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Monthly Archives: September 2015

Maelstrom by Taylor Anderson

Maelstrom concludes a trilogy that ranks up as one of the best fantasy series I’ve ever read.  Trapped in an alternate dimension, Captain Reddy is now the Supreme Commander of the allied forces made up of American Destroyer Men and various Lemurian nations against the reptilian Grik and the Japanese in their unholy alliance.  Reddy Read More…

The Good Guy by Dean Koontz

Every time I read a Dean Koontz novel I keep hoping that I am going to read one of his great novels that he is certainly capable of putting together.  Invariably, I’m disappointed.  There were so many flaws in The Good Guy that I’m not even sure where to start.  First off, the premise may Read More…

10 Questions with Seanan McGuire

1.  What made you decide to write two different trilogies under the name Mira Grant? This is a question that contains many, many assumptions, starting with “what makes you think Mira is only going to write two trilogies?”  I am Mira Grant for a lot of reasons, and Mira is not stopping after two worlds. Read More…

Feed by Mira Grant

Feed takes place in the year 2039, 25 years after the zombie outbreak that occurred in 2014.  In this novel, the characters are not facing a full on apocalypse.  Despite the presence of zombies, much of society is intact.  There are fully-operating restaurants, blogs, and even a presidential campaign.  Georgia and Shaun Mason are a Read More…

The Home by Scott Nicholson

In The Home, Freeman Mills is a twelve-year-old rebellious type who has gone through various homes until he reaches Wendover, a home for troubled children.  After having gone through traumatic experiences as a child, his plan is to lay low, a task that isn’t so easy for someone with the ability to read minds, and Read More…

10 Questions with Naima Haviland Part 2

1.  In which genre would you include your work (e.g. sci-fi, horror or children’s)? I write in the dark fantasy and horror genres. My vampire novels, Bloodroom and The Bad Death have steamy, romantic subplots. My anthology, Night at the Demontorium, feature stories across the spectrum of horror, from supernatural to psychological.   2.   Read More…

10 Questions with Naima Haviland Part 1

1.  In your novel Bloodroom, where did you come up with the concept of the blood room which vampires use to feed?   I was first inspired by the architecture of such a room. It began while leafing through coffee table books on gargoyles and gothic architecture.   2.  Who has been your biggest influence Read More…