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Friday, December 2, 2016

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming | Book Review

This book surprised me. It was pretty good. I really liked the atmosphere and the adventure of it. There were a lot of scenes of eating. I didn't mind those but as I look back on the story I find it a little funny how many times the characters were sitting down to a fine meal with fancy drinks. 

Unlike the movies, you get to see a more personal side of Bond. He's still incredibly suave, cool, and collected, but he's much more of a character than he is in the films. I read this book by listening to the audiobook. It was narrated by Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame. His Bond voice was perfect, and he handled all of the different accents with ease. He was a great choice for this book. I hope he ends up narrating more audiobooks. 

For such a small book this novel had a lot of fun scenes full of great spying, gambling, car chases, and deadly encounters. If you're like me and you've never read a James Bond novel before, I'd say this is a great one to start with. It's short, it's entertaining, and it's the first one so it's an obvious choice.

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http://www.ianfleming.com/

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Casino Royale audiobook narrated by Dan Stevens

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 54
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green



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In this 54th episode, I review the book "The Fault in our Stars" by John Green. Listen to hear why it was an instant classic for me and falls into the class of books I know I'll read again over the years. Unlike most episodes, where I stick to strictly reviewing the book, I do a bit of rabbit trailing about why certain books seem to be my favorites—including The Fault in my Stars. My favorite genres are Sci-Fi and Fantasy adventures, but somehow my favorite books end up being coming of age literary dramas. I explore this topic a bit so you get more than just a book review in this episode. 

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The Fault in Our Stars

Check out the author's website:
http://www.johngreenbooks.com/

Music Attribution:
Music by Kevin MacLeod at http://www.incompetech.com
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Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: 

The Fault in Our Stars (Affiliate Link)
Written by John Green
Narrated by Kate Rudd


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Brave Men Run by Matthew Wayne Selznick | Book Review

I loved this book. It was really fun to read a book that took place in the 80s. It was a different world back then and it's really fun to read an authentic story that takes place back then before the Internet. Brave Men Run really captures the era. 

The characters were great too. The first person narrative grabbed me right away. High schooler Nate Charters was a fun character to get to know. I first read this book by listening to the audio version narrates by the author. Mathew Wayne Selznick is a talented narrator and his great reading of the story is another thing that hooked me into the story right off the bat.

Then there's the fact that this book has super human characters with powers! I've always been an X-Men fan and this novel had the same stuff I love about a character dealing with their super powers. I loved that the main character wasn't a superman, but an angsty teen trying to get along and fit in who sees himself as a freak.

The other reason I probably loved this book so much is that it's a coming of age story. I love those. One that takes place in the 80s about a kid with super powers coming of age was just right up my alley. Great book. Really enjoyed it.

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Brave Men Run: A Novel of the Sovereign Era

Check out the author's website:
https://mattselznick.com/

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 53
Sand by Hugh Howey



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In this 53rd episode, I review the book "Sand" by Hugh Howey. Listen to hear why I loved it as much as Hugh's more well-known book Wool! That's saying a lot because Wool was AMAZING!

Buy the Book on Amazon (Affiliate Link):
Sand: Omnibus Edition

Check out the author's website:
http://www.hughhowey.com/

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Music by Kevin MacLeod at http://www.incompetech.com
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Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: 

Sand: Omnibus Edition (Affiliate Link)
Written by Hugh Howey
Narrated by Karen Chilton


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I was interviewed on the Indie Authors Collective

I had the awesome opportunity to be interviewed by  Tahani Nelson, author of The Last Faoiii for the awesome writer's group I'm a part of called the Indie Authors Collective! I was asked a ton of great questions and it gives you a little peek into my world as a writer. I had a ton of fun answering Tahani's questions. Go check it out! 

Check out the interview here:
http://indieauthorscollective.weebly.com/blog/interview-with-dan-absalonson-author-of-the-sword-and-urn