When the world has already gone to hell, how much worse could it actually get? In C.T. Phipps’s Cthulhu Armageddon, the answer is a lot. It can and will get a lot worse.
I belong to a few genre readers and writers groups on Facebook and for the past few years have heard so much hype over Dyrk Ashton’s Paternus Trilogy. The recommendations have been so positive and frequent that I was compelled to support Ashton’s Kickstarter campaigns for each novel in the series without having read any of them. That all changed recently when I noticed a one-credit deal on Audible for the entire trilogy, unable to resist. Well, having just finished the final installment – War of Gods – let me tell you: like the gods of myth and legend, the hype is real.
I first encountered David Moody’s writing through his The Final War series, a trilogy of books that I found to get better – and more brutal – as it progressed. I’ve been curious, however, about his Autumn series for a long while, though not really knowing too much about it other than it’s Moody’s take on the zombie genre. With the upcoming release of Autumn: Dawn, the first book in The London Trilogy – and a perfect jumping on point, I might add – I can safely say that nothing has changed other than Moody becoming even deadlier with a pen (or a keyboard – I’m not entirely sure what his writing process looks like).
Minor spoilers below!
As noted in past reviews, I love finding and supporting novels on Kickstarter by indie authors, and I especially love when the novels turn out to be good. Not only is Last Road to the Backwoods by Matt Soffe and Michelle Soffe good, but three and a half months into 2021, it’s currently one of the best books I’ve read this year – in a genre that I’m familiar with, but don’t often dabble in: noir/horror.
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.
This is not BookNest’s official SPFBO 6 review of Black Stone Heart. I’m reviewing Black Stone Heart because I personally feel that I have to. I’m reviewing it because it’s just so freaking good.
What would you do for the ones you love? Whom would you betray if it meant the betterment of the many? What is a true family – blood or found, and which one takes precedent when freedom is at stake? C.L. Clark explores all of these questions in The Unbroken, an achingly personal and epic tale where moral quandaries abound.
Life can be hard. It can toss us through the gauntlet, time and time again, and continue to kick us on our way out. So why, then, is life worth living? In Short Complex, a short story collection by Eisner and Ringo award winning writer Chuck Brown, this is just one of the intriguing moral dilemmas that his protagonists face, and are forced to – for better or worse – respond to.