Category Archives: Books

Pearl & Nimmo

Blame It On Abba
How I ditched my day job to chase a childhood dream
by Lisa Nimmo (2018)
Lisa Nimmo has a dream…. to become a rock star. This musical adventure is proof that it’s never too late to follow your heart, reinvent yourself and become the person you were born to be.

I don’t remember this duo, the album ‘No Ordinary Day’ came out in 2006 and achieved some success. This is the story of the band told by Nimmo in a very personal way.

I heard an interview on Radio NZ that made me interested in the book.

 The Album on Spotify

Lisa’s Web Page

Shelley Mac (the other half of Pearl)

 

 

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Dragon Chips

A Portion of Dragon and Chips
(Robot vs Dragons Book 1)
by Simon Haynes (2018)
 

When a battered old robot washes up on the shores of the Old Kingdom, it signals the end of a fragile alliance among the four ancient lands.


Simon Haynes, author of the Hal Spacejock series takes on the fantasy genre. And not just fantasy, this is the first of a trilogy and it has the scope and feel of epic fantasy. Most of his humour has been suppressed, where there is funny stuff it’s mainly based on modern references in a medieval setting.

Still, it’s an interesting read. There are multiple plot threads, kings, queens and quests. Assassins, dragons, halflings and the promise of elves. Can’t wait for the next book.

Headline Love

Headline Love
(Abigail Love #2)
by David Blake (2017)

After a successful working partnership and a blossoming carnal relationship, Abigail Love and her boyfriend, Will, have moved up to London together to join their YouTube news channel, Prime Time Today. But all is quiet, and with nothing much to report on, Abigail’s job is soon under threat, along with her relationship. Fortunately for her, McDongle makes a timely appearance.


This starts as the first book ended. The psychotic killer from the first returns. In fact he is most of the story and the main protagonist. He engineers a series of mad and wild ways of knocking off people for money It’s him that drives the story forward and provides the humour. Just as good as the first, and hopefully not the last.

 

Mortalis

Mortalis
(2001)
by R.A. Salvatore 
(Audiobook)

 

The long struggle is over at last. The demon Dactyl is no more, its dark sorceries shattered by the gemstone magic wielded by the woman known as Pony. But victory did not come easily. Many lives were lost, including Pony’s lover, the elf-trained ranger Elbryan Wynden.


In a recent interview on the Sword & Laser podcast, Bob Salvatore said that when he submitted this book to his publishers he got no requests for edits.

This is surprising, as it’s a long and involved story. It joins two  trilogies and cannot be read without reading the first. Very complex church and state battles are at the heart of the book. So it doesn’t have as many battles. It does have a deadly disease and you just know that somehow Pony  will fix everything by the end.

Not that fulfilling, but an intriguing precursor to the next trilogy.

Jet Legacy

Legacy
(Jet #5)
by Russell Blake (2013)
 

JET V – Legacy is the fifth installment in the bestselling JET series, which follows the saga of the Mossad’s deadliest ex-operative, who faked her own death to escape her past. In this novel, JET is called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to keep the ones she loves, and the world, safe.


Of all the Jet books, this reads like a Tom Clancy Novel. This is because the threat is international, there are multiple plot threads and it’s more of a team effort.

There is still the action and murder. The pacing never flags and yet again, Jet’s daughter is a minor sub-plot.

Sidekick

The Sidekicks Initiative
(Sidekicks Initiative, #1)
by Barry J. Hutchison (2018)

When sworn protectors of Earth, the Justice Platoon, are all horribly killed, their former arch-enemies come crawling out of the woodwork. Outnumbered, outgunned, and out of options, the US Government has no choice but to activate the Sidekicks Initiative, dragging the Platoon’s middle-aged ex-sidekicks out of retirement.

Now these three reluctant, out of shape former child-wonders must work together to stop the rising tide of supervillainy, avenge their former mentors’ deaths, and bring the world back from the brink of destruction.

Assuming they don’t kill each other first.


From the author of ‘Space Team’ comes a strange story of superheroes. It’s not funny enough to make it as good as his other SciFi comedies. It’s not bad either, just kinda …. blah. Ordinary.

 

Aldiko Moon

I have been using the Aldiko Android eBook reader for years.

Even purchased the Pre Version.
Now it’s a problem…
For the second time it has got stuck on minimum brightness. The last time I managed to fix it be removing and re-installing the software.

This time, I can’t be bothered, there must be a better eBook reader……

Yep, Moon+ (weird name) eBook reader is better.

Firstly, it has a slider that can adjust brightness, so no getting stuck on the minimum setting. It also looks to have a lot more features, including a ‘Blue Light Filter’ which gives the background a light brown paper look.

Even better, it’s 50% off for this month ($4.29) !!

Reckoning

Reckoning
(Jet #4)
by Russell Blake (2012)

Reckoning pits Jet against the deadliest threat yet – an enemy with endless resources who will stop at nothing to destroy her. From the mountains of Indonesia to the streets of Washington, Jet discovers in a breakneck-paced roller-coaster of action that danger lurks in the unlikeliest of places and nothing is as it seems.


In this episode, Jet seems a bit too indestructible. Despite all the violence and deaths around her, she ends up unscathed. Still, a decent read but a bit too formula. She does lose an associate, but it all seems just part of moving the plot along.

 

Meghan’s Dragon

Meghan’s Dragon
by E.M. Foner (2016)

Seventeen-year old Meghan doesn’t remember her childhood and practices magic in secret. Her sole ambition is to bring a warrior’s soul from Dark Earth to become her dragon and protect her while she develops into a mage. When her interpretation of a Dark Earth death vision goes awry, Meghan gets both more and less than she bargained for.


This was suggested as a humorous standalone story, different from the author’s main series; ‘EarthCent Ambassasor’.

It’t well written and very young adult; not much violence and staying well away from any ‘adult’ content. Slightly amusing but not what I would call humour.

Pleasant, but light in tone. and forgettable.

Jade City

Jade City
(The Green Bone Saga #1)
by Fonda Lee (2017)
 

Magical jade—mined, traded, stolen, and killed for is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. For centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion.

Now the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon’s bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation.


This should be good, it has been…….

Shortlisted for the World Fantasy Award 2018
Shortlisted for the Nebula Awards 2018
Shortlisted for the Locus Awards 2018
Shortlisted for the Aurora Awards 2018
Shortlisted for the Sunburst Awards 2018

Unfortunately the hype doesn’t add up to much. Firstly, the prose is good, and workman-like that serves its purpose.

There are just too many problems..
1. There just isn’t much of a plot.
2. It moves very slowly, to the extent that I gave up after 72%.
3. The characters all merge together, nobody has any real character.
4. Nothing really exciting happens.