Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 66/100
The Mincing Mockingbird Guide to Troubled Birds By Matt Adrian
Finished on 7/10/2017
Description: An illustrated pocket field guide that enables anyone to quickly identify psychotic, violent or mentally unstable bird species. We are only just discovering the reality of our avian adversaries, with their reptilian brains, their appetites for mayhem and the fact that they fly mostly to spite us. To ignore the information found within this volume may be at the peril of your very life.
Genres: Humor, Comedic, Art, Birds, Coffeetable book
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 65/100
Fool’s Run By Patricia A. McKillip
Finished on 7/9/2017
Description: Seven years ago, Terra Viridian obeyed a vision and killed 1,500 innocent people. She was sentenced to the Underworld prison. Now, a new age band, led by a psychic pianist and a masked woman called the Queen of Hearts, arrives at the prison to perform. And Terra’s vision is moving closer, changing all their lives forever.
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Old School SciFi, First Contact Story
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 75/100
History of the English Language By Seth Lerer
Audiobook edition, Narrated by Seth Lerer
Finished on 8/8/2017
Description: Sixteen centuries ago a wave of settlers from northern Europe came to the British Isles speaking a mix of Germanic dialects thick with consonants and complex grammatical forms. Today we call that dialect Old English, the ancestor of the language nearly one in five people in the world speaks every day.
How did this ancient tongue evolve into the elegant idiom of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Twain, Melville, and other great writers? What features of modern English spelling and vocabulary link it to its Old English roots? How did English grammar become so streamlined? Why did its pronunciation undergo such drastic changes? How do we even know what English sounded like in the distant past? And how does English continue to develop to the present day?
The History of the English Language, 2nd Edition, is Professor Seth Lerer’s revised and updated investigation of the remarkable history of English, from the powerful prose of King Alfred in the Middle Ages to the modern-day sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Genres: History, English, Language
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 64/100
Larkspur: A Necromancer’s Romance By V. M. Jaskerina
Finished on 7/8/2017
Description: Childhood love, forbidden magic, and a goddess of death.
A romance is reignited when Pierre Salvador returns to court, now a surgeon and ready to take up his duties as duc. But his love, family, and friends are unaware of his dealings with Mora, the Lady of Death. Striving to know all the physical and mystical means of controlling life, and ending it, he became a suitor to the daimon in return for her knowledge and power. With one final task he become a lord of death, but will Mora let him go?
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Victorian
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 63/100
First World War Photographers By Jane Carmichael
Finished on 7/6/2017
Description: Examines the work of the official, press and amateur photographers of World War I, reproducing over 100 photographs from the archives of the Imperial War Museum and making us aware of the operations of propaganda and journalism during the period.
Genres: WWI, History Book, Photography
I am currently reading
Once I finish one more book I will have reached the 75/100 books for the year mark. At which point I will start writing the first draft of a new book I am presently outlining.
Besides that, I am presently querying 5 agents a month (or so) for another book I’ve already written. I’ve only gotten rejections so far, but who knows!
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 74/100
Nine Princes in Amber By Roger Zelazny
Finished on 8/3/2017
Description: Amber, the one real world, wherein all others, including our own Earth, are but Shadows. Amber burns in Corwin’s blood. Exiled on Shadow Earth for centuries, the prince is about to return to Amber to make a mad and desperate rush upon the throne. From Arden to the blood-slippery Stairway into the Sea, the air is electrified with the powers of Eric, Random, Bleys, Caine, and all the princes of Amber whom Corwin must overcome. Yet, his savage path is blocked and guarded by eerie structures beyond imagining; impossible realities forged by demonic assassins and staggering horrors to challenge the might of Corwin’s superhuman fury.
Genres: Fantasy, Alternative World Fantasy, Ye Olde Schoole, Epic Fantasy, Portal Fantasy
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 62/100
The Wonders of the World By Tessa, Pepe and Linda Mendez
Finished on 7/3/2017
Goodreads (No link! Self published book)
Genres: Picture book, World History
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 61/100
Myths and Legends from Around the World By Sandy Shepherd
Finished on 6/30/2017
Genres: Mythology, picture book
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 73/100
The Prey of Gods By Nicky Drayden
Finished on 7/29/2017
Description: In South Africa, the future looks promising. Personal robots are making life easier for the working class. The government is harnessing renewable energy to provide infrastructure for the poor. And in the bustling coastal town of Port Elizabeth, the economy is booming thanks to the genetic engineering industry which has found a welcome home there. Yes—the days to come are looking very good for South Africans. That is, if they can survive the present challenges:
A new hallucinogenic drug sweeping the country . . .
An emerging AI uprising . . .
And an ancient demigoddess hellbent on regaining her former status by preying on the blood and sweat (but mostly blood) of every human she encounters.
It’s up to a young Zulu girl powerful enough to destroy her entire township, a queer teen plagued with the ability to control minds, a pop diva with serious daddy issues, and a politician with even more serious mommy issues to band together to ensure there’s a future left to worry about.
Genres: Sci Fi, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, LGBT, African Fantasy