SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Thinking Engine | A Review

I’m a Sherlock Holmes fan. I read the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories growing up and was a big fan of the films of the 40s and 50s starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. John Watson. In fact, when I re-read the original stories it’s their faces I imagine. There are so many Holmes stories now being told in the movies and television, it is nice to go back now and

The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi: Book Review

Do you like dinosaurs? Of course you do. What kind of geek doesn’t like dinosaurs?! If you’re a dinogeek like me you’ll definitely enjoy The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi. This lush, evocative, art book has definitely helped make my wait for Phoenix Dinocon (THIS WEEKEND 8/2!!) and Jurassic World (June 12, 2015) a little more tolerable. At the intersection of art, science, and history, paleoartists such as Julius Csotonyi have an integral part in shaping how the

“GRIMM: The Chopping Block” Book Review

GRIMM: The Chopping Block isn't exactly a normal book, at least not one I've ever read. It's almost just like a fan fiction, only this guy found out how to make money off of it. You've probably already figured that this book is set in the universe already created by the TV show Grimm which airs on NBC. The author even gives us a quick note at the beginning of the book telling us exactly were

“Alien – Out Of The Shadows” Book Review

There are two ways of viewing the universe.  One is from afar, peering through a telescope and seeing all the beauty and wonder of the celestial bodies swirling around each other.  Starry nights that inspire countless poems throughout time.  The other is when you get out there and leave the confines of this planet.  See up close how fragile the human body can be and worry about every little thing that could go wrong; from

A Look Inside “Steampunk Style”

I was excited for this book for a number of reasons. I love Steampunk. If I could any literary world to live in it would be a steampunk one, sorry Batman. Something about it makes me all giddy. The second reason is that I am currently in the process of writing my own steampunk novel and I need ideas for clothes and things like that. I’m sorry, I don’t know much about the steampunk concept,

“LOST PLANET: First Colony” Graphic Novel Review

If you’re a fan of the video games, LOST PLANET: First Colony is well worth adding to your collection. This hardcover graphic novel (measuring 8 1/2 by 11 inches for those of you folks that care) has a gorgeous cover and particularly lovely endpapers if your aesthetic leans towards harsh frozen tundra and giant alien monsters, as mine does. First Colony is a prequel to the video game LOST PLANET 3, which in turn is

“Wanderer” Book Review

James Lincoln broke into the book-writing scene with this little gem, simply titled Wanderer. Wanderer follows a young man who has locked himself away from the virus-decimated world, retreating instead into his barricaded home, with only his dog Mandy for company. While most of the world's population was wiped out by this unknown virus, there are some survivors, and some "infected" folk. When tragedy strikes, the man is forced to leave the safe world he's created, and venture

“Plague Nation” Blog Tour – Author Q&A

It's ZOMBIE time again! I got the chance to ask Dana Fredsti, author of Plague Town and the sequel, Plague Nation, a few questions about her writing process, her own "zombocalypse" plan, and even got a hint about the third book of the series, Plague World, which she's currently writing. If you haven't had a chance to check out my review of Plague Nation, you really should! And then you should definitely read the book, because it's pretty fan-freakin-tastic. (And no, they're

“Plague Nation” Book Review

Zombies. Secret paramilitary organizations. Pop-culture references. Cute and realistic love stories. If you dig at least one of those things, then boy do I have a book for you! Plague Nation by Dana Fredsti is a breath of fresh-sequel air in a zombie-infested world of fiction these days. Picking up right where Plague Town (available now from Titan Books) left off, Nation continues the story of Ashley Parker: a 30-something ex-wife-turned-college-student-turned-wild-card, and an unlikely, but vastly entertaining heroine. Here's a

Above Suspicion and Pray for a Brave Heart

The moment I received  Above Suspicion and Pray For a Brave Heart, two espionage novels by Helen MacInnes re-released by Titan Books last year, I had a considerable number of doubts. Spy books are not my niche in the first place, and especially not terrible ones. My gut told me with dismay that this book had the makings of an unremarkable one: probably revolving around a James Bond knock-of, with just enough action to prevent the