Book Review: The Younger Gods by Michael R Underwood

Book to be reviewed: The Younger Gods
Author: Michael R Underwood
Date Finished: November 28 2014
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I've had the immense pleasure of knowing the author personally, so I do my best to give all of his work at least some of my limited reading time.

I'd read the reviews on this after purchasing it and filed it away dreading the read. Mixed, indifferent reviews just had me not wanting to read this book. I'll admit it started out slow, nearly painful to read because of the lead character's personality, and speech patterns. But I'm not one to give up on a book without a fight to really try to get to the good part.

This is one of those awesome books where, if you're patient, you'll find yourself on one hell of a ride. I really needed to sleep, before a very long workweek, instead, I finished this book. The plot, storyline, characters, and constant flow of action were so engaging that I couldn't put it down until I'd finished it.

Mike, I do hope you've got more to this story up your sleeve.

--Carrie--

Book Review: The Doorknob Society by MJ Fletcher

Title to be reviewed: The Doorknob Society
Author: MJ Fletcher
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It would be very easy to give this book a lower star rating because of the somewhat irritating spelling & grammar errors. Except no matter how annoying the mistakes were, they simply didn't detract from the story. I figured if I can read most of my non-native English speaking friends posts and even some of the native speakers posts online everyday I can overlook some bad grammar and obvious spelling mistakes when the book is this good, with or without the mistakes. 

In fact I think the simple fact the author is self-published and the reviews are as good as they are, is a testament to just how much readers can and will overlook when the overall book is this freaking good. I've read some truly annoying writing (Fifty Shades) and honestly the blatant spelling/grammar issues here are so minor in comparison that it really is a non-issue if you can look past it. Pretend you got an ARC copy or the editor really needs to step up his/her game. 

As far as the genre goes - steampunk at it's finest. THIS is what a steampunk novel should be. This is more than just adding gears and calling it a day. What an amazing ride and I WILL be buying the rest of the series as soon as I have money to do so.

Date finished: January 7 2015

If you can ignore the grammar & spelling issues, which given independent publishing status, shouldn't be impossible, you should find this a worthwhile wonderful escape!
-Carrie-

Book Review: Five by Ursula Archer

Title to be reviewed: Five
Author: Ursula Archer
Date Read: January 7 2015
Rating: 5 Stars
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I'm not sure I've ever read a book that was the English adaptation of book originally written in another language and loved it this much. Usually translations leave a lot to be desired or you end up with a bunch of slang that just doesn't make the transition from original language to translation very well.

This book was different. I'm not a big mystery fan but this book drew me in from the very beginning. Maybe I identified with Beatrice or maybe I just needed a change of pace from my normal reads. This book was very well written, the translation flowed without too many hiccups (there were a few), and it was interesting to see a story set in a country I'm mostly unfamiliar with, which was Austria. I liked the interesting story line and the use of geocaching as a part of the plot. I did guess the killer before the end but I didn't see the end coming and so the author did a very good job.

I am curious to know if there are other books coming and if Beatrice & Florin's relationship progresses beyond the awkward stage it's at when the book concludes.

I will definitely be adding Ms Archer's books to my to-read list again in the future.


- Carrie-

Book Review: Gears of Brass Anthology by Jordan Elizabeth

I wanted to love it. I love steampunk. I didn't love this book. I tried and tried and tried. The short , stories were too short and didn't leave me feeling like they were finished at all. A few of the stories were good but could've been better. I admit I gave up after about half way. I just couldn't continue reading little nuggets that left me wondering why they stopped when and where they did.

Clockwork Dollhouse, Zeus' Fire, Clockwork Wolf, Lana's End were my favorites that I did read, but I wish they were all more well concluded - like Clockwork Dollhouse. 

I also wish the titles were a bit more varied and a bit more creative topic wise. 

A note on formatting - I read on a kindle fire hd - in black background white text. I hated having to stop reading and reset the text to black on white or sepia to see the author's name and next title in the sequence. This problem is one of the main reasons I stopped reading this title and gave up when I did. Having to repeatedly alter the book so I could see what I was reading, frustrated me. An extra page or even a simple chapter-type heading format 'author name - title" between titles would've gone a long way to making me want to keep reading even if the stories were horribly abruptly concluded.

Priority Mail FLAT RATE - Domestic and International - Retail & Com base (Updated 2014 prices)

Priority Mail FLAT RATE - Domestic and International - 2014 Prices (Retail & Com base)
By Carrie J Foster on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:44pm

Priority Mail 
Retail Flat rate

Domestic
Flat rate Envelope (12-1/2" x 9-1/2" or smaller): $5.60
Legal flat rate envelope: $5.75
Padded Flat rate envelope: $5.95
Small Flat rate box: $5.80
Medium Flat rate Box: $12.35
Large Flat rate box - Domestic Address: $17.45
Large Flat rate box - APO/FPO/DPO address: $15.45 

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Priority Mail 
Commercial Base flat rate (stamps.com, usps.com, endicia or paypal)

Domestic
Flat rate Envelope (12-1/2" x 9-1/2" or smaller): $5.05
Legal flat rate envelope: $5.25
Padded Flat rate envelope $5.70
Small Flat rate box : $5.25
Medium Flat rate Box: $11.30
Large Flat rate box -Domestic Address: $15.80
Large Flat rate box - APO/FPO/DPO address: $13.80 
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Priority Mail
Retail Flat Rate

International
Flat rate envelopes, padded flat rate envelope, legal flat rate envelope & small flat rate box (max weight 4lbs)
Canada: $20.55
All other countries: $24.75

Medium flat rate box (max weight 20lbs)
Canada: $42.25 
All Other countries: $61.75 

Large flat rate box (max weight 20lbs)
Canada: $55.75
All other countries: $80.50  
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Priority Mail
Commercial Base Pricing (stamps.com/usps.com, endicia or paypal)

International
Flat rate envelopes, padded flat rate envelope, legal flat rate envelope & small flat rate box (max weight 4lbs)
Canada: $19.50
All other countries: $23.50 

Medium flat rate box (max weight 20lbs)
Canada: $40.15
All Other countries: $58.65 
Large flat rate box (max weight 20lbs)
Canada: $52.95
All other countries: $76.50 

USPS 1st Class Pkg Services International zones 6, 7, 8, 9 - Retail & Com Base prices (2014 Updated prices)

USPS 1st Class Pkg Services International zones 6, 7, 8, 9 - 2014 Retail & Com Base prices
By Carrie J Foster on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:45pm
These rates are for US to international zones 6, 7, 8 & 9- 2014 - USPS 1st Class Package Services - and are based on USPS RETAIL rates. 

Countries included in zones 6-9 are:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Ascencion, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Beliz, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burma (Myanmar), Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Columbia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cote  d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equitorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Fiji, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, North Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgystan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal,  Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Pitcairn Island, Qatar, Reunion, Rwanda, St Christopher/Nevis, St Lucia, St Helena, St Vincent & Grenadines, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic (Syria), Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tristan Da Cunha, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis & Futuna Islands, Western Samoa, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe 

Weight not over (oz)
1 - $6.55
2 - $6.55
3 - $9.15
4 - $9.15
5 - $12.15
6 - $12.15
7 - $12.15
8 - $12.15
12 - $14.30
16 - $16.25
20 - $18.20
24 - $20.15
28 - $22.10
32 - $24.05
36 - $26.00
40 - $27.95
44 - $29.90
48 - $31.85
52 - $33.80
56 - $35.75
60 - $37.70
64 - $39.65

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International 1st class package services zones 6, 7, 8, 9 Commercial Base Pricing (paypal/stamps.com)

Weight not over (oz)
1 - $6.16
2 - $6.16
3 - $8.60
4 - $8.60
5 - $10.94
6 - $10.94
7 - $10.94
8 - $10.94
12 - $12.87
16 - $14.63
20 - $16.38
24 - $18.14
28 - $19.89
32 - $21.65
36 - $23.40
40 - $25.16
44 - $26.91
48 - $28.67
52 - $30.42
56 - $32.18
60 - $33.93
64 - $35.69

USPS 1st class pkg services International zones 3, 4, 5 - Retail & com base pricing (Updated 2014 Prices)

USPS 1st class pkg services International zones 3, 4, 5 - 2014 Retail & com base pricing
By Carrie J Foster on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 12:47pm
These rates are for US to international zones 3, 4, & 5 - 2014 -

USPS 1st Class Package Services - and are based on USPS RETAIL rates. 

Countries included in zones 3, 4, 5 are:
Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia
Bulgaria
China
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Faroe Islands
Finland
Greece
Georgia
Germany
Gibraltar
Great Britain/N Ireland
Greece
Greenland
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
South Korea
Kosovo
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malta
Moldova
Montenegro
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
St. Pierre/Miquelon
San Marino
Serbia
Slovak republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Ukraine
Vatican City 

Weight not over (oz): 
1 - $6.55
2 - $6.55
3 - $9.45
4 - $9.45
5 - $12.75
6 - $12.75
7 - $12.75
8 - $12.75
12 - $14.90
16 - $16.75
20 - $18.60
24 - $20.45
28 - $22.30
32 - $24.15
36 - $26.00
40 - $27.85
44 - $29.70
48 - $31.55
52 - $33.40
56 - $35.25
60 - $37.10
64 - $38.95

 Weight over 64 oz (4lbs) package must go USPS Priority International or Express international
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International groups 3, 4, 5 - Commercial Base 1st class International package services pricing (stamps.com, usps.com, endicia or paypal)

1 - $6.16 
2 - $6.16
3 - $8.88
4 - $8.88
5 - $11.48
6 - $11.48
7 - $11.48
8 - $11.48
12 - $13.41
16 - $15.08
20 - $16.74
24 - $18.41
28 - $20.07
32 - $21.74
36 - $23.40
40 - $25.07
44 - $26.73
48 - $28.40
52 - $30.05
56 - $31.73
60 - $33.39
64 - $35.06

Weight over 64oz (4 lbs) must go USPS Priority Mail International or Express international