Alien Morning DNF@20%

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Title: Alien Morning
Series: —–
Author: Rick Wilber
Rating: 1 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: DNF
Format: Hardcover edition

 

My Thoughts:

Due to some of the subject matter, I did not finish this book nor will I be reading any more by this author.

 

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Demelza (Poldark Saga #2) DNF@6%

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Title: Demelza

Series: Poldark Saga

Author: Winston Graham

Rating: Unrated

Genre: Historical Fiction

Pages: DNF

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

My Thoughts:

This DNF was definitely a “me” thing and not because there was something truly wrong or outrageous with this book.

I tried at least 4 times to get into it and each time I found myself simply not caring one whit about any of the characters or the situation they were in. Not a dislike but a complete apathy that you could drown in. So I gave up. Forcing myself to read something is just going to waste my time and I’ll end up writing a completely scathing review and wasting emotional strength that I need to save for something real.

 

The Store DNF@25% w/ Extreme Prejudice

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Title: The Store

Series: —–

Author: Bentley Little

Rating: 0.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Horror

Pages: 436

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

The Store is coming to smallville, Arizona. Bad things have happened at other Store’s across the country. Bad things have happened during the construction of the Store. Very Bad Things happen during the interview and initiation process to work at the Store.

And that is where I had to stop.

 

My Thoughts:

This book typifies Horror for me and why I don’t read it as a genre. I don’t have anything to say about the writing, or the story as a whole or anything else.

The 3 following happenings made me feel sick to my stomach and forced me to stop.

1) A sleazy young man is being interviewed to work at the Store. He’s taken to the video surveillance room and is shown the women’s dressing room, where he proceeds to watch the sister of the girl he’s sleeping with, try on new jeans. The manager tells him that sometimes the women aren’t wearing panties.

2) The aforementioned young woman applies to the Store. During her interview she is told that she’ll have to take a polygraph test, with only the manager in the room. He tells her to take her blouse and bra off so he can affix the electrodes to her body. She does. And the manager leers at her the whole time. Then she has to give a urine sample. In the office, in front of the manager. She does.

3) The young woman is hired. She comes early on her first shift and is taken down to the basement. She is told to strip down to her bra and panties and forced to run a gauntlet between other employees [most of whom she knows] who inflict physical and verbal damage on her. At the end, they all say they love her and she responds in kind.

Now, I don’t care if those instances are presented as wrong and bad, which they were. I don’t want to read about the degradation, humiliation, torture and complete helplessness of a young woman. I don’t want to invite the evil of that manager into my thoughts, and hence, into my house. That type of thing is sick and to use it for entertainment is sick as well.

 

Straits of Hell (Destroyermen #10) DNF

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Title: Straits of Hell

Series: Destroyermen

Author: Taylor Anderson

Rating: 0 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: DNF

Format: Kindle

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

I had to quit at the 10% mark because it was obvious that things were getting bigger in scope instead of resolved.

I read my last Destroyermen novel last year and was on edge about continuing the series due to Anderson simply bloating things up with new groups of humans, all over the place. This time I quit at the French/Italian/German/something group that shows up to ally with the Japanese. I think these are the french nazi’s from the previous book.

Just how many groups of lost humans have come to this world, why have they not connected before and why does Anderson do this to us? So I am done. I don’t care how well written these might be, Anderson is out of control in regards to story and plot and I won’t help him anymore by buying these.

 

The Sky Lords (Sky Lords #1) DNF@20%

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Title: The Sky Lords

Series: Sky Lords

Author: John Brosnan

Rating: 0.5 of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: Abandoned

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

A sick twisted power hungry man plays with words with a lesbian amazonian slave woman about just what “rape” is.

No thank you.

 

World’s End (Age of Misrule #1) DNF@50%

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Title: World’s End

Series: Age of Misrule

Author: Mark Chadbourn

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: Abandoned

 

 

Synopsis:

The Age of Reason and Science is Over. The Pact between the Forces of Light and Dark has fallen and both return to our world to renew their war.

The Age of Inimical Forces is upon humanity. A time of Heroes and Villains.

 

My Thoughts:

I really wanted to like this. The idea was just awesome. I love a good Apocalypse!

However, 2 things really kept me from it.

First, Chadbourn’s singling out Christianity as the “bad” religion. I’m not denying his examples, but the way it is used is just wrong. Also, Chadbourn makes a very pointed mention of 4 other religions and that they are simply “all connected”.  It really bordered on the hypocritical and I have no interest in reading an author who is out to bash Christianity.

Second, negating the rules of the Universe because “of Magic” is just ridiculous. It also goes against my underlying  belief in an ordered universe because God is a God of order. So this was another philosophical difference and a major one to be honest. Magic can work under another set of rules, but negating the rules of science, well, the sun would go out and the earth would shatter.  The Rules that govern electricity govern a whole lot more!

So a swing and a double miss.

If anyone has read further and Chadbourn stops singling Christianity out for his low blows, I’d be interested in continuing but definitely not on my own.

The Tejano Conflict (Cutter’s Wars #3) DNF@1%

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Title: The Tejano Conflict

Series: Cutter’s Wars

Author: Steve Perry

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Genre: SF

Pages: Abandoned

 

 

 

My Thoughts:

Due to the inclusion and normalization of homosexuality, I will not be finishing this series.

Which is too bad, because I’ve been really enjoying these military SF adventures.

 

Dryad-Born (Whispers from Mirrowen #2) DNF@10%

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Title: Dryad-Born

Series: Whispers from Mirrowen

Author: Jeff Wheeler

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 466

 

 

 

Synopsis:

The sequel to Fireblood

 

My Thoughts:

Put this down at the 10% mark.

Definitely a “nothing wrong with this book, it just wasn’t for me” kind of thing. I have a VERY low tolerance for YA these days.

 

The Boy and the Peddler of Death (The Tale of Onora #1) DNF @40%

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Title: The Boy and the Peddler of Death

Series: The Tale of Onora

Author: Dylan Saccoccio

Rating: 0.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: DNF at 40%

 

Synopsis:

From what I could make out, some great mage had destroyed the Elven Empire of the North a generation ago.

Now there is a boy, who I can’t tell if he’s human or elven or something else who is verbally sparring with his father, who it turns out ‘might’ be the aforementioned mage? I really couldn’t tell.

There is also an Elven woman with a baby, but all that is said is that she is running away from something.

 

My Thoughts:

The spoiler following is a sample of what the writing has been like for my entire read so far.

AT THE OPPOSITE END of the Steppe, the aroma of foreign spice and earthiness drifted with the breeze, swirling with the scent of vanilla and clove. A legion of figures swiftly crept out from the valley towards the break of day. Their silhouettes coasted over the arid terrain. They displayed a sexually attractive dexterity. Though the figures were young, they were suitable for midnight deeds by virtue of their maturity.

Beneath the veils of their elegantly shrouded bodies, the Oussaneans had bronze skin. Their fiery hair and feline irises ignited with enthralling sensuality. The Oussaneans habituated that it was not enough to merely conquer a people. They must seduce them.

The Caliphians had a lust for these women, an addiction even. The Oussaneans would hardly succeed at the art of seduction were they not masked by some sort of honor. If one had experienced the dilemma between stealing the life of his soul mate and refusing to do so at the consequence of his own death, he may know the feeling of fighting against these women.

The Oussaneans swept over the terrain. Their glaives and scimitars swayed gracefully like willows in the wind. Every tangible piece of their armor and weapons bore the inscription of the moon, the symbol of the Lunaega Province.

As the legion made their way east, an ominous gallop grew louder and louder until it matched the sound of thunder breaking the sky. A warhorse, blacker than oblivion, more powerful than a herd, tilled the soil as each hoof cut through the earth. The monstrous steed was clad in dark obsidian armor. Its ruby red eyes burned like embers from a diabolical fire. However, it was not the horse that was frightening. It was the rider of that demonic steed and what followed him that struck terror into the hearts of men.

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A whole book like that folks. Over-dramatized, bloviated, purple prose that mires you down in its own self-importance.  A whole blasted book.

At 40% I thought I would have had some idea of what was going on. But the characters were simple delivery mechanisms for the author to describe to his heart’s content while at the same time informing us of all sorts of deeply mystical/philosophical musings/rants. And info dumps. In Purple Prose.

It was puerile. What is worse, it thought it was grandiose with all its verbiage and synonyms and utterances beyond the ken of mortals. It was not engaging, it was not interesting, it was not well written. It was the superfluous spew of a wanna-be philosopher who didn’t have enough sense to realize what silliness was coming out of his mouth.

In all fairness, this is probably not any worse than some young silly lord composing Poetry [with the Capital Emphasized!] for his latest infatuation back in the day. But back then only the poor young lady and maybe a close friend or two, had to listen to his stuff. If he tried to read it at the local tavern, I’d be the first to call him drunk and dunk him in a water barrel. Water barrels are known for their powerful restorative effects.

The one positive was the cover and the cover for the sequel. They were both GORGEOUS and I say that as a man. I will probably visit the artist (Virginie Carquin) 0n her own site and check out what else she has to offer.

 

Bone Key (Supernatural #3) DNF @30%

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Title: Bone Key

Series: Supernatural #3

Author: Keith DeCandido

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: DNF

 

My Thoughts:

Due to personal and religious reasons, I will not be finishing this book.