Book Review: LifeGames Corporation

Book Review: LifeGames Corporation

Title: LifeGames Corporation Author: Michael Smorenburg Genre: Thriller Book procurement: Received from the author for an honest review, and also for Mystery Thriller Week. Synopsis: Da Vinci Code—meets Paranormal Activity—meets The Matrix. Ad-agency boss Catherine Kaplan is a danger junkie. Bold and brave, she’s cornered the juiciest prize in the global arena, a LifeGames Corporation contract. But now it’s time to pay the price—a dare to cross the forbidden line. There’s a deal sweetener of course—give a little… and enjoy some intriguing secrets. The first… Artificial Intelligence runs the LifeGames operation. Key to the success is an automated hypnosis sequence that suppresses each subject’s mind, Read more »

Book Review: Rules of the Game

Book Review: Rules of the Game

Title: Rules of the Game (Engame #3) Author: James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton Genre: YA/Action Book procurement: Bought from my new favourite bookstore Estoril Books. Synopsis: The revolutionary Endgame trilogy concludes in this explosive finale to the series. One key remains—can the Players find it before the end of the world? The strongest are left. One final key remains. The fate of the world is in their hands. The world of Endgame is populated by twelve ancient bloodlines. In each line, a Player trains for a catastrophic event that has not yet happened—until the Calling. Once they were called, the Players set off on a Read more »

Book Review: Sky Key

Book Review: Sky Key

Title: Sky Key – An Endgame Novel #2 Author: James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton Genre: YA / Action Book procurement: Bought from my new favourite bookstore Estoril Books. Synopsis: Endgame is here. Earth Key has been found. Two keys—and nine Players—remain. The keys must be found, and only one Player can win. Queens, New York. Aisling Kopp believes the unthinkable: that Endgame can be stopped. But before she can get home to regroup, she is approached by the CIA. They know about Endgame. And they have their own ideas about how it should be Played. Ideas that could change everything. Kingdom of Aksum, Ethiopia. Hilal Read more »

Book Review: Tales of Wonder

Book Review: Tales of Wonder

Title: Tales of Wonder Author: E.M. Swift-Hook, Jessica Holmes, Leo McBride, Matthew Harvey, Rob Edwards, Brent A. Harris, Terri Pray, Jeff Provine, Ricardo Victoria. Genre: Science Fantasy Book procurement: Received from Inklings Press for an honest review. Synopsis: Science Fantasy is the collision of science fiction and fantasy – where the impossible and the improbable come together. This is a universe of spaceships and sorcery, of mechanics and magic, where zeppelins soar through the ether and conjurers stalk dark tunnels with a ball of light in their fist. So cut loose, let slip the mooring ropes on your imagination, and join these nine authors as they Read more »

Book Review: Cold Counsel

Book Review: Cold Counsel

Title: Cold Counsel Author: Chris Sharp Genre: Fantasy Book procurement: Received a copy from Tor.com for Gamecca Magazine Vol 8 Issue 90. Synopsis: In Chris Sharp’s new epic fantasy Cold Counsel, Slud of the Blood Claw Clan, Bringer of Troubles, was born at the heart of the worst storm the mountain had ever seen. Slud’s father, chief of the clan, was changed by his son’s presence. For the first time since the age of the giants, he rallied the remaining trolls under one banner and marched to war taking back the mountain from the goblin clans. However, the long-lived elves remembered the brutal wars of the last age, Read more »

Book Review: The Erden Archives

Book Review: The Erden Archives

Title: The Erden Archives Author: Whisky Wilson Publisher:  BookBaby Book procurement: Received from the author for an honest review. Book on Goodreads. Release Date: Nov 1, 2016. Synopsis: The Erden Archives: A Monthly Short Fiction Series by Whisky Wilson. In a digital world, truth is numeral, and whoever holds the code can break free or enslave. Erden is a world on the brink of cataclysm.  Overpopulated and unenlightened, humanity settled into a comfortable cycle of technological progress at a considerable, hidden expense. Shadow players move people, private militaries, and entire governments in a games of winner-take-all chess.  From behind the scenes, they manipulate information, spinning the Read more »

Book Review: Doctor Sleep

Book Review: Doctor Sleep

Title: Doctor Sleep (The Shinning #2) Author: Stephen King Genre: Horror Book procurement: Purchased from Exclusive Books – Greenstone Mall. Synopsis: Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever,The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and Read more »

Book Review: 11.22.63

Book Review: 11.22.63

Title: 11.22.63 Author: Stephen King Publisher:  Hodder & Stoughton Book procurement: Bought at Exclusive Books. Release Date: Jul 5, 2012. Synopsis: Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over Read more »

Tales from Alternate Earths

Tales from Alternate Earths

Title: Tales From Alternate Earths Author: Jessica Holmes, Terri Pray, Brent A. Harris, Ricardo Victoria, Rob Edwards, Cathbad Maponus, Leo McBride, Daniel M. Bensen, Maria Haskins. Publisher:  Inklings Press Book procurement: Received from publisher because they are an amazing bunch. Release Date: August 19, 2016. Synopsis: Our world could have been so very different… Eight stories take us on a journey into how our world could have been. What if the nukes had flown that day over Cuba? What if Caesar had survived? Imagine the Tunguska meteor with a different outcome. What if there was a true story behind HG Wells’ most famous tale? See Read more »

A Space Between Worlds Vol 1: Conception

A Space Between Worlds Vol 1: Conception

Title: A Space Between Worlds Vol 1: Conception Author: J.D Woodson Publisher:  Royal James Publishing Book procurement: Received from publisher in return for an honest review. Release Date: October 17, 2016. Synopsis: Songstress Shanti’s final performance is no different than any other. Gazing into the mirror, the Songstress laments her faceless curse. To hide her unsightliness, she dons a beautiful mask. She knows she doesn’t belong in the darkness. Her desire is to live in a world of eternal light, to be seen for who she truly is. An enigmatic man who calls himself Avidia beckons Shanti, claiming to know how to conceive the world Read more »