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Review: “The Third Gate,” Lincoln Child

Pros: Interesting story Cons: Some mild confusions; not stunning Rating: 3 out of 5 Explorer Porter Stone is putting together one of his famed, secretive expeditions. This time, he plans to find the tomb of Narmer, a near-mythical Egyptian pharaoh

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Review: “Magic Breaks,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: Stunning climax to several of the plot threads in the Kate Daniels series Cons: Hard to wait for more! Rating: 5 out of 5   Magic Breaks is book seven of the fantastic Kate Daniels series by husband-and-wife writing

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Review: “Magic Burns,” Ilona Andrews

Pros: High-stakes plot with plenty of danger to go around; love the characters Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Julie’s mother wanted to gain power through being a witch. Unfortunately, since magic returned to the world, being an amateur

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Review: “Deeply Odd,” Dean Koontz

Pros: Gripping, moving, and tense Cons: Annamaria is still pointless Rating: 4 out of 5   Odd Thomas sees dead people–and now he’s had a waking premonition. When he touches a psychotic trucker he sees several children, and he sees

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Review: “Odd Apocalypse,” Dean Koontz

Pros: Quotable; good plotting Cons: Some repetitive explanations Rating: 4 out of 5   Odd Apocalypse (book six in The Odd Thomas Series 6-Book Bundle) is a bit different from Dean Koontz’s previous Odd Thomas books. Books one and two

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Review: “Odd Interlude,” Dean Koontz

Pros: Fascinating plot Cons: Not as quotable as the first two or so books Rating: 3.5 out of 5   Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure (from The Odd Thomas Series 6-Book Bundle) is the fifth book in the

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Review: “Odd Hours,” Dean Koontz

Pros: Odd Thomas himeslf Cons: Slow, somewhat ‘ordinary’, with a fortune-cookie character and glaring continuity errors Rating: 2.5 out of 5   Odd Hours (found in The Odd Thomas Series 6-Book Bundle) is the fourth book in Dean Koontz’s Odd

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Review: “Brother Odd,” Dean Koontz

Pros: Earnest, whimsical, delightful Cons: Slow first half of book; not as quotable as the first two Rating: 3.5 out of 5   Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel (from The Odd Thomas Series 6-Book Bundle) is the third book

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Review: “Forever Odd,” Dean Koontz

Pros: Amazing narrative voice and sense of the absurd Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5   I’m continuing my foray into The Odd Thomas Series 6-Book Bundle with Forever Odd. Odd Thomas is a fry cook who sees restless

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Review: “Odd Thomas,” Dean Koontz

Pros: Earnest, whimsical, delightful Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5   When I read review books they’re less consistently good than ones I’ve picked out and bought myself, because I didn’t pick them out to match my tastes. So

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