Tales from Alternate Earths
Book Review / October 27, 2016

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 the world as it might have been if China discovered the New World first. And what if all of this was never meant to be and dinosaurs ruled the Earth? Authors Jessica Holmes, Daniel M. Bensen, Terri Pray, Rob Edwards, Maria Haskins, Cathbad Maponus, Leo McBride, and collaborators Brent A. Harris and Ricardo Victoria show us the world that might have been – if the butterfly’s wings had fluttered a different way, if the world changed between heartbeats, if a moment of decision saw another choice. This is the fourth anthology from Inklings Press, aiming to provide a platform for…

A Space Between Worlds Vol 1: Conception
Book Review / October 27, 2016

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 of light sleeping inside of her, and escape her current world of darkness, Cauraaha. Avidia poses the question that will be the key to her desire, as well as an unresolved pain: “What is your first memory?” Reno, a gentle florist, has his own stigma, a translucent coil of thorns wrapped around his arm, draining him of life at the utterance of the word “Promise”. Hidden away in his heart is the knowledge of a past he doesn’t wish to face, one that connects to Shanti, Avidia, and her curse. A dual narrative of introspection and self-discovery, A Space Between…

Ready Player One
Book Review / October 27, 2016

Title: Ready Player One Author: Ernest Cline Publisher:  Broadway Books Book procurement: Bought online on Takealot.com. Also available on Amazon and major book stores! (or it should be!) Release Date: June 5, 2012. Synopsis: It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them. For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like…

Thr3e
Book Review / October 27, 2016

Title: Thr3e Author: Ted Dekker Publisher:  Thomas Nelson Book procurement: Bought at a little secondhand book store in Melville. Release Date: December 10, 2006. Synopsis: Enter a world where nothing is what it seems. Where your closest friend could be your greatest enemy. Kevin Parson is alone in his car when his cell phone rings. A man calling himself Slater offers a deadly ultimatum: You have exactly three minutes to confess your sin to the world. Refuse, and the car you’re driving will blow sky high. Then the phone goes dead. Kevin panics. Who would make such a demand? What sin? Yet not sure what else to do, Kevin swerves into a parking lot and runs from his car. Just in case. Precisely three minutes later, a massive explosion sets his world on a collision course with madness. And that’s only the first move in this deadly game Review: A friend of mine introduced me to Ted Dekker ages ago where I procured The Circle, which didn’t appeal to me much. So I tried Heavens Wager and that was a great book. Thr3e was in the backseat of my car for some weird reason, probably didn’t take it out since I bought it 6 months…

The Lillies of Dawn
Book Review / October 27, 2016

Title: The Lilies of Dawn Author: Vanessa Fogg Publisher:  Annorlunda Books Book procurement: Won the book in a competition run by Vicky of BooksandStrips. Release Date: July 26, 2016. Synopsis: There is a lake of marvels. A lake of water lilies that glow with the color of dawn. For generations Kai’s people have harvested these lilies, dependent upon them for the precious medicines they provide. But now a flock of enchanted cranes has come to steal and poison the harvest. The lilies are dying. Kai’s people are in peril. A mysterious young man from the city thinks he might have a solution. Kai must work with him to solve the mystery of the cranes, and it will take all her courage, love, strength, and wisdom to do what she must to save both the lilies and her people. The Lilies of Dawn is a lushly written, lyrical fairy tale of love, duty, family, and one young woman’s coming of age. Review: Ah what a wonderfully sweet and fantastically written book. It’s too short though! I could have done with a couple more pages, but for what it was and it’s purpose, it was the perfect length. It’s the story of Kai, who is the…

Gloryhill
Book Review / October 27, 2016

Title: Gloryhill Author: Vanessa Hawkins Publisher:  Friesen Press Book procurement: Received a copy from author for an honest review. Release Date: Feb 24, 2016. Synopsis: In a festering town like Gloryhill, where the sewage overflows into the streets and the dirty, disease-ridden underworld claws its way to the surface, the existence of vampires is a thinly veiled secret. The most oozing, decomposed of them all, Pachuco, spends his nights hunting prey and pretty human girls to suck down below the surface. It’s only when Charlotte, a beautiful, sensual vampire deputy, seeks his help in solving a mystery that he directs his attention to matters outside of blood, cigarettes, and female attentions. Charlotte, on the other hand, forty years after being bitten and transformed into the monster that she now sees herself as, is desperately trying to hold onto any shred of her humanity while relentlessly pursuing a killer who threatens the delicate place that vampires hold in a human-driven world. While the case is pulling her deeper into the belly of the rotting, putrid vampire world, she engages Pachuco to seek out her human former lover and fiance. In a world that values sex above love, blood above loyalty, and death above all, will…

He Counts Their Tears
Book Review / October 27, 2016

Title: He Counts Their Tears Author: Mary Ann D’Alto Publisher:  Dog Ear Publishing Book procurement: Received a copy from author for an honest review. Release Date: Sep 17, 2015. Synopsis: A handsome, successful, charming man. Healer. Miracle maker. Aaron Stein is all those things. Behind the benevolent façade, however, hides a monster: a destroyer of souls who lusts after power and control. Aaron plays his ruse again and again with unsuspecting women who genuinely believe that they have met their new “best friend”, their “soul mate”. Covert hypnosis, edgy trysts, psychological warfare – they’re all part of the sick game he plays “to have all the power” …until his secret life is threatened by a series of events he never sees coming. Will his devoted cousin, Constance, succeed in protecting him, just as she has throughout his entire life? And what exactly is it that she does to protect him? Is she a murderer, or is she simply devoted to him? Are they merely cousins (possibly, once, long ago, lovers), or are they partners in crime? Did Aaron learn his evil ways from her, or was he born a psychopath? In the end, these answers will make no difference in the lives of the…

The War Between
Book Review / October 27, 2016

Title: The War Between Author: Jennifer Withers Publisher:  Jennifer Withers Genre: Fantasy Book procurement: Received a copy from author for an honest review. Release Date: April 13, 2016. Synopsis: A human war over dwindling resources has all but destroyed the world. In a country once known as South Africa, two cities struggle to survive. Toria is believed to contain the final generation of humans, while Jozenburg is inhabited by beings created and born in a laboratory, gifted with abilities both strange and terrifying. The two species have known peace for many years, but with their respective cities surrounding the remaining resources, tensions are rising. The two leaders of Jozenburg are twin siblings Syra and Draiken, and with their first successful conversion of a human to a superhuman, Draiken sets a plan in motion that will bring his kind, and the humans, to the brink of war. The arrival of Dominico in Jozenburg, a girl with unique and dangerous abilities, and a human commander claiming to have saved her life, Syra is forced to reconsider her views of not only herself, but of the beings she considered her enemies. Review: I haven’t read many science-fiction novels based in South Africa. The War Between is the interweaving story of survival…

BoyzNite
Book Review / August 1, 2016

Title: Boyznite Author: Xane J. Fisher Publisher: Royal James Publishing Genre: Short story Book procurement: Received a copy from Royal James Publishing as part of their Blog Tour. See end of review for purchase links. Release Date: August 1, 2016. Synopsis: Law school wonder student Ian Peters chronicles his first night home for the summer in Piedmont, Washington. What starts with a pleasant drive up the Pacific Northwest Coast leads him into a night of self discovery, contemplative self-assessment, and ultimately the question of what kind of man does he want to be? Along the way, he reconnects with friends, family, and an old flame who changes his world forever. What started as a typical night of partying quickly becomes BoyzNite. Review: What can I say. Boyznite is a beautifully written fist to the chest, a short story about the realities that occur in the world and how sometimes, we are just out of our depth. One can only wonder how the rest of the story plays out. I myself feel compelled to do something about it, but perhaps that’s just the immature schoolboy in me. The story follows Ian Peters and his nostalgic trip back home from law school. Along with his brother and…