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Kim's Reading Journal

I don't get fancy with long detailed book reviews - just my short and sweet (and sometimes not-so-sweet) honest opinion!

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The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones
George R.R. Martin, George R.R. Martin, George R.R. Martin


SECTOR 64: Ambush (Volume 1) - Dean M. Cole

Thank you to the author Dean Cole for giving me an audio copy of his book to review.


Section 64: Ambush was a well written, sci-fi, action packed story of alien invasion. The novel was full of aliens, military and aviation combat and humanities struggle to survive.  You could definitely tell that the author is a pilot himself!


I enjoyed this story but would have liked to have Sandy’s story meted out more with her struggle to save her family at the same time as fulfilling her duties as an air force pilot, fighting in the war. 


The narrator did a wonderful job and it was a pleasant listen.


Overall, well-written and will recommend to those who enjoy a testosterone-fueled, action packed, insectile alien trouncing story.

Really liked this one.

Halfskin - Tony Bertauski

Futuristic dystopian (maybe?) where people are injected with biomites that can do things such as cure cancer and repair diseased organs but can also grow uncontrollably and multiply to numbers where if you reach a certain level you are hunted down and destroyed.  What percentage of artificial replacement would it take for you bellieve you've lost your humanity?


MILK-BLOOD - Mark  Matthews, Elderlemon Design, Richard   Thomas

More a disturbing tale than a horror story, Milk-Blood was a well written, dark read, a unique page-turner that I thoroughly enjoyed.  Drug addiction in a very (I mean VERY) young girl, a life that sucks, and a sprinkle of paranormal equaled an engrossing story that kept me reading anxiously. It was great! I listened to this and enjoyed the narration, giving the narrator 3.5 stars.


I will be watching for more from Mark Matthews!

I would like to thank the author, Mark Matthews, who provided the audiobook in exchange for honest review.



Can't wait!

MILK-BLOOD - Mark  Matthews, Elderlemon Design, Richard   Thomas

Got a copy of this waiting to download!!  Next on the list to listen to and can't wait!  Thanks Mark!

Free audiobook

California - Edan Lepucki

Just started this.....

Not bad so far.


Joined the Ford Audiobook Club on Goodreads and got it free!





Waste of precious book reading time

The Queen of the Tearling - Erika Johansen

I almost didn't make it through this.  I kept thinking that if I just continue a little longer things would become clear.  They didn't.  Too many situations and circumstances didn't make sense and were just plain stupid.  I'm rather aggravated that I wasted my time taking this to the end so I'm not going to waste any more time on this by going into details.  It sucked.


I'll have to get this one soon....

Blood Song (Raven's Shadow, #1) - Anthony  Ryan

I've seen some really good recommendations for this one. I'll have to bump it up.  He also has some of his earlier sci-fi on his site free, might check this out as well....





This was rather creepy!

On the Lips of Children - Mark  Matthews

I want to start by thanking the author, Mark Matthews, for giving me a copy of his book in audiobook format.


I love horror, I love to be shocked, I LOVE creepy.  This book delivered. On The Lips of Children is a wonderfully disturbing, original, horror story.  Mark Matthews knows how to tell a story.  The delivery was fast paced and kept me interested and engaged throughout.  The only thing I wish was that I had a chance to feel a little more attached to the main characters and was actually a little put off by Erin.  It would have been nice to have my heart tied to a woman fighting for the life of her child.


I listened to this book and the audiobook was well read.  It was a little distracting when the reader’s voice sounded like it was being read through a cardboard roll when we were listening to the characters thoughts.  3 ½ stars for the narration.  


I also love the cover of this book (creepy/eerie/twisted) but after listening to the story, I don't quite get the connection to the book.  The child, yes, but the setting, no.


I definitely recommend this book!  It was fun!  Thanks Mark!

Third Odd book

Brother Odd  - Dean Koontz

This was well-done too but not quite as enjoyable as the previous two.  Good though and still interested enough to keep going with Odd.

Another Odd book

Forever Odd  - Dean Koontz

I'm enjoying these Odd Thomas books.  This one included his friend Danny who has osteogenesis imperfecta and the villian Datura and her weird boy minion body guards.

I love Odd

Odd Thomas  - Dean Koontz

I can't remember the last time I was emotional over something in a book......


Got a lump in my throat over the ending of this one.


I'm obviously continuing with this series.

Love this one too!

NOS4A2 - Joe Hill

Liked it even a bit better than his dad's book I read previous to this one.  I went into this fully expecting vampires.....

This is nice....

Doctor Sleep (The Shining, #2) - Stephen King,  Will Patton

I think I'll stick with this line of book choices.  I'm enjoying reading (actually listening now) to books again. Zipping thru them faster than I can keep up with updating my bookshelves.  I was getting into a rut and wasn't enjoying myself anymore.  Trying too many indie books I guess.  I think I'm going to stick to more popular author choices.  I'm also enjoying the horror genre and getting off of epic fantasy for a while also seems to be refreshing my book love!


Anyhoo....Steven King, always a safe choice.  Good book, really enjoyed it.  Although, not sure why, but the use of 9/11 and Amy Whinehouse made my eyebrows arch.  It was kinda like "what? why not use something made up? this is a fantasy right?".  Hm.

Another author to add to my favorite author list :)

The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

I live in Canada.  Center of the continent.  We do winter and do it very well.  I should be used to it by now.  Lived here all my life.  I hate it - winter, that is.  Probably just advancing age, but I get very cranky when I'm cold.  I used to love winter as a kid; skating, tobogganing, skiing, snowmobiling, making snow forts and snow angels but now I know that if I never saw another snowflake, I would be just fine.


It really hit a couple of days ago with colder temperatures and lots of snow.  My normal 45 minute drive to work took 2 1/2 hours and the ride home the same.  The only thing that makes this long ride bearable is 5 hours of listening to audiobooks and at a time of year when my reading enthusiasm is low it seems this is the only way I'm getting any reading in at all.  I've also been slacking in keeping up with writing a little blurb about each book I read, I'm even behind in marking books finished.  I think I'm going into hibernation mode!


So anyway, this is a book I listened to on my work ride and it was great.  Loved it.  It's away from the usual epic fantasy that I have been reading but maybe that's what I need to get out of this reading funk.  I can see why Neil Gaiman is a popular author.  This was a great story and I'll be looking for more from Mr. Gaiman.

It was good...so why am I not more enthused?

A Circle of Iron (Eldernost: Book 1) - Greg Benage

I enjoyed this book although it felt like this was a tease to get you into the story and hook you to buy the next book.  It was well written, action packed, and a great story...but will I buy the next book?  Doubt it.

Disappointed :(

Elantris, Part 1 of 3 - Brandon Sanderson, Johann Dettweiler

I finished this book a few days ago and it's already fading from memory.  The only thing that stands out to me about this book was how much I hated the main female character, Sarene.  It felt like Sanderson was trying to make an intellegent, strong female lead but she was nothing but annoying and god...SO annoying.  I really think I could have loved this book if Sarene was written better.  It really had potential.