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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.

Get the book on Amazon (Affiliate Link):
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!

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Sand: Omnibus Edition

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

Music Attribution:
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

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Stories of Dan Dan The Art Man Bonus Episode "Slug Teeth"




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In this bonus episode of Stories of Dan Dan The Art Man you finally get a new short story I wrote! This time, however, someone else is the narrator. I share with you The Melting Podcast episode 38 - Stoke the Fire and Mystery Meal. This awesome podcast has story prompts you can write a story from and submit to them. If they accept it they record it and put it on their show. They accepted my short story "Slug Teeth" and it's the first story you'll hear in this podcast episode. After that, there's another awesome story called "Monster Hunting" by Hugh J. O'Donnell. I give the episode a little introduction and then I give a little update afterward on what I'm up to with my writing. Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

The Melting Potcast website:
http://themeltingpotcast.com/

A link to their episode with my story:
http://themeltingpotcast.com/1/post/2016/11/episode-38-stoke-the-fire-prompt-9-and-mystery-meal.html

Hugh's website:
https://hughjodonnell.com/

My website:
http://www.dandantheartman.com

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Friday, November 11, 2016

NaNoWriMo is Here Again!


Have you heard of NaNoWriMo? Here's a link to be my writing buddy! I'm doing it this year, but I also have a short story to finish for an anthology I'm going to be in so I don't think I'll be hitting 50,000 words during the month of November. Why am I still doing it? It's really fun! It's a great community of writers! I still haven't gone to one in all my years doing NaNoWriMo but there are cool local "write ins" where you can go to a local shop and write with a bunch of other people. I should go to one someday. And even though I probably won't get to 50,000 words I'm still being spurred on to write more than I usually do. Did I mention it's fun? Seeing the meter fill up as you post your daily word count is so awesome!

Here's the info on the book I'm writing for NaNoWriMo this year:


Ghost Slaying Realtor

Author: DanDanTheArtMan
Genre: Horror/Supernatural

Synopsis

A real estate agent finds a secret chamber under a church behind a bus stop bench. Inside are special glasses that help him to see into the spiritual world, and a special sword that can only be seen with the glasses on. It's invisible to the naked eye.
Finds huge houses and mansions that people can't sell because they're haunted. Buys them, destroys the ghosts with the special sword, and then renovates the houses and makes a crazy profit. Is a greedy self centered dude, but he's really cool. Suave and talented.
Something happens to make him choose to use his new found weapons not for profit, but for good. Goes up against a very dangerous group of gouls and in the end makes a selfless act to save someone else who doesn't even deserve it.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 52
Invito Rex by Brand Gamblin



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In this 52nd episode, I review the book "Invito Rex" by Brand Gamblin. Listen to hear why it was such a fun read. Bear Polo? A chess-like game called Circus on a circular board? This book had a lot of cool stuff, made me laugh a lot, and had great dialog.

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Invito Rex (Noblesse Oblige Book 2)

Check out the author's website:
http://brandg.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 Dan Wells
Narrated by Kirby Heyborne


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