One of the nice things about reviewing books is that I’m confident of one thing: The people who read book reviews are also avid readers. Readers in general are also quite likely to have found their love of books in childhood, and were encouraged to read by the adults in their lives. I’m all for encouraging children to read, especially if it’s a book that gives them a leg up into both genre and literary works of fiction. If you have a young reader in your life, check out this book. Read More →
Spencer is not a normal nineteen-year-old. He’s the son of the world’s most powerful Augment – a superhuman solder called the Crimson Mask. His life has been in a constant state of upheaval. He’s changed his name so many times he can’t really keep track of what it really is. He’s moved from city to city, changed his schools, and left friends behind, all in order to keep both him and his mother safe. When your father is a superhero, your family becomes a target for his enemies. His father’s nemesis, the Black Beetle, has already struck at the family, kidnapping Spencer’s mother and forcing Spencer to hide in a secret arctic bunker. Read More →
the death displayed
and gloves mislaid
May 16, 2014
The Fallen is book #5 in Charlie Higson’s The Enemy Series. Although this is the fifth book, the events occur 28 seconds after the end of The Enemy (#1), and are concurrent with events in The Sacrifice (#4).
I don’t always get to read books in order. When I wind up with an out-of-sequence book to review, the first challenge is to see if the book gives me enough backstory and context to let the novel stand on its own. In the opening chapter, a girl called Maxie is on the move through the streets of London, celebrating escape from Buckingham Palace. She’s with a pack of other youth and children called, “The Holloway kids.” It’s a perfect introduction to the characters, offering a bit about each without dumping too much information at once. Read More →
The Last Days of Ordinary is a bloody good ride. I am giving it five stars because it lived up to every one of my expectations.
When I begin reading a new book, I go in with high expectations. As a voracious reader, I know what I want to see in a novel and if those elements aren’t there, it’s a letdown. I look for characters I can relate to, people with distinct voices and personalities that come alive on the pages and make me care about them. If it’s a genre novel, I want to know the how and the why behind the science, magic, or new world that I’m entering. Good writing is a must. The plot has to be plausible and possible, well-supported by the world and the characters in it. Above all, I want a good story that transports me to a different time and place, and makes me reach for the next chapter even when I know I need to put the book down and go pretend to be a responsible adult. Read More →
Imagine that you’re telepathic. You hear the thoughts and voices of other people in your head all the time and you have no idea why. Are you crazy? Fifteen-year-old Tristan thinks he is, and when the pills he steals from his drug-addicted mother stop keeping the voices at bay, he plans a permanent escape from the insanity.
Tristan’s plan doesn’t work. An old woman stops him from self-harm, and charges him with a task. She gives him a seemingly blank piece of paper, calls it a map, and makes him swear to protect a magical gem. Scared and confused, his world dissolves into murder, magic, and a journey into a secret world that seems bent on destroying him. Read More →
In the horror genre, many authors try for something new and different, something with a twist to surprise their readers. But when it comes right down to it, tales of good vs. evil have scared us for hundreds of years. Why mess with a good thing? Sam Best offers up a tale of ancient evil that delivers a reminder of why we should fear the monsters under the bed.
The setting is the idyllic Colorado town of Falling Rock. The tourists are leaving and the locals are getting ready for the long. cold winter. Ben Howard returns to his family home with his daughter, Annabelle to start a new life after his wife’s death. We meet the rest of the town’s residents and see that not everything is as it seems. The foundations are laid for the escalating horrors that await us. The characters are engaging and well-rounded, with plenty of back story to gain insight into their motivations. Read More →
I needed a little jump-start to my prefrontal cortex, so I wandered over to Chuck Wendig’s Blog and found a theme: “We’re all human, even when we’re not.” I also tried something that makes me uncomfortable–writing in present tense.
Hiram Grange and the Digital Eucharist is book 3 in a 5-part series of novellas detailing, “The scandalous misadventures of Hiram Grange”. I was skeptical about jumping into the middle of a series, worried that the story wouldn’t stand alone. I was wrong.
When I first met Hiram, he and two others are in the middle of carnage. They’ve interrupted a demonic summoning and getting down to the business of sending the surviving demon back to hell. Hiram is fighting many demons in that subway, the least of which is the one standing in front of him. Prepared by the prologue, I was well prepared and able to dive into the rest of the tale without hesitation. Read More →
Soft as breath
Through the gloam