King’s Folly by Jill Williamson (a review)

Fantasy novels follow  cliche patterns of monarchies, prophecies, and a society filled with doom.  This tale is no exception.  However, Jill Williamson manages to entice the reader to give fantasy another perusal. She creates excitement with chilling scenes of witchcraft and child sacrifice. The characters are imperfect heroes living in a world that is literally crumbling away.  Some believe prophecies that explain how to escape while others choose to ignore the warning signs of peril.

King’s Folly is Book One of a planned trilogy called The Kinsman Chronicles. Ebooks are also available for the Kindle crowd.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for a review.



Tempt your family’s bulging book elf with these recipes. Citrus by Valerie Aikman-Smith and Victoria Pearson is an enticing collection of recipes featuring a variety of citrus fruits. Grab your whisk and get started! There are recipes for the common fruits in your fruit bowl as well as the unusual ones such as Buddha’s hand. The multiplicity of recipes is so appetizing the reader cannot resist.There are drinks, main dishes, salads, spreads, and desserts. Some recipes tasted a little strong but can be easily adjusted to an individual’s preference. Greek Lemon Herbed Potatoes was my family’s favorite.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review.

Seriously, who could resist this cover?


Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter book review

Countdown to Zero Day meticulously details the discovery and development of Stuxnet. Stuxnet was the world’s first digital weapon. It was created to slow the progress of Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.
I was enticed into reading this book because the topic reminded me of The Cuckoo’s Egg by Clifford Stoll. Both books explore the accidental discovery of a computer menace. However, Zetter’s book reads like a textbook compared to the easy storytelling of Stoll.
Countdown to Zero Day is well documented. It begins with the discovery of Stuxnet and explores the development of the weapon, how it was used, and the new dangers it presents.The history of Stuxnet’s life spans the presidency of Bush and Obama and the unique pressures that both of these men faced in their decision to use Stuxnet. The book also specifies the danger of using such a weapon. Now that Stuxnet has been used and discovered it is certainly being studied and copied by other countries for similar warfare.
This book was informative and thought provoking. It should be at the top of the list for any computer geek.

This book was given to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for a review.


Night Owls vs. Morning Glories

A day off work for a Night Owl vs. a Morning Glory:

8:00am  Morning Glory has showered, checked e-mails and Facebook, updated a blog and dusted the living room.  Now, it is time to “settle down” for a leisurely breakfast and reading the newspaper or magazine.

Night Owl is snoring.

10:00am Morning Glory is ready to really get to work.  It is difficult to do noisy tasks without disturbing Night Owl.  Vacuuming  must be avoided.

Night Owl is snoring.

12:00pm Morning Glory wants to eat lunch.  It is Night Owl’s turn to cook. Will lunch be before 1:00? Maybe Morning Glory should eat a snack.

Night Owl is showering.

2:00pm  Morning Glory has washed the dishes, mopped, vacuumed, finished writing the grocery list, made phone calls, and will now enjoy reading.

Night Owl is deciding when to exercise.

4:00pm  Morning Glory has cleaned the house and is now eating a snack.

Night Owl is checking email.

6:00pm  Morning Glory has made supper and washed the dishes.

Night Owl is reading the newspaper.

8:00pm  Morning Glory has packed a lunch for work tomorrow, laid out tomorrow’s clothes to wear, set the alarm clock, and put on pajamas.

Night Owl announces, “So, what do you want to do today?”

10:00pm Morning Glory is reading before bed.

Night Owl is listening to music while playing a computer game.

12:00am Morning Glory is snoring.

Night Owl?  Who knows?!


A Predictable “Accident”

The Accident by Chris Pavone was an exciting but predictable story. A revealing manuscript is in the possession of a literary agent who must stay one step ahead of killers who want to destroy the manuscript as well as anyone who has seen it. (Why not just make 100 copies of this thing and mail them?)There is plenty of action that sweeps the reader through a single day of heart thumping car chases and revealing secrets.This bookworm was drawn in to the tale to see who would survive. However, the “twist” presented in the climax was obvious throughout the story. It was a well written adventure that kept the reader’s attention and yet never swayed from the formula so common to bestsellers.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith (review)

Imagine a serial killer operating in a society that has zero crime.  How do you investigate crimes that the government claims do not occur?  In Soviet Russia, the State would not admit the existence of such heinous crimes because that would show a fault within the Communist party system. Probing into evidence of murder would be a crime in itself. Smith relates the tale of Leo, a MGB agent who searches for a serial killer of the worst kind.  A child killer.  He must work quickly as another agent seeks to silence Leo.  This action packed story is full of twists and harrowing adventure.  Even the identity of Leo and his wife leave the reader guessing.  This is a breathtaking suspense novel of the best kind.