Friday, November 2, 2007
Short Book Reviews
Phantom Nights by John Farris - This is one of the most satisfying books I've read this past year. It's a tender and heartfelt ghost story of revenge beyond the grave. Perhaps even better that the authors cult classic, All Heads Turn When the Hunt Goes By. Very Highly Recommended.
The Judas Strain by James Rollins - This is a very fun adventure story that is much better than the rather pedestrian Map of Bones. It's a Doc Savagey tale that packs in pirates attacking a cruise ship, a glowing witch goddess, cannibals, hidden treasure in Angkor Wat. Highly Recommended.
The Wheel of Darkness by Preston and Child - I've read all the Pendergast novels from these authors and had pretty much given up on this series. I really enjoyed The Relic and Reliquary, and parts of a couple of the other books. This one is a brilliant return to form of the earlier books; complete with a supernatural monster. Confirms my belief that the Pendergast books work best with monsters. :) Highly Recommended.
The Pale Horsemen by Bernard Cornwell - This second volume of the Saxon series improves upon the first, which I greatly enjoyed. For those folks who have enjoyed George RR Martins' A Song of Fire and Ice series should skip other fantasy books and turn their attention here. This is a awesome series of a Viking pagan anti-hero making his way thru 9th century Briton. Highly Recommended.