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Review: The Policy by Bentley Little

The Policy - Bentley Little

The Policy by Bentley Little is a story based around insurance, and for Hunt Jackson it is more than just insurance that he finds himself purchasing.

Bentley Little has a bizarre way of getting his stories across to the masses. With great writing and a fantastical imagination, Bentley gives you more than a story. This was such an intriguing read for me.

Review: The Vanishing by Bentley Little

The Vanishing - Bentley Little

The Vanishing by Bentley Little is a stand alone horror story about children disappearing or being murdered. 

I wouldn't really call this a horror story, but it is the most bizarre story I have ever read. Little's writing is great and his imagination is certainly unique, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Review: Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth by J.R.R. Tolkien

Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth - J.R.R. Tolkien

Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth by J.R.R. Tolkien is a collection of stories that further relate to the events in The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings and tells more about the Elder Days of Middle-earth to the end of the War of the Ring.

I loved reading Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth as I hadn't read this book before. It added to the stories that I am already familiar with. This is a great addition for collector's of Tolkien's work.

Review: Tales from the Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien

Tales from the Perilous Realm - J.R.R. Tolkien

Tales from the Perilous Realm by J.R.R. Tolkien is a collection of Tolkien's novellas and poems which have been in various books over the years, but have not been released in one volume.

The following are included in this book:

Roverandom

Farmer Giles of Ham

The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Smith of Wootton Major

Leaf by Niggle

These are lighthearted stories and poems with a bit of humor. This collection was fun to read, and a great addition for Tolkien fans.

Review: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Silmarillion - J.R.R. Tolkien, Ted Nasmith,  Christopher Tolkien

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien is the story of how the creation of Tolkien's world came to be.

It has been years since I have read this book, and it was such a delight to revisit Tolkien's world from the beginning of the First Age. It is exciting and sorrowful, and I loved spending time with all the characters and visiting the places they traveled. This is a great read for lovers of Tolkien's work.

Review: The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fall of Gondolin - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien is another tale of ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days. There are three books total in the ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days which include Children of Húrin, Beren and Lúthien, and The Fall of Gondolin. 

I enjoyed reading these tales. Tolkien has brought to light more characters and their labors which provided me with great details of Tolkien's world he had envisioned. A lot of trials, loss, and tragedy struck the peoples of Gondolin. 

I loved reading about some of the history of Tolkien's world. The characters are deep with trials of their life lead and their losses. 

A big treat for me was reading Christopher Tolkien's telling of his father's revisions, additions, and his father's thoughts. This had to be a daunting task and with the help of Christopher's colleagues, he was able to bring to light these tales of the elder days and to give a bit of insight as to what Tolkien's father had in mind concerning his passion of his created world. Christopher Tolkien doesn't get the credit he deserves for helping bring his father's world to light, and I am without question indebted to him for his toiling efforts of bringing this epic story to a full and completed tale, as fully as he could, and bringing it to the public for our enjoyment. I will cherish these stories and will pass them to my children and grandchildren in the hopes of them loving this epic story as much as I do.

Review: Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien

Beren and Lúthien -  Christopher Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Lee

Beren and Lúthien by J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the Tales of the Elder Days as touched upon in The Silmarillion.

Beren and Lúthien is another story that finally has seen the light of day. I loved reading this tale and learning more about other characters in Tolkien's world. In addition, the poems were beautiful with beautiful prose. I had not realized what an amazing poet Tolkien was. This was an added treat for me.

I highly recommend anyone who loves Tolkien's work to read this. You will not be disappointed.

Review: The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Children of Húrin - J.R.R. Tolkien, Alan Lee, J.R.R. Tolkien

The Children of Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien is a tragic story of The Children of Húrin, one of the unfinished tales in The Silmarillion.

Though The Children of Húrin was a great read, it was a tragic one, but I loved learning of what happened fully to Hurin's children, Túrin and Niënor. It has been years since I've read The Silmarillion, so this was a necessity read, for me.

I highly recommend lovers of Tolkien's work to read this tale.

Review: Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien

Roverandom - J.R.R. Tolkien, Christina Scull, Wayne G. Hammond

Roverandom by J.R.R. Tolkien is a story based on an event that happened when Michael Tolkien was but a boy.

Four-year-old Michael Tolkien lost his favorite toy dog and his father created this story to give Michael an idea of what might have happened to his little toy dog.

This was such a fun read!

Review: The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

The Winter of the Witch - Katherine Arden

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden is the final installment of the Winternight Trilogy. Moscow is on the brink of war, and the plague has come, and one witch girl, Vasya, is determined to do what must be done to save her city.

This was an excellent ending to a wonderful story of one girl's determination and strength. Katherine Arden's ability to draw the reader in and hold them is outstanding. A brilliantly written novel of self discovery, determination, strength, love, and doubt in oneself make this one of my favorite stories.

A must read for anyone looking for a strong female protagonist.

Review: The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Story of Kullervo - J.R.R. Tolkien, Verlyn Flieger

The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien is a compilation of drafts, notes, and essays, plus the short story of Kullervo who was tormented by the dark magician, Untamo.

It was interesting to read the 'extras' in this book. It gave me an idea of J.R.R. Tolkien's process of writing and insight into the story and how it came about.

I believe this a must read for people wanting to know of Tolkien's creative process.

Review: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

NOS4A2 - Joe Hill

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill is a story about a young girl, Victoria McQueen, who has a secret gift for 'finding' things. When she 'finds' Charles Talent Manx, her life is changed forever.

Joe Hill's writing is captivating, his world building is impeccable, and I loved the Easter eggs throughout the story as a nod to his father. 

For anyone who loves Stephen King, this is a great choice to read as Hill's writing and story telling is chilling. 

A brilliant story I highly recommend.

Review: The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman - Joe Hill

The Fireman by Joe Hill is a novel about a plague, Draco Incendia Trychophyton, also known as Dragonscale.

I love how Hill brings his characters to life, and the world he creates is chilling. With incredible writing, I recommend this book to anyone who loves dystopian tales.

Review: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box - Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill is a novel about rock star Judas Coyne and black, heart-shaped box and the dead man's suit it contains.

I absolutely loved this story! I have to say that I am loving Joe Hill's work as much as I do his father's.

The Dead Orphanage by A.A. Allsop

The Dead Orphanage - Jake Allsop

The Dead Orphanage by A.A. Allsop has an alternative cover, and title of Peter Green and the Unliving Academy: This Book is Full of Dead People (The Unliving Chronicles 1) by Angelina Allsop. This story is about Pete Green, a fourteen -year-old boy who finds himself dead, but can't remember anything but his name, age and the fact that he is dead.

 

Alternate cover:

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GTQTB83/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

 

For starters, I loved this story. It was fun, imaginative, and full of fun characters. The author takes us on a fantastic journey of a boy trying to find out who he is. He makes friends, and in doing so finds help. I loved the characters. The creatures are fun, and the world the author created is unique to me. I've not read about such a world before, and this story was delightful and emotional.

With that being said, this book could have used better editing, but it did not hinder my enjoyment and I'm looking forward to reading more of Peter's adventures.

Overall, I give this book 4 stars.

Review: Horns by Joe Hill

Horns - Joe Hill

Horns by Joe Hill is a stand alone novel about a young man, Ignatius Perrish, waking up after a night of drinking too much and discovering he has grown horns.

I have to say that Joe Hill's writing definitely gives his father, Stephen King, a run for his money. Superb writing and great character development give this story depth. I highly recommend this book to any Stephen King lover.

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