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The Black God’s Drums REVIEW

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The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

Published August 21st 2018

Genre: Science fiction, Steampunk

Pages: 112

Source: Netgalley – in exhange for an honest review

Creeper, a scrappy young teen, is done living on the streets of New Orleans. Instead, she wants to soar, and her sights are set on securing passage aboard the smuggler airship Midnight Robber. Her ticket: earning Captain Ann-Marie’s trust using a secret about a kidnapped Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper keeps another secret close to heart–Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, who speaks inside her head and grants her divine powers. And Oya has her own priorities concerning Creeper and Ann-Marie…

After hearing about the Black God’s Drums, Creeper, a young girl living on the streets of New Orleans, decides to sell that information to Ann-Marie, the captain of the Midnight Robber. We, then, follow them as they look for the weapon and ultimately try to prevent it from destroying New Orleans.

The characters were well-written but I would’ve liked to know more about Ann-Marie. If there’s a sequel, I would love it to focus more on her.

The story was okay. There were a lot of interesting concepts, like the goddesses inside them but, again, I would have enjoyed it more if the book had focused more on that.

Most of my problems with this novel stemmed from its length, the undeveloped characters and brushed-over aspects of their lives but, still, I would love to read more stories set in this world.

Rating: 3 stars

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The Undertaker, the Vagrant and the Assassin (Stern Vol. 1) REVIEW

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The Undertaker, the Vagrant and the Assassin by Frédéric Maffre and Julien Maffre

Published September 2017

Genre: Graphic Novel, Western

Pages: 74

Source: Netgalley – in exchange for an honest review

1880. Kansas. Elijah Stern, the local undertaker, leads a calm and solitary life, until one day he is asked to carry out an autopsy on a man found dead in a brothel. Taking on the role of forensic pathologist, he discovers that the man had not died of natural causes and finds himself involved, against his better wishes, in the middle of a bonafide investigation. But Stern has no idea that the key to this case lies in his own past…

This graphic novel is about Stern, an Undertaker in Kansas. One day, he’s called to collect the body of a man who died in a brothel and, upon performing an autopsy, he discovers that the man was, in fact, murdered.

The characters of the story were quite interesting. The main character was quiet and mysterious which made him a very intriguing character.

The story was okay. It wasn’t mind-blowing but I still enjoyed it.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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Crossline REVIEW

Crossline by Russ Colchamiro

Published March 2013

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 338

Source: Sent to me in exchange for an honest review

Hotdog pilot Marcus Powell has been selected to test Taurus Enterprises’ Crossline prototype craft and its newly developed warp thrusters, which, if successful, will revolutionize space travel as we know it.

But during his jaunt across the stars, Powell is forced into a parallel universe — including a parallel Earth — where he finds himself at the center of an epic battle he may have been destined for all along.

Meanwhile, back home, reclusive oil tycoon and Taurus CEO Buddy Rheams Jr. — who sent Powell on that very mission — has a mysterious past and a secret agenda, one that could prevent Powell from ever making it back to his wife and little girl.

From author Russ Colchamiro, Crossline is a psychedelic, action-packed science fantasy romp across time, space, and dimension that asks the question: once you cross the line, can you ever really go back?

When Marcus Powell is chosen to test the brand new Taurus warp thrusters, he would never guess he would be thrown into an alternative war-torn version of Earth, Aretha. There, he meets some strange people and starts having some weird visions. On Earth, his wife, Chandra, and their daughter, Jesse, try to cope with Powell’s disappearence.

Right from the beginning, I got the impression that the author tried to make Powell similar to Watney from The Martian. Yet, contrarily to Watney, I did not care for Powell, nor his family in the way the author wanted readers to do. The only character that I was genuinely interested in was Buddy, even though his story ended up being easily predictable.

The story, in itself, was good. There was an interesting mix of people and the plot had potencial. However, about 30% into the book, the story started to drag. I knew certain things were going to happen but it took a long time for the story to develop, which made it REALLY boring. About 80-85% in, it got traction and the pace was much better but it didn’t salvage the rest of the book, unfortunately. Also, the plot twists were easy to predict and it was frustrating to only “discover” things at the end of the book that you guessed almost in the beginning.

All things considered, it was a mediocre book.

Rating: 2.5 stars

“Oh, we always have a choice, son. Trick is findin’ a way to live with ’em.”

Wrap up

May Wrap up

Another month, another wrap up. Let’s start!

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As you already know, I was part of the Crossline blog tour so I decided to start off the month by reading Crossline by Russ Colchamiro. I have a full review that will be coming up soon so you can keep an eye out for that. To summarize, this book is about space travel and alternative realities. The story had potencial but it was poorly written. I was bored most of the book.

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After that, my sister recommended Mage & Demon Queen which is available for free on Webtoon. This graphic novel is about a mage, Malori, who, instead of wanting to kill the Demon Queen, wants to date her. It’s very funny and light hearted, I recommend it.

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Then, I read The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell. I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while and finally picked it up from the library. I enjoyed it so much that I even purchased my own copy! This book is set in the 9th century and follows the life of Uthred since he was a child when, during a battle, he was abducted by the Danes to live amongst them. I really enjoyed this novel and can’t wait to read more soon. It was my first Bernard Cornwell novel and I’m impressed!

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After that, I read Chicken Tenders which is the 9th volume of Chew. This graphic novel series is about Tony Chu, who is a cibopath. I enjoyed this graphic novel but the ending broke my heart! Can’t wait to read the next volume.

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Finally, I started reading Muted, also on Webtoon. It is about Camille, who was born in the Severin family, however, after the traditional family ritual takes an unnexpected turn, Camille is left wondering if she really is a Severin. This webtoon is fantastic. The art is beautiful and the story keeps you glued to your screen. I recommend it. As with Mage & Demon Queen, it is free on Webtoon.

And that’s it! Have you read any of these books? Let me know!

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May Book Haul

The books I books I bought this month were:

  • Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
  • Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
  • The Last Kingdom and The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
  • Fear the Dark by Chris Mooney
  • The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George
  • Deception Point by Dan Brown
  • The Love Letter by Lucinda Riley
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Crossline Promo + Giveaway (Blog Tour)

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Welcome to the blog tour for Sci-Fi/ Adventure CROSSLINE, by Russ Colchamiro. I have an excerpt, book trailer, and a giveaway for you all today.

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First Published: March 2013

Genre: Science Fiction/ Fantasy

“A high-flying adventure of a novel, filled with ambitious ideas and a breathtaking conclusion.” — The Leighgendarium

In the SciFi/Fantasy spirit of Firefly, Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Stargate, and Escape from New York…

Hotdog pilot Marcus Powell has been selected to test Taurus Enterprises’ Crossline prototype craft and its newly developed warp thrusters, which, if successful, will revolutionize space travel as we know it.

But during his jaunt across the stars, Powell is forced into a parallel universe — including a parallel Earth — where he finds himself at the center of an epic battle he may have been destined for all along.

Meanwhile, back home, reclusive oil tycoon and Taurus CEO Buddy Rheams Jr. — who sent Powell on that very mission — has a mysterious past and a secret agenda, one that could prevent Powell from ever making it back to his wife and little girl.

From author Russ Colchamiro, Crossline is a psychedelic, action-packed romp across time, space, and dimension that asks the question: once you cross the line, can you ever really go back?

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Excerpt

The warp engines were ready for the first of six return blasts it would take to get him back to Earth, when a blip came across the screen. Powell shifted toward the incoming message, but his short-range sensor interrupted him. Something in the Saturn rings. Video amplification revealed that among a cluster of particles was an odd-shaped fragment, with sharper, more reflective edges than he would expect. But he supposed that after debris crashed around over millions if not billions of years, who knew what was really out there? He looked again. Probably nothing of consequence. Just some lagging hallucination from the multiple warps.

As suspected. Just ice particles swirling around the planet. Billions of frozen blue ice particles floating in space that—

Powell focused his monitor on the third ring layer. Studying it more carefully, his sensors revealed that the particle cluster wasn’t in the Saturn ring, but among it. The fragment wasn’t ran- dom, a collection of dust, or some anomalous asteroid fragment.

It was another ship. Looking just like Crossline. And headed his way.

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About the Author

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Russ Colchamiro is the author of the space adventure, Crossline, the SF/F comedy series Finders Keepers: The Definitive Edition, Genius de Milo, and Astropalooza, and is editor of the SF anthology Love, Murder & Mayhem, all with Crazy 8 Press.

Russ lives in New Jersey with his wife, two ninjas, and crazy dog Simon, who may in fact be an alien himself. Russ has also contributed to several other anthologies, including Tales of the Crimson Keep, Pangaea, Altered States of the Union, Camelot 13, TV Gods 2, They Keep Killing Glenn, Thrilling Adventure Yarns, and Brave New Girls.

He is now working on the first novel in a new series featuring his hardboiled private eye Angela Hardwicke, and the first of three collaborative novella projects.

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Blog Tour Schedule

May 27th

Reads & Reels (Excerpt) http://readsandreels.com

She Marie (Excerpt) https://shemarieblogs.com/

Tranquil Dreams (Review) https://klling.wordpress.com/

Didi Oviatt (Excerpt) https://didioviatt.wordpress.com

Tsarina Press (Excerpt) https://www.tsarinapress.com

May 28th

The Magic of Wor(l)ds (Interview) http://themagicofworlds.wordpress.com

Ity Reads Books (Review) http://www.ityreadsbooks.home.blog

The Book Dragon (Review) thebookdragondotblog.wordpress.com

Breakeven Books (Excerpt) https://breakevenbooks.com

May 29th

The Faerie Review (Review) http://www.thefaeriereview.com

Audio Killed the Bookmark (Excerpt) http://audiokilledthebookmark.wordpress.com

Reading Nook (Excerpt) http://readingnook84.wordpress.com

May 30th

That Nerdy Girl (Promo) http://thatonenerdygirlblog.wordpress.com

Triquetra Reviews (Excerpt) http://www.triquetrareviews.blogspot.com

Reviews by Nyx (Excerpt) https://nyxblogs.wordpress.com/

May 31st

Every Book Counts (Promo) https://everybookcountsblog.wordpress.com/

Jessica Belmont (Review) http://jessicabelmont.wordpress.com

Dash Fan Book Reviews (Excerpt) https://dashfan81.blogspot.com/

Sophril Reads (Excerpt) http://sophrilreads.wordpress.com

The Consulting Writer (Excerpt) https://theconsultingwriter.wordpress.com

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Empress (Book One) REVIEW

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Empress Book One by Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen

Published February 14th 2017

Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Pages: 192

Source: Borrowed it

Imagine you’re married to the worst bad guy from your favorite sci-fi movie. An alien dictator feared throughout the universe, who will kill you if you leave – but you need to escape for the sake of your three children. That’s the life of Queen Emporia. All she has is her wits, her bodyguard, and three guns to get her kids across the galaxy – and her husband Morax’s forces are in hot pursuit. Easy, right? Their desperate race for their lives will take them through interplanetary war zones, across dead worlds and into the path of monstrous beasts! Danger piles upon danger when slavers circle and a tribal priestess thirsts for a blood sacrifice! All the while, Morax executes anyone and everyone in his way. Welcome to Empress , your new favorite comic!

When Queen Emporia gets fed up with her dictator husband’s ways, she run away with her guard and her children. When Morax finds out about his wife’s disappearance, he sets out to find her and make her suffer the consequences.

I had never heard of this graphic novel before so I didn’t really know what to expect from it. the cover was pretty and it interested me enough to make me want to read it at some point.

This story was fantastic. the characters, the plot, everything fit together wonderfully to create this outstanding book. It reminds me a lot of Saga, another graphic novel series that I love, mixed with Low.

It was full of action in the pacing was just right. The characters were captivating, which made the graphic novel even better.

I would love to re read this book and, if possible, continue on with the series once the next volume comes out.

Needless to say, I recommend this graphic novel to anyone who likes science fiction graphic novels.

Rating: 5 stars