Before the Fall by Francis Knight

“No-Hope-Shitty: the name says it all really.” Francis Knight’s debut earlier last year, Fade to Black, was one of those heavily anticipated novels for me. Besides labeling it as Fantasy Noir and boasting a painful magic system, the cover and general pleasantness of the author is what really hyped the novel for me. I found…

The Forever Engine by Frank Chadwick

“Is choosing a life path which subordinates you own sense of person to someone else’s a form of suicide?” Very rarely do I ever enjoy a good time travel tale. The logic isn’t always there, like in say Bioshock Infinite. But for a book so steeped in hard science, The Forever Engine manages to make…

Acerbic Awards

Well, it’s been exactly one month since my blog’s first birthday, so I thought I would celebrate by commemorating the day as the placeholder for the Acerbic Awards. You may be wondering what they are. I’m going to get to that. First, thank you all for such a great year, both readers and writers. I…

A Dance of Mirrors by David Dalglish

“People lie. People exaggerate. They view the world through tainted glass, yet see themselves in a gilded mirror.” Whenever I need to take a break from the stress of picking a book (of which there is plenty, surprisingly) I tend to go after the pulpy serials that don’t tax the brain, yet provide oodles of…

WIP Wednesday

An update of sorts; I’m doing a major bit of planning. For the entire book. Yep. I finished plotting the whole thing, or at least the broad strokes. I’m confident that this book will be better than the previous one. It’s sharper and better poised. My characters feel natural, and the plot isn’t some confusing…

Spotlight Sunday

Well, y’know, it’s near the holidays. And for all you 70 some odd followers of this blog, I know the perfect gift. It’s a book, of course. I don’t do fancy electronic promotions. No, I promote books. All of you know one of my favorite authors is Andrez Bergen. Sometimes I think people see me…

Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis

Don’t you just love the cover? The colors blend very well, red and black. That silhouette of a smoking gangster perfectly encapsulates the narrator, a fallen angel impersonating some Philip Marlowe. That detail is shown off by the stunning wings. Really eye catching. Then you have the cityscape in the background. I mean, if I…