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THE THIRD KINGDOM

Posted: October 23, 2013 in Book Reviews

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THE THIRD KINGDOM BY TERRY GOODKIND

The third kingdom is the sequal to the Omen Machine, which takes place after the events in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. Richard and Kahlan had just escaped the Hedge Maid at the end of the Omen Machine. This book picks up where this left off.

To bring you up to speed I will send you a brief summary of the Omen Machine. Richard and Kahlan are contentedly enjoying Cara’s marriage when a boy named Henrik approaches them. He warns them of dark things to come before scratching them both and running away. This unexpected turn of events leaves them perplexed. Soon after, Cara warns Richard and the group that something or someone was watching her in her room. At first unbelieving, Richard and Kahlan notice the same spooky presence on their own. Shortly after these events, prophecies starts coming from the most unexpected places and people. Ominously, all of the prophecies that are being uttered are also appearing in a book titled the Book of Regulus. This evenutally leads Richard and Kahlan to the Hedge maid. A practitioner of dark death magic whose lips have been sown shut at birth to prevent the scream of death escaping and killing all within range of her scream.

This book is packed full of action, walking dead, souless cannibals determined to eat you alive to capture your soul, dark occult magic, legions of the undead and terrifying situations for Richard and Kahlan who find themselves being held captive by practitioners of dark magic. Kahlan who is taken captive by an abbot and tortured to reveal prophecys to him and Richard finds himself along with his friends Cara, Ben, and his Grandfather Zed, trapped in dungeon garded by death itself desperatley search for a way out while being tortued by Hannis Arc. They come face to face with a ressurected undead Emperor from 3,000 years ago.

This book is intense, frightening and action packed. You wont want to put it down and you will be taken through there tale and living there story right along with them. this book is a must read for Terry Goodkind fans, and a highly recommended read for anyone, Great read for halloween but make sure you read The Omen Machine first. I could not put this book down and loved every minute of it. Fantastic wrighting, Incredible story telling and exciting and fast paced read. I am eargerly anticipating the next volume. As usual Terry Goodkind does not dissapoint.

I would give this one a 9.5/10 bookworms a must read!!!

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FRANKENSTEIN

Posted: October 12, 2013 in Book Reviews

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelly published in 1818

“Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even YOU turned from me in disgust? God, in pity, made man alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, But I am solitary and abhorred”

I think most people are quite familiar with the tale of Dr Victor Frakenstein and his monster that he created. Science gone wrong and disater is the result. In his pursuit of knowledge Dr. Frakenstein reanimates previously lifeless material and created a monster which is so horrifying and terrifying that he runs in his fear and spends the rest of his life being haunted by his creation.

Dr Victor Frakensteins monster has no name, and is often referred to as the demon. I find it quite fitting that his creation has no name, and while fighting his creation he is in reality fighting his demon that he created. A parrellell for our lives. Do we create demons of our own making? do these demons make demands on us and our time? do they demand that we create more demons and do we find our selves rationalizing at times with our demons that creating another one will help us banish the demons we have created? Do these demons haunt us and pursue us where ever we may go in our lives? Dr Frakensteinst demon creation certainaly does. His Demon takes everything dear to him and hurts and destroys those closest to him. His life becomes aganozing and terryfying as he watches all who is dear to him destoryed by his own creation. He is eventually destroyed himself.

A tragic yet inspring tale. Dr Frakensteins creation starts off innocent of any sin and is only wanting to be loved and understood but after being rejected, hated and despised by all who encounter him turns to violence and crime which destroy not only himself but his creators soul is tortured as he could not control the very monster he created.

Can we control the monster of our own make. Or do we let them control us? This story is a great parable from which we can all learn from. If we dont learn to control our demons and effectivley banish them from our lives we will spend our whole lives in pursuit of our fears which will not only destroy us but we risk loosing all that is most dear and precious to us.

Frakenstein is a timeless tale and a classic. I highly reccomend this read to anyone. It is a tale of sorrow and the outward manifestations of our fears. It is a tale of the human condition and our need to be accepted. It is a tale of rejection and cruelty. I can say with confidence that this tale is one of the best storys ever written!. I give this one book 10/10 book worms.

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This compilation of short stories about Sherlock Holmes takes place in the late 1800’s in England follows the adventures or mysteries of Sherlock Holmes and his partner Doctor Watson.

Sherlock who is famous for his powers of deduction solves mysterys ranging from thefts, missing persons cases and murders. Taking clues from what seems to be insignificant pieces of information and putting them together to tell often bizzare and strange tales of greed, love, lusts, vegence and murder.

The good, I enjoyed the short story format it was a good break from the normal novel lenght stories I read. While I was never really thinking I wonder what happenned next it was fun to see how he solved the case and reasoned his way to a conclusion. Makes for a quick and fun read.

The bad. This book reads like a summary of a story and really does not give the reader much of a reason to continue reading. You know almost from the beggining what happenned. It reads more like a summary rather than taking you through the story from beggining to end. There is no following of the characters. No story development. No character development and really does not give you any reason to continue. The character gives you a narratvie then Sherlock basicaly tells you he has solved it and tells you how. Occassionally going through a narritive of some addtional investigation himself.

If you like the short story format then this might be a good read for you, however it is not to my liking or personal style preferences

I give this book 4/10 bookworms and honestley cant recommend it unless you want a simple narrative and short story