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‘MJ-12: Inception’ — A Cold War With Different Super Powers

‘MJ-12: Inception’ — A Cold War With Different Super Powers

Michael J. Martinez won me over with his ‘Daedalus Trilogy’ that features sailing ships moving between the planets in an alternate universe that has collided with a slightly more familiar universe (where we’ve reached Mars) and the heroes who have discovered something evil that threatens both realities. Now, Martinez has a begun a new trilogy… Read More

Mind-Over-Matter Using ‘The God Wave’

Mind-Over-Matter Using ‘The God Wave’

‘The God Wave’ starts simple enough — trying to control software on the screen using mental commands or trying to rotate a motor’s spindle on a piece of heavy machinery equipment. Pretty soon, the business partners have a small collection of test subjects who are starting to show efficiency at their various personal skills (such as an artist trying to create art on a screen with her mind). The practical applications begin to appear… and then the company gets noticed. One of the business partners makes a deal with a government agency, and the next thing that’s happening is the project has a secretive side in addition to the more public one. Read More

Sherlock Holmes Book Reviews and News Q4 2015

Sherlock Holmes Book Reviews and News Q4 2015

It’s a good time to be a Sherlock Holmes fan. There’s less than a month before the Season 4 premiere of ‘Elementary’ (CBS), and December is nearing so fans of the BBC show ‘Sherlock’ will get the much anticipated Christmas special that drops Cumberbatch and Freeman into their same roles but jumps back from its modern day setting to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian-era setting. Read More

America’s Last Hope for WWIII? ‘Ghost Fleet’ by Singer and Cole

America’s Last Hope for WWIII? ‘Ghost Fleet’ by Singer and Cole

I’ve read a lot of Tom Clancy over the years (his actual novels, not those books where his name was just added to the cover to encourage sales), and there are probably hundreds of reasons for his popularity — well researched military hardware, believable heroes and villains, and descriptive battles are just a few I believe led to Clancy’s success in military fiction. His novels are almost unique in their style, but I’ve recently finished a new novel that had me flashing back to Clancy and his style of writing. Read More

Book Review: ‘The Library at Mount Char’ by Scott Hawkins

Book Review: ‘The Library at Mount Char’ by Scott Hawkins

I love books that sneak up on you when you’re not looking. I especially enjoy it when it’s from a new author with a debut novel that offers up something unique. Scott Hawkins’ has done this with ‘The Library at Mount Char,’ a mind-bending tale that delivers a contemporary fantasy story complete with its own mythology and rules for how the world works. Read More

2 Spooky New Novels for Your Summer Consideration

2 Spooky New Novels for Your Summer Consideration

Summer is here, and with it comes a flood of new novels. It’s like Christmas on my doorstep–it seems every summer day one or two (the record is four) new novels arrive at my door. The covers scream READ ME, READ ME! My work calendar says NO TIME, NO TIME! I’ve got a pile building on my desk right now, and so far my only summer review was for Ernest Cline’s ‘Armada.’ Time to change that. Read More

Review: ‘The Fangirl’s Guide to The Galaxy’

There are some books whose titles that don’t just grab your attention, they leap up and lock your attention in a choke hold until you start reading them. ‘The Fangirl’s Guide to The Galaxy’ by Sam Maggs, released today, is one of those titles. The second I spotted the book, and its amazing cover, I knew I had to read it right then and there. Read More

‘The Machine Awakes’ – A Sci-Fi Military Thriller Whodunit

‘The Machine Awakes’ – A Sci-Fi Military Thriller Whodunit

I’ve been a big fan of Adam Christopher since I first discovered his novel ‘Empire State’ and its world-twisting take on superheroes. Two additional superhero novels followed (sequel ‘The Age Atomic’ and the stand-alone ‘Seven Wonders’) that are also solid recommendations, but I’m really quite taken with Christopher’s science fiction/supernatural/horror universe that he created with the eerie ‘The Burning Dark’ and now continues with sci-fi military thriller ‘The Machine Awakes.’ Read More

‘The Very Hungry Cthulhupillar’ — Who Said Evil Can’t Be Cute?

‘The Very Hungry Cthulhupillar’ — Who Said Evil Can’t Be Cute?

Sometimes, people just don’t know when to leave things well enough alone. Take Signal Fire Studios in Georgia. They just about caused the end of the world when they released ‘The Lovecraftian ABCs,’ exposing children around the globe to a number of ancient secrets and creating thousands of new acolytes bent on waking untold evils. Thankfully these plans were interrupted by a few well-timed naps and On-Demand episodes of ‘Caillou.’ (Of course, we parents are beginning to suspect that even ‘Caillou’ is a minion of some of the most foul creatures ever to swim the dark ether of outer space.) Read More