Sunday, July 26, 2015

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Take a reptile loving man with problems caused from a concussion due to a falling iguana, money problems, a savvy teen that is missing a thumb from a gator bite and reality television in the Everglades and you have a recipe for adventure.

As with most of Hiaasen's novels there is a moral to the story, shady characters, lots of humor and a fast pace that leaves you wanting more.  I highly recommend any of his writings but this was one of my favorites.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

Claire has gone back to Jamie, two hundred years back in fact. As with all things Jamie Fraser nothing is simple and as with all things Claire she ends up in the middle of it all without even trying.

Back in the future that Claire has left is Brianna, who is still trying to absorb that she is not biologically Frank Randall's daughter but the daughter of a man that lived two hundred years earlier.  Thankfully she has Roger Wakefield to lean on as needed but being much like her Da she just goes and does herself.

Following Brianna into the past is Roger who learns a lot more about history than expected, especially the hardship portion.  Roger is my favorite character just so you know. ;)

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Twenty years earlier Claire Fraser left Jamie on a hillside to return to her time as he prepared to die at Culloden.  She returned to her life as Claire Randall, wife of Frank, to bear the child of Jamie in safety.

Frank has died and Claire takes Brianna to Scotland where Claire finds that Jamie did not die as planned in the Rising.  Another time of great decision for Claire and now it is not leaving her husband but her beloved daughter who favors her sire so very much.

More is learned about Gellis Duncan and a few more clues are given as to how the stones work.

Fans of the series will be well pleased with how the story progresses.

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Claire and Jamie continue to move forward with their desperate plan to avert the Rising.  Having knowledge of events to come though does not mean that life is easier, if anything it makes decisions more difficult.

If more is reported to much is given away so you must read it for your self.  Well written, fast paced, intriguing and one that you will want to read more than once, the true test of an excellent novel.