E-Book Review: The Ghost of Christmas Past

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Amazon Review: “I could not stop reading this story. Unique, different, and compelling. I can’t recommend this one enough.”

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If you need a great story to read this Christmas season then this one should be for you. Find it at the links below.  Merry Christmas!

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E-Book Review: Vampire Miami

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“I was surprised by how quickly I was sucked up into this story. It moved quick and fast and the book had a very interesting premise that worked. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Vampires or just a solid ride that never lets up. There were a few errors here and there, but the story was so strong that they didn’t slow down my reading experience. I now want to read the rest in the series. I have to find out what happens next. Thumbs up. Nice job Phil.”

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E Book Review: Chasing Nonconformity

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I just finished reading this and I thought I would post my Amazon review for it. Highly recommend both books in this series.

“The first one in this series was great and so is this one. Michelle has crafted a book that you could honestly read from start to finish without stopping. I would recommend this one for anyone who is looking for something unique, something different, and something original. I honestly don’t know where she comes up with some of this stuff. Great read. An easy four stars. Can’t wait for the third.”

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Book Reviews: Angel Time and A Few Short Story Collections

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This was a book I didn’t mean to own. I asked for the rest of The Vampire Chronicles series for Christmas a few years ago and I wound up getting this one as well. I am glad I did. This was a great read from start to finish. I am always hesitant to read new books by Anne because she has been hit or miss, but this one is well worth the time. I think Prince Lestat wasn’t as grand as the others in the series because she has moved on from writing about those kinds of stories. You can tell by reading Angel Time that she is passionate again about a certain kind of subject matter. Believe me, it shows. I am now curious about the others in this series. I might have to check them out.

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I also read these three short story collections recently and didn’t write a review for them. I thought I would give them a nod so you can check them out for yourself.

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Of the three I read, this one was my favorite. Unique and different with very original stories. There isn’t a bad one in this collection.

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Most of these stories were amazing, King at his best, and a few even reminded me of the old King back when he wrote “It” and “The Stand.” There were also a few that I wouldn’t read again and one long poem that I read purely because it was King. If it had been anyone else I would have skipped it. If you like King (like me) then this is a must read. Even when he is off he is still great at what he does.

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This is another great collection of short stories. It is a quick read, but there are some really good ones in here. I would recommend it, especially for the upcoming Halloween season.

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E-Book Review Haiku: Dune

A desert planet

Filled with valuable spice

One man holds the key

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(5 Stars out of 5)

I just finished reading Dune for the very first time, and I hate that I haven’t tried to read it sooner. I honestly didn’t mean to read it, but when I bought it for my wife’s kindle I was able to read it on mine. I thought I might try it out just to see what all the hype was about. I am glad I did. This turned out to be a great reading experience. The story just sucked me right in. If you haven’t read it, you should. It is well worth the time.

So, have you read Dune? Have you read any of the sequels? Have you seen the movie? I would love to hear your thoughts on all of it.

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“Unique…I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings.”–Arthur C. ClarkeHere is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud’dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family–and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. Frank Herbert‘s death in 1986 was a tragic loss, yet the astounding legacy of his visionary fiction will live forever.

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Find out more about Dune and its sequels here: www.dunenovels.com

I also can’t post about Dune without dropping in this great song by Iron Maiden. This song finally makes sense to me now after reading the book.

Book Review: Dawn of the Chupacabra

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The fourth chapter in the award-winning Chupacabra Series follows an A.W.O.L. Confederate soldier, who is hunted by a demon sent to avenge the innocent of his heinous crimes. AMAZON

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My Amazon Review: (4 Stars out of 5) Another solid entry in the series. Michael just knows how to craft a very readable story. It moves quick, fast, and has you turning the pages to find out what will happen next. I highly recommend this book and the others in this series. Bravo!

Book Review: Prince Lestat and Movie Review: The Wolf of Wall Street

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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of the Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned (“mesmerizing” –San Francisco Chronicle), a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat (“brilliant…its undead characters are utterly alive” –New York Times) left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces–the characters, legend, and lore of all the Vampire Chronicles. via Amazon

I honestly wish I could heap a lot of praise onto this book, because Ann Rice is one of my favorite authors to read. I can’t do that though. This book was hard to read at times and a bit dull as well. There wasn’t a story line that flowed throughout it that kept you reading. There wasn’t anything to make it a page turner. I dare say that if this was her first book or if this book was from a first time author that it might not have gotten published. I believe her name alone got this one into print. I’ve read of her recent struggles, and I understand that a lot of that might have played a part in the downsides of this book. I honestly don’t know if that is true or not, but this isn’t the book I wanted it to be.

With all that said though, I honestly enjoyed parts of this book. There were a few moments where I felt like I couldn’t put it down. I also loved being back in her Vampire world. The Vampires she has created all find a place here. Their voices may not be as strong as before, but it is nice to read about them again and to see they are all doing well.

If you enjoyed The Vampire Chronicles (I’ve read all the books, and enjoyed them) then you should check this one out. It may be tough to read at times, but you will enjoy being back in this world like I was.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stock-broker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. via The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) – IMDb

I really don’t have much to say about this one other than it was a great movie to watch. The acting, the story, the directing, the score, all of it worked and worked well. It didn’t feel like a three-hour movie to me.

I will say this though, you might want to take a shower after watching it because you just feel dirty for entering this world of sex and greed. I think the greed part got me the most. To see what this guy did to make his fortune makes you cringe. Amazing what greed and power can make some people do.

Have you read Prince Lestat? Have you seen The Wolf of Wall Street? Let me know what you thought of them if you did.