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Upcoming Reviews

5/17:  Discount Prices (Heroes for Hire #1) by C.S. Feldman
5/24:  SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamacki
5/31:  Grass Kings Vol. 1 by Matt Kindt

 

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Blargh! I’ve Done It Again!

Welp! I fell off the planet again. The blog planet, that is.

I was supposed to have a review up of Death Unmasked last week, but it turns out the book and I did not get along. So, no rating. No review. Now I’m reading Discount Prices (Heroes for Hire #1) by C. S. Feldman.

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This is much more my speed. I know, I know! I said I was going to read two other books next, but I went to San Diego for a few days, and what can I say? It threw me off my sched.

I will try to do better, but no promises. This time of the year be crazy!

April Update

I’m a bit behind on my review schedule so I thought I would just take a little pause here to provide an overview of what I’m reading right now and what is coming up.

death unmaskedCurrently reading:

Death Unmasked by Rick Sulik. I should have this one finished this week, and my review will be up next Thursday. So far…it’s a bit odd. There is the police detective who believes he has been reincarnated, and also the woman he loved and lost so long ago, possibly also reincarnated, mixed together with a rash of violent acts against women. :/ Not really sure what I think of it yet.

Coming up next:

SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki.

SuperMutant Magic Academy, which has been serialized online for the past four years, paints a teenaged world filled with ennui and uncertainty, but also with a sharp dose of humor and irreverence. Tamaki deftly plays superhero and high-school Hollywood tropes against what adolescence is really like: The SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep school for mutants and witches, but their paranormal abilities take a backseat to everyday teen concerns.

Science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. In one strip, lizard-headed Trixie frets about her nonexistent modeling career; in another, the immortal Everlasting Boy tries to escape this mortal coil to no avail. Throughout it all, closeted Marsha obsesses about her unrequited crush, the cat-eared Wendy. Whether the magic is mundane or miraculous, Tamaki’s jokes are precise and devastating.

Cosmos by Carl Sagan.

Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space. Featuring a new Introduction by Sagan’s collaborator, Ann Druyan, full color illustrations, and a new Foreword by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos retraces the fourteen billion years of cosmic evolution that have transformed matter into consciousness, exploring such topics as the origin of life, the human brain, Egyptian hieroglyphics, spacecraft missions, the death of the Sun, the evolution of galaxies, and the forces and individuals who helped to shape modern science.

Until Sunday (when I’ll be back with another Sunday Quotable)!

Sunday Quotables

It always surprises me when I encounter other writers who do not read. I have a really hard time not looking at them like o_0. I mean, how can you write in your particular genre/area without knowing what is currently being published in that genre/area???

What are your thoughts on this topic fellow readers and writers? I would love to know what you think. Leave me a message in the comments below or feel free to email me. 😀

Following is a very insightful quote from a ridiculously successful writer:

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Happy Sunday! If you’re a writer…read!!!

Clarence Olgibee by Alan S. Kessler — A Review

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Synopsis: In 1974, 17-year-old Jimmy Tate Sullivan watched his two friends bludgeon to death a black man. Sentenced to life for abetting the crime, Sullivan is initiated into a white- supremacist church by a fellow convict, once the best friend of an African-American teenager, Clarence Olgibee.

Shifting back to 1954, this family saga is about race, religion, and the powerful white men in a sleepy Midwestern town who plan a new world order Olgibee tries to escape.

Small choices have fateful consequences— in this life and the next. Olgibee’s choices lead him back to the two women he loved and an ultimate decision.


The terms like and dislike do not seem to apply here.

This is a very well-written indie book, though the writing style did take some getting used to. Mr. Kessler most certainly has a voice all his own.

For most of this book I could not connect with the main character, Clarence. His outlook on life, and his actions, were foreign and appalling to me. I think, perhaps, that was intentional. Kessler spares no character in this novel. The whole thing is overridden by a cloud of pessimism and disgust at the human condition, and most of all, a disgust with the racism that still pervades this country.

He shows us the worst of humanity — lying, cheating, degrading, using. No character was redeemable. They were all complicit in their own state of misery. Honestly, it’s left me feeling a bit hollow. I began this book with a pretty low opinion of most of human-kind, but after this book, I’m feeling a little hopeless. I need some puppies or unicorns.

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There, that’s a little better.

Please don’t mistake me. I do not mean to make light of this book. In its pages, one can find very real parallels to today’s events even though its setting is back in 1954 and 1974. It is as though nothing has changed. It gives me an eerie, spider-crawling-up-my-spine feeling. White supremacist groups, racism, eugenics…those are just a few topics Mr. Kessler’s pen stabs into the page.

It really was quite a read! It has made me ashamed of humanity, aware of my own privelege in that I rarely, if ever, have to think about these things, and pumped up to do something that will change our world (starting with myself) for the better. This is a read I’m sure I will not soon forget.

The cover of my review copy looks like this:

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I happen to prefer my cover to the one with the smudgy red background. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

N.B. I believe this book may have undergone some edits since I received my review copy, so please keep that in mind, and apologies for not getting this review out sooner.