Bookstooge's Reviews On the Road

Without a Good SFF Book, Life's Road is Hell.

Mehhhhh....

Even though I am enjoying my Dune re-read, I am feeling so "meh" about everything that I'm having a hard time doing any one thing for more than 20-30 minutes.

 

Hard to get into the story when I keep putting the book down and just doing nothing. Even these couple of sentences have taken me almost 20 minutes, as I keep going and doing something else.

 

I think I need a nap so my brain can stop and rest.




PSA: Booklikes, Firefox and Adblocker+ - BFF's

For those who might have been having issues with trying to type up a post and your text box and tool bars disappear on you, if you disable Adblock+ for Booklikes, refresh your page, then enable it again, refresh again, things should be back to normal.

 

Just hit the down arrow next to the stopsign with ABP on it, click on "Disable on booklikes.com", refresh, hit the down arrow again and there will be a check mark next to "disable on booklikes.com", click "disable on booklikes.com" again, refresh and voila, you should be good to go.

 

That is what I did anyway. If it doesn't work for you, let me know. Remember, this is for Firefox with the Adblock+ plugin installed only. If you are having problems with other browsers, best of luck to you :-)




Terrorist Summit (The Executioner #44)

Terrorist Summit - Don Pendleton, Steven M. Krauzer

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.anobii.com by  Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

Title: Terrorist Summit

Series: The Executioner

Author: Don Pendleton & Steven Krauzer

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 184

Format: Kindle digital scan

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

A maniacal American kidnaps the daughter of a Tech Contractor, who has figured out how to make suitcase nukes. He uses her to get a prototype which he then plans on selling to a disparate group of worldwide terrorists.

Everyone is in one place and it is up to Mack Bolan to rescue the girl, kill the terrorists and put the fear of God into the organizations which they are all from.

If there is one man who can do this, it is The Executioner!

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

My final Mack Bolan book.

 

In some ways it was a good book. Tons of action and bullets and splatterings of scumbags. I really like seeing Final Justice dispensed to those who deserve it. In other ways it was very disappointing. The descriptions of the kidnapped girl were simply lascivious and not appropriate at all.

 

That made this an uncomfortable read for me. However, I'm sure this type of thing continues so it makes even more sense for me to stop now. I do think that next year I will pick up the latest Mack Bolan just to see how the series has progressed over the years. To put this in perspective, this book was written in 1982 and the series is still ongoing.




Thraxas and the Warrior Monks (Thraxas #2)

Thraxas and the Warrior Monks - Martin Scott

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.anobii.com by  Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

Title: Thraxas and the Warrior Monks

Series: Braxas

Author: Martin Scott

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 256

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

 

Thraxas is hired to defend an apprentice who is accused of murdering his master. At the same time, some dolphins want him to find their magic healing stone, 2 rival groups of monks are trying to kill him to recover a 2 ton statue AND a shipment of the king's gold goes missing. And if that isn't enough, thugs are after Thraxas as are some of the leaders of the Guards.

 

In fact, it seems everybody wants Thraxas dead.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

This was complicated, convoluted and fun; in fact, it was just as fun as the previous book. Sometimes, humor across books can change but this keeps the same tenor.

 

I tried to keep things straight in my head while reading so I could write about it, but half way through I just gave up. I just let the story roll me along like a pebble in the ocean.

 

When I'm done these Thraxas book, I'll have to go see if Scott wrote any more.




Dune: I've read 1%.

Dune - Frank Herbert

Ahhh, I've been looking forward to this particular Project Re-read book ever since I put it on the list a couple of months ago.

 

900 pages of glorious awesomeness is about to barrel my way...




Bookstooge at aNobii.com

ETA:

After messing around quite a bit, getting some info from a librarian and reading some of the rules, aNobii is out.

 

You can't have both the real author and a pseudonym as "authors". You have to have the "main author" and then the pseudonym in the description. So for Richard Bachman books, you have to have Stephen King as the author and then add Richard Bachman as the first part of the description. I don't think that makes sense at all.

 

Then the killer for me was that you "could" create non-isbn book pages, but not for ebooks or indie books. Which means all those kindle exclusive books? No go! Can't add them. And since I read a TON of kindle edition books, it just isn't going to work.

 

I put the relevant part of the Help file in the comments.

 

I GIVE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Original Post:

 

So, TheReadingRoom.com was pretty much a bust, as it didn't have a book database and just didn't have the "oomph" that I want from a booksite. If I was just looking for a social site and didn't have wordpress, TheReadingRoom could have filled in the gap, but with no group and no real way to search for people besides looking at random books to see who else has read/reviewed it, it just wasn't for me.

Plus, it WAS one giant ad site :-(

 

It took me until sometime this afternoon to really realize that I would end up being super frustrated at TheReadingRoom and I couldn't go there. Sorry to drag you all through my time with that. All the comments on that post, oy vey! But because I'm a masochist and pig-headed, I couldn't leave well enough alone and wait to recover. I had to immediately jump right back into the search. This time around I was checking out Anobii.com.

 

I concentrated on book things this time around instead of checking out the people/social side of things. I was able to import most of my books, albeit without ratings, reviews or read dates. That actually isn't a big deal for me now that I've got most of that in my Calibre library on my computer.

 

Pluses:

Book Editions

Groups

Tags [even though that I'm still figuring out]

Import books by various means

Shoutout Box on each members page. It's a comment box, whoo!

 

Minuses:

Reviews have a distinct lack of formatting options. Bold and Italic is it I think?

NO HALF STARS. Please be aware of that. I'm pretty spoiled here.

I can't find a Blog Option

 

 

I figured I'd better start this post instead of commenting even more on the TRR post. Thank you all for your patience as I wander afield here.

 




Dead Man's Ransom (Brother Cadfael #9)

Dead Man's Ransom - Ellis Peters

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.anobii.com by  Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

Title: Dead Man's Ransom

Series: Brother Cadfael

Author: Ellis Peters

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 273

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

King Stephen has been captured, as has Sheriff Prestcote. The Welsh make a move against the inhabitants that Beringar must now look after [as his lord was Prestcote, who's lord was Stephen]. In the process, they capture a young man who they think they can exchange for Prestcote.

During the exchange, Prestcoste is murdered and it is up to Cadfael to find the murderer and determine if Justice, or Mercy, are truly due.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

For some reason, this just hit the spot.

 

Part of it was last weekend where I drove almost 1K miles and moved my parents in 90degree weather with 90% humidity. Then once home and finding booklikes glacial and staff actively unresponsive [not sure what else you call changing your facebook page so people can't comment/ask questions], I was just stressed.

 

So a little murder mystery where things would get worked out in the end was pleasant, very pleasant. The young people involved were all idiots, all of them, but thankfully they were balanced out by Cadfael, Sister Magdalena and Beringar. Which is much like real life.




Myth-Told Tales (Myth Adventures #13)

Myth-Told Tales - Robert Lynn Asprin, Jody Lynn Nye

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.anobii.com by  Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

Title: Myth-Told Tales

Series: Myth Adventures

Author: Robert Asprin & Jody Nye

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 254

Format: Kindle digital scan

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Several short stories featuring various members of the Myth Inc. Gang. Most of them seem to be "Bridge" stories for Skeeve having left and what Myth Inc. will be like once the series starts up again.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

I enjoyed this more than the previous Myth Adventures book, but I'm not upping my rating because this really was just So-so.

 

It is pretty obvious that Nye is the driving force behind this series taking off again so we'll see how her humor blends with Asprin's. I didn't notice any problems with the stories where I was thinking "Hmmm, THAT doesn't sound like Asprin" which does bode well for the rest of this.

 

Light and humorous, not laugh out loud funny.




Bookstooge At the Reading Room

Update:

Well, the ReadingRoom is a bust. Too many things against it from a serious reader's perspective. Sorry for getting all excited about it. I'll probably be doing these kind of posts in the next week or two as I try out various alternatives.

 

Cheers,

Bookstooge

 

 

 

 

 

Original Post:

 

I've just joined up at The Reading Room:

www.thereadingroom.com/Bookstooge

 

 

I can't recommend or not recommend it at this point. Just giving everyone another way to stay connected.

I have linked my wordpress blog and updated my avatar, so it looks like me. Nothing makes a place feel like home like seeing that cowled figure with flames in the background :-)

 

If any of you have used it, please let me know how it is. I think my Booklikes time is now a When and not an If.




SPOILER ALERT!

This Green Hell (Alex Hunter #3)

This Green Hell - Greig Beck

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Title: This Green Hell

Series: Alex Hunter

Author: Greig Beck

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Action/Adventure

Pages: 308

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis: Spoilers

 

An inimical alien lifeform has come to Earth, 400 years ago. Now it waits to be set free and to take over.

Aimee is still on the search for the perfect fuel. She thinks she might have found it in a new natural gas reserve that has old microbrial thingamajigs that do "Science". So of course it is the inimical Life Form and Green Berets are wiped out so Alex Hunter and Crew are sent in. The Life Form has grown, using a human host, into what is pretty much a vampire and more than a match for Alex.

A CDC scientist tags along because everyone thinks the Lifeform is just a new disease. And she has a nuke, just in case.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

I had to downgrade this half a star from the previous book because there were several instances of things not being logical and simply not making sense. I can't remember what those instances were, but they made an impression.

 

Aimee's inclusion into the story wasn't something that I particularly enjoyed either. And then at the end to have her think that Hunter was killed by the virus was just wrong. The Israeli Special Forces lady who ends up taking charge of Hunter's frozen body is not nice and I'm not sure what her future in these stories are. I hope it is a small role.

 

Ton of fighting and stuff, which redeems most of the issues I had.




Vet in Harness (All Creatures Great and Small #4)

Vet in Harness - James Herriot

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

Title: Vet in Harness

Series: All Creatures Great and Small

Author: James Herriot

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Non-fiction

Pages: 258

Format: Kindle digital scan

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

More stories by James the Vet as he prepares to go to WWII. People and animal stories.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

These are starting to get repetitive. Not that that is a bad thing, as I enjoy the stories. Just sometimes you expect a little more and you don't get it. Good filler read though and easy on the mind.




FREEDOM!!!!

So if you happen to live in America [and I know that a bunch of people here on Booklikes don't], you can see the State of Freedom in your state.

This popped up in my Facebook feed and I figured I'd share.

 

http://www.freedominthe50states.org/

 

Enjoy your Freedom, I know I am!




When the Saints (Brothers Magnus #2)

When the Saints - Dave Duncan

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Title: When the Saints

Series: Brothers Magnus

Author: Dave Duncan

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 336

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Wulf Magnus has power. But there are rules that he knows nothing about. While he helps his brother fight off the invaders, there are other games going on.

Politics and Magic, mixing across the face of Europe while Wulf just wants to marry Madlenka.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

This was a solid story that had a happy ending. I did some looking and it looks like another one will come out in '18, But considering how this tied up so many loose ends, I'm satisfied with calling this a duology.

 

Duncan can write an engaging story while grinding whatever axe he has against Christianity. Since he mainly writes about medieval Catholicism, I can't really say that I disagree with him. I just don't follow his conclusions.

 

I would highly recommend these books to anyone who likes Fantasy.




Slow? Glacial Is More Like It...

 

 

And they have ALL moved to Booklikes apparently.

 

I was out of town to help pack up the Folks, as they are moving down South to be closer to my sister. 3 twelve hour days of packing boxes and stuffing 25 years of stuff into a U-Haul, all in 100degree weather and 90% humidity. Got back last night and was looking forward to coming back to Booklikes and catching up.

 

Ha.

 

I would really like to read all your posts (and consider them read in spirit) but aye yi yi, but it takes 5minutes for the "loading more" button to work. And then I read the bug report thread. And then I looked and realized that "Booklikes" hasn't checked in since the 19th of LAST MONTH and suddenly, it isn't looking so good :-(  

I'm giving things until the end of the month to change. If it is the same, then I'll be done. I've put up with 2 years of things slowly devolving and this is pretty much about the last straw.

 

I'm going to attempt a review later today. Probably buy an energy drink before hand just so the caffeine can keep my spirits up while I laboriously wade through that process.  This was not what I was expecting to come back to.

 




Incommunicado

Going to be out of town for a couple of days. See you all next week.




SPOILER ALERT!

The Border

The Border - Robert R. McCammon

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Title: The Border

Series: ------

Author: Robert McCammon

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SF

Pages: 456

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

 

Aliens are fighting an inscrutable war and Earth is on the border. Earth is trashed, becoming more trashed by the week, humanity is  being changed by the effects of the dead aliens and the pollution of their tech and things are truly hopeless.

 

We follow Ethan, a young man with amnesia and a small group of survivors as they leave their dwellings based on a feeling by Ethan. He is convinced that he can stop the war even while not knowing how he knows that.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

This was my first McCammon. The tone was not at all what I was expecting which turned out to be ok. It didn't "feel" like a SF book. It had all the elements and definitely was but it had as much emphasis on the characters themselves as on the story and the action. That was what was different. It wasn't character development, mind you, it was just a story about people fighting off despair and hopelessness [and losing in most cases] inside their own minds.

 

The ending seemed a bit convenient but it didn't bother me at all. It made sense within the story and was forecast from the first time one of the characters gave up in despair because even if the aliens left that minute, the effects of them would still wipe out what was left of earth.

 

Also, McCammon's infatuation with the U.N. and their "peace keepers" made me want to gag. Blue hats are some of the most corrupt forces on this planet. I'll know it is truly the End of Days when they step foot in my State and I don't try to shoot them.

 

Ahem, moving on.

 

Overall, I enjoyed this. It gave me a taste of McCammon and at some point I'll probably look up other books by him. But I have no desire to rush out and get everything by him, AT THIS MOMENT! Which, to be honest, is kind of what I was hoping for. If anyone has read more by him, please feel free to suggest some more of his in the comments. I'm always good with cherry picking from an author.




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