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  • After years of examining my writing production, I’ve come to the conclusion that there are two major forces which stymie it.

    The first is simple fear.

    I fear I’m kidding myself about this whole fiction […]

  • 1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 starsAlthough I had heard of the Apocalypse Weird concept more than a year ago from my good friend and fellow author, Blue Cole, I never got into the series. I didn’t know its particulars, and none of the advertising ever crossed my path. Had it, I would have grabbed on with both hands. I finally found this amazing set of novels, and the incredible authors behind them, in late 2016; about the time I discovered ThirdScribe.

    The Serenity Strain by Chris Pourteau is my first glimpse into this frightening multi-verse where corresponding calamities are occurring on many Earths. Mr. Pourteau’s version envisions Texas facing three hurricanes one after the other followed by the outbreak of a man-made virus that engenders psychopathy in its victims. I won’t give away the story, but if you like apocalyptic fiction, great characterizations, and fantastic writing you should check this one out.

  • 1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 starsSusan K. Quinn is a major success in the self-pub industry. Through trial-and-error, she has pushed herself to write well and market like a champ. In Boot Camp, Susan has condensed what she’s learned through the years into a step-by-step process that she uses today to keep her sales up and her fingers flying across the keys.

    It’s an inspiring book by an inspirational author.

  • 1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 starsCall me a willow in the wind, but the commercials for the Starz miniseries adapted from this book got me nostalgic for it. I read this one several years ago and, like so many millions, I LOVED it. Beautifully written–sometimes complex, often simple, always powerful, and melodic–American Gods is one of my favorite novels. I’ve been awash in Gaiman’s consummate voice for over a week now, lulled into the semi-lucid dream state only the greatest storytellers conjure. It’s bliss.

    Spoilers ahead…

    The first time I read this novel, when I was perhaps fifty pages in, I complained to a good friend that while the story was interesting, the main character, Shadow, was dull as a day-old turd. Then, probably fifty pages later–I’m likely giving myself too much credit here, so let’s say a hundred–it finally clicked for me. He’s supposed to be dull. He’s a freaking shadow, not just of himself (Baldur) but of his father, Odin. He was exactly what everyone needed him to be. Until he was…[Read more]

  • I’ve been slowly reading through Elmore Leonard’s Get Shorty. I’m probably one of the few people on Earth who has never seen the movie, but I’ve always heard Leonard’s name associated with good writing, especially when it comes to dialogue. The rumors are true. Leonard was amazing. His voice sings through this book, and carries me away every time…[Read more]

  • 1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 starsI have belonged to an online book club for many years. Over those years, the club has drawn me to many a novel I likely wouldn’t have otherwise discovered. That holds true for this one. It’s been some time since I read high fantasy. And man, am I glad I came back to this one. The writing is pretty–it’s not Rothfuss level good, but definitely great–the story is fun and the characters do some unexpected things along the way.

    –david j.

  • The Red King should not be free on Amazon. This book is stupendous. Now I know what all the buzz is about surrounding this author. Cole has turned the apocalypse into the intimately personal tale of a flawed man whose insular nature makes him all but oblivious to the Crash. When he finally awakens to the danger surrounding him, Holiday–the main…[Read more]

  • 1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 starsAs evinced by the cover art, The Dark Knight is the follow-on novel to Nick Cole’s first Wyrd book, The Red King. Going into this one I worried that Nick might let the quality fall off. I’m glad to report I was wrongy-wrong-wrong! Not only was this one every bit as good as The Red King in some ways it’s better.

    Buy this book now.

  • 1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 starsI bought this book on a whim via a link on my FaceBook page. The concept sounded interesting. A man who lives mostly in our world working as a supernatural detective of sorts gleans power from a people who worship him in another dimension–the Fae I guess. Unfortunately, I don’t feel the writing lived up to my expectations. The main character is too powerful. He generally doesn’t run into any real obstacles. He’s also a Swiss Army character. Any time he’s faced with a situation that might challenge him, he pulls out a heretofore unknown skill or tool to overcome it. There’s a locked door he wants to open? Oh, he can just do that with his mind because he’s the half-son of Janus. He needs to read someone’s mind? Oh, he can do anything his worshipers can do and they can read minds.

    It goes on and on like that. I wasn’t able to finish it.

  • 1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 starsTimebound, and its author, Rysa Walker, are yet another extraordinary find delivered straight to me from Hank Garner’s Author’s Stories podcast. Hank has continuously steered me to amazing writers, and Rysa is among the best. I love this book. It’s a fascinating time-travel yarn written for the YA audience, but has plenty of twists and turns to keep adult readers enthralled. The writing pops, the characters are fun and interesting, and the plot is surprisingly complicated though Walker handles it deftly.

    — david j.

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