A Book Review: I, Mars (Mindcop Dossiers: Book 2), by T.A. Uner

I, Mars (Mindcop Dossiers: Book 2)
By T.A. Uner
Amazon link http://amzn.com/B00QKRNZYU
The author’s website http://leopardkingsaga.com

*I got an ebook copy of this book from the author in return of an honest review. Thanks, T.A.

I liked this book better the first one, although it might be a series effect or something. The book 1 was more like a pilot, and the readers could get just a glimpse. In this book, stories are moving faster.

Slow Fly’s are very creepy, but I think the author is great at shaping bad guys.

I also liked the afterword “Imagination”.

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One more book review, a quick one: Doctor Mars (Mindcop Dossiers 1), T.A. Uner

Doctor Mars (Mindcop Dossiers: Book 1)

By T.A. Uner

Amazon link http://amzn.com/B00L7BVB7M

The author’s website http://leopardkingsaga.com

A quick review for a quick read. I read this book with my Kindle Owner Library for free.

It was a fun read that can be read really quickly. I like some of the concepts  in the story that appeared kind of new to me, or at least with new twists.

I found only one thing kind of unfortunate. Only one sentence sloppily sounded like someone in this very present is telling the story explaining something in the future with reminding us of a similar thing in this era. That suddenly got me back to the present.

I understand it always happens to science fiction stories and it would be a challenge to make a story convincing enough. But I think It’s kind of awkward if the contemporary readers notice one not the readers in the future.

A Book Review: The Leopard Vanguard (The Leopard King Saga 1), T.A. Uner

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The Leopard Vanguard, Tome One of The Leopard King Saga

By T.A. Uner

Amazon link http://amzn.com/B00EP6SODU

The author’s website.  http://leopardkingsaga.com

A Centurion of the Roman army, Tullus’ life has changed after he rescued Tribune Norbanus in the battle and was offered a luxurious  position in the Praetorian Guard in the capital: entangled in the Imperial politics, falling in love with a Senate’s daughter, and the most dangerous secret of the Empire.

*The author gave me earlier a digital copy for an honest review. I had many things to be done at that time, and couldn’t start reading it for a while. The patient author kindly sent me a revised version. So I feel obliged to write honestly.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, though in a different way I had expected. The book is full of adventure.

Actually, I didn’t like the sex part. Well, I often feel the same even reading GRRM, so it might be okay with others. I also noticed some repetitious words and similar descriptions that don’t sound sophisticated.

I liked the supernatural creatures, and I enjoyed the parts like “The unexpected victory is always the sweetest”. I mostly hated the antagonist, but he also seems to have some secrets that might be revealed in the later volumes. I like to know more about “the golds”. But, unfortunately, it wasn’t convincing enough to make me buy the second book.

That said, I checked Amazon for details for this review, and found that I can read the second volume for free with Amazon prime. So my impression might change if I read the tome two later.

Reading Summer!

Today’s Daily Prompt doesn’t inspire me very much, so I’m just wondering what to write. A group of my fellow Japanese learners of English, and other foreign languages, are having a hash-tag event on Twitter every summer, this year starting next Monday. The period of the event is based on the summer recess of the most of Japanese public schools, approximately from July 20th to the end of August. Participants declare, as they like, their goals, learning materials to work on, or how they’re going to work hard, like how many hours, pages to read, or sentences to practice.

I’m joining them too, as I did for the past few summers. I’m still considering specific plans, but mine will be surely, mostly about reading, and fantasy. I’ll be reading a lot and I hope to write a review, even a very brief one, to each book of my “read” list on Goodreads.

Dog lovers!

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/an-odd-trio/
For today’s Daily Prompt you need to talk somewhat about a cat and other two things. I’d rather like to talk about dogs. Lately I’m just reading a series called The Buddy Files.

I wrote a review for one of the books from it at Goodreads the other day.
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/981888846

I know it’s just a series for kids. But I love that dogs’ point of view. And their description of humans and the human society is funny and there’s a lot of truth in it.

The books I reviewed are out!

The Waiting Room, by Alysha Kaye

Paperback: http://amzn.com/1500307041

Kindle edition: http://amzn.com/B00LDDXNC0

My review post for Alysha Kaye’s “The Waiting Room”.

https://seikaiha.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/book-review-the-waiting-room-by-alysha-kaye/

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Fractured Dream (The Dreamer Saga Book 1),

Kinde Edition: http://amzn.com/B00JG8U6TC

Paperback: http://amzn.com/1620153653

My review post for K.M. Randall’s “Fractured Dream”.

https://seikaiha.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/book-review-or-kind-of-fractured-dream-the-dreamer-saga-book-1-by-k-m-randall/

Book Review: The Waiting Room, by Alysha Kaye

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The book title: “The Waiting Room”

The author: Alysha Kaye

The release date: July 1st, 2014

Paperback: http://amzn.com/1500307041

Kinlde edition: http://amzn.com/B00LDDXNC0

The author’s website and blog:

http://alyshakaye.com/

http://alyshakaye.wordpress.com/

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Self-introduction by the author:

Alysha Kaye was born in San Marcos, TX, where she also received her BA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. She worked in marketing for a brief and terrible cubicle-soul-sucking time until she was accepted into Teach for America and promptly moved to Oahu. She taught 7th grade English in Aiea for two years and also received her Masters in Education from University of Hawaii. She now teaches in Austin, TX and tries to squeeze in as much writing as possible between lesson planning. She dreamt about The Waiting Room once, and offhandedly wrote her boyfriend a love poem about waiting for him after death. Somehow, that became a novel.

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Summary of “The Waiting Room” by the author:

Jude and Nina are the epitome of that whole raw, unflinching love thing that most people are jealous of. That is, until Jude dies and wakes up in The Waiting Room, surrounded by other souls who are all waiting to pass over into their next life. But unlike those souls, Jude’s name is never called by the mysterious “receptionist”. He waits, watching Nina out of giant windows. He’s waiting for her. What is this place? How long will he wait? And what will happen when and if Nina does join him? The Waiting Room is a story of not just love, but of faith, predestination, and philosophy, friendship and self-actualization, of waiting.

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It’s my second time to review a soon-to-be-published book through reading it as an Advanced Reader Copy. I came across the author, Alysha Kaye’s blog and found she was offering a copy of her debut novel “The Waiting Room” for a review. Yeah, I was kind of greedy for a free book, I admit. But, I can honestly say I got so interested in her “Waiting Room” concept.

As a lifelong day-dreamer and a night-dreamer myself, and one of those who used be a child in Japan when like almost everyone was crazed about the occult, or almost everything kind of “occultish”, her book sounded quite natural to me.

I was just curious how she would deal with this theme, or what her dream about “the Waiting Room” was like. I vaguely remember that as a child I dreamed once about a big pajama party with our deceased relatives at school. I think it was around Obon season, when it is supposed the dead visit their living family’s house. And it was also during summer vacation season for school kids. I guess I just confused Obon rituals with a school camp event or something. But I remember in the dream I was looking forward to reuniting with my at-that-time recently-dead grandfather.

Now, did I enjoy her book? Definitely. It made me think about a lot of things about, again, a lot of things. It’s still giving me a lot of thinking. Have there been  anybody who hasn’t ever thought about their after-death? Or, after-life? Hasn’t every faith come from the same question? And then, the author’s handling of this theme is different from traditional, religious ways. But it’s still also about faith. I can’t assure you the book will give you the answer you want, but I sure do it will give you the courage to think about it yourself. I’ve been thinking what I would talk to those “receptionists” myself since I finished reading the book.