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verna2017   September 11, 2017
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5.0

A whimsical adventure of pure fun

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It reminded me of several others of the genre, all of them good. The character interaction is reminiscent of Eddings' Belgariad, but clearly unique to Ms. McKinnon's work. The plot is solid and drew me in quickly, and the marvelous detail of the world along with the pure fun of the interplay between familiars and humans kept me reading. Perhaps best of all, there is no attempt to have this book take itself too seriously. Rather, it invites the reader to enjoy a fun romp with the main character, Runa, who is facing new...

Fantasy
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   August 12, 2017
(Updated: August 12, 2017)
Rating 
 
5.0

Great summer fantasy read about a young man seeking vengeance

Dragon Winter is an excellent fantasy novel that is about much more than dragons. I enjoyed the story of  Arlian, a boy who has his village destroyed by dragons yet he survives when no one else does.  He gets enslaved but still dreams of a day when he can get vengeance on his enslavers and the dragons that destroyed his village.   This was a very enjoyable "Cinderellla" story of a boy going from rags to riches.  I enjoyed reading as he took risks yet some avoided the expected disastrous results.  Does he have some kind...

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Matthew WhiteMatthew White   July 30, 2017
Rating 
 
4.0

Troubled teen learns about his Native American heritage as he travels through time

I enjoyed Flight about a teenage boy who bounces between multiple foster homes. Much of it is his fault as he misbehaves and runs away frequently. Suddenly he finds himself in the bodies of several different people as a time traveler reliving several historical events.   This novel moved quickly at a length of under 5 hours as an audiobook. There are several well down stories where the young man is a Native American or a member of General Custer's army who fought Native Americans at the Battle of Bighorn. I give it four out of five...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   July 21, 2017
Rating 
 
5.0

The Ten-Cent Plague changed my life!

OK, that was an attention-getting headline but let me explain what I mean. I have been a card carrying comic book collector for over 32 years now without stopping. I have collected Marvel and DC superhero comics books such as Avengers, Daredevil, Captain America, Justice League, and Superman back to the 1960s. But I never knew much about the history of the golden age of comics from the 1940s and 1950s.   This book tells a great story about the creators of the golden age comics. Comic books were the main source of entertainment for kids back...

Fantasy
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   July 10, 2017
Rating 
 
5.0

Fun and realistic fantasy heroes

NPCs is a refreshingly different story in a fantasy world. There are several major reasons that this book is different.  The main characters start out as non-player characters AKA NPCs that live in a world as regular working joes that have to put up with the actions of fantasy heroes. They also become heroes that don't fit the fantasy stereotypes for their gender or race and instead based on their abilities or personalities. Finally, the story starts out as part of a role playing game being played by some bad role players and ran by a dungeon master that...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   July 10, 2017
Rating 
 
3.0

Good background story and action but not overly memorable

Court of Nightfall is a difficult book to review, especially after waiting over a month since I listened to it. The story starts out with a young girl, Scarlett, who lives a fairly normal life except for the fact that there is a locked building in her backyard that her parents tell her is off limits. What girl is going to listen when her parents tell her something mysterious is off limits?   I liked most of Scarlett's background story but after that the story bounces around with plenty of action but not enough continuity to make...

SciFi
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   June 17, 2017
(Updated: June 18, 2017)
Rating 
 
5.0

Classis super hero story that is a must read for scifi/superhero fans

Very rarely if ever have a reread a book but Wild Cards 1 is one of those rare books. Well, full disclosure here, I actually listened to it as an audiobook this time. Wild Cards 1 is a must read classic super hero story from 1987 that still is great. The book consists of a collection of short stories about super powered Aces and mutated Jokers that were transformed by an alien virus.    Several of the stories were great such as those about Dr. Tachyon, the alien that couldn't prevent the release of the virus but...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   June 17, 2017
Rating 
 
3.0

Corporate reallocation missions = legal piracy but a pirated world bites back

Fallen Dragon is a scifi story about Lawrence, a young military man, who works for an organization involved in "corporate reallocation" which basically means legal piracy. Much of this 26 hour audiobook focuses on Lawrence's background as a rudderless teen who falls in love with a girl he meets at a hotel swimming pool and his later missions in the military.   I think with faster pacing this book would have been much better. The universe is large but the detailed descriptions of certain places or events overtook the actual plot of the story. Not until the...

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Matthew WhiteMatthew White   June 03, 2017
Rating 
 
5.0

On Top of Spumoni is the funniest romantic comedy I have ever read

OK, I admit it is also the first romantic comedy I have ever read. This is a funny and erotic book about a down on his luck, very overweight young man named Cooper Spanoli who literally runs into the woman of his dreams, twice! Cooper is one of the nice guys that women would like but he lives with his parents, has very little confidence, no experience, and has really let his looks and body go over the years. But times are changing after a gorgeous young woman actually knocks him down on...

Fantasy
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   May 26, 2017
Rating 
 
5.0

Megg Jensen does for orcs what R.A. Salvatore did for dark elves

Chaos Awakens by Megg Jensen is a great epic fantasy novel that I very much enjoyed. There are plenty of interesting characters with the main characters being a female orc assassin, a human male priest, and a female orc princess. They form an unusual team as humans and orcs head towards a war at a time they need to team-up against a godly enemy. There are plenty of intimate moments and character development mixed in with action and epic threats to the world.    This book is everything that a good fantasy novel should be and reminded...

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