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November 22, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach – non-fiction

Filed under: Book review,non-fiction — toursbooks @ 12:44 pm
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Well, I don’t often review a non-fiction book, but this one by irrepressible science writer Mary Roach was just too good to pass up.

  • Title: Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
  • Author:  Mary Roach
  • Type:  Non-fiction
  • Genre:  Science
  • Sub-genre:  The strange history of manned space flight and aspirations for a trip to Mars
  • My Grade: A- (4.5*)
  • Rating:  PG-13
  • Length and price:  Full novel 90,000 words for $25.96 with 40-60% discounts available
  • Where Available:  book available at any bookstore
  • FTC Disclosure:  purchased from online bookstore (more…)
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November 13, 2010

Paranormal and Urban Fantasy – New and Old

Well, that whole reading challenge thing was good for something.  It got a bunch of books, mostly mystery and paranormals out of my to-be-read mountain of books and out the door.  I was also in a bunch of other swaps and had even more reading to do.  Alas, much of it was wasted on very average mysteries.  Not a fan of anthologies, I did find one I sincerely like and it’s coming out in mass market – Must Love Hellhounds.  I also found the first book of a new series which gets two thumbs up from me, Grave Witch plus and old favorite returns with his best book so far with Werewolf Smackdown.  So, here are some reviews recent reads.

  • Title: Grave Witch
  • Author:  Kalayna Price
  • Type:  Paranormal – UF; Alex Craft Book #1
  • Genre:  A witch of limited power who chats with Death comes into her own hunting a serial soul stealer
  • Sub-genre:  Combination mystery, adventure and self discovery
  • My Grade: B+ (4.2*)
  • Rating:  PG-13
  • Length and price:  Full novel 90,000 words for $6.99; discounts available
  • Where Available:  book available at any bookstore
  • FTC Disclosure:  purchased from online bookstore (more…)

November 4, 2010

What’s Going on with Romantic Suspense

Filed under: Editorial,Romantic Suspense,Suspense,Urban Fantasy — toursbooks @ 2:31 pm
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Obviously, as a mystery reader, I also read romantic suspense.  OK, maybe that’s not obvious.  Not all readers will read and enjoy both genres, but I do, just as I enjoy Urban Fantasy and paranormal with a mystery element.  To some readers – especially male readers – romantic suspense is lame.  Yes it is if you’re looking for noir type stories.  You’d get closer with UF.  My brother hates both genres and he’s pretty picky about mysteries too.  He does like some action thrillers and we both like historical mysteries, but we’re picky there too.  But here’s my problem.  Romantic suspense has been invaded by romance writers who frankly can’t seem to generate any suspense. (more…)

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