|Posted by martinschiller76 on April 10, 2013 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
Ren Cummins creates a unique world that is a mixture of steampunk, sci-fi and fantasy, combined with an intriguing back story. Definitely intended as the introduction to a larger series, ”Reaper’s Return” reads like a classic anime tale, and as I went through it, I found myself thinking about how well it would adapt itself to that media. I also drank up the hints that the author gives about the greater world beyond Oldtown, and the strange forces that lurk behind the main ch...Read Full Post »
|Posted by martinschiller76 on March 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM||comments (0)|
To borrow from another reviewer, H.L. Reasby manages an interesting trick in “Akhet”; at some point in the book—and I have yet to recall exactly where it occurred--the reader transitions right along with the main character from the world of the mundane into a world of Gods and magic. It is a subtle border that occurs seamlessly, and once within its boundaries, a hidden world of ancient Egyptian religion combined with modern day intrigue and romance is revealed. The first ins...Read Full Post »
|Posted by martinschiller76 on March 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM||comments (0)|
“Once Again Upon a Time” revisits old tales, adding new twists, and also introduces the reader to entirely fresh and innovative concepts. While I certainly enjoyed the previous anthology by Talaria Press, “Quests and Answers”, I feel that the authors outdid themselves here. Ranging from charming little stories like "To Bee or Not to Bee", to dramatic retellings of fairy tale classics such as in "Prussia 1735", or the hard sci-fi of "Aurora", “Once Again” i...Read Full Post »
|Posted by martinschiller76 on March 15, 2013 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
Raised as I was by a gay dad, I became quite familiar with this film in my teens. A fun little romp, it is best viewed in French with subtitles. Robin Williams did his best to emulate the original, but didn't come very close in my opinion. Favorite scene: learning to butter the toast "like a man".
|Posted by martinschiller76 on March 2, 2013 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
Garth Reasby takes his dynamic character, Jordan Law, and her supporting cast to a new level in “Evolve”. It continues the story begun in “Awaken”, and in addition to introducing us to a fun and unique new level of ‘tech’, it intensifies the struggle the Metahumans have to face now that their secret is out, not only with humanity at large, but also against those of their kind intent on chaos. “Evolve” reaches a level that “X-men” tri...Read Full Post »
|Posted by martinschiller76 on January 19, 2013 at 8:25 AM||comments (0)|
“Run Like Hell” is a science fiction/adventure story set in the not-too distant future. The United States has been broken up through a series of traumatic events and the story’s main characters navigate their way through the various nation-states that have come to replace it. The author presents likable characters and provides a plausible reason for the book’s main protagonist, Cass to be compelled to run for her life. But that’s not what gave this book its charm...Read Full Post »
|Posted by martinschiller76 on January 13, 2013 at 12:35 AM||comments (0)|
Now that the Sisterhood series has been ‘out there’ for a while, and people have had the opportunity to read it, certain criticisms have arisen. I feel that the time has arrived to reply to some of the most significant of these, and to offer explanations.
One of the more common complaints is that the books are too long. There are three reasons for this.
The first are my personal reading tastes. When I find a story that I lik...Read Full Post »
|Posted by martinschiller76 on January 12, 2013 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
In “Empire” the human race is at war with a matriarchal alien race. A young human is captured by them to see if his race possesses souls. He is subsequently given over to one of it’s warrioresses and subjected to a rigorous and often brutal, training regime. While very well written, Empire has its weak points; some aspects of the plot are standard science fiction fare, and the author falls short by presenting us with an advanced interstellar society that somehow lives on a p...Read Full Post »
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