Month: February 2019

Book Review: A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was recommended this series because of my love of books and the fact that my working life is as an Archivist. I admit I was a bit hesitant, not being a big fan of the ‘the latest in thing’, but I gave it a try and was greatly surprised.

Not many books can get away with first person PoV and make it engaging enough that you forget you’re reading first person. There were moments when I found myself asking, ‘did you really need to describe that outfit in detail?’ but that was a minor issue.

Diana is an intriguing character, and I liked her instantly for her respect for books. The fact that she wants to be her own person, and do her research and historical studies on her own merit not at the mercy of her heritage of spells, made her relatable in many ways.

I found that I couldn’t put the book down, and as I eyed the percentage getting closer to the end, I knew it was going to be left on a cliff hanger, and I would be snagging the next book – which I have already started.

So overall, I’d say it’s definitely a fun read.

I love how the author doesn’t dumb it down either. She throws out historical references, people and events, and well expects you to know it. If you don’t, then go look it up.

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Book of Review: Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)

Did I mention my eclectic reading habits?  Wizards – sure, why not.  Roman History – yes, please.  Witches – well it’s about a book and we know I love books!


Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)Storm Front by Jim Butcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Why have I never read Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files before??

Seriously, why?

It’s absolutely freaking brilliant! Not a hard, or a complex read, but a fun and gripping yarn.

Dresden is the perfect mix of heroic snark and sarcasm mixed with gritty reality in a world of magic.

I love this!

I especially love him naked with soap in his eyes fighting a frog demon in a thunderstorm.

And I love that this is first person PoV done so wonderfully and in such detail that you forget it’s first person PoV.

More please! Can’t wait for more…

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Ask the Author!


I’m hosting an Ask the Author Event on Goodreads for the month of February!


  • Want to know more about Michael Oliver’s career?
  • Is President Lawrence going to run for a 2nd Term?
  • When’s the wedding????
  • Will Fae get to be the Best Man?
  • Want to know more about the ‘Making of’ The Secret Service Agent?

If any of these questions are intriguing or you have a few of your own – drop by Goodreads and send me your questions.

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Book Review: Arms of Nemesis (Roma Sub Rosa, #2) by Steven Saylor

Arms of Nemesis (Roma Sub Rosa, #2)Arms of Nemesis by Steven Saylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Excellent book, filled with beautiful and lyrical descriptions of Ancient Rome in the time before Caesar.

The author is certainly more than capable of drawing the reader into old rituals, and stunning scenery with flowing ease and an assurance of research well done on every topic, from poisons to bath houses.

In fact, Steven Saylor includes at the end a list of works he consulted for writing this book, so the curious can go find more for themselves.

I appreciate the tasteful way he describes both sex and sensuality and when he does feel the need to use baser descriptions, they fit very well with the ‘moment’ in the drama.

This is the second of his Roma Sub Rosa series and I look forward to reading the third, even if the ending on this one felt just ever so slightly contrived.

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How to help an Author: Leave a Review

I saw this on Charles Delint’s Facebook page and it’s so very true.

This is why I leave reviews on Goodreads for the books I read.  It doesn’t matter if the author is well established or just starting out.

Reviews help get books moved on up the charts.

Reviews help books get past the initial first day sales, giving them staying power.

Reviews show that you, the readers, were moved by the book, whether it was in a positive or negative way.

Please leave a review after reading – I sincerely hope it’s a positive one 🙂

You can either leave a review for The Secret Service Agent or Conversations in Real Time on their respective pages here on the blog, or on the digital store were you bought them (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo or Smashwords), or of course, on Goodreads.

Thank you so much!

Nicholas J. Finch


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