• We’re streamlining a lot of things here at ThirdScribe and speeding up how members register for the service and log into the service is one of them. To that end, are integrating Facebook into both of those […]

  • Yes, it’s still been a while — but I think it is far past time we return to our regularly schedule programming. In October, we resume!

    And the book we will be reading is “Behind the Lines” by Chris Fox. It is the first book in the Ganog Wars Trilogy and I’ve heard good things. I’ve never read a Chris Fox book before, but he has a solid…[Read more]

  • 1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 starsI was not expecting to like this book as much as I did.

    I’ve never read Richard Fox’s work before and I have developed a healthy dose of skepticism regarding indie authors and marketing. When I saw he had won the Dragon Award, I decided to give it a shot, having long sice bought it on sale based on the stunning cover alone.

    As I dove into the book, I realized I was wrong to doubt. This book is excellent. Seriously, a great example of the military sci-fi genre, and a real showcase for the good that happens when a soldier decides to write what they know.

    The powered armor concept shown in this book (and, I understand, also in the Ember War books, which this is a sort of sequel to) is very well thought out and executed. The training scenes, both the rigors of the qualifying evolutions and the action they contain, is top notch.

    This is the first book in a series, and I think it speaks volumes that I’ve already bought the second book.

    Final Verdict: Highly Recommended.

  • 1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 starsI read this when it first came out, and have enjoyed the entire series since.

    The WYRD is a story about the collapse of the entire multiverse, apocalypse over apocalypse in what is, truly, the end times. Boundaries between realities are collapsing and villains everywhere are finally having their day.

    This first part tells the story of a group of survivors in suburban SoCal who are holding strong during a plague of zombies. A mysterious older neighbor, a drunk, a medic, and the refugees they find along the way all trying to survive and understand what’s happening.

    Of course, none of them realize this is only the beginning…

    @nickcole has a wonderful, page turning writing style with a great mind for both adventure and character. Pair that with a military background, a keen insight into SoCal, and a wild ass imagination and you’ve got one heck of a story.

    Definitely recommended.

  • He feels guilty about it.

  • Over at the Digital Reader they  had this shocking little bit of insight:
    If you waterboard a Book People you might be able to get them to discuss what might happen _if_ Barnes & Noble goes bankrupt: it will be […]

  • 1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 starsI don’t know where this author came from, but this book — no, the entire series! — is fantastic. Truly. I don’t know of any better super hero novel work out there better than this.

    The language, pacing, characters, and dialog are all spot on. The level of craft here is very strong. This isn’t fanfic or anything like that. It is exceptionally solid and well done. The pace is tight, but not in a rush. And, even better, while this is the first part of a serialized work (each part is around 100-120 pages), it is fully complete as a story and it feels like a much longer work.

    The team of heroes that Mr. Wayne assembles are flawed, broken people who each have an exceptional ability. Each part of this story is written almost as an origin story for the character, and “Breakout” is the story of John Regent, a crippled former special forces operative who has developed the ability to possess other people. And if you think that’s kind of dull – then you haven’t read a…[Read more]

  • 1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 starsRead this on a recent trip and it was a good read, certainly nothing to complain about. But, it wasn’t that great, either.

    It seemed to me that it was written as three distinct short stories that had a common thread, and then were presented as a finished novel. Well, it’s not a finished novel – it’s three short stories.

    Scalzi writes with his usual smooth language and wit. He really is an excellent craftsman and a fine writer. But, as I reached the half way point of the book, I realized that this story was pretty much “phoned in” and simply didn’t have the quality of an actual, fully fleshed out and planned novel.

    Is it terrible? No, it’s fine. If you like Scalzi and the Old Man Universe, you’ll like this just fine. It just wasn’t anything particularly special, either.

  • 1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 starsI grabbed this because I saw it on sale for $2.99 and it went into my pile of stuff to read. I picked it up the other day and couldn’t put it down — seriously, I burned through it long into the night until it was done.

    Because it was awesome.

    Sebastien de Castell has really captured that old Three Musketeers feel, added a touch of a fantasy twist, and just kicked it into high gear. The characters were well portrayed with exceptional dialog and wit. The swordplay was written by someone who obviously has used one (confirmed by de Castell’s bio online).

    “Traitor’s Blade” is a great tale of intrigue, adventure, and revenge — and I am very much looking forward to reading books 2, 3, and 4. This series has vaulted to the top of my “Must Read” list.

  • I’ll keep my eye out for a Grayson collection! Yesterday I bought Batman: The Long Halloween on Amazon to read via comiXology, since I didn’t read it when it came out, and it was on sale for $5.99. I figured I’d […]

  • OK, now you have me curious about “Metal” — I’ll give it another look.

    And, good call on “Grayson” – I really liked that title, and it was a great introduction for me to the talent of Tom King, who got second […]

  • Welcome to Cool Comics in My Collection Episode 104, where we take a look at comic books I own (and in some cases ones that I let get away), both new and old, often with a nostalgic leaning for those feelings of […]

  • Just exceptional. Truly. Best take on super heroes I’ve read in a long, long time.

  • Nick Cole commented on the post, Tactical Star Wars, on the site Nick Cole's Books 1 day ago

    Thank you! I’ll did a blog today just because you mentioned it. I’ll try to start doing more. Glad you’re digging the series.

  • ThirdScribe posted an update in the group Book logo of Velvet DogmaVelvet Dogma 1 day, 4 hours ago

    Found this while cruising the interwebs… Nice one, @westonochse!

    Velvet Dogma

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