Book Reviews, fantasy, horror 0 comments on The Forked Path – by T. R. Thompson

The Forked Path – by T. R. Thompson

Cover of The Forked Path by T.R. Thompson. The cover is mostly green, with many plants and trees. A green figure with antlers looks out at the viewer.

The Forked Path, by T.R. Thompson, is Book 2 of the Wraith Cycle. I highly recommend that you read Book 1, The Blood Within the Stone, before jumping into Book 2. This second book picks up not long after the first one ends, and there is an assumption that readers will already be familiar with (most) of the characters.

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Book Reviews, fantasy 1 comment on The Blood Within The Stone – by T.R. Thompson

The Blood Within The Stone – by T.R. Thompson

Cover of The Blood Within The Stone by T.R. Thompson. It shows a stone castle-like structure at night. Behind it in the sky is a creepy figure.

The Blood Within the Stone is Book 1 of the Wraith Cycle. In it, T.R. Thompson gives the reader a dark and creepy story that exists in what I would consider a fantasy world. The magic in this world is unlike anything I’ve seen before in either a book or movie. This is not a book for children – but adults who enjoy a mix of fantasy, magic, and horror will enjoy this book as much as I did.

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Book Reviews, fiction 0 comments on Stories From The Kitchen – Various Authors

Stories From The Kitchen – Various Authors

A book cover that shows an older kitchen with older appliances, a checkerboard floor, and a shelf near the ceiling that holds dishes and pots.

Stories from the Kitchen is part of the Everyman’s Pocket Classics collections of stories. I found this book in a thrift store. Each story in this book centers itself around food. A few of them contain recipes. The stories are written by authors whose names you might recognize.

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Book Reviews, Children's books 0 comments on The Stoplight Mice – by Tom McNellis

The Stoplight Mice – by Tom McNellis

The Stoplight Mice features a boy named Sneakers and his horse, Quicksilver. This is a children’s book that provides a fun example of how to do collaborative problem solving. It is a useful skill to learn, especially when surrounded by people who don’t seem to know how to fix a problem themselves.

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Book Reviews, fiction 2 comments on Thirteen Reasons Why – by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why – by Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why is a story about a teenager named Hannah Baker who died from suicide. Before ending her life, she recorded a series of cassette tapes in which she explained some of what happened to her that influenced her decision. She arranged to have those tapes sent to the people who had hurt her.

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Book Reviews, fiction 0 comments on Father-Mucker – by Greg Olear

Father-Mucker – by Greg Olear

Father-mucker is a work of fiction from the viewpoint of Josh Lansky. He (tries) to make his living by pitching ideas to magazines and movie studios. He is a stay-at-home dad who is currently parenting his two young children by himself while his wife is on a business trip.

Things do not go as planned. This book is, at times, hilarious. It also offers some interesting insights and commentary on parenting, modern culture, politics, and the problems that come when rumors spread.

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Book Reviews, non fiction 0 comments on The Great Influenza – by John M. Barry

The Great Influenza – by John M. Barry

The full title of this book is The Great Influenza – The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History. I started reading it during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a book I’d been meaning to read long before COVID hit, and now seemed like a very appropriate time to start.

The influenza pandemic happened about 100 years before the COVID-19 pandemic did. There are so many similarities between how people back then reacted to influenza and how people today are reacting to COVID-19.

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Book Reviews, fiction 0 comments on The Sovereignties of Invention – by Matthew Battles

The Sovereignties of Invention – by Matthew Battles

The Sovereignties of Invention is a book of short stories – all of which are at least somewhat creepy. Matthew Battles does a good job of keeping readers in a state of curiosity and wonder, which sometimes leads to dread and horror.

This may not be the book for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. If you like stories that include strange situations that leave the reader wondering what happens next, this is the book for you.

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