Latest reads…

I’ve just come back home from my second operation this year. What should have been a simple hernia operation turned… complicated. So after four visits to the ER my doctor finally managed to get me a slot for a second operation.

Of course staying at a clinic for almost a week gave me plenty of time to read but with only my tablet with me it screwed up my blogging. I have tried to write posts on my tablet before and it is really a pain in the arse, especially with this bloody block editor that the WordPress unhappiness engineers have forced upon us.

At least staying at a Swiss private clinic is kind of like staying at a hotel. Decent enough rooms, mini bar and a menu too chose from instead of getting micro heated bland hospital food thrown in your face.

Anyway, long story short, I fell behind and thus here we go with some short updates/reviews of my latest reads so I can clean out the to-review shelf and get back on track.

The League of Frightened Men (Nero Wolfe, #2).
By Rex Stout.
My rating ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of 5 stars.

Well, I don’t really know what I can write about this one. Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series is simply a classic. Those who have read them knows them well and those who haven’t really should try them if they like mystery novels. Nero Wolfe’s insults are exquisite and the rest is really good as well.

Moon Blade (Vampire For Hire, #25).
By J.R. Rain and Matthew S. Cox.
My rating ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of 5 stars.

Amazing how this series is still going strong. At least for me. This instalment was a step above the previous one story-wise. I also liked that the author “repaired” the mess that was created in the last book with that abysmal sword that Samantha didn’t get to keep for very long.

Battle Stations (Jack Foster Space Opera, #4).
By John Hindmarsh.
My rating ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of 5 stars.

Another enjoyable read in this series. I like the action, I like the main protagonist and I like how he, most of the time, kicks the bad guys arse, both external and domestic. The story is a wee bit dubious but okay, it holds together good enough to be fun to read and it is fiction after all. What nearly caused this book to get kicked down a star though was the really disappointing cliff-hanger at the end. Some authors seems to think that continuity and desire to read the next book requires an annoying cliff-hanger. News flash, it doesn’t!

Death Warmed Over (Dan Shamble, Zombie PI, #1).
By Kevin J. Anderson.
My rating ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ (barely) out of 5 stars.

I actually became aware of this book series from a post made by one of my favourite authors on Facecrap. You know that woke piece of shit site that bans people left right and center for not adhering to their far left agenda and does their best to help put senile sock puppets in the White House by surpressing the truth.

Anyway, I am not entirely convinced by this book and I probably will not continue this series. I now it is supposed to be urban fantasy comedy but I never really felt it was funny. Meek vampires not to mention vegan (what the fuck?) vampires who only drink soy blood is not exactly my cup of tea.

Lawyers to protect the rights of supernaturals is also just bullshit. I know it is quite American with lawyers everywhere but it’s not funny.

Finally, although it is somewhat following classic zombie lore, this not healing or regenerating business of the main characters is just not sustainable. Especially since he seems to get banged up and shot up a lot. There’s just so many times you can plug your holes and missing bits with putty.

Overall this book was too weird and not really funny for me.

Distant Horizon (Backyard Starship, #6).
By J.N. Chaney and Terry Maggert.
My rating ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of 5 stars.

I quite like this series. It makes a much better job of incorporating a (moderate) comedy element into the story without screwing up the rest of the story. The main idea behind the story, the one about Van being a Peacemaker gallivanting around space but occasionally returning to Earth keeps delivering on these wow it’s real moments that I quite like. The let the probing begin moment was absolutely hilarious (read the book to learn what I refer to).

As usual Van and his band of merry men and women and their adventures is enjoyable and fun reading. At the rate they are taking out crooked masters in the organization there will soon not be any left. Okay, this time they didn’t really take him down but rather converted him from being a stuck up, pencil pushing, bureaucrat to something almost normal.

Looking forward to the next one in the series.

A Fated Bond (Chronicles of an Urban Druid, #9).
By Auburn Tempest.
My rating ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of 5 stars.

Another fun read in this series. It follows the same recipe as the others with a lot of camaraderie, fun dialog, snarky dialog, adventure and a healthy dose of kick-ass.

The main protagonist and those surrounding her are really such likable chaps. The Irish family bonds are very much adding to the pleasure and Dionysus is oftentimes hilarious.

Simple, fun and quite well done urban fantasy with strong family and moral values without the usual urban porn for teenagers or generally piss poor story that oftentimes plagues the urban fantasy genre.

Well, that’s it folks.

One thought on “Latest reads…

  1. Oh man PG, that really sucks! The whole medical mess, not just having to blog on a tablet (even though, I used my phone for a couple of days once and it was horrible!). I’m inured to the block editor by now, but WP really destroyed the casual blogger by adopting it.

    Glad that Wolfe was enjoyable for you. I’m always hesitant to full out recommend something to others that I really enjoy because I know enjoyment can be so subjective. But my goodness, Rex Stout is just a fantastic writer….

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