The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #6) by Michael Scott

Another series I have been enjoying for some time is The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott.  And like Sisters Grimm, the series has come to and end with The Enchantress.  And like that series, the final book left me with mixed feelings. Here is the Kirkus summary: Scott tops off his deservedly popular series with a heaping shovelful of monster attacks, heroic last stands, earthquakes and other geological events, magic-working, millennia-long schemes coming to fruition...

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The Necromancer by Michael Scott

Not sure why, but a bunch of authors I enjoy had book come out at the end of  May and, particularly given my constrained reading and reviewing time these days, this meant a  stacked up TBR pile. Choices, choices, isn’t that what is all about most days? I had The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel), however, shipped to my Kindle as soon as it was released and read it shortly thereafter. This was exactly the type of reading I could enjoy as a reward for long hours...

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Ten of my favorite reads in 2009

I thought it would be appropriate to look back over the books I read in 2009 and pick out a few of my favorites.  Keep in mind what follows is my list of favorite reads in 2009 not books published in 2009. And the list is not in particular order or rank. 1) John the Baptizer by Brooks Hansen: No matter your faith background, or lack of it, or your knowledge of the Bible, or lack of it, I highly recommend John The Baptizer.  Its blends the historical and the literary in ways that defy genre...

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The Sorceress by Michael Scott

I will fully admit that I can be far too derivative in my reviews. I think that I can write some thoughtful and detailed reviews when I have the time and energy.  But I also post a number of “here is the publishers blurb and here is my reaction” type posts. This doesn’t bother me too much because one function of this blog is simply to track what I read; and not every review is, or has to be, a thoughtful masterpiece. I bring this up, because I would be hard pressed to add...

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The Magician by Michael Scott

Here is how I descirbed the first book in Michael Scott’s The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series (The Alchemyst): It turned out to be a grand adventure.  Not the most believable story, for sure, but imaginative and entertaining. I think that was an accurate statement, but interestingly enough, this series has really grown on me.  The second book, The Magician, turned out to be a even faster paced and more engaging read. Here is Booklists take: The Alchemyst (2007), the first...

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The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Never one to pass up free books, I downloaded a Kindle version of The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel for free.  But it was far down the TBR list.  My wife, however, read it and enjoyed it.  This piqued my interest and one night I started reading it to “see what it was all about.” It turned out to be a grand adventure.  Not the most believable story, for sure, but imaginative and entertaining. Here is the PW review to give you a flavor: Twin 15-year-old...

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