspiracy against them as it felt more like how a situation like this might actually play out.

This is a good start to what looks to be a really fun series.

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Three Charged With Attempted Murder After White Supremacist Event

October 22, 2017 | Posted in Politics, Right-Wing Extremism | By

Three Charged With Attempted Murder After White Supremacist Event

Three men have been charged with attempted murder in Gainesville, Florida, for firing a shot at anti-Nazi protesters after a speech by white supremacist leader Richard Spencer on Thursday … Read more →

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Trump Predicts He’ll Get To Appoint 3 More Supreme Court Justices

October 22, 2017 | Posted in Politics, Trump | By

President Crazy Pants Predicts Two Women On Supreme Court Will Die

We will never know the state of Donald Trump’s health since only a quack doctor released his findings which are contrary to any professional’s manner of writing about the health of their patient. It was as if Trump ran into Target one day to ask the cashier to write some cool things about his health, then he stamped his ‘doctor’s’ name at the bottom of it. Read more →

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Colbert, Stewart Try to Be Nice About Trump, Fail

October 10, 2017 | Posted in Politics, Trump | By

This is just priceless. I miss Jon Stewart so much.

President Donald Trump, your wish is Stephen Colbert’s command. On Monday’s edition of The Late Show on CBS, Colbert made like the Genie in Aladdin and granted Trump’s wish for “equal time” praising him and the Republican party. Trump tweeted Saturday that late-night talk show hosts’ negative coverage of his presidency is playing into the Democratic… Read more →

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NRA supports banning bump stocks

October 10, 2017 | Posted in Guns, Politics | By

As if the massive hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes threatening to erupt haven’t already given the last few months an apocalyptic air, now comes news that the NRA has told Republican members of Congress that they are supportive of additional regulation for “…devises designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles…

GOP tiptoes into gun restriction debate, with NRA blessing

WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association gave Republicans a green light to review whether a device used by the Las Vegas shooter should be made illegal. It was a surprising turn for the gun lobby, one of the most powerful organizations in U.S. politics, and it allows congressional Republicans to consider banning the “bump stock,” which… Read more →

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Las Vegas Gun Laws: Open Carry, Machine Guns Legal

October 2, 2017 | Posted in Guns, Politics | By

Nevada has some of the most-relaxed gun laws in the country, a legislative condition that is sure to come under renewed scrutiny n the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history on Sunday night in Las Vegas. Nevada law does not require firearms owners to have licenses, register their weapons, or limits the number… Read more →

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Book Review: Greco by Andrea Domanski

October 2, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews, Fiction, Urban Fantasy | By

Greco (Omega Group #1.5)Greco by Andrea Domanski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is follow-up novella to the first book in the Omega Group series, “Crossfire.” It tells the story of Mirissa’s trainer, Greco, and the troubled life he’d had as a result of his mother’s deep disappointment at his not having been born female. The family tension comes to a head when his mother disappears and Greco and Mirissa go searching for her.

While short, the story gives a lot of insight to Greco’s character and shows a very different side to him than was seen in the first book. The ending was really powerful and I’ll be interested to see how these events affect him in later installments.

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Book Review: Nightmare Realm by MV Stott

October 2, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews, Fiction, Urban Fantasy | By

Nightmare Realm (London Coven #2)Nightmare Realm by M.V. Stott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book at no cost from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second book in Genre Reader’s London Coven series, one of three series set in their Uncanny Kingdom, and like the first in this series “Familiar Magic” it’s a lot of fun, though there’s a bit of heartbreak in this one as well.

This time out, Stella and her friend/sidekick David are facing a monster thought banished from London forever. Children are falling asleep, unable to wake up or be woken and trapped in their nightmares. While the London Coven has defeated it before, they’re now dead and Stella hasn’t been able to find any information on how they did it. Faced with more children are being taken every night – and the situation becoming more personal – she knows time is not on her side. Yet even in this grim story, the overall series’ sense of fun and humor comes through, giving needed breaks to the tension and helping to keep the story moving.

I strongly recommend checking these books out if you like stories with a nice balance of humor and darkness.

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Book Review: Fresh Hell by David Bussell

October 2, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews, Fiction, Urban Fantasy | By

Fresh Hell (Ghosted #1)Fresh Hell by David Bussell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book at no cost from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book in “Ghosted,” one of the (so far) three series that Genre Reader has that are set in its “Uncanny Kingdom.” (The others are “The London Coven” and “Dark Lakes,” if your curious. I haven’t started Dark Lakes yet, but London Coven has been excellent so far.)

Jake is a fairly recently deceased ex-exorcist who hadn’t realized that when he was exorcising ghosts from haunted houses or other places ghosts shouldn’t be he was completely destroying their very essence rather than sending them on to their eternal rest, and had no idea just how much that would puss the Big Guy off. So now he’s trying to help with solving paranormaly-related crimes and get rid of a bunch of bad spirits to try and make up for his quite inadvertent bad deeds so he’ll have a chance at going Up when his time to leave Earth finally comes.

As with all of the Uncanny Kingdom books I’ve read so far, this is a great mix of laughs and thrills. Jake can be quite the rascal, but he’s still got a bit of the romantic in him (even if there’s no romance to be had) and usually tries to do the right thing. His friendship with Jazz Hands is adorable. There are a number of twists in the book – one of which was telegraphed a bit early, so the reveal want as surprising when it came – but the rest were well done and provided the intended shock. The story moves at a fast pace, and the characters are well developed.

If you’re looking for a really fun read, give this a try!

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Book Review: Wolves and Roses by Christina Bauer

October 2, 2017 | Posted in Book Reviews, Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy | By

Wolves and Roses (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1)Wolves and Roses by Christina Bauer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book at no cost from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is a really fun book, even if part of the premise didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. In the world the book is set in, there are people who are destined to live life – or at least part of it – by the basic plot of a fairy tale. It’s never explained how or why this happens, but once I decided to just accept that it does and not worry about it making sense I was able to thoroughly enjoy the book.

There a lot of humor in the story but plenty of mystery, too. The romances were sweet (and yes, there’s more than one!) and the guys are great. There are a lot of twists and turns to the plot, but they’re nicely set up and the reveals flow naturally into the narrative.

This is the first book in Christina Bauer’s “Fairy Tales of the Magicorum” series. It’s certainly an intriguing start and I’m interested to see where it goes next.

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