Fire Starter by David J. Normoyle

Fire Starter (The Sentinels, #0.5)Fire Starter by David J. Normoyle

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is a prequel novella to an ebook series, and if I’m honest the whole fire starter thing is completely over done. Stephen King has written the famous Fire Starter book, I’ve read Mortal Ghost which is another fire starter (but with a different spin on it) and now we’ve got this.

I legitimately like the idea behind this world in this ebook, but it’s very over done. See the Cursed review I did and you’ll get an idea of what this world is like. Throw in a corrupt cop and you’ve pretty much got it.

Not that the story was bad, it wasn’t. I just want something that isn’t a man throwing fire at a werewolf.

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No Way Out by Christine Kersey

No Way OutNo Way Out by Christine Kersey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m guessing this is what’s called a “Cozy Mystery”. The main character is a woman, there is no blood, guts, murder, or violence to speak of either. What happens is her husband disappears, then there are rumors he’s done something illegal, which stretches the boundaries of their marriage.

The pacing is alright, the characters are believable, I’m just not sure I’m a fan of this genre? I’ve honestly not read a cozy mystery either in a long while or ever, so I’ve no frame of reference for this. Also, it plays off as a crime/mystery novel which more reminds of something that James Patterson would write, but this isn’t that.

It’s not terrible, it’s just not my cup of tea.

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Just a Touch Dead by Jordaina Sydney Robinson

Just a Touch Dead (Bridget Sway, #.5)Just a Touch Dead by Jordaina Sydney Robinson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This little novella is the prequel to series of ebooks about, well, a ghost or spirit. This one chronicles the main character of this series journey from life to death to government employment. It gives a decent introduction to the main character herself and the environment she now inhabits.

I don’t know if I’ll be checking out the rest of the series, mostly because I have plenty to read already, but it is an interesting concept and it was entertaining.

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Cursed by J. A. Cipriano

Cursed (The Thrice Cursed Mage, #1)Cursed by J.A. Cipriano

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t know anything about mages with this book, as there weren’t any in it. There were werewolves, Frankenstein, demons, vampires, and druids though.

Allow me to be a little self-promoting here… but this starts out a lot like my book After Life. A guy wakes up without his memory in an alley… yeah exactly the same. There are a few details though, like this guy is in a dumpster.

Anyway, he meets all sorts of other people/things and while relatively short (I’m into short ebooks this year it seems) it was a good story. A good supernatural story, something I haven’t read in awhile it seems.

It is a continuing series, and I am tempted to see how it plays out.

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Mortal Ghost by L. Lee Lowe

Mortal GhostMortal Ghost by L. Lee Lowe

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this ebook. Some reviewers on Smashwords didn’t like it because they couldn’t find a plot, or didn’t resonate with the characters. As one of the secondary characters was named Sarah, I didn’t have a problem resonating with that character.

However, there isn’t a plot with this story, not really. It’s one of those novels that just follows along with the lives of the characters until a certain event occurs. It’s a bit like a Danielle Steel novel, you move and grow with the characters until a certain point.

For that reason and because this ebook had a supernatural/paranormal twist to it, I did like this ebook.

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Asgard Stories by Mary H. Foster

Asgard Stories: Tales from Norse MythologyAsgard Stories: Tales from Norse Mythology by Mary H. Foster

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

First off, the author specifically states that this ebook was formatted to introduce young children to Norse Mythology. It was developed by teachers for teachers and others wanting to teach their kids about mythology from our northern ancestors.

As such, it is very much a beginner’s guide to Norse Mythology. It gives all the more famous stories, most notoriously the ones leading up to Ragnarok and the one with Thor in a dress. Having said that, a lot of the details are missing – there are a lot of duels during Ragnarok which the book glossed over. Mythology is also notorious for violence, killing, raping, and torture, which the book also glosses over.

If you want to get into Norse Mythology this might be a good place to start, but you will need find other resources for more in depth research.

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the SeaThe Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having never read Hemingway before I can now understand his presence as one of more classical and popular authors whose works stand the test of time.

The Old Man and the Sea is one of the more well known of his works, while relatively short, and few on characters (most of them being sea dwelling creatures) it tells a remarkable story of life and the challenges we face, and the not so overwhelming outcomes of our choices.

There’s not much left to spoil as anyone who is literary minded will have at least heard of this tale or the author, so without further ado… Santiago is an old fisherman who is down on his luck and hasn’t caught anything for ~85 days, his record is 87 days. Manolin is a young boy, his friend, but his parents believe Santiago to be unlucky and make him sail with another boat.

Santiago sails out farther the next day, snags a huge marlin, and fights with the fish for two days and one night, before returning home again to a very worried Manolin. The way Hemingway tells this simple tale makes it all that more interesting and more like a folktale. I liked it, and want to read more of his writings.

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