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Review: Clay

Clay
Clay by Tony Bertauski

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received this copy in exchange for a review.

WARNING: This review contains mild spoilers.

I have mixed emotions about this novel. Parts of it are so very well done, that the parts that come up a little short are glaring.
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Review: Into the Dark

Into the Dark
Into the Dark by J.A. Sutherland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

DISCLAIMER: I received this copy in exchange for a review.

WARNING: This review contains mild spoilers.

This is not a hard (or even mild) science fiction story. You need to set your expectations from the start. _Into the Dark_ sets the stage as an epic space fantasy of operatic proportions. Once you wrap your mind around science-as-magic, this is a fast-paced, enjoyable read and, a wonderful introduction to Science Fiction for Middle-Grades to YA.
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Review: Dawn’s Early Light

Affiliate LinkToday is the release day for Dawn’s Early Light, the third novel in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. This novel is a road trip!

In brief, Books and Braun are sent across the pond to consult with agents of The Office of the Supernatural and Metaphysical regarding a case of missing airships and run across my favorite set of villains, the House of Usher! From there a madcap adventure ensues, providing all the fun, gadgetry, and derring-do of the previous novels. There are cameos galore, the Ministry’s version of ‘Q-Branch,’ steam powered cars, pop culture Easter Eggs, and  a surprising twist at the end.

Saddle up, and be forewarned; spoilers abound!

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Review: “The Forbidden Pose” from Dirty Magick: Los Angeles

Dirty Magick: LA Lots of exciting news this week. Project Blackford is in full swing. I’m organizing and compiling my research. The full on writing effort begins this weekend. After reviewing this universe’s canon, I’ve had to scrap my initial approach and revamp. It’s been very exciting!

The paper back edition of Dirty Magick: Los Angeles is available at Amazon. I’m pretty excited about that. I have an Amazon’s author page, complete with creepy photo which will be replaced as soon as I get the opportunity. That page is here. It still says “Paul Ellis.” Hopefully I can get the middle initial added without too much trouble.

My fellow writers in the anthology are a seasoned group. Without any spoilers, I’ll be reviewing their stories over the next couple of weeks or so.
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Reviewed: Phoenix Rising By Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel It’s the highly anticipated, often promised, much delayed and completely unsolicited review of Pip and Tee’s Phoenix Rising! Yup, I finally finished it, after a series of fits and starts that won’t be named here.

Grab your brass goggles, pith helmet and Webley … the game’s afoot! From their explosive first hello until the thundering finale, Eliza D. Braun (Field Agent) and Wellington Thornhill Books, Esquire (Chief Archivist) deliver a crackle and spark worthy of Powell and Loy!

I consider myself something of a steampunk purist, if there is such an animal, and this tale suits my Victorian cup of tea quite nicely. Set in a London that never was (sometime between March/April 1894 and January 1901), we have airships, a madcap coach chase through the downtown streets, a secret society bent on world domination, a series of Lovecraftian deaths and steam powered cyborgs!

I wish I’d had the time to sit down and read this all at once! It is extremely well written, with fully realized characters and engaging situations. This is no surprise as both Pip and Tee have rather impressive personal publishing pedigrees. I’m not really sure this qualifies as a freshman effort, even if it is the first book they have co-authored.
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