Time to Catch Up on Those Book Reviews

So far, I’ve read 16 books this year, on my way to 24. It’s past time to share some of the reviews of those books. A little bit at a time. These are all from ones I’ve posted on Goodreads. View all my reviews from Goodreads.

Double FortéDouble Forté by Aaron Paul Lazar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

NOTE: I read this book not as a standalone but as part of a boxed set of other novels, At Odds with Destiny.

It’s my first exposure to Aaron Paul Lazar and it won’t be my last. While Gus LeGarde as a music professor, is an unlikely hero of a mystery thriller, Lazar does a good job of developing his character. There’s plenty of family drama and some surprising twists (well, twists should be, right?). I will be moving on to some more in the series about Gus LeGarde.

The Clock WinkedThe Clock Winked by Ariele Sieling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Clock Winked carries on the wacky world of Pomegranate City’s characters (used in the slang vernacular, rather than the people within a novel). If you liked the first book in the series, Wounded World you’ll probably like this one too. The author adds some interesting new characters, like an android monkey to keep readers on their toes. There are some challenges, as in the first, understanding who is who and why they are doing what they are doing. But I got past that and you can too if you find the whimsical action and dialogue amusing like I did. If I said much more, you’d get spoilers. You can get enough idea from the description here on Goodreads or Amazon to know what the book is about.

Third Stage of Life: Aging in Contemporary SocietyThird Stage of Life: Aging in Contemporary Society by Daisaku Ikeda
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An encouraging book for those within the Third Stage of Life, consisting of interviews between Buddhist scholar and leader of the SGI Buddhist lay organization and others. Examples of how best to live one’s life to the fullest on into the 80s and beyond are provided by chronicles of individuals who exemplify the best of human progression.

Cigerets, Guns & BeerCigerets, Guns & Beer by Phillip T. Stephens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A really hilarious crime story about a mythical small town in Texas where a handful of corrupt people enjoy an abundance of sex, cigarettes and booze. Not to mention some instances of setting other people up to take the fall for their financial crimes before killing them. I know, that doesn’t sound too appealing but that’s where the dark and bucolic humor comes in that makes it a fun read. Plus, it has one of my favorite things, a twist at the end.

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2 thoughts on “Time to Catch Up on Those Book Reviews”

  1. Some interesting finds here. I’m off to Amazon to check out a few. 🙂 Also, shared in my Literary Diva Facebook group Colleen and I run where authors can post their books and reviews and reviews of books they’ve read. 🙂

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