My Review of “Souls of Astraeus” by Jeramy Goble

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I spent time with an old friend this weekend. That’s one of the nice things about living in our contemporary world, you can travel in time. The time machine is not very special, but it performs a neat trick.  Sorry for the metaphor, but there are few artful ways of saying the I wasted my Sunday watching the animated Star Trek series on Netflix. As a child, I remember when science fiction had an endless edge to it. Writers like Ray Bradbury, Roger Zelazny, Arthur C. Clarke, and countless others churned out novels and short stories that were markedly different …

My Review of “The Blood Cries Out” by Karl Bjorn Erickson

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Before you read this review, you should hear my confession. I am a tad biased in favor of The Blood Cries Out, Karl Bjorn Erickson’s debut mystery novel. The bias has nothing to do with Erickson or his novel. Rather, it has to do with the setting he chose for the book. I love the Pacific Northwest. In fact, my relocation to the Seattle area was a near-certainty just a decade or so ago. The move to Seattle did not happen, but the experience of exploring that often-overlooked corner of America left me with an abiding love of the place. …

My Review of “Black Jade Dragon” by Susan Brassfield Cogan

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I have become more than a little jaded in this era of teen-friendly pulp that focuses on vampires, werewolves, and the women who love them. That is my personal problem, but I think it highlights a larger conundrum faced by many an independent author. Namely, how does one tell new story within the fantasy genre while avoiding the production of yet another cliché? In Susan Brassfield Cogan’s novel Black Jade Dragon, the author accomplishes something quite remarkable. She weaves elements that should be campy and trite into an exciting and fresh story. Cogan has managed to write a great novel about dragons, …