ORDINARY BOY is anything but ordinary. The down-to-earth, emotionally honest and ambitious sweep of this novel place it among such works as THE OUTSIDORDINARY BOY is anything but ordinary. The down-to-earth, emotionally honest and ambitious sweep of this novel place it among such works as THE OUTSIDERS for its portrayal of a boy determined to overcome life’s burgeoning realities as he navigates his overwhelmingly awkward and yet unnervingly beautiful teenage years.
Longo threads her own style of blunt, honest humor throughout this dark, dramatic work, showing that life can be funny and tragic at the same time, and adding colorful nuances that punctuate the realities in the poor side of town. The roller coaster of first love, the uncertainty of defining oneself, and the struggles against small-minded bullies unaware of their own shortcomings skillfully accentuate this engaging family drama.
Like so many of us, Curtis Price seeks to escape the confines of his financially strapped situation and the personal anchors that weigh him down, desperately trying to make sense of the world he’s growing into. He is resilient and he is determined, but the unexpected could upend everything he's worked so hard to achieve. Will his dreams fade into the drab alleys and smoky bars of Osprey Falls, or will he prevail and attain escape velocity?...more
Sidonia is a magical place where every dream has its price, and is spreading its evil throughout the Wild West unchecked … until government agents andSidonia is a magical place where every dream has its price, and is spreading its evil throughout the Wild West unchecked … until government agents and millionaire industrialist J.P. Morgan are forced to wage a covert war against Sidonia and all it represents, using time-roaming, gun-slinging Watt O’Hugh as the main weapon in their arsenal. The story begins with a train robbery for a sacred scroll that could reveal the true power of Sidonia, but of course all is not as it seems, as good and evil forces mold time and history for their own ends, using people as pawns. Watt is steadily drawn deeper into the conflict until, once again, he’s in way over his head. Meanwhile, Master Yu, the reincarnation of a famous Chinese poet, is placed on a parallel trajectory with Watt as they both slowly come to realize that the threat Sidonia poses isn’t simply a Western one, or even a global one, but one that has the power to affect all possible realities.
The time traveling, genre-bending, and at times psychedelic tour de force continues unabated in Steven S. Drachman’s WATT O’HUGH UNDERGROUND! It is a fast-paced read accented with kaleidoscopic description, comedy, tragedy, and a bit of philosophy and mathematical theory, all of which I found entirely engrossing, and which sets the book apart from other time travel/time manipulation stories I’ve read. As if that wasn't enough, Drachman successfully blends what can only be described as American Folklore and Chinese Folklore (along with sci-fi & fantasy) into this riveting tale as Watt O’Hugh and Master Yu struggle to overcome their personal conflicts. While Watt is still the main focus of the story, Yu does take up a significant amount of real estate, which is a good thing – I loved this character.
Just like the first book, WATT O’HUGH UNDERGROUND slides from one time period to another, and from dimension to dimension, so that the reader never knows what’s around the next bend: a level of Chinese hell? The supercontinent of Pangea? Death Valley in the 80s? Get ready for a wild ride!
The first book – THE GHOSTS OF WATT O’HUGH - had a cliffhanger ending, and like most cliffhanger endings, it left me with a lot of questions:
-Who are the ghosts of Watt O’Hugh? -What happened to Tang after he/she went through the portal? -Who and what is M. Rashah? -What does Master Yu have to do with anything? -Will Watt ever be reunited with Lucy Billings?
Fear not, reader! These questions and more are answered in satisfying ways that neatly tie just about everything together into a read that is likely to leave you eagerly awaiting the capstone in the trilogy. This series continues to be a truly unique and exceptional achievement of indie fiction. ...more
Bad Apple is a haunting and beautifully written tale about a young woman fleeing from the confines of her rural life, and from the deepest flaws withiBad Apple is a haunting and beautifully written tale about a young woman fleeing from the confines of her rural life, and from the deepest flaws within herself. Ambitious, evocative, and deeply psychological. Highly recommended. ...more
Phillps delivers again, with meteoric pacing and a unique twist on an ancient myth that has come to terrify a small tribal village in the deep CanadiaPhillps delivers again, with meteoric pacing and a unique twist on an ancient myth that has come to terrify a small tribal village in the deep Canadian north. Agent Sean LaPorte is sent in to investigate a series of grizzly murders, but he soon finds that something far more sinister is going on. When he butts heads with a sassy crypto-zoologist who is playing her own game for a shadowy reason of her own, LaPorte is put on the defensive, trapped between her, a killer who may or may not be human, and the deadly Canadian winter. This book is a heck of a lot of fun, and a quick and easy read. ...more