Review: Judgment of Blood

judgementofbloodJudgment of Blood
by Timothy Black
File Size: 5812 KB
Print Length: 241 pages
Publisher: Blysster Press; 1 edition (February 23, 2017)
Publication Date: February 23, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B06X9L35SL

Product description:
In 1890 a disease that turned sane men into ravenous werewolves swept through the United States like wildfire. On the brink of humanity’s extinction, Nikola Tesla and a mysterious order of scientists known as the Tellurians revealed a bold plan: the uninfected would abandon the Earth’s surface by rising up in floating salvation cities, iron and steel metropolises that carried tens of thousands of refugees above the savage apocalypse. The remnants of mankind huddled fearfully in the clouds, waiting for the werewolves to devour each other.

Twenty years later, only one salvation city remains aloft, while the beasts still rule the world below. Elijah Kelly, an infected Thunder Train crewman exiled to the ground, ranges ahead of his beloved home, determined to keep it safe no matter the cost. But a telluric deadzone has caught Wardenclyffe in its riptide, forcing it toward airspace where its miraculous machinery will no longer function. Desperate to neutralize the deadzone before the flying city crashes, Eli discovers a brutal truth: humanity still exists on the ground, paying a terrible vampiric price for their survival.

Faced with an impossible choice between sacrificing thousands of innocent lives or betraying the rebels fighting for their freedom against an oppressive regime, Eli will be forced to rely on an unlikely ally lurking deep within his own blood to defy the inevitable.

My thoughts:
I gave the first book in the series 4 stars out of 5 (link) — and this book is better. Black has an easy-to-read style that makes for an entertaining book. That being said, “Judgment of Blood” falls firmly into the pulpy dystopian genre. His trilogy is very steampunk/dieselpunk with some gory horror elements — werewolves.

The series has a Clay Griffith or Cherie Priest vibe to it. I think that if you like those Authors you will really enjoy Timothy Black.

“Takes time to nurture hate and stupidity, eh? I like that kid. Got a good head on his shoulders.”

All in all, it is pulpy storytelling at it’s best. I give Timothy Black’s “Judgment of Blood” 5 stars out of 5 and I hope that part 3 in the trilogy doesn’t take years to finish.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from Timothy Black. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

J.K. Rowling confirms she’s writing two new novels

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Clumsy spells: Daniel in a scene with Jim Broadbent, who plays Horace Slughorn

Hmmmmmmmmmm ? I wonder what Rowling is cooking? She has confirmed that she is working on two more books. As I understand it, these are not Fantastic Beast stories. Well, I for one wouldn’t mind another Harry Potter story.

In my mailbox

Yes, the mailman still hates me…

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You just gotta love those easy-open-packages. Maybe the NSA just wanted to see what I was reading or maybe it’s the RUSSIANS?

9781571747594 Using numerology to learn more about yourself and your future doesn’t require any psychic ability, mathematical skills, or even any special equipment. The information is based on a series of numbers and by following systems that date back to the Greek mathematician and astrologer Pythagoras and the Hebrew Kabbalah, you’ll learn the basics of how to use numbers to explain your life.

Numerology Plain & Simple
The Only Book You’ll Ever Need
Anne Christie

9781571747563 Chinese Astrology, Plain & Simple
The Only Book You’ll Ever Need
Jonathan Dee

Though perhaps less well-known here than its Western counterpart, Chinese astrology is every bit as illuminating and provides an equally valuable shortcut to self-knowledge. Jonathan Dee, the well-respected author of several books on astrology, tarot, and fortune-telling, reveals all the mysteries of the art in this informative volume.

Filled with legends, charts, and history, it contains all of the essentials for working out your Chinese horoscope including the animal signs for each birthday year, month, and hour. Each sign receives a richly detailed and enlightening explanation.


I want to thank Weiser Books for these free advanced review copies.

Sonoita Wine Trail: Girlfriends Guide to Getaways

Ferguson is at it again and this time wine is involved.

Arizona has several vineyards and wine tasting rooms scattered around the state. South of Tucson on Highway 83 is where you will find the Sonoita Wine Trail. This wine trail includes the towns of Sonoita, Elgin, Patagonia, Tubac, and even Tombstone. In this book I cover all the towns, vineyards, and places to stay, shop or dine along with historic sites nearby each town. Just a few miles on Highway 83, the scenery will change. It moves from a desert look with cacti, to rolling grassy hills. You feel like you were transported to another corner of the world. The Sonoita Wine Trail is the perfect place to getaway, relax, and escape your everyday life.

In my mailbox: Love Magic

Today, I received a copy of Lilith Dorsey’s book Love Magic: Over 250 Spells and Potions for Getting it, Keeping it, and Making it Last. I think that a book like this may be a little too late for an old man like me, but there you go. I want to thank the people at Weiser Books for this free review copy.

Love Magic will be available December 1st…

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This is really “the big little book of love magic.” Magical maven Lilith Dorsey has packed into this fun, informative, and practical book over 250 spells, potions, rituals, and recipes devoted to all facets of love and sex.

Based on years of magical experience and prodigious research, this book includes sections on such topics as self-love, marriage, fertility, erotic adventures, the ethics of love magic, and more. The spells are drawn from a wide diversity of magical traditions and focus on an equally diverse situations. There are spells for finding love, keeping love, and healing yourself so that you are ready for love. The book also includes rituals for invoking goddesses of love. Dorsey considers and discusses all facets of the romantic experience.

Let’s face it we are obsessed, inspired, delighted, and in love with love. And here is the go-to book for every spell you will ever need for finding and keeping romance, passion, sex, marriage, fertility, and love in your life. Rooted in serious scholarship while still exploring the weird, wild, and wonderful side of love magic, this book provides expert advice and genuine spells that work to bring you your heart’s desire.

In my mailbox: Rumi’s Little Book of Love and Laughter: Teaching Stories and Fables

Rumi’s Little Book of Love and Laughter: Teaching Stories and Fables
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (October 1, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1571747613
ISBN-13: 978-1571747617

I want to thank the people at Hampton Roads Publishing for sending me a free advance review copy. This book will be available October 1st and I am certain that most Rumi enthusiasts will love it. I’ve already read half of the book and I’m having trouble putting it down.


Rowdy, ecstatic, and sometimes stern, these teaching stories and fables reveal new and very human properties in Rumi’s vision. Included here are the notorious “Latin parts” that Reynold Nicholson felt were too unseemly to appear in English in his 1920s translation. For Rumi, anything that human beings do–however compulsive–affords a glimpse into the inner life.
Here are more than 40 fables or teaching stories that deal with love, laughter, death, betrayal, and the soul. The stories are exuberant, earthy, and bursting with vitality–much like a painting by Hieronymus Bosch or Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. The characters are guilty, lecherous, tricky, ribald, and finally possessors of opened souls.
Barks writes: “These teaching stories are a kind of scrimshaw–intricately carved, busy figures, confused and threatening, and weirdly funny.
This is an entertaining collection from one of the greatest spiritual poets of all time, rendered by his most popular translator.
“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.”–Rumi

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Adult Halloween Taking Back the Season by Sharon Day

Adult Halloween Taking Back the Season by Sharon Day

 

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Halloween isn’t just a day, it’s a whole season and adults love it just as much as kids! This book, “Adult Halloween: Taking Back the Season!” by Sharon Day is an extensive guide for reclaiming the season adult style. It covers how to live Halloween every day, how to make it more horrifying, goth, nostalgic, and sexy. It includes guides on how to challenge your fears, drink and movie pairings, carving, talking to the dead, urban exploration, country fairs, spooky photography, phobia theater, yard haunt tips, recipes and more. If you are already a big kid about the Halloween season, this book will help you launch into a new level of terror and celebration – adult style!

Bigfoot, Yeti, and the Last Neanderthal

I wanted to pass along a very interesting title from Disinformation Books called “Bigfoot, Yeti, and the Last Neanderthal”. I know I have a lot of Bigfoot enthusiasts among the Gnostalgia readers who would eat this title up.

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Bigfoot, Yeti, and the Last Neanderthal

A Geneticist’s Search for Modern Apemen
 
This book is based on the search for evidence for the existence of Bigfoot, yeti, or the abominable snowman. Along the way, Bryan Sykes visits sites of alleged sightings of these strange creatures, attends meetings of cryptozoologists, recounts the stories of famous monster-hunting expeditions, and runs possible yeti DNA through his highly regarded lab in Oxford. He introduces us to the crackpots, visionaries, and adventurers who have been involved in research into this possible scientific dead end over the past 100 years. Sykes is a serious scientist who knows how to tell a story, and this is a credible and engrossing account.

Rick Hamlin – Praying on the Subway

Rick Hamlin reminds us that prayer is not something that you do just in a Church but it is something a spiritual person does everywhere.

 

Hamlin has a new book published by Hampton Roads Publishing Company (Wesiser Books) titled “10 Prayers You Can’t Live Without” (link).

9781571747419In this inspirational “how-to” book, Guideposts executive editor Rick Hamlin shares ten real-life ways of praying to God. He draws on the practical insight he has gained from the everyday men and women in the pages of Guideposts magazine and from his own lifelong journey in prayer.

He encourages readers to think of prayer as an ongoing conversation that God that should include everything. He expounds on the power of prayer. He discusses how to find a time and place for prayer every day, the importance of praying in times of crisis, of how to ask for forgiveness, and how to listen to the spiritual nudges God gives us.

The 10 prayers are:

  1. Conversational prayers
  2. Mealtime prayers
  3. Prayers for others
  4. The Lord’s Prayer
  5. Forgiveness prayers
  6. Crisis prayers
  7. Singing prayers
  8. Thanksgiving prayers
  9. The Jesus prayer
  10. “Yes and . . .” prayers (aka possibility prayers)

This is a book filled with practical advice, insight, and inspirational stories; a book for anyone who wants to develop a rich and vibrant spiritual practice.

 

Opening “How to Use a Pendulum”

9781578635894_1433357664Anyone can learn to use a pendulum. This powerful tool brings together the left and right sides of the brain and acts as an antenna, helping you tune into your intuition and pick up on energies and vibrations emitted by people, objects, and places.

Crammed with practical exercises, dowsing charts, and maps, all accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions, this pack includes everything you need to get started. Follow the simple exercises to discover how to interpret the movements of the pendulum and your yes and no responses; then begin to experiment with a whole host of applications. Answer questions, make decisions, predict events, find your perfect partner or job, locate lost objects, search for missing people or pets, uncover hidden treasure or archaeological remains, detect water, dowse over maps, improve health, balance chakras, and more! Whether using your pendulum just for fun or as a tool to seek guidance in your life, you’ll be amazed at the results.

This unique kit includes a 160-page book, fold-out dowsing charts, and a genuine pendulum with a metal chain.

I want to thank Weiser Books for this free review copy….

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