Book Reviews

I have been posting book reviews here and there on the blog as time went by. Last year my wonderful wife and daughters gave me an iPad as I was about to deploy. I immediately downloaded’s Kindle App and the rest is history.

As I review books I will post to the main blog, then later add the link here as a repository of all the books I review. You should get an interesting, if odd, idea of what I like to read from the list of books. 🙂

Coming soon

Fuzzy Nation
A re-imagining of the awesome original story.

Invasion (A C.H.A.O.S. Novel)
A story about a boy who joins an elite organization in an effort to stop an alien invasion!

Monster, 1959
Looks to be a satirical take on the 1950s B monster movies. LOVE the cover art, totally sold the book for me.

Past Reviews
In order from most recent to going back a few years.

The Fiddler’s Gun by A.S. Peterson
An adventure into the era of the Revolutionary War. A little slow to start, but ends up being a rollicking page turned. Pirates, fiddles, high seas battles, buried treasure, heck this one has it all. Best of all? No supernatural, no magic, no zombies. Everything here could have happened. Another book with a strong female lead character, I think I am starting to see a pattern develop here.

Johannes Cabal the Detective
A challenging book that almost feels like three short stories stuck together. Second in a series, I attempted to read the first and could not get into it. This one was a bit slow going, but still enjoyable, though not great.

The House of Gears (A Johannes Cabal short)
An interesting short story.

Practical Demonkeeping
A decent book, pretty funny at times with a good number of characters. Story sort of wandered a bit and I thought at times that the author was trying too hard to be funny. Decent read though the ending left me wanting something more.

The Emperor’s Edge
A high fantasy mystery in an era of steam. Very good book with a great writer whose characters are original and a joy to read. First in a series of books, so the adventure will continue across a couple of books. Strong female led makes this a great book for young girls to read as well.

Flash Gold
An excellent short story set in steam-era Yukon. By the same author as The Emperor’s Edge and showcases the author’s witty banter and excellent characters.

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
Neat little story with good writing. I believe this short story is to be an introduction to a larger series of books but it stands up on its own and is a decent read. A touch of steampunk and a touch of mystery.

The Magic Thief 
Nice quick young adult read about a boy learning to be a mage. Nothing at all like Harry Potter.

The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century
An excellent step back in time to see how the medieval period really was. Great book for anyone interested in history. Full of interesting a little known fact such as why women earned their reputation as being evil temptresses.  🙂

The Ghosts of Ascalon
Probably one of the better fantasy books I have read. Based on the video game but don’t let that deter you. Great setting, interesting (and unique for a change) races and characters. Ending seemed a tad rushed though.

Day by Day Armageddon
Zombies told from the point of view of a military guy. Decent read, but cooler because the author wrote this while deployed and uses real military tactics and terms.

The Frost Fair
Nice Victorian era mystery book. A freebie I picked up on a whim at an MWR tent in Iraq. Someone donated the book and the author was shocked it had somehow ended up there when I contacted him about his great book.

Fight Club
Yeah, that book. Interesting read that I found in a latrine. Should tell you something.

Invisible Nation
An amazing book about the wonderful people I spent a year with in Kurdistan. Excellent read I suggest for anyone curious about the good people of the Middle East.