On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony

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On a Pale Horse by Piers AnthonyOn a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
Series: Incarnations of Immortality #1
Published by Del Rey on September 12th 1986
Genres: fantasy
Pages: 325
Format: paperback
Source: library
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When Zane shoots Death, he has to take the job, speeding over the world riding Mortis, his pale horse/limo, measuring souls for the exact balance of Good and Evil, sending each to Heaven or Hell instead of Purgatory. The new Thanatos is superbly competent, ends pain when he ends lives. But Satan is forging a trap for Luna, the woman Death loves.

I’m re-reading the Incarnations of Immortality series as part of my Read all the Books challenge: the reviews will be even shorter and pithier than my usual short pithy reviews 🙂 and will serve more as a reminder and a placeholder for which books I’ve re-read and when.

Besides the fact that Piers Anthony is still -oh-so-sexist- (though not as bad as in the Xanth series), and the fact that he can’t write female characters to save his life, I still do enjoy this book. Others have said that this one is the best of the series, and I think I agree, though I also really enjoyed #6 (though most say the last two books suck). I definitely enjoyed the re-read and I am definitely looking forward to reading the next one, but I’m going to try to take a break from Anthony for a month or so because one really does need a break from his writing, even when you do enjoy his books (overall) like I do.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Harry Potter: series review

Harry Potter: series reviewGenres: YA
five-stars

Orphan Harry learns he is a wizard on 11th birthday when Hagrid escorts him to magic-teaching Hogwarts School. As a baby, his mother's love protected him and vanquished villain Voldemort, leaving child famous as "The Boy who Lived". With friends Hermione and Ron, he has to win over the returned "One Who Must Not Be Named". Not all his friends survive massive war.

So Harry Potter is still one of my all time favorite series, ever.

I love the fact that the characters are not perfect. So many books are ruined by Mary Sue’s, and the fact that Harry has a hero complex, and Lupin is scared of having a baby and making a commitment to Tonks, and Dumbledore is just so vain and proud, and Hermoine is a know-it-all, and Ron can be just so STUPID, and Fred and George at times were just so immature… but it’s such a large part of what makes this world so real to us, and why we love the books just so so much.

So many kids learned to love to read because of this series, so that gives it an A++ in my book (if I had said book *grin*). This series was one of the first books I could convince my “I hate to read” husband to read, and though he didn’t love them as much as I did, just the fact that he read them and finished them – eventually – was a huge accomplishment. Because of this series, Jon started thinking – just a little bit – that books aren’t as scary as he always thought (and years later, he actually reads with me once or twice a week! Guys, this is huge!)

One of the other things I love about the book is how J.K. Rowling writes the bad guys in the book, and writes about evil in the book. You’d think all the death and all the despair and darkness in the later books would give kids nightmares, but have you ever heard of a kid having a nightmare from reading the books? They don’t. The books are somehow managed to be written in such a way that children know what’s happening, and the adults know what is happening, but no one is going to wake up screaming. that’s amazing.

five-stars

the Source of Magic

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the Source of MagicThe Source of Magic (Xanth, #2) by Piers Anthony
Published by Del Rey on 1979
Genres: fantasy
Pages: 255
Format: paperback
Source: Own book
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Ordered by King Trent to determine the source of Xanth's magic, Bink and his companions were harried by an unseen enemy determined to thwart them. When even their protector turned against them, Bink still managed to reach his goal and carry out the King's orders...but the king did not expect Bink's next act--to destroy utterly the magic of Xanth!

I originally reviewed the Source of Magic on the blog in 2009 here, and wrote a series review about Xanth as well.

I’m re-reading most of the Xanth series as part of my Read all the Books challenge: the reviews will be even shorter and pithier than my usual short pithy reviews 🙂 and will serve more as a reminder and a placeholder for which books I’ve re-read and when.


I know I liked this book a lot before, but re-reading it again as an adult it falls way short. It’s just too much sexism/constant dirty jokes/lame puns that aren’t even trying to be funny/did I mention the constant sexual jokes?

The plot is really thin on this one, too, and the climax of the novel – a debate about setting a demon free – falls really short. I feel like I’m missing the point of the scene or perhaps the entire novel, but I don’t think it’s me, I think it’s how the scene is written.

It’s just lacking the something something that makes most of these books so magical and fun to read – even though there’s the constant dirty jokes and the women bashing – and this one really just disappointed me.

The only good thing about these books are how ridiciously fast they are to read.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Weekly book link up

Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

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Life as Leels | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble | All Romance Reader
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It’s My Side of Life | Celticlady’s Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
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Beck Valley BooksA Library of Reviews | Cinnamon Hollow Reviews
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Miki’s Hope | Nicki’s Nook
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Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance | Mother Distracted | Colorimetry | The Ultimate Fan Blog
Saturday
Totally Addicted to Reading | 3 Partners in Shopping | Angie’s Angle I Creat Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings
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Endurance book tour and giveaway

Endurance book tour and giveaway

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Endurance book tour and giveawayRegina Shen: Endurance by Lance Erlick
Published by Finlee Augare Books on 2016
Genres: dystopia
Pages: 271
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Outcast Regina Shen is caught between rival Department of Antiquities’ inspectors amidst political struggle over who will become the new World Premier. Used for her ability to find hidden ancient treasures, Regina hunts rich enough barter to free her sister. Stretched to her limits, her new journey tests her endurance and her ability to recognize opportunities and avoid getting captured.

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About Lance Erlick

Lance Erlick

He was raised by a roaming aerospace engineer, growing up in various parts of the United States and Europe, as well as traveling through Asia. He took to stories as his anchor, including the works of Asimov, Bradbury, and Heinlein, and has been writing since age eleven.

Growing up, he was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future.

In an ideal world, Lance would find time loops where he could step out for a week at a time to read and write. Then he would return to the moment he left, without life getting in the way. Of course, since everyone would have the same ability, he suspects life would still sneak in.

Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes.

Undead Ultra part 2 :) and giveaway

Genres: dystopia, fantasy, horror
Format: ebook
Source: blog tour

 

Wait a minute… didn’t you already read a blog post from me about this book? Well… you did! I loved the book so much I signed up for TWO BLOG TOURS for the same book! YAY!! LOL Please read one my review of the very few five star reviews I’ve given all year – Undead Ultra book review and stay tuned, I have a giveaway! 

Welcome to my tour stop for Undead Ultra (A Zombie Novel) by Camille Picott! This is an adult post apocalyptic horror novel and the tour runs June 20 through July 1st with reviews, interviews and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule!

About the Book:

Undead: a reanimated corpse with a craving for human flesh.
Ultramarathon: any footrace longer than a traditional marathon (26.2 miles).

For ultrarunners Kate and Frederico, a typical Saturday morning is spent pounding out a twenty- to thirty-mile “fun run.” It’s during one of their runs that an insidious illness descends upon northern California, turning humans into flesh-shredding zombies.

When Kate receives a desperate call from her son, Carter, she and Frederico flee their hometown and set out to help him. The only problem? Carter attends college over two hundred miles away and the freeways—clogged with car wrecks, zombies, and government blockades—are impassable. Running back roads and railroad tracks becomes their only means of travel, but neither of them has ever run so far before.

As pain, injuries, hunger, and fatigue plague them, getting to Carter and staying alive seem impossible. It’s either outrun the undead or become one of them, and for Kate, death is not an option.

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About the Author:


Camille Picott has been writing novels since she was twelve. When she’s not working on a book, spending time with family, or whipping up a new vegetarian meal, you can find her trail running in Sonoma County, California.

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GIVEAWAY:
Two (2) $5 Amazon gift cards (INT)
Ends July 6th
Prizing is provided by the author, hosts are not responsible. Must be 13 or older to enter and have parental permission if under 18. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win.

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