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Endurance Book Review

Shackleton is one true leader!

What an amazing story and wonderfully told by not only a competent sea captain but a talented writer as well. If you are a sea-faring wannabe like myself, you will certainly love the detailed descriptions of the ship “Endurance” and all the jib and heave-to language that comes along with it. Wonderful scenery of the Antarctic and its inhabitants are wonderfully described within the story and gives oneself the feeling of actually being trapped on the ice-packs and floes with Shackleton and his men. The true feeling of what it would have been actually like to be stuck and to try and survive, I will never understand; I admire these men and their willingness to survive and to help their shipmates survive by the small sacrifices each one makes for each other.

Over the years, a lot has been said about Ernest Shackleton and his strong leadership skills. I am sure a lot more can be said. However, within this story, Shackleton’s leadership and friendship is truly felt by the author, F.A Worsley, and with his honest heartfelt feelings revealed and how he looked up to this man is truly inspiring.

Another tale of adventure and survival that has made its way onto my bookshelf and into my heart.

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Open Your Eyes

Serial Killers Uncut

I love to read. I have read many books over the 40+ years of my life and one of my favorite pastimes is to peruse the local book store and look in the best seller lists and the bargain bins. You could say that every time I went to the book store, I was wearing blinders. I was merely interested in the books that were written by the authors I have known about and if they were on the “well known newspapers best selling list”. Lots to choose from but I thought I had my sure bets by buying the books from the well known. Don't get me wrong, I have read a lot of great stories from these people but little did I know how many other books and authors are out there till I got my phone and used the Amazon Kindle app.

I was blown away at the selection and options I had to choose from. Yea sure its just the same in the brick and mortar stores but being able to go from one genre to the next without lifting off my seat was fantastic. Basically what this has done has opened up a whole new world of authors and books that I would have probably not read if I just restricted myself to the best seller list at my local store.

Which brings me to an author who I really enjoy reading his books. J.A. Konrath. I found his collaboration book with Blake Crouch, “Serial Killers Uncut” by Amazon recommending that book to me after I read the Ed Gein story. I have a fascination with serial killers. The book was 3.99 so I thought cheap enough, like buying a big bag of potato chips. No second thought. From the introduction of the characters in the book and the links to where they showed up in previous works was something I have never seen before and I was hooked. The stories can be pretty gruesome but with the humor that is added in, you don't really get sick to your stomach. The stories flow through each other like hot butter through fresh popped popcorn. You can't stop! I really enjoyed reading this book and it was the gateway book to a catalog full of well written and scary fucking stories from Konrath.

I don't pretend to be a great reviewer and don't really care either, but I do love giving people props who I believe deserve it and Konrath is one of them! His books really opened a new world of reading and exposed me to the “self publishing” world of books. Believe me, there are a ton of great books out there written by some well known and not so known authors, as you all know, my other favorite is Cassandra Duffy with her Raven Series, and without these authors, I will admit my mind wouldn't be as open to reading material that wasn't so readily available. I urge you to check out these writers and support them by buying their books and reviewing them when and where you can. Trust me, they will appreciate it!

 


Gunfighters, Gearheads and Lesbians – Oh My!

 
 
 
 

 

The Slark has invaded earth, cities are running rampant with gunfighters, gamblers, prostitutes and criminals. We are carefully thrown back into the Wild West but now we are armed with Automatic Weapons. Tombstone is the home to a variable cast of characters and the battleground for freedom. Peace and love in this post-apocalyptic world is hard to come by but  staying alive is your number one priority.
I don’t remember how I came across The Gunfighter and The Gearhead, but the title intrigued me as I have been looking for something different other than a mystery to read. The cover boasted a sexy woman in a cowboy hat and guns by her side and it was listed as lesbian fiction. I said to myself, this has to be good!  
From the first sentence we meet Ramen, a flying robotic dragonfly, and I was hooked.
The opening scene we find Gieo, (The Gearhead) piloting her steam-powered dirigible through the Arizona Desert. It is here we meet The Slark, an alien race of lizards that had invaded earth and destroyed the United States. The Slark shoot her down but she survives.
Now we meet Fiona, (The Gunfighter)  the ex Victoria Secret model , barreling through the Cochise Badlands at over 100 miles per hour in her modified muscle car. A car made up of two old muscle cars and powered by repurposed Slark fighter engine. A badass car for a badass woman.
Fiona and Gieo meet for the first time and Fiona reluctantly rescues Gieo from the crash site. Gieo is brainy and spunky, Fiona is hard and tough. I personally think it was love at first sight!
Now I am not going to spoil anything from the rest of the story but the setup of the two main characters is classic and +Cassandra Duffy  has a great way of writing her characters and having their personalities and faults come right off the page.
In Tombstone we meet a host of likeable and not so likeable characters. The introduction to The Ravens is brought forth and the pasts of Fiona and Gieo are slowly revealed. The story flows through the pages and you just don’t want to put it down. The fight for freedom from The Slark and the tiring way of trying to stay alive. Its all in here.
I highly recommend this book and the other two in the series.
 

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