Sunday, December 10, 2017


2018 Sword and Stars Reading Challenge!

I am glad I found this! I love science fiction and sci fantasy. Unfortunately I don't love fantasy, but in my quest to "expand my horizons" and "read without walls," I want to read fantasy in 2018.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Review: BREATHE BREATHE by Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi

Breathe. Breathe.Breathe. Breathe. by Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: BREATHE, BREATHE by Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi

This single author collection, containing both dark poetry and several dark short stories, takes as its theme breath: the need, both physical and psychological, to breathe, to exist, to endure, through fear, through pain, through trauma, adversity, dark memories. Many of the characters here experience trouble breathing, through trauma, injury, depression, grief--or death. I am certain many readers {and not only female} will find themselves breathing shallower, or holding their breath, as the vividness of these scenes awakens memories. Other readers who may not have these particular types of painful memories, will nonetheless wince in empathy. I am equally certain very few will walk away untouched, and very few will forget.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017



FRIGHTFALL, and OCTOBER IS LOVECRAFT COUNTRY, ended yesterday, with Halloween {Samhain}. Today is All Souls Day and the first day of NOVEMBER IS LOVECRAFT MYTHOS. I pledge to myself to read one (or more) HPL story each day from November 1 through December 31.

I am also participating in NaNoWriMo this month, my first since 2012. I'm writing BRIDGEPORT ASYLUM, which is not an exact sequel, but is related to, my 2011 NaNo novel, BRIGHTMOOR ASYLUM.

Hope to really immerse in Lovecraft Mythos reading throughout November (really my favourite month). To that end, last night I commenced RED RIGHT HAND by Levi Black, and oh my, is it rockin' the Mythos!

Monday, October 30, 2017

SLITHERS by W.W. Mortensen_Review

SlithersSlithers by W.W. Mortensen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: SLITHERS by W. W. Mortensen

Oh my oh my oh my, I loved this perfect novel. I love a book carrying my imagination into wider realms, and this is exactly what the author has done here. Mr. Mortensen takes the "what if's" common to us all, and for 9 characters, spins out their probabilities. If you've ever been in a "close call, a "near miss," or pondered "There but for the grace of God go I," read SLITHERS. If "What If?" has ever occurred to your mind, read SLITHERS. Curious about "the road not traveled"? Read SLITHERS. I think you owe it to yourself. I can definitely see rereading SLITHERS again and again; and I am off to read this exceptional author's debut novel, EIGHT.

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Monochromes: And Other StoriesMonochromes: And Other Stories by Matt Bechtel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I found Matt Bechtel through his story in the New England Horror Writers anthology WICKED HAUNTS. Right then I knew I was on to something. His story collection, MONOCHROMES AND OTHER STORIES, transported me to I can't count how many dimensions and probabilities. In company with authors Paul F. Olson and Tim Meyer (also New England scribes), Matt Bechtel takes my imagination by its clammy little hand and takes it on vacation to exotic possibilities. Each story is an adventure, into the characters but also inside us. When each story is excellent, it's not easy to pick "favorites," but there were several which especially impacted me:

"The Beginning of the End" turned me inside out and upside down and round about. It's about the length of a flash piece, with atomic impact.
"Last Man Standing": a longer story, with an emotional denouement and an ending I never expected. This one woke me during the night for further pondering.

"A Butterfly Flaps Its Wings,"
"Restore Factory Settings,"
"Cozzy's Question."

Each of these three stories made me proud, inspired, and hopeful, touching my heart in positive ways.

Mr. Bechtel is also gifted at delivering the-ending-you-never-saw-coming. Note "Last Man Standing," "This Story Approved by the American Dental Association," "A Man Walks Into A Bar." But don't rely on my opinions; go read this collection for yourself.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

THE FOURTH PROPHECY by Ernest Dempsey_Review

The Fourth Prophecy: A Sean Wyatt Archaeological Thriller (Sean Wyatt Adventure Book 14)The Fourth Prophecy: A Sean Wyatt Archaeological Thriller by Ernest Dempsey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE FOURTH PROPHECY by Ernest Dempsey (Sean Wyatt Adventure Book 14)

In this 14th Adventure, Sean Wyatt and lifelong buddy/adventure Tommy Schultze of International Archaeological Agency in Atlanta are, as always, on the knife edge of danger, and I reiterate DANGER.
These guys never stop, never get sidetracked till the goal is solved and the artifact acquired. This time they reluctantly agree to a quest organized by a Congresswoman, who believes a lost temple in the Yucatan will eventually provide global energy. Sound farfetched? Wait till you read on and discover the real meaning of the temple, and see Tommy and Sean literal inches from death. Meanwhile, every moment is a new breathtaking adventure [read dangerous] but the guys still manage to be humorous.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Review of PARADOX BOUND by Peter Clines

Paradox BoundParadox Bound by Peter Clines
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review of PARADOX BOUND by Peter Clines

Author Peter Clines unfailingly delivers a vastly imaginative landscape, in every single novel. In 14, in FOLD, and in PARADOX BOUND, he gives readers an unparalleled reading experience: escapism, but not only that. He also stretches our intellects and ignites our imaginations. In short, he molds us into individuals enlarged and improved for having read his work.

In PARADOX BOUND, he introduces us to the concept of "history travel," as feckless but well-intentioned protagonist {and hero} Eli Teague of tiny Sanders, Maine, discovers that yes, Virginia, time travel exists, and you can do it while driving. The Founding Fathers of the United States had a lot more metaphysical grasp than is taught in history books and classrooms. They arranged the creation of an actual, physical, American Dream, which inspires citizens to expand and excel and to live their dreams (just as this novel inspires readers). But the Dream disappeared in 1963, and searchers travel throughout and across U. S. history, hunting it, while the ranks of "faceless men" track the searchers.

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