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Winter Arrives: Secrets in the Snow, Episode 1 by Roz Marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars Winter Arrives, 5 July 2014
Dickens did it. Stephen King has done it. So I understand that the serial, an episodic series with the full story released a small chunk at a time has a long history and is making a comeback, at least in part because the economics of the ebook market make it more viable than with paper books.

Iím not a fan of the serial for a few reasons. One is a tendency for cliffhanging endings. (Thankfully, thatís not the case with Winter Arrives.) Another complaint I have is that although each episode tends to have a story arc of its own, whatever conflict is brought to a conclusion in a particular episode usually pales in comparison to other story threads that are left unresolved, leaving… Read more
The Spark by John Kenny
The Spark by John Kenny
4.0 out of 5 stars The Spark, 5 July 2014
In The Spark, firefighter Donny Robertson becomes obsessed at getting to the bottom of what really happened in a suspicious fire that injured Danny and killed his Captain. Answering his questions turns out to be more than he bargained for, with a high price to be paid before reaching his goal.

The thriller aspect of the story was good, but what stood out for me even more was the day-to-day life of the firefighter. Not only the hours or days of boredom interspersed with minutes of terror, but the workings of the fire station and camaraderie between the fire fighters. A page turner, with more than a touch of human interest, too.

**Originally written for "Books and… Read more
The Redesign of Tomorrowland by L.N. Smith (Bert)
The Redesign of Tomorrowland by L.N. Smith (Bert)
Iím not sure what to make of this book starting with the most basic (what genre is it) and continuing on to the actual content. The author calls it literary fiction, but it could just as easily be called science fiction, speculative fiction, maybe even fantasy, although it doesnít fit what a reader would expect to find in any of those all that well either. I think there is even a case to be made for calling it non-fiction (not 100% of every non-fiction book is literally true, right?)

The premise is that the author has ďredesignedĒ Tomorrowland at one of the Disney properties with rides, shows, and other attractions that show or teach us about where the world is headed, at least… Read more