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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 8
11/22/63 by Stephen King


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In this eighth episode I bring you a review of Stephen King's brilliant book 11/22/63. Quite a departure from the book I reviewed in the last episode, and next weeks will be even more of a change in genre. Listen to hear just why I think Stephen King's book is a must read.

Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: 

11-22-63: A Novel Written by: Stephen King Narrated by: Craig Wasson

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Meet My Character Blog Tour!

Catbeard the Pirate!
My friend Matt Nelson who writes and draws the amazing comic Catbeard the Pirate tagged me to participate in a Meet My Character Blog Tour. I LOVE his comic.

Matt Nelson was born in 1976. That means he's super old. He lives in Spokane, WA with his cat, Jiji and draws comics all the time when he's not messing around with video games or stupid stuff on the internet. So basically, just like every other cartoonist ever. Isn't that embarrassing? Not very unique at ALL. You can view his work at catbeardthepirate.com and mattnelsonart.com

His Catbeard books one through three will all be available soon on his website through the Store tab on the top menu, but you can read all of Catbeard’s current adventures for free on catbeardthepirate.com! All of the books contain more adventures not found on the site.

Okay so, here’s the gist of the project:
“This tour highlights a main character from your WIP (work in progress), recently published work, or soon to be published work. The person who invites you will have a set day to post. You will post one (or two) week(s) after that, the authors you tag will post one/two week(s) after you, and so on.”

The Questions & My Answers


1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?


Longclaw is a fictional character.

2) When and where is the story set?


The story is set in modern times during the winter. It starts at an arcade where Longclaw, a stuffed animal monster, lived in a claw machine. Then the setting changes to the house of Longclaw's new human Zach. Then the tale takes a scary turn as Longclaw is forced into the cold and snowy park across the street from Zach's house at night.

3) What should we know about him/her?


Longclaw is an ugly stuffed animal monster won from a claw machine by a boy named Zach. He is a nice monster, however, and is thrilled to be taken home to live with other stuffed animals in Zach's home.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?


The main conflict is that Zach's cat Thompson finds Longclaw and takes him away to the garage as a play thing. He tortures Longclaw, toying with him and ripping holes into him.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?


The main goal of the character is to be loved. In order to do this he must find a way back to his human Zach and hope he'll take him back in his ripped and slashed state.

6) Is there a working title for this novel if it is a WIP, and can we read more about it? OR what is the title of this novel and where can it be found?


This is a short story titled "Stuffed Monster" which you can find in my anthology of short stories called "Danthology." It can be found on Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, iBooks in iTunes, Smashwords, Kobo, and many other fine eBook publishers.

If a WIP: 7) When can we expect the book to be published?


I am also working on the paperback and audiobook versions. The paperback will be available this 2014 holiday season through Amazon.com, and the audiobook will be made available for free as a serialized podcast novel at www.Podiobooks.com by the end of the year.


That's it! I'm tagging my new friend who's awesome novel I had the pleasure to create the cover art for - Philip Carroll.

His bio:
Philip is an Army trained Certified Orthotist, husband of 30+ years, father of 3, and grandfather of 2, currently living in the Central Valley of California. He has always been a story telling, if only telling himself stories to keep himself awake while driving, entertaining his children as he was driving, or just to entertain himself as he went to sleep. In October of 2008 he decided to start putting some of these stories on digital paper.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 7
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer


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In this seventh episode I tackle one of the most loved and hated books in recent history - Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. You may be surprised by my findings. Listen to the review to find out what I thought about the book.

Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: 

Twilight Written by: Stephenie Meyer Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King | Book Review

I really enjoyed this novel. I love police procedural stories and this book had some of that but it was a little different because the main character is a retired detective. If anything that just made it more interesting. As usual, with a Stephen King novel, the characters were fantastically rendered and felt like acquaintances from real life by the time I was a few chapters in. One thing that made this book so cool was how different all the characters were from each other. Seeing people from opposite sides of the spectrum work together to solve a case was really cool. I won't elaborate so I don't spoil the story, but the makeup of the characters was really interesting and watching the ways they interacted really added a level of intrigue to the story.

The antagonist, or bad guy, in this novel was chilling. When you read his inner monologue you're glad you're not on the other end of his diabolical plans. He's scary because in his day to day interactions with people he's just a banal guy you wouldn't have a reason to remember. Then when he goes home at night, where he still lives with his mother, he makes plans. He and his mother have a relationship that was revolting to me. I'm sure this added to my discust towards this character. He's one of those bad guys you love to hate. Just as you're rooting for the good guys, you're rooting for the antagonist to get what's coming to him.

The romance in this book came off to me as authentic and original. It was between two somewhat unlikely characters. It adds a bit of joy to this fairly dark noir tale. 

Without spoiling anything I will say that before the book is over not all of the important characters make it out alive. King pulls no punches here and the character's death does a nice job of making you that much more anxious more characters will die later in the story when the conflict and danger gets turned up a notch. 

I've read a handful of King's older novels, many of the ones considered to be classics. I know to some people his writing suffered for many years as he struggled with alcohol and substance abuse. I'm here to tell you that every new Stephen King book I read is fantastic. He's back and I'm so glad he's still cranking them out. I've loved all of his new novels and the same holds true with this one.

The last thing I'll mention is that I listened to the audiobook version of this novel. It's narrated by Will Patton who is a phenomenal voice talent. I first heard him narrate when I listened to Doctor Sleep which is the sequel to The Shining. Patton really brought that book to life. I think he was a great pick for this book too because his voice is perfect for the main character who is a retired detective. He has that authentic gruff voice that really fit the protagonist. He delivers the book with such a great conversational read that you get pulled in right away. He's a great actor too, delivering lines of sensitive emotion, raw anger, and insane sociopath spot on. You believe right away when you hit play and Will starts telling you the story. 

After finishing this book I found out it's to be the first in a trilogy. I'm thrilled. I can't wait to visit these characters again. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 6
Murder At Avedon Hill by P.G. Holyfield


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In this special sixth episode I review the podiobook Murder At Avedon Hill by the late P.G. Holyfield. The review was another very short one, so I again elaborate on how incredible this book is, especially in the serialized podcast format found at www.Podiobooks.com. A great podcast novel due to it's great story, acting with a full cast, and production with music and sound effects done well as with last week's book. The author of the book I reviewed this week recently passed away at a young age. Listen to find out how you can help with all the costs left behind by his medical bills and end of life care. Thanks for listening.

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R.I.P. P.G. You were a tremendous force of creativity and you are dearly missed.

Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: 

The Hobbit Written by: J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by: Rob Inglis

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