Thursday, March 15, 2018

NIGHT FALL by Simon Green

Night Fall (Secret Histories, #12)Night Fall by Simon R. Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: NIGHT FALL by Simon R. Green
(Secret Histories #12)

Author Simon Green brings to a conclusion his Secret Histories and the alternate dimension of London known as the Nightside. Where good and evil are not white and black but infinite shades of gray, where literally anything imaginable is available and so is the unimaginable, where anyone can lose wallet, life, soul: this is the Nghtside. Suddenly it's boundaries expand, so the Droods, the extended and extensive ancient clan sworn to protect Humanity, leaps into the fray. The results are disastrous, but the pace is unrelentingly riveting. I'm sorry to see the Nightside move offstage--but Mr. Green sure did it up right. An amazing finale.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

PROJECT ATLANTIS by Brandon Ellis_Review

Project Atlantis (Ascendant Chronicles Book 1)Project Atlantis by Brandon Ellis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: PROJECT ATLANTIS by Brandon Ellis

Thrillers need to start with a strong reader's hook; PROJECT ATLANTIS zooms into space with powerful impact, riveting readers to the page. As a born conspiracy theorist, I reveled in the multiple layers of conspiracy riddled throughout the plot, cheering on several characters, wishing others would just disappear. PROJECT ATLANTIS is meta-sci fi thriller--so much is delved into: astrophysics, space travel, space battle, the Solar System, aliens, geology, Atlantis, Pyramids...The author has a wide-ranging imagination and a thirst for research and knowledge (rather like protagonist Kaden Jaxx) and he delights to share it with readers. Now, on to Book 2!

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Monday, March 5, 2018

MY HUNGRY FRIEND by Daniel Barnett_Review

Review: MY HUNGRY FRIEND by Daniel Barnett Literally I devoured this novella in one evening (and "devoured" is apropos here). This is my third read by Mr. Barnett {the first was THE SAFE, the second LONGREAVE} and once again, I found my mind and horizons incredibly stretched. (Again, "horizons" is apropos.) I was not fond of the protagonist (though I did appreciate his literate mother and her highly intelligent and perceptive caregiver). I just found dentist Mike one who took the easy road way too often (and was quite a bit a spoiled brat). But the protagonist wasn't my focus in the story. Although he did undergo a character arc (devolution, then evolution), what fired my imagination was the truly Lovecraftian overlay. {It is not true that as a Lovecraft devotee I find Mythos anywhere.} The overlay world that Mr. Barnett illustrates is wildly imaginative and highly creative, and deserves a wild audience. If you like the imaginative ponderings of author Tim Meyer, do snatch up MY HUNGRY FRIEND.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

SHOGGOTH by Byron Craft_Review

ShoggothShoggoth by Byron Craft
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review: SHOGGOTH by Byron Craft

For a Lovecraft devotee such as myself, to discover a new Mythos author is sheer delight. SHOGGOTH is my first reading of Byron Craft. I perhaps chose SHOGGOTH to read first, because I spent January invested in rereads (and listening) of Lovecraft' s "At the Mountains of Madness," in which those bizarre creations, the Shoggoth, figure so prominently.

In this novel, the setting is not the frozen wilds of early 20th century Antarctica, but the U.S. Naval Weapons Center at China Lake, California. Deep in the Mojave Desert are petroglyphs tens of thousands of years old, inexplicable hieroglyphs, and impossible monsters. For the history and science we learn in school missed out on a lot, including Elder Gods.

SHOGGOTH strongly resonates with HPL' s "At the Mountains of Madness" and "The Shadow Out of Time," with the latter's explication of a long-term "Walk-In" experience caused by a race of Elder Gods (regardless of the effect on the human recipient). Mr. Croft also strums one of Lovecraft' s most cherished themes: when science and philosophy's driving quest for knowledge meets that which humanity is not meant to discover, something's gonna break (usually sanity).

I had a totally enjoyable time reading SHOGGOTH. In fact, I found myself envying the characters their exploration of hidden prehistory and their Lovecraftian encounters.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018


Welcome to SugarvilleWelcome to Sugarville by J.J. Haas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Wow! Sugarville, GA, is such an adorable small town--except when it's not, which is at the conclusion of each story. A suburb of Greater Atlanta (though I wondered throughout if this fictional community might be founded in one or more of the 19th century towns and villages sprinkled in all directions around Atlanta, formed decades before the City grew into the oversized metropolis it is in this early 21st century), Sugarville is a quiet community of folks living the good life (or not), peaceably (or not). As "a novel told in short stories," this format gives the author ample opportunity to introduce numerous characters and unusual situations, even including some futuristic commentary. I was enraptured throughout, and very impressed. More, Mr. Haas, please.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

PARAVISION by Rodrigo Medeiros_Review

Paravision: Theory and Practice of Visual ClairvoyanceParavision: Theory and Practice of Visual Clairvoyance by Rodrigo Medeiros

Review: PARAVISION by Rodrigo Medeiros

Almost everyone understands the definition of "clairvoyance," literally "seeing clearly" and taken to mean either seeing the future, or seeing more than "meets the eye," as in understanding more about a person than is revealed. I think a lot of people actually do this latter process, intuitively and largely unconsciously. Author Rodrigo Medeiros recommends and teaches the art and process of "paravision" as a tool to impel personal growth and evolution. Paravision is a means of seeing beyond the ability of our physical eyes. To see Auras, nonphysical energies, and nonphysical dimensions is the goal and purpose of Paravision. The author clearly delineates techniques, and presents this in a scientific approach, including anecdotes.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018


Earth: Astrology's Missing Planet: Reconnecting with Her Sacred PowerEarth: Astrology's Missing Planet: Reconnecting with Her Sacred Power by Chrissie Blaze
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I won't debate the validity or value of Astrology here. What is of prime significance to me in this nonfiction book is the author's tremendous emphasis on the urgency of a change, actually a transformation, in human consciousness and perspective, from selfishness, greed, and plundering of this planet's resources, to a perspective of valuing Spaceship Earth, becoming thoughtful stewards of Earth's resources, and caring for the planet and its populations. I have for some time feared that it may be too late, that the planet may have reached the tipping point. So to read a book like this is encouraging, with its emphasis on science, quantum physics, rational thinking and enlightenment, as well as a conscious determination to evolve, each of us (not devolve).

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