We’re counting down the days till Halloween. As the celebration continues here’s a new entry for my blog that I called Gif Guess. Can you guess the following 31 horror/scif-fi/fantasy/gothic films by their gifs? Take a whack at it!
My apologies for the late review, but life has kept me busy these past few months.
I won a copy of the novel via the author’s GoodReads giveaway
The novel’s a great read, it has everything a reader can ask for in a sci-fi/fantasy book.
I applaud the author’s characters who are not only well-developed characters but are diverse and inclusive. It was great to see that one of the main characters is a WOC AND she’s not the only WOC present. Back ground characters are also not one dimensional and also given something to do which is a plus.
The thing that appealed to me the most was how much research the author did in their approach to bringing a dragon to life. The method used in the story has a realistic feel which piqued my curiosity. Of Cinder & Bone also brought a sense of awe and wonderment, almost like the first time I watched Jurassic Park on the big screen.
The story features action, tension, drama, and comedy and goes at a decent pace. But I expect that from this author. It’s risky to end a novel with a cliffhanger, but the move pays off because I want to know what happens next. Plus, it makes the book stand out in a good way.
Overall, Of Cinder & Bone is an excellent story. I look forward to the sequel.
For those of you who don’t know, music is one of the few things in life that I truly enjoy. It helps me get through the day and so it comes to no one’s surprise that I’ve created a playlist of songs for my mermaid fantasy novella Orniainthi. You can check it out below:
And here’s the Track List:
Orniainthi’s print release is this Friday, March 31st. That same day I’ll host my virtual book release party on my Facebook page from 1pm to 3pm eastern. During the event, I’ll discuss the novella and answer questions. Giveaways include a print copy of Orniainthi alongside ebook copies of my other books (Note: to participate in the giveaways, you must like the page).
It’s summer time and that means it’s time for summer reading! Whether it’s assigned or by individual choice, here are fifteen book suggestions from yours truly.
1. The Martian
This is an enjoyable sci-fi book and the movie version of the story will be out later this year.
I’m currently in the midst of reading this book and like it’s predecessors-it’s the final book in the The Black Parade Series from Kyoko M.-it’s good, I mean very good.
This is one of my favorite books. The first time I read it was in 7th grade, and you’ll see it on my summer reading list more than once because I never tire of reading it.
Another book that’s currently being turned into a movie for next year, I had to read it.
This is my second book in my NaPoWriMo series and so I thought I feature it on here along with the following book two books for the poetry lovers out there.
This is my fifth poetry book, I think it’s my favorite so far. I hope you enjoy it.
I recently learned that the late Leonard Nimoy also was a poet and so I had to read a few of his books. Out of the ones I read this one is my favorite.
Another book I’m currently reading, this is by indie author Christina Barr. This is the third book I’ve read of hers and I’m definitely a fan of her work.
If you need a laugh or just need to relate, or both, the semi-autobiography by Issa Rae aka Awarkward Black Girl is for you.
11. Trigun Vol. 1
It’s one of my favorite anime, so I had to read the manga and it didn’t disappoint.
I read the first volume of this autobiography graphic novel and I needed to read this one, definitely an eye opener.
Okay if you haven’t been reading Storm’s solo book what is wrong with you?! Next month issue 12-the final issue in the series that Greg Pak wanted to tell will arrive so get caught up with these two volumes.
This one is for all of the writers out there. It was very informative and there are writing exercises for you to try in each chapter.
With everything that has been going on around the world but specifically in this country, I needed to read Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lot’s of folks have been speaking his words without truly understanding them-particularly those who have issues with the many protests against police brutality.
And that’s my list for this year. If you have summer reading picks please leave them in the comments! Be sure to look out for book reviews for the books I’m currently reading. Happy reading!
Summer is winding down and August has arrived. Soon students will head back to their classrooms and learn new things while expanding upon the knowledge they already hold. Families around the country are taking their final road trips and vacations. Everywhere kids and grownups alike are settling down around the campfire, relaxing on the beach soaking up some sun, or reclining on their sofas at home or abroad, all with a good book in their hands. It’s the season of summer reading.
Whether it’s assigned or self-picked, summer reading is a yearly event that takes readers on exciting journeys through the various imaginary adventures located in the pages of books. Growing up, I always enjoyed reading and this didn’t change during the summer. Though the books were assigned, I found myself getting lost in the stories, some of which have become favorites of mine.
Now that I’m an adult, my appetite for reading hasn’t diminished and I continue to immerse myself in the stories. This year I made a goal of reading 40 books for the year and recently I crossed the finish line. I know 40 books isn’t a big deal (On my bucket list I have the goal of reading at least 10,000 books) but it felt wonderful to challenge myself. Next year I’m going to attempt to read at least sixty books. I’ve read some great works this season and in honor of summer reading, here are my picks for books you to read before the summer ends.
This is one of my favorite books. The first time I read it was in 7th grade. I reread it this summer and the excitement, thoughts, and feelings I had the first time came back again.
This is a sci-fi book one that sees a young woman in the 70’s going back in time to meet her ancestors. One of which she has to protect and happens to be the son of a slave owner. She also gets to know what it was like to be enslaved firsthand.
Previously due to an incident I had experienced, I met with a therapist who discussed mindfulness and last year for convocation at my job I took two classes on the subject. So why not read a book about it? It’s a helpful book which gives you tips and exercises to bring about positive changes in your life.
This is a short story collection written and self-published by this talented author who also happens to be my friend. Combine archangels, demons, and a seer mixing it up with the seven deadly sins you get an enjoyable read. Don’t believe me? Just read my review.
Octavia Butler has become one of my favorite authors. I’ve read most of her books and enjoyed them all. These two make up a series about a young woman living in a dystopian future who sets out on a mission to create a new religion of her own: Earthseed.
What is afrofuturism? Read this book and find out. I guarantee that you’ll be amazed and inspired.
I’m a poet and I always get inspired when I read the works of others. Like so many talented artists, Tupac was taken from this world far too soon. Aside from his music, his poetry lives on and gives us an insightful glimpse of who this young man was.
In 1993, I had just finished six grade when Jurassic Park came to life on the big screen. It would be few years later when I would read these two books. My imagination ran wild with the descriptions of the dinosaurs moving and stalking about.
Tenth grade English Honors was where I was introduced to Mr. Hemmingway. We read an excerpt from his novel in our big thick literature books. Only this summer I finally sat down to read the entire story about the old man and his battle with a giant and magnificent fish.
Can you imagine living in a world where books are forbidden and if you’re caught with them they’re taken away and burnt? Throughout our history we’ve seen people burn books. Read the cautious and insightful tale about the fireman who decided to stop the burning.
A few years ago on Free Comic Book Day, I read a DC comic which had a preview of this story and I was intrigued. My sister had the entire series (consisting of seven volumes) and it was an amazing read.
Matt Dillon is a favorite actor (and celebrity crush) of mine and after watching him portray Charles Burkowski’s alter ego Henry Chinaski, in Factotum, I was curious to know more about the writer. I did a little bit of research and borrowed this book of poetry. Isn’t it interesting how a film can peak your interest in a book and vice versa?
Speaking of movies, I saw the film before I read the book and I believe the film did its predecessor justice. As I read I visualized and remembered the action sequences from the film. Fleming does a fantastic job writing about his creation 007 in the first of his many adventures.
I got this book as a reward for being a backer in Thompson’s Kickstarter project to get this book published. It was an enjoyable read (see my review here) and an interesting take on characters such as the Big Bad Wolf, Robin Hood, and the Ice Queen. Fans have a lot to look forward to since Thompson’s first novel The Girl Who Would Be King has been optioned for a film!
There are many more books that I could recommend but these are my favorites from this year of summer reading. Take the road less traveled and pick up one or more of these books from your library, bookstore, comic book shop, or Amazon. Happy Summer Reading!
What books would you recommend for the last month of summer? Post them in the comments below!
I enjoy reading anthologies and it’s always awesome to see comics and charity coming together. In the past, I’ve had the opportunity to be part of the comic anthology Womanthology: Heroic where all the proceeds from purchased copies have gone to a number of charities. So when writer Stu Perrins told me about a project that he had collaborated on with other comic creators in order to raise money for cancer research in the UK, I was enthused to read it. Fast forward to three weeks later (l had a few busy weeks) and I’m very happy to say that I was not disappointed in the least.
Titled Tales From A Lonely Planet, the e-book comic is forty-three page science fiction anthology with eight diverse stories and art styles from creators Stu Perrins, Nick Gonzo, Niall Doonan, Trystan Mitchell, Marc Jackson, Luke James Halsall, Tim Bird, Dr Mike Cooper, Vince Hunt, Liam Kavanagh, Mike Gallagher, D. S. Georg, Daryl Gilliam, Blas Bigatti and José Buenabad.
To start the book off, Perrins-who also had editorial duties on the anthology-brings readers another new adventurous chapter from Harvey Spigg (read my review of the first chapter here) in which our Superspy supreme faces off with a new foe the dastardly Erasmus Jones and his killing machine. Needless to say, more action and laughs ensue and Gonzo’s (Execution Day) cartoonish colorful artwork is just amazing.
One of the stories that caught my eye was The Terrible Truth About Mimes by writer Luke James Halsall (I-hero) and artist Tim Bird. The story is an interesting take on mimes and it was very enjoyable. I really dug Bird’s artwork and the inks were marvelous. Another favorite of mine was writer Stu Perrins and artist Victor Hunt’s (The Red Mask From Mars) The Visitor. It was a cute and humorous story and Hunt’s inks shine.
Overall, the color in this anthology is bright, vivid, and really cool! The inking on the black and white stories is excellent. The lettering is definitely on a high level. Visually, this book is great! However, each story is unique not only in its artwork but also in its plot. Whether the story is about life on Mars, a hero who wants to be perfect, a man from space, or a group of four guys about to eat lunch who talk about vegetarians Reservoir Dogs style, there’s a story here for everyone.
The creators brought their A game to the book and put their heart and soul into it. Tales From A Lonely Planet is definitely a humorous and an enjoyable read. I know readers will enjoy this anthology and will enjoy it even more knowing that the profits are going to a great cause. To purchase a copy for yourself, friends, family, etc. click here.
Author: Robert Kroese
Paul Bayes has begun to feel like all of his actions are dictated by forces beyond his control. But when his suicide attempt is foiled by a mysterious young woman named Tali, Paul begins to wonder if the future is really as bleak as it seems. Tali possesses a strange power: the ability to predict tragedies and prevent them from happening. The possibility of breaking free from the grip of fate gives Paul hope. But when Tali disappears, Paul begins to realize that altering the future isn’t as easy as it seems: you can fight the future, but the future fights back.
This quantum physics noir thriller takes readers on an adventure from beginning to end. It all begins with a suicide attempt by the main character Paul Bayes. Just as he’s about to step out in front of the oncoming train, a female voice-belonging to a young lady named Tali-cries out to him and Paul’s life was never the same afterwards.
Excitement, mystery, and action is what the story is about and there’s never a dull moment as Paul unwillingly becomes a scientific detective in order to solve the mystery of Tali’s disappearance.
Each character is well-developed, realistic, and relatable. Their interactions with each other are well written, witty, and intriguing. A dark humor is found throughout the story and it plays out well with the themes in the book.
The science in the story may at first appear to fly over readers heads who aren’t well acquainted the terms and theories. Kroese however, writes the science in a way that it is easy to understand and readers won’t be overwhelmed.
Overall the story moves at a balanced pace and it will keep readers involved in the story and invested in the characters. This is an excellent book and I look for more works from Kroese in the future.