Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Chemist

If you do not know by now, I like what I like, without shame. Yes, this book is by the author who wrote the 'Twilight' series. That does not matter to me.

Aside from a couple of dips within the middle of the story (too much of a romantic side story, for my taste) this was an enjoyable read.

Recommended.

Jason

Monday, November 7, 2016

A Handful of Dust: Tales of Post-Apocalyptic Kentuckiana [Short Story Collection Review]

Genre - Horror/Short Stories
Year Published - 2016
Length - 54 (digital) pages
Written by J. T. Ford

Rating: 3 Skulls

Plot Summary:
These five tales paint a smeared, bloody picture of what might happen should *Kentuckiana fall when the dead decide to live again.

*Kentuckiana is a region combining the southern portion of Indiana and the northern tip of Kentucky.

Review:
This collection of short stories is a quick, leisurely read. Something to easily pass the time while waiting for something/someone. (I do a lot of that with my kids...)

Ford ordered the stories nicely, in that I feel they go from weakest to strongest.

I am looking forward to seeing what Ford comes up with next and watching him grow as an author.

Jason

Friday, November 4, 2016

Dawn: A Dwarven Creation Story [Book Review]

Genre - Fantasy/Anthology
Year Published - 2013
Length - 61 (digital) pages
Written by Ryan Toxopeus

Rating: 5 Skulls

Plot Summary:
"A great battle brought two heavenly brothers into our existence."

The universe was created through conflicting forces of light and dark, and so it continues. War has ravaged Illuma throughout its history, and this collection of short stories gives readers a sneak peek at four pivotal moments.

Review:
This one is a perfect example of why you should never judge a book by its cover!

I have now read everything that Toxopeus has published, and this one is definitely my favorite! The stories within this book are full of rich characters (as well as wonderful dwarven surnames) and details.

Interspersed between the four tales within this book, is the "Book of Throkden" - a dwarven holy book, which reads like the Genesis account of Creation.

My favorite of the stories has to be the story of Jessica "Lightning" Gordon (perhaps the most common name that Toxopeus has used!) who is sent on a quest, by the necromancer Xenobia, to find Fyuhrlhen - the halls where life was first created... an amazing, intense story!

Jason

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Incredible Zilch Von Whitstein [Book Review]

Genre - Horror
Year Published - 2016
Length - 56 (digital) pages
Written by Thomas S. Flowers

Rating: 5 Skulls

Plot Summary:
Whit had done everything right, but when the world seems against you, can good boys stay good? Whit never drank in excess, never said a bad word to anyone, did his taxes, even called his mom on Sundays, never even had a tattoo...until one night, the night a malicious clown turned everything upside down.

Review:
Thomas S. Flowers has done it again! He has crafted yet another tale that puts you directly into the skin of the main character, where you actually feel like you are within the story itself.

This is a story that you want to read, after having had a really bad day, because I can pretty much assure you that your bad day is not near as bad as Von Whitstein's days. This one is guaranteed to make your day better!

Jason

Monday, October 31, 2016

Macimanito Môswa [Short Story Review]

Genre - Horror
Year Published - 2016
Length - 12 (digital) pages
Written by Ryan Toxopeus

Rating: 4 Skulls

Plot Summary:
Hannah, a suburbanite mother of two, runs afoul of a demon-possessed moose on her drive through the wilds of Northwestern Ontario.

Review:
This story is very well written. Toxopeus provides great attention to detail and does a superb job of getting the reader to feel (the main character) Hannah's tension, etc.

My biggest issue is, as with a lot of super-shorts stories, it just ended so abruptly - way too short! Unless that is Toxopeus' intention... leaving the reader wanting more.

If you are up for a super quick read, this one is a good choice.

Jason

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tijuana Donkey Showdown Release Date

Mark your calendars!
Adam Howe's eagerly awaited sequel to 'Damn Dirty Apes' (from last year's 'Die Dog or Eat the Hatchet' collection) is due to be released on December 9th! WaHoo!!!!!

This is one you do not want to miss!
If you have yet to read 'Damn Dirty Apes' now is the perfect time. . .

Jason

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Newly Discovered Author ~ Michael Bolan

Mr. Bolan  reached out to me, letting me know that he is preparing to launch the 3rd book in his current series.

He writes Historical Fiction with a strong Fantasy element.

'The Devil's Bible' series is an adventure set in the mid-17th century in Central Europe, with a dash of weirdness derived from the religious and superstitious beliefs of the time.

'The Sons of Brabant' - Book 1 in the series - is currently free on Kindle. (link below)

I have already downloaded it, so expect a future review. (In the meantime, why not grab it, while it's Free, and read it for yourself. You may even get to it before I do.)

Jason

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00SWWIWPI/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477394476&sr=8-1π=SY200_QL40&keywords=Michael+Bolan&dpPl=1&dpID=51Cvey3gK2L&ref=plSrch