The Blood Isles

Are you ready for battle on The Blood Isles? Edinburgh’s youth volunteer to risk their lives in battle in exchange for money and fame. The rich sit back in comfort and bet on the battle’s outcome. The book is clearly a merging of The Vikings/Game of Thrones with Squid Game.Continue Reading

The Cabinet

The Cabinet is a surreal tale of a government worker who manages symptomers, who may be the next evolution of mankind. Each of the symptomer’s tales are told separately giving this book the feel of short stories with an overarching narrative loosely tying them together. My favorite surreal book isContinue Reading

Pawmistry

One hot and humid morning, my Siamese cat Mochi and I began reading Pawmistry. The book explains how your cat is “privy to the most staggering universal truths and yet [is] still being regarded as a mere house pet!” The author explains her dislike of the word pet in aContinue Reading

Pearl

Pearl is a pig. A very special telepathic pig. The author, Josh Malerman, also wrote Bird Box. Enough said. If you want a totally original take on horror, pick up Pearl. You won’t be sorry. It’s perfect for a cold autumn evening. 4 stars! Thanks to Del Rey and NetGalleyContinue Reading

Fan Fiction

Fan Fiction is a book about Brent Spiner, who played Data on Star Trek: TNG, written by Brent Spiner. It has a real setting and at least some real characters. It also is fiction, per its title and prologue. Brent is being stalked by a person who represents herself asContinue Reading

The Fly

A fly is born! After breaking out of his shell, literally, The Fly explores his environment. He finds both friends and foes. He also finds adventure. Basically, that’s all a fly can ask for out of life, right? The Fly is a cute look at life from a fly’s (andContinue Reading

Brand Hacks

Want to learn how to increase sales by marketing your product to the people who are most likely to buy it? You could take a semester class in college—like I did. Or you could just read this book. And the only final exam is how well its Brand Hacks workContinue Reading

Sankofa

In Sankofa, Anna’s Welsh mother is dead. Anna’s husband has left her. When Anna finds the journal of the African father she has never met, she is intrigued. Can she make contact with him in West Africa? How will he react to her? Why was he kept hidden from herContinue Reading

Anvils Mallets & Dynamite

Anvils, Mallets & Dynamite is the definitive story of Looney Tunes. It is well-researched from a multitude of sources. Plus, it is just a fascinating read! The book starts at the beginning of animation in Hollywood with a brief mention of Disney and other animation studios’ styles before jumping inContinue Reading

The Shift

The Shift is about changing your mindset. Instead of using willpower to drive your diet, utilize skillpower to take detailed steps into your weight loss journey. The book discusses how to change your negative self-talk. It also goes over research into how to set habits to make it easier toContinue Reading

Nottingham

“England is sick. We are the cure. We steal from the rich. We give to the poor.” So say the Merry Men of Nottingham in this new graphic novel. By graphic, I refer not just to the art, which is beautiful, but also the incredibly bloody depictions of many murdersContinue Reading

On Tyranny

On Tyranny uses examples from European history to show how democracies have fallen in the past. It includes twenty rules to follow here in the US to avoid the same fate. The text is from a book published in 2017. The illustrations are new. Though this book is labeled TheContinue Reading