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Review: The Edge of Life [horror paranormal]

The Edge of Life by Joe Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent little story. Keeps you on your toes. Much like the protagonist, you don't really know exactly what's going on. The frantic need to eliminate seemingly random people by horribly killing them, at the risk of not restoring your slaughtered family to life while not truly believing it's possible.

You can really feel it. You'll enjoy it, for sure.

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Review: Children of Atlas [science fiction]

Children of Atlas by Dustin Porta
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

To me it seemed very convoluted and disjointed. I started skimming ahead looking for something to like. The protagonist seemed likable enough to start, but soon the empathy failed and there turned out to be multiple protagonist lines and eventually I started hoping everyone would just die. Sorry about that.

I know several people out there like this kind of story, but I'm not one of them. Written well enough, just no characters to latch onto and get the feels for [for me anyway].

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Review: Princess of the Damned (Skeleton Key Series) [paranormal romance]

Princess of the Damned by Wendy Knight
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great story. A little slow to start, with mostly wooden characters, but it warmed up quite a bit by the end and was extremely satisfying. Nothing was explained with any backstory, but you didn't really want or need any. Clean paranormal romance. A bit of violence, but not over the top. Well worth the time to read.

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Review: Half Breed, A SciFi Absurdity

Half-Breed: A Science Fiction Absurdity by Scott Michael Decker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The book is surprisingly good. Kept me reading all the way to about the end, then I got distracted.

DISCLAIMER: If you don't "get" furries or the obsession with them, you may not like this book much.

Not sure what furries is? Look it up. In the context of furry-human getting it on. Okay, back? So yeah.

The ending kind of leaped in with a Deus Ex Machina wrap-up, but it was okay. Still left it open to several more books.

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Review: Worst Kind of Monster [short]

The Worst Kind of Monster: A Short Horror Story by Shaun Hupp
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As far as books go, yes, it was written well enough, kept you guessing pretty far into the book, had a slightly unexpected ending, and was probably a good showcase of the writer's other work.

If you're not comfortable enough reading a character from out of the 60's, violence against women, kids and racially motivated violence, you might not want to read this.

Why only a 3? IMHO it could have been about 3x longer, explored the protagonist a little bit more, and had spent time with creating some flaw, weakness or guilt in the "Monster Killer"

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The Man From Taured

The Man From Taured by Bryan W. Alaspa
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Hmmm, where to begin. For one thing, until the story changes POV, it's pretty good. That's about 40% or so into the story. The rest of the book though was really slow. Agonizingly. I ended up skimming just to find out if everyone really does die. Sadly, no.

I'm not quite sure what it is. It's not horror, or paranormal, or steampunk, or scifi, though there are brief moments of each.

It might have been cool to turn each of the POV's loose and write a series of shorter books in chronological order without trying to turn each into a channeled entity or whatever. Yeah.

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Review: Fallen Angel: Dawn of Reckoning

Fallen Angel: Dawn of Reckoning by J.L. Myers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read it as a stand-alone. It's really easy to identify with the protagonist, but everyone else is cookie-cutter low-dimensional. Be that as it may, the story kept me reading and it felt too short.

At the end there are a couple samples from the books this is supposedly an intro for (this is #0) but they seemed to have no direct connection aside from "book zero shows the creation of this paranormal group as a way-out-there backstory for those who might need it" and they didn't attracdt my interest at all.

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Review: Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle

Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle: How To Be Healthy, Lose Weight, Burn Fat, Get Lean and Build Muscle Without Life Sucking by R.J Strife
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you're totally new, or just curious about Intermittent Fasting, this is a good 30,000' view. If you're vaguely familiar with IF, this shows a couple of optional protocols to follow. If you want in-depth info, this isn't the book, though author does touch on some concepts on long-term use.

If you take some of these ideas and do some of your own research, you will quickly be able to make your own decisions.

A handful of relatively minor editing errors.

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