I’ve fallen into the rabbit hole, and can’t get out. Not that I want to either. Welcome to DeAnna Knippling’sLions, tigers and ZOMBIES, Oh hell YES!
I’ve fallen into the rabbit hole, and can’t get out. Not that I want to either. Welcome to DeAnna Knippling’s fascinating look at Alice Liddell, better known as Alice in Wonderland, with zombies. A virus has infected the population, turning the dead into the undead. But there is hope. A serum used to stop the undead from eating their Victorian counterparts. A zombie “love” story for the ages as Alice meets Charles for the first time.
If you read Alice in Wonderland or saw the Disney version, you MUST read this book. It turned everything I knew about the writing of Through the Looking Glass on its head. In fact, I found myself longing for zombies in all my childhood favorites.
Walter isn’t your typical hero or even an anti-hero. Nope. He’s a ghoul. Fleshy breath smelling ghoul, who you just can’t help but to root for. Leod FWalter isn’t your typical hero or even an anti-hero. Nope. He’s a ghoul. Fleshy breath smelling ghoul, who you just can’t help but to root for. Leod Fitz is one sick minded author, as he weaves a tale that is both harrowing and entertaining. This is your momma’s horror tale. I promise, give it a chance, and you will keep reading until the sunrise. ...more
Chris Mandeville’s debut novel, Seeds, is a breakout post-apocalyptic adventure. The seeds of the novel grew into a fantastic, unique hero quest. I, fChris Mandeville’s debut novel, Seeds, is a breakout post-apocalyptic adventure. The seeds of the novel grew into a fantastic, unique hero quest. I, for one, have never experienced post-apocalyptic fiction in this way. The main character, Reid, will steal your heart as he journeys to the land of fruit and nuts, or at least he is pinning all his hopes, and his very survival on that fact. But be warned, if you start reading this book, you won’t be putting it down until you read the very last word. ...more
On the Shores of a Dark Sea (Book 2 in the Dark Seas series)
Love a kick-ass heroine? Love Space Operas? Want to see how late the two together can makeOn the Shores of a Dark Sea (Book 2 in the Dark Seas series)
Love a kick-ass heroine? Love Space Operas? Want to see how late the two together can make you stay up reading?
Damon Alan’s On the Shores of a Dark Sea is for you. Captain Sarah Dayson knows how to save her crew and better yet, all humanity, from The Hive (and trust me, you want to stay as far away from them as possible) by hiding away on a rogue star. But there are other powers at work, from a mysterious force that threatens to bring the fleet of starships under her command to doom to the colonists themselves.
Alan knows his space stuff. The science felt very real, as did the development and complexity of the characters. Both kept me fully engaged. Think a much smarter, sexier version of Captain Kirk, add in humanity-sized stakes, and a bit of romance and you have Alan’s latest book in the Dark Seas series.
- J.A. Kazimer, author of The Lady in Pink ...more
And Then I Smiled: Reflections on a Life Not Yet Complete is the kind of book that draws you in, makes you feel like a part of the author's journey. AAnd Then I Smiled: Reflections on a Life Not Yet Complete is the kind of book that draws you in, makes you feel like a part of the author's journey. Author Dean K MIller actually sums up the entire book perfectly in his essay called, Aloha Kauai with the words "O Ke'ola No Ia O Kia'I L Oko", which translated means "Look for the life within". And Then I Smiled does just that with humor, love, and a sense of purpose. This book is packed with life, of moments spent with family and friends, of meaning and grace....more
Have you ever fallen in love? Felt the rush of chemicals as they hit your bloodstream? Wanted something so bad that you would die for just one more taHave you ever fallen in love? Felt the rush of chemicals as they hit your bloodstream? Wanted something so bad that you would die for just one more taste? Welcome to Joe Clifford's, author of Choice Cuts and Wake the Undertaker, second novel, Junkie Love.
Junkie Love is a brilliantly woven tale of one man's journey through mental illness, grief, longing, and self-abuse. The words are often heart-wrenching as Clifford explores the shady streets of San Francisco from tweeker pads to a shooting gallery, Hepatitis Heights. The narrative reads like a love letter to the City on the Bay, to a world few can fathom, but still, the reader is drawn into like heated liquid into a needle.
From the first page, everything you experience through Clifford's graceful yet biting narrative is beautiful and tragic. The journey through over a decade of addiction to seek redemption is compelling as it is daunting, for there is no easy escape or roadmap home found in track-marred arms.
While Junkie Love is reminiscent of Kerouac's On the Road in its burning desire of a young man to experience life beyond the straight world, or Trainspotting, plight of an addict struggling to survive narrative, Clifford goes beyond simple introspection or heroin chic to develop a fully rounded novel filled with enduring friendships, rock-n-roll, the harsh realism of mental illness and the meaning of home and family.
Junkie Love thrives in areas of moral ambiguity, exposing the reader to characters who both disgust and beguile, to experiences we wouldn't wish upon our worst enemy, and yet, we can't stop reading. During countless scenes, I read with my hands over my eyes, peering through the tiny cracks in my fingers, not wanting to look, but unable to look a way.
Perhaps what I loved best was how Clifford compels the reader to experience the sickness of stabbing a needle into your vein for, oftentimes, an impotent pleasure while at the same time, making you wonder if you could score from the guy down the block, because Junkie Love forces us to explore our deepest, darkest fear: a fear of a life unlived, of a wasted chance, of counting the minutes until you take your last breath.
And in San Francisco, Clifford something infinitely more important than this story, more essential than a junkie's burnt spoon. Joe Clifford finds his voice. A voice the world is lucky survived and now thrives in verse. A voice filled with sincerity, salvation, and splendor. A voice as stark, unforgiving, and mesmerizing as blood backing into the needle. A voice that will scar you long after you read the last words: I want to be there again, wherever that is now, whatever I have become, because it always feels good to be back home. ...more
Be warned, once you pick up this book, you will not put it down.
System Purge focuses on the life of a teenager with unbelievable intelligence, so mucBe warned, once you pick up this book, you will not put it down.
System Purge focuses on the life of a teenager with unbelievable intelligence, so much so, you know he’s not quite human. Sadly he is unaware of the fact, or the danger. In a world filled with AI, hidden from humans, various factions fight for supremacy.
This novel is filled with twists, turns, and action. A great, fast read that will stay with you long after you put the book down. Can’t wait for the next book in the series! ...more