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Review: Day After Disaster, Uncut Edition

Day After Disaster: Uncut Edition by Sara F. Hathaway My rating: 3 of 5 stars It's probably fair to emphasise up front that I read the "Uncut Edition". At the time of purchasing it, I didn't think about that much, but now it occurs to me that instead of signifying a longer read, it might… Continue reading Review: Day After Disaster, Uncut Edition

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Book Review: Fever

Fever by Jacqueline Druga My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have read a lot of Druga's books, so I can be considered a long-term fan; but I am still so frustrated that it doesn't feel right to award 5 stars. 'Fever' is a great example of one I really enjoyed. I'm attracted to her… Continue reading Book Review: Fever

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Book Review: 1984

1984 by George Orwell My rating: 5 of 5 stars I first rated this book 4 stars because I felt so dissatisfied with the story. But that's the point. The story is meant to be discomforting. The characters are meant to be flawed. The writing is flawless. I sought this book out because it is… Continue reading Book Review: 1984

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One Man’s Opus by Boyd Craven III

5/5 stars. The main character is a fiction author.  I have been doing a lot of reading and learning about fiction writing lately, as well as about the other activities that indie authors need to know about - so I connected more than usual with the main character's interests, even if not with his activities.… Continue reading One Man’s Opus by Boyd Craven III

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About Just for Fun Reviews

The reviews in the Just for Fun section are all about Opinions.  Mostly my opinions, but yours are invited too.  And they really are just for fun. You will see that most of the opinions already here are about fiction:  Mini-reviews of novels read.  So far, these are mostly disaster and post-apocalyptic genre tales, but there will no doubt… Continue reading About Just for Fun Reviews

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Cyberstorm, by Matthew Mather

5 stars Apparently this book is to be made into a film by 20th Century Fox.  I will certainly watch it. The thing I like best about this book is that the characters are so well fleshed out.  They make mistakes and each of them acts according to their values, just as any ordinary human… Continue reading Cyberstorm, by Matthew Mather

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Catastrophic, by Dustin Stevens

4.5 stars This is not an apocalypse story.  Not quite even a medical thriller (which I also enjoy).  This is more of a court room drama / action story. I like the way Stevens writes though, and stayed up way too late a couple of nights in a row because I didn't want to put… Continue reading Catastrophic, by Dustin Stevens

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Last Woman 2, by Jacqueline Druga

4.5 / 5 stars Despite some concern I'd forgotten what happened in the first book, due to the delay between reading, I was immediately back into the story.  But not due to any boring, repetitive text. Druga reunited me with her characters and the plot by having Faye and Dodge speak in their 'present day'… Continue reading Last Woman 2, by Jacqueline Druga

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The McClane Apocalypse: Book 1, by Kate Morris

This is not really a disaster book, and there's no trace of 'apocalypse' in Book 1.  Really, it's a romance novel, and a very vague disaster scenario serves the purpose of bringing a few strangers together at the beginning.  From there, it's reminiscent of The Waltons or Little House on the Prairie, but with some violent… Continue reading The McClane Apocalypse: Book 1, by Kate Morris

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Madness Rules (The Survivalist, book 4), by Arthur T. Bradley

Yet another installment that I found difficult to put down in order to do daily life things. Everything I've said about the previous 3 novels in the series holds for this one too, but this has a slightly different tone from time to time.  There is, for example, a lot more sex.  I'm not convinced… Continue reading Madness Rules (The Survivalist, book 4), by Arthur T. Bradley

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Anarchy Rising (The Survivalist, book 2), by Arthur T. Bradley

5 / 5 stars My favourite character so far is Samantha, and the dry wit repartee between her and Tanner had me laughing out loud.  There are more extreme personalities in this instalment, but most of the time it seems to reinforce the new reality.  I don't mean extreme in the sense that Tanner is;… Continue reading Anarchy Rising (The Survivalist, book 2), by Arthur T. Bradley

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Frontier Justice (The Survivalist, book 1), by Arthur T. Bradley

5 / 5 stars The first thing I noticed about this novel is that it is well written in terms of compiling the English language.  I found no errors at all - apart from a strange overabundance of commas in a couple of italicised sections… but Bradley obviously has such a strong command of language… Continue reading Frontier Justice (The Survivalist, book 1), by Arthur T. Bradley

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The Atlantis Plague: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 2), by A.G. Riddle

(4 / 5 stars) Reviewed at Amazon on 29 August, 2014: This second book was as full of twists and turns as the first. I've realised that the thing I think is most unique to Riddle is his willingness to write his characters' growth. That is, he lets them be wrong, and to speak with… Continue reading The Atlantis Plague: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 2), by A.G. Riddle

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The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery (book 1) by A.G. Riddle

Reviewed at Amazon on 26 August, 2014. This is the first of Riddle’s books that I have read, and it won’t be the last.  I’ve already downloaded the Kindle edition of the second offering in the Atlantis series, The Atlantis Plague, and I can barely wait to get started on it. Apparently this is Riddle’s first… Continue reading The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery (book 1) by A.G. Riddle

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Obliterated: Would you know how to survive?, by C.J. Hall

Reviewed at Amazon, 2 May 2014: I awarded 5 / 5 stars to this novel because it kept me thoroughly entertained from the outset.One of the best aspects, for me, is that the reader does not know more about what is going on than the characters do. This is so different to so many other… Continue reading Obliterated: Would you know how to survive?, by C.J. Hall

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Sedulity (Book One) Impact, by David Forsyth & William Rosenthal

Reviewed at Amazon, 1 May 2014: This story is given 5 / 5 stars because I could not put it down. And because it does not have zombies. I liked the way the author interwove the characters' stories, and the characters themselves were engaging. I'm no expert in geography, but the directions were sometimes confusing… Continue reading Sedulity (Book One) Impact, by David Forsyth & William Rosenthal

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Obliterated 2: Violent Nature, by C.J. Hall

Commented at Amazon, 20 April 2014: Not an ordinary post-apocalypse novel context; nor is it written from any of the usual extreme perspectives of prepper, gun-toter or ignoramus. And, to my great approval, no zombies!The characters develop well over time, and there were enough twists and turns to keep me engrossed until the end. Very… Continue reading Obliterated 2: Violent Nature, by C.J. Hall

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Mind Plague, by Kyle Kirkland

Commented at Amazon, 19 November 2013: I very much liked this story; so much that I've already bought another Kirkland ebook. The characters are fallible/believable and the story is interesting, with enough twists and turns to keep things interesting - though there are a couple of loop-the-loops along the way. Well edited.

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Random Survival, by Ray Wenck

Commented at Amazon, 30 October 2013: What I liked most about this book were the characters - in that I found the 'good guys' likeable, and it wasn't difficult to accept the assumption that all the 'bad guys' were in fact bad guys. My favourite was Jarrod. I got lost in descriptions of streets a… Continue reading Random Survival, by Ray Wenck

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The Prepper Part 1: The Collapse, by Karl A.D. Brown

Commented at Amazon, 30 October 2013: I thought this book started well enough, but then it changed from a story to be more of a blog on gun lobbying, political conspiracy and greed, and pointing the finger at whoever is to blame for the majority of Americans being "at a disadvantage".I re-opened it many times,… Continue reading The Prepper Part 1: The Collapse, by Karl A.D. Brown