Series Review: Craig Johnson’s Longmire Mysteries Books 1-6

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5 out of 5 stars (for the series as a whole)

The Cold DishDeath Without CompanyKindness Goes UnpunishedAnother Man’s MoccasinsThe Dark HorseJunkyard Dogs all by Craig Johnson

Available on Kindle, Hardcover, and Paperback

51iVAeShFCL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_This Friday, I’m doing something a little different. I’ll be reviewing a series instead of just one book (because I didn’t want to sound too repetitive reviewing each book individually. I mean how many times can I say Craig Johnson is a super awesome writer? lol…). Also expect several more posts (once I finish the entire series. I just finished book 7) on this series as this post only covers the first 6 books of a 13 book series (and 1 of those 13 is a book of short stories, which will get it’s own post).

I first heard of Walt Longmire as his TV persona in his namesake show Longmire broadcasted by A&E. I watched all 3 seasons in two weeks and was dying for more. I also found out A&E wasn’t picking the show back up and that got me upset since season 3 was left on a hell of a cliffhanger. But then Netflix came to save the day and picked up season 4 (whoot Netflix!).

Anyways, I say all this, because I was so impressed with the television show, I decided to read the books the series was based off. And so began my delightful journey through Craig Johnson’s amazing world.

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Book Review: Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters

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5 out of 5 stars

Sing Me Your Scars by Damien Angelica Walters

Available on Kindle March 10th 2015 (but can be preordered now)

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I can easily describe this book with one simple word… stunning. But even that one word does not completely do justice to this haunting and beautiful prose that plunges headlong into the deepest hurt of the physical and emotional. It is truly a book that will stay with you long after you’ve read the last page of the last story.

This is a collection of twenty stories written by the immensely talent Damien Angelica Walters. Twelve stories are works she’s already published and eight are brand new to this collection. And each of them tell stories that walk the world of horror and fantasy.

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Book Review: The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu

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4 out of 5 stars

The Deaths of Tao by Wesley Chu

Available on Kindle and in Paperback

deaths-of-taoI sooooo wanted to give this book five stars, but the slow middle of the book just wouldn’t allow me to do it. Don’t get me wrong, this book is freaking awesome! The author had me from page one as we see Roen and Jill three years after The Lives of Tao and things are completely different. In fact, I’m quite shocked at how different things are and I just wanted to read to figure out how things got so messed up in the three years since we saw Roen, Tao, and Jill.

The incredible character arcs are heart tugging as a clearer picture unfolds of the missing three years as the story progresses. The Prophus may have won the battle, but the Gengix are determined to win the war and Earth to boot. Things get dark and deep fast as the Gengix’s plan unfolds. Roen and Tao make huge sacrifices in an attempt to stop the catastrophic plan.

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Book Review: The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

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5 out of 5 stars

The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu

Available on Kindle and in Paperback

lives-of-taoI never even heard of this book or author before picking up the Lives of Tao, so I had no idea what to expect. But this book was on the list to read for my book club, so I purchased it and started to read. And I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by what I found.

The first chapter was a little confusing until I figured out what was going on (that there was actually a sentient being inside the character’s head that was talking to him and the guy wasn’t just plain bonkers), but by chapter two Wesley Chu had me anxiously awaiting to see what happened next.

Enter Roen Tan an over-weight, out-of-shape slob with no real prospects beyond his life of video games, frozen pizzas, and the occasional party night with his roommate. Just a boring, unexceptional life… that is until Roen starts hearing a voice talking inside his head and it’s definitely not his own. And things just get weirder from there (but in a really good way). And so a story of humor and razor edge danger unfolds as Roen learns to adjust to this new unexpected change in his life.

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Book Review: Severance by Chris Bucholz

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5 out of 5 stars

Severance by Chris Bucholz

Available on Kindle and in paperback

Severance_final_cover_largeThis is exactly the kind of book I love — a science fiction that’s super fun to read. I laughed and laughed at the adventures of Stein and Bruce and was quite sad when the story ended. As in all great books, I wanted it to go on and on.

Set on a generation ship in the last stages of it’s trip to a new world for colonization, this novel dives deep into the pitfalls of what would happen if thousands upon thousands of people spent two hundred plus years crammed into a ship in space. Included is a most deliciously twisted government that goes head to head with a righteously convicted military and all the little people stuck in between.
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Book Review: The Lost Level by Brain Keene

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4 out of 5 stars

The Lost Level by Brain Keene

Available on Kindle and Paperback
the lost levelAaron Pace is stuck in time and space in a place called the Lost Level. Anything can happen in this bizarre place where the sun never sets and the local vegetation can attack at a moments notice. A place where a battling robot and a Tyrannosaurus Rex can actually happen, and Nazi spaceships can be stumbled upon during a walk in a grassy field. And where strange snake men with human flesh to adorn their scaly hides are a nemesis to any wayward traveler.

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Upcoming Book Review Posts

So I challenged myself to start doing two blog posts a week. I think I might be a little crazy and I’m sure I will have times where I will regret my decision, but I also feel the necessity of pushing myself just a little bit more. And I can do that with my idea for the second blog post and that’s writing book reviews.

The past few months I have read a heaping pile of books. In fact, I amaze myself every time I think of how many I’ve read. And I actually liked most of them, which was an even bigger surprise. Now I feel the need to write reviews for all or most of them, and if I’m going to do that then why not post them on my blog and share.

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