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.
I had learned a couple of months ago that Michael R. Fletcher and Clayton W. Snyder would be releasing a novel together. I had no idea what the book would be about, but I immediately jumped at the chance to review it, as I had no doubt in my mind that it would be a uniquely maddening and wild experience. As most who’ve read the works of Fletcher and Snyder, I’ve grown accustomed to being genuinely awed, thrilled, and disturbed whenever delving into one of their books. And holy crap was I not disappointed with Norylska Groans!
I tend to frequent Kickstarter in hopes of finding and supporting unique and enticing indie books/comics creators. I’ve had some excellent luck in the past, while at the same time backing some less than stellar projects. The Monuments, an upcoming graphic novel by Michael S. Bracco, Oliver Mertz, and Mike Isenberg, is a book that deserves attention upon its Kickstarter launch.
When I recently reviewed Black Stone Heart, the first book in The Obsidian Path series by Michael R. Fletcher, I was cautiously hopeful that book two – She Dreams in Blood – would be just as good as its predecessor. The second book in any series can be a hard task to complete for an author, both in terms of character and plot development, but also in pleasing the readers while maintaining true to the narrative. Not that it’s all about me (although I suppose it is for this review?), but damn if this isn’t one of the finest sequels I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.