Tag Archives: Psychics

Seeing is Believing by L.A. Banks

Overview
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Title: Seeing is Believing
Author: L.A. Banks
In: Death’s Excellent Vacation (Charlaine Harris & Toni L.P. Kelner)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Paranormal fantasy, Psychics, Werewolves
Dates read: 10th November 2020
Pace: Fast
Format: Short story
Publisher: Gollancz
Year: 2010
5th sentence, 74th page: She really liked you, and you all trusted each other.

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Synopsis

She has the Gift, but it’s causing her to live a bit like a spinster. Then her brother encourages her to go on vacation, and things take a far more enjoyable and lustful turn…

Thoughts

I really loved the New Orleans feel to this story. Which makes sense, because part of it is based in the city itself, and the rest is based elsewhere. It’s certainly fun and it’s one of the few cities in the USA that actually interests me…

A lot of the stories that I read about psychics and people who have the gift focus on the whole idea of how much the horrors of the future can damage a person. This story instead focused on the ways in which the gift can destroy relationships and spell the end before the beginning. Luckily, it’s not all bad, and there is a happy ending in there as well.

I love that this story has it all – werewolves and psychics, cops and witches, revenge and the beginning of new loves. There’s also a fun pole dancer thrown in there to make it all that much more fun and giggle-worthy.

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Bookkeeper, Narrator, Gunslinger by Charles Yu

Overview
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Title: Bookkeeper, Narrator, Gunslinger
Author: Charles Yu
In: Dead Man’s Hand (John Joseph Adams)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Psychics, Weird western, Westerns
Dates read: 7th August 2020
Pace: Medium
Format: Short story
Publisher: Titan Books
Year: 2014
5th sentence, 74th page: And that, to my great and everlasting surprise, is where I come into the story.

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Synopsis

They’re the narrator and the bookkeeper for their tiny little town. But, when an accidental slip of the tongue leads them into a gunfight… they also become a gunslinger.

Thoughts

I’ve been reading a lot of western short stories lately. Yet, weirdly enough, this felt like the first story which features a gunslinger. I’m not entirely sure how that hasn’t happened before now. But I definitely loved reading about a gunslinger. The fact that he’s a bit of a dweeby guy who is also the town narrator and bookkeeper… it just made me that, that, that much happier…

From the very beginning, there is something slightly different and weird about the narrator’s talent as a gunslinger. And I loved how the truth behind their new-found talent is slowly revealed. This slow trickling of information is seriously brilliant. And it made it all that much more difficult to actually put the book aside…

I love when the title of a story makes total sense once you read that tale. In this case, the title of this short story is completely self-explanatory and wonderful once you’ve read through it all. I loved that each and every role that the lead character filled was pretty much outlined from the very beginning…

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Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Overview

SekretTitle: Sekret
Author: Lindsay Smith
Series: Sekret #1
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Fantasy, History, Psychics
Pace: Slow
Format: Novel
Publisher: Square Fish
Year: 2014
5th sentence, 74th page: I shove the framed picture and the notes back in the desk drawer and slam it shut.

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Synopsis

AN EMPTY MIND IS A SAFE MIND.

Yulia knows she must hid her thoughts and control her emotions to survive in Communist Russia – especially because she is able to read the minds of the people she touches. But Yulia better watch out.

Russia’s powerful spy agency, the KGB, is recruiting young people with mind-reading capabilities for their psychic espionage team. Their mission: protect the Soviet space program from American spies. When Yulia is captured by the KGB and forced to work as a spy, she’s thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. It’s up to Yulia to survive on her own wits and abilities, because this is a world where no sekret can stay hidden for long.

Thoughts

I don’t know much about the history of Soviet Russia, the Cuban Missile Crisis. Or generally much European history at all. So it was really fun and interesting reading a tale based on this period in our global past. The fact that it had a strong, female protagonist and a psychic mystery to boot.

It took me a little while to sort out the names in this story. Luckily, Smith has a small introduction that explains Russian names – the formal and the informal which are used interchangeably throughout Sekret. Which meant that it took me a little longer than usual to sort the characters out in my mind. But it gave the entire story more of a genuine feeling. It made everything feel both more foreign and familiar. And makes me want to do a little more reading and research into Russian history and the Soviet Union.

I was expecting this story to be a much simpler read than it was – the short story, Krisis, that got me into this author and series certainly was. But there was a lot going on and it was quite intense. I even had to flick back a page or two a few times to check that I hadn’t missed anything. And mostly, I hadn’t. The storyline is fast paced and jumpy. And although things aren’t actually missed out, there is this feeling of time moving so fast that there could be aspects which are missing. Rather than bothering me, this technique made the entire story work all the better. It highlighted the fear and mayhem of the time in which this story is based. And it showed that although Yulia is slowly discovering herself, her powers and her past, there is still a lot missing and it brilliantly opens the doors to Skandal.

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