Saturday, October 26, 2013

Vacation

Hello all, I'm currently sitting in a hotel room at Disney in Florida for a week vacation with my family.  I don't think I'll be getting any updates done while we're down here, but if I have some time I may get something thrown together.

Anyone from the area around Disney?

Monday, October 21, 2013

Review - Nu Logic by Bill Gourgey

In Nu Logic, Rise of the Neos, accomplished virologist, Dr. Janot (whose specialty is crossover pathogens), threatens the promising Glide era with his wildly popular augmented reality gaming world—Neology. Only the genius inventor, Captain Magigate, can stop him, but Magigate is lost in the past with his erstwhile lover and foe, the Prophet. Teenage artist Maddy’s cryptic paintings hold the key to reaching the Captain, but will she discover their secret in time to stop Dr. Janot, whose Connected Reality vision threatens to transform the human experience forever?

Nu Logic is the sequel to Glide and is Book 2 in the Glide Trilogy, which is set alternately in a future world shaped by the miraculous inventions of Dr. Magigate, and the preceding dystopian era dominated by the Prophet and her Academy.

Review by: Scott

 3.5 stars

Nu Logic took me a little while to get into because I hadn't read Glide.  With the advanced technology and and a fairly wide cast of characters there was a lot to abosrb.  The game of Neology was very interesting and reminded me of a much more immersive version of WoW.

The various technologies were very cool, especially the abilities that the knights were granted by Captain Magigate.  There were times that I felt the story moved a little slowly due to the pure amount of explanation that was required to fully explain everything that was taking place and put it into context though.  Other parts had me almost skimming to find out what was coming up in the next couple of pages.

I will have to go back and take a look at Glide and then reread this book at some point to see how much of a difference having all of the proper background really makes.  This book was good enough that I look forward to doing that in the future.

Copy of the book provided by JKS Communications.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Lost Concerto by Sandra Miller review

GO HOME

The message drips in blood off of the wall, beginning a spiral of events that will take Chrispen and Alexis Brooks through the depths of hell and back, as they discover that some things in life are worth fighting for.

When Chrispen and her virtuoso violinist husband agree to his first foreign appearance in five years--a performance of Schumann's Violin Concerto on the two-hundredth anniversary of the composer's birth, in the town where he was born--they never anticipate the many ways the Lost Concerto will affect their lives, and the lives of those they love, forever.

The Lost Concerto is the second book in the exciting, fast-reading, tightly-plotted suspense series that started with Concerto.


Review by: Scott

4 stars

The Lost Concerto by Sandra Miller is the second book in the Alexis Brooks Series. It follow the same format as the first book with the parts of the book being broken down into concert terminology. I'll skip the plot line as I really can't think of a way to express anything without spoiling book I in the series.

This book had a bit less of the thriller aspect than the first book, it was staged a bit more like an action/espionage book with kidnappings and international settings. I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but there was one major thing that bothered me. It involved a certain character maintaining contract through a cell phone when the easiest thing in the world would have been to monitor it or just take it away. Even with that bothering me a little bit as the story progressed it was still a very entertaining story. There was a bit more resolution of issues discovered in the first book and if there are more books to come in the series I will be sure to check them out as well.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Guest post with Terry Ervin II author of Flank Hawk

Kevin Hearne & Luke Daniels: A Great Pairing for the Iron Druid Chronicles
by Terry W. Ervin II

If you enjoy reading fantasy and haven’t heard of author Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, you’re missing out and should definitely check into them.

“But,” you say, “I already have a stack of books waiting to be read. I just don’t have enough time to read them, let alone add to the stack.”

There’s an answer to the dilemma: Audiobooks.

“What, books on tape?”

Well, there are still some audiocassettes knocking around on library shelves. I even have a few on my shelf at home that still work. Many titles are available on CDs and single disk MP3s, but the trend is toward digital downloads through places like iTunes and Audible.com.

The Iron Druid Chronicles are about Siodhachan Ó Suileabháin, who now goes by the name Atticus O’Sullivan. He’s over two thousand years old and the last of the druids. Up until the start of the first novel in the series, Hounded, Atticus kept a low profile over the years, trying to avoid attention, especially notice by the Celtic god Aenghus Óg who wants the magical sword that Atticus possesses which Aenghus Óg believes the druid stole from him centuries ago.

Well, the Celtic god has located Atticus in Arizona. Any hope of survival will require all the skill and guile Atticus can muster, along with the help of his Irish wolfhound, and his lawyers, who just happen to be a werewolf and a vampire. Oh, and there’s the Morrigan, the Celtic goddess of death, who sort of favors Atticus—as much as a death goddess can.

The following books in the series chronicle events based on the fallout from Atticus’s confrontation with his nemesis, Aenghus Óg.

While I’ve read three of the novels, I’ve listened to all of the available audiobooks, including a novella. They’re excellent for drives to and from work, and also for long road trips, such as those required to visit my mother-in-law. My wife and older daughter enjoy the Iron Druid audiobooks too, although my daughter prefers the printed novels—of which she’s read five and is working on the sixth.

I like Kevin Hearne’s writing style and his ability to spin an engaging tale that, while having many facets, flows at a quick pace, keeping me turning the pages. The characters are unique and interesting, each with their own story that adds to the main storyline. The action is well-written and the dialogue is top-notch. What else could readers ask for—except maybe for someone to read it to them?

And that’s what Luke Daniels does in excellent fashion. He brings the characters to life, from the old widow Mrs. MacDonagh and Atticus’s Nordic werewolf lawyer Hal Hauk, to the Polish witch Malina and Atticus’s wolfhound, Oberon—my wife’s favorite character.

Of course Luke Daniels’ portrayal of Atticus is spot on target. His narration is clear, with timing and subtle shifts and emphasis that, combined with the story, makes one look forward to another span of time behind the wheel because one gets to listen and find out what happens next. I say ‘one’ instead of ‘me’ as I’ve introduced the audiobook version of the Iron Druid Chronicles to several friends and co-workers, and they’ve remarked as such.

And, with that being said, I hope that I’ve convinced you to check out Kevin Hearne’s series, especially on audio.

Kevin Hearne’s Website: http://kevinhearne.com/
Luke Daniel’s Website: http://www.luke-daniels.com/index.html

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Novels the Series (available in print, ebook and audio)


Hounded
Hexed
Hammered
Tricked
Trapped
Hunted
Shattered (forthcoming)

Novellas in the Series (available in ebook and audio):


Two Ravens and One Crow (occurs in the timeline between Tricked and Trapped)
The Grimoire of the Lamb (occurs in the timeline prior to Hounded)

Short Stories (available as free PDF downloads from Kevin Hearne’s website):


“A Test of Mettle” (takes place during the events of Hammered from Granuaile’s point of view)
“Clan Rathskeller” (takes place before the events in Hounded)




Friday, October 4, 2013

Fromsday celebration! Win a copy of the Klondaeg books by Steve Thomas

In celebration of Fromsday the Indie Book Blog is teaming up with author Steve Thomas to giveaway 5 Smashwords coupons for his Klondaeg series.  That includes Klondaeg the Monster Hunter and Klondaeg and the Klondaeg Hunters.

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Klondaeg is a simple Dwarf with a simple plan: rid the world of monsters. When he was a boy, his parents were killed by unidentified monsters, and he swore revenge against all of them. Armed with a talking battle axe with two personalities, Klondaeg travels the countryside, slaying everything from tiny werewolves to gold-devouring demons. He negates prophecies, disproves history, and even comes face to face with Acerbus, the god of darkness himself. But will he ever find the thing that killed his parents?



Klondaeg’s adventures continue with five new episodes. Klondaeg the Monster Hunter has hunted down monsters all over the world, but he should have searched closer to home. When Klondaeg discovers that one of his closest allies is secretly a monster, he must choose between friendship and duty. Meanwhile, a secret society slinks in the shadows with sinister intent. Can Klondaeg defeat the Klondaeg Hunters, or will monsters take over the world?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Reivew - Shadow of Darkness by Rashad Freeman

Anthony Dimair isn't your average teenager. Anthony Dimair doesn't have your average teenage problems. Unfortunately, Anthony Dimair doesn't know that yet.

By most accounts Anthony's been a pretty normal kid his whole life. When he starts what should be a normal year of high school, he suddenly begins to change. There's something dark buried deep inside him, but it wants to get out.

As people start disappearing and unknown assailants start following him, Anthony turns to his Uncle for answers. With only the help of his friends he sets off on a quest to discover the truth. But discovering the truth may very well get him killed.

Follow Anthony on an epic adventure as he races against time and the darkness inside him. Will he survive to find out the truth? Or will he get himself and his friends killed in the process?

3 stars

Shadow of Darkness by Rashad Freeman is a novella length story introducing Anthony Dimair.  At first it seems like Anthony is just a normal highschool kid until one day he sprouts gigantic wings from his back.  Soon after he finds himself under surveillance by mysterious men and strange things start happening.  He and his friends decide to head out to try to reach his uncle with the hopes that he can shed some light on the situation.

This book seemed to me to be more of an introduction to the series than anything.  The characters got pretty well fleshed out and there was a good amount of details revealed, but I didn't really think any questions were answered.  We know that Anthony has wings, but the book stops before there are really any answers revealed.  I understand it was most likely to build anticipation and was very successful in doing so, but I would have liked to have gotten a little bit of the mystery revealed.

Despite being left hanging a bit by the first book I have been keeping my eye out for the sequel.  Most likely I will check it out when it becomes available to see what is really happening with Anthony and his friends.  I know this sounds a bit vague, but I really don't want to give any of the ending away so I can't really cite any examples.  One other thing to note is the copy that I read is an older version so I'm not sure if there were any major changes made to the book other than the cover and the title.