Your Friday Fun Read 03/29/2019

SHARDS OF REALITY: A LitRPG novel (Enter the Realm Book 1) by [Long, Timothy W.]

I am just a little bit over half way through with this book, but it has my nod for Your Friday Fun Read. Shard of Reality (Enter the Realm book 1) by Timothy W. Long is a book any video gamer could relate to. Imagine becoming trapped in your favorite video game, for real!

“Walter LePointe and Oswald Blackwell just woke up inside of the online role playing game Realms of Th’loria. With no memory of how they arrived, Walt and Oz soon learn the hard way that living in an epic fantasy world isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

With dark forces are at work intent on thwarting their every more the pair are soon swept up into a world that is at once beautiful and brutal but at the same time broken. As level 1 characters with no skills or experience, nothing can prepare them for their new lives as they Enter the Realm.”

This book is a gamer’s dream, or nightmare, come true! Give it a shot, you will be happy you did!

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Batman Turns 80 Years Old!

Detective Comics #1000

Holy Old Age! Batman turns 80!

The above image is the wrap-around cover of Detective Comics #1000, the birth place of Batman comic books. We are talking about eighty years of the adventures of the Caped Crusader. Now, if you are interested in this, be prepared to plunk down ten dollars ($10) for the issue. If you are a hardcore collector, there are several issues with variant covers be the decade. Yes, that would be eight different covers.

Created by Bob Kane in 1939, the story of an orphaned child who devotes his life to fighting crime has enthralled millions across the years. The popularity of Batman has crossed over from comic books to television shows, video games, movie franchises, and just about any other aspect of daily life you can imagine, making Batman a household name.

Go out and grab your copy today!

Release and Catch Day!!!!!

Hey there Booklovers! Today is Tuesday and that means on the mass markets it is what I call Release and Catch day. The book is released and hopefully you will catch it! I have two to share with you that I am very much interested in reading.

First up is Crown Jewel by Christopher Reich.

Crown Jewel

Crown Jewel is the follow up to Mr. Reich’s popular The Take.

“Stolen sports cars, brilliant casino heists, and the brazen kidnapping of a prince: only the shadowy spy-for-hire Simon Riske can stop the mastermind behind it all.

Monte Carlo’s lavish casinos have become the target of a sophisticated and brutal team of professional gamblers; a casino dealer has been beaten to death; a German heiress’s son has been kidnapped. Who better to connect the crimes and foil a daringly brilliant plot than Simon Riske, freelance industrial spy? Riske — part Bond, part Reacher — knows Monte Carlo well: it’s where he was once a thrill-seeking thief himself, robbing armored trucks and leading police on dangerous car chases across the Côted’Azur, until he was double-crossed, served his time, and graduated as an investment genius from the Sorbonne.
Now Riske is a man who solves problems, the bigger and “riskier” the better. From the baccarat tables of Europe’s finest casinos to the superyachts moored in Monaco’s Port Hercule to a secluded chalet deep in the Swiss Alps, Riske will do what he does best: get in over his head, throw himself into danger, and find a way to outthink and outmaneuver villains of every stripe. 
In one of the most clever, enjoyable, and entertaining new series to come along in years, this sequel to The Take gives readers what they want most: a hero we can root for, locales we wish we were in, and a plot that never lets up.”

Attention “Firefly” fans, next up is James Lovegrove’s Firefly: The Magnificent Nine, the followup to his novel Firefly: Big Damn Hero.

Firefly - The Magnificent Nine

“An old flame of Jayne Cobb’s, Temperance McCloud, sends a message to Serenity, begging him for help. She lives on the arid, far-flung world of Tethys, and bandits are trying to overrun her town to gain control of their water supply: the only thing standing between its people and dustbowl ruin. Jayne tries to persuade the Serenity crew to join the fight, but it is only when he offers Vera, his favourite gun, as collateral that Mal realises he’s serious. 

When the Serenity crew land at a hardscrabble desert outpost called Coogan’s Bluff, they discover two things: an outlaw gang with an almost fanatical devotion to their leader who will stop at nothing to get what they want, and that Temperance is singlehandedly raising a teenage daughter, born less than a year after Temperance and Jayne broke up. A daughter by the name of Jane McCloud…”

You can be sure that when I am finished reading these novels, there will be a review.
Happy Reading!!!!

Your Friday Fun Read 03/23/2019

Kings of the Wyld

If you like heavy metal and fantasy reading, there is no better book for you! Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames is my pick for your Friday Fun Read! If you and e-reader, you can snag a copy for yourself for $2.99 for a limited time!

“Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. 

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay’s door with a plea for help–the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.”

Kings of the Wyld won The David Gemmel Morningatar Award for best fantasy debut and the Reddit/Fantasy award for best debut novel.

The Killing Joke Review

TITLE: Batman: The Killing Joke

AUTHOR(S): Alan More and Brian Bolland

GENRE: Graphic novel

PAGES:64

Even though it is sixty four pages long, there is a lot of good reading in these pages. For me, this was one of the best Batman/Joker tales i have read in a very longtime. It gets right to the heart of the relationship between these two dynamic characters.

At its heart, the story is the Joker wanting to show the Caped Crusader how one bad day can shape the rest of a man’s life. To prove his point, he goes to the home of police commissioner James Gordon, shoots Barbara Gordon (the commissioner’s daughter in the spine) and kidnaps the commissioner to further prove his point.

BUT….

That is not how the story begins.

It begins with Batman going to see the Joker at Arkham Asylum to plead a case. The case is their relationship. Batman feels they are on a collision course where one will kill the other, and he wants to do something to avoid that outcome if possible.

This is a Batman tale for the ages. I would say it is not kid friendly, this is more of a Batman for the adults, but make no mistake, it is a great story!

5+ out of 5 Bookmarks!!!!!

The Killing Joke: A Batman Novel

TITLE: The Killing Joke: A Batman Novel

AUTHOR: Christa Faust & Gary Phillips

GENRE: Mystery

PAGES: 336

Unless you have been living under a rock, or suffered some kind of accident that kept you in a coma for the last thirty one years, you will have heard of The Killing Joke, a graphic novel by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. This graphic novel took the world by storm and was an instant success. For some, this was the pinnacle of the Batman/Joker relationship. The graphic novel ran just over sixty pages and you hung off of every word.

Fast forward to 2018 and someone somewhere decided to turn graphic novels into prose novels.

In this case, it was a mistake.

Christa Faust and Gary Phillips took a story and added things to it that did not require and addition. It felt like they added thigs here and there from Batman lore, the movie THE KILLING JOKE (based on the graphic novel), and threw some of their own mojo into it. The end result was a book that felt disjointed and at time disconnected from the original story. Yes it was a Batman story. Yes, it featured the best of the graphic novel. But in the end it was not enough to save this book.

2 bookmarks out of 5

Your Friday Fun Read 03/15/2019

Julius Caesar (Folger Shakespeare Library Series)

My pick for your Friday Fun Read is William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. If you read this then you may just know why I chose this book on this day. I remember when  we read the play in high school and how it went straight to my core. This one has it all, love, loss, politics and betrayal.

Beware the Ides of March.

Et tu Brute?

If you have never read this book, now is the perfect time!