Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Flight of the Golden Harpy

Susan Klaus Flight of the Golden HarpyFlight of the Golden Harpy
Susan Klaus
Tor Books
June, 2014

Idgie Says:
I'll be honest, I had issues keeping interest in this book.  Perhaps it's because Fantasy is not a genre I generally read - but I found that while the plot line held a lot of promise, which is why I agreed to review the book, the story itself - to me - was choppy in dialogue and sentence flow.  The characters never really drew me in and the moments of "alien erotica/romance" just made me turn the page. 

Now saying that, I believe that if a reader is fond of fantasy worlds/characters and also enjoys reading romance books, this could be an interesting read for them - though I believe the choppiness of the word flow could still be an issue.  Again, it has a solid plot base - it just wasn't the book for me.

Book Description:
Kari, a young woman, returns to the jungle planet of Dora after ten years in Earth’s schools determined to unravel the mysteries surrounding the harpies, a feral species with the appearance half-bird, half-human.

The human colonists believe harpies are dangerous animals, which are known to steal women. The creatures are hunted like wild game, their wings considered rare trophies. But Kari distrusts these rumors. When she was attacked by a monster in the jungle as a child, a male harpy with rare golden coloring rescued her.

Constant hunting by men has driven the harpies to the brink of extinction. Is Kari’s savior, the elegant golden harpy, is still alive? If so, how long can he and his flock survive the ravages of mankind?

Susan Klaus's Flight of the Golden Harpy is an imaginative and romantic fantasy novel that questions what it means to be human.

Go Here for Excerpt.

Monday, July 21, 2014

I Love My Job, I Really Do, but...........

I have one of the greatest jobs in the world - Publishers, Publicists and Authors send me books to read and share with others on a daily basis - really, it's like magic!  I'm so lucky to have achieved a nice level of success with this over the EIGHT years that I've been writing reviews on the Dew.  

But I find that over the last few years I've been running into time management issues with the reviews as I remain a one man show who has been receiving enough books to keep a three ring circus busy.  

I never thought I'd get to the day where I wince when I walk in the door and find a pile of books waiting to find their way to my desk.  But I am starting to do just that - and I surely don't like that feeling at all.

To keep the Dew going without Idgie having a reading breakdown, I have to make a few changes to what I have always demanded of myself. 

http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lel5unF9pK1qdsswzo1_500.jpgTherefore I have decided that if books arrive I haven't had a conversation with the Publisher/Author/Publicist about before hand or I haven't requested, I will no longer feel the self-imposed pressure that I HAVE to review it. 

I'll be happy to give it a shout out on the Dew (which you have seen happen more and more recently) and I might still review it, but no promises.  This isn't tough love to anyone but myself so that I don't wear down and close up shop one day.  

I want to share all of these books with everyone, I just simply can't read them all!

Joe Potato's Real Life Recipes

Joe Potato's Real Life Recipes
By Meriwether O'Connor
Idgie Says:

Okay I have to say that I love the cover of this collection of shorts.  I want to sit and spend time with a woman that knows how to belt out a full laugh like that.  
As for the book, I'm delighted to be able to present this to you.  Meriwether has written for the Dew for quite a while,even had a regular Friday column on the Dew - "Letters from the Barn" for a bit.  She delighted the reader with fun and also emotional stories.  It's great to see her in print.  "Joe Potato" and "Malachi Jones" first appeared in Dew on the Kudzu.  I suggest you take a few moments and enjoy a story or two.  You can find Joe Potato HERE at the Dew.

File Size: 790 KB
Print Length: 64 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Appalachia North (July 14, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Book Description:
Pity the wolf that scratches at the door of Joe Potato's Real Life Recipes. He might get invited in for dinner. Only if Flannery O'Connor and Gabriel Garcia Marquez swapped tall tales at an M.F.K. Fisher dinner party, would you find characters like these. Quirky souls with their feet in the mud and the blood inhabit this thin volume of short stories with an Appalachian cadence and a Texas sense of humor.