Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 82/200
Murder at the Kinnen Hotel by Brian McClellan
Finished on 5/29/2018
Special Detective Constable Adamat may be the most capable young investigator in all of Adopest. He’s sharp, thoughtful, and his particular sorcery gives him a flawless memory. A transfer to the First Precinct seems like the perfect opportunity to showcase his abilities and advance his career.
But things work differently in the First Precinct. The murder of a businessman’s mistress quickly pulls Adamat into an unexpected world of conspiracy and politics where he’s forced to use all his wits to stay one step ahead of unseen enemies and keep his friends—and himself—from the guillotine.
Occurs twenty-two years before the events in Promise of Blood.
Genres: Fantasy, Novella, Crime, Mystery, locked room mystery, Powder Mage
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 81/200
The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes
Finished on 5/27/2018
Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.
One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Humor, Fred the Vampire Accountant
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 80/200
And Be a Villain by Rex Stout
Finished on 5/24/2018
Radio talk show host Madeline Fraser’s worst nightmare comes true when one of her on-air guests collapses at the mike after drinking a glass of the sponsor’s beverage.
Genres: Mystery, Detective, Crime, Nero Wolfe
Whew, it’s been a difficult (yet enjoyable) first half of the year so far. I have read 100 works so far this year, including 33 short stories/novelettes/novellas. I have the book reviews for all of those already written up, and the ones which haven’t yet been published will gradually trickle out over the next three months.
I’m planning on reading another 100 works of fiction and nonfiction this year, and writing accompanying reviews to go with them. I now know I can make it, even if I have to read more than a few short stories to pad the numbers and hit my goal of 200.
I have to say that I’ve read a lot of good books so far this year. Of what I’ve read thus far, my favorite fiction book is probably JADE CITY
I really liked the characters, plot and action therein and am eagerly anticipating future sequals.
My favorite nonfiction book I’ve read this year has been MONGOLS
I liked this because it was a nice summary, and I knew nothing about the Mongols before this. I was primed to learn more about the mongols because I read part of the ‘Eternal Sky’ trilogy earlier this year which was partially inspired by the Mongolian Empire and the Silk Road.
Though truth be told I’ve read less than 10/100 nonfiction books so far this year, whereas last year I read about 25/100 nonfiction books. I’m really going to have to double down for the rest of the year.
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 79/200
Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
Finished on 5/21/2018
NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Tamora Pierce returns to the magical world of Winding Circle.
While visiting the God-King and the First Circle temple in Gyongxe, mages Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy are invited to visit the emperor’s summer palace. Although treated like royalty when they first arrive, the mages soon discover that the emperor plans to invade Gyongxe, posing a fatal threat to the home temple of the Living Circle religion.
Accompanied by one of the emperor’s prize captives, the three mages rush to Gyongxe to warn its citizens of the impending attack. With the imperials hot on their trail, Briar, Rosethorn, and Evvy must quickly help the country prepare for battle.
But even with the help of new allies, will their combined forces be enough to fight the imperial army and win the war?
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Middle Grade, Military Fantasy, High Fantasy, Circle of Magic
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 62/200
A Fistful of Warlocks by Jim Butcher
Finished on 5/3/2018
Jim Butcher reveals the origin of one of the Dresden Files’ most popular characters in “A Fistful of Warlocks.”
Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Harry Dresden, Short Story
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 74/200
The Flowers of Vashoi by Lois McMaster Bujold
Finished on 5/18/2018
Description:Still new to her duties as Lady Vorkosigan, Ekaterin is working together with expatriate scientist Enrique Borgos on a radical scheme to recover the lands of the Vashnoi exclusion zone, lingering radioactive legacy of the Cetagandan invasion of the planet Barrayar. When Enrique’s experimental bioengineered creatures go missing, the pair discover that the zone still conceals deadly old secrets.
This novella falls after Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance in the Vorkosigan series timeline, but may be read entirely independently. The Vorkosigan saga was the recipient of the first Hugo Award for best science fiction series in 2017.
Genres: Science Fiction, Novella, Vorkosigan Saga
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 65/200
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Finished on 5/5/2018
Since Doyle created the immortal Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson, no other mystery writer has come close to eclipsing him as the standard bearer in crime fiction. A brilliant London-based “consulting detective,” Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess and renowned for his skillful use of astute observation, deductive reasoning, and inference to solve difficult cases.
A scandal in Bohemia —
A case of identity —
The Boscombe Valley mystery —
The five orange pips —
The adventure of the blue carbuncle —
The adventure of the speckled band —
The adventure of the engineer’s thumb —
The adventure of the noble bachelor —
The adventure of the beryl coronet —
The adventure of the copper beeches.
Genres: Mystery, Crime, Sherlock Holmes, Short Stories
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 75/200
Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce
Finished on 5/18/2018
Description: The secrets of Tortall are revealed. . . .
As Tortall’s spymaster, George Cooper has sensitive documents from all corners of the realm. When Alanna sends him a surprising letter, he cleans out his office and discovers letters from when King Jonathan and Queen Thayet first ascended the throne, notes on creating the Shadow Service of spies, threat-level profiles on favorite characters, Daine’s notes on immortals, as well as family papers, such as Aly’s first report as a young spy and Neal’s lessons with the Lioness. This rich guide also includes the first official timeline of Tortallan events from when it became a sovereign nation to the year Aly gives birth to triplets. Part history, part spy training manual, and entirely fascinating, this beautiful guide makes a perfect gift and is ideal for anyone who loves Alanna, King Jonathan, Queen Thayet, Kel, Neal, Aly, Thom, Daine, Numair, and the unforgettable world of Tortall!
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Collector’s Book, Coffee Table Book
Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 89/200
Death by Seance by Jo-Ann Carson
Finished on 6/9/2018
Love, Lies & Lust to Die For
Abby Jenkins, a single mother with a complex life, sorts out the murder of Kumar, the day man for a vampire, in Sunset Cove, the small Pacific Northwest town famous for all things that go bump in the night.
Abby is the night-janitor in the haunted teahouse and only private detective in town. She’s also a reluctant witch with major man-trouble. Blackmailed into attending a séance, she expects to wrestle with a cranky ghost or two, but instead finds herself in the middle of a murder.
Seven people attend the event, some human, some not- so-much. They have one thing in common: a murky past.
After Abby washes the blood off her hands, she’s left with her first whodunit. With the help of her partners in crime: Eric, the Viking ghost with existential issues; Dante, the local Casanova-man-witch; and Sparky, her snarky familiar, she digs into the secrets of the cove.
Will she survive to tell the tale?
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance