Two new books released, but so much more than that…

July 2, 2016 in General Topics, Slideshow Topic

REVENANT MAN, Book One of THE TYRANT STRATEGY

REVENANT MAN, Book One of THE TYRANT STRATEGY

SHATTERED SON, Book Two of THE TYRANT STRATEGY

SHATTERED SON, Book Two of THE TYRANT STRATEGY

I have very, very big news. Launching today I give you not one, but two full-length novels: REVENANT MAN and SHATTERED SON. This is books one and two of THE TYRANT STRATEGY, my new science fiction series.

“What are they about?” It’s the most common and yet open-ended question an author can get. Okay, here goes.
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Review: Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell

March 17, 2016 in General Topics

Cover, <i>Cloud Atlas</i>

Yes, I read the version branded with the film’s poster as the cover.

No one would ever accuse Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell, of being a lightweight novel. Weighing in at nearly one hundred and sixty four thousand words, and spanning six distinct genres and storylines, the book asks a lot of its readers. Mitchell’s approach to the stories, which are all connected by a broader plot and theme, ranges from revelation to mere allusion.

All this means Cloud Atlas is an incredible gamble on Mitchell’s part, and a difficult book to recommend to most readers. A rare soul embraces all the genres present, and as such they’re being expected to slog through long tracts of the novel they might find evoke ennui. It’s almost like someone recruited six different authors, gave them some ground rules, then published an anthology of the results. Read the rest of this entry →

Review: The Clockwork Russian and Other Stories by Josh Roseman

January 26, 2016 in General Topics

A solid cover, I have to say

A solid cover, I have to say.

The Clockwork Russian and Other Stories culls from author Josh Roseman’s genre fiction publishing history, delivering everything from first contact with aliens to a boy and his dog switching bodies, and does it all for $2.99. This really is a no-brainer. The best thing I can say about this collection is I found several of the characters and worlds deserving of longer works. Perhaps readers can hammer the author’s inbox until he concedes to making such novels. We’ll see. Read the rest of this entry →

Review: Ninteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell

May 3, 2015 in General Topics

(As originally posted on Goodreads.comninteeneightfourbook)

Most of my past book reviews have been carefully groomed, edited works, which I go back through and re-edit for clarity purposes. But 1984 is a book that inspires raw emotions in a doublepluspoignant way, so a carefully constructed treatise just doesn’t seem appropriate.

Reading this book, I learned two things: 1) George Orwell is one of the few people I’ve ever encountered who saw the world as I do, even if we don’t agree completely on the solutions to its problems, and 2) he produced what might be the finest book in the English language. Read the rest of this entry →

The Beacon Saga Concludes with Beacon – Part VIII!

October 23, 2014 in General Topics, Slideshow Topic

Beacon - Part VIIIWe’re finally here! Beacon – Part VIII is now available, and it marks the end of the road for this serial.

Head to the installment’s page to find links to it on your choice of ereader platforms.

Please don’t forget that you can still grab Part I absolutely free (where available).

Here’s the blurb:

Part VIII–and the end–of the BEACON SAGA SERIAL.

Out of time and out of options, a desperate alliance will risk everything to stop an interstellar war.

The Cholsons, Nastron and the Petack have come together for an audacious experiment that will place them squarely in the crosshairs of the Nomads. In the jungles of Promise, Thrat struggles to evade search teams sent to capture him–or kill him. Aboard the Rigolo, Sarki and Castor plot an escape from the clutches of the fanatical shiplord, Rara, who is marshalling the first layer’s remaining strength for a terrible purpose. Secrets long-hidden will be revealed, great powers will hurl their might upon each other, and a force greater than anything the universe has ever seen will be unleashed.

A special novella-length concluding serial installment of nearly sixty thousand words–more than three times the length of any previous.

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