About Travel Reads

What is a good vacation without a good book? (Or am I just that much of an introverted geek?)

Anyway, one of the features of this website is that I regularly review science fiction, fantasy, and horror books and rate them on a scale of 1 to 5 palm trees. Some of these books were already in my collection, some I pick up at a store, and others are sent to me as review copies.

For a list of the books I’ve reviewed to date, go here.

The next five books in the review queue are:

The Frenzy War (Frenzy Cycle Series)
By Gregory Lamberson
From Amazon: Two years have passed since NYPD Captain Tony Mace hunted down and slew Janus Farel, the rogue werewolf who terrorized New York City. Mace now pushes paper in the K-9 unit as he waits to retire, aware that a species of peaceful Wolves lives among city residents. The Brotherhood of Torquemada, hell-bent on the Wolves’ extinction, dispatches a team of assassins to wipe out the Wolves residing in NYC. Each assassin has been trained since childhood to fulfill this destiny, and each possesses a revered silver sword, the Blade of Salvation. When the NYPD and the FBI determine that the Wolves and Torquemadans are engaged in a secret battle, they choose Mace to lead a covert, joint task force charged with preventing a citywide panic—at any cost. But Mace’s wife, Cheryl, is a journalist who threatens to uncover the ancient war that has found its way to our shores. Battle lines are drawn, loyalties are tested, bonds are broken, and blood is shed in a war unlike any seen by modern man.
Science Fiction and What is that?
By Glitterati Literati – Offshoot
From Amazon: A collection of six science-fiction authors chronologically placed, this book deals with the prominent works of the authors and the characters in their books. Robots, time-traveling, spacewalks, atoms and molecules?the book has everything for a sci-fi fan. The reader should simply sit back with this book in hand and get ready for a flight into space. The adult mind is sure to form covalent bonds with the extremely engaging activities that make this book difficult to put down.
Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Stories of the Fantastic
Edited by Eduardo Jiménez Mayo & Chris. N. Brown, With an introduction by Bruce Sterling
From Amazon: An anthology from emerging and established Mexican authors which showcases all-new supernatural folktales, alien incursions, ghost stories, apocalyptic narratives, and more. Stereotypes of Mexican identities and fictions are identified and transcended. Traditional tales rub shoulders with mindbending new worlds. Welcome to the new Mexican fantastic.

(Read my NY Journal of Books review)

The Vision
By C.L. Talmadge
From Amazon: Lieutenant Helen Andros, a military physician, is caught in theocratic machinations that almost cost her life. Illegitimate, presumed orphaned, she learns her father’s identity as one of Azgard’s powerful Toltec lords and remains a target for the Temple of Kronos.
The Demon Lover: A Novel (Fairwick Trilogy)
By Juliet Dark
From Amazon: Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly sensual dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of her having written the bestselling book The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature — which is why she’s found herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.

But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover — an incubus — and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: Her incubus is not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the demon, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this supernatural lover from her heart.

(Read my NY Journal of Books review)


Also in the Queue

And more.


I’m also keeping track of books read and to read on Good Reads.


Would you like your book added to the queue? Just send an email telling me about your book to editor@thegenretraveler.com.

I’m also happy to review DVDs and games for the Wii platform … as long as they would appeal to a science fiction, fantasy or horror fan base.

Please note that my reviews are honest and from my personal point of view. If I like a book, I say so. If I don’t like a book, I say so. And I do my best to provide both good and bad points so that my readers can make informed decisions about whether or not the book I’ve reviewed is worth their while. Also, I try to explain why I liked or didn’t like a book because I know that others may have differing thoughts on those points.

Please contact me before shipping anything to me.

Also, please note that at this time I’m not reviewing ebooks … my queue of physical books (which are easier for me to carry around and read) is so long, I honestly can’t say when I’ll get around to reading digital-only books. Besides, I would just print them out anyway, which you are free to do and send me via mail. 😉

Feedback from Author’s I’ve Reviewed

“Thank you for your thorough review of Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle. We have had many, but none more complete and professional than yours. Thank you for taking the time.”

Frank McKinney
Author of 3 new bestselling books:
The Tap
Burst This! Frank McKinney’s Bubble-Proof Real Estate Strategies
Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle

Read my review here.