Goody, Heide & Grant, Iain; Clovenhoof I (2012)

Heide Goody & Iain Grant‘s collaboration began with Clovenhoof. They enjoyed it enough to continue collaborating on at least eleven more stories. I adored Clovenhoof. If you enjoy British humour, this is a must. Life right now needed Clovenhoof. When my Asperger struggles to deal with what life hands me, laughs are precious. Clovenhoof was … Continue reading Goody, Heide & Grant, Iain; Clovenhoof I (2012)

23 Things you can take for granted if you happen to be Neuro -Typical with Neuro-Typical children

While colour and great physical handicaps are the most visible indicators of minority groups, most minority groups are going to have to think about these 23 points that majority groups get to take for granted. We might preach equality to all but some people are more equal than others.

Grant, Mira: Newsflesh trilogy

Writing under the pseudonym Mira Grant, Seanan McGuire published the political thriller/zombie trilogy Newsflesh including the books “Feed”, “Deadline” and “Blackout”. I am anything but a zombie fan, but Grant has written a thriller that goes far beyond zombies. We become embroiled in politics and corruption, discussions on freedom of the press and get a look … Continue reading Grant, Mira: Newsflesh trilogy

Huff, Tanya; Valor’s Choice (Confedation of Valor I)(2000)

“If space is big and mostly uninhabited, it should be safe to assume that any life-forms who really didn’t get along would avoid spending time in each other’s company. Unfortunately, the fact that said life-forms could avoid each other doesn’t necessarily mean that they would. When the Others attacked systems on the borders of Confederation … Continue reading Huff, Tanya; Valor’s Choice (Confedation of Valor I)(2000)

Turner, Tej; Dinnusos Rises (2017)

I recommend reading The Janus Cycle before you continue with Dinnusos Rises. As the story moves along, we reconnect with the paranormal members of Sunset Haze: Patrick (violin+half-fey), Faye (flute+dream walker), Jack (acoustic guitar+half-fey), and Ellen/Jessica (voice+medium/ghost). Neal lets them practice in one of the club’s rooms in exchange for the occasional session downstairs. Their … Continue reading Turner, Tej; Dinnusos Rises (2017)

Vaughn, Carrie: Steel (2011)

Steel is an historical fantasy about a girl who is thrown into the past and who desperately wishes to return to what she did not appreciate until she thought it was lost. It is an action-filled coming-of-age story set in beautiful Bahamas on the Diana, captained by Marjorie Cooper. It is a story about choices, … Continue reading Vaughn, Carrie: Steel (2011)

Identifying with characters in stories

As a young girl and woman (and even now) it was difficult to find female characters that I could identify with. I am white, nerdy, Asperger (although I did not know this at that time) and Norwegian. As time passed more female characters entered the scene, but their roles were often romantic seconds. Not until … Continue reading Identifying with characters in stories

Staveley, Brian: The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne I) (2013)

In spite of its length, I found The Emperor’s Blades an easy and quick read. Brian Staveley wrote in a manner that drove me on as a reader. My entry into this world happened due to falling for the excerpt offer. I had fun and consider this a great first novel. Now that I’m reviewing … Continue reading Staveley, Brian: The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne I) (2013)

Eoin, Colfer: Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex (VII) (2011)

Part of the fun of preparing for a review of one of the Artemis Fowl stories is immersing myself in the fan art. Some of my favorites are in the above collage. The other part is reading other people’s reviews. “Foaly,” he called after the centaur. “I really think we should search for my secret … Continue reading Eoin, Colfer: Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex (VII) (2011)

McGuire, Seanan: The Winter Long (October Daye VIII) (2014)

Cover artist: Christian McGrath A geis can be compared with a curse or, paradoxically, a gift. If someone under a geis violates the associated taboo, the infractor will suffer dishonor or even death. On the other hand, the observing of one’s geasa is believed to bring power. (Wikipedia) Imagine a person strong enough to place … Continue reading McGuire, Seanan: The Winter Long (October Daye VIII) (2014)

Sagara, Michelle: Cast in Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra I) (2005)

  My son and I just finished reading Michelle Sagara‘s Cast in Shadow. Reading Michelle Sagara’s writing out loud is a completely different experience to the one we have had reading together lately. She has a lot more dialogue and Cast in Shadow reads more like a play than a novel. Realizing this has made me … Continue reading Sagara, Michelle: Cast in Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra I) (2005)

Invisible Autistic: Autism and Root Canal treatment

A friend of mine, who happens to be an aspergers, runs a blog called Invisible Autistic. On it she describes her experience of various events in her life, asks for advice and shows us all what a cool person she is. Several of her posts lately have been about her whole experience of getting a … Continue reading Invisible Autistic: Autism and Root Canal treatment

Rae, Candy: Wolves and War (Planet Wolf I) (2012)

At the outset I want to make you aware of the British English / Scottish English phrasing and spelling in Wolves and War. NOT American English!!! Because of the sometimes young phrasing, I feel Wolves and War is meant for young adults and up. While harsh at times the violence is not descriptive. There is … Continue reading Rae, Candy: Wolves and War (Planet Wolf I) (2012)

Halpin, Chantal: The Brinded Cat (Witch Hunter) (2013)

I like Sam’s (Samhain) character. Upon beginning this review I looked for further literature about our magically-challenged witch. There is a novel (Death’s Daughter) in the inning, but I do not know when it is going to be published. The Brinded Cat (striped cat) is even more fun than Foul is Fair. Witches and their … Continue reading Halpin, Chantal: The Brinded Cat (Witch Hunter) (2013)