Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Sackett by Louis L'Amour

Tell Sackett tends to get in the middle of things without meaning to do so but always comes out if not sound at least alive.  The challenges of settling a new country, weather, people, conditions, al seem to all come together at once.

As always L'Amour tells a good story but the writing is often disjointed and choppy.  Read it as a whole and do not reflect on the writing to much and you will enjoy it.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Air Apparent by Piers Anthony

Wira and Hugo are ready to summon the stork but Hugo never comes back from the wine cellar where he went to get a bottle to celebrate.  In his place is what appears to be a dead body.  A mystery!

This would be easy to solve except Magician Humphrey's Book of Answers is scrambled.  A quest is in order!

Filled with the usual puns the story drags at times then picks up and drags again.  I am not a fan of all the worlds of Ida and they play a major part.

The Adult Conspiracy plays a major role but in this I find it has a bit of a molester feel which was very off putting.  Innocent is not always innocent and this is something that creeps into Anthony's writing in other books also.   If not for this it would be a typical enjoyable Xanth novel.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Coming Home by Lauren Brooke

The first installment in the Heartland Series the appeal is to horse loving young girls.  Other than the obvious family tragedy that seems to be standard fare for this genre there are a few other problems. 

There is no way that an Olympic caliber horse will be turned over to a fifteen year old girl to train.  Waiting thirty minutes for a storm to pass makes more sense than trying to load a horse in the middle of a storm.  A pony would not live more than a week without drinking and although depression in horses is a reality one person singing one time does not cure it.

Just a bit to much of the "joining up" and herb remedies for me.  Girls read this type of junk and think this is really how you deal with horses.  It is not all false but there needs to be some reality thrown in also.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Book Four of the Heroes of Olympus

Greek and Roman demigods work together trying to defeat Gaea, the Earth Mother, before she wakes.  A quest, prophecies, random minor gods, you know the drill.

What I really liked is how the character of Nico de Angelo really develops along with Frank Zang, without either one doing anything on purpose.  Expect to see more from these two.

If more is told to much is given away, you just have to read it for yourself.