The Blinding Knife, The Lightbringer Series, Book 2, by Brent Weeks
Uncategorized / November 29, 2013

________________________________________________________ 01-19-14 UPDATE: Brent Weeks’ publishers of The Broken Eye: The Light- bringer Series, Book 3, have announced a publication date of August 26, 2014 for the novel. I can hardly wait! This is such a great series, that waiting half a year seems like such a long time. So, meanwhile, pick a few good books and jump into them to help fill the time. If you check out my other blog posts, it may give you some ideas for your next read. ________________________________________________________ 09-06-14 UPDATE: Brent Weeks’ book, The Broken Eye is now out. I have reviewed the book and it is available to see on my blog. Simply click here to go straight to the review of The Broken Eye. ________________________________________________________ The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks. This title is available in Hard cover, Paperback, and as an e-book (Kindle Edition, from Amazon); it is also available from Audible.com as an audiobook. Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      The Blinding Knife: The Lightbringer Series, Book 2, has just been awarded the David Gemmell Legend Award FOR BEST FANTASY NOVEL for 2013. The David Gemmell Legend Award  (DGLA) is a fan-voted award. This award has been active for five years: in 2009 it was awarded…

The Black Prism, The Lightbringer Series, Book 1, by Brent Weeks
Uncategorized / November 22, 2013

The Black Prism, The Light-bringer Series, Book 1, Paper- back Edition. Book Review by Sharon Powers.     Welcome to this week’s posting and review of The Black Prism. The Black Prism is Brent Weeks’ first book in the new Lightbringer series.  Brent Weeks is also the author of the poplar Night Angel Trilogy that includes (1) The Way of Shadows, (2) Shadow’s Edge, (3) Beyond the Shadows; and the prequel: The Perfect Shadow (a novella).     A New World: Brent Weeks has created a new world,–far different than that in the Night Angel Trilogy–a world based on “Chromaturgy.” Chromaturgy is a magic system based on colors and light. In this new world, a typical magic user can use a given color (as long as there is light) to draft, or create, seemingly out of thin air, objects made of “luxin.” Brent Weeks, author of The Night Angel Trilogy, and the new Lightbringer Series. This magic use comes at a cost–it shortens the life of the magic user. For a magic user, or “drafter,” over-use of drafting (or just drafting for many years), causes the “halo [to] be broken” (meaning that the white part of the eye has color encroaching into the whites). When the…

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
Uncategorized / November 14, 2013

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan, was named as Amazon’s BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER 2013! Amy Tan’s book is available from many book dealers in the hardcover edition, paperback edition, or as an audio download from Audible.com. The Amazon Kindle Edition (e-book) costs $11.93, hardcover: $17.99, paperback: $13.53, and audio, Audible Edition (download) for $19.59 or 1 credit. Other book vendors should have comparable prices for Amy Tan’s new book.  Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      Amy Tan, well-known American author of bestselling novels such as The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, Saving Fish From Drowning, and The Bonesetter’s Daughter, has a new novel to put into contention for success in joining her other wildly popular titles: The Valley of Amazement.  Amy Tan’s new book was released on November 5, 2013; it has been chosen by Amazon as the their BEST BOOK OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER 2013.      Amy Tan, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, received her inspiration for her lauded, The Joy Luck Club, from her mother, Daisy’s, life. Tan’s mother’s first marriage was an unhappy and abusive one. Her mother, Daisy, was forced to leave her children behind as…

1,500 Nazi-Looted Art Works Recovered and The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
Uncategorized / November 7, 2013

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel Hardcover edition; also available in Kindle edition; abridged audiobook  CD and paperback edition. Book Review by Sharon Powers.    I find this week’s post about The Monuments Men tantalizing just from examining the cover. How can anyone not be intrigued by allied heroes, Nazi thieves, and best of all, a treasure hunt–the greatest one in history? The treasure hunt alone would have sucked me in. I for one, couldn’t resist…and then, I saw the trailer for the movie with the same name as the book and literally ran for my Kindle to read the book. THE BOOK: The book tells the the real life saga of a very little known group of men dubbed The Monuments Men. The Monuments Men were comprised of soldiers serving during World War II. The highly specialized group was needed because Hitler had just pulled off the “greatest theft in history:” by the end of the war some five million cultural and art objects had disappeared  [Kindle Loc. 96]. The Monuments Men didn’t take prisoners, they just took back looted art.   Unlikely heroes…average age? Try forty–the oldest Monuments Man was sixty-six (and a veteran of WW I) with only a few Monuments…

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The Book-to-Movie Now Available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Uncategorized / November 3, 2013

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Kindle Edition–cover art only. Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      The Book Thief was first published in 2005. And, for nearly four and one-half years it remained on The New York Times Best Seller List. I, too, like so many others, decided to read this book. I finished reading The Book Thief for the first time on 08-23-09. It was still wildly popular when I picked it up and still being read by many, many people.       The Book Thief is popular again because it comes to the big screen November 8, 2013. The resurgence in popularity, undoubtedly, is due to the fact that attention is being given to the feature film. THE BOOK:  Surprisingly, the narrator of the book is “Death,” not (Liesel). Note: In the book, in Death’s Diary he says he only wears a hooded black robe and does not carry a sickle or a sythe. [Loc. 3889]      As The Book Thief opens, Death (yes, the big “D”), introduces himself to the reader. As the narrator of the book, Death speaks briefly about his job and acknowledges that were he to take a break in his work, no one could replace him. So what…

Thanksgiving (A Novel) by Ellen Cooney
Uncategorized / November 1, 2013

Book Review by: Sharon Powers.     The Thanksgiving holiday is only a few short weeks away. The leaves are turn- ing brown, yellow, red, and we’ve seen the last of the Jack-O-Lanterns. The on- ly pumpkin we think of now, is the pumpkin we’ll have as pumpkin pie.  Our minds are busy plan- ning the big meal for Thanksgiving, think- ing about who is go- ing to be coming; perhaps we think a- bout football.      On Thanksgiving Day, perhaps we will rise early and put the Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV as we begin prepping the turkey, simmering the giblets for gravy, and take in the smells of onions, celery, mushrooms and sage as they permeate our homes. The football will come a little later.     Every family has its own traditions, legacies and memories. Ellen Cooney writes about one fictional family and their ways of dealing with life and and how they appreciate the good that they have. The book I am reviewing for you, today, Thanksgiving, is fresh off the shelf, having been released for publication only on September 3, 2013. THE BOOK: Silverware was placed on the white tablecloth at Morley functions.  …