This will be a nice long weekend for me as my son is off school today and Monday...whoopee! These are my weekend reads and I can't wait! Hope you all enjoy your weekend :D
I love to read and I read a lot! My favorite genres are Christian fiction, historical fiction, especially anything set in Ancient Rome or Egypt, horror and thrillers.
This was an enjoyable, speculative story about Asenath, who is barely mentioned in the Bible. She was Joseph's wife. This is the Joseph whose brothers sold him into slavery, but he rose to become vizier, or the second highest after the pharaoh, in Egypt.
Great characters, believable story, and I enjoyed reading it. It is a Christian fiction book, as it tells of her conversion from worshipping her Egyptian gods, to converting and following the One God.
4 stars and recommended for Christian and historical fiction fans.
Another fast paced thriller, this one with an almost what-if? scenario involving the creation of an AI program. The result is truly terrifying, especially because this can be become a very real problem in the near future. I hope that whoever out there is working towards achieving AI, will truly consider the consequences.
A fun and exciting read. 4 stars
I think by now everyone knows what this book is about. My take- lots of tension and a fairly good amount of psychological terror, but because we never got to know exactly what it is they see, it drove me absolutely crazy. This made the story seem unfinished for me, so I am giving it just 3 stars.
I am still looking forward to the movie on Netflix though.
No, no, no....I am sorry, Jeremy, you know I'm a big fan, but this was my least favorite of all your books. For the reasons some of the other reviewers loved it, I did not. Didn't care for the potty humor, gamer references, (guess cuz I'm not a gamer), the over-the-top silliness of the whole thing, and the obvious storyline. Just not my cup tea, but don't worry, I am still a fan and will always read anything you write, except a Space Force sequel.
(I know it's supposed to be a funny book, but I still didn't like it)
Holy moly...this book was something!! The thrills just keep on coming, but that ending...oh, that ending....I was crying, then I was like, "say what?!"
It royally sucks to have to wait for the next one!
Do not attempt to read this if you have not read the Jack West series, it will not have the same impact.
And dang, I also want to see another Scarecrow book!
5 stars for never-ending thrills and because I love this character!
A story about what happens to an everyday, normal guy who is accidentally thrust into an unforgiving environment and the changes he undergoes as he tries to adapt. It is visceral and sometimes depressing, but it is a story of survival.
Very different from the author's other books, but I am sure it had a lot to do with the medical issues he has been going through lately. Maybe Jeremy saw a little of himself in the main character. Whatever the case, you can tell he put a lot of his soul into it.
An enjoyable read and recommended. 5 stars.
Every so often, I get Amazon Prime for a month just to do some shopping, usually for Christmas or birthdays. Anyways, because it comes with a free prime book of your choosing to read, I decided to go with this one.
This is the story of the Pischke family, particularly Dennis and David, the twins, who lived on a farm in Canada during the 1950's- 1960's. The children's real father has died and their mother takes up with a man named Bob Domko, or as they refer to him, Satan. It is the story of their abuse, neglect, and horror at the hands of this man, and it is heart-breaking.
I don't know why I read stories like these....they make me so angry, and sad at the same time. But, I love it when children like them grow up and are able to rise above their situations and come out triumphant on the other side.
This one was tough to read, but it was very compelling. They even made a documentary about them.
4 stars and recommended for those with strong stomachs.
Tom Deady is an author I discovered last year, and was glad I did! Although this newest addition was a tad more predictable than his prior works, it was still very well-written. He is definitely an author to watch out for, because he is going places.
If you decide to read one of his books, I highly recommend Haven or Eternal Darkness. They were excellent!
This was a definite departure from the authors usual writing, but I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
Set in the time of Sultan Suleiman's reign in the Ottoman Empire, this was a great mystery that takes place in a secret chess tournament set up by the Sultan to crown the best chess player of all, with players representing 15 countries. A murder takes place and the Sultan asks for help from the great teacher, Mr. Roger Ascham, and his student/protege, a then 13 year old Elizabeth Tudor, (future queen of England), to solve it.
This time period continues to fascinate me and this book was very entertaining. I would have given it 5 stars, but for the explicit sexual escapades of the character, Elsie, in the book. I felt it graphic and unnecessary to the story. I skipped those parts. I'm surprised that the author went into such detail. He could have left it out, or just implied it, and that would have been enough. I docked a star for that reason. Otherwise, it was a great tale.
This is the story of Lucius, a roman boy who wishes to know the true history of Julius Caesar, not the stuff that is written for the masses. So he seeks out a slave named Polybius (who is now very old and free), who lived during the time of Caesar and knew him personally as his nomenclator. As it says in the synopsis, a nomenclator was the close personal attendant who announced the names and information on people to his master.
This is the first of a series of 4 books that follows the life of Julius Caesar from his beginning, as told by his personal slave Polybius and I loved it. The author did a great job putting you in that time period and getting an intimate, close up look at the rise of the first emperor of Rome. I am really surprised at how well it is written considering the author seems to have put out only 1 book before this. I am really looking forward to the rest of the series.
5 stars and recommended for all historical fiction fans.
I've read many books whose main character was an evil child, but the one in this story was truly despicable. I don't say this often, (and I have never said it about a child in real life, as I have never met a true monster like this one), but this is one child I would truly consider admitting to a mental institution. Ugh, he gave me the shivers...
The mother wasn't any better.
Thank goodness it was fictional. (I hate to think that there might actually be children like this in the world).
This is an end times series based on the book of Revelation in the Bible. Baqash means "to seek out". While I liked the premise (the reason for the 3 stars), and the good biblical teachings, I did not care for the writing. It seemed stilted and amateurish, and the characters were one dimensional. Although it was a free book, I do not think I will be continuing on with the series.