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review 2017-11-27 20:16
The Gods Themselves
The Gods Themselves - Isaac Asimov

One of the great classic works of SF. 

 

The title is part of a line from a play ("The Maid of Orleans") by the German poet Friedrich Schiller: Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

 

In the first part of the book, Against Stupidity, the problem of free, clean energy has finally been solved, and the scientist who came up with the solution is universally lauded. Oh, there are a few scientists who consider the whole system, which involves exchanging matter with a para-universe, inherently dangerous, but they are dismissed by everyone as trouble-makers. (And their careers as scientists brought to a dead stop if they dare to speak out.)

 

In Part II, The Gods Themselves, we find ourselves in that "para-universe". This is a stunning creation and the book should be read to experience this other world if for no other reason. It is so, so different, yet so, so believable and real ... and yes, of course, the stupid rule the roost there, too.

 

In Part III, we are on the Moon - our Moon - and again the book would be worth reading just for this depiction of what life on the Moon might be like. This Part is naturally entitled Contend in Vain, but with an important question mark: Contend in Vain? 

 

It would be too easy to spoil this wonderful story, so I will simply finish by saying how happy I am to have rediscovered my early love of Isaac Asimov (my grandmother had all his books) and that I plan on re-reading many more of them.

 

 

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review 2017-11-17 14:55
ARC Review: Dance With The Devil (Gods of War #1) by Katherine Garbera
Dance With The Devil (Gods Of War Book 1) - Katherine Garbera
Dance With The Devil

Gods of War #1
Katherine Garbera
Romantic Suspense - Contemporary Romance
Silverhart Publishing
October 10, 2017
eBook
179
ARC Review Copy

 

Kaylee Thomas escaped from Madrid, taking secrets with her that could get her killed. As an cyber operative for Grimaldi Global, Kaylee’s single-minded focus is on tracking down criminals who use the internet to hide their identity. A survivor of cyber bullying, she uses her skills to ensure that no one can hide on the internet.

 

Mick O’Halloran is a covert ops agent for Grimaldi Global and leader of the Ares team. Saving lives and protecting others is a way of life for him. But babysitting a computer geek sounds like a job better left for the boys back in the office until he meets Kaylee. Sparks fly between them as he takes her into protective custody until the facts she’s uncovered can be verified.

 

But some secrets can’t stay hidden and when an assassin comes calling Mick and Kaylee go on the hunt for the mole inside their group. It’ll take every bit of her computer savvy and his lethal skills to keep them alive. Releasing the information that Kaylee has uncovered threatens to burn the world down around them.

 

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Dance With The Devil is book one in the Gods of War series by Katherine Garbera. We get a little suspense and romance.

 

This is my first experience reading Ms. Garbera. I have to say I did like Dance With The Devil, but it felt like it was lacking a little in the suspense and romance department.

 

I liked Kaylee, Mick, and the covert ops team that Mick runs. Though the characters weren’t overly impressive and all felt a little flat. I didn’t see any depth into them. No background history and very little is talked about their team or the camaraderie. I like to get to know my characters and I didn’t feel like I got that.

 

As for the romance well they had the lust, but I never felt the romance. Kaylee and Mick are thrown together and act on their attraction and the stress of the situations. They don’t have time to really get to know each other, to get the deep connection, and yet they both see past all the outer stuff and into the heart of one another. I wasn’t buying into their romance. Lust, yes… They had that. Their moments together where oh so steamy and filled with some tension.

 

As for the plot well I had an idea within the first chapter on who was betraying Kaylee’s team and the covert ops guys; before it was an indication and found out. The story was slow going, though the heat between the couple was their, but things didn’t get exciting until around the last 80% when Kaylee gets herself kidnapped. (Rolls Eyes) She already new that this team member was betraying them, yet she goes off with said person, alone…

 

Something else that bothered me was in the beginning after Mick and his team pick up Kaylee’s team. Mick clearly didn’t trust Kaylee or her team. He took their electronics away, but something happens and he lets them have it all back, so that they can do their computer thing even though he has a suspicion that someone on the computer geek team is betraying them. (My thought during this scene was the betrayer can make contact and tell the bad guys the plan.) So why do this when he clearly didn’t trust them???

All and all I wasn’t overly impressed. I enjoyed and had a delightful time reading, but I probably won’t be continuing with the series anytime soon. It wasn’t bad. It was just predicable to me and the characters didn’t make an impression.

 

Rated: 3 Stars

 

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Katherine Garbera via RockStarLit with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

 

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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review 2017-11-16 04:50
Book Review for The Trouble with Twelfth Grave: A Novel (Charley Davidson Series)
 
 
 

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave: A Novel (Charley Davidson Series)

 

  • Series: Charley Davidson Series (Book 12)
  • Kindle: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (October 31, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • Asin:BO6YSCGMO
  • ISBN-10: 1250147557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250147554
  • Reviewed by: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
  • Arc copy provided from NetGallery
  • Gene: Ghosts,Paranormal,Mystery,Thriller,Suspense,Private Investigators,Supernatural
 

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series, The Trouble with Twelfth Grave.

 

Ever since Reyes Farrow escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley Davidson accidentally trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings―some corporeal, some not so much―as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up.

 

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture―the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford―out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes: Can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect?


 
 
 
First off let me say that this is one of my favorite authors and series and I will never get tired of reading this story over and over again as well as the entire series that grace our book shelves.
 
OMG! Another fantastic read that was filled with so much suspense and humor.The story had a cast of unique and fun characters.Charley definitively has group of interesting friends all with interesting personalities and talents and I have to say that that we love reading about them as well.
 
Charley never disappoints she always makes me laugh and she still amazes me at the lengths that she is willing to go to protect and the ones she loves.Charley is a fiercely loyal friend .
 
I love everything about Charley especially how fiercely she loves.I love that she has a  sense of humor ,I love how she loves coffee and it is her vice as it is mine.A like seeing her doing something she was born to do and how she helps all those lost souls.The cases she investigates are always intriguing and exciting and we are always looking forward to how she solves them.What I love most about Charley is that she is always so laid back she is a god after all and a grim reaper to boot but acts almost normal or as normal as a supernatural element can act.Just down to earth as well as sweet kind, loving and loyal yet one of the most deadliest beings on earth.
 
I have to say that the story constantly kept you on edge as we were always looking for the Axe to fall.I love how Charley had faith and hope in Reyes knowing with her heart that he would never betray her or their love and always do what it takes to keep their daughter safe even when common sense tells you to do the opposite.
 
The saying must  be true that the heart will always recognize ones soul mate in no matter what shape or form and that was true for Charley when It came to Reyes.I loved how Reyes even not being Reyes at the present recognized the connection he had with Charley and how protective and jealous he was over her even not knowing  she was his wife.Reyes is sex on a stick for sure whether he is acting good or bad we still love the bad boy even when things are not what they seem.Reyes and Charley create heat and fire when ever they are together but when their intimate things are hotter than hell.No matter what name Reyes is going with he always need a good dose of Charley to keep him happy and sane .
 
I loved the story from cover to cover it was intriguing and intense and full of twists and turns and many surprises.This story was quite the page turner as I never put the book down until it was finished.
 
I love when you can connect with the characters you read about and I was able to do that  with this cast of characters as I loved them all with their quirky personalties they made this story all the more interesting.I love all the Chaos that surrounds Charley all the time as her actions and deeds make me laugh constantly through out this current tale.
 
We learned a really big secret this time around and I have to say that I never saw that coming.I was awestruck!
 
Favorite quote:
"Okay,Fine,You're  a god.How would you track and capture yourself?""I'd lure me with coffee then keep the cups coming.Trust me I would go anywhere.I doubt that would work for him though.Not all gods enjoy java as mush as I do."
 
5 stars from us
 
Another superb read from a fantastic author.
 
Goes in to the keeper pile!
 
Recommended read to all and the entire series as well you won't be disappointed.These characters are why I love reading series so much as we can never get enough I our favorite characters.
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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review 2017-11-14 10:13
Überbewertet
American Gods - Neil Gaiman

Mein erstes Date mit Neil Gaiman wollte ich ursprünglich mit „Neverwhere“ bestreiten. Jahrelang schlich ich um den populären Fantasy-Autor, der eng mit Terry Pratchett befreundet war, herum. Ich hatte Respekt vor seinem Ruf und traute mich einfach nicht, ihn kennenzulernen. Dann sahen der Lieblingsmensch und ich den Trailer zur Amazon-Serie „American Gods“. Ich wusste, dass es sich dabei um die Verfilmung von Gaimans gleichnamigen Roman handelt und als der Lieblingsmensch äußerte, dass er der Serie eine Chance geben wollte, entschied ich spontan, zuerst das Buch lesen zu wollen. Mein erstes Date mit Gaiman sollte nicht länger „Neverwhere“ sein. Es sollte „American Gods“ sein.

 

Nach 3 trostlosen Jahren im Gefängnis wünscht sich Shadow nur noch eines: er möchte nach Hause, zu seiner Ehefrau Laura. Als ihn der Gefängnisdirektor in sein Büro bestellt, ahnt er, dass ihn schlechte Nachrichten erwarten. Betäubt lauscht er den Worten des Direktors, der ihm mitteilt, dass Laura bei einem schrecklichen Autounfall ums Leben kam. Er wird verfrüht entlassen, um an ihrer Beerdigung teilnehmen zu können. Von einem surrealen Gefühl der Unwirklichkeit begleitet besteigt er ein Flugzeug, das ihn an einen Ort bringen soll, der nicht länger sein Zuhause ist. Neben ihm sitzt ein gut gekleideter älterer Herr. Er stellt sich als Mr. Wednesday vor. Obwohl sie sich gerade erst kennenlernen, weiß er Dinge über Shadow, die er unmöglich wissen kann und bietet ihm einen Job an. Shadow findet ihn seltsam, doch er hat kein Leben, zu dem er zurückkehren könnte. Er hat nichts zu verlieren. Er schlägt ein, unwissend, dass er schon bald in einen kosmischen Sturm hineingezogen werden wird. Um sich zu schützen, muss Shadow den Funken wiederfinden, der mit Laura starb: seinen Glauben.

 

Warum schreibt ein Brite ein Buch über die Götter der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, nachdem er zum Zeitpunkt dessen Erscheinens bereits selbst seit 9 Jahren in den USA lebte? Welche Mission verfolgt er? Welche Botschaft möchte er vermitteln? Ich denke nicht, dass ich „American Gods“ durchschaut habe, denn ich finde keine Antworten auf diese Fragen. Neil Gaiman wollte mir mit diesem Roman etwas sagen, dessen bin ich fest überzeugt. Er schrieb „American Gods“ nicht ausschließlich zur Unterhaltung seiner Leser_innen. Grübele ich über seine Motivation nach, taucht in meinem Kopf das Wort „Identität“ auf, doch es schwebt frei in meinen Gedanken herum, ohne Anker, ohne Begründung, ohne Erklärung. Ich vermute, dass es in der Tiefe dieses Buches um die Identität der USA geht, aber ich kann meinen Finger nicht darauflegen, welche Aussage Gaiman diesbezüglich tätigt. Ich empfand „American Gods“ als irritierend und verwirrend, weil ich all die kryptischen Untertöne der Geschichte nicht zu deuten wusste. Ich hatte das Gefühl, enorm viel zu verpassen und gar nicht allen Details die nötige Aufmerksamkeit schenken zu können. Ich fand nicht in den Rhythmus des Buches und musste mich nach jeder Lesepause wieder neu einfinden. Ich denke, worauf Neil Gaiman abzielte, ist ein Roman mehrerer sich überlappender Ebenen. Leider schätze ich, dass ich dessen Kern, die Ebene, die alle anderen verbindet, nicht begriffen habe. Daher begleitet mich seit der Lektüre ein Gefühl diffuser Ratlosigkeit, obwohl ich den offensichtlichen Grundgedanken der Geschichte durchaus interessant fand. Der sympathische Protagonist Shadow, dessen Funktion und Rolle undurchsichtig bleiben, gerät zwischen die Fronten eines Krieges der Götter um den Glauben des amerikanischen Volkes. Anhand von ergreifend geschilderten Einzelschicksalen, die betonen, dass Glaube und Leid Partner sind, erfahren die Leser_innen, dass die alten Götter von Siedlern verschiedener Epochen in die Neue Welt gebracht wurden. Der Glaube der Menschen belebte sie; Opfer, die in ihren Namen erbracht wurden, verliehen ihnen Macht und Substanz. Unglücklicherweise vergaßen die Gläubigen über die Jahrhunderte jedoch die Gebräuche ihrer alten Heimat, womit auch ihre Götter Macht einbüßten oder sogar ganz verschwanden. Nun kämpfen die Götter um die letzten religiösen Almosen, die die USA auszugeben bereit ist; erschleichen und ergaunern sich unbewusste Anbetungen und Preisungen. Aus allmächtigen Wesen wurden verblasste, bedauernswerte Bittsteller, die von der Schnelllebigkeit der Moderne überholt werden. Auf diese Weise beleuchtet Neil Gaiman die Beziehung zwischen Göttern und Menschen von einem spannenden Blickwinkel aus: die wahre Macht liegt nicht bei den Göttern. Sie liegt bei den Gläubigen. Was ist ein Gott ohne Anhänger_innen? Überflüssig. Ihre tragische Abhängigkeit von den Menschen zwingt sie, die Konfrontation zu suchen, weil die USA einfach nicht genug Raum für alle bieten. Ein Land abenteuerlicher geografischer Weite – doch spirituell ein Stecknadelkopf.

 

Meiner Ansicht nach ist „American Gods“ überbewertet. Es ist ein faszinierendes Buch, das eine ungewöhnliche Geschichte erzählt, aber das Meisterwerk, das mir von zahlreichen Lobpreisungen versprochen wurde, kann ich darin nicht erkennen. Das Konzept der vom Glauben abhängigen Götter war mir bereits durch niemand geringeren als Terry Pratchett bekannt, der sich weitaus früher mit diesem fesselnden Gedankenspiel auseinandersetzte. Neil Gaiman versäumte es, mir nachvollziehbar den größeren Rahmen seines Romans zu vermitteln, sodass ich für all die leisen Untertöne und Bedeutungen zwischen den Zeilen taub und blind blieb. Wahrscheinlich gingen viele Anspielungen unbeachtet an mir vorbei. Ich weiß einfach nicht, was er mir sagen wollte und wartete während der gesamten Lektüre auf die große Erleuchtung, die sich niemals einstellte. Ich empfinde ein Schulterzucken. Vielleicht habe ich mit der Serie mehr Glück. Vielleicht helfen mir bewegte Bilder, zu verstehen, worauf er hinauswollte. Vielleicht hätte ich aber auch meinem Entschluss, zuerst „Neverwhere“ zu lesen, treu bleiben sollen.

Source: wortmagieblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/neil-gaiman-american-gods
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review 2017-11-13 10:00
New Release Review! The Trouble with Twelfth Grave (Charley Davidson # 12) by Darynda Jones
The Trouble with Twelfth Grave - Darynda Jones

 

 

Grim Reaper Charley Davidson is back in the twelfth installment of Darynda Jones’ New York Times bestselling paranormal series.

Ever since Reyes escaped from a hell dimension in which Charley accidently trapped him, the son of Satan has been brimstone-bent on destroying the world his heavenly Brother created. His volatile tendencies have put Charley in a bit of a pickle. But that’s not the only briny vegetable on her plate. While trying to domesticate the feral being that used to be her husband, she also has to deal with her everyday life of annoying all manner of beings—some corporeal, some not so much—as she struggles to right the wrongs of society. Only this time she’s not uncovering a murder. This time she’s covering one up. 

Add to that her new occupation of keeping a startup PI venture—the indomitable mystery-solving team of Amber Kowalski and Quentin Rutherford—out of trouble and dealing with the Vatican’s inquiries into her beloved daughter, and Charley is on the brink of throwing in the towel and becoming a professional shopper. Or possibly a live mannequin. But when someone starts attacking humans who are sensitive to the supernatural world, Charley knows it’s time to let loose her razor sharp claws. Then again, her number one suspect is the dark entity she’s loved for centuries. So the question becomes, can she tame the unruly beast before it destroys everything she’s worked so hard to protect? 

 

 

 

Charley Davidson is back in a non-stop action filled adventure that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

 

If I had only one word to describe this book, I would have to go with unpredictable but luckily I have more than one word because this book is worth many more. The unpredictable word is very fitting because there are many twists and turns and a conclusion that will knock your socks off because I sure didn’t see that one coming. I have to admit that for the majority of the book I didn’t see how Charley could possible come out on top of the latest troubles in her world which kept me glued to the pages as Charley and all the other wonderful characters set about not only saving the world but also saving Charley’s family.

 

It is a bit of a roller coaster ride with lots of hair raising thrills and chills and of course snarky dialogue that catches you unaware and startles a laugh out of you because of Charley’s unique view of the world and how everyone fits in it. This book doesn’t have a lot of romance scenes but hey how much more romantic can it be when one has to save the love of her life from certain death.

 

Once again, Darynda Jones has written a funny but electrifyingly exciting book that readers can’t put down and I can’t wait to find out what happens next in Charley’s world. One last thing, for those of you who have not read the previous books, then you could become a bit lost because you missed the events that let up to this point and also because Charley’s penchant for renaming people and things may throw you off somewhat besides you would be missing out on Charley’s fun, thrilling adventure of a life.

 

 

 

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave is the 12th book in the Charley Davidson series.

 

#13 as yet untitled is coming soon!

 

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave is available in print & ebook at:

Amazon   B&N   BAM   IBound   Powells   St. Martins

 

Also Available in Audio

 

Darynda Jones can be found at:

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