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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

YOUNG AT HEART TOUR Review: FIRST by Chanda Stafford



Review: FIRST

Tolstoy wrote in ANNA KARENINA: "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”  He may not have had the benefit of contemporary Dystopian fiction, but I do, and I will borrow his edict, with a difference:
All Dystopia are alike; yet all Dystopias are different.

I believe this to be accurate in fact (witness, for example, Chairman Mao' s China, Nazi Germany, Stalinist Soviet, Pol Pot' s Cambodia, Pinochet' s Chile; not to mention Franco's Spain, and North Korea. All are alike, yet all are different. )

The same is true in fiction; think how DIVERGENT or MONUMENT 19 differ from the Dystopian classics: A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ; ALAS, BABYLON; ON THE BEACH; BRAVE NEW WORLD. And here in FIRST (#1 in LIVE ONCE trillogy), somewhat the same (death, near-starvation, servant status for most, providing for the ruling oligarchy. I must say that the nomenclature and dystopian structure used in this novel does ring remembrance for me with the tenets of a certain highly-populated religious institution.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review: BIRD & SQUIRREL ON ICE by James Burke

Review: BIRD AND SQUIRREL ON ICE

Hilarity abounds  in this graphic-format story (along with just a few home truths) as Narcissistic Bird and insecure worry-wart Squirrel land (unexpectedly) at the South Pole, in the process managing to.alter some of its topography. Bird is "elected" the Chosen One" of legend, to.save the penguin tribe from enslavement to Great Whale. Has Bird beaked off more than he can swallow?







Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: LEX DE MORTUIS (DIVISION ZERO) by Matthew Cox



REVIEW: LEX DE MORTUIS (DIVISION ZERO) by Matthew Cox

I really enjoyed this fast-paced, entertainingly written novel. There's plenty of the dystopian and futuristic (400 years AFTER the U.S!); but most enjoyable for me were the paranormal and Supernatural aspects. I've been reading such for uncountable years, and the best Supernatural or paranormal stories are the BELIEVABLE (just for examples: Henry James' THE TURN OF THE SCREW; Stephen King' s FIRESTARTER; Garth Stein' s A SUDDEN LIGHT). Stories which make me believe in the setting, plot, and characters are the best; and from Page One, LEX DE MORTUIS convinced me--and I loved it and will reread it.




 

Division Zero: Lex De Mortuis, by Matthew Cox

 

Genre: Cyberpunk, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Science Fiction

 

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

 

Date of Publication: September 8, 2014

 

Cover Artist: Alexandria Thompson at Gothic Fate (http://gothicfate.com/)

 

Description:

 

Some soldiers don’t let anything sway them from their mission, not even death from high explosives.

 

Free from her troubled past, Agent Kirsten Wren finds happiness mentoring Evan, a boy with similar talents with whom she soon forms a strong bond. Her efforts to help Dorian settle his past become complicated when a team of corporate “issue resolution consultants” continue their mission to kill a man in the afterlife.

 

Kirsten gets involved when their postmortem grudge match spills into the realm of the living. At the scene of a surgical explosion that gutted only one floor of a residential tower, she discovers a strange arcane circle drawn in silver. There, she senses energy darker than any wraith she has yet encountered; a force that questions everything she believes about the world.

 

Vikram Medhi, the hacker targeted by Lyris Corporation for elimination, begs her to protect him from undead out to destroy him. With no way to track these spirits, she seeks help from an enigmatic billionaire who offers her more than a simple translation of ancient Sumerian pictographs.

 

Chasing down a dangerous psionic criminal in the oldest lawless zone in the city, trying to protect a man on a corporate death list, and trying to keep both of them from hurting the one person in the world she loves, Kirsten must reach deep within herself to accept her destiny.

 

Find Online:

 

Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20360057-les-de-mortuis) | Amazon US(http://amzn.com/B00NE7E04I) | Amazon UK (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NE7E04I) |Barnes & Noble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/division-zero-matthew-s-cox/1120339351?ean=9781620076033)

 

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About Matthew Cox:

 

Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.

 

Hobbies and Interests: Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- deliberate), and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of reality, life, and what happens after it. He is also fond of cats.

Find Matthew Cox Online:

Website (http://www.matthewcoxbooks.com/wordpress/) | Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/MatthewSCoxAuthor) Twitter(https://twitter.com/mscox_fiction) Goodreads(https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7712730.Matthew_S_Cox)

Review: THE SCHWARZSCHILD RADIUS by Gustav Florentine [TOUR]




REVIEW: THE SCHWARZSCHILD RADIUS by Gustav Florentin

Caution: THE SCHWARZSCHILD RADIUS pulls very few punches! It is down-and-dirty, gritty, explicit, dealing with some of the very worst dregs of inhuman humanity. If you're faint of heart or weak of stomach, grossly disturbed by human trafficking, sexual slavery, pedophilia, and torture porn (and murder), you will find this book.tremendously disturbing. On the other hand, it is excellently written and ingeniously plotted. The character delineations are deep, and this is so in a high populace of characters. Some elicited immediate empathy; some I wanted eradicated from the face of the earth. Certainly, THE SCHWARZSCHILD RADIUS will linger on in my memory.





 

The Schwarzschild Radius, by Gustavo Florentin

 

Genre: detective mystery-thriller

 

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

 

Date of Re-Release: September 23, 2014.

 

Cover Artist: Andrea Garcia(http://andyg4rcia.com/)

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22828394-the-schwarzschild-radius

 


 

Description:

 

Rachel, an 18-year-old Columbia University student, descends into the netherworld of runaways and predators to find her sister, Olivia, who has suddenly disappeared.

After getting a job in a strip joint where Olivia worked, then doing private shows in the homes of rich clients, Rachel discovers that Olivia has been abducted by a killer who auctions the deaths of young girls in an eBay of agony.

When she finds Olivia, Rachel becomes the killer’s next target.

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About The Author:

GUSTAVO FLORENTIN was born in Queens, New York, and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University of New York. He spent a decade in the defense industry, working on the F-14 fighter jet and classified electronic warfare projects.

After the fall of the Soviet Union many thought America wouldn’t need weapons anymore. While others waited for the “peace dividend,” he moved on to the financial sector in New York where he is currently a network engineer. His passions include violin, travel to exotic destinations and exploring worldwide conspiracies. He’s currently working on his third novel in his New Jersey home.

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Review: TIME SQUARE SHIFT and TIME SQUARE UFO by SW LOTHIAN







Review: TIME SQUARE SHIFT and TIME SQUARE UFO SW LOTHIAN

Author SW LOTHIAN has consistently proven his ability to pen adventurous, intriguing, novels for middle-grade readers. His QUEST series introduced reader's to the glory of Ancient Egypt with clever time-travel, "learn while adventuring." In this new series, he postulates, not just time travel, but threats to the actual nature and existing of time. In the 1930's, an "absent-minded" professor and his adolescent daughter and son discover unexpected adventures, in a delightful and educational series.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

YOUNG AT HEART TOUR. REVIEW:: CORRELATION by Mia Grace



CORRELATION is a well-written and intriguing novel, treating its characters as individuals, not as stereotypical adolescents. Even more importantly, the story is believable. The plot, both present and past, thrums with serious issues: responsibility, fatality, survivor guilt, love, war; and the populous cast of characters are well-developed and examined. I turned pages, quite involved with both characters and plot lines, and was never disappointed as the events played out.



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Review: A SUDDEN LIGHT by Garth Stein


REVIEW:  A SUDDEN LIGHT by Garth Stein

I had never before read any of Garth Stein 's novels, though I own a Kindle copy of THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN. From the first pages of A SUDDEN LIGHT I was enraptured, fascinated, and engrossed. This is a very special novel, an exceptional one. With a plethora of delicately peeled character studies, a multiply hot-button plot, and the ease with which history intertwines with contemporary, and Supernatural with consensus reality--not to mention truly Faulknerian overtones--A SUDDEN LIGHT is a colossus of a novel: not in length but in status--definitely one of the BEST books of 2014.

I was fortunate to review a digital ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss and NetGalley.

Review: MONKEY TALK by T. Lucas Earle



REVIEW: MONKEY TALK by T. Lucas Earle

Near-futuristic sci fi turns evolution on its head, or gives that impression, as Professor Towry and his colleagues and "cousins" present as both of higher intellect, physically stronger, and of higher integrity and civility than humans. Yes, Towry and his fellows are chimps--not monkeys, mind you--chimps. Sentient, voluble, intellectually brilliant: chimps.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Review: THE MAN WITH TWO LEGS by Ernie Lindsey

REVIEW: THE MAN WITH TWO LEGS by ERNIE LNDSEY

Author Ernie Lindsey possesses an imagination of which I am in awe. Every story of his I pick up proves that, over and over again. When I saw this title, I wondered, Don't most humans have two legs? SO what could be so unusual about the eponymous protagonist? Well, Cray is unusual because---no, I don't want to give the premise away. But if you enjoy dystopian science fiction, scary future societies, tricky, well-delineated characters, and fine writing, then THE MAN WITH TWO LEGS is a story you sure don't want to overlook; and if you've never read Ernie Lindsey, this is a great place to begin.



YOUNG AT HEART TOUR: Review: UPLOAD by COLLIN TOBIN

Review:  UPLOAD by COLLIN TOBIN
5 Stars

A thrill-a-minute suspenseful novel of two upper-age adolescents and their unending quest against all odds to puzzle out the mysteries onto which they unwittingly stumble, “Upload” is a technological-heavy but nevertheless fascinatingly written novel. Jay spends his spare hours hunting for “free” wireless sites, locales where the wi-fi network is unprotected and thus available to “drive-by” users. His best buddy Bennie, confined to a wheelchair because of a congenital disorder, is a hacker extraordinaire. Jay stumbles, literally, on the ending moments of a murder, and the boys discover that part of the murder has been captured on video which uploaded to a nearby cell tower.

Jay’s mother, killed a year earlier, was an FBI agent, so perhaps Jay has inherited the desire to solve puzzles and track down criminals. For Bennie, so immersed in technology, figuring this out is imperative. But neither of the boys nor Bennie’s older sister Chloe, a college student, realize to start with how incredibly dangerous-and fatal-a project they are just beginning to uncover.




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Review: THE VALHALLA PROPHECY by Andy McDermott



REVIEW: THE VALHALLA PROPHECY by Andy

A fast-moving, violence-rife, danger-filled thriller about a fascinating subject: the ancient Norse beliefs of the "end of the world": Ragnarok. The International Heritage Authority, of which series protagonists Nina Wilde and spouse Eddie Chase are essentials, is tasked to covertly investigate the theft of a priceless rhinestone from a Swedish museum's lab. With a reader's hook that is both breathtaking and horrifying, readers are propelled instantly into the plot.

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