The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore is a modern twist on the classic mystery novel created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He never liked creating the tales of Sherlock Holmes so loved by his readers, and would rather move on to more interesting writing from his point of view. He saw it as far too simple writing and eventually grew to hate his own character, Holmes. In fact he killed off the hero Holmes in one of his books. The odd thing is that after a few years he came back and wrote Holmes back to life. Why? Nobody really knows. Those years have been lost, a very odd thing for a person that wrote in his diary
religiously.
In modern times a different mystery is brewing regarding that very diary, the one that has gone missing all these years. Someone has found it, but when that someone turns up dead we fall into a Holmes like mystery of our own. Continue reading “The Sherlockian by Graham Moore”

American On Purpose, by Craig Ferguson

The improbable adventures of an unlikely patriot

I have just finished listening to the first book on tape I have heard in a long while, Harry Potter probably being my last.  I don’t tend to care for books on tape as I lose interest too quickly and my attentions stray to other places.  When I heard my favorite talk show host Craig Ferguson had written an autobiography I was interested, and I don’t even like reading an autobiography.  I was determined to go down to the local library and get the book to read, but never got around to it.  It wasn’t long until I heard that Craig  had been nominated for a Grammy.  I was intrigued, as I didn’t understand how he could get a Grammy, but then I learned it was for his book.  Now I had to get it, but I decided to get the audiobook instead.  How could I pass up listening to a Grammy nominated book read by Craig Ferguson? Continue reading “American On Purpose, by Craig Ferguson”

Never Let You Go by Erin Healy

Lexi Solomon is doing all she can to raise her beautiful little girl Molly even though her husband Grant abandoned her seven years ago.  Not that Grant was much of a father figure, as he was addicted to several types of drugs and even was dealing them.  Lexi’s own father is in a mental institution after a mental breakdown.  Lexi’s sister’s murder triggered his mental collapse, combined with Lexi’s mother leaving him soon afterward.  But now the man responsible for Lexi’s sister’s murder, Grant, and Grant’s own drug dealer Warden (who is demanding payment with interest) are all back in town.  It sounds like a scenario only cooked up in the TV soap opera realm, but I promise you, this story has much more to offer than that!  Erin Healy writes an excellent novel that thrills you to the bone and leaves you shaking! Continue reading “Never Let You Go by Erin Healy”

The Circle Series 4-in-1 by Ted Dekker (Pt. 2)

White by Ted Dekker book coverFirst of all, if you haven’t read part 1 of my review you should read it first!

The next part in The Circle by Ted Dekker is White, and for the most part it is the conclusion to the tale of Thomas Hunter.  In White, Thomas faces his most difficult trials yet as not just one, but two worlds are facing an end.  In our world Thomas is trying to keep war from breaking out all over the globe and the Raison Strain from ravaging what is left of the population.  He must also face innumerable trials on other Earth as the Horde seeks to exterminate the remnant of the circle that is remaining.  Those left alive are now known as the albinos and it is the Horde that now live in the forests.  Most of all Thomas must know what it means for an albino to fall in love with Horde. Continue reading “The Circle Series 4-in-1 by Ted Dekker (Pt. 2)”

The Circle Series 4-in-1 by Ted Dekker (Pt. 1 of 2)

The Circle by Ted Dekker 4 in 1 book cover

Ted Dekker‘s greatest books are finally together under one binding and they couldn’t look better!  When you pick it up it has weight but is certainly lighter than if you were carrying around all of the books.  Not that you would….or would you?  It finally looks like an actual book of history with the leather thong and all.

Now all of that is nice and all, but Ted decided to make this particular edition extra special.  THIS version of the circle books has an alternate ending, and yes you read that right.  A new ending to the book series that so many fans have grown to love!

Ted Dekker’s book series began back in February of 2005 with a novel by the name of Black.  Black is the tale of a man by the name of Thomas Hunter and his dreams, but these are no ordinary dreams Continue reading “The Circle Series 4-in-1 by Ted Dekker (Pt. 1 of 2)”

Petra: City In Stone by T.L. Higley

This new book called Petra was a great read and really enlightened me to the times of the early church as they were being persecuted in Rome and elsewhere around the world.  In this book the main characters Cassia and her son Alexander travel to the city of Petra, a city carved in stone.  When Cassia discovers that her husband was heir to the throne the Queen plots to kill Cassia’s son Alexander and calls on demonic powers to carry out her goal.  This is to have her own son gain the throne of the kingdom.  Cassia joins a Roman named Julian, who has also fled his home, and his band of believers in the Jewish Messiah.  They seek a protection and a movement from God in that wondrous city. Continue reading “Petra: City In Stone by T.L. Higley”

Great Parents, Lousy Lovers by Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham

This new book does seem to take the form of many similar self-help books on love in a relationship but in reality Great Parents, Lousy Lovers gives you a fresh take on how you should live your life towards your spouse.  It attempts to be new and fresh in many ways and I believe it succeeds in that goal quite well and it keeps this book rather interesting from beginning to end.

A parent in todays fast paced world can be a great parent and yet still have a healthy love life, which is very important in a happy marriage.  This is the philosophy that drives this book and it is this idea that is reinforced throughout.  The book gives great insight into a typical marriage today and how one is to balance being a good parent with being a great lover. Continue reading “Great Parents, Lousy Lovers by Dr. Gary Smalley and Ted Cunningham”

Havah by Tosca Lee

Tosca Lee thrilled me with her last book, Demon: A Memoir and now she enthralls me with her newest book Havah.  This book elegantly tells the tale of a woman we all have heard of but know too little about.  Tosca goes deep into the tale of Eve in this novel and tells the tale that was never told. Continue reading “Havah by Tosca Lee”

Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy

Ted Dekker’s recent novel, written alongside Erin Healy, is an amazing and powerful novel based on the battle between the good and the evil within us.  It is a trip into the realm of the paranormal and the twists will leave your head spinning.  When I was reading this book there were many times that I had to stop and wrap my head around what had just happened.  Sometimes people gave me funny looks as I kept saying WOW! aloud throughout the book.  It is in this book, simply entitled Burn, that you will fall down a previously unseen rabbit-hole. Continue reading “Burn by Ted Dekker and Erin Healy”

The Noticer

The Noticer by Andy Andrews is a great story, written as an allegory of sorts.  The author begins by telling a bit of his own story, how he came from nothing, and how with a bit of perspective, he grew to become a very successful speaker.  Of course, as is a work of fiction, Andy took the liberty of introducing the person of Jones into his own life story.  It’s just Jones, no mister.

Jones first appears in Andy’s life when he was at his worst, crying underneath a pier. Jones does what he always does and introduces a new perspective on his life to Andy.  He leaves shortly after imparting his wisdom, but not before giving him a few books to read. Biographies of successful people who came from nothing. Andy reads those books, and reads and reads more and more, and it wasn’t long before the things he learns from these people begin to turn his life around. Continue reading “The Noticer”