Category Archives: Bookshelf

Bookshelf: The State of the Disunion

Michael R. Collings is a gifted critic, academic, editor, novelist, and poet. In 2016, he’s really doubled down on poetry, producing multiple volumes of sonets (his word) on various subjects. His most recent collection bears a title suggesting the poems are … Continue reading

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Bookshelf: Mythology 101

Keith is a gregarious, open-minded college student, with a gift for persuasion. He’s so open-minded that he turns in a paper for his Sociology class on what first contact with an extraterrestrial civilization would look like, so open-minded he’s willing … Continue reading

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Bookshelf: The Blood Prize

Colt the Outlander is a bounty hunter, a treasure seeker, and a scoundrel. He’s an antihero, a rough man who just wants wealth, women, and to be left alone. He’s a rock and roll Conan armed with big guns, riding … Continue reading

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Bookshelf: Extracted

Ember is a Rifter. Operating out of a multi-story underground bunker and guided by their ghost of Nikola Tesla, she and her fellow-Rifters — with no memory of their personal pasts — travel through time, backward and forward, protecting the … Continue reading

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Bookshelf: 1632

I’m late to the party on this one. For sure, better late than never. In the middle of a wedding, the small West Virginia mining town of Grantville is suddenly, without explanation, and apparently permanently transported into Germany in the … Continue reading

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Bookshelf: Relic

I love alt-Westerns. David J. West’s COLD SLITHER is an example, a collection of pulp fiction in the vein of Manly Wade Wellman, featuring real-life mountain man and gunfighter Orrin Porter Rockwell. Another favorite is Aaron Michael Ritchey’s Juniper Wars … Continue reading

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Bookshelf: The Longest Con

Michaelbrent Collings has shown a great deal of versatility beyond the horror for which he’s known. Previous explorations have included epic fantasy and Arthurian middle-grade superhero; THE LONGEST CON has Collings digging into Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden territory, with a … Continue reading

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Bookshelf: Racers of the Night

RACERS OF THE NIGHT is Brad R. Torgersen’s second collection of short science fiction. I loved his first collection, LIGHTS IN THE DEEP, so I was excited to pick this one up at Salt Lake Comic Con this month. Brad leans … Continue reading

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Bookshelf — Triorion: Awakening

Jetta, Jaeia, and Jahx are triplets. They are also telepaths, in mental contact with each other, able to read the thoughts of other sentient beings, and capable of subtle — and not-so-subtle — manipulations, as well as the borrowing of … Continue reading

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Bookshelf: A Tale of Red Riding

We open on Red, a mouthy, motorcycle-riding orphan, driving into a dark forest in response to a letter from someone claiming to be her grandmother. In quick succession Red meets a potential boyfriend, her grandmother (the claim is true!), a … Continue reading

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