4 Free novels by Tony Bertauski

I haven’t read anything by this author yet, but I’m about to, and I’ll be back with reviews! He’s offering the first novel from 4 different series he’s written for free. There are no strings or requirements, and he makes the download super easy for those of you who are tech-challenged. I’m not sure how long this offer lasts, so if you’re interested, I’d recommend checking it out as soon as possible… http://bertauski.com/.

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Lincoln: A Book of Quotations by Bob Blaisdell

Lincoln: A Book of Quotations (Dover Thrift Editions)Lincoln: A Book of Quotations by Bob Blaisdell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley, and I honestly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did. It was a quick read, and I found it surprisingly informative. There are quotes and excerpts from every possible source, and they range from personal to political. Many of them seemed quite informal and considering his background and what I have pieced together, I’m guessing he wasn’t a particularly formal man. One of the funniest excerpts, and my personal favorite, Continue reading “Lincoln: A Book of Quotations by Bob Blaisdell”

Amanojaku & Android’s Orchid by Damien Lutz

This author’s talent is undeniable, and I strongly feel that in the future he will be considered one of the great story tellers of his time, like J.R.R. Tolkien only for science fiction! I will definitely be reading all his books the moment I can get my hands on a copy! Watch the video discussion below for more information, but don’t worry, I warn you to turn off the video, if you haven’t read it, BEFORE spoilers are discussed! You can find books and short stories by Damien HERE. You can visit his website at http://www.damienlutz.com.au/.

Benbee & Chanterelle by M. N. Morrow

Benbee & Chanterelle: Jumping Jackson & the Spelling Bee by M N Morrow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a lovely and sweet children’s story that promotes bee conservation and kindness to others.

My sister-in-law sent me the following message the day after I sent this book home with him: “David just got done reading the first part of that book to me. If you’re still able to add anything to your book review, you could add that his mother thinks that it’s a perfect book for his level of reading….some words that he needed help with which is good for learning, but it wasn’t too hard that he would have ever lost interest. Smooth, positive story! Love the book.”

The Geisha with the Green Eyes by India Millar

The Geisha with the Green EyesThe Geisha with the Green Eyes by India Millar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a Kindle version of this book free from the publisher for review (this time through Goodreads), and I’ll begin by telling you it has one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen! It’s absolutely gorgeous and captures your attention right away, so of course I had to look up the artist who designed it. Her name is Cherith Vaughan for those of you interested.

I’ve never read a story based in Asian culture, so this was a refreshing change for me. I especially loved the language used by the characters. It was very unusual and Continue reading “The Geisha with the Green Eyes by India Millar”

Vivid and Repulsive as the Truth: The Early Works of Djuna Barnes By Djuna Barnes

Vivid and Repulsive as the Truth: The Early Works of Djuna BarnesVivid and Repulsive as the Truth: The Early Works of Djuna Barnes by Djuna Barnes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thanks to a suggestion by Angela Rackard Campbell, I’ve joined a website called NetGalley, where authors and publishers can list their books to find reviewers, and reviewers can find free books to review and offer their feedback. I’m finding this website very enjoyable and convenient, and this is where I picked up Vivid and Repulsive as the Truth, which I must confess, took me for a completely unexpected literary and philosophical ride! My feelings about this book ran from elation to disappointment, and from profound tears to mild horror.

Since I had never heard of Djuna Barnes, I paid close attention to the introduction, where the editor gives you a description of Continue reading “Vivid and Repulsive as the Truth: The Early Works of Djuna Barnes By Djuna Barnes”