Max’s passion for fantastic stories began with weekly trips to the comic book store as a child. Now an English teacher at a boarding school, he is always reading. Max has written for sites like Geeks of Doom and SF Signal, where he created the Indie Author Spotlight. Max lives in Connecticut with his wife – who graciously embraces his need to display action figures all over the house – and daughter, who is inheriting her parents’ affinity for books. 

Dragon Ball Z Box Set (Dragon Ball Z #1-26) by Akira Toriyama - Book Review 11, Oct

The English dubbed version of the Dragon Ball Z anime first aired in the United States in 1996 when I was in the 5th grade. The exhilaration I felt was almost overwhelming as I watched the hero Tien Shinhan battle it out with the powerful Saiyan, Nappa (yes, this being the first episode I’d seen, I thought Tien was the hero of the show). That pure excitement only enhanced as I told my friends about Dragon Ball Z, and the show would become our obsession for years to come. For whatever the reason may be, I never attempted the jump to the source material – the Japanese manga by Akira Toriyama – despite being an avid comic book reader; that is, until now. My wife recently bought me the complete Dragon Ball Z manga box set and as I quickly devoured the 26 volume series, waves of nostalgia overtook me. 

Until All Curses Are Lifted (Heart Of Fire #1) by Tim Frankovich - SPFBO 2020 Book Review 28, Sep

For my sixth and final SPFBO 2020 book review for BookNest, I review Tim Frankovich’s Until All Curses Are Lifted.

Grinidon Volumes 1 and 2 by J. Miles Dunn - Book Review 13, Sep

“I’m not asking you to forgive him, what I’m asking for is a chance for the realm to survive.”