Archive | April 2007

Chasing Eden

Chasing Eden
by S.L. Linnea

Chasing Eden begins with the war in Iraq.  The story leads us up to the days just before the war when some ancient artifacts have been stolen from the museum.  Army Chaplain Jamie Richards has the ability to read the ancient cuneiforms but as the story moves forward Jamie finds herself a target.

Jamie has been reunited with an old friend Adara Dunbar only later to lose her friend forever.  Adara is killed during an ambush and the assassin has a message for Jamie.  What is the message?  Will Jamie survive or will she be taken out by the assassin?

Chasing Eden is fast paced, with good characters which are believable as well as interesting.  The story contains a steady flow of action and suspense which makes this an engaging read.  The author has done her research and the backdrop involving Iraq is portrayed with vivid detail.

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Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey

 An Oral Biography of Buster Casey

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey
by Chuck Palahniuk
Doubleday, 288 pages, $24.95
A Division of Random House, Inc.
ISBN: 978-0-385-51787-4
Reviewed by Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

Rant is a fictional oral biography surrounding the history and life of Buster “Rant” Casey in which a wide variety of characters talk about Buster “Rant” Casey.  The author allows the story to unfold through narratives from various characters but never allowing Rant himself to narrate.

Buster Rant Casey grew up in a small town was a rebel as a teen and was far from being ordinary.  He leaves his hometown for Middleton and arrives in the big city where he joins a demolition derby called Party Crashing and becomes the leader.  Casey is killed and so the unleashing of the oral biography occurs.

The pages of the story are filled with some very wild if not truly weird accounts.  Be prepared for one mind blowing and mind boggling experience.  Trust me when I say you are not prepared for what is about to be unleashed on these pages and in your mind as you read RANT.

Rant is not for the faint of heart; there is sexual content, language, cults, murder, and some gruesome accounts contained within the book, so prepare yourself now.

I finished reading this a couple of weeks ago and can still hardly unwrap the information contained in this mind blowing read.  This is a very challenging read at least for myself, which I enjoyed immensely, I like stories that boggle the mind and this one did.  I have added Chuck Palahniuk to my favorite authors and must pick up his earlier releases and wait with much anticipation of his future releases.

Acacia: Book One: The War With The Mein

The War With the Mein

Acacia, Book One: The War With The Mein
by David Anthony Durham
ISBN-13: 978-0-385-50606-9
www.davidanthonydurham.com
Doubleday
A Division of Random House, Inc.
Reviewed by Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

The Acacian has ruled the Known World for twenty-one generations.  Leodan Arkan is the ruler of the Known World and a widower; he has lived his life in the shadows of his ancestors and is bound by their actions.  Now the Mein, the race that was exiled and vanquished to the frozen northern reaches of the empire plan to take over the Acacian empire.

Hanish Mein leads his people and launches surprise attacks across the Acacian empire.  Hanish Mein will lead his people out of exile and back into Acacia.  Leodan is assassinated and his four children must be separated and are scattered to different corners of the empire.  The Mein triumph and win over acacia.  Now Leodan’s children Aliver the former heir to the throne, Corinn the eldest daughter, Mena the youngest sister and Dariel the youngest brother begin their quest to avenge their fathers’ death.  They will unite and rise to free Acacia and restore the Acacian empire.

Durham weaves an intricate web among all of his characters.  The story has a steady flow of action and suspense which makes this an engaging and exciting read.  He has an immense writing skill of incorporating a fantasy that is in a sense historical and a political thriller.  Acacia is the first in this new trilogy.

Durham has penned an incredibly engaging story, if you crave an imaginatively crafted story that will grab you and not let go, this is it.  I anxiously await the next in this new trilogy.

Rear View Mirror

 Rear View Mirror

Rear View Mirror
by Cindy Callinsky
Lulu
ISBN: 978-1-4116-9595-5
Reviewed by Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

Rear View Mirror is an autobiography by Cindy Callinsky and is a moving and great inspirational account of her life.  The story is told in the first person and the author has a way of drawing you into the accounts of her life.  The story tells one of love lost, the loss of her mother, and of heartbreak.  You will travel cross country and abroad with Cindy.  She describes the story contained within the pages as her perception and her reality.  In the very beginning she states the following:  “This is based on a true story; however, “my” perception is “my” reality.  How I have portrayed my story is how I perceived it after having absorbed things with my senses and then processed them through my way of thinking.  Other parties involved may have perceived things differently due to a different thought process”.

I will have to commend and applaud Cindy on not only her ability to tell her story but in being able to share her life experiences and emotional roller coaster type life.  Of course we all experience a roller coaster type life full of ups and downs, loss of love, loss of family and friends, but Cindy has chose to share hers with us.  I found myself teary eyed in one moment and smiling the next.  Thank you Cindy for sharing your story with me it was a pleasure to read and provide a review.

The book contains some off colored language that may not be suitable for all readers.

A Wild and Woolly Night

A Wild and Woolly Night

A Wild and Woolly Night
by Lorraine Lynch Geiger
Illustrated by Sharon Vargo
The RGU Group
Children’s book, Fiction, 32 pages, $15.95
ISBN-10: 1891795252
Reviewed by Terry South for Bookpleasures

“A Wild and Woolly Night” is a children’s picture book for children ages 4 to 12.  A hardback edition with a cover that is beautifully illustrated with a boy in his bed surrounded by a variety of animals.

This is an enchanting story of a little boy named Phillip, he is different from most children as he is eager to go to bed and sleep.  But Phillip’s bed time is a great adventure filled with different animals with each change of his bed covers.

Every page leads to a different adventure and discovery of a new animal: “he found a purple spread with tiny polliwogs. But when he climbed back into bed  They all grew into frogs.”  The pages are beautifully illustrated and the stories rhyme which will delight both you and your child.  The art work is superb and will ignite the imaginations of all.  A highly recommended children’s book that can be enjoyed by the entire family and will make the perfect bed time story.

Lorraine Lynch Geiger is the mother of five, grandmother to fifteen and resides in Sebring, Florida, and spends part of the year where she was born in Newfoundland, Canada.  She has published a young adult novel “Trouble at the Blueberry Patch”, and is a prize winning poet.

Sharon Vargo is the illustrator of many children’s books.  She is also the author and illustrator of “Senor Felipe’s Alphabet Adventure”. She has also had her acrylic paintings appear in magazines, murals and limited edition prints.  She currently resides in Carmel, Indiana with her husband, and their pet frog named Romeo, they have four grown sons.  She graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

Stone Pizza

Stone Pizza

Stone Pizza
by Susan K. Mitchell
Illustrated by McNevin Hayes
The RGU Group
Children’s book, fiction, 29 pages, $15.95
ISBN-10: 1-891795-26-0
Reviewed by Terry South for Bookpleasures

“Stone Pizza” is a children’s picture book for children ages 4 to 12.  A hardback book with a cover that is beautifully illustrated with a coyote on the cover wearing a purple bandanna with yellow polka-dots, a pair of green sunglasses and holding a stone pizza.

A delightful tale involving the critters of the desert where food is hard to find.  Coyote finds no hospitality when he wanders into that stretch of the highway in the desert.  The story of Stone Pizza focuses on team work and sharing.  The book is engaging and a pure delight and offers a wonderful cast of characters.

The pages are filled with bold and vibrant imaginative illustrations, the art work is superb to ignite the child’s imagination.  I highly recommend this children’s book, both you and your children will enjoy reading this story together time and time again all while delivering a great lesson of sharing and team work.

Susan K. Mitchell is a full time preschool teacher with two young daughters of her own.  Stone Pizza is her first published children’s picture book.  She has written for several children’s magazines, she also writes monthly for Style & Living magazine.  She has also written non-fiction books, and a biography of actor Will Smith.  She currently resides in Texas with her husband and their two daughters.

McNevin Hayes currently resides in Pittsford, New York with his wife and their son.  His artwork has appeared in magazines, murals and galleries.