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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

East of the Sun (The Prometheus Saga) by Jade Kerrion
Book Review

Another fantastic story from The Prometheus Saga. I'm loving how different all the stories in the saga are. The premise of all of them is that an alien being named Prometheus was sent to Earth to live among humans studying them. We get to dip into different times in history where this being affected the people around it and in some cases the course of history. It's really fun.

This time we get to visit a port where sailors clog the docks and moored boats. My favorite thing about this story was the setting and the sense of destiny. The main character is a cartographer trying to change the world by making a better map of the world. The Prometheus character has a hand in helping the determined youth. The story goes on and we find another young enthusiastic cartographer with the same ambitious goal. In ways you can only discover by reading this great story the Prometheus character helps this young man as well, as does a map made from the first character we meet in the story who also had a hand from the Prometheus.

The author Jade Kerrion writes beautifully. The rich world of boats, sea ports, and bars come into full brilliant detail in your mind as you read. I was excited, nervous, and scared with the characters. The sense of importance you feel coming from the two main characters is inspiring and makes the story feel epic.

I love how the author uses the Prometheus character to give us an anchor through the different time periods we get to visit in this story, and at the same time keeps us guessing as to who it will turn out to be. Since the Prometheus is a shape shifter you never know who it's going to be. I'm really glad I read this story. It was well written, fun, had a grand epic feel, and did a great job conveying the environments the characters walk through.

Have you read any books in The Prometheus Saga? Let us know in the comments! I haven't been disappointed by one yet. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dimensional Abscesses is Available!

Dimensional Abscesses is now available for purchase! I am so proud of my story in this book and I'm humbled to be alongside the other awesome authors published in this anthology. Go forth and pre order!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Alibi Jones by Mike Luoma | Book Review

Science Fiction adventure. For me, that's enough said. I'm in. This was a fun Sci-Fi action adventure story. It was a refreshing read for me because I've been reading a lot of massive epic fantasy novels lately that are chalked full of description. This book just moves. It is almost all story. There's plenty of good description but it didn't have so much that it slowed down the story which was awesome. The characters are always doing something, very rarely were they sitting in a room talking.

I loved the alien character Kit who is described as a "cat man." It sort of reminds me of the Kilrathi from the Wing Commander games, but Kit was a very different character than those bad guys. He's an awesome fighter and I loved the way he related to humans. He's so different than them that he has a hard time understanding them which made for some great humor and character development in this book. I also loved how the author showed Kit's much stronger sense of smell changing the way he interacted with the various environments in the story.

I also liked how the main character Alibi Jones, though he has an exciting abnormal job, was an every man. This made him easy to relate to which worked well for the point of view character. He's sort of like a crass Han Solo who has to constantly prove his abilities to others.

I had fun reading this book. It was an awesome romp through space with a few surprising scenes full of grotesque horror and a lot of deep emotion. But mostly it's just fun adventure. If you love Star Wars, action movies, or comedies you'll have a good time reading this book.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 19
The Final Empire & The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

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In this 19th episode I review Brandon Sanderson's awesome epic fantasy books The Final Empire and The Well of Ascension - the first two books in his Mistborn trilogy. Next week I review the final book in the series. Have a listen to find out why these are some of my favorite epic fantasy novels.

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Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Michael Kramer

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Reading Habits

Between audiobooks, podcast novels, paperbacks and eBooks I'm currently reading a lot of books. I've always been like this. I usually have one or two main books I'm reading and then a few others I dip into every once in a while. Sometimes I'll open the Kindle app on my iPhone and read there. When I'm commuting I listen to audiobooks and podcast novels. At one of my jobs we have downtime and so I have a few paperbacks in my locker. You can always see what I'm currently reading by being my friend on Goodreads. I love using it to track what I'm reading, rate and review books, and see what others are reading.

How do you read? What's your preferred method? When? Where? What form?

My favorite way to read is by listening to an audiobook, but reading eBooks on my phone comes in at a close second. I love physical books. The way they look on my shelves, the way they smell - but honestly they feel very heavy and clunky in my hands now. I often read in bed lying down and a big fat fantasy novel makes my arms tired! My phone is very light and it's much easier to turn the page with one hand by giving the screen a tiny little tap. I love reading on my phone.

How about you? Thanks for stopping by!