Sunday, October 27, 2013

Slashback (Cal Leandros, #8) by Rob Thurman

Slashback (Cal Leandros, #8)Slashback by Rob Thurman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I stopped and let them circle me, first because it was intriguing and, second, because, honestly, what could they do? Only knives, but all armed, and that made them even more interesting. Interesting. Fun.


Taking on bloodthirsty supernatural monsters is how Caliban and Niko Leandros make a living. But years ago—before they became a force to be reckoned with—the brothers were almost victims of a very human serial killer.


Unfortunately for them, that particular depraved killer was working as apprentice to a creature far more malevolent—the legendary Spring-heeled Jack. He’s just hit town. He hasn’t forgotten what the Leandros brothers did to his murderous protégé. He hasn’t forgotten what they owe him.

And now they are going to pay… and pay… and pay.…


I am glad that Thurman seems to be going back to the action that I enjoyed so much in the earlier books in this series. A lot of information came out in this book. Robin's tie to the Leandros brothers. Things that happened in the past that relate to who and what the brothers are today. A lot of loose ends were tied up, but at the same time a lot was left open to the possibility of new story lines. I have not seen anything about rather another book is in the works for this series but with all of the things still left open I am certainly hoping so.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

UR by Stephen King

URUR by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As quickly as a spider spins its web, King reminds us why he's the master of the novella - a format which, up until now that is, one might have thought is fast disappearing. In his new novella, UR, King is at his unsettling best as he examines the future of the written word - for better or worse. Following a nasty break-up, lovelorn college English instructor Wesley Smith can't seem to get his ex-girlfriend's parting shot out of his head: "Why can't you just read off the computer like the rest of us?" Egged on by her question and piqued by a student's suggestion, Wesley places an order for's Kindle eReader. The [pink?] device that arrives in a box stamped with the smile logo -via one-day delivery that he hadn't requested - unlocks a literary world that even the most avid of book lovers could never imagine. But once the door is open, there are those things that one hopes we'll never read or live through. Firm, gripping, and deftly written by a craftsman at the top of his game, this is King at his crisp, clear, page-turning best.


This was a good, quick read. The ending came a bit abruptly for me. I was reading along and went to turn the page and was like "what?" I was not expecting an ending right then. lol Loved the glimpse into the Dark Tower series. I always love how King manages to bring other books into each of his stories.

Definitely worth the time that it takes to read.

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***Kindle edition

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Doubletake (Cal Leandros, #7) by Rob Thurman

Doubletake (Cal Leandros, #7)Doubletake by Rob Thurman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Half-human/half-monster Cal Leandros knows that family is a pain. But now that pain belongs to his half-brother, Niko. Niko's shady father is in town, and he needs a big favor. Even worse is the reunion being held by the devious Puck race-including the Leandros' friend, Robin- featuring a lottery that no Puck wants to win.

As Cal tries to keep both Niko and Robin from paying the ultimate price for their kin, a horrific reminder from Cal's own past arrives to remind him that blood is thicker than water-and that's why it's so much more fun to spill.


I am glad that the author has gone back to her excellent use of nonstop action to keep the novel moving along. I am glad that Cal has begun to accept what/who he is and that the author moved away from all of the philosophical waxing that was rampant in the last couple of books. I love the relationship between Cal and Niko and the fact that nothing can ever come between them. The introduction of Grimm allows us to explore the Auphe aspect of Cal from a different point of view. We can now see what Cal could have been if not for the bond with Niko while still holding on to the possibility that Cal can retain his humanity.

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