Review: An Argumentation of Historians (Chronicles of St. Mary’s #9) by Jodi Taylor

Argumentation of HistoriansCall me blasphemous, because I am a huge fan of this series…but I’m getting a bit bored with fighting Clive Ronan.

I still enjoyed the hell out of this book, despite the slow start. One thing I did appreciate about it is seeing the evolution of St. Mary’s relationship with the Time Police. They’ll never be more than reluctant allies, but at least they’re not trying to murder each other unnecessarily anymore.  Continue reading

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Author Interview with Clark Casey

One of the best things about my job is the opportunity to read books I might otherwise never come across. Recently, I had the privilege of reading Clark Casey’s paranormal Western Dawn in Damnation. I enjoyed the book, so I furthered my goal of supporting indie authors by asking him for an interview!


Dawn in DamnationABOUT THE BOOK

WELCOME TO DAMNATION . . .
where every living soul is as dead as a doornail. Except one. 

Buddy Baker is a dead man. Literally. After gunning down more men than Billy the Kid—and being hung by a rope necktie for his crimes—the jolly, fast-drawing fugitive reckoned he’d earned himself a nonstop ticket to hell. Instead, he finds himself in Damnation: a gun-slinging ghost town located somewhere between heaven and hell.

There are no laws in Damnation. Only two simple rules: If you get shot, you go directly to hell. If you stay alive without shooting anyone for one year, you just might get into heaven.

Hardened outlaws pass the time in the saloon playing poker and wagering on who will get sent to hell next, while trying not to anger the town’s reclusive vampire or the quarrelsome werewolves. Buddy winds up in everyone’s crosshairs after swearing to protect a pretty gal who arrives in Damnation pregnant. Her child might end up a warm-blooded meal for the supernatural residents, or it could be a demon spawn on a mission to destroy them all.

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Westerns aren’t a genre that is considered “popular” these days. What inspired you to dive into it anyway?

As a boy from Queens, I was more likely to play cops and robbers than cowboys and Indians, but I became a big fan of the HBO series Deadwood. Then a friend introduced me to the Robert B. Parker Appaloosa books. I had been writing literary fiction, and I wanted to try my hand at something more fast-paced with a lot of dialogue and the occasional gunfight. After the popularity of True Blood and Twilight, I figured adding a vampire and some werewolves might be interesting. I set the story in the afterlife because of my preoccupation with death. Continue reading

Balticon 52 Schedule

balticon logoHere’s my schedule for Balticon 52, taking place over Memorial Day weekend at Baltimore’s Renaissance Harborplace hotel!

Friday

  • The Blurring of Genre Borders (panel) at 4 pm

Saturday

  • Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading at 1 pm
  • Slash of Our Ancestors: A History of Fanfic (panel) at 2 pm
  • Autograph session with J.L. Gribble & Jay Smith at 5 pm

Sunday

  • Alternate History: Creating Stories by Changing the Past (presentation) at 12 pm
  • Fandom Trolls and How to Vanquish Them (panel) at 4 pm
  • Readings with J.L. Gribble & Paul E. Cooley at 7 pm
  • Taking Off the Training Wheels: Fanfic to Original Fic (panel) at 8 pm

Monday

  • Writing Compelling Villains (panel) at 10 am
  • How to Keep Writing After the Workshop (panel) at 11 am

It looks like you can find me wandering on Friday night, between my events on Saturday and Sunday, and probably a bit later into Saturday night. Please drop me a line if you’d like to meet up for a drink or a meal!

Review: Invincible Volumes 1-3

 

Now that the full run of the Invincible comic series is over, it’s time to start reading the collection of trade paperbacks my husband has acquired over the years! I actually read the first few books years ago, but considering the depth of my to-be-read pile, I soon turned my attention to other series and lost track of this one. But I enjoyed what I read back then, so I’m excited for this new read-through. I’m starting at the beginning, and reviews will come in collections of three. I also intend to read other books in between each collection of 6 issues (one trade paperback) to avoid burnout and keep the adventure exciting, so these posts will be fairly sporadic. I hope you enjoy joining me on this superheroic journey! Continue reading

Review: Dawn in Damnation by Clark Casey

Dawn in DamnationDisclaimer: I received a free electronic version of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I had to knock a star off my rating for this book because it ended in a cliffhanger and didn’t answer any of the major narrative questions presented in the book. Which is a shame, because there are so many other things to enjoy about both this story and the author’s writing.  Continue reading