Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Pirate Princess

  Wow !  I can't believe how much I enjoyed The Pirate Princess.  It's a children's book !  But, wait there's more !  Big World Network has it on audio on line ! Tawn Krakowski author, and narrator of this magnificent little gem has a clear, soothing, yet engaging, and entertaining voice I just loved listening too. I did not at all find it childish, or boring, or tiring in the least.  I was instantly hooked,  at first by the title, and then by the courage of a very brave eleven year old girl.  Tasked by a family legacy to sail the seas under the guise of having been abducted by pirates who would be under her fathers employ the king of Pufftania.  This to insure she will have no one interfering with her quest.  Only young princess Penny once she is aboard her fake pirate vessel doesn't know who to trust fully feeling in her gut that there is a spy among them.  Her legacy of a map handed down for three hundred years, and under her care for being the ninth royal child of the line in her family leads her through a stormy sea  to a devilish island.  Here she'll explore until she finds an oasis in the heart of a volcano, and with time suspended by a mermaid learn the true nature of why she had to undertake such a perilous adventure.  The story just heats up as the spy among her crew is revealed, swords are drawn, people are stabbed, and the treachery is afoot.  Can Penny save herself, and those of her crew who are loyal to her?  Can they stop the evil plan of a wizard from three hundred years ago who was thwarted once before from destroying her family, and ruling Pufftania.  This story rocked with grace, charm, and I love it. I lounged on the couch listening contentedly while drinking my tea one segment at a time.  This format has some real appeal for those who want to do something with their hands while still getting reading in.  Well done !  Very well done !

Sunday, January 22, 2012

jamais vu by Monique O'Connor James

I don't really know what to think about this one.  It took me a long while to get through it.  I found myself walking away from it to think about what was happening.  I found I didn't forget a single part of it.  Once I'd read it that was it.  I didn't need to go over it again.  It was as if I'd read it before. Jamais vu perhaps.  I was at first irritated because it seemed the star character an attractive young girl named Darby was already dead.  Then she wasn't, but then there was a whole lot of phycho babble trying to make sense of everything that was happening.  It was an excellent argument for taking gun safety seriously.  There's a boy she shouldn't be seeing. A looser who's too critical of her and fancie's her sister instead.  She falls for a pill popping, motorcycle riding, singer in a band named Kasey.  She has feelings for his possibly evil friend named Matt.  She's at odds with her family over what happened to her.  And, then she discovers she has the power to change it all.  All she's seen, and experienced.  All that wasn't right.  She could simply fix it.  All of this happening while discussing it with her shrink. It's as if your inside the head of a teenage girl arguing with herself over the great questions of life.  Is there GOD?  Is there good and evil?  Is there anything I can do about it either way?  What do I have to do with anything? Where do I fit in? Ect, ect, ect...  It was interesting from the start.  It held my interest.  I kept reading.  It's a story with a complexity of many characters with many story lines interwoven.  It was done very well.  In the end I liked it.  I may have been bored, but then again for any guy who likes Die Hard movies just reading a book with female phycho analysis is a feat.   It may have seemed dry, and I may have been uninterested in it at times, but in the end I really, really liked it. The author has brought forth what all of us eventually ask ourselves.  What we all struggle with.  And, some of the experiences perhaps more than a few of us have seen, and gone through.    It was brilliant.  This is one you should definitely buy, and quietly enjoy in your favorite reading place. 

BrycesBrilliantReviews: about publishers-beware

BrycesBrilliantReviews: about publishers-beware: When wifey came to me and said she was ready to be a writer I was very, very pleased. She's written all her life always carrying around a n...

about publishers-beware

When wifey came to me and said she was ready to be a writer I was very, very pleased.  She's written all her life always carrying around a notebook, and pen.  Always jotting down ideas that popped in  her head.  I knew she'd hit on a winner.  I knew that if she could follow through with it she could write forever bringing to the masses many entertaining stories.  Naturally, I was all for it.  She wrote Compulsion, and then came up the whole how do I get it on book store shelves question.  A publisher?  Well one publisher approached her saying how wonderful the story was, and how it was the next big thing.  They had offices in America and London.  They would handle everything.  And, she would maintain control of it all.  Yea right.  Not only did they try to back out of what they promised they tried to withdraw monies from her bank account for work they were not authorized to do.  One guy got fresh with her then when they were called on all this they cut off communication.  Just disappeared.  Then she got out of that mess, and talked to another.  Seemingly real people with much in common. Supposedly with their own radio show with sixty five million listeners.  Supposedly able to publish and promote for any one who joined them.  Okey doky, not.  Turns out they paid for their air time, but didn't pay the bill was no where near the audiance number for the show any way. They could not publish as they promised so wifey did it herself.  They lied, they stole, they lied some more, and when wifey broke from them it was the best thing that could have happened.   Wifey and I are editing, thanks to classes, self publishing thanks to investigating the how to parts of it. And, things are now moving forward. It's ashame said publisher has tried to derail our efforts since we left by acting childish.  They tried to access accounts using past pass words.  We were notified of the attempt. Dummy.  They like just to unlike trying to knock down ratings.  We can see it.  Dummy.  They write trash on line trying to discourage sales.  We can see it.  And, we can tell who's writing it. Dummy.  And, to top it off they contacted distributors telling tall tales so they wont do business with us.  We were notified.  Didn't work.  Dummy.  So, beware.  Beware of publishers who promise the world.  Beware of those who try to be friends.  If you fall in with such publishers run for the hills.  It should be a business relationship, and nothing more.  Just business.  Protect your pass words, and maintain your abillity to break the contract at any time.  And if you go indy and self publish it could be the best thing that ever happened to you.  All the best, and much success.  The End.

A little backround on me

I'm  in my late thirties.  I've been with the same woman who is  my loving wife for over thirteen years.  We have a highly intelligent, and handsome son of nine. I've got over 10 years on with the state, and i  love my job.  But, ask anyone, and I work for my wife.  I graduated high school, and I was a terrible student, so I took some collage classes after.   I taught karate since I was twelve.    Ended up with a back round in police investigations, and security.  Life at home is warm, pleasant, and loving.  Wife had a dream of being a writer.  I completely support her ambition, and she  has since produced Compulsion, and is working on many others.  Kid is a prodigy, and is looking forward to a career as a cancer doctor.  I've always wanted to  be a country music artist, and I've written a couple hundred songs.  With any luck I'll produce a cd for Christmas maybe sooner.  For now I'm trying to help wifey as much as possible.  Genealogically speaking I'm an unofficial U.K representative.  Completely Scottish on my mother's side.  The Fraiser clan.  And, both Irish, and English on dad's.  Completely American.  So, as life goes on I'll review books here because I love to read, and wife will write, and kid will get A's, and as writing slowly takes over more and more of life I'll enjoy  bringing you the common man's perspective.  Unless the Steelers are playing, Thank you for following this blog, thank you to those many of you who have submitted books for review, and thank you to those of you who have shown love, and support to wifey.   Now you'll have to excuse me, son has scrabble set up. Darn it.  He always beats me at scrabble.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Fearsome Beastie by Giles Paley-Phillips

  An interesting story about that bump in the night that scares kids to death.  Giles spin a tale about a beastie on the hill outside of town that comes looking for children to eat.  The kids all cry when he comes to they're home, but  beastie does too.  He tricks them into thinking he only wants to play, and when the kids come out of hiding he gobbles them all up, but not little Pete.  Pete runs to get his Gran who chops the beastie open with her ax freeing the children, and turns the beastie into beastie stew.  It's hilarious to see the pictures of an ax wielding granny and a pot of beastie stew in the end.  The story really is cool.  I read it with my boy here, and although he's nine, and long since left this kind of reading behind he thought it was funny too.  I liked it, and recommend it for anyone who has a gran, and is wanting a way to make the little ones feel better about sounds in the night. 

North West by J.H. Glaze

As any other typical guy who gets a kick out of violence I was more than willing to read a book about aliens ripping it up in North America.  An initial look at the plane, and claw marks on the front cover, and the comments on the back, and  I thought to myself "Ok, so a bunch of people will fly up north, and get eaten by aliens.  Maybe someone survives to tell the tale.  The End."  Well yes, and no.  Picking up where The Spirit Box left off we find detective John Hazard all stressed out from his past experience, and turning paranormal investigator in San Francisco, but first he needs certification, so he takes a class on the subject, and falls  for a girl in the group running from her own problems.  Mob types that want her dead for witnessing a murder. The class is run by professor Macy Renner, and to complete the course with an A she's leading her students on a field trip to investigate an area where hikers, and planes have gone missing.  Renner hopes to find an answer to her sister's child hood alien abduction.  Reflecting San Francisco's circus like environment there are people from all walks of life  to deal with.  There's a stripper, thug type wannabes, and transsexuals.  Everyone has issues of their own, and for this trip they are prepared for anything.  Well almost.  They may not be prepared to be an alien smorgasbord.  This book is enjoyable for the same reason you'd watch action adventure films.  All, and all it's a cool little story delivering exactly what you'd expect with a little cultural diversity to mix things up a bit.