Tuesday Talks: March 31, 2015 – Do you consider Manga and/or comic books as actual books to read?

I’m a bit of a BookTube addict, I listen to other people talk about books while I work my day job.  Recently, I subscribed to Janie of Bookworms Buddy (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVFUYM6cleSJzV4HpbwrecQ) and learned about Tuesday Talks, which she started and has a GoodReads group for.  This is my first attempt at discussing a Tuesday Talks topic.  Here goes… Continue reading

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Book Review: The Pelican Bride by Beth White

Title: The Pelican Bride

Author: Beth White

Publisher: Revell, Grand Rapids MI, 2014, 353pp.

Copy Source: purchased on bookoutlet.com

Within the past six months or so, I’ve recognized a resurgence in affection for a type of story that I had forgotten I enjoyed.  Namely, mail-order bride stories, preferably set in the American West.  The Pelican Bride caught my attention first because it was a Christian romance by an author I was unfamiliar with, and I am trying to expand my selection of reliably good authors in that genre, and second because it is a historical fiction tale of brides crossing the Atlantic in 1704 to marry settlers and soldiers in the then French Louisiane Territory.  So, it hit some of my preferences and reminded me of a favorite Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy operetta, Naughty Marietta (which also caused me some confusion as I had to shift my preconception of a New Orleans area setting to the Mobile, Alabama area once I began reading). Continue reading

Book Review: Unseemly Science by Rod Duncan

It’s 2009, almost 200 years after The British Revolutionary War, also called The Second English Civil War or The Luddite Revolution.  Steam power along with Victorian values and dress are still the norm, medical sciences have not greatly advanced, and the Patent Office is all powerful in The Gas-Lit Empire.

Title: Unseemly Science

Author: Rod Duncan

Publisher: Angry Robot Books, New York NY, 2015

Source Copy: free ebook courtesy of the publisher, through NetGalley

This second entry in The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire series is well worth the read.  Elizabeth Barnabus, intelligence gatherer and fugitive from justice, returns as the narrator and main character.  Also returning are various characters including Julia Swain, now more friend than pupil and proving herself to be a worthy partner in intrigue for Elizabeth. Continue reading

Book Review: Three Rivers Rising, A Novel of the Johnstown Flood by Jame Richards

Title:           Three Rivers Rising

Author:       Jame Richards

Publisher:   Random House, Inc., New York NY, 2010, 289pgs.

Copy Source:  purchased on BookOutlet.com

I bought this book while on a brief Noah’s Ark/flood buying tangent on bookoutlet.com. Over a year ago. And each time I look at it, I think, why did I buy this one? It is YA fiction, which I like as a break between denser reads, and it has a real historic event as a background. All good so far, but then again, it’s all in verse. That can’t be good, right? I’ll probably be cringing through some really forced stuff… Not once. This read smoothly, like prose written in really short lines. It wasn’t far in to the story when I stopped noticing that it was in verse. I was caught up in the various narratives of the five points of view. Continue reading

Book Review: The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan

Title: The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter

Author: Rod Duncan

Publisher: Angry Robot, New York NY, 2014, paperback, 373 pgs.

Copy Source: purchased at Barnes & Noble

Rod Duncan writes good Steampunk.  Character and story are foremost, with this first-person narrative.  Elizabeth Barnabus, raised in a circus in the Kingdom of England & Southern Wales, was forced to flee to the Anglo-Scottish Republic at the age of fourteen.  Disguised as her twin brother, she leads a double life.  A male intelligence gatherer by night, the devoted sister who tutors a young lady, Julia Swain, in law at night. Continue reading

Book Review: Prudence by Gail Carriger

I have been an unabashed fan of Gail Carriger since first cracking open her adult Steampunk novel Soulless, and she is one of the few authors who I will read without question.  Though the last two Parasol Protectorate books went a bit off course for me (too much focus pulled onto secondary characters), I have devoured every other Steampunk novel and novella she has published.  They even overcame my former aversion to vampire and werewolf characters.  So I was excited when the first book in her new series was being published, and even more excited that her second stop on a short book tour would be at a Powell’s Books in Oregon.  I waited and waited, checking the website every once in a while to ensure that her appearance wasn’t cancelled or rescheduled, and I drove there on my little old lonesome to meet a favorite author and have her sign my book.  Gail Carriger in person is everything you would expect, warm and personable with really cute shoes.  And the crowd, as at every Steampunk related event I have attended, was also warm and friendly.  It was a great experience and I am so glad I was able to attend (unlike the previous book signing I went too, but that was no fault of Powell’s or the author, and I did get to spend time with a dear friend, so I won’t go into that debacle here).  That said, I’ll try not to overtly gush or give spoilers in the following review: Continue reading

Book Review: Stuff Every Golfer Should Know by Brian Bertoldo

Title: Stuff Every Golfer Should Know

Author: Brian Bertoldo

Publisher: Quirk Books, Philadelphia PA,143pgs

Review Copy Source: booklikes.com giveaway

So, here’s the thing, I’m not a golfer. I’m not a fan of golfing. I’m not particularly interested in anything to do with golfing. But then Quirk Books comes out with Brian Bertoldo’s Stuff Every Golfer Should Know and puts up some giveaways and I am tempted because it is Quirk Books and I would so fangirl Quirk Books if fangirling publishers was a thing. Instead, I just stalk their giveaways. Continue reading