Dead Ice By Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell k. Hamilton is the author of the Anita Blake series. There are currently 24 books in the series, with Dead Ice being the most recent one. for those that have no knowledge of the Anita Blake books here’s a little background. Anita Blake started off as a vampire executioner, and a bounty hunter type of person. she also raises zombies for a living. she’s done work with police officers and is involved with the vampires, both professionally and personally. as the series evolves, she becomes entwined with other supernatural beings; witches, and were-animals.

In this recent installment she’s been recruited to help the police find out who’s raising people as zombies and forcing them to essentially be sex slaves. all the while she is also dealing with alot of personal stuff, with the vampires and were-animals. I’ve read all the books in the series to date, and overall i like them all, but i did have a few i liked more than others. for example, any of the ones where she’s working with her friend and assassin Edward. I liked this one, but I’m beginning to dislike the relationship aspects of the books. It’s becoming repetitive, how she acts, how the others act, etc. yes, there’s been growth and development in her personal life but I felt at times that the plot about the zombies wasn’t as important as it should have been. and something about the end bothered me too. I feel like in tying up the zombie plotline and stuff, it was sort of rushed.

If you’re a fan of the series, give it a read and leave your thoughts on it. I’m curious what others think

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The First Phone Call From Heaven

When I first learned about this book I was quite excited to read it. The story is about a man named Sully who’s wife has died, leaving him with their 7 year old son. Sully returns with his son to the town where his parents live; Coldwater Michigan. suddenly people in town are receiving phone calls from deceased people. Sully is convinced these calls are fake and he sets out to find the truth. the book also tells about the history of the telephone. 

I really enjoyed this book. I myself, as I’m sure many others can, can relate to the questions posed. the book poses such questions as “Does Heaven exist?” and “What is it like?” throughout the book I really wanted to believe that these calls were real.one particular thing that stands out is the question of false hope. Sully says that these people shouldn’t be given false hope, that its wrong. but the person he speaks to,basically asks him what is wrong with giving people hope. I can see both sides to this. It’s wrong to let others think that their loved one is speaking to them from beyond, but at the same time, letting people think that can make them feel better. everyone has a different opinion about this. there was one thing I didn’t really like about the book. I felt that it was quite religious. lots of talk about church, god, heaven, etc. I didn’t really expect that when I first started reading it but I guess it shouldn’t have been surprising, it IS heaven after all that is the topic. I know this is a review but I want to throw in my two cents about if our loved ones can talk to us from beyond.

I’m not religious and I don’t know if heaven exists, but I would like to think so. I do believe in ghosts, and I do believe that people can communicate from beyond. When I lost my best friend to suicide 3 years ago, I recieved a phone call that really made me stop and think. she passed early in the morning on october 27th. then later on that evening I got a phone call on the phone that was in my dorm room (I was in college at this time). It was a short conversation and I didn’t think it odd till after i hung up. when i picked up and said hello, the girl on the other end said “I’m sorry I think I have the wrong number”. when i hung up I told my roommate i thought i did know that number. so after doing some hunting through my cell i saw that it was my friends house number that had called my dorm. about a month later i saw my friends mom and told her what happened. she was really startled. she said that no one at the house knew the number to my room phone. only laura did. I believe that even though i didn’t recognize the voice, that it was laura contacting me. if it had been a family member of hers, i would have known; i know their voices. I don’t share this with too many people, seeing as i could be wrong. but I like to think it was her, like those in the book like to think that their calls are real too.

So if you like Mitch Albom’s books, like mystery, some history and books about heaven then I would recommend this book. prehaps like me, you also can relate to these people.

The Westing Game. *be careful, there may be some spoilers*

First before I get into my review, I want to apologize to those that don’t like spoilers. I try hard not to give too much away but I feel that sometimes I can’t review a book well unless I talk about characters or parts of it. with that out of the way I shall continue with my review.

I read this book back in either High School or Middle School for a class and all I could recall was the title and that I enjoyed it. So I decided to reread this book. Its sort of like the game/movie clue. A group of people are gathered together by Sam Westing, who has recently passed away. in his will he tells them to find the name of his murderer, and gives all sisteen of his heirs ten million dollars (i think that was the amount). 

I liked the twist at the end. While I knew that Sam Westing wasn’t really dead, I was unsure of who he could be. But besides that, I can’t say I was into this story. what I didn’t like was the game itself. I felt it was pointless because Sam Westing  wasn’t murdered at all. maybe I missed the point of his game. I didn’t like the bombing plot line, or the stealing plot. I believe Madame Hoo stole things for her trip to China. that’s what I got from her stealing. but if I’m wrong then what was the point of her stealing? and the bombs; what was the point of those? It didn’t really seem to add much to the story. and the stealing and bombings weren’t connected at all. 

Overall it was an Ok book for me. I don’t know why I was able to recall this book I’d read in class but not others. Its an ok mystery story with a pretty decent twist ending. it’s actually pretty light too; it’s not really a dark story and nothing so bad happens. a few accidents, and a death but thats it. no one is killed, or really seriously injured. there’s no real threats. So readers, If your curious check this book out and tell me your thoughts. maybe you can clear some stuff up for me.