Book Review: The Hunger

Book Review: The Hunger

The Hunger by Alma Katsu

I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating – The Hunger is the best book I’ve read this year.

Occasionally, you pick out a book that surprises you, one you weren’t expecting, and bamb! it blows you away. My friends, settle in for nothing but praises for Alma Katsu’s, The Hunger. I loved it and simply can’t say enough good things about it. Honestly, it’s the closest thing to a perfect score that I’ve read so far this year.

I rate it 24 out of a possible 25. (see My Book Reviews for rating explanation)

My top-ten Must-Reads

My top-ten Must-Reads

The reader’s dilemma – what do I read next?

I’ll read anything, regardless of genre, but I typically gravitate toward paranormal, dystopian, apocalyptic, and straight up horror. Quite often, I’ll google for recommendations or I’ll seek advice on what to read next by looking up another author’s recommendations.

So, here are my top 10 must-reads. If you’re a reader, you’ve likely read a few of these, or maybe all, but if you see one (or more) you’ve not read, go get it. You’ll be glad you did!

Book Review: Moon Called

Book Review: Moon Called

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

 

If your taste is Urban Fantasy, then this book checks all the right boxes.

Moon Called is the first book in the Mercedes Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t usually seek out a series to read, especially when the series is based on a repeating character and not necessarily a continuing story. That said, I enjoyed Moon Called.

Indie Publishing

Indie Publishing

Indie Publishing

Are your query letters disappearing into the void? Are they plopping back into your inbox with the big, ugly, this didn’t work for me, best of luck placing it elsewhere?

I’m not demonizing literary agents. Most of them are terrific people and they love what they do.

But let’s face it, rejections hurt.

Book Review: Golden Son

Book Review: Golden Son

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

I love reading Pierce Brown. A writer could learn a lot reading his work.

Golden Son is Book II of the Red Rising series and it is terrific. I don’t typically seek out a series to read, nor do I typically seek out Science Fiction. I’m more of a one-book, one-story kind of guy, but occasionally I come across a series that I really enjoy. The Red Rising series is one of those.

I rate it 24 out of a possible 25. (see My Book Reviews for rating explanation)

Blog Series: How to publish short stories Part III

Blog Series: How to publish short stories Part III

Part III – How to Submit

Okay, so if you’re on part III, you’ve perfected your manuscript (or at the very least, you know you need to), you’ve gathered a list of targeted publications, and you’re itching to get your work out there. That’s awesome, but don’t blow it right at the finish line. You’ve got one more thing to get right.

Your submission plan.

Book Review: A Head Full of Ghosts

Book Review: A Head Full of Ghosts

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

Finally!

Every once in a while, I come across that rare book that totally absorbs me and the characters linger in my mind for days (sometimes weeks) after I finish it. I love those books and folks, let me tell you, A Head Full of Ghosts did just that.

I rate it 22 out of a possible 25. (see My Book Reviews for rating explanation)

Book Review: The Dead Lands

Book Review: The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy

I finished The Dead Lands last night. If asked to summarize my reaction, I’d say it was okay. Not bad, but not great.

I rate it 16 out of a possible 25. (see My Book Reviews for rating explanation)

The premise: The Dead Lands is a post-apocalyptic thriller where the remnants of the human race live in a city (appropriately called The Sanctuary) surrounded by a massive wall.