Tour’s Books Blog

April 27, 2011

Four Short Reviews: Assorted Genres – Paranormals, Mystery, Thrillers

Some new, or at least recent releases, in various genres.

  • Title: Tangled Threads
  • Author:  Jennifer Estep
  • Type:  Paranormal UF/alternate reality
  • Genre:  Female assassin helps others while she gets ready to avenge her family
  • Sub-genre:  Magic is alive and well in Ashland
  • My Grade: C+ to B-  (3.5*)
  • Rating:  PG-13
  • Length and price:  Novel – about 90,000+ $7.99
  • Where Available:  Available at most bookstores
  • FTC Disclosure:  purchased from online bookstore (more…)
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April 11, 2011

Book Review: Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey

In the Urban Fantasy genre, Sandman Slim was one of the most hyped UF/fantasy debuts of 2010.  Author reviews are worthless, but when William Gibson and Charlaine Harris agree and the professional reviews are kind, it was worth a try.  Unfortunately, like most hyped books, this one doesn’t live up to its press, though it was a quick, fun read.

  • Title: Sandman Slim
  • Author:  Richard Kadrey
  • Type:  Paranormal UF
  • Genre:  Revenge tale of a live human returned from Hell
  • Sub-genre:  Magic and death is alive and well in LA
  • My Grade: C  (3.0*)
  • Rating:  NC-17
  • Length and price:  Plus novel – about 100,000+ $7.99 with discounts available
  • Where Available:  Available at most bookstores
  • FTC Disclosure:  purchased from online bookstore (more…)

April 9, 2011

Book Review: The Fallen Blade by Jon Courtnay Grimwood

This is the second large book that I read (and I read 3 more paranormal/UF’s while I was at it) that gets it’s own review.  Another lengthy and convoluted story that let me down in more ways than one.

  • Title: The Fallen Blade
  • Author:  Jon Courtnay Grimwood
  • Type:  Paranormal historical epic; book 1 of a trilogy
  • Genre:  Renaissance Venice with werewolves, vampires, witches, and murderous families
  • Sub-genre:  Historical UF about a young vampire with no memory who falls for a young heiress and is trained as an assassin
  • My Grade: D+ to C-  (2.5*)
  • Rating:  PG-13 to NC-17
  • Length and price:  Plus novel – about 120,000+ words $10-12 with list of $14.99
  • Where Available:  Available at most bookstores
  • FTC Disclosure:  purchased from online bookstore (more…)

April 1, 2011

Book Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

This week I’ve read two really long books in the paranormal genre – and they could NOT be more different.  Each deserves its own review, but for different reason, so this is one of my single book reviews, something I don’t do much of lately.  For all the hype on both books, neither came up to scratch.

  • Title: A Discovery of Witches
  • Author:  Deborah Harkness
  • Type:  Paranormal romance adventure; book 1 of a trilogy
  • Genre:  A witch who refuses to use magic, finds a hidden book sought by the 3 other races
  • Sub-genre:  Academic blend of magic, romance and science
  • My Grade: C+  (3.3*)
  • Rating:  PG-13
  • Length and price:  Plus novel – about 120,000+ $15-$20 with list of $28.95
  • Where Available:  Available at most bookstores
  • FTC Disclosure:  purchased from online bookstore (more…)

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