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Gordan of Riss and the Malformed Sprite by Ryan Drake

Book Review | Gordan of Riss and the Malformed Sprite by Ryan Drake

Before last week I hadn’t heard of Ryan Drake, possibly because his first book – Gordan of Riss and the Malformed Sprite – was only published a little over a month ago. He came to my attention by combining a giveaway with some of my favourite authors (Robert Bevan, Steve Wetherell) plus others I haven’t yet read. Not being one to pass up a freebie or a bargain, I grabbed the sample and checked it out. In short: I was...

Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

Book Review | Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp

Each year around the end of December I like to get out my favourite Christmas movie of all time, Die Hard, and watch it for the nth time. This time while I was watching it I decided to look up the book that inspired the movie – Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorp – and actually did something about reading it. I was hesitant at first; being a die hard Die Hard fan I was worried that it was going to...

Hard Luck Hank by Steve Campbell

Book Review | Hard Luck Hank by Steve Campbell

Life is funny sometimes. I’ve been writing short stories on and off for many years, but only started publishing them in 2016. The first short I published was Storm View. I wrote the first draft a few years ago now, almost a full year (based on the timestamp of the draft) before I ever read the first book in the Hard Luck Hank series by Steven Campbell. Why am I bringing this up? Well, because purely by chance my short...

The Ballad of Azron Bezron

Book Review | 2 Shorts by Steve Wetherell

It’d come as no surprise to anyone has read my book reviews that I’m a die hard fan* of Steve Wetherell, having read basically everything he’s written. Over the new year he put up two short stories which I gladly rushed out to purchase. I left a couple of quick reviews on Amazon after I read each one which I’m copying into here. Mostly because they were short stories, and I was writing the review via my phone rather than...

New York Deep by Andrew Morgan

Book Review | New York Deep by Andrew Morgan

I picked up New York Deep by Andrew Morgan a couple of weeks ago now and am only now getting around to posting my review. I’ve been slack over the Christmas break and haven’t updated my site at all… been too busy enjoying the Australian summer. But getting down to business – I really enjoyed this book. I’d describe it as action / sci-fi, with some heartfelt moments that really gets you rooting for the main character to succeed. Josh, the main...

Bill the Vampire by Rick Gualtieri

Book Review | Bill the Vampire by Rick Gualtieri

My next chosen author to read, Rick Gualtieri, also participates in the Authors and Dragons podcast I’ve mentioned in previous reviews. I picked up Mister Gualtieri’s box set of the first four books in this series over the weekend and smashed my way through the first book in two sittings. I’m now onto the second and am trying to decide if I want to read all four in one go. The first was enjoyable, but I also don’t want to...

Apocalypticon by Clayton Smith

Book Review | Apocalypticon by Clayton Smith

Apocalypticon by Clayton Smith was another I book found lurking in my “To Read” list that when I went to borrow it on Kindle Unlimited found I’d already snagged it free a few years ago as part of a giveaway. Once I located it on my Kindle, I cracked it open and read a few chapters. Thought about it a bit. Read a few more chapters. Gave up and read the Defragmenting Daniel trilogy. Thought some more about it and...

Defragmenting Daniel by Jason Werbeloff

Book Review | Defragmenting Daniel by Jason Werbeloff

While I’ve now read the entire trilogy, in order to avoid spoilers I’ll be reviewing the first book in the series. I picked up the first book of the Defragmenting Daniel Trilogy by Jason Werbeloff last Saturday as part of a free promotion the author was running and finished the same day. I then went and grabbed book 2 and finished it on Sunday and moved straight onto book 3. My day job then got in the way and it...

The Shell Collector by Hugh Howey

Book Review | The Shell Collector by Hugh Howey

Like a lot of people I came to know of Hugh Howey from his Wool series that I was fortunate enough to discover fairly early on in the series. But that luck also cut both ways as I was routinely frustrated at having to wait for the next book to come out. Since then I’ve read and enjoyed a lot of his other works. This one – The Shell Collector – I had passed by a few times, but with...

The Secret Value of Zero by Victoria Halley

Book Review | The Secret Value of Zero by Victoria Halley

In the last week I’ve decided to try the “Kindle Unlimited” service of Amazon which lets you borrow and read as many books as you like for a monthly subscription fee. In order to get the most value for money it’s obvious the more books you read the better value you get. Once you’ve borrowed more in value than the subscription fee, you’re in front for the month. So it’s with this in mind I started trawling through my “To...