CSFFBT-Blaggard’s Moon Part 3

For those of you who have not read this awesome book by George Bryan Polivka, the following blog might just be a spoiler for you. Read ahead at your own risk.

 

In this book, there is a lady, Jenta, and her husband. The dynamics between these two is very good and so is the description of the relationship between Jenta and her captor. There is a lot to this story, and a lot of plot twists.

One of the plot twists that I particularly liked was towards the end when the reader is led to beleive that Jenta’s husband and herself are dead and lost forever without seeing each other for a last time.

My emotions got the better of me while reading the scene in which they said goodbye and I liked having my suspicions confirmed about her husband.

I especially liked what happened at the end of the book with Mr. Delaney Smith…I won’t spoil it for you, but I can tell you that its not quite what I expected. If you are interested in this book, I would strongly urge you to go out and buy yourself a copy. It is a book that I plan on reading over again. I am sure I will not be as surprised with some situations in the book, but it is so well written that I want to be back in the story again. I think George Bryan Polivka is a great author and I will be spending some time looking for other titles by him at my library and local bookstores, I encourage you to do the same.

For more information about this book, check out what these other blogs have to say.

Blaggard’s Moon – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0736925376 .
George Bryan Polivka’s Web site – http://www.nearingvast.com/

*Participants’ Links:
Brandon Barr
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Melissa Carswell
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Kait
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Magma
Margaret
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespack
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson

CSFFBT-Blaggard’s Moon Part 2

This is my 2nd installment of my review of the book “Blaggard’s Moon” by George Bryan Polivka.

For those of you who have not read the book, most likely the rest of my post’s will be spoilers for you. Read ahead at your own peril.

 In this book, there seem to be two narrators. One Delaney Smith, whom I mentioned in post 1, and one Ham Drumbone.  While at times, it can make the story confusing, being pulled in and drawn out of the story within the story, I actually found it refreshing. I like the idea of the main character (although at times, it does not seem that he is the main character at all) having memories and being able to look into those as though they were my very own all along.

The author does a good job of bringing out all the emotions of each character in this book and making the reader unsure of what is going to happen next. There were many times that I thought I had it all pinned down what the plot of the chapter was to find that I had no clue at all. I like being surprised. While there were many, there were not so much that I expected the unexpected. (I hope that made sense!)

I especially liked how he seemed to be able to reason the woman’s part in the book. While at times it is not what I would have done in that situation, I think he did a good job of trying to get into a woman’s emotional state of mind and determination that arises out of crises.

For more reviews on this book take a look at these blogs.

 

Blaggard’s Moon – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0736925376 .
George Bryan Polivka’s Web site – http://www.nearingvast.com/

*Participants’ Links:
Brandon Barr
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Melissa Carswell
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Kait
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Magma
Margaret
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespack
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson

CSFFBT-Blaggard’s Moon Part 1.

This is the 2nd book I have read as part of CSFFBT and I have got to say that it was quite interesting.

The book is “Blaggard’s Moon” by George Bryan Polivka.

I loved the cover art, which in my opinion is part of  what draws one into a book, sometimes at first glance. It is what makes a person decide to follow the intrigue that it has brought up. In this case, the books cover made me smell the ocean air and see the giant moon up close. I wanted to be on the ship rolling across whatever waves might be lapping against the hull of the ship, and if I closed my eyes, I could imagine myself being there. I wanted to know though, where the ship was headed, what it was doing out on the ocean all alone,  and most importantly, to find out what a “Blaggard” was.

The book does a good job of drawing you into its world. Even from the title of the first chapter. I actually had to re-read the first chapters heading to make sure I wasn’t losing my mind and not being able to read anymore, then I finally recognized it as a different language.

*possible spoiler in red*

The first person I came across in the book was Smith Delaney. A good fellow seems to be, but there are things at work in his heart and in his head that might convince a person that he is not quite so good.

 

I did find out what a Blaggard was, although I am still not sure if it is a real word or just one made up, either way, it seems to fit.

Look for installment #2 of Blaggard’s Moon and check out these other blogs for more about Blaggard’s Moon.

Blaggard’s Moon – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0736925376 .
George Bryan Polivka’s Web site – http://www.nearingvast.com/

*Participants’ Links:
Brandon Barr
Jennifer Bogart
Keanan Brand
Melissa Carswell
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Alex Field
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Michael Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Kait
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Magma
Margaret
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Nissa
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Jason Waguespack
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson

CSFFBT- “Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow”

Alright, this month the book was “Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow” by the Miller Brothers.

My first impression upon reading this book was that I thought the idea behind the book was neat.

I liked the cast of characters and the intro into the book, but the further I read the more it reminded me of Harry Potter meets “Book of Names” by D. Barkley Briggs.  The illustrations looked to me like they were trying a bit too hard, making computer animation on paper, it just didn’t fit in with what I thought the book was trying to portray.

The cover art was good, but I think that is where they should have left the computer animation-ish drawing.

It wasn’t until I was around chapter 7 that the book started to intrigue me a bit more. I was still able to put the book down however and not pick it up again for many days….

Once I did pick it up however, I read on and was excited by what happens in Chapter 17…very neat I thought.

For those of you who don’t want the book spoiled- Don’t read the text in red. 

In Chapter 18, there is a riddle that I liked trying to figure out with the main character…I was searching my brain trying to figure it out with him and was pleasantly surprised to see “we” came to the same conclusion about it! lol

I liked the alliteration in the riddle.

I also liked the ending of the book.  I had a nagging suspicion about it and was glad to see it confirmed.

 

Alright, all done with spoilers for now.

I can honestly say that it was not until chapter 20 that I felt the need, the urge to keep the book by my side until I got to the last word of the last chapter. Some books you can’t put them down until you finish them, and it happens on page one, this book however didn’t reach that point for me until chapter 20.

All in all I was pleasantly surprised to find myself at the last page and feel satisfied that I had read through till the end. I would definetly recommend this to someone of a younger age, maybe between ages 10-16 or so. I think it would be right up their alley, but parents reading it to see what their children are into would get a smile out of it.

For more information on the book, please check out the following links:

*Featured book, Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1593173288 .
the Miller Brothers’ Web site –  http://www.codebearers.com/
the Miller Brothers’ blog – http://themillerbrothers.blogspot.com/

*Participants’ Links:

Brandon Barr
Keanan Brand
Melissa Carswell
Valerie Comer
Amy Cruson
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Shane Deal
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Marcus Goodyear
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Jason Isbell
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Magma
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Nissa
Wade Ogletree
John W. Otte
Steve Rice
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
Jill Williamson