Kelley Armstrong has a series of books called the “Otherworld”. In this series, the reader will encounter all sorts of tales. I haven’t read them in order and didn’t have a problem following the stories. In this book, “Forbidden” focuses on three werewolves from the New York area. Morgan Walsh traveling to New York hoping to join the clan in North America. When he stops in a small town for rest and food his troubles begin and the leader of the pack, Elena Michaels and Clayton Danvers must come to his rescue. The small town isn’t what it seems and with a rash of disappearances and wolf tracks in the area the three must unravel the mystery before their pack is exposed.
Not being a Spider-Man fan, I was reluctant to read Spider-Men but to my surprise, it was quite good. Spider-Man meets Spider-Man as two universes cross over. Miles Morales meets older Peter Parker to battle Master of Illusions, Mysterio, for a battle to save both worlds. How will the two Spider-Mans react to each other? How will they save the worlds? There is also a cameo appearance by Nick Fury and the Ultimates.
Rachel Caine has released her 13th book in Morganville Vampire series. I found every book to be entertaining and suspenseful. Morganville is a small dusty Texas town where humans and vampires coexist, sort of, in a bare minimum way. In this chapter of the series the town is recovering from the draug, a parasitic enemy of the vampires and humans alike. Now the draug is gone the vampires feel free to rule the town. Humans feel they need to take up arms and free themselves from vampire rule. To add to the mayhem, a television crew come to town to film a ghost hunter show.
With many book series, the longer it goes, the worst it gets and you hope the author will put an end to it. Rachel Caine has written a series in which you finish a book and can hardly wait until the next one.
Have you ever wondered what Batman and Robin would be like British? Even if you haven’t, this is a good graphic novel for you. Knight and Squire is about the British version of Batman and Robin and the villains they battle. In this particular tale, villains and heroes meet at a secret bar to talk about old times. The bar has a magical barrier which keeps the peace between the foes but what would happen if the magic disappeared……read and find out.
This book has gained so much attention and I’m not sure it should have but no foul, no harm. Fifty Shades of Grey is the romance story of Anastasia Steele, a college student who studies literature and Christian Grey, a successful businessman, who is witty, charming and very handsome. Ana, is put on the spot when her roommate falls ill and she has to interview Mr. Grey for the College newspaper. Grey is intrigued with her and in a rich guy sort of way stalks Ana until she agrees to date him. Anastasia is not experienced in the world of sexual encounters and Grey is all too eager to teach. Eventually, Grey wants Ana to become his Submissive. Ana is intrigued, frightened and eager to explore her own erotic desires.
The book is not well written, however, many romance novels or many books in general are not well written, yet people love them. I can see the appeal of the book. The subject matter is considered taboo and many people may know very little of anything about the Dominant/Submissive relationship. Being so popular, allows timid readers a guilt free reason to read the book without worrying about what others may think of them. Society may say the subject matter is taboo but in real life it is quite common and there is nothing taboo about it. Overall the book was alright but not great and Mr. Grey is an amateur.
On May 22, 2011, an EF-5 Tornado struck Joplin, Missouri destroying much of the community. Danielle C. Stammer retells her amazing story as she and her family barely escape, as some call it, “The Finger of God”. This book will tug at your heart. You feel for the family as you try to imagine the horror they went through and how they rebuild their lives from not one but two tragedies. I enjoyed the book but miss the detail. The book seems hurried and not fully thought out. I’m sure hearing Danielle in person would be a special treat. The book needed to be written for no other reason then to release the emotional energy trapped inside Stammer. Danielle and family have relocated to Jefferson City, Missouri.
Gotham City is hot this year….one of the hottest years in history, inviting the Predator down to hunt. Batman vs Predator is one of the better crossover novels as the Cape Crusader must battle the deadly Predator. The art work is very good. Gibbons has constructed a tale that is interesting and witty. Batman must use everything in his arsenal to battle the Predator.
Do you like cats? I mean all type of cats? This is the cutest book in the World displaying cats born in zoos around the World. There are tons of pictures of cats with all the biographical information and general details about the cat.
Neil Gaiman is one of the best writers ever and he has written a children’s book called, Coraline. Coraline is a little girl who doesn’t appreciate her life and parents. One day she finds a door into a new world where her parents are much nicer and her life is better. Her new parents want her to stay but there is a catch….read the book and find out what the catch might be.
Zombies get a bad wrap. They sort of have feelings and like every other creature, they should be acknowledge for their feelings. Zombies hate stuff and not just all stuff, particular stuff, such as, mermaids and archery. Our flesh eating friends also kind of like certain stuff like mimes and outhouses, so they aren’t just negative creatures. However, zombies really hate penguins, ninja and of course clowns. The most important thing to remember is….Zombies love YOU! I found this book amusing and illustrations funny, if yyou can spare a couple of minutes pick this book up and enjoy.
Anyone want to read a funny book? Me too. Unfortunately, Life as I Blow it, isn’t the funny book I’ve been looking for to cheer me up. Sarah Colonna, a stand-up comedian from Arkansas who, on her good days can be amusing at best, writes a tale of her short life. Having a lack of judgement, I thought maybe her book my be funnier then her stand-up. I was wrong. The title is a little amusing, doesn’t that count for something? Granted, Sarah is talking about her mishaps in life, so I should give her break but I won’t because I never gave Chelsea Handler a break, so she won’t get one either. If you are interested in a person who never really grew up and keeps making the same bad decisions over and over again…then this might be your book. However, if you want entertainment or an interesting biography, check out my blog.
Michelle Obama has written a gardening book that details her adventures in gardening at the White House. Obama, not only talks about her garden but gardens from the past at the White House. She also shows us other gardens grown in unusual places to help inspire all of us would be gardeners. There are designs in the book to show where to plant and how to create a compost. Anyone who loves gardening will enjoy this book.
Shoebox is a greeting card line from the Hallmark Company. This division of the company tends to be the silly and funny side of Hallmark’s cards. In 2006, Shoebox celebrated 20 years of hits and misses and probably could have been hits if it would have found the right audience. The humor ranges from adorable to raunchy but most are very funny. If you want a funny read to and see what greeting cards you should have bought and missed, this is your book. Very enjoyable.
Sand in My Bra is a book about the perils of traveling, the good, the bad and the funny. Each story is told by a women and the stories capture scenes from around the World. Famous women, such as, Ellen Degeneres, Christine Nielsen and others talk about such things as, being chased by African elephants, meeting the man of your dreams and being bitten by healer most of the stories are interesting and some are amusing. For a quick entertaining read check this book out.
Who doesn’t like the ABC Monday night television show, Castle? Ok…some guy in Wisconsin doesn’t like it but he doesn’t have television, so we don’t care. Castle is a writer who teams up with a New York detective to solve crimes, then writes novels from the ideas he gets from solving crimes. This graphic novel adaptation has everything; red herrings, sexual tensions, cheesy lines, larger then life bad guys everything you would expect from Castle. Story is good but not great and the artwork is fine but again, not great. A quick so sit down under a tree and enjoy yourself some Castle.
Take a dragon, a hero who is a liar, the mentor that is a girl and you have a fantastic graphic novel. Two hundred years ago dragons were banished from the islands of May and now that last dragon is back to bring a world of hurt to those who stand in its way. Jane Yolen is a gifted storyteller. The prose is poetry and a treat to read. Rebecca Guay did the art work which is amazing in it’s own right. The story is simple, entertaining and predictable but because of the prose and art work it is a joy to read.
Cinderella: Fables are Forever is another installment of the World’s greatest spy, Cinderella. This time our femme fatale is battling the deadly assassin, Silver Slipper, to regain control of her life. Dorothy, from the Wizard of Oz, is after Cinderella and chase gets deadlier when Dorothy enlists her friends from Russian fables. Unlike a Disney preview, I will not tell you the whole story.
If you have never read the Fables series, give it a try. The characters are from well known fables that are transformed into the modern day world. I like the Cinderella character because she has all the makings of an excellent spy and makes you feel ward and cuddly too.
Stephen Colbert has written a warm, touching and sarcastic book about a pole trying to find the right profession. You will laugh, cry and it may become a part of you if you are not careful. I loved the book and I salute thee, Stephen for making me chuckle.
Tag line for Shaky Kane’s Monster Truck is “Get your motor rolling and head out along comic book Route 666!”. This Graphic Novel is like a mini movie of a monster truck going through a short history of pop culture. When I say mini movie, it’s more like a horrific acid trip through pop culture, which in itself, entertaining. Only fifty pages the trip is short and makes you want more…except for the clown.
Rachel Caine’s, Black Dawn, is twelfth book in the Morganville Vampire series and unlike some series with many books to it’s name, Morganville keeps getting better. In the last installment of the series, Last Breath, both the humans and vampires are being threatened by a new enemy, the Draug. The draug are the one thing vampires scurry away from as they drain the life out of their victims. Black Dawn is the continuation of the fight to save Morganville. The vampires can not defeat the draug and must rely on the human citizens to save them. Of course, there are the constant struggles between humans vs vampires, vampires vs vampires and humans vs humans. If you haven’t tried this series, I would recommend it.