Laughing Moon Chronicles

I met Todd VanHooser at an event late last summer. I found his theme intriguing so I picked up a few of his books. I am currently reading The Lamplighter Collection. It’s funny, I’m not usually a procrastinator, but to be honest, I don’t want to finish this book; I want to savor every moment. I have high hopes that when I’m done, there’ll be more ghost stories to read, and I don’t normally read ghost

Book Review: Further Encounters of Sherlock Holmes

Okay Sherlock fandom, are you desperate for something to slake your thirst as you slough through the eternal drought of waiting for Season 4? (We all know you are. We've seen the memes.) Check out Further Encounters of Sherlock Holmes, a collection of short stories edited by George Mann. Explore twelve original Sherlock Holmes stories by well established authors, including a surprising amount of writers from Doctor Who. In any case, there is some truly

“Ecko Rising” Book Review

In this sci-fi/fantasy mash-up debut, author Danie Ware sets the stage for a potentially enthralling trilogy. Ecko Rising starts us off in a dystopian London where we soon meet our very different - and very angry - "protagonist" Ecko. (The "G" is silent, we are reminded a few times.) He is a testament to the technological advances of this possible future: Body modded nearly beyond recognition, he is a mercenary for hire to anyone with enough money,

Stephen King’s Joyland: Death And Rebirth Of A Champion

My fondest memories from childhood are those spent late at night with a flashlight in hand. Whether under the covers in my room ruining the following school-day by staying up until the outrageous hour of 2 a.m., or “camping” in the backyard in the dome tent I bought with the proceeds from my first job as a paperboy (and I’m really showing my age with that bit), I spent what to most of today’s generation

Guy Adams’ Novel “Deadbeat” is Missing Something: Class?

Ah, the dreaded negative review. Here's the downside of my job, because honestly they are a struggle to write. I wanted to enjoy Guy Adams' Deadbeat. The first page was promising: some sad fellows hanging off a balcony, mocked by birds, dangling off to his certain doom, and sprinkled with just the right amount of dry humor that I adore in a book. I settled in for what was hoped to be set among my bookshelf

Book Review: Shattering Conventions by Bob Calhoun

In 1992, Bob Calhoun traveled to the San Diego ComicCon, and had the opportunity to chat with the King of Comics, Jack Kirby.  That is a tough act to follow, but Bob spent 2010 trying to do just that.  During a slowdown at his day job, Bob started traveling to as many conventions he could reasonably attend, trying to regain the exhilaration that he had first experienced nearly 20 years previously. In his book "Shattering Conventions," Bob writes about his

Book Review: John Dies at the End

I admit it, I broke the rule.  I saw the movie, then read the book. The adaptation's admittedly pretty brilliant, but it spoils quite a bit of the book. But not all of it. The story follows small-town burnout, David Wong (which also happens to be the nom de plume Jason Pargin published the novel under).  The plot is filtered through a paranoid, untrustworthy narrator.  Much like the movie, it's hard to describe the novel's plot without divulging