The Churn takes us to Earth - Baltimore Maryland to be exact - to give us the backstory on The Rocinante's lovable lug, Amos Burton.
At this point I'veThe Churn takes us to Earth - Baltimore Maryland to be exact - to give us the backstory on The Rocinante's lovable lug, Amos Burton.
At this point I've become such a huge fan of this series that I will consume anything Corey decides to write and release. Luckily for me, The Churn is a great piece of storytelling that unfolds dramatically into a pretty brutal climax. I'm actually happy that it is it's own separate story rather than being folded into one main books as it makes the subject matter hit harder. Besides, those books are plenty long enough as it is.
So, if Corey wants to release any more of these "origin stories", I'm on board....more
This is a short one - only 30 pages, but it's a good read. Drive tells the story of Solomon Epstein, the creator of the aptly named "Epstein Drive", tThis is a short one - only 30 pages, but it's a good read. Drive tells the story of Solomon Epstein, the creator of the aptly named "Epstein Drive", the engine that allows humanity to explore the solar system.
If you're a big fan of The Expanse series and are hungry for more material, this is for you. However, I wouldn't say this is at all necessary in regards to the full scope of the series. Interesting and tragic nonetheless....more
Author Craig Davidson had been having trouble making ends meet when he took a chance on a job posting for a school bus driver for special needs kids.Author Craig Davidson had been having trouble making ends meet when he took a chance on a job posting for a school bus driver for special needs kids. Originally written as a piece for Avenue magazine, Craig expanded his experience into a full length memoir. Davidson rounds out the book by adding in struggles he faced early in his writing career, as well as snippets from an unpublished novel, The Seekers.
When I attended one of Davidson’s readings last year in Halifax, he read from a yet unpublished work, a work that would become Precious Cargo. It’s no secret I’m a big Davidson (or his pseudonym Nick Cutter) fan. While it sounded interesting, I was worried it would read like a fluff piece. Releasing this book seemed like an odd choice considering the direction he’d recently taken in his career by producing stomach-churning horror novels. It almost felt like he needed to write something heart-warming to prove he isn't a complete psychopath.
Precious Cargo is indeed that heart-warming story, but it feels very genuine. I laughed out loud along with Davidson and his rag-tag crew of students as they made their way through the school year. The book never feels exploitative, you really feel that Davidson considered the kids his friends and the laughs and lessons he learned along the way were legitimate.
This typically isn’t the type of book I would pick up if it hadn't had Craig Davidson’s name on the cover. Nothing against the subject matter - I’m more of a true crime/crime fiction kind of guy - but it generally isn’t the genre that attracts me. However, I’m glad I did read it. It’s weird labelling a book about a depressed, desperate writer driving a short bus filled with handicapped children a “fun read”, but that’s what I came away with....more
The mid-1930s were banner years for the city of Detroit’s unrivaled sports scene. In late 1934, the Tigers won the pennant. Just seven months later, tThe mid-1930s were banner years for the city of Detroit’s unrivaled sports scene. In late 1934, the Tigers won the pennant. Just seven months later, the Red Wings took home the Stanley Cup and the Lions sat atop the National Football League. And it wasn’t just team sports that dominated. Hometown hero Joe Louis had his sights set on his boxing’s crown.
All this success managed to awaken the city from a depression-induced slumber. However, beneath all the championships and celebration, an underground society began to form. A white supremacist group that splintered from The Ku Klux Klan, The Black Legion terrorized the streets of The Motor City during the 1930s. Now, author Tom Stanton weaves together both the pride and the embarrassment of Detroit in one sweeping book, Terror in the City of Champions.
I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.
Stanton’s book was shocking to read, to say the least. The story of how The Black Legion rose to prominence was alarming. Basically, prospective members were invited to mysterious meetings only to find out they were tricked into an initiation to The Black Legion, a hate-driven, racist organization. They were then told that they were now members without choice and if they were to betray their new brotherhood, they would be killed. Obviously, not all members were innocent, but this practice was the key in how they were able to grow their numbers so quickly.
The other side to the book detailed the Detroit Tigers and their rise to World Series Champions. Honestly, I found this to be the duller of the two stories and at times found myself drifting off, waiting to read more about the murder and madness that surrounded the Legion. It’s not to say that Stanton did a bad job in presenting the sports aspect, the material was concise and the narrative easy to follow, it just didn’t grab me in the same way.
If you’re a fan of the “Eric Larson” style of historical presentation, I think you’ll at the very least find this an interesting read. I wouldn’t put it on the same level as Larson, but it’s worth a look....more