Book Review: Giant Thief by David Tallerman



Giant Thief started out well. The beginning was fast-paced, set up an interesting fantasy world and protagonist, and running off with a giant seemed interesting enough… until it wasn’t.

It just didn’t do it for me, and I think it’s because the book ended up being one big long chase sequence. There was not enough room for the characters to breath or for the major plot to even be exposed properly (a power-hungry warlord who was conquering cities and towns that refused to unite properly against him due to stupid politics).

I liked how the story started. I liked the giant. I sort of liked the thief. I found the world-building and the descriptions of the landscapes to be well done, if overdone for me. But then, I know people who really enjoy poetic descriptions of the countryside and I have no doubt that David Tallerman can write – he definitely proves that. I just think plot and character development should have a higher priority over ‘storytelling’, you know? The ability to spin a yarn is great, and the author’s grasp of the English language is far better than mine. It’s just that to me, storytelling is a podium to put a STORY on, and Giant Thief was less of a story and more of a keeping-the-protagonist-and-the-reader-in-the-dark-for-too-long. There was a bigger story there, and we get a summary of it by the end, but honestly I found the main character the least interesting character to follow around in this particular tale. Estrada would have been far, far more interesting. Hell, the giant would’ve been a more interesting protagonist, as we find out later in the book he’s much more than he seems.

So even though I didn’t particularly like it, I expect others might and I didn’t find it a chore to finish. Can’t recommend it, but I don’t feel like it was a waste of my time since I like trying different things.

Giant Thief

By David Tallerman

Tales of Easie Damasco #1

Book Length: 364 pages

Medieval Fantasy.

According to the Blurb:

Meet Easie Damasco, rogue, thieving swine and total charmer.

Even the wicked can’t rest when a vicious warlord and the force of enslaved giants he commands invade their homeland. Damasco might get away in one piece, but he’s going to need help.

Big time.


Photo Challenge: Warmth

DSCN2346This is a photo of my family dog Sasha, who passed away in 2012. He was the warmest, loveliest, most affectionate dog. I miss him greatly.

RIP Sasha 1998-2012

RIP Sasha

You can see he had the natural ‘sad eyes’ from his English Springer Spaniel heritage. He jumped the fence until he broke his leg and then he couldn’t jump so high, but he still had boundless energy until he was about twelve, when he started to slow down. The vet put him to sleep after the inflammation and chronic pain in his joints meant he couldn’t walk. We scattered his ashes along the backyard fenceline he loved to patrol when he was younger.

Rest In Peace Sashy-boy. We won’t forget you.


This post was done in response to the Daily Post’s photo challenge. I was flicking through some old photos when I found these again, and remembered his warmth.


Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge: Innocence Lost, Imagination Gained


Innocence is good,

But life’s full of mysteries

I’d rather explore.

I will jump headfirst

Diving down the rabbit hole

To find my answers.

Innocence is lost

Pursuing knowledge and love

That’s an even trade.

Haiku Prompt Challenge Badge Winter


Book Review: Murder in the Boughs by Jamie Sedgwick



I loved this book. It started out with a bang and I worried it was going to peter out, but it never did (that’s not to say it made me dizzy – I should point out that the pacing was excellent). I was wrapped the whole time through this book. Now, it hasn’t gotten perfect reviews on Goodreads, but this book was honestly perfect for me. A wonderful blend of urban fantasy, humour, action, mystery, and heart. The characters were well fleshed out and the setting was real and, at times, really surprising. The giant snake that controls the elevator was a favourite of mine 🙂

The two mysteries were interesting and multi-layered, and although I felt the murder wasn’t resolved as well as I would have liked, I can appreciate the unique direction the ending took, which leads Hank Mossberg into a precarious future where he can longer rely on certainties. The book did justice to the fairy-tale inspired setting, and I just loved the lore, I really did.

I shall definitely be reading the sequel. Recommended to anyone looking to be swept up into mystery, murder and mayhem.

Murder in the Boughs

By Jamie Sedgwick

Hank Mossberg, Private Ogre #1

Book Length: 264 pages

Crime Urban Fantasy.

According to the Blurb:

Detective noir fiction and Grimm’s Fairy Tales collide in the “Hank Mossberg, Private Ogre” detective series. The series takes place in the gritty streets of San Francisco and in the undercity, the massive underground cavern where thousands of fae creatures secretly make their homes. Here, nymphs walk darkened streets, imps are slave traders, and gnomes are elite hackers.

In “Murder in the Boughs,” Hank Mossberg is a hard-boiled San Francisco detective who must race against time to rescue a kidnapped girl, expose a ring of “pixie dust” dealers, and find the killer of a high-elven San Francisco kingpin. Hank is also the last living ogre in the world.

Hank’s troubles begin when he stumbles onto a briefcase full of the illicit drug known as pixie dust. He finally has the evidence he needs to bring down the notorious Kaisers, an elven crime family, but then the gang’s leader is murdered and the pixie dust disappears. Hank is hot on the trail of the killer when he gets an urgent call from a desperate woman whose daughter has been abducted… only the kidnapper is no ordinary criminal, and even Hank’s unique skills might not be enough to bring the girl home. Hank juggles both cases while navigating the complexities of fae-world politics and real life relationships, none of which ever seem to come easy.

World Unknown Review is Here!

My good friend Rob has had his memoir short story “Sheba” published! Congratulations Rob!

L.S. Engler

The announcement I’ve been chomping at the bit to make is finally here! I might be pushing it out the door a little early (KDP is giving me weird cover issues and the physical book isn’t yet available on Amazon), but I just can’t wait any longer. World Unknown Review is finally here!

World Unknown Review has been an exciting project for me, one I hope to duplicate every year to help put more voices out there in the popular format of our times, independent publishing via Amazon. This first volume brings a lot of really great stories, in a wide variety of genres, from memoir to romance, science fiction and fantasy, adventure and literary. Some of these authors have a hefty list of accomplishments under their belts, some of them have never been published before. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, and, hopefully, everything for someone.


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Photo Challenge: Yellow!

Okay, I’m going to do this photo challenge thingy! Here’s my idea of yellow:



So many flowers! It’s almost like snow! (What? I have to pretend something is like snow!)

I took this photo back in early November, but I haven’t found a use for it until now. It’s so nice scrolling through past photos you’ve taken to see the seasons change in front of your eyes… I, um, have no idea what the tree is that produces this flower though…

It’s funny. I never had an interest in flora until I suddenly began to appreciate the variety of plants and blossoms that grow around the place. I had moved to this new neighbourhood  almost two years, so maybe that had something to do with my sudden attraction to flowers, but I like to think it means I’m maturing – I’m beginning to appreciate the little things, and the things that nature provides for free 🙂 So I’ve got some catching up to do with learning the names of all these things. My Auntie’s a greenthumb, I should be hanging around her more.

Another example of ‘yellow’? I’ve reached one thousand likes on my blog! Woohoo!

See? See? It’s yellow! That makes it relevant! Two reasons to celebrate! Yayyyyy!

Merry Christmas Everyone! It’s just three days away!!!

Review: The Black Swan Inheritance By Marigold Deidre Dicer

So, I Read This Book Today

23635267Books often reveal the personality of their authors. How can they not? The author pulls the characters and worlds straight from their brains and their hearts. If the author is basically a nice person it shines through their work. If not, well, I can usually tell.

Marigold Deidre Dicer (Sarah to her friends) is a truly wonderful person. She is kind, considerate, dedicated, all the things you want in a friend. And I have been happy to get to know her over the past several months, first as a compatriot in the ‘blogosphere’ and later as her editor for The Black Swan Inheritance. Now, if I could just travel to Australia to give her a hug, how great would that be?

The Black Swan Inheritance is an urban fantasy, true. But it is more than that. It is a story that incorporates the fantasy world, but wraps it around a…

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My Bookshelf: The Black Swan Inheritance

Writing Madness

fTitle: The Black Swan Inheritance

Author: Marigold Deidre Dicer

Genre: New Adult/Urban Fantasy

Amazon Summary:

“The striking Black Swan is native to Australia, unrelated to the seemingly pure White Swan of Europe. She is found in the strangest of places – from ugly mines to cultivated farms, peaceful bushland to violent coast.

Yet, she always shies away from humanity.

The Black Swan is always beautiful, surprisingly resilient and very, very powerful. Most Black Swans are wise enough not to use that power to challenge the status quo.


Anita had the kind of reputation in high school that no one wants to carry into adulthood, especially since she wants to be a doctor like her dad. Now at university, she is determined to be good, but one little end-of-semester celebration can’t hurt, right? Well, it can if she ends up having a one-night stand with a werewolf that triggers a…

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