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Fantasy
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   November 11, 2017
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4.0

Plenty of action and romance in this endearing young adult fantasy book

Snow Like Ashes is an endearing young adult fantasy novel that starts out slow but left be very satisfied with the plot and the story line.    Meira has lived life as a refugee and orphan after her Kingdom of Winter was captured and her people enslaved when she was just a newborn.  The few remaining free members of Winter hide out and work to gain back the magical power of the Winter kingdom.  The early chapters of the book focus on Meira and the refugees but the book amps up the action as the other kingdoms...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   November 11, 2017
Rating 
 
3.0

The Wraith Squadron is back with new members taking down corruption

Mercy Kill is a Star Wars book that involves a group of spies called the Wraith Squadron that plan to bring down a corrupt Galactic Alliance general.    This was a decent Star Wars audio book with the usual well-done audio effects but it doesn't live up to many other Star Wars stories.  The team have an odd assortment of characters of different races and backgrounds but I didn’t feel I got to know many of them well in the story.  I also felt that the end of the story was original but not very satisfying.  That...

SciFi
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   October 29, 2017
Rating 
 
4.0

Prince Roger is home, now to get back his empire

We Few is the fourth and final book in the excellent Empire of Man series by David Weber and John Ringo.  Prince Roger and his team finally make it back to his world and he now finds himself needing to rescue his mother, the empress of man.    This book is pretty different from the earlier three because it is not about surviving a hostile planet against deadly natives.  Then again, Prince Roger's world is not really that different.  His mother is under the control of Roger's father by blood but not by love.    ...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   October 27, 2017
Overall Rating 
 
2.0

Another reboot but not for me

Spider-Man: Homecoming was a disappointing addition to the Spider-Man movie series.  The new actor did a fine job portraying a young Peter Parker but I really have seen way too many Spider-Man reboots in the movies and comic books.  The plot felt very scripted with some light moments with friends, a disaster avoided, and a battle against a powerful villain. I think what was hardest to accept for long time Spider-Man fans was that his suit was a hi-tech translation of the Ironman suits built by none other than Tony Stark...

Matthew WhiteMatthew White   October 26, 2017
Rating 
 
3.0

Time to get off this deadly planet finally, just a few more deadly challenges to go

March to the Stars is the third book in the Empire of Man series by David Weber and John Ringo about Prince Roger and his space marines.  In the book they finally after a year of traveling across the world are close to the space port. Nothing ever comes easy for them and this time they face sea monsters as they cross the ocean and religious zealots before finally needing to defeat a space port with inferior weaponry. Prince Roger continues to gain respect as both a leader and a warrior...

Urban Fantasy
Matthew WhiteMatthew White   October 25, 2017
Rating 
 
4.0

"Let's go to a vampire ball even though they all want to kill us"

Grave Peril is the third book in the excellent The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. In this third book Chicago wizard Harry Dresden and his friends face off against ghosts and vampires.    The suspense and action are a constant of the series and Harry continues to balance on the edge while taking risks that would kill or damn any mere mortal.  But Harry is special, not only is he a very powerful wizard but he is extremely stubborn and never gives up regardless of the odds, the risk to his friends and loved ones, or...

verna2017   September 11, 2017
Rating 
 
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...

All Other Genres
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...

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