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24th-Oct-2014 01:52 am - Shaman-The Awakening - New Novel
Originally posted by vrmccoy at Shaman-The Awakening - New Novel
Christian Sands is an FBI agent with a unique ability. When his ViCAP unit takes on another serial killer investigation, they soon find themselves in deeper than they bargained for. The killer seems to be ahead of them at every turn. The search for the mysterious killer takes Christian and his unit from the Mysterious Crossroads to the Transcendental Four Corners of New Mexico deep and into the Navajo Nation.

While investigating the case, Christian, a descendant of Cherokee Freedmen, is also undergoing a vision quest or enlightment of his own. As he gets back in touch with his heritage, he discovers that his abilities are much more than he knew.

Shaman - The Awakening is a gripping supernatural thriller, filled with brilliant and in-depth descriptions of Native American culture and shamanistic lore. It will keep you on the edge of your seat! An Amazon Bestseller since it release.

20th-Jul-2014 01:55 pm - Hugo Reviews 2014: Best Novelettes
I've now read all the Hugo nominees for Best Novelette (a category I still think is an unnecessary insertion between "short story" and "novella"), and I was more impressed than I was by the Short Story nominations. That said, nothing stood out as something destined to be a classic of the genre.

Ted Chiang, Vox Day, Aliette de Bodard, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Brad Torgersen.

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3rd-Mar-2014 02:02 am - Review: The Departure, by Neal Asher
edifice rex

'Steaming like raw meat dropped onto a hot stove'

Image: Cover of The Departure, by Neal Asher

It's not news that one shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I have a soft spot for space opera; I confess, the big space base (which I initially mistook for a starship of some sort) adorning the cover of Neal Asher's novel, The Departure, helped sell me on it.

As it turned out though, The Departure hardly qualifies as space-opera and only squeaks by as science fiction pretty much the way Superman does: on technicalities only.

Though it's set in the future and some of the action takes place in orbit and on Mars, the book is really just a narrated first-person shooter dressed up in some SF tropes — a corrupt and incompetent world government, artificial intelligence, robotic weapons and a transhuman genesis.

But all that is only window-dressing. That spectacular cover is a gateway to lugubrious dialogue, sophomoric libertarian philosophy, hackneyed world-building and, especially, to one pornographic blood-bath after another.

The Departure is one of the worst books I have read in a very long time. More boring than Atlas Shrugged (which I reviewed a while back), it drips with just as much contempt for ordinary human beings. Unlike Rand's John Galt though, Asher's superman does much of his killing at first-hand.

Does this novel have any redeeming qualities? The short answer is "no". The long answer lives behind this link.

28th-Feb-2014 10:05 pm - #11
Olivia Dunham
book5Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
3/5   -good
non-fiction, celebrity, essays

In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby’s Fatherhood, Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.
27th-Feb-2014 10:56 pm - #10
book4The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks
2/5   -nothing special

After thirty years of marriage, Wilson Lewis, son-in-law of Allie and Noah Calhoun (of The Notebook), is forced to admit that the romance has gone out of his marriage. Desperate to win back his wife, Jane's, heart, he must figure out how to make her fall in love with him... again. Despite the shining example of Allie and Noah's marriage, Wilson is himself a man unable to easily express his emotions. A successful estate attorney, he has provided well for his family, but now, with his daughter's upcoming wedding, he is forced to face the fact that he and Jane have grown apart and he wonders if she even loves him anymore. Wilson is sure of one thing--his love for his wife has only deepened and intensified over the years. Now, with the memories of his in-laws' magnificent fifty-year love affair as his guide, Wilson struggles to find his way back into the heart of the woman he adores.
9th-Feb-2014 03:39 pm(no subject)
Entirely reliant on a fictional series and her fiercely independent sister, a young woman Cath learns how to navigate her own fangirl interests during her freshman year at college. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is an enjoyable and highly relateable book for Generation(s) XYZ.

If you're addicted to any kind of fandom - televison, books, or movies - there is something or someone relatable within this young adult novel. The main character Cath is a welcoming reflection of anyone whose heart has been captured by a series and falls head over heels for its characters and world a little too deeply. Dedicated to the fictional Simon Snow series filled with vampires and magic (a wonderful nod to the Harry Potter phenomenon), Cath writes fanfiction followed by thousands of readers and creates an extension of her favorite world through her words.
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Note: This will be the last time I post reminders here on bookshare. I hope you join bookish to continue to read my SBDs and other reviews. Ciao!
Hi folks,

I realize it's symptomatic of the slow death of LiveJournal, but bookshare seems to be dead. Over 90% of the posts here for the past couple of years have been mine, and the sole administrator has long since abandoned the comm.

I think nearly everyone who watches bookshare is also watching bookish (where I'm a moderator, btw), so posting my reviews here seems to be an exercise in redundancy.

Thus, I will no longer be posting here. If you enjoy my reviews, feel free to follow them either on my journal or on bookish.

Be assured this isn't about trying to promote bookish over bookshare. At one time there was probably a need for multiple, flourishing book comms and enough activity to justify them, and if someone wanted to take over bookshare and make it a different, specialized comm, that would be cool. But right now, it's pretty much just an extra feed for my reviews, and I can't justify the effort, minimal though it may be.

Hopefully see you around. (If you are not already a member of bookish, please join. Obviously you can remain a member of both comms!)
19th-Dec-2013 05:55 pm - Wool, by Hugh Howey
The high-concept dystopian SF self-publishing success story.


Hugh Howey, 2012, 509 pages

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

Hugh Howey really hates Tech Support.

My complete list of book reviews.
15th-Dec-2013 01:51 pm - Emma, by Jane Austen
Jane Austen's most "unlikable" protagonist, a matchmaking busybody, makes this book more likable and funny than any modern romcom.


Published in 1815, approximately 160,000 words. Available for free on Project Gutenberg.

Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work.

'I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.' - plus bonus feature: 6 Netflix reviews!

My complete list of book reviews.
10th-Dec-2013 10:11 pm - The Cement Garden, by Ian McEwan
Flowers in the cement garden: a grimy little anti-YA book.

The Cement Garden

Anchor, 1978, 153 pages

One of the world's most acclaimed novelists, New York Times best-selling author Ian McEwan has earned the Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. After their parents die, four children are left alone in the family house. They are free to live however they choose, but they must preserve their terrible secret.

Literary incest and decay: Ian McEwan brings the Ick.

This was my 20th book read in the 1001 Books challenge.

My complete list of book reviews.
9th-Dec-2013 10:28 am - Mary Christmas and a happy new year
Hello Everybody

In these days I am celebrating a year for my debut novel, NIV. I wanted to share how exiting and learn full year it was, learning how to swim in the deep marketing water of the book industry. Thanks for everybody who read the novel and even more to those of you who shared with me your thoughts about the book. I hope I will reach for new readers in this holidays time and I wish to hear from you here or in my Facebook page: Itamar S.N
Enjoy your vacation and buy as many books as presents and for yourselves:)


Itamar S.NNIV-FINAL-COVER-250pp-18112012c
Prepper porn with a foreword by Newt Gingrich. o..O

One Second After

Forge Books, 2009, 352 pages

In a small North Carolina town, one man struggles to save his family after America loses a war that will send it back to the Dark Ages.

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States, literally within one second.

This book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future and our end.

This post-apocalyptic thriller will have you buying bullets, beans, and bullion.

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If Cormac McCarthy wrote a YA zombie novel.

The Reapers are the Angels

Tor, 2010, 225 pages

For 25 years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can't remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her off on her personal journey toward redemption. Moving back and forth between the insulted remnants of society and the brutal frontier beyond, Temple must decide where ultimately to make a home and find the salvation she seeks. can't put nothing past these Southern boys. They just sit around waiting for somebody to kill their brother so they can get started on some vengeance. It's like a dang vocation with them.

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England: from the Paleolithic to the 1980s, by Jove!

Sarum: The Novel of England

Crown Books, 1987, 897 pages

In Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd weaves a compelling saga of five English families whose fates become intertwined over the course of centuries. While each family has its own distinct characteristics, the successive generations reflect the changing character of Britain. We become drawn not only into the fortunes of the individual family members, but also the larger destinies of each family line.

Meticulously researched and epic in scope, Sarum covers the entire sweep of English civilization: from the early hunters and farmers, the creation of Stonehenge, the dawn of Christianity, and the Black Death; through the Reformation, the wars in America, the Industrial Age, and the Victorian social reforms; up through the World War II invasion of Normandy and the modern-day concerns of a once-preeminent empire.

Five families, 15,000 years. Give or take a few millenia.

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Hi All,

As part of my B.ed. I am currently taking a course on Socio-cultural issues. For one of my assignments I am looking for some books that illustrate the experience of gay or lesbian people in Western Society. I am hoping you lovely people might be able to recommend some books along those lines. They can be non-fiction, fiction, and of any genre.

17th-Nov-2013 08:51 am - MY INTRO

Hi All

Robin Leigh Morgan here, I'm a new member to Live Journal as I've just found out about it. This naturally makes me a NewBie member to this group; so please excuse my ignorance here about how things are done as I'm still getting my feet wet. This is one of the groups I've join which coincides with my writing.

I'm a retired NYCity employee who's been married for 20 years [November 2013] with no children. My written commentaries for a community newspaper for several years prior to June 2006. My first romance writing endeavor for a novel is a YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss entitled "I Kissed a Ghost" which got self-published on December 20, 2012, the KINDLE addition got released on May 12, 2013. I'm currently writing a still untitled adult Contemporary with a paranormal element running through parts of the storyline.

As I'm a newcomer to this community as well as to LiveJournal I'm looking to make some friends here.

Please check out my journal.

15th-Nov-2013 09:59 am - Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
A revenge-epic space opera that's almost as clever as it's trying to be.

Ancillary Justice

Orbit, 2013, 416 pages

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren--a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.

An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose--to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.

From debut author Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice is a stunning space opera that asks what it means to be human in a universe guided by artificial intelligence.

Artificial intelligences working for evil Space not-Romans, gender ambiguity, and the Dumbest. Revenge. Plan. Ever.

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Yes, it's basically Harry Potter fan fiction. If you like that kind of thing (ahem).

The Unexpected Enlightenment of Rachel Griffin

Palomino Press, 2013, 368 pages

Supremely curious Rachel Griffin yearns to know everything. Arriving at Roanoke Academy for the Sorcerous Arts — located in New York’s Hudson Highlands — she discovers a world more secret than the World of the Wise that hides magic from the Unwary mundanes. Rushing forward where others fear to tread, Rachel finds herself in the midst of wraith attacks, duels, and evil, fire-breathing teachers. Whoever imagined so much could go awry in just the first week!

Somebody is writing a series about a teenage witch in the American wizarding world?

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