Blog Tour Book Review: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

About American Gods

• Paperback: 576 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; The Tenth Anniversary Edition, with TV Tie-in jacket art (March 28, 2017)

Now a STARZ® Original Series produced by FremantleMedia North America starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Pablo Schreiber | Premiering Sunday, April 30, at 9pm EST

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies . . . and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.

PLUS… don’t miss American Gods: The Official Coloring Book, featuring illustrations by Yvonne Gilbert, Craig Phillips, and Jon Proctor. Indulge your inner artist and revel in the stunning imagery of the gods and people, places and artifacts of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

Purchase Links for the TV Tie-in Paperback

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Happy Monday everyone! Welcome to my stop in the blog tour for American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through TLC book tours in exchange for my honest review of it.

Truthfully I have had American Gods on my TBR list for so long so I was really excited at the possibility of reviewing the anniversary edition. This is only the third Neil Gaiman book that I have read but I admit that I had pretty high expectations for it because I loved the other two.

I find it difficult to summarize this book in my own words because it’s super unique and I think it’s one that you have to go into without knowing anything about it. It’s been so long since I saw the synopsis myself so I felt like I was going into my reading experience of it pretty blind as well. There are different layers to this book, there is the surface story which is awesome but that serves as an allegory and is a really wonderful blend of genres.

I always go into a Neil Gaiman book assuming that I am going to be falling into a story that is super unique and a little odd but in the best way possible. I think that accurately describes this book for me. I was completely enthralled from the first page throughout. I have heard that this book is very divisive and Neil also mentions this in the introduction to the book, you either love it or you hate it, you get it or you don’t. On that spectrum I definitely fell into the category of loving it. After reading this book and being completely pulled in by it I have come to the conclusion that there is just something about Neil Gaimans writing that jives with me, I think it’s gorgeous and masterful and I love the way he can craft a narrative that is so different and wonderful. It’s the perfect balance of show and tell where most books are either one or the other.
I’ve never read anything like this and I think I said the same thing about Neverwhere. I would love to just live in his mind for a day. This story was intricate, fun, dangerous, odd and just a really fantastic read, I’d count this book among y favorite reads. I loved it, 5 out of 5 stars for me. I cannot wait to begin the TV show which I will be doing within the next few days.

Also I must thank the publisher and TLC Book Tours for also sending me a copy of the American Gods coloring book. I adore it, it’s beautiful and I am so appreciative of it. Here are a few pics of it. I’m having a great time coloring it, I haven’t finished one yet because of my colors are running out but the pictures are gorgeous and just everything.


What about you, have you read American Gods? Did you love it, yay or nay? Are you going to check out the TV show? I am hearing great things about it so far and I’m super stoked to see what I think!

Anyway, thanks for stopping in and I hope everyone has a great reading week!

Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

About Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

Find out more about Neil at his website, find all his books at his online bookstore, and follow him on InstagramFacebooktumblr, Twitter, and his blog.

Book Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adam

11Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 216 pages
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Publication Date:  September 27, 1995
Rating – 4 stars

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

In keeping with my vow this year to delve deeper into the Science Fiction genre I decided to read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I have been wanting to read this book for so many years that I can’t even remember when I officially added it onto my TBR list. I did see the movie in the theatre when it came out in 2005. I don’t even think when I saw it that I realized it was an adaptation. It has been such a long time since I saw it so I can’t even really remember whether I enjoyed it, but I am glad that I finally can say that I read the book and enjoyed it.

I am not going to even try to summarize the plot because I feel like this is one of those books that is super hard to explain and you just need to read it to understand it. That being said, I don’t think this is a book to pick up when you’re first getting into Science Fiction. I think it’s a great read but I think if you’re not already into Science Fiction, especially Science Fiction that has a humorous twist, that a lot of it will be lost on you. I definitely enjoyed Adams’ poking fun at our very human need to seek answers to basic questions like, “Why are we here?”, “What is our purpose?” and “How did we get here?” I really enjoyed that aspect of it and just thought it was a fun read overall. This book is considered a classic Sci-Fi read, I totally get why and recommend giving it a read, if you haven’t. I do think this may be a very polarizing book, either you will get it and love it, or you won’t get it and hate it. I am on the former end of the spectrum, I loved it and will be continuing on. 4 stars!

Book Review: Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley

27249471Title: Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley
Genre: Fiction – Science Fiction
Length: 280 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Publisher:  Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Rating – 5/5

Gabriel Schist is spending his remaining years at Bright New Day, a nursing home. He once won the Nobel Prize for inventing a vaccine for AIDS. But now, he has Alzheimer’s, and his mind is slowly slipping away.

When one of the residents comes down with a horrific virus, Gabriel realizes that he is the only one who can find a cure. Encouraged by Victor, an odd stranger, he convinces the administrator to allow him to study the virus. Soon, reality begins to shift, and Gabriel’s hallucinations interfere with his work.

As the death count mounts, Gabriel is in a race against the clock and his own mind. Can he find a cure before his brain deteriorates past the point of no return?

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Happy Wednesday! I feel like I haven’t been reading as much as I wanted to in order to start the year off with a bang but quality over quantity right?!

In the spirit of reading great books, I am excited to share my review of Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley with you today! I received an ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review!

Pale Highway is a unique science fiction read about Gabriel Schist, a former scientist who won the Nobel Peace Prize for discovering the cure for AIDS. These days, although still brilliant, he resides in a nursing home struggling with Alzheimer’s and dementia. When people start dying from a mysterious, fatal disease he finds himself in the center of the mystery surrounding it’s origins and is the only man alive with the capacity and task of finding the cure.

I felt like it took me a really long time to finish reading this book, but it wasn’t because I wasn’t into it or anything…it was actually because I didn’t want to finish it too fast. I loved this book right from the start. I thought the writing was phenomenal and the story itself was super interesting and wholly unique. It had a very Sci-Fi Mystery feel to it. I was invested in it from page one and it never lost my attention.

I thought all of the characters we encountered in the story were really interesting. I don’t feel that there was even one character who wasn’t developed thoroughly, I felt like they were all pretty complex and interesting…all impacting our protagonists journey in some important way. I loved how the narrative was told: alternating from the past to the current time period. It gave so much more dimension to Gabriel and made me feel really connected to him and the type of person that he was. This was really important in this book I think because of what he is going through struggling with coming to terms with the deterioration of his mind which must be so frustrating and I felt that frustration in the character and the helplessness. That’s totally a sign of some fantastic writing!

I absolutely loved it and enjoyed it and look forward to reading more from this author as I really loved his writing. I give this book five out of five stars. If you are a fan of Science Fiction or this book sounds interesting to you, definitely check it out. I know you won’t be disappointed!

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/Pale-Highway-Nicholas-Conley-ebook/dp/B016ALW8PW/

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About the Author

61DeJkRvS4L._SX150_Nicholas Conley’s passion for storytelling began at an early age, prompted by a love of science fiction novels, comic books and horror movies. When not busy writing, Nicholas spends his time reading, traveling to new places, and indulging in a lifelong coffee habit. In order to better establish himself on the planet Earth, Nicholas has currently made his home in New Hampshire. To learn more about him, take a stroll over to http://www.NicholasConley.com.

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Immurement (The Undergrounders Series Book One)

ImmurementTitle: Immurement (The Undergrounders Series Book One) by Norma Hinkens
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction – Dystopian
Length: 247 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication Date:  December 9, 2015
Publisher: Dunecadia Publishing
Rating – 5/5!

The earth’s core overheats. The sovereign leader vanishes. A young girl is the survivors’ only hope …

What little land is habitable is patrolled by cutthroat gangs of escaped subversives, but that’s not the greatest threat facing sixteen-year-old Derry Connelly, her brother Owen, and a ragged band of Preppers holed up in a bunker in the Sawtooth Mountains. Mysterious hoverships operated by clones are targeting adolescents for extraction.

Owen, is one of the first to disappear. To save him, Derry must strike a deal with the murderous subversives, and risk a daring raid to infiltrate the heart of the extraction operation.

But will the rookie leader falter when forced to choose between her brother and a clone who ignites something inside her she didn’t know was possible?

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Happy Monday everyone and most importantly Happy New Year! I am excited to share with you my first read and also, my first review of 2016! I would like to thank the author of this book, Norma Hinkens for reaching out to me and giving me the chance to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review!

Immurement is a dystopian story that follows our main character, Derry Connelly as she tries to live and survive in a world that has been plunged into chaos and is fraught with danger.

I haven’t read a dystopian book in what feels like quite some time so it was really refreshing to be plunged back into the chaotic of environment of a dystopian world. I had alot of fun reading this book and getting lost in it, running through the forests alongside Derry and her dog, Tucker. When I first started the book it sort of gave me the feeling I had when I first started reading The Maze Runner. While I didn’t end up liking The Maze Runner, I ended up really loving Immurement.

As far as characters go, I loved Derry. I love that she’s flawed and that it’s obvious that she’s a character who is growing into herself and her position in her world. I love Derry’s development through the story. When I first started reading it she seemed to me like every teenage girl worried about the normal teenage girl things like boys and her dog but obviously in a more hostile setting. But when we get to the end she has just changed so much and because she has gone through tragedy and has had to make extremely hard decisions in order to survive she has grown up alot, become harder and more of a survivor. It’s interesting to see her try to balance her will to survive with her innate sense of compassion that seems to be missing from alot of people in her world. I appreciate her relationship with Tucker so much and alot of the time it was really endearing to witness their interaction with each other. I also loved a few other characters like Mason and am intrigued by Sven. I’d say I’m pretty intrigued at the love triangle we have brewing. I cannot wait to see how that develops as there is some definite friction between the three people involved.

There are alot of other things that happened in this book with various characters that we meet that I am SO pumped to see resolved in subsequent books. I don’t want to spoil anyone so I won’t mention them but yeah…I can’t wait.

Overall, I am giving this book a five star rating and I am super excited to be giving my first five star rating of the year! I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. I savored it. It was dangerous and fun, definitely action packed. I feel like it had a little of everything that I like in dystopian stories – the danger, the suspense, the science, the rebels, the battles, the tragedies and the romance! Ugh so good and I cannot wait to continue the series which I believe is due out this month so we don’t even have a long time to wait ahhh! Fans of Dystopian (or even just Sci Fi), this one is for you! You can purchase your own copy of book one of this promising series on Amazon at this link: Take Me to Immurement.

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A1es7w2IyAL._SX150_About the Author

Norma Hinkens grew up among vibrant storytelling traditions in her native Ireland. A Celtic bard at heart, she wields her wordsmithing sword with as much wit and eloquence as a bard can muster. She’s a legend-loving author who takes a fiendish delight in pushing reluctant characters over cliffs to find out what they’re made of. Epic odds, seemingly impossible missions, pasts that haunt, intrigue and misadventure. She’s happiest when wrangling provocative big picture ideas that are never black and white when you turn them inside out. It’s all about the tension in the journey. She lived and worked in Germany for several years, and currently resides in California with her husband, three children and Chihuahua extraordinaire. She is the author of The Undergrounders Series, Immurement, Embattlement and Adjudgement, a Young Adult post-apocalyptic, sci-fi adventure trilogy.

You can visit her site at: Norma Hinkens Site and follow her on twitter @NormaHinkens

The Betrayal of Ka (The Transprophetics #1) by Shea R. Oliver

51VUJDWxi-L._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Title:  The Betrayal of Ka (The Transprophetics #1) by Shea R. Oliver
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Colorado Sky Media, LLC
Length: 292 pages
Format: Ebook(read on Microsoft Surface Kindle App)
Publication Date: September 13, 2015
Rating – 5/5 – it was awesome!!

As the spaceship secretly lands on Earth, Ka’s mission is clear: find and kill Transprophetics. His shipmates think of him as a killer. On his home planet of Koranth, he is considered a murderer. Haunted in his dreams by the boy whose life he stole, Ka struggles to define who he really is.

A girl in a temple in Thailand. A boy kidnapped in Mexico. Both can do the impossible. Both can move objects with their minds. These two Transprophetics pose grave risks to the Donovackia Corporation as it plans its invasion of Earth.

With a blade in his hand, Ka’s decision to kill, or not, will reverberate across the galaxy.

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Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Today I am excited to share with you my review of an awesome book, The Betrayal of Ka by Shea Oliver. I’d like to send a huge thank you to Shea for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

It’s hard for me to thoroughly explain this book as it has a few different arcs that tie into each other towards the end of the book. It is a science fiction novel about a young boy named Ka who gets caught up making some bad choices that ultimately result in his going to prison for murder. From there his life takes many twists and turns which take him far away from his home. While all this is happening to him his home planet is involved in space exploration and the conquering of other planets for profit and they have set their sights on earth.

That is a very very broad description of what this story is about. There is literally so much more at work in this plot that it was like candy to me. I was hooked on the story from beginning to end and when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about it. It has a very interesting, complicated plot with complicated characters. It is told through multiple perspectives which I loved for this story, it felt very well rounded and the characters also felt very developed. My favorite character is Ka and I enjoyed seeing his journey from his fall to his redemption. I felt for him throughout the entire novel. This story was dark and unforgiving at times, but also hopeful and interesting. I found both the political and ethics systems in this book really interesting. I cannot wait to continue this series and will keep an eye out for book two!

Holy moly! I was not prepared for how much I was going to enjoy this book. I came to the sci fi game late in my life but have in recent years discovered that I love the genre so reading this book was such a pleasure to me and I highly recommend it to any sci fi fans. You can purchase The Betrayal of Ka on Amazon by clicking here: The Betrayal of Ka by Shea R. Oliver.

Happy Reading!

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14341487About the Author

Shea Oliver lives in Niwot, Colorado, near the base of the Rocky Mountains. He can often be found wandering through mountain forests and alpine tundra. An avid hiker and photographer, he often uses his time in the mountains to work through various characters and plots. When he is not enjoying nature, Shea is a devoted father of two teenage sons and a serial entrepreneur.