Archive | August 2008

Story of the Sand

Title: Story of the sand
Author: Mark B. Pickering

ISBN: 978-0-595-47205-5
Publisher: iUniverse
Reviewed by: Marsha Sellers for Quality Book Reviews

I found this book to be very interesting, as it constantly changed from one point of view to another. This book was easy to read and also reflects many emotions, I’m sure this author spoke with many enlisted men to obtain these various different views and emotions. I completely devoured this book, the “GHOSTS” in this book haunted me to where I found myself getting up in the middle of the night to read more!! Who’s to say this doesn’t really happen, not me. As I have lost many loved one’s, I would like to think at some point , they are watching over me and helping me along the way. The character in this book, Sampson, pulled at my heart strings. Upon returning from Iraq he was only a shell of himself, his life would be changed forever, as I am sure many are in real life after their experiences in the sand. I highly recommend this book, I give it 4 stars.

Templeton Turtle Goes Exploring

Templeton Turtle Goes Exploring

Written by: Ron Pridmore

Illustrated by: Michele-lee Phelan

Published by: Bridgeway Books

ISBN 13: 978-1-934454-21-3


Ages 4-8

Reviewed by Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

Templeton Turtle Goes Exploring is a children’s picture book for children ages 4 to 8. A hardback book with a cover that is beautifully illustrated with a turtle and his mother on the cover.

A delightful tale involving a baby turtle who is allowed to go exploring around the water’s edge in sight of his mother. Templeton turtle finds no hospitality or friendship until he comes upon Mr. Longlegs. Templeton continues his exploring when he happens to come upon some raccoons, he meets Mrs. Racoon who suggests that Templeton return to his mother’s side as there are many dangers at the pond, Templeton agrees due to the creatures who had been so unfriendly. On his way back to find his mother a loud noise and shaking of the ground scared Templeton to seek refuge in the grass, suddenly his was swooped up and flying, when he opened his eyes he was by his mother’s side and safe. 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 caring.

The Dark Side Of The Supernatural

The Dark Side Of The Supernatural
by: Bill Myers & Dave Wimbish
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN:  978-0-310-27924-2
Reviewed by Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

The Dark Side Of The Supernatural uncovers the truth behind the supernatural.  The book that separates the truth from fiction, and it looks into each topic with relation to the Bible.  Bill Myers discusses many topics and his encounters with the wide variety of supernatural topics, he allows the reader to discover what is real and what is fantasy.

The book discusses Angels which include the good ones, the bad ones and helps you to understand the differences and to discover which are good and which are bad.  In reading the section on angels you will find where the author talks of lies, deceit, and focuses more on their-selves than God.

The many sections of this book include not only angels but demons as well.  The many topics also include sections on Satanism, UFO’s, Communicating with the dead, Ghosts, Near Death Experiences, Reincarnation, Wicca and Witchcraft, Vampires and Fantasy Games.

I found the entire book to be very informative and feel as if I have learned a great deal more than just common belief.  I found the section on the Ouija board very informative and interesting, I had always wanted to experiment with the Ouija board until I read his encounter with some who had such horrific encounters and the author explains that it can open a portal to the wicked spirits and can cause possession.

I would suggest if you are interested in the supernatural that this book is a must read, and is a must read for parents everywhere in order to guide your children, so they will not get caught up in all the hype and they too will have a better understanding of the supernatural.  I sure do not want my children or grandchildren messing with some of these spirits and want to protect them, hopefully with guidance they will not have the curiousity to especially experiment with the Ouija board.

I give this one 4 stars as it is loaded with interesting material and is very well written, and the author gives you first hand experiences of others throughout the book.

Thursday Next

Thursday Next

By: Jasper Fforde

ISBN-13: 978-0670038718

Publisher: Viking Adult

384 pages

Reviewed by Quality Book Reviews

Thursday Next is a hilarious, laugh out loud read. This is one in a series. This is the first that I have read and now I am hooked. I will be looking to find the others in this series. It is always great to find a great read especially intertwined with humor that leaves you wanting more.

The author writes with humor and fantastic imagination, this is a great adventure. And Thursday’s character is so well written. Thursday works undercover in the Special Operations Network, while still using the cover as a flooring installer, carpet sales person. She is still in love with her husband who is a writer, and they have three children, with the oldest being sixteen and his name is Friday. Thursday has been having some strange things happening in her life which includes a dead uncle appearing, guess he must have some unfinished business to take care of. She is also having to cope with two clones of herself who are cadets in training. (See the imaginative mind of the writer?)

This series is sure to inspire everyone to read, and will if read will draw in new readers. This series is a MUST, you will actually enjoy reading again and will anxiously be awaiting the next installment. I give this series 5 stars!!

The Deal

Title: The Deal
Author: Adam Gittlin
ISBN: 978-1-933515-13-7
Publisher: Oceanview Pub
Reveiwed by: Marsha Sellers for Quality Book Reviews
This is a fast paced book. If you enjoy reading about Big Money, The Rich & Powerful, Lots of sex and Drugs, This book is for you. I give it about 3 stars as this is just my type of read.

Paraworld Zero

Title: Paraworld Zero
Author: Matthew Peterson
ISBN: 978-1-59092-491-4
Publisher: Blue Works
Reveiwed by: Marsha Sellers for Quality Book Reviews
This is a futuristic tale of a 12 year old boy who lost his parents, he is surrounded by dragon like creatures.  He performs magic to save the planet from doom.  I guess if you like science fiction this would be a good read for you, I just had a hard time staying focussed on it and absorbing what I was reading.


Title: Slipknot
Author: Linda Greenlaw
ISBN: 978-0-7868-9123-8
Publisher: Hyperion
Reviewed by: Marsha Sellers for Quality Book Reviews
Slipknot is exciting,and a learning experience in regards to fishing vessels.  I enjoyed this book and found it’s mysteries just that-a mystery worth solving.  I give this book a 3.  Looking forward to the next one.

Fisherman’s Bend

Title: Fisherman's Bend 
Author: Linda Greenlaw 
ISBN: 978-1-4013-2235-9 
Publisher: Hyperion 
Reviewed by: Marsha Sellers for Quality Book Reviews 

Linda Greenlaw has done it again! This storyline is fast paced and packed full 
of excitement.  Just when I thought I had it all figured out, another suspect or 
plot appears.  Jane Bunker is fast becoming one of my favorite characters. I 
hope there are more writings in the near future.  Kudos to Linda Greenlaw.  I 
applaud her writing, her imagination and her abilities both as an author and as 
a captain of a lobster boat! 4 stars!!


Title: Immortal

Author: Traci L. Slatton

ISBN: 978-0-385-33974-2

Publisher: Bantam Dell

Reviewed by: Marsha Sellers for Quality Book Reviews

This book is very intense. Immortal is set in the 14th century, and is a mystery of faith. I myself found it difficult to read due the writing, language, and otherwise subject matter of this book.  I give this one 2 stars.