Beletseri’s #CBR V Review 11 First Truth by Dawn Cook

First Truth by Dawn CookI think I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a bad habit of buying books that have covers I like. Sometimes that works out in my favor and I read Polterheist, but usually it doesn’t work. That’s the story on this book. When I worked at Borders this book was on the top shelf of the “C”s in Sci-Fi Fantasy and I used to walk by it all the time. When Borders closed it’s one of the books  I picked up towards the end.
First Truth by Dawn Cook is pretty standard fantasy fair. The main character is Alissa. Once she reaches a certain age her mother believes that she has to go to the Hold, a magic school where her father was from. Alissa doesn’t really believe in the magic and since her father mysteriously died during his last journey, there aren’t any real answers. Her mother boots her out of the house and she goes on this long fantasy journey. She meets up with a wandering musician named Strell. Strell has recently found out that his entire family was killed in a flood, he’s kind of morose.

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Beletseri’s #CBRV Review #5-7

I’ve got three more reviews to post. Two of them are from what I call the “sexy dragon series” and the other is a fantasy novel. Enjoy!

Last Dragon Standing

Last Dragon Standing

Fire Study

Fire Study

About A Dragon

About A Dragon

Review #5 About a Dragon by G.A. Aiken
Review #6 Last Dragon Standing by G.A. Aiken
Review #7 Fire Study by Maria Snyder

Beletseri’s CBR V Review #2-4

I’ve been feeling pretty depressed this year so I’ve been cheering myself up by reading romance novels. I’m up to book 11 in CBR V but I’ve only managed to review 4. I’m actually pretty embarrassed by what I’ve read this year, but since I couldn’t manage a quarter cannonball last time, I’ll take everything I can get.


Review #2 The Ugly Duchess by Eloisa James

Review #3 Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks

Review # 4 Highlander Most Wanted by Maya Banks

Dear God, all that man titty looks ridiculous set together.

Beletseri’s #CBR5 Review #1 A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

All right CBRV! I participated in CBRIII and failed miserably, I’m only signed up for a half so let’s see if I can make this work. I’ll be posting my reviews in my blog, on my goodreads acct and here. Thanks for reading guys!

A Study in Scarlet is the first Sherlock Holmes novel. It introduces the famous detective and his roommate Watson. I’m completely obsessed with the BBC’s Sherlock staring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and my dad is a big Holmes fan. One of the biggest regrets of my life is that I never read Little Women despite my mom’s repeated pleading, so I’m trying to share more things with my dad.Image

The book is good. It starts out with introducing Holmes, he’s a war doctor who was injured. He has a meager army stipend and can’t really work because of his injuries so he needs a roommate. And old colleague of his introduces him to Sherlock Holmes. The book is written in first person and is set up as if Watson has just transcribed parts of his personal journal into this short novel. It’s a very good format and allows the reader to watch Sherlock along with Watson. That is the most enjoyable part and what makes Sherlock a timeless character. This genius man who is a bit mad but terribly clever. Doyle is careful to keep Sherlock a bit of mystery, he’s always one step ahead of everyone else, but at the same time Sherlock will explain what has happened to you. It means that the reader can feel clever alongside Sherlock. It’s really a marvelous format.

The television show actually follows the book well. It’s not a faithful adaptation, by any means. There are blatant deviations, the murder has extremely different motives from each version. But they really capture the character Sherlock and they do use big plot pieces from the book. If you’ve watched the show or the Robert Downey Jr. movies you won’t be spoiled for books. It’s really interesting to see the choices the adaptation made.

Speaking of what they took from the book. The second half of the book is the whole long story of why the murderer wanted to kill these two men. It is totally different than the show and really there was no way that it could ever be adapted. Now I guess this is a touch spoilery but it has to do with Mormons and makes the Mormons out to be these terrible bad guys. It’s actually pretty inflammatory. Doyle really depicts the Mormons as a manipulative cult and just harps on polygamy. (Brigham Young himself makes an appearance!) It’s like all Mormon stereotypes rolled together. I just never knew that happened in the Sherlock Holmes books. I thought it was all London and pipes and whatever but yeah there is this whole other story in the book and it takes place in Utah. It’s not a bad story, it’s actually quite action packed. I just could help but be amazed at how badly it portrayed Mormons.

Anyway, I enjoyed it. It was well written, super fun and I will be reading some more Sherlock Holmes this year.

ETA: You can get the book on Amazon or download it for free from Project Gutenberg or get it from your local indie. If you live in Los Angeles try my local indie, The Book Frog.