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review 2017-12-16 11:00
Fairies
Fairies:: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk - Morgan Daimler

by Morgan Daimler

 

Non-fiction

 

This book is about the folklore and fairy tradition of Ireland. It may well be the most down-to-earth book on the subject on the market to date. Rather than the airy-fairy Victorian ideas of pretty little girl fairies that popular culture has spread, this is about the original tales and beliefs that are still prevalent in a mostly Christian Ireland.

 

The book is well researched. Tales from many places in the British Isles and Europe are cited and the folk beliefs are given context. Actual belief in fairies isn't required to enjoy the relation of the stories, though the author is mostly directing the information at a Pagan readership where some degree of belief is relevant.

 

There is a lot of repetition. Perhaps it was needed for context but I've seen the same information about fairy behavior in three different chapters and that gives the impression of padding. My only other complaint is that in an early chapter there was a promise to explain the difference between fairies and nature spirits, but only a passing reference to the latter later on. I pretty much understand the difference but would have liked to see it put into words to clarify.

 

Overall a good reference for anyone new to the subject, although the classic reference books are cited so often that I wonder if someone with more than a passing interest should just reading those works. Mostly well written, though it meanders in the last couple of chapters.

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review 2017-12-16 08:00
Road Kill: A Serial Killer Novella (Terror Collection) by Shawn Raiford
Road Kill: A Serial Killer Novella-Terro... Road Kill: A Serial Killer Novella-Terror Collection (Kindle Single) - Shawn Raiford Road Kill: A Serial Killer Novella (Terror Collection) by Shawn Raiford is an novella about Ana who is not a victim. She's tired and wants to sleep. It was graphically written and a difficult story to read. The subject matter was creepy and it needs editing for grammar. It left me feeling disturbed and depressed. I gave it almost four stars. "Ana had gone to psychologists to help her with her anger management problem. Her doctor always told her, 'Words are just sound traveling through the air and cannot physically harm you. It's up to you how you react to them.' Ana understood the doctor but words also had meaning to people. To her." I received a complimentary Kindle copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review. Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Road-Kill-Serial-Novella-Collection-ebook/dp/B0192DPJU6
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review 2017-12-16 08:00
Three Lives Of Mary by David M. Kelly
Three Lives Of Mary - David M. Kelly Three Lives Of Mary - David M. Kelly Three Lives Of Mary by David M. Kelly is a mesmerizing story of a cybot named Mary. Along with her husband Ben, she looks for habitable planets. It is an entertaining, fast reading book. I gave it five stars. I received a complimentary Kindle copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review. "Mary gasped as her legs were ripped from under her and she slammed face down into the ground. Several tendril-like vines wrapped around her arms and legs and she instinctively pulled against them. Thorn-like bristles clawed at her burnished skin as the vines coiled tighter around her despite her struggles." Mary discusses her feelings about Ben and changes he had made. "They'd seen so much together, it was hard to remember when it had been different. Mary still thought of Ben as he was when they were first married. He'd always been easy going, with an almost endless joy of life in general. But after they became CySaps he'd become more intolerant and obsessed with the latest technology. Sometimes Mary wondered if the gain of extended lifespans was worth the sacrifice." Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Three-Lives-Mary-David-Kelly-ebook/dp/B01LWAQVIH
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review 2017-12-13 09:22
Burning Through Their Eyes by Eugene Knigh
Burning Through Their Eyes - Eugene Knig... Burning Through Their Eyes - Eugene Knight

Burning Through Their Eyes by Eugene Knight is a thriller/science fiction book that was a fast, interesting book to read. I was mesmerized. I gave it four stars only because of the grammatical errors, typos and homonyms. This did not reflect on the quality of the author's writing.

 

Toby, his wife and twin sons have their life interrupted by a kidnapping of one of their infant sons. It's related to his job at the University that is controlled by the NSA. It's a disturbing story about mind manipulation.

 

I received a complimentary copy from Createspace and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1544691130

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review 2017-12-13 09:01
Polly Diamond and the Magic Book written by Alice Kuipers and illustrated by Diana Toledano
Polly Diamond and the Magic Book: Book 1... Polly Diamond and the Magic Book: Book 1 - Alice Kuipers,Diana Toledano
Polly Diamond and the Magic Book written by Alice Kuipers and illustrated by Diana Toledano is a children's book written for ages four to eight years.
 
Polly loves words and writing stories and lists. She believes amazing things happen in threes. Her mother is expecting another baby, so her three-year-old sister, Anna (the sparkle princess) moved into Polly's room. She's not happy about it.
 
Her father is a contractor and always has a project going in the house. Polly's new magic book allows her to make things happen that she writes. She's imaginative and creative. It is a fun story to read. I gave it five stars.
 
I received an Advanced Reading Copy from Chronicle Books and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.
 
It is in pre-order status until May 18, 2018 so I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
 
Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Polly-Diamond-Magic-Book/dp/1452152322
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