Sci Fi Short Stories/Novella

The Apoidean Affair – Short Story Review

Smith & W’Sin Adventures Book 1 by Matthew McCray
By Matthew McCray
Published on November 12, 2019

Two privateers seems to find themselves with a lot of bad luck in this space adventure that is full of so much fun from start to finish. This may be a short story, but there is a lot of action packed in the 41 pages.

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Sci Fi Short Stories/Novella

Gerald’s Mistake: An Accidental Cat-astrophe – Short Story Review

An Accidental Cat-astrophe Book 1 by T.M. Edwards
Published on: June 19, 2019

Poor Gerald wasn’t getting fed on time.  His owner, Frank, was just too absorbed in his work and was late – again.  And after all…Gerald did warn Frank not to be late again so this whole thing is really not his fault. 

Ever wonder what your cat is thinking when you forget to feed it?  Or what they might do should the end of the world come?  This short story gives you the chance to find out.

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Middle Grade

The Heath Cousins and the Moonstone Cave

The Heath Cousins Book 2 by Eileen Hobbs
Published on: October 31, 2017

At only 65 pages, The Heath Cousins and the Moonstone Cave is a short, but sweet middle grade story that explores difficult topics such as grief and mourning gracefully, while adding a bit of adventure too.  My 11-year old nephew read this book too and I am including his review and thoughts here at the end.

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Audio Book Reviews, Mystery - General

North of Nowhere

Alex McKnight #4 by Steve Hamilton
Published in:  2003
4-stars-1

North of Nowhere

In North of Nowhere, Alex McKnight has turned into a bit of a recluse. He’s been spending a lot of time by himself and it has been noticed by his friend Jackie, who runs the local Glasglow Inn. Instead of letting Alex continue down this path he gives him an ultimatum: Get on a plane to go live in the Yukon territory where Alex would then get the chance to go whole years without seeing anyone – or attend a local poker game and be social. Alex eventually gets the point of what Jackie is trying to say and agrees to go to the poker game.

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Audio Book Reviews, Thriller

Raven Black

Shetland Island #1 by Ann Cleeves
First published in 2006
4-stars-1

Raven Black

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves is the first in the Shetland Island series and is what the Shetland TV series is based on, although I haven’t watch it yet.  It also won the Duncan Lawrie Dagger award for best crime novel of the year in 2006.  I listened to this book on audio and my review is based on my listening experience.

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Picture Books

Argyle Fox

by Marie Letourneau
Published on:  March 14, 2017
4-stars-1

Argyle Fox

Argyle Fox by Marie Letourneau is a story of a young fox who wants to play outside on a windy day. Over and over and over again he tries to find different ways to play, but the wind keeps winning and Argyle’s playtime keeps getting interrupted and disturbed, forcing him to find ‘yet another’ way to play outside. He finally gets frustrated enough that decides to quit playing outside on windy days forever. However, with a gentle push from his mother he thinks up a way that he can play outside ‘with’ the wind.

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Middle Grade

The Map to Everywhere

The Map to Everywhere #1 by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis
Published on:  November 4, 2014
5-stars

Map to Everywhere

My nephew recommended this book. He liked it so much that he found my Fire tablet and proceeded to mark the entire series with 5 stars on GoodReads, even though I hadn’t read any of them yet. So, now that I’ve finished listening to it on audio, which was excellent, and with each character having his or her own voice. I am interviewing my nephew for his review.

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