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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.

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.

Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a car

Is There a Hole in the Boat?: Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car

Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a car
by Darrin DuFord
Booklocker.com, Inc. (June 16, 2006) , 196 pages, $13.95
ISBN-13: 978-1591139973
Reviewed by Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

Is There a Hole in the Boat? is the authors account of traveling through Panama using the same transportation methods that are used by the locals.  Those methods of transportation include bus, by foot, riding in the back of trucks through paved and unpaved roads.  The author introduces us to Panama’s history, ecology and the indigenous people of the country as well.

This book is about his experiences and discoveries made while traveling Panama on three seperate occassions.  DuFord mixes with the locals, samples everything, the food, drink and experiences their cultures, observes the peoples everyday lives and participates in their traditional celebrations.

 Darrin DuFord writes his accounts with vivid descriptive detail, making this  a engaging read.  This is not to be confused with your normal travel guide of rating places to stay and eat.  DuFord takes us on a journey into the lives and cultures of the Panama people and makes this both an enjoyable as well as an educational reading selection.

Slaying the Mouse: A True Story of Healing in the Spiritual Realms

A True Story of Healing in the Spiritual Realms

Slaying the Mouse: A True Story of Healing in the Spiritual Realms
by Wendy Stofan Halley
Lulu
Lulu.com
Non-fiction, 144 pages, $18.00
ISBN: 1847283993
Reviewed by Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

Wendy Stofan Halley is a talented practitioner as well as a talented writer, she is a practitioner in the indigenous healing methods and has the unique ability to be in touch with another persons subconscious by spiritual means.  Slaying the Mouse is a true story that will astound as well as amaze you.  You will learn how Wendy was able to help a nineteen year old man whom she calls Jason in order to protect his identity his name has been changed.  Wendy’s brother Tim is dating Jason’s sister and they need Wendy’s help, so Wendy’s father calls to ask for the much needed help.  Her father does not quite understand exactly what she does but he has enormous faith in her abilities.

Jason has slipped into a deep coma and Wendy develops a spiritual connection with him to help him heal over the distance that separates them.  Wendy’s ability allows her to spiritually connect with Jason, talk with him, and to help him begin to face and understand his fears and to overcome those fears.  The story is an account of roughly a nine month spiritual healing process.  Wendy’s is in constant contact with the family via email and is a very compassionate and caring lady.  Have you ever wondered what patients know or hear while being in a coma state?  What happens at the subconscious level?  What experiences they may have while in the coma?  Do they know you are there?  Can they hear you when you speak to them?

Wendy Stofan Halley has penned a remarkable and miraculous story.  She has developed a writing style that flows smoothly and includes vivid details which creates a powerful sensory image with the reader.  The story is emotional, uplifting and a intriguing and engaging read.  I found no faults and think both the concept and writing as a whole was excellent.  The author writes the story in a first person narrative style which is superbly written.

I highly recommend Slaying the Mouse to everyone who has a desire to be amazed by a true story that will truly leave you in a state of awe.

Reading this title was a great pleasure!

Rant

 An Oral Biography of Buster Casey

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey
by Chuck Palahniuk
Doubleday
ISBN:  978-0-385-51787-4
$24.95   319 pages
Review by Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

 I am having a really rough time writing a review for this one.  I could sum the review up in 2 words or 20 pages.  The 2 words are: Mind Blowing, this is one book that I will keep and add to my collection.  Words just really cannot describe how I felt reading this.  I have never read anything by Chuck Palahniuk and really had never heard of him until requesting this one for review, needless to say I am adding him to my favorite author list, and will be dishing out some major bucks to get all of his earlier books. (lol)

***And you have got to check out this new website from Random House /Double Day on Rant it is so cool!!!!

Will try to have the review up by this weekend, even if it is the two words above MIND BLOWING as this was one mind blowing experience and my head is still spinning and the wheels in my brain are ever so constantly turning.

As you can see the cover art is intriguing and enticing which originally drew me to read the blurb in the catalog before requesting this one for review.

The Strangeling

 The Strangeling

The Strangeling
by Saskia Walker
Juno Books
ISBN: 978-0-8095-5793-6 $9.95
Fantasy
Reviewed by Terry South for Bookpleasures

www.saskiawalker.co.uk/
http://ideaboutique.blogspot.com/2007/02/strangeling-by-saskia-walker.html
http://www.saskiawalker.blogspot.com/

The setting is Edren a fantasy world created by the author who has a magical imaginative spark in storytelling.

The Strangeling is an erotic fantasy novel that revolves around Maerose, a beautiful young woman with magical powers. Maerose is the heroine and Bron is her hero. Bron is an elder and goes on the quest of rescuing Maerose from her captor, Veldor who is a former elder himself. Veldor’s intentions are malicious as he seeks to mate with Maerose in order to master the demons and rule the lands.Veldor is knowledgeable on the prophecy made around 100 years ago; the prophecy is one of a chilling nature where the undead armies of Crondor and Yaxlan rise up from the underworld with great power. As the prophecy has foretold of a maiden that can save the forest and the elders all believe this to be Maerose due to the revelations revealed about the prophecy. Will good conquer evil or will evil prevail in this fascinating fantasy?

The Strangeling is a short fantasy novel that is packed with vivid details and a precise amount of action. Walker writes the story with impact and the story is a superbly crafted erotic fantasy. The characters are well developed with detail and the author manages to tie the characters together well.

This is the first of the author’s works I have had the pleasure of reviewing and have to admit I am hooked. I look forward to her new release next month which is also a fantasy entitled “Unveiling The Sorceress”.

Saskia Walker is a British author of erotic romance, fantasy and erotica. Her idea for this novel began at a tender age of between 8 and 9 when she first became interested in paganism and her parents took her to visit Stonehenge.Saskia Walker earned her BA with honors from the University of Sussex, and has a MA in Literature and Visual Arts from theUniversity of Reading. She currently resides north of London with her true love Mark.

A Magical 5 stars for The Strangeling!

The Chronicles of Virago

Book 1 The Novus

The Chronicles of the Virago

By Michael K. Bialys

Publish
America

ISBN:  1424133653

Reviewed by: Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

The stories main character is Makenna, who is your typical 12 year old girl.  The setting is
Pasadena, California.

It all begins when Makenna is approached one evening by three fairies who tell her she is to protect her twin siblings from evil forces.  The fairies arm her with an Armasword which is a powerful mystical weapon.  Upon their visit they also tell her that she is the chosen one, the protector which they call the Virago.  Her twin brother and sister are born with a gift of goodness and Makenna must protect them from evil, this is her quest and so the journey begins.

In this fantasy an earthworm reveals the evil force by name and that name is Sir Seaton.  It is he who will be on his own quest to locate and destroy the twins preventing them from defeating pure evil in the future.  Will Makenna discover Sir Seaton among the many disguises?  Will she fail or prevail? 

This is contemporary fantasy at its finest.  A rich captivating story between good and evil with a picturesque ending where good prevails.  It is both enchanting and a stimulating read for young readers, and offers vivid accounts and memorable characters.  The story will excite your children and spark their imaginations, all while teaching family values.  Your daughters will be cheering for Makenna, and your sons will be captivated and thrilled with the story filled within the pages.

This is a must for children, and highly recommended.  It was a delightful pleasure reviewing this title and look forward to the next in the series.

13 Bullets A Vampire Tale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Bullets

A Vampire Tale

by David Wellington

Fiction  323 pages

Three Rivers Press an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group,

A division of Random House, Inc.,
New York

www.crownpublishing.com

ISBN:  978-0-307-38143-9  $13.95

www.davidwellington.net

Reviewed by Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

 

Do you really believe in vampires?  Would you be willing to seek out their lair knowing that you were a sensitive?  Such questions had never entered Laura Claxton’s mind.  Until she met US Marshall Jameson Arkeley, that would devastate her life as she knows it, her thinking and beliefs are all about to change.

 

The story begins in 1983; Special Deputy Jameson Arkeley and his partner Webster are on a stake out outside a diner where Piter Byron Lares is inside talking with the waitress.  What happens next is rich with moments of terror and the horrifying events that follow will leave you breathless.  Lares takes everyone in the diner out in a matter of seconds, Arkeley is in for a terrifying ride of his life.  Lares takes Arkeley after killing most of the SWAT team, when Arkeley comes to he finds he is in a ships hold and focuses in on five coffins, only one is empty.  The other four coffins contain decaying remains, Arkeley fight for his life, and removes Lares heart and as the sun comes up he burns the boat, believing he had killed them all.

 

But one single survivor remained, Justinia Malvern, who now has been kept alive at a sanitarium in Pennsylvania.  Arkeley believed all the terror was over, he was dead wrong.

 

Now 20 years later, Arkeley travels to Pennsylvania as a US Marshall and meets with State Trooper Laura Caxton.  Arkeley partners up with Caxton to exterminate all the vampires once believed to be extinct.  Malvern is being kept alive by minimal life support, the sanitarium has installed special blue lights as she is sensitive to regular lighting, she is being fed fresh blood by her caretaker who has inserted a shunt into his arm to feed her.  Why has Malvern been kept alive all these years?  There are bizarre laws preventing her extermination, and she seems to be of no threat, until now.

 

Arkeley and Caxton are on a mission to find the vampires lair and exterminate them before they can get the blood Malverne needs.  Then Arkeley is kidnapped in order to use his blood to replenish Malvern’s powers, Caxton must now forge ahead and destroy them before they can unleash unspeakable horrors upon everyone.

 

David Wellington is the author of the Monster Island trilogy, and is no stranger to this genre.

 

13 Bullets is the first book in the trilogy by David Wellington, and is a tantalizing wild high octane ride.  Wellington weaves his plot line together and has developed some very intriguing characters.  This vampire tale is relentless, gripping, powerful and a genuine page-turner, that is horrifying and rich with moments of terror.

 

The reader is thrust into a state of uncertainty filled with nervous anticipation as the conclusion nears to find that we must wait for the next edition to this trilogy to tie up the loose ends.

 

13 Bullets is a blood curdling tale to sink your teeth into.  I look forward to reading his novels for years to come.  Reviewing this title was a frightening pleasure.  I highly recommend it to the horror fans everywhere.

Heart Shaped Box

Heart Shaped Box
By Joe Hill
ISBN: 9780061147937 $24.95
William Morrow, February 13, 2007
Reviewed by: Terry South (Quality Book Reviews) 3/07

http://www.joehillfiction.com/

Do you believe in ghosts? Hold on for the spine tingling adventure you will discover in the Heart Shaped Box. There should be a warning label attached stating “Once started, demands to be finished.”

I am not going to give away spoilers in this review, as you will want to read this highly recommended thriller. This is a fascinating psychological ghost story which is packed with thrills and chills. Joe Hill has produced a work that is so vivid and comes to life, an extremely visual novel.

Judas Coyne is an aging rock star; he collects bizarre and macabre artifacts which include a used hangman’s noose, rare books on witchcraft, a snuff film, and artwork by a serial killer. When his assistant approaches him with the discovery of a ghost being auctioned off of the internet, Judas decides to place the highest bid in order to acquire this for his collection. The suit arrives a few days later via UPS in a heart shaped box. Unknowingly, the suit used to belong to an old preacher, Craddock McDermott. This haunting is it for meddling with the spirits? Or just by chance, or is it more sinister like a curse?

Heart Shaped Box is Joe Hill’s debut novel, and proves he is an excellent addition to the horror genre with his own style and voice. Hill is also the son of Stephen King, which should come as no surprise. His plot is strong throughout; he has executed excellent believable character development. This is a masterpiece thriller; I literally read this from cover to cover in one day, I just could not put it down. This story is packed, it is spine tingling, intriguing, enticing, and is fascinating. This book, in my opinion had no faults. I think the concept and the writing as a whole can have no blemish thrown its way.

This is a MUST READ! I cannot wait for the next one.

Butterfly Lullaby

Butterfly Lullaby Fairytale
By Sharon J. Bainbridge
ISBN: 0-9554454-0-X
http://www.butterflylullaby.com/
http://www.butterflylullaby.co.uk/
Published by Butterfly Lullaby
Illustrated photographs by Sharon J. Bainbridge
Fairy costumes designed & made by Sharon J. Bainbridge
Story by Sharon J. Bainbridge
Reviewed by: Terry South for Quality Book Reviews

Brilliant & Delightful with vivid color and detail.
5 stars

Butterfly Lullaby Fairytale is very delicately done with bright vivid colorful illustrations of children in beautiful costumes set to the enchanting backgrounds.

Promotions include photographs where you can become one of the characters in the story. You have your photo taken in costume or you can send in your image and they will transform it into fairy art. They also talk of the characters visiting real places from the story which include Plantasia, Swansea, Wales, Castell Coch, Cardiff, Wales, Upwey Wishing Well, Weymouth, Dorset.

Butterfly Lullaby is the enchanting fairy story about a little Butterfly Fairy called Princess Melody. And a very jealous Prince puts the Princess under a magical spell. Princess Melody runs away as she is frightened for her mother’s safety.

The evil Prince leaves Wet Springs and destroys his new found land. Magical fairies are called upon, but can the spell be broken and will the Queen, Princess, and Fairyland be saved?

Butterfly Lullaby was written with special children in mind and in the heart of the author. The child’s name is Jodie, who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. And the author Sharon J. Bainbridge has a special dedication to Jodie on page 3. Above that a portion of the proceeds from the sales of this storybook will be contributed to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in finding a cure.

Not only is this author very talented with the writing of this story, but to the photographs, the designing of the costumes, she also is a lady with a big heart wanting to help children with Cystic Fibrosis to find a cure. So I would like to highly recommend that everyone pick up a new copy of Butterfly Lullaby whether you have little ones or not, the story is very well written, the illustrated photographs are vivid and lively and so brilliantly colorful that everyone will want to add this treasure to their own collection.

A Must Have!