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review 2017-09-12 16:26
Flawless!
BLACK (All the King's Men Book 8) - Dony... BLACK (All the King's Men Book 8) - Donya Lynne,Reese Dante,Laura LaTulipe
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book 8 in the series, and for this to make much sense, you must, I mean MUST read the others. Because they are awesome, and much happened in those books that is referenced here but not fully explained. And I told you to, okay?? Jumping straight in. Because wooooooeeeeeee! Ms Lynne did throw some curve balls!! Micah found out in Bound Guardian Angel that he has a brother, Ronan and that his father is alive, not dead like he though these 950 years. BUT here?? He founds out much more. He finds out his family tree, who he is related to and how. He finds out that seemingly impossible things really can happen. He finds out the Drecks have been doing much more than making cobalt blue to destroy the vampires, and that he is going to need some help to remove this new threat. Enter stage right, The Lycans! These guys are BIG news, they have been aware of this new threat but trying to contain it. However, Ronan's antics with the ankh he stole from Micah have forced them to come clean. These guys are gonna be an awesome addition to this world, I know it. I'm being deliberately vague in what I'm saying, I know I am but this book is FULL of massive spoilers and I don't want to ruin it for you. But let me tell ya, its an A-MA-ZING read! One sitting, I read it in one sitting. Some things I saw coming, some I did not. Some things came from WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY out the left field. I also saw some pairings, that maybe haven't been discussed before. That I wanna see if I'm right. Can't wait for the next one! Ms Lynne spends a lot, and I mean a LOT of time after writing her books, tidying them up, editing, editing and MORE editing, and as a reader, its frustrating having to wait so long between books. BUT also as a reader, it makes you appreciate the finished product, and this one really is FLAWLESS. All the major players have a say, and ya'll know how much I love that, even the Lycans and they really are so very very different. Can't wait for more of them! Kind of a cliff hanger ending, but in a way only Ms Lynne can delivery. 5 full stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-05-23 21:49
Book Review For: 'Bonding With the Beast' by Evangeline Anderson
Bonding With the Beast: a Kindred Tales novella: (Alien Warrior BBW Science Fiction Single Mother Romance) (Brides of the Kindred) - Evangeline Anderson,Reese Dante,Barb Rice

'Bonding With the Beast' by Evangeline Anderson is the story of Isobel and Hail.
Isobel is a single mother who left an abusive husband and feels she has not time or want for romance. But she has been dreaming of a man who makes her feel the want of him.
Hail is a Dark Alien who thinks that he can't have a relationship because of his dark temper that he has to have a gauge to control it. But when he meets Isobel he feels a connection to her and she to him. Can these two be able to work through their issues?
This is a Dark Hot Alien Romance with about 161 pages.
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url 2017-05-16 16:27
Dante in search of Enlightenment
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Dante Alighieri

 

Learning from the Wise and Ancient Poets... Sacred #spiritual #poetry and quotes by #Dante

 

The Divine Comedy is an epic poem written around 1300AC. This sacred poem is an allegory of our journey to enlightenment...

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text 2017-01-19 02:08
7 To-Reads That Make Me Very, Very Nervous
Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake
Don Quixote - Roberto González Echevarría,John Rutherford,Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The Fireman: A Novel - Joe Hill
11/22/63 - Stephen King
Peace - Gene Wolfe
The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights Volume 1 - Malcolm C. Lyons,Ursula Lyons
The Divine Comedy by Dante, Illustrated, Hell, Volume 05 - Dante Alighieri,Gustave Doré,Henry Francis Cary

Like a lot of people, I have a few books that, for various reasons, I haven't gotten to yet. These are ones that just flat scare me.

 

1. Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake  Titus Groan - Mervyn Peake  

 

    The first of the Gormenghast novels, I very much want to read this because it is a genre classic, heavy on character, rich in language, and deeply weird. I've dipped in a couple times and, frankly, ,the dense prose and deeply strange people  scare me a bit. Still, on the bucket list.

 

2. Don Quixote - Roberto González Echevarría,John Rutherford,Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra  Don Quixote - Roberto González Echevarría,John Rutherford,Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra  

 

    Obviously, it's a stone classic. Also, it is a satire of the chivalric romances that has come to epitomize them. Irony! It scares me because nobody makes it past the windmills.

 

3. The Fireman: A Novel - Joe Hill  The Fireman: A Novel - Joe Hill  

 

    I loved Twentieth Century Ghosts and Heart--Shaped Box, liked Horns, and never finished NOS4A2. Those conflicted feelings, plus my general dislike for post-apocalyptia, equals a long stay on the TBR shelf.

 

4. 11/22/63 - Stephen King  11/22/63 - Stephen King  

 

     So much frigging book. I started this around the time it came out and got something like 250 pages in. Solid, but slow, and some of the timey-wimey stuff was a bit off to me. Plus, bigger King is not always better King.

 

5. Peace - Gene Wolfe  Peace - Gene Wolfe  

 

    Combine dense language with mind-fuckery and I worry. Also, a lot of people say multiple readings are necessary to truly appreciate it. I'm sure it's excellent, but it seems like a lot of work.

 

6. The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights Volume 1 - Malcolm C. Lyons,Ursula Lyons  The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights Volume 1 - Malcolm C. Lyons,Ursula Lyons  

 

    I own all three volumes of this translation of the Calcutta 2. This is a hard one for me, because The Arabian Nights is a huge part of me as a reader (Hell, I've even read whole books on it's provenance and influence, namely Irwin's Arabian Nights Companion), influencing my love of nesting stories, but there are many nasty undertones. On top of that, we're talking about 2,400 pages. Yes, this is a more modern-reading translation than the classic Burton, but still...

 

7. The Divine Comedy by Dante, Illustrated, Hell, Volume 05 - Dante Alighieri,Gustave Doré,Henry Francis Cary  The Divine Comedy by Dante, Illustrated, Hell, Volume 05 - Dante Alighieri,Gustave Doré,Henry Francis Cary  

 

    I have a coffee-table edition of the entire Divine Comedy, illustrated by Dore. It's huge, it's gorgeous... It's epic poetry.

 

I will read all of these, but no promises as to when, as I am a coward.

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review 2017-01-19 01:40
Inferno by Dan Brown
Inferno - Dan Brown

Another Dan Brown classic! Robert Langdon is back in this book with another winding tale of symbology, secret passageways and allegorical puzzle. Once I started reading it I could not put it back down. I started reading the last 150 pages last night and after 3 hours found myself at the 98th chapter. The story is so immersive and mind boggling one wants to know what, why, who, when…all the time.

 

Inferno spans 3 most architectural cities of the world, starting from the artist’s haven i.e. Paris, sprinting into the beautiful waters and gigantic St. Mark’s Square of Venice and finally flying to its end straight into the East’s Heart i.e. Istanbul. As always, Dan Brown was very intimate and detailed about the architectural beauty of each historical building that Professor Landgon set foot in.

The most defining part of the whole story-line is that the plot spans a total of 2 days and 2 night only. 48 hours of Robert Langdon and a dramatic unraveling of Dante’s seven levels of hell. This is what makes it so empowering and fills your imagination with hundreds of minute thoughts, codes, architectural details. So much so that one can forget the subtle hints of the dark and twisty ending. But being a serial movie watcher that I am, I did guess some part of it by the beginning of the end (how boastful of me).

 

Nevertheless, the ending is kind of a boggling turn of events. I do not want to provide any spoilers so lets just say that the book’s ending is nothing like what you think it is. Its exactly the opposite. Still it needs to be said here that, although the story itself was riveting, the curtain dropping moment was not as imaginative and thrilling as I would have liked it to be. And as Inferno readers have come to known Dan Brown by. Still, its definitely, worth the read. Also, if you are a Dan Brown follower like me, you would read anything he offers like the Scripture.

 

I would highly recommend this book to detective and mystery novel enthusiasts with a touch of thrill.

 

Cheers.

Source: writebeforeyouspeak.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/book-review-inferno-by-dan-brown-best-books-of-2016
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