The Ninetoes Book of the Month April 2018

The Take

It should come as no surprise to anyone who reads my blog tat my choice for the Book of the Month for April 2018 is Christopher Reich’s The Take. This book is responsible for my third “Bookgasm” of the year. I will not say it is hard to impress me, but in some respects I am a tough customer. For me to claim a book got to me like this, it has to blow the roof off my rating scale (1-5 Bookmarks), and this book did it. If I went beyond 5 bookmarks, it would have gotten it. I was tempted to give it 10 out of 5, but that would have been a little cheesy, even for me.

Yes, dear reader, this book is that DAMNED good!


5 Questions With David Gerrold

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David Gerrold is an award winning author of Science Fiction. He has contributed to the Star Trek (both the Original Series and The Next Generation) series of books, wrote the novelization of Battle For The Planet of the Apes, as well as his own War Against the Cthorr series.

He was kind enough to take some time out of his day to answer “5 Questions”

It has been said that to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader. With that in mind, please answer the following questions.

 -What book got you interested in reading?

Well, I did go through a lot of kids books — but the Heinlein juveniles were the ones that grabbed me. I’d guess Space Cadet was the big one. After that, I became a big fan of Murray Leinster, Eric Frank Russell, Zenna Henderson, Cyril Kornbluth, Fred Pohl, and too many others to list.

 -Do you have a favorite genre to read?

Science fiction, of course.

 -Is there a book you have read more than one time?

There are at least a hundred books I have revisited. Probably more. A lot of Heinlein, Jack Vance, Theodore Sturgeon, Ursula K. LeGuin, Samuel R. Delany, Larry Niven …

-What got you interested in writing?

I was never not interested in writing. Storytelling is a natural human expression of the self. I love stories. I love hearing them, I love reading them, I love sharing them.

-Was there a book of yours that was difficult to write? Which one was it and what made it so difficult?

It’s the one I’m working on now. It’s called Footnote*. It may never be finished.

Judging a Book By Its Cover

Alexander Outland

I will be the first to admit that I look at Facebook for my next read. A lot of my friends are authors, i like to see what they are up to/recommend/find-out-in-the-wild. The book shown above was found in the wild. At first I thought it was a gag, until I looked it up.

The book is real!!!!!

I cannot wait to get my hands on it! From the write up, it is like a cross between Star Wars and porn. What could go wrong? Yes, I realize I am judging a book by its cover. Look at the cover! Look at it!!!! Just looking at it, you know this book is going to be a fun read!!!

This got me thinking about other books I judged by their cover. IO find that sometimes I do it quite often. I am only human, with a scorching reading habit. Back in the day, when I was raging through fantasy and science fiction, I would get a book just because of the art and artist of the cover. Artists like Larry Elmore, Darrell K. Sweet, Boris Vallejo, Brom, Micheal Whelan, Julie Bell, and Frank Frazetta got me interested in a book straight away! A lot of times they would capture a scene from the book and i could not wait to get to that part!

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A lot of their cover art would be featured in series like Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Conan the Barbarian, The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Lord of the Rings,  just to name a few. Sure, some of the books would be duds, but it was worth the read just to see if I was judging the book correctly. For the record, I would say I judged the book correctly 85-90% of the time, it is still that way!

Tell me, dear reader, are there any books you judge by the cover?

We’re Going to the Bookstore!!!!!

In a couple of weeks, I will be celebrating my ten year wedding anniversary with Mrs. Ninetoes. She asked me “What is the gift for ten years?” I replied “Books. The answer is always books.”

For the record, the ten year anniversary gift is tin or aluminum. I do not think books are made of that….but I think bookmarks are! Now according to tradition, give a gift made of these materials for good luck. Well, that fits in with my “Holy Quintet”…The Father, The Son, The Holy Spirit, Karma and Luck. Am I being sacrilegious? Nope. I’ve seen all five in action in my life.

Aaaaaaannnnnd, I was rambling again.

A tradition my wife and I established from the beginning was books. Any holiday, any special occasion between the two of us, just because we love each other, we give books. Sometimes we know right away what we want and put the suggestion/request/demand in right away. Other times we go on the hunt. Either way, books are there.

Mrs. Ninetoes announced she knows what she wants. Last night, from the shower, she announced she wants J.T. Ellison’s Lie To Me.

Lie to Me: A Fast-Paced Psychological Thriller

That is one of the things I love about my wife. She zeroes in on what she wants to read and bingo! she is off to the races. Sometimes I envy her for that. And there are times she envies me for the way I go about my hunt.

However, I think i may want to go to my childhood and embrace my first superhero. I told my wife I may want one of the following:

I know, you are saying I am cheating by getting a book with pictures, but consider this, Spider-verse is 648 pages of Spiderman goodness, and Spider Island is 376 pages. There is good reading to be found in graphic novels (I even wrote an article about it a few months ago).

I may also go for something else. There is the next W.E.B. Griffin book in the Clandestine Operations series:

Death at Nuremberg (A Clandestine Operations Novel) by [Griffin, W.E.B., Butterworth, William E.]

So many books, so little time. But I shall read on! Read on! Read on!!!!!

The Ninetoes Book Recomendation of the Week 3/25-21/2018

Boar Island (Anna Pigeon Series #19)

Okay guys and gals, this one comes from Mrs. Ninetoes. Yes there is a Mrs. Ninetoes, and she just finished this book and raved about it for a couple of days.

Boar Island is the nineteenth book in the “Anna Pigeon” series. Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service Ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanours, but cyber-bulling and stalking is a new one. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumours spreading online and bullying texts. Until, one day, Heath finds her daughter Elizabeth in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry – her aunt Gwen and her friend Anna Pigeon.

The three adults decide the best thing to do is to remove Elizabeth from the situation and, since Anna is about to start her new post as Acting Chief Ranger at Acadia National Park in Maine, they join her and stay at a house on the cliff of a small island near the park, Boar Island.

But the move doesn’t solve the problem. The stalker has followed them. And Heath (a paraplegic) and Elizabeth aren’t alone on the otherwise deserted island. At the same time, Anna has barely arrived at Acadia before a brutal murder is committed by a killer uncomfortably close to her…

Mrs. Ninetoes hopes you enjoy this as much as she did!

Introducing Simon Wood

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-What is your name?

Simon Wood

-What genre do you write in?

Mystery and thriller and occasionally horror.

-What drew you to this genre?

I saw THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS when I was six and became a horror fiend from that moment. This lead to horror books and I was forever buying horror anthologies and novels. My love crime novels came later. Although I was a big noir movie fan, when a friend of mine gave me a copy of Raymond Chandler’s LADY IN THE LAKE, I knew from then on, I’d be splitting my love between horror and crime. I guess I am drawn to the nature of a force that is much larger than any person that can come in and yank the rug from under you.  That’s horror and that’s crime.

-What book(s) have you written?

I’ve written over a dozen books. My most notable titles are ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN, PAYING THE PIPER and THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY.

-What is your current release?


-How much research went into that book?

This idea has been percolating for a while so I didn’t have too much research to do.  Where I do put a lot of time is in the crime scenes.  I tend to ‘walk the crimes’ in the actual locations and I stress test all the escape routes—which I do enjoy doing.

-What was the hardest part of writing that book?

Emotional scenes are always the toughest to write.  Striking the right note takes time and a ton of rewriting. Action scenes are a blast.

-Is this work part of a series?

Yes, it’s the second book in the Scott Fleetwood and Tom Sheils series, with PAYING THE PIPER being the first.

– Where can your book(s) be found?

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Audible, iTunes.

-Reading time is valuable. Sell me on your book.

For SAVING GRACE, a kidnapper known as the Shepherd makes national news when he snatches a child from a vacationing family.  The Shepherd wants two things for the safe return of the child—money and Scott Fleetwood. Events are going to be played out in real time in front of the eyes of the media.

 Paying the Piper (Fleetwood and Sheils)Saving Grace (Fleetwood and Sheils Book 2)

One To Look At

A Trial By Error

I get a lot of book titles coming across my Facebook feed. Yes I am geeky that way. As I was scrolling through my feed today, I saw this little gem come up. For the record, I will be getting this book later on today, but for now, I want you to know that I have contacted the author about doing either 5 Questions or Author Introduction Questions.

What has me excited is I am always on the hunt for new space opera. I grew up reading space opera, and I LOVE the genre. The premise of this one has me intrigued:

Dahvin Tave faces an uncertain future. Shot down by a team of Alliance Enforcers on The Fringe of the Milky Way and charged with the murder of the wealthiest, most influential man on planet Gehren, Dahvin is convinced he’s been targeted as a scapegoat for a political assassination. He’d never been to Gehren and never met the man.

Aboard the ship transporting him to trial, he is befriended by Enforcer Tessianna D’Tieri, one of two officers who shot him. The two develop a deep connection in spite of his distrust for authority and regulations prohibiting her from fraternizing with prisoners. He is desperate to find a way to escape. She is determined to save him.

Logs from his interstellar freighter and a visit to the murder scene dredge up terrifying suppressed memories and force him to face his involvement with the victim. Will the investigator in charge of the case prove his innocence, or cave to pressure from his superior to prove Dahvin is guilty? “

See what I mean?

Count me in!!!!!