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review 2017-06-14 23:28
A collection of easy to read, short, crime fiction tales
Offshore: a short story collection - Ann Cleeves

Why did I read it? I enjoy Anne Cleeves' Shetland series, and I also like the television serialisation of her Vera novels, so a collection of short stories to dip into during short breaks sounded good.

What's it about? A collection of short, crime fiction tales featuring some of the characters from Anne Cleeves' books, Willow Reeves, Jimmy Perez, and Vera Stanhope.

What did I like? The stories were short, complete and were well written, holding my attention the whole way through; some even managing a twist in the tale.  

What didn't I like?  There were too few stories?  Sorry, but that's about all I could find to dislike.   

Would I recommend it?  If you are a fan of Anne Cleeves, then, yes, I would recommend them, though they are only available in ebook form.  If you enjoy crime fiction, but don't have the time to read an entire novel, then this may be for you, too.

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review 2017-06-10 18:50
Crash and Burn (Sigma Force #11.5) by James Rollins
Crash and Burn: A Sigma Force Short Story (Sigma Force series) (SIGMA Force Novels (Audio)) - James Rollins

New York Times bestselling author James Rollins comes a shocking short story, where a chance mishap leads to the discovery of a weapon like no other in . . . Crash and Burn.

On a transatlantic flight, the two black sheep of Sigma Force--Seichan and Kowalski--must set aside their mutual dislike as a mysterious fiery force knocks their aircraft out of the sky. This unlikely duo must use every skill, weapon, and bit of ingenuity to survive a night on a remote volcanic island, where their only refuge is the haunted, bat-plagued grounds of a seemingly deserted resort. But something horrific awaits the two, something born of the latest science but rooted in our basest human instincts. To survive they will need to learn to work together--but even then, it may be too late.

 

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Right, I'm just going to do a short review of this novella since there is just not much to say about it. I thought I read it since I just got the latest James Rollins book (woohoo!) and I thought this story may be important to the book (or in some way connected). I do like that it featured two of my favorite characters, but to be honest it was way too short to be more than I appetizer. And, not even an intriguing appetizer. I felt that because the shortness of the story did nothing really happened, or rather everything had to happen in a matter of a few pages and then the end. I could see how this could be a prolog but as a short story? Nah, it didn't work for me.

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review 2017-05-28 03:50
Pythons in Florida
Swamp Bones: A Temperance Brennan Short Story - Kathy Reichs

Two of my daughters love snakes! They love to hold them and carry them around and feed them. I have had to nail my feet to the ground while holding a snake, but have come to a point where I have learned to like them. I have held a very long reticulated python and loved the feel of it. This story is set in the Florida Everglades where they have a problem. During a hurricane, many Burmese Pythons got loose and since this is not their native habit they have adapted and have no natural predators other than humans. They are propagating their species. Because of this Florida has a contest to catch and kill these snakes. 

 

This book is full of great information on pythons and also had a good story to put around the facts. I highly recommend this book and while it is not my oldest daughter's favorite genre, I have been encouraging her to read this story as she will enjoy the snake sections of the story. 

 

Oh, and I learned that there is a "Journal of Herpetology." 

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review 2017-04-26 00:15
Black-Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae
Black-Eyed Susie: A Short Story - Kriste... Black-Eyed Susie: A Short Story - Kristen Mae

Black-Eyed Susie: A Short Story by Kristen Mae has a surprise ending.

 

With "little Black-Eyed Susie, you’d better be careful what you wish for."

 

It is a disturbing story with strong adult content. I gave it three stars.

 

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/Black-Eyed-Susie-Short-Kristen-Mae-ebook/dp/B06Y1XMFRQ/

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review 2017-04-03 17:17
Short Story Anthology – Worlds of Wonder by Emily Martha Sorensen @CleanYAFantasy
Worlds of Wonder: A Short Story Anthology - Emily Martha Sorensen

I have recently found author Emily Martha Sorensen and am loving her writing, so when I was offered a chance to read this short story anthology, I couldn’t resist.

 

Worlds of Wonder: A Short Story Anthology

 

Amazon  /  Goodreads

 

MY REVIEW

 

These sixteen short stories will have you traveling, flying high, using magic, and having action and adventure in bite sized pieces. We have some science fiction, some fantasy and some life lessons, with choices to be made.

 

Many of them are fairy tale remakes with morals to the stories that may leave you thinking…

 

A few of my favorites:

 

Beauty and the Brave:  A fun twist on the Ugly Duckling. The young female dragon becomes the hero.

 

The Dragon and the Santa:  What would you think if you heard a clatter on the roof top at Christmas, only to see Santa claus and a dragon? The ending…oh so good, you bad bad dragon.

 

Invoice:  Ya gotta read that yourself. It is a HA HA HA morbid moment.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 STARS

 

Read more HERE.

 

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