Review Revision (June, 2017)

Something new! Yay!

At the end of each month, I will do a review revision. This means, that I will compile all the books I reviewed in the past month into one post. I will provide the links to their reviews, their ratings and the average rating for the whole month. I think this will help everyone out, so that you do not have to search through all the posts, to find this month’s reviews. When I will have more time, I will do these for all the past months.

I will exclude the Review Compilation #1, as it is not a standalone book review. I will also exclude The Man Behind the Bar in the average rating, because it is a short story that uses a different rating system.

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The Man Behind The Bar by Chris Sarantopoulos

The past never really stays hidden or forgotten. Ben Stingler left his past for a quiet life, until a young man steps in his bar, and brings with him all the things Ben tried to put behind him five years ago. An overdue debt is back on the table.

Book recommendation: 5/5

Tombs: A Chronicle of Latter-Day Times of Earth by James Dorr

It had been a time when the world needed legends, those years so long past now. Because there was something else legends could offer, or so the Poet believed. He didn’t know quite what—ghouls were not skilled at imagination. Their world was a concrete one, one of stone and flesh. Struggle and survival. Survival predicated on others’ deaths. Far in the future, when our sun grows ever larger, scorching the earth. When seas become poisonous and men are needed to guard the crypts from the scavengers of the dead. A ghoul-poet will share stories of love and loss, death and resurrection. Tombs is a beautifully written examination of the human condition of life, love, and death, through the prism of a dystopian apocalypse.

Book recommendation: 6/10

Dreams of Heaven by Shaman Elizabeth Herrera

Savannah Watkins awakens to a horrific dream of losing her family in a tragic car accident, which causes her to vacillate between two lives…before and after the car accident. As she struggles between realities, Jesus Christ suddenly appears to offer her unorthodox guidance. He accompanies her to the grocery store and for walks on the beach while answering some of life’s toughest questions. His answers challenge her traditional beliefs and repeatedly emphasize there is no death.

Book recommendation: 9/10

Moonpies & Naugahyde: A Childhood Survived

Black & White Edition: Watercolor Illustrations presented in Greyscale Drawing inspiration from her past as well as the ordeals of others, Melanie Thomason speaks for the child she once was and for those who have yet to find their voice. The poet knows that abuse in all of its forms leave scars, some are just not visible on the surface. While MOONPIES & NAUGAHYDE delves into emotional, verbal, physical and sexual abuse, it is not about being a victim but rather about surviving the abuse and refusing to be defined by it. The poems coupled with the evocative artwork by Georgiann Carlson, create something to be experienced.

Book recommendation: 7/10

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Average rating for this month: 7,3

 

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