Friday, August 19, 2016

The Boxcar Children:

The Boxcar Children by: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Fiction: children's, 154 pages
Physical Book Count: 11
Book Count: 22

Someone just had to read this book for the summer.  It was on their to do list and everything. Then I get it in from the library, and they are all meh.  So I read it, because someone at this house was going to enjoy the book, after waiting 2 months for it. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Brick Testament:

The Brick Testament: Stories from the Book of Genesis retold and illustrated by: Brendan Powell Smith
Nonfiction: religion, 173 pages
Physical Book Count: 10
Book Count: 21

Ten biblical stories as told in Lego bricks.  

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Templar's Cross: A Medieval Mystery:

The Templar's Cross: A Medieval Mystery By: J.R.Tomlin
Fiction: Mystery, History, E-book
E-Book Count: 13
Book Count: 20

After last time picking out a free e-book that was a disappointment, I decided to pick up something that could only surprise me in a positive way.  I mean it has Templar and mystery right in the title.  It even takes place after the Templars were disbanded and  it was a treasure hunt and murder mystery.  However, the most annoying thing about the book was it's use of old and or Scottish slang words and phrases.  Most of them were easy to understand and there is a dictionary of those words in the back of the book, they just sometimes took you out of the story as you determined what the word means.   

This book is about an older knight that just lost his employment and is injured, so he is trying to get any work that he can.  He takes a job to look for a man, although he is sure that the person who gave him the job is lying about the reasons he was to find the man.  He has one of his friends help him, only to have both his friend and the man end up dead on the same night.  Then he ends up deeper and deeper in the web of lies and half truths surrounding this situation.   

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

City of Stairs:

City of Stairs by: Robert Jackson Bennett
Fiction: Sci-fi/Fantasy, 452 pages
Physical Book Count: 9
Book Count: 19

This was another book that a friend suggested that I would like.  It is much more a fantasy then a sci-fi novel, but as we were talking about sci-fi books and it has a dystopian feel and human like, but not human life forms in it, I put both in the labels.
As stated above this story doesn't take place on earth.  It is on a world where there are 3 very different humanoid  lifeforms; one that were chosen by the Divinities, one that were slaves until they found out how to kill the Divinities, and one that we know little about besides that they are sailors with out a king.  The killing of the Divinities happened many generations before this story started.  In fact the main character, Shara is a descendant of the Kaj, who is the one who killed the Divinities.  She goes to the city of Bulikov, the city of stairs, that once was the center of the Continent where the gods and their chosen people lived, to investigate a murder of a historian that she knew.  Once there she finds she finds much more going on then a simple murder.  She also has to deal with her past, as a former lover is an important city official, who may or may not be a part of the conspiracy that she has got caught up in.