The Xanth Novels Books 38-40

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I received a free Kindle copy of The Xanth  Novels: Books 38-40 by Piers Anthony courtesy of Net Galley and Open Road Integrated MediaOpen Road Integrated Media, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I am a fan of fantasy and science ficition. I have read a number of Piers Anthony’s other Xanth novels.

This series of Board Stiff, Five Portraits and Isis Orb continue the authors ventures into Xanth and the pun filled world that it is. Each can be read as a stand alone novel, but it is helpful if you have read the entire series. This group starts out with the puns in Xanth being eliminated due to a virus. It follows the quest of a group in finding an antidote for the virus so that each member of the quest can realize their dream.

I recommend these books to anyone who is a fan of fantasy and the works of Piers Anthony in particular.

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Ghost Writer in the Sky

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I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and Open Road Integrated Media, the publisher.It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I am a fan of fantasy and science ficition. I have read a number of Piers Anthony’s other Xanth novels.

I found this latest in the Xanth series vey enjoyable. It is a quick read and the use of puns troughout the book makes it interesting and causes a slight pause at times to understand them. The author does a good job of weaving the the time dimesion travel and the interface between Earth and Xanth into the storyline. It is helpful if you have read at least some of the prior Xanth novels, but not necessary as this book will function as a stand alone novel.

I recommend this book to fans of fantasy and science fiction who are looking for a different twist on the story (use of puns) and for those who are fans of Piers Anthony.

 

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Going for Impact: The Nonprofit Director’s Essential Guidebook

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I decided to read this book as I have a deep interest in nonprofit governance. It is the second book by Eugene Fram that I have read.

This book, like the author’s first “Policy vs. Paperclips” is an informative and quick read.  While the first book deals with the Board’s role from an organizational view, this one deals more in the nitty gritty of the Board’s interaction within themselves and with the CEO. It points out the dangers and pitfalls that many nonprofit Boards end up dealing with because they are either too trusting or not engaged enough in what is happening within the organization. The author provides takeaways at the end of each chapter.

I would also recommend following the author’s blog on WordPress. The material covered in the book has been on the site, but he continually posts updates and new material all aimed at nonprofit Boards of Directors.

I strongly recommend this book for all nonprofit Boards and the CEO.

 

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Waking Gods

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I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of Net Galley and Random House Ballentine, the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would write a review and post it on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon and my book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I am a fan of science fiction and I read the previous book in the Themis series (Sleeping Giants) and enjoyed it immensely.

This book continues the theme of the first in the series (alien visitation/invasion) and expands upon it to several robots. It is an engaging read which also makes it a quick read. I do not want to give the story line away, but some characters from the first book are killed and some new characters arise. I have been looking for new science fiction authors to follow and Sylvain Neuvel has definitely made the list. I am looking forward to the next book in the Themis series.

I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a fresh, engaging science fiction author. I also recommend that you read the first book in the series as this one is not a stand alone novel.

 

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From Ice to Ashes

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I received a free Kindle copy of the book courtesy of the author and Net Galley. It was with the understanding that I would write a review and post it on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon and my book review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google Plus pages.

I requested this book as I really enjoyed the first book in the series – Titanborn. It is the second book by Rhett Bruno that I have read. I have been seeking a new science fiction author to replace some of my favorites who have passed on or have fallen into the trap of cranking our a book for the sake of cranking out a book and I have found him. Two very good ones in a row is enough for me to look forward to future books in the series.

As with the first book this was an engaging and quick read. This one did start out a little slowly, but quickly picked up the pace. While it is the second in the series  it does not pick up where the previous novel left off which is alright. The characters are well developed and interesting. There are a few surprises in the plot that will make sense if you have read the first book in the series, but it is not mandatory.

I recommend this book to those of you who are fans of science fiction and are looking for a new author with an engaging storytelling style.

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The Seventh Plague

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I read this book because I am a fan of James Rollins and his Sigma Force novels. I have read all of the.

This is a typical James Rollins novel in that it is well written and engaging making it a fast read. The premise for the story involves the 10 plagues of Egypt from the Bible and bringing the story line of Grey’s father to a conclusion. Other reviewers have indicated that the science/history is too far fetched to be believable. I read these books because I enjoy them – I realize going in that the plot is a stretch as it is in all of these types of books.

I recommend this book for anyone who is a fan of James Rollins and the Sigma Force.

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No Man’s Land

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This is the fourth in the John Puller series and I have read them all. As with the others this book moves at a quick pace making it a quick read. The central plot is finding out what happened 30 years ago when Puller’s mother disappeared. While this book can be a stand alone novel it is helpful if you have read the prior three books in the series.I recommend this book for fans of David Baldacci and the John Puller series.

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