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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Obscurities by Mick Bordet | Book Review

This book was awesome! Very heart felt tales that made me feel really connected to the characters. I also thought all of the stories in this novella were really intriguing, kind of a slice of life that revolves around an interesting musical instrument. I felt the love for family and wanted to visit the family in the story. It was fun discovering so many fun family tales and history with the character. There is also a music album that goes with this novella, how cool is that? I really enjoyed this book, and after you buy it in text you should listen to the audio version on or Podiobooks as well. Superbly narrated and really fun to listen to. I can't wait to read Mick's next book.

Have you read any of Mick's Fiction? How about Some Other Scottland? He's a great writer, and if you love audio fiction like me a great narrator as well! Thanks for stopping by and check out the links below to go grab your copies!

The eBook on Kindle and Smashwords.
The Podiobook for you fellow audiobook lovers.
The music album that goes with the book.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Man of Steel | Movie Review

Sunday night I saw The Man of Steel with a buddy. It was awesome! While a lot of the fight scenes were a bit over the top with how much destruction to the city Superman creates, it sure was fun to watch on the big screen! It just seems like Superman would have tried to take the fight away from the city - but then that wouldn't have been as riveting to watch now would it?

Besides the amazing action in the movie, and it was so good, there was a lot of great storytelling going on too. This movie made use of flashbacks really well to fill in the back story. The way they would jump back in the timeline to show you how Clark grew up to be the man he is worked really well. You got to get to the exciting part of his adult life pretty quick, and still go back and see big important moments of his childhood that shaped him. I'm not sure why it worked so well, but the people making this movie knew what they were doing. This is easily the best Superman movie to date.

It was a long movie, but they used the time on the screen well. You get a lot of story in this film. It starts all the way back before Kal-El (Superman) is born and you really get to see his world on the brink of its destruction. The CG was amazing. I muttered "wow," and "dang" quite a few times as I was really taken aback by the stunning stuff I was gazing upon.

So even though at times the movie went a bit over the top, it was a blast and the story telling was really good. I can't wait to see this film again! Have you seen it? What did you think? Was I way out of line calling this the best Superman film to date? Is that blasphemy? Tell me about it! Leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Minor Magic by Justin R. Macumber | Book Review

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This novel took me on a brilliant adventure with lots of amazing surprises along the way. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I knew it would be good because I recently read Justin Macumber's other novel Haywire, which blew me away, but that book is Science Fiction which is a genre I love. I'm not usually a reader who looks for stories with a young female protagonist learning about her new magical powers in a post apocalyptic world, but this book delivered in so many ways. I loved it and I can't wait for the next one.

The story was fantastic. We get to see a young lady come into her own as she discovers her awesome magical powers. Once it gets going, it doesn't stop. The moments where the story did slow down for a little while were welcome and did a great job of expanding the characters and weaving in some really interesting backstory. I was never even close to being bored reading this story.

So, lots of crazy and really exciting stuff happens in this story, but the characters are a big reason I loved it. We start with action right away and then get to see how the character's life changes forever in a huge way. She grows as we get to meet new characters with her. They all proved to be really important to the story and complemented each other in awesome ways. Annoying each other, saving each other, confusing each other, all making for some pretty amazing action, laughs, and even a bit of horror. The characters were vivid in my mind, living and breathing as they explored a world which captured my imagination more and more the farther they traveled through it. There's also a magical realm I won't get into, but lets just say this story world is really intriguing and it will be awesome to see it again in the next book.

If you get into this book, I doubt you'll be able to put it down. I think I'll probably reread it again when the next book in the series comes out just to enjoy it again. I had a lot of fun with this book. I was amazed by the story world, people, and creatures in it. I think Justin has room to have a lot more fun in this universe, and I can't wait to be there for the next set of adventures. Justin did a great job crafting the story, and the way it ended was very satisfying to me while also making me salivate a bit for the next one. The possibilities for the next novel are pretty exciting, and I can't wait to visit this universe again.

Have you read this novel? How about Justin's other book Haywire? Both are 5 stars in my opinion. What are your thoughts? Did you know he hosts an awesome writing podcast called The Dead Robots' Society? They have a ton of episodes loaded with writing goodness. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

What's Wrong With This Image?

Give it a second. Look closer. No, keep looking. Just wait for it . . . 
Did it get you like it got me? No this has nothing to do with my writing or other creative projects, just had to share. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I'm Alive. I'm Narrating an Audiobook.

Wow, I haven't posted anything here in ten days! That's a long time. I've been better about that up until now, but I guess I've just been so busy that I haven't had time. I've been working hard on finishing up my first official audio book. I've recorded my own short stories and one novellette, but this is a full length novel called "A Life Worth Dreaming About," written by Nicholas Dettmann. The audio book will be for sale on Audible, Amazon, and in iTunes! I'm really excited about it and proud of my work. People say narrating an entire novel is like running a marathon and they're not kidding. I've been at it for a long time now, but it's been a blast and an awesome opportunity for me that I'm very grateful for. 

I finished recording the last of the audio tonight. I'm very relieved but also a bit sad that it's over. I still have several hours of editing to do to finish up the last four chapters, but the performance part of this project is over. I have been having so much fun recording Nicholas's novel! I love acting out the characters' lines and reading all the narrator parts. It is just as fun as I've always dreamed it would be. I have always wanted to get into acting but never found the time for it. I've also been a huge fan of audio books for several years now, listening to tons of them as I commute for 2 hours a day each weekday. My love for books and reading and audio books lead me to follow my dream and upload some samples to ACX. ACX stands for Audiobook Creation Exchange. It's an Amazon company bringing authors and narrators together to make audio books. Pretty cool right? So now I'm an audio book narrator, and I plan to keep narrating more titles until I'm too old to press the record button. This is just too fun.

I was fortunate enough to find work almost right away. I was surprised. Nicholas told me in a message that his wife thought my voice would fit his novel well. I'm so thankful and I hope it really brings the book to life in a new way for them. I sure had fun reading it, and I hope you'll look for it and have some fun listening to it once it hits all the digital bookshelves.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett | Book Review

The Warded Man is my new favorite epic fantasy novel. I have yet to read the next two books in the trilogy, but if they're half as good as this one was I know I'll enjoy them immensely.

There is so much I liked about this book. I'll start with the characters. There is one main protagonist, but also two other main characters that you get to know well. The first time Brett jumped from the narrative of the first main character to show me the second it annoyed me. I didn't want to learn about other characters, the one I had come to love was in one heck of a fix and I wanted to know what would happen to him. As I read on though I came to love the second main character, and then the third. One of my favorite things about this book is that you get to experience a long section of the characters lives. First meeting them when they are just about to come of age, and then seeing amazing transformations take place in them. The characters were very real to me as I read and I really enjoyed getting to see them grow up. I can't wait to see what the next two books in the series hold.

So, next I'll hit the story world. It's what really drew me to the story. A world where demons rise at night? How cool is that? Enough said, I'm already interested. Learning how the cultures have to live around the demons coming at night was really interesting. I loved the world, and the way Brett unfolded it as the story progressed was awesome.

The way Peter V. Brett wrote the story is something else I loved about it. It's fairly modern with it's vernacular, but has just enough older words sprinkled in to really add an amazing medieval fantasy flavor that I loved. The diction of the narrator and character's dialog made the world feel richer and helped transport you to be right with them out of our modern world, but it in no way ever got in the way or made things abstruse. I loved the writing style. It had almost a slow pace, but I hate to use that word because it was NEVER boring. I loved every scene in this book. The pacing did a great job of letting you really sink down into the world and explore it with the characters as epic fantasy should. Then you would be jolted out of the fully realized world to see amazing and gruesome fights. Brutal fights which reminded you that when night falls you better be behind your wards or the demons with get you.

There is so much to love about this book. To me, it's an instant classic. I can't wait to read the next two novels in the series. I know I'll be rereading this book again someday. Rich epic fantasy that never gets boring.

Have you read this book? What did you think? I can't recommend it enough. I loved it! Thanks for stopping by.