Book Reviews, horror 0 comments on The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets – by Diana Wagman

The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets – by Diana Wagman

Despite the title, The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets, is not a book about how to provide care and comfort to an unorthodox choice of pet. You won’t find this one in your local pet store!

Instead, it is an intense, creepy, novel about a woman who is kidnapped by a man who owns a gigantic iguana. Diana Wagman does an excellent job of getting into her characters heads, frightening the reader, and building the intensity of the story as it goes on.

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Book Reviews, fiction 0 comments on Where’d You Go, Bernadette – by Maria Semple

Where’d You Go, Bernadette – by Maria Semple

Bernadette is a quirky, unbalanced, architect who hasn’t worked in a while. Her husband, Elgin, works for Microsoft. They live in Seattle with their wonderful daughter, Bee.

Bee comes home from school with a stellar report card and asks her parents for a trip to Antarctica (a promised reward for good grades). Bernadette disappears shortly before the trip. This leaves her family wondering: “Where’d you go, Bernadette?”

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Book Reviews, non fiction 0 comments on Before the Fallout – by Diana Preston

Before the Fallout – by Diana Preston

Before the Fallout is filled with footnotes, old photos, a large index, and a glossary at the end. While parts of it do read like a narrative, the book is definitely not a work of fiction. It took me a while to read through this book, not because the information in it was difficult to process, but because there was so much detail to consider.

As such, this review is not going to cover absolutely everything that was in the book. Doing so would be tedious, and Diana Preston wrote it better than I could have. She has her sources cited in footnotes as well as in a section at the back of the book. It is an educationally enlightening read, and I learned some things that I did not know. That said, the book may be too academic for some readers.

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Book Reviews, science fiction 0 comments on Star Wars: Canto Bight – by Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, and John Jackson Miller

Star Wars: Canto Bight – by Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, and John Jackson Miller

Star Wars: Canto Bight includes four short stories about the Star Wars version of Las Vegas. Each is written by a different author. It was released in December of 2017, and connects to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie.

Readers can enjoy the short stories in this book without having watched The Last Jedi movie. That said, those who have watched the movie will have the advantage of knowing what a Fathier looks like.

Canto Bight includes four short stories that connect to each other in subtle ways. I recommend you read the stories in the order that they are presented, so you can enjoy recognizing what carried over from one story to another. To me, it felt like I was finding little “Easter eggs” woven into the narratives.

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Book Reviews, non fiction 0 comments on Confessions of an Economic Hit Man – by John Perkins

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man – by John Perkins

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is a book that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time.

What was holding me back? I had the feeling that this book would make me very angry. What little I knew about it could be summarized as: corporations and corrupt government doing bad things in secret.

It is the kind of book that will make you into a pessimist (if you aren’t already one).

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Book Reviews, fantasy 0 comments on On Black Winds We Rise (No Gods Before Us) – by Tom McNellis

On Black Winds We Rise (No Gods Before Us) – by Tom McNellis

On Black Winds We Rise is the first book in the No Gods Before Us series. It is a fantasy series with a very rich world filled with a wide variety of peoples.

The story is set in 1000 BC on an alternate Earth. It starts in Aegyptus, and later moves to Hibernia. Things are not always what they seem to be in this world, and there are some extremely creepy parts in this book.

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Book Reviews, fiction 0 comments on Familiar – by J. Robert Lennon

Familiar – by J. Robert Lennon

Elisa Brown is driving home after visiting the grave of her eldest son. Her car is old, and there is a crack in the windshield that she never got fixed.

Suddenly, the crack disappears. Elisa finds herself driving a much newer car, wearing clothing she never would have chosen for herself, in a body that is hers… but different.

These are not the only things that have changed. She has absolutely no idea what happened or how to fix it.

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Book Reviews, romance 0 comments on Nocturne – by Syrie James

Nocturne – by Syrie James

Nocturne is “a haunting story of forbidden love”. It says so right on the cover. The entire story takes place in just a few days, which is more than enough time for the main characters to fall madly in love with each other.

Michael is a vampire (and Nicole is not). Michael’s secret is revealed to the reader early on in the story. Nicole misses every clue until something bloody obvious finally opens her eyes.

Can a relationship between a human, and a vampire, work out? This is the question that Nicole and Michael must find an answer to.

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Book Reviews, non fiction 0 comments on Spook – by Mary Roach

Spook – by Mary Roach

Mary Roach is the author of Stiff – the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. After writing about what happens to the human body after the person dies, it seems appropriate to write a book about what happens to the human soul after the body dies. Spook – Science Tackles the Afterlife was written in 2005.

In my opinion, the best way to read Spook is to set aside whatever religious ideas you may have about the afterlife.  Go into this book with an open mind and you will definitely learn something about human nature.

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Book Reviews, non fiction 1 comment on Stiff – by Mary Roach

Stiff – by Mary Roach

Stiff – The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers is an exploration of what happens to the human body after the person dies. It is not a book for people who are squeamish, or who are mourning a loved one.

I would definitely recommend Stiff to writers of mystery or crime novels, who need a good source of information about the timeline in which a cadaver decays. There are some things that people probably shouldn’t Google.

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