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review 2017-09-20 13:47
The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter
The Massacre of Mankind: Sequel to The War of the Worlds - Stephen Baxter
__________R E V I E W__________

Knowing what is coming and having no ability to stop it.
     That is the theme of this novel. A plot that kept me on my toes as I read. You're lead through days of dread, then when the battle begins, you read all the devastation. And worse still, it happens in gripping waves.
     It's great though. All of it. Very well detailed battle scenes, and world-building; what a world it is. Since the setting is an alternate timeline (after WWI with a different outcome) and after the first alien invasion, the novel integrates changes of what may have been. Stuff like that pops in all throughout. It was fascinating to read. I got this vision of a very post-steampunkish world within some of the settings. Loved that.
     I guess people who are interested in this novel really want to know if it's worth being a sequel to H.G. Wells "The War of the Worlds"? My answer would be yes. Not because it's anything like its predecessor (because I think that's a ridiculous expectation), but because it's a very believable storyline that could have easily taken place if H.G. Wells continued. I think it reads better, though in saying that, I should also say it has been many years since I've read Wells.
     There were many chapters (part 1 mostly) that were pointless even in a narrative sense. There are also many paragraphs with nothing but overdone descriptions of settings that mean absolutely nothing to the overall story. After a while, it was easy to read through those because I got the sense that this book was about the exploration of the narrator. Those are my only real gripes with the novel. The rest of it was great for me, and a majority of it an enjoyable read.

__________B O O K__D E T A I L S__________
T I T L E: The Massacre of Mankind
A U T H O R: Stephen Baxter
P U B L I S H E R: Gollancz
P U B L I S H--D A T E: January 19, 2017
I S B N: 9781524760120
Science Fiction

It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war-machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The Army is prepared.
So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book. He is sure that the Martians have learned, adapted, understood their defeat.
He is right.
Thrust into the chaos of a new invasion, a journalist - sister-in-law to Walter Jenkins - must survive, escape and report on the war.
The Massacre of Mankind has begun

*I received a copy of this via Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair review*
Source: wordgurgle.blogspot.com
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review 2015-09-25 02:59
Review: Owls by: Matt Sewell
Owls: Our Most Charming Bird - Matt Sewell

Published by: Ebury Press, November 2014


Safety Rating: G (New rating system I am trying out...think of it like a movie rating. G means safe for all ages!)   


*I solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help me God!*


As I scrolled through the Blogging for Books website, something cute catches my eye. What could it be? A book about owls? Would I read this? Of course I would!! As if there was any doubt!

     While I finished up the last of my library books I became increasingly aware of the void I would have once those books were finished...Oh! What would I read? Would my cute little owl book be here in time? Spoiler alert: It got here in perfect timing! Coincidentally it arrived at my door while I was at my library perusing for my next haul. (Coming up in the next post!)

     This book is an informative and humorous look at the many owl species in the world! The descriptions are snarky, with interesting little tidbits thrown in the middle! The Illustrations are adorable! In fact, this book would be the perfect little book for a coffee table! (Indeed, that is where this book will soon reside!) Definitely give this book a try if you are an owl lover like I am! My sister and I love owls, it is one of the many, many reasons why I love her! (Enough about my amazing sister!)


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*I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review*


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Yours Truly, signing off!



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text 2015-02-16 18:47
Empire of Sin
Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans - Gary Krist

Thanks to Blogging For Books, I now have a wonderful copy of Empire of Sin by Gary Krist to add to my bookshelves. I am a Louisiana native who has long had a love affair with New Orleans. Krist has written a well researched tale that, to me, is as good as sucking crawfish heads. Juicy, spicy, and HOT!! Covering a thirty year period, from the Gilded Age to Prohibition, Empire of Sin is a raucous romp through the Crescent City that the devil himself would love. Good versus Evil. Politicians versus a corrupt Underworld. Krist does an amazing job of capturing the rich flavors and flawed characters that made New Orleans the glorious city it is today. If you love New Orleans, this is a must-read book!!



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