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Friday, March 25, 2016

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 41
Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig


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In this 41st episode I review "Under the Empyrean Sky" by Chuck Wendig. Listen to hear all the reasons I really enjoyed this fun SciFi "corn-punk" novel that was full of coming of age emotion, adventure, and cool world building.

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Under the Empyrean Sky (The Heartland Trilogy)

Visit the Author's Website:
http://terribleminds.com/

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

Written by Chuck Wendig
Narrated by Nick Podehl


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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 40
I Don't Want to Kill You by Dan Wells


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In this 40th episode I review "I Don't Want to Kill You" by Dan Wells—the third book in an amazing supernatural thriller trilogy. Listen to hear why I thought it was an amazing end to a fantastic trilogy of books. All of the books were great and this last one was a real page turner.


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I Don't Want to Kill You (John Cleaver)


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http://thedanwells.com/

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I Don't Want to Kill You (Affiliate Link)
Written by Dan Wells
Narrated by Kirby Heyborne

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Friday, March 18, 2016

The Home Health Aide Textbook

An audiobook I narrated went live today! You can buy it at Amazon, iTunes, or Audible. It's an audiobook I hope will help a lot of people looking to get into home health care. After learning so much about it I'm very thankful there are people out there willing to be home health aides. It seems like a job you have to be called to and passionate about. There's a lot of information in here, and much of it seemed like great stuff to know before you start the job. I think listening to this book would be a great to get yourself prepared for the home health care field. You can hear a sample of me narrating the book if you follow the link below. Thanks for stopping by!

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The Home Health Aide Textbook: Home Care Principles

Check out the author's website:
http://www.janejohn-nwankwo.com/
  

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie Plague by Michell Plested
Book Review

This was a really fun book. The author brought his first hand knowledge of scouting to full effect to give this zombie novel an awesome realistic feel. I loved how the scouts used their skills to handle the zombies. I liked the interactions between the kids and adults in this book. It wasn't what you usually find where all the adults are idiots or the kids are just objects to be protected. The characters came up with cool ways to work together to try to survive. I never would have thought of boy scouts encountering a zombie plague but it made for a really cool story.

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Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie Plague

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



5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter: Write Faster, Write Smarter by Chris Fox | Book Review

This book is full of great ways to get you writing faster. The author has used the methods to write books in an amazingly short amount of time. It's not that he's just spewing out crap either, he has a great system and it really works. You do a bunch of prep work and it really helps you when it comes time to write. I used his methods to write 380 words in just 5 minutes doing what he called a word sprint. It was one of the exercises in this book. If you want to write faster you should get this book.

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5,000 Words Per Hour: Write Faster, Write Smarter (Volume 1)

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

Also check him out using his methods to write a novel in 21 days. He documented every day. It's really cool and really inspiring! I put the first video below for you to check out:

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Danube Waves by Katharina Bordet | Book Review

Goats, dessert, coffee, chase scenes, magic portals, alternate realms. This was a really fun sequel to The Coffee Legacy. I love how coffee is a secret that leads to worlds beyond our own in this universe. I loved the interaction between the characters from different worlds in this book.

Let me share an example of a scene I loved that kind of showcases what was fun about this book. I got to read a scene where a person of royal lineage from another world who has been turned into an animal by crossing over is trying to sneak into a coffee shop to get to a portal that will bring him back. If that sounds as fun to you as it was for me to read then you'll love this story.

Like the book The Coffee Legacy (Wiener Blut Book 1) that comes before it—this magical story is like a fairy tail told in our modern world. It plays out with awesome character interactions of friendship, love, and some good family drama. Throw in a love for desserts, coffee, and magic and you have one really fun modern fantasy novel. Unlike most fantasy novels that start each chapter with a poem or piece of history from the fantasy world, this book starts each chapter with dessert and its recipe. I love Katharina's unique voice. It did not disappoint and this story made for a great sequel.

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Danube Waves (Wiener Blut Book 2)

Check out the author's website:
http://www.maimer.net/

Monday, March 7, 2016

Putin and MH370/MH17 Written by: David Joseph | Book Review

This was a cool look behind the scenes in some very crazy political and war dealings. It felt kind of like a realistic spy novel in the first story, a political thriller in the second story, and a fun war story in the third story. In the first story there were a bunch of tense scenes that were exciting to listen to. I particularly liked the scenes that had to do with commercial airplanes. I used to work at an airport and it reminded me of being around big commercial jets. 

The narrator Andrew Philip Bryan has a great voice which made for an enjoyable listen. He has a pleasant British accent. His accents for the characters from other countries could use some work though.

This book was well researched. It gave a lot of details about specific technologies and equipment used. These details added to the realism of the stories. In reading this book you get to hang out with some terrible powerful world leaders.

I enjoyed the author's note before the third story. It was cool to know he had some personal experiences that inspired the story. If you like military stories and appreciate reading books that get the technical aspects right check this one out.

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Putin and MH370/MH17

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Into the Nanten - The Record of My Exile by Jay Swanson
Book Review

Oh man this book was so good! I don't even know where to begin. This long journey through the dark jungle of Nanten has been thrilling, magical, mysterious, dire, exciting, and so many more things. All the things I love in an adventure novel with all the things I love in an epic fantasy all rolled into one unique fantastic journey told with such a wonderful voice. You can tell the author Jay Swanson has spent time in the jungle. You really feel like you are deep within its dark canopy as you read this book. He does such an awesome job describing the character's surroundings that you feel like you're right there with them.

I loved how each section of story is a journal entry. It works so well. I was constantly left wanting to know what was coming next for the characters. I couldn't wait to read the next entry. Also when you see for several days that there was no journal entry you know that the next one is going to have an amazing story about what happened to prevent him from writing in his journal. I think the only other book I read where the story is told in epistolary format was Dracula and it was awesome. This book takes it a step further because before this was a novel it was a whole bunch of blog posts which were posted in real time as the character wrote them into his journal. Readers got to follow his journey as it was happening in a sense. How cool is that?!

Inside many of these posts are amazing illustrations made in a journal. The art is so good. The illustrations done by Nimit Malavia in this book will blow you away and really add to the story. They have such an amazing style that just draws you that much more into the story world. I can't say enough about how brilliant the artwork is.

Also the audio version of this story is amazing! That's how I read most of it, though I followed along in the blog so I wouldn't miss any of the awesome artwork. Dennis Kleinman is perfect for this book as the narrator. He has an amazing voice and a really cool accent. His voice pulls you into The Nanten immediately. It is so good. You can listen to the audio for free, or buy it as an audiobook. But the audio is great!

The characters in this book were so cool! They're all fleshed out brilliantly. They share tales of their homelands as they journey through the forbidding jungle the Nanten. When they fight it is so awesome! I found myself cheering often when a fight took place. They face so many vile creatures, both animals and men. The monsters were so cool in this book. They made the journey a frightening one. The characters are almost always about to die from any number of foul beasts. The places they visit in this book I wouldn't set foot in for all the gold in the world. It was kind of like Wesley and Buttercup in The Princess Bride going through the fire swamp, except every place was far worse than the fire swamp and once they finally escaped it the next place had new terrifying dangers of it's own that were just as bad. This was one amazing adventure.

It was like one of my favorite classics, Tarzan of the Apes, but filled up to the brim with some of the coolest magic and world building I've ever read in a fantasy novel. It's jungle adventure and epic fantasy and it's so good. You have to read this book. You'll love it! As soon as I finish writing this review I'm going to start the next one in the series. I'm so glad I found out about Into the Nanten. It may just be my favorite read of 2016.

Get the book at Amazon now! (Affiliate Link) :
Into the Nanten - The Record of My Exile  (Season 1)

Or read it on his blog for free:
http://intothenanten.com/

Or listen to the audio story for free brilliantly narrated by Dennis Kleinman
http://intothenanten.com/listen/ & also available on Audible