Book Review: Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass

Carved in BoneRenowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton has spent his career surrounded by death at the Body Farm. Now he’s being called upon to help solve a baffling puzzle in a remote mountain community. The mummified corpse of a young woman dead for thirty years has been discovered in a cave, the body bizarrely preserved and transformed by the environment’s unique chemistry. But Brockton’s investigation is threatening to open old wounds among an insular people who won’t forget or forgive. And a long-buried secret prematurely exposed could inflame Brockton’s own guilt–and the dangerous hostility of bitter enemies determined to see him fail . . . by any means necessary.

This was my first foray into the genre of forensic science and I have to admit that I was quite pleased with my choice.

Jefferson Bass used a first person narrative to drive this story forward with a nice spattering of humor delivered by some very real and believable characters.

The science in this book was delivered in such a manner as to make the book interesting without the need for a secret decoder ring.  I now know more about human skeletons and the decomposition of bodies than I ever thought possible.

I will definitely be making my way through the rest of this series and would recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting book from the genre of Forensic Science.

Book Review: Black Sun Rising: Book 1 of the Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman

Black Sun Rising (The Coldfire Trilogy, #1)The Coldfire trilogy tells a story of discovery and battle against evil on a planet where a force of nature exists that is capable of reshaping the world in response to psychic stimulus. This terrifying force, much like magic, has the power to prey upon the human mind, drawing forth a person’s worst nightmare images or most treasured dreams and indiscriminately giving them life. This is the story of two men: one, a warrior priest ready to sacrifice anything and everything for the cause of humanity’s progress; the other, a sorcerer who has survived for countless centuries by a total submission to evil. They are absolute enemies who must unite to conquer an evil greater than anything their world has ever known.

The first book in The Coldfire Trilogy.

I have been struggling with whether to give this book 2 stars or three. I would have liked to give it 2.5 as there were some really good things in this book while at the same time I found that there were parts of this book that were merely OK.

Damien Kilcannon Vryce is a Warrior Priest who sets out on a journey to right some wrongs in a magically receptive world where your darkest thoughts can take physical form.

For the most part I found this book was written well and the magic system was creative and fresh.

The world was beautifully crafted and I was given just enough detail to spark my imagination.

Some of the characters in this book were well thought out and believable.

There were parts of this book that dragged but I found that I’d get to a point in the story that made the plodding well worth it.

Where does one start with the characters in this novel? There were a few characters who were brilliantly crafted while others were nothing more than shadowy figures who I couldn’t like or care about at all.

It was almost as if the author had written the character’s on a sliding scale where one character was written as a 10 and others were written as a 5 or lower.

My biggest complaint with this book? Stop with all the whining about the moral conflict (you are a priest…he is a demon..we get it already!).