Sunday, July 31, 2016

Deadline Zombies: The Adventures of Maxi and Moxie

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Deadline Zombies: The Adventures of Maxi and Moxie

by Teel James Glenn

The Book is Fantasy/ pulp adventure/mystery

Published by BooksForABuck


Blurb:

Chasing a headline is just a job for ace reporter Moxie Donovan, but sometimes those headlines turn on him and bite. Moxie, along with his sexy better half, Maxi (a theater and film actor) face a tiger-sized panther, mechanical gunmen who support the master race, Irish Fae with the urge to pay Moxie back for the loot his grandfather took from them, murder and a hypnotist intent on re-filming Ben Hur.

My Review:

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And the good thing is I have two more collections of Moxie and Maxi just waiting for me.  Book Two: Headline Ghouls, The Further Adventures of Maxi & Moxie; Book Three: Tabloid Terrors, More Adventures of Maxi & Moxie.

When reviewing the reading is always the easiest part. Makes sense, right? The writing of the actual review reads - too much, too bland, or you end up parroting yourself. The funniest thing about all this, is it’s hardest when you fully enjoy and love what you’ve just read. Which is why I’m taking this time to show you how I make my notes during review-reading.

Yes, reading to review is different…at least for me. I am judging the story, there’s no other way to say it. Even though I choose to not judge the technical writing aspect of any story sent to me.  Never really sure if I’ve received an advanced final edited copy. This is why I take notes during my reading and here they are for DEADLINE ZOMBIES…



  • history of news people, journalist at beginning set the mood
  • want more, only at page 9
  • time and character voice dead on for time period – Teel has a knack for it
  • think Hepburn and Tracy
  • think Saturday matinees from years ago
  • touch of dark old fashion horror movies…of course, Bela makes an appearance
  • collection of short stories…want a full length novel with these characters one day
  • think of Nightstalker series…Darren McGavin
  • add in time period of War and Nazis…nice mixing
  • Oh WOW, did not expect that…nice.



Well folks, there you have it. The reasons I enjoyed DEADLINE ZOMBIES, it fits right in with my faves for total escapism.

Teel…about that full length novel…











Monday, June 13, 2016

When Renfairies Attack

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When RenFairies Attack



Blurb:

Once the Fae and mortal worlds lived side by side, then Queen Morgana became unhappy with a mortal hero and closed the passage between the worlds. For many years the worlds of man and fae could be breached only in dreams or where dreams lived in the daylight: Renaissance Faires!

Then the barriers were opened again and the two worlds became as one—that was when things got interesting!

Now gods and ogres, jinn and demons cross into the world of mortal man with alarming regularity.

In this brave new world, a farmer makes a wish and his deal with a Leprechaun is not what he bargained for; an Englishman attends a party and accepts a terrible gift; a Manhattan bar bouncer throws the wrong little folk out of his pub and an actuary falls in love with a beautiful jinn princess.

Humans beware, when Renfairies attack, danger follows!


My Review:

Here’s where I’m going to redirect you to my review of book one: Queen Morgana and the Renfairies because, really, how do you explain a smooth transfer from the separate realms of fantasy and our reality to one where both live together and no one thinks or behaves like we’ve all lost our minds?

When Renfairies Attack is a continuation of short stories where mortals mix with Fae and the outcome is anything but what we humans expected.  We, humans/mortals, really need to be careful about what we wish for, ask for, and out and out think about ourselves. Then again, sometimes the god(s) are on our side, sorta.

As a reminder, the copy I received to read and review was not a final editing/proofed/ready for publication piece; therefore, structure and overall writing rules and such, well, I’m ignoring. Not that I really comment on those in any review. And, yes, I’m behind but it’s never too late for any review.

Back to Teel’s story. The Fae reality reads real because Teel knows Faires and this translates to his writing. What strikes me more about these stories, and maybe I’m going too deep into the humanity of us all, but I can’t help feel there’s a commentary on us here within these stories.
How would we be seen through another’s eyes? I don’t mean someone human, but one of the wee folk, as my great-granny called them.

How true is the belief – our thoughts will create our reality? Are our lives driven by our fears and worries? Are we seen by how we see and feel inside more than how we show on the outside? What about those gut reactions to some we’ve all experienced? Could we be “seeing” the true person, and in Teel’s words, the decaying monkey that they are.

I’m not saying reading “When Renfairies Attack” will change you as in studying a self-help book might/could if that’s what you’ve been looking for. But, it might make you pause and rethink your next wish – you never know who might be listening.

In the end, I got to visit with a sampling of my great-granny’s wee folk. Smile at some Leprechauns and giggle at the mortals who thought they knew better.

Let alone be reminded of the sayings my granny learned from my great-granny about being careful what you wish for and don’t go fooling around with the little folk…don’t go looking for trouble; biting off more than you can chew. Great-granny knew what she knew when looking in the garden.

Thanks, Teel.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Queen Morgana and the Renfairies

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 by Teel James Glenn

Genre: Fantasy

EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-234-0
Trade paperback ISBN:

  Winner of the2012 Pulp Ark Award for Best Author

Queen Morgana will not allow free passage between the realms of the Fae and of humans. Because of this, both realms are dying. The only bridge between the worlds is the place where dreams live in the daylight: Renaissance Faires!

A group of humans stumbles through the portal: a cocky movie make-up man who hits on the wrong woman, a Vietnam vet whose nightmares make living a chore, a private detective on the strangest case of his career, a crippled cop and a burger store manager who loves to go LARPing.

One of them has to show the Queen of the Fae what true love is or they will perish in the greater darkness that is growing day by day. Oh, and in the process, they have to try and figure out who the strange guy in the Viking helmet is and why he is giggling all the time...


Review:

I think I've finally discovered why it takes me so dang long reading Teel's stories...I get lost in them, I don't want them to end. Lame? Oh for sure, specially since he writes more. I have at least four more waiting for me. I have yet to be disappointed in anything written by Teel.

Side trip time...

Oh, on first name basis am I? Why yes. Consider him a cyber-friend met through author-reviewer relationship. So, you're thinking I won't say anything negative? Really? Trust is built on honesty...mine to every author and reader who visits my reviews. And their/your trust in me.

However, for the record, here and for majority of those I review, I don't comment on grammar or put my editor's hat on (I might fight with it, but that's because it hits first) only because I forget which eBooks/print books are prior to final publication and which aren't. Not fair to comment on this area if I'm the one being forgetful.

Onward we go...

I really need to visit a Faire one summer. I've wanted to, but have never gotten around to it. I really need to go this year. Although, after reading this collection of neatly tied stories I might want to keep an extra lookout.

Or watch what songs I sing.

First be prepared to not like the first story's main character, Jack. He's an ego...and an ass, but I'll stop there ;) With that firmly set in your mind and the opening pages, be prepared to rethink it all. I dare you to tell me you don't see the ending coming and then tell me you didn't "ahhhh" over it. Shhh, I admit nothing.

Fine, I'll admit I did cry at the opening of story two. (There goes my hard-hearted rep)

All-in-all QUEEN MORGANA AND THE RENFAIRIES is a mixed bag of tales revolving around Ren Faires. Curtain crossing to dreamlands and new beginnings.

Enjoyable, fun, sweet-emotionally moving. Would I be shot if I said, delightful?

Look, I'm fully captured by these characters. I smiled throughout the reading. You want to escape to the Sidhe side, here you go, I've been shown the doorway.

Yes, I did argue with my editor-hat, but I do that all the time. Frankly, those arguments where over little inconsistencies, refer to my side trip above.

What I didn't see coming was the finishing touch. Made reaching that last screen page more satisfying. You know the moment when you're completely content. You close the material, sit back, sigh-smile, and just be.

Always leads to hubby or child (or stranger should I be outside in public) ask "Good book?"

Yeeeahhhhh.  (insert your own happy face here)


Need a say more :)



Sunday, May 3, 2015

FireDrakes

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FireDrakes - Chronicles Of The Daemon Knights

FireDrakes, by David Korinetz. Trade paperback, 288 pages. Second printing, ISBN 978-0-9783824-0-7

The task of freeing a race of Firedrakes from the grip of an evil sorceress has fallen upon the shoulders of a young untried Daemon Knight. The job seems simple enough; just retrieve a magical amulet she is using to hold them in thrall, but most of the FireDrakes don't want his help, and he has fallen in love with the beautiful sorceress. The question is: will love or duty prevail?

Review:

Not only is this the first book in the "Chronicles of the Daemon Knights" it is listed as Mr. Korinetz's first book.

My experience has been that most new authors with new series do tend to give more of their world and characters than what is necessary. For me, "FireDrakes" was at times a little heavy on the character volume. Some of the stronger characters becoming a little lost in the side stories. Where some of the side story characters became more interesting and I wished Mr. Korinetz had stayed with them or involved them more. Villains have been known to steal the show.

Character names at each new chapter was a saving point as this did allow for a refocus on who we were with. I noticed there are at least two more books in this series and I'm hoping characters used there are less in volume while carrying on their set-ups from book one.

The more the page numbers dwindled the closer I feared a non-resolution to the story...a cliffhanger. Mr. Korinetz does end the main storyline, but, again for me, this was rushed and a bit lost.

If I could ask for anything it would be a prequel to this volume because I found myself asking too many why, how, what questions for some characters' actions and reasonings.

As I mentioned at the beginning, this is the first book of a new author and yes there were a few stumbling blocks for me. There are a few shining characters...FireDrakes, Witch-hag, Wizard Aldus, the were-cat. I'm a little unsure of the connection between Rodney and _______ (hey, I can't give away too much). Not fully sure if I'm curious or just plain confused.

Does this mean would I read the next books? Possibly.

What I would like to stress, though, is if you do pick up FireDrakes please keep in mind this is a novice writing with a few hiccups. Distracting? No. Promise? Yes.