As a sign of appreciation to the authors and publishers who have shared their stories with me for free, I’d like to start posting covers and synopses to share with you until I’m able to get these books reviewed.
I recently had the pleasure of reading James Smythe‘s recently released novel, The Explorer, and interviewing him over at SF Signal. We’re making plans to get him on AudioTim, but for now, enjoy:
My 5 star review of The Explorer
In short, The Explorer is the fastest book I’ve read in years. I came in anticipating a dark SF book, and was immediately blown away as he exceeded my expectations. Here’s the first line: Continue reading
If I keep picking up books written as well as Jeffrey’s, I’ll become a much faster reader. I prefer books in Fantasy, Science Fiction, or Horror, so the fact that this book grabbed my attention so quickly and easily is an impressive feat. I was first introduced to Jeffrey B. Burton through his short story “A Building This Size” in Evolved Publishing’s Evolution Vol. 1 anthology. His story was my favorite in that anthology, and I have been eager ever since to see how he could wow and entertain me in a novel length story. Continue reading
I was first introduced to Mystery/Thriller author, Jeffrey B. Burton, through his magnificent short story, “A Building This Size,” from Evolved Publishing’s Evolution: Vol. 1 anthology. In fact, I was so impressed, I did a Saturday Spotlight about it. I’ve been excited ever since for his novel, The Chessman, to come out, and was blessed with a hardback copy this week (Thank you, Jeffrey! My review). We only talk a little bit about The Chessman because we didn’t want to ruin any of its surprises. So, we chatted about the international success it’s had so far, highlights of his experience writing it, and other aspects of his writing life.
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Stephen King’s short story, “Herman Wouk Is Still Alive” won a Stoker Award this weekend, and is available online for a free read at Atlantic Magazine’s website. (You can also listen to it for free on the Tales to Terrify podcast, along with other fantastic Stoker nominees.)
Reading a story like this, for free, online, and from a living legend, both makes me want to laugh and to revel in the moment. I want to laugh thinking about those poor judges who had to no doubt struggle to assess the competition fairly, knowing full well that this story came from Stephen King’s hand. I am no expert on Mr. King, nor have I even read most of his books, but how could you not recognize him from this story? Ignoring the fact that Maine is mentioned in the second paragraph, the characterization alone would be enough to convince you. I revel in the fact that I am able to converse with other readers so soon after a story’s release, (yeah, I understand this came out a year ago, but still, it’s not like we’re in some college English course talking about Willa Cather–this guy’s still alive and kickin’!). Do yourself a favor and go read this story, then come back and chat with me about it. It’s the type of story that makes you look differently at life, and for artists, reproduces the feeling of inspiration to mimic life.
Did you read it? My goal isn’t to give you some kind of summary, or lay out some kind of sales pitch any more than I have. Reading this before reading the story will only ruin the experience. Continue reading
Yesterday I had the pleasure of interviewing Terri Blackstock for the Holy Worlds Podcast regarding her recent release of Downfall, the third and final book in her Intervention Series. I was touched by her humility and a little convicted. She encouraged me not to care how many people I write for, saying that she’d be satisfied if only twelve people read her books. For a NY Times best selling author to say that, is very impressive. I write because I love it, and feel like I have to, but sometimes the lure of fame and a full-time writing career sneak in and tell me that if I don’t achieve those goals then I’ll be a failure.
I was also touched by her story of her daughter’s massive drug addiction, and how that trial led to a series of books (Intervention Series) that has transformed many lives burdened by drug addiction. I wanted to share the link to the show because it’s a very encouraging story, but also because Terri is running a giveaway to help support charity. She is giving away a $500 Visa card to the winner, and another $500 for an addiction-based Christian ministry or church outreach of your choice! Click on the blue text above to enter the giveaway, but hurry, it ends at 5pm today, March 7th.
I really liked this movie. 4 Stars. There were some all right movies out last weekend, but my friend and I went to this one because of our love for the great Denzel movies we’ve seen. Unfortunately, there were only glimpses of the Denzel attitude and flair that we’ve come to love. There were some though, and we had a good laugh at his nonchalant humor in the face of life-threatening danger. Denzel was more of an anchor and a side kick to Ryan Reynolds, who didn’t exactly steal the show as much as not let the show flop through an admirable display of fight and car chase scenes.
I try to avoid watching trailers of movies I want to see because I don’t like having the action spoiled. For movies like G.I. Joe: Retaliation, I’ll watch the trailer because I know that’s about all that movie has to offer. Continue reading
First, I apologize for not posting a Saturday Spotlight this past weekend. It’s my first time missing it, and I’m sorry. I took my brother in law snowboarding and developed a massive headache afterwards that left me not wanting to do anything but drink water and stare at my laptop. I read a lot of short stories last week, but none made the cut. I was going to mix it up a little and post the video I recorded, but I recorded in fast forward, so all my videos were two seconds long. At that point, I took the hint that I should just give up and call it a night.
So, now that I’ve recuperated, I’d like to share a little about what I’m reading. It’s sort of like a spotlight, but it also relates to those of us with larger reading piles than we can handle. I’m not going to list the ten books on my Goodreads “currently reading” list because some of them lost my attention and I don’t want to post negative publicity. I’ve learned that I wax and wane between genres and I am currently most interested in horror. That means the Epic Fantasy books have been put down. I know they’re good books, and so I don’t want to ruin the read by reading them when I’m not interested in that type of story. Continue reading
Today’s AudioTim podcast interview is with Matthew C. Wood, author of the Apocalyptic Science Fiction Web Series, The Day the Sun Stopped Shining, which you can read for free on his website. We talk about the setting and the unique hook about what would happen if the sun stopped shining, the protagonist being an unlikely hero, some of the science involved in setting the story 70 years into the future, and he even reads us a tantalizing sample from the beginning of the story. Georgina Kamsika, author of The Sulphur Diaries, joins us on the interview. I broke the interview in two, so that this episode focuses on Matthew, and the next episode will be us interviewing her. Continue reading