Currently Reading “Hollow World” By Michael J. Sullivan

I finished reading this book yesterday (March 11,2015). Having been a fan of Michael’s writing for some time it was interesting to see him write in a different genre. I was disappointed at first, fully expecting Royce and Hadrian type characters to emerge and take over the scenes, or the relating of situations to books, TV shows and characters from our time. I was expecting a MacGyver analogy which never came, or maybe I missed it. It seemed Michael didn’t seem as comfortable with Hollow World as he was with “Riyria Revelations” and “Riyria Chronicles” (personal perception).

Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed this book very much and took time out of my days to read it. The story was interesting and the plot moved fairly well. There were some topics in the book I felt unconfortable with, but that’s okay. The real world if far more controversial.

…but I am waiting for the next installment with Royce and Hadrian or the first book in the new series.

Thanks again, Michael. I will give “Hollow World” 4 Stars.

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hollow worldHollow World
By Michael J. Sullivan @author_sullivan

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~~~ Book Description ~~~

The FUTURE IS COMING…FOR SOME SOONER THAN OTHERS
Ellis Rogers is an ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing, but when diagnosed with a terminal illness, he’s willing to take an insane gamble. He’s built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he’ll face a world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and the cost of paradise. Ellis could find more than a cure for his disease; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time began — but only if he can survive the Hollow World.

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Currently Reading “The Ice Princess” by Camilla Lackberg

Finished reading the book March 5, 2015. I must say that I was somewhat disappointed with the book. First of all the writing it self. This, however, could just the translation by  Steven T. Murray. I know the difficulties translating can produce and have seen the same issue with other works translated into English: it doesn’t always come out quite right. What I was hoping to read in this book was a strong heroine in Erica Falck from the pen a female author. Here is where I found Lackburg fell short. And not just Erica, but her sister as well who is in an abusive relationship but unwilling to deal with it, nor did Erica step in. Throughout the book the momemtum is lost while one character or another, in tedious fashion, examines their emotional state. Had these been removed there would have been much better flow. In addition, had the book been trimmed by 25% it would have been better.

Is it enough to keep me from reading another one of her books? In all likelihood, no. “The Preacher” is Lackberg’s second book, which I will read. But, not sure when.

I did enjoy the plot of “The Ice Princess”, and for that reason will give the book 3 Stars.

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ice princessThe Ice Princess
by Camilla Lackberg @camillalackberg

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~~~ Book Description ~~~

The gripping psychological thriller debut of the No.1 international bestselling Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg.

Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The death of her childhood friend, Alex, is just the beginning. Her wrists slashed, her body frozen in an ice cold bath, it seems that she has taken her own life.

Erica conceives a memoir about the beautiful but remote Alex, one that will answer questions about their lost friendship. While her interest grows to an obsession, local detective Patrik Hedstrom is following his own suspicions about the case. But it is only when they start working together that the truth begins to emerge about the small town with a deeply disturbing past.

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New Book Cover for “Restoration”

I have determined a new cover should be used for “Restoration”. It seems a simpler design is warranted, so below you will see the 8 possible designs. Although they are generally the same, they differ in background colour and lettering and embossing.

If you would like to help me pick one, that would be greatly appreciated. Simply leave a comment below or go HERE.

Thank you.

Covers all in one

 

 

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Currently Reading “A.D. 30″ by Ted Dekker

I finished the book last night (Feb 21), and I must say, I am very impressed. This apparent shift of Genre will not hurt Ted Dekker, I’m sure. Well constructed and developed characters and of course the setting: Circa AD 30 in Palestine. From beginning to end this book speak of Jesus (Yeshau) directly or indirectly. Another wonderful book about The Christ and how He changes lives. I will be sure to check out Mr. Dekker’s earlier works and wait in anticipation for the next book in this series, A.D. 33. If this is the type of Genre you like, you will most certainly enjoys this.  4 1/2 Stars.

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I have never read a Ted Dekker novel. It was suggested by a friend.

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ad30A.D. 30: A Novel
by Ted Dekker @TedDekker

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~~~ Book Description ~~~~

A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine.

A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart.

The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all.

Step back in time to the year of our Lord…A.D. 30.

The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father’s warriors–Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews.

But Maviah’s path leads her unexpectedly to another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people–and herself.

 

 

~~~ From Amazon Product Page ~~~

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Some Reference Material For Writers

It seems I’m always looking for the appropriate word or phrase while editing. Apart from a regular Thesuarus and Dictionary I have found the following resources very helpful. I hope you will as well.

 
Flip DictionaryFlip Dictionary” by Barbara Ann Kepfer
You know what you want to say but can’t think of the word. You can describe what you’re thinking but you don’t know the name for it. Perhaps you have a general word in mind but you need a more specific term. The Writer’s Digest Flip Dictionary solves these common problems! Best-selling author Barbara Ann Kipfer has crated a huge reference that offers cues and clue words to lead writers to the exact phrase or specific term they need. It goes beyond the standard reverse dictionary format to offer dozens of charts and tables, listing groups by subject (such as automobiles, clothing types, plants, tools, etc.) Writers of fiction and nonfiction will use it to find that elusive word they need, and word lovers will find it an entertaining book to simply sit and browse through. Crossword puzzlers will also find it invaluable. In all, this indispensable desk reference is as necessary as a dictionary or thesaurus – but a lot more fun.

~~~ From Amazon Product Page ~~~

 

The Emotion ThesaurusThe Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression” by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each.

~~~ From Amazon Product Page ~~~

 

 

Roget's Thesaurus of Words for WritersRoget’s Thesaurus of Words for Writers: Over 2,300 Emotive, Evocative, Descriptive Synonyms, Antonyms, and Related Terms Every Writer Should Know” by David Olsen, Michelle Bevilacqua, Justin Cord Hayes and Robert Bly

Whether you’re crafting the next great American novel or pounding away at a last-minute blog entry, there will come a time in the process when you struggle to find just the perfect word or phrase. Under the time-tested banner of Roget’s Thesaurus, this collection will quickly become the most essential tool on your desk when you’re working on your next piece. Far from an ordinary word list, each entry in this book is organized by meaning and offers a list of compelling word choices that relate to the ideas you’d like to use. It also provides a pronunciation guide, definition, antonyms, synonyms, and a sample sentence for each listing. Filled with thousands of unique and compelling words, this book will help you find inspiration, expand your vocabulary, and create one-of-a-kind sentences for any writing assignment.

~~~ From Amazon Product Page ~~~

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Prompt #98

 

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Currently Reading “The Yard” by Alex Grecian

Finished reading January 29, 2015 (very quick read). This type of book is not generally my preferred genre, but do enjoy it and have found that I’ve been incorporating the Detective/Mystery element into my own Fantasy work of late.

Now for the book itself. “The Yard” is set in the late 19th Century, with a feel very similar to one of my favourite British TV shows “Ripper Street“. It touches on the sensitive subject of child abduction and, of course murder. Several gruesome murders are commited and Inspector Walter Day is put in charge of finding the killer. Because the identity of the killer is known early in the book, it’s really not a mystery. It is, for the most part, a thrilling suspense which leave one wondering how this individual will be caught.

I enjoyed the portrayal of the main characters, Inspector Day, Dr. Kingsley and Constable Hammersmith, and their history. One issue I had here was, because we know who the killer is it would have been interesting to know more about his past.
Technically I had minor problems with dialog. It was not poorly written, but because it was not tagged regularly, I sometimes found myself having to read the portions several times in order to determine who was speaking. (Like I said, minor problem. Might just be me.)

Very good read, and recommend it to you. Alex’s other books are on my reading list for later in the year. 4/5 Stars is what I give it.

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Started reading this book the other night evening. Don’t want to put it down, but I must.

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The yardThe Yard
by Alex Grecian @alexgrecian

Kindle Edition
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~~~ Book Description ~~~

1889, LONDON.
JACK THE RIPPER’S REIGN OF TERROR IN FINALLY OVER, BUT A NEW ONE IS JUST BEGINNING.

Victorian London—a violent cesspool of squalid depravity. Only twelve detectives—The Murder Squad—are expected to solve the thousands of crimes committed here each month. Formed after the Metropolitan Police’s spectacular failure in capturing Jack the Ripper, the Murder Squad suffers the brunt of public contempt. But no one can anticipate the brutal murder of one of their own…

A Scotland Yard Inspector has been found stuffed in a black steamer trunk at Euston Square Station, his eyes and mouth sewn shut. When Walter Day, the squad’s new hire, is assigned to the case, he finds a strange ally in Dr. Bernard Kingsley, the Yard’s first forensic pathologist. Their grim conclusion: this was not just a random, bizarre murder but in all probability, the first of twelve. Because the squad itself it being targeted and the devious killer shows no signs of stopping before completing his grim duty. But Inspector Day has one more surprise, something even more shocking than the crimes: the killer’s motive.

~~~ From Amazon Product Page ~~~

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