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Friday, December 12, 2014

Shannon's Review - A Storm Of Swords by George R. R. Martin


Title: A Storm Of Swords
Series: A Song Of Ice And Fire #3
Author: George R. R. Martin
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher:  Bantam Books
Received:  borrowed
Release Date:  2005
Pages:  1197


George R. R. Martin’s Websites:

Official Website:




Shannon Thoughts:

This third installment of The Song Of Ice And Fire series returns with so much going on it took up 2 seasons on HBO to capture everything.  There are weddings, death, and many surprises.  Did I mention deaths?

I had trouble finishing this book not because it was boring but because I knew what had happen already seeing the HBO tv series first.  I wish I had read this book first because I think the surprise deaths would have affected me more than they did. I do have my favorites in the series and my not so favorites.  I am really interested in how the Starks and Lannisters are going piece together what is left of their families.   

I find my only dislikes come from comparing the tv show to the books. There are little things that the tv show cuts out.  Mostly those things are from Bran Stark’s story.   Other than that there is really nothing thing else I dislike.

When I think of what will be I actually have no ideas what is going to happen.  I really am almost speechless because of what happens in this book.  I am really looking forward to reading the 4th book even though my husband says this book was probably the best in the series so far. Well we will see about that.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Five Fun Facts - Author Joe Hill

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Author of Horns and NOS4A2

1. Hobbies include building legos, and crossword puzzles.

2. His mother, father and brother are also writers.  (His father is horror author Stephen King!)

3. His middle name is Hillstrom.  Actual name is Joseph Hillstrom King.  

4. Has mention that he is a fan of all of his father books but ones that stand out are The Dead Zone and Under The Dome.

5.  Other author that influenced him are Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Shannon's Review - Dark Children Of Naor by Justyna Plichta-Jendzio


Title: Dark Children Of Naor
Series: Dark Children #1
Author: Justyna Plichta-Jendzio
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Received: From Publisher/Author for Review
Release Date: August 2012
Pages: 198

Author Justyna Plichta-Jendzio Official Sites:

Official Website:




Shannon’s Thoughts:

The Dark Children of Naor is the first book in a series.   This first edition has 3 stories based in the same fantasy world but different characters in each story.  

The world is richly described and it’s characters have room for more development as the series goes on.  At least I hope that you see a return to these characters in the other books of the series.

The first two stories are interesting and action packed.   There are vampires, dragons, and elves.  The last story...well, my mind kept detaching from the story.  I was not as interested as I was with the other two stories.   I think it was because there was too much drama and strife.  There was less fantasy mentioned in the last story and I had to keep going back to reread pages.   

I think writer Justyna Plichta-Jendzio understands how to plot out write fantasy and it’s characters. I think any lover of fantasy story and unique characters would enjoy this start to a intriguing series.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Shannon's Review - Sipping From The Nile by Jean Naggar


Title: Sipping From The Nile
Series: N/A
Author: Jean Naggar
Genre: Memior, Biography, Non-Fiction
Publisher: Amazon Encore
Received: From Author For Review
Release Date: Feb 2012
Pages: 388

Jean Naggar’’s Official Websites:

Main Site




Shannon’s Thoughts:

Sipping From The Nile, is a memoir of the author, Jean Naggar, life in Egypt growing up in 1950’s. Even though she lived a more privileged life than most at the time, she still had her own ups and downs.  

One thing I could relate with Mrs. Naggar is growing up with tight family bonds and then as you grow the family separates whether it be to separate homes or countries.

Other than the tight knit families I had a hard time keeping myself interested in the story.  The story reminded me of times when my grandmother, aunts and mother would sit around the table and gabbed about slightly interesting but also trivial gossip. I know the author described some tragedy and disappointments but I just could not completely dive into the book.

 Sipping From The Nile is probably much more interesting to her family (such as grandkids).  Helping the young ones see what it took for Jean Naggar to get the family where they are now.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Salon - Don't Call It A Comeback...

Me as the mad hatter with a book cake.  ;-)

Apparently (lol)... I have been here for years.  Make that six years.  I always have seem to miss the anniversary which is in June. I wish I could say I have something special for everyone like a giveaway but I do not at the moment.  I stopped giveaways for the time being, at least until I figure out how to gain more viewers. The last couple giveaways I would only have the 2 same people signing up. Which I appreciate those two for coming regularly … I guess I just need more

I wish I could also say that I have some new ideas and reviews coming... Well reviews I do have but that is about it.   I feel kinda feel depressed about it.  I am not reading much at all. As for other ideas there is little things that might show up.

Well, I just wanted say hello, I am still here and hopefully see you soon.

Sunday Salon

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Shannon's Review - The Iron King by Julie Kagawa


Title: The Iron King
Series: The Iron Fey #1
Author: Julie Kagawa
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Faeries,
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Received: Bought
Release Date: January 2010
Pages: 351

Julie Kagawa’s Official Websites





Etsy Store

Shannon’s Thoughts:

The Iron King is the start of a lovable YA series about Faeries.  Most YA book with similar plots start out with the main character, in this case Meghan Chase, thinking that her life is somewhat boring or hard.  Only to realize that the original life she had was super easy compared to what she is now facing. Which is a life of folklore, magic and crucial future, that may get both her families in trouble or worse.

What The Iron King has going for it is likable characters.  As we travel through the book we meet characters reminiscent of Alice In Wonderland, The Wizard Of Oz, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. The story is quick paced although sometimes too quickly as scenes whirlwind by.  What I like about it is there more real life folklore brought to the story that some authors leave out of there fictional faerie stories.  

I mentioned that The Iron King was a little too quickly rushed.  Now that might be because I read it too quickly but I think it may be because I wanted more description in some scenes.  Now while I did like the book I was a little bored by the plot because I have read it in so many other fictional faerie or witch books.

I did more than a little liked The Iron King, which is the first book in a series called The Iron Fey.  It is a book for teens. Written with a teen in the lead.  Fans of Alice in Wonderland would probably really enjoy this adventure too.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Shannon's Review - Chinese Healing Exercises by Steven Cardoza


Title: Chinese Healing Exercises
Series: N/A
Author: Steven Cardoza
Genre: Non-Fiction, Health, Fitness
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Received: From Publisher
Release Date: November 2013
Pages: 297


Author - Steven Cardoza Official Websites:

None at moment

Shannon’s Thoughts:

It is really hard to review a book that is teaching you with pictures step by step on what to do.  How to draw books are another example of that but here I am talking about an exercise book.   Chinese Healing Exercises is a book filled with loads of different exercises for different ailments.  

The difficulty of the exercises vary.  Most of the time the difficult exercises are mixed with the easier stretches.  I think anyone who is a Yoga or Tai Chi fan will be satisfied with the different poses.

The only thing is if you are out of shape and your body does not want to stretch the simple or hard postures like they us to.  As I said for most of the exercises you have a mixture difficulty.  For myself I tried looking for exercises that I could work my way up to hard.   I thought maybe there would be exercises just on a chair but really not much of that.  

I think that for those that are young and still flexible, the exercises will be helpful. Or maybe look through the book and pick your own poses to practice. Everyone has there own limit mine is not the same as yours.