book review Archive

  •   Genere(s): Mystery, Ghost Story, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Classic horror, Steampunk Format: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook Publisher: Pyr Description: The assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840 altered history as we know it. After this vicious killing, a group of influential men including King George, Prince Albert and others have received supernatural advice. This advice has had a significant impact on the progress of the empire and is coming from the sprit of a dead mystic by the name of Abdu El Yezdi. All of this is well and good until someone starts abducting important scientists, surgeons, and engineers right before a major treaty with the newly formed Greater German Confederation. To make things even worse, Abdu El Yezdi has gone silent: […]

    Book Review: The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi

      Genere(s): Mystery, Ghost Story, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Classic horror, Steampunk Format: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook Publisher: Pyr Description: The assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840 altered history as we know it. After this vicious killing, a group of influential men including King George, Prince Albert and others have received supernatural advice. This advice has had a significant impact on the progress of the empire and is coming from the sprit of a dead mystic by the name of Abdu El Yezdi. All of this is well and good until someone starts abducting important scientists, surgeons, and engineers right before a major treaty with the newly formed Greater German Confederation. To make things even worse, Abdu El Yezdi has gone silent: […]

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  • Genere(s): Action, Adventure, Bollywood, Superheros Publisher: Titan Books Description: Aman Sen is smart, young, ambitious and going nowhere. He thinks this is because he doesn’t have the right connections–but then he gets off a plane from London to Delhi and discovers that he has turned into a communications demigod. Indeed, everyone on Aman’s flight now has extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires. Vir, a pilot, can now fly. Uzma, an aspiring Bollywood actress, now possesses infinite charisma. And then there’s Jai, an indestructible one-man army with a good old-fashioned goal — to rule the world! Aman wants to ensure that their new powers aren’t wasted on costumed crime-fighting, celebrity endorsements, or reality television. He wants to heal the planet […]

    Book Review: Turbulence by Samit Basu

    Genere(s): Action, Adventure, Bollywood, Superheros Publisher: Titan Books Description: Aman Sen is smart, young, ambitious and going nowhere. He thinks this is because he doesn’t have the right connections–but then he gets off a plane from London to Delhi and discovers that he has turned into a communications demigod. Indeed, everyone on Aman’s flight now has extraordinary abilities corresponding to their innermost desires. Vir, a pilot, can now fly. Uzma, an aspiring Bollywood actress, now possesses infinite charisma. And then there’s Jai, an indestructible one-man army with a good old-fashioned goal — to rule the world! Aman wants to ensure that their new powers aren’t wasted on costumed crime-fighting, celebrity endorsements, or reality television. He wants to heal the planet […]

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  • Although I like to think of myself as a history nerd, I generally avoid non-fiction books unless they are about World War II or famous, influential people (if I’m not interested in the subject, a non-fiction book can be quite boring). However, Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls promotes itself as a true-life novel and it does not disappoint since this book read as a fast paced novel and I found it difficult to put down. One line sums up this book for me:  “I became known as Lily Casey, the mustang-breaking, poker-playing, horse-race-winning schoolmarm of Coconino County, and it wasn’t half bad to be in a place where no one had a problem with a woman having a moniker […]

    Half Broke Horses – Book Review

    Although I like to think of myself as a history nerd, I generally avoid non-fiction books unless they are about World War II or famous, influential people (if I’m not interested in the subject, a non-fiction book can be quite boring). However, Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls promotes itself as a true-life novel and it does not disappoint since this book read as a fast paced novel and I found it difficult to put down. One line sums up this book for me:  “I became known as Lily Casey, the mustang-breaking, poker-playing, horse-race-winning schoolmarm of Coconino County, and it wasn’t half bad to be in a place where no one had a problem with a woman having a moniker […]

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  • Sometimes I think that being a non-American puts me at a disadvantage, that a lot of references tend to go over my head and I’m left with the barren perception of an outlander to try and understand a situation I have no reference for. I’m left to evaluate stories, books and matters from a new perspective, like coming in on the end of the punch line of a joke and not knowing why everybody is laughing or enjoying it. This was my experience with Devil Bat Diary – The Journal of Johnny Layton. The book by Peter H. Brothers severed as a novelization of the 1940 PRC film “Devil Bat” an old comedy-horror staring Bela Lugosi. I had not seen […]

    Devil Bat Diary: The Journal of Johnny Layton – A Book Review

    Sometimes I think that being a non-American puts me at a disadvantage, that a lot of references tend to go over my head and I’m left with the barren perception of an outlander to try and understand a situation I have no reference for. I’m left to evaluate stories, books and matters from a new perspective, like coming in on the end of the punch line of a joke and not knowing why everybody is laughing or enjoying it. This was my experience with Devil Bat Diary – The Journal of Johnny Layton. The book by Peter H. Brothers severed as a novelization of the 1940 PRC film “Devil Bat” an old comedy-horror staring Bela Lugosi. I had not seen […]

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  • In our day and age, when people say vampire the first thing that comes to mind is a sparkling, sulky young lad with bad hair and his pasty belle who can’t seem to realize that to become a better person, one needs to learn to stand on one’s own… I say, for shame. For shame. Back in the years when I grew up and fantasy was still a wonderfully exclusive genre which took up only one book case in the bookstore, vampires were mean and nasty and cunning. They were the night dwellers, the beings of fear. They were blood thirsty and they were brutal. They were real. And they didn’t sparkle. They were a piece of what could be […]

    Anno Dracula by Kim Newman, A Book Series Review

    In our day and age, when people say vampire the first thing that comes to mind is a sparkling, sulky young lad with bad hair and his pasty belle who can’t seem to realize that to become a better person, one needs to learn to stand on one’s own… I say, for shame. For shame. Back in the years when I grew up and fantasy was still a wonderfully exclusive genre which took up only one book case in the bookstore, vampires were mean and nasty and cunning. They were the night dwellers, the beings of fear. They were blood thirsty and they were brutal. They were real. And they didn’t sparkle. They were a piece of what could be […]

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  • Last week I posted a review about The Company of the Dead written by Dr. David Kowalski – an Australian author currently living in Sydney. A doctor by profession, he is no stranger to being published in professional journals but The Company of the Dead is his first work of fiction. I’m pleased to announce that Nerd Trek was able to do an interview with Dr. Kowalski about his writing, his work and his way forward into the yet unmapped future of fiction writing. Firstly Dr. Kowalski, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to do this. As a doctor, I realize that you must be very busy and time is ever precious. Tell me, in such a […]

    A Glimpse at author David Kowalski.

    Last week I posted a review about The Company of the Dead written by Dr. David Kowalski – an Australian author currently living in Sydney. A doctor by profession, he is no stranger to being published in professional journals but The Company of the Dead is his first work of fiction. I’m pleased to announce that Nerd Trek was able to do an interview with Dr. Kowalski about his writing, his work and his way forward into the yet unmapped future of fiction writing. Firstly Dr. Kowalski, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to do this. As a doctor, I realize that you must be very busy and time is ever precious. Tell me, in such a […]

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  • I find it very rare these days to find a tale both original in its telling and unique in its plot. The term mass fiction or popular genre has become an excuse to present us with the same story over, and over and over again. It’s therefore definitively worth mentioning when one finds a book that is unique and the only one of its kind. This was how I found David J. Kowalski’s novel The Company of the Dead to be. Set against the backdrop of the world’s worst maritime disaster, the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Kowalski brings us a one of a kind combination of sci-fi, history and dash of conspiracy to weave a tale of epic proportions […]

    The Company of the Dead – A Book Review

    I find it very rare these days to find a tale both original in its telling and unique in its plot. The term mass fiction or popular genre has become an excuse to present us with the same story over, and over and over again. It’s therefore definitively worth mentioning when one finds a book that is unique and the only one of its kind. This was how I found David J. Kowalski’s novel The Company of the Dead to be. Set against the backdrop of the world’s worst maritime disaster, the sinking of the RMS Titanic, Kowalski brings us a one of a kind combination of sci-fi, history and dash of conspiracy to weave a tale of epic proportions […]

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  •   ebook Source: Net Galley Release Date: March 13, 2012 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers URL: http://www.randomhouse.com/teens/starters/ Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.  He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the […]

    YA Book Review– Starters by Lissa Price

      ebook Source: Net Galley Release Date: March 13, 2012 Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers URL: http://www.randomhouse.com/teens/starters/ Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.  He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the […]

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  • I’ve been a big Stephen King fan since I read Pet Cemetery at the young age of 13, and it’s been a long time since I could say I LOVED one of Mr. King’s books. I think the last one was the final Dark Tower book. I’m so happy to be able to say that now! I LOVED this book! The Master of Horror has written a beautiful, touching novel that’s not at all like his usual work. Let me be clear…This is NOT a horror story. This is a love story, through and through, and it’s not at all what I expected it to be. Without spoilers, 11/22/63 is about a man who finds a ‘rabbit hole’ that transports him back […]

    11/22/63 – A Review

    I’ve been a big Stephen King fan since I read Pet Cemetery at the young age of 13, and it’s been a long time since I could say I LOVED one of Mr. King’s books. I think the last one was the final Dark Tower book. I’m so happy to be able to say that now! I LOVED this book! The Master of Horror has written a beautiful, touching novel that’s not at all like his usual work. Let me be clear…This is NOT a horror story. This is a love story, through and through, and it’s not at all what I expected it to be. Without spoilers, 11/22/63 is about a man who finds a ‘rabbit hole’ that transports him back […]

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  • You know when you finish a book and it’s so good…so perfect…that you just sit there in awe and stare at it? That was me when I finished Ready Player One. Written by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is set in the very near future–the year 2044. The planet has become an ugly place. Most people live in trailer stacks (yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like), the fossil fuels have been almost completely used up and global warming has become a reality. Luckily, there is an oasis…Called OASIS. The internet has become everything we’ve dreamed it will be. OASIS is total virtual reality, where you interact with people and the world completely inside a huge, immersive game. The creator […]

    Book Review, Ready Player One

    You know when you finish a book and it’s so good…so perfect…that you just sit there in awe and stare at it? That was me when I finished Ready Player One. Written by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One is set in the very near future–the year 2044. The planet has become an ugly place. Most people live in trailer stacks (yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like), the fossil fuels have been almost completely used up and global warming has become a reality. Luckily, there is an oasis…Called OASIS. The internet has become everything we’ve dreamed it will be. OASIS is total virtual reality, where you interact with people and the world completely inside a huge, immersive game. The creator […]

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