Indie Focus: Review Of Just Breathe By Sarah Doughty


URBAN FANTASY’S BEST KEPT SECRET!

AN UNFORGETTABLE HEROINE MUST DISCOVER HERSELF IN ORDER TO CONQUER THE DEMONS OF HER PAST BEFORE IT DESTROYS HER

 

Book CoverJust Breathe
(Earthen Witch, Book 1)

Sarah Doughty

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 409 Pages
Date: 28th April 2015

ISBN-13: 978-1310871580

 
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A young writer burdened with terrible psychological baggage from her past, struggles to make sense of her life and who she is in the wake of discovering a long-held family secret revealed by her recently deceased grandmother. If learning that she is a witch wasn’t hard enough to contend with, nothing can prepare her for being thrust to the centre of an unseen conflict in the paranormal world that will see her confronted by those who wish to destroy her, those who wish to steal her power, and an implacable enemy determined to do both. If she is to survive, she must be stronger than she’s ever been before. Stronger than she believes she can be.

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Review: Blood Price By Tanya Huff


NOTHING IN LIFE IS FREE…

A GREAT PROTAGONIST JUST ISN’T ENOUGH TO ELEVATE THIS RUN-OF-THE-MILL STORY TO GREAT HEIGHTS.

 

Book CoverBlood Price
(Vicki Nelson Series, Book 1)

Tanya Huff

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Orbit
Format: Paperback, 336 Pages
Date: 7th October 2004 (First Published 1991)

ISBN-10: 1841493562
ISBN-13: 978-1841493565

 
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A series of brutal murders in Toronto gives rise to sensationalist reports about a vampire terrorising the city; all the victims had their throats torn out and their bodies drained of blood. Of course, nobody―not even the headline writers―believes that vampires are real, and one man in the city has a vested interest in ensuring this remains the case. Henry Fitzroy sleeps during the day, works at night, and hasn’t noticeably aged in four centuries. Joining forces with a former detective turned private investigator, Vicki Nelson, he sets out to eliminate a supernatural killer before anyone discovers there is more to him than meets the eye.

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Review: Undead And Unwed By MaryJanice Davidson


CHICK-LIT IN URBAN FANTASY CLOTHING!

A HEROINE WHO MAKES SOOKIE SEEM DEEP. A TALE SO BAD IT’S GOOD ENOUGH TO BE A GUILTY PLEASURE.

 

Book CoverUndead And Unwed
(Queen Betsy Series, Book 1)

MaryJanice Davidson

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Piatkus
Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Date: 2nd February 2006 (First Published 2004)

ISBN-10: 0749936452
ISBN-13: 978-0749936457

 
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There are certain books that can only be enjoyed when approached as guilty pleasures, not to be taken too seriously (or at all). MaryJanice Davidson’s comedic urban fantasy debut, Undead And Unwed is one such book that’s so bad it’s good enough to qualify. But in taking the comedy route the author cleverly sidesteps a lot of potential criticism of her story’s lack of literary merit by establishing that this is a book not to be taken seriously. It is played for laughs from beginning to end, and reads much like a supernatural incarnation of Ally McBeal.

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Review: Queen Of The Slayers By Nancy Holder


SUNNYDALE WAS ONLY THE WARM-UP…

NO VACATION. NO BENEFITS. AND THE ONLY RETIREMENT IS AN EARLY DEATH. THIS BOOK SHOULD LIKEWISE BE PUT OUT OF ITS MISERY.

 

Book CoverQueen Of The Slayers
(Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

Nancy Holder

Genre: Media Tie-in, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Pocket Books
Format: Paperback, 392 Pages
Date: 30th June 2014 (First Published 2009)

ISBN-10: 1500369489
ISBN-13: 978-1500369484

 
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It has been mentioned in a previous book review that media tie-in novels have a poor reputation, and that this negative perception is well earned. There’s no need to repeat, here, the various reasons for this; it is enough to state that everything wrong with media tie-in novels is present in Queen Of The Slayers―a hopelessly irredeemable Buffy The Vampire Slayer novel. As a result, this review will likely be very short given that this book has practically nothing going for it.

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Review: Master Of Crows By Grace Draven


A ROMANCE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!

EQUAL PARTS FANTASY AND ROMANCE THIS MUST READ TALE SKILLFULLY BLENDS EVERYTHING THAT’S GOOD ABOUT BOTH GENRES

 

Book CoverMaster Of Crows
(Master Of Crows, Book 1)

Grace Draven

Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Self-Published (Createspace)
Format: Paperback, 392 Pages
Date: 30th June 2014 (First Published 2009)

ISBN-10: 1500369489
ISBN-13: 978-1500369484

 
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There has long been a stigma attached to self-published books. It is generally assumed that such works are of poor quality, and of lesser merit for lacking the validation of a publishing house behind them. In other words, a self-published author is a writer who wasn’t good enough to get an agent let alone a publishing contract. This attitude isn’t entirely unjustified. There is an abundance of material out there that isn’t fit to be published, and the advent of the ereader and the associated ebook marketplaces (most notably Amazon’s Kindle Store) has exacerbated the quantity of dreck available. However, the automatic assumption that self-published books are less worthwhile has started to shift. An increasing number of self-published gems are being unearthed by readers prepared to look, and among them is Master Of Crows.

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Indie Focus: Interview With Self-Published Author K.S. Villoso


YOUR FUTURE FAVOURITE FILIPINA FANTASY AUTHOR!

K.S. VILLOSO IS A FASCINATING WRITER ON A ONE WOMAN MISSION TO OUTDO BRANDON SANDERSON IN THE WORD COUNT STAKES

 

ImageI’m so pleased to have dragged another victim interviewee into The Interrogation Room here on Another World; I don’t get to do it nearly often enough. Today it’s the turn of a fellow participant in this year’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off organised by Mark Lawrence.

Originally hailing from the Philippines, before emigrating to Canada in her teens, K.S. Villoso is an independent fantasy author who you may not be familiar with today, though that’s certain to change in the not too distant future.

It’s not often I find myself fascinated by someone (most people bore me, truth be told) but following Kay on social media over the last few weeks and months has given me a glimpse of a woman who intrigues me greatly. I feel very fortunate that Kay agreed to be interviewed as it has provided me with just a little more insight into a writer who is creative, passionate about her craft, and very funny. (Not to mention she is insanely prolific.)

Now all you lucky readers, please enjoy the interview. You, too, will learn more about Kay’s life and experiences, her writing and influences, her thoughts on self-publishing, why she loves fantasy, what drives her to keep writing, and her hopes for the future. I’m sure you’ll find her as intriguing as I do.

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Indie Focus: Spotlight On The Exercise Of Vital Powers By Ian Gregoire


AN #SPFBO 2017 PLUCKY ALSO-RAN

YOUR INTRODUCTION TO THE SURPRISE PACKAGE ENTRY CLOSEST TO MY HEART…BECAUSE I WROTE IT

 

At this time of writing, close to half the original 300 entries for this year’s Self Published Fantasy Blog Off have been eliminated from the competition. So far, one of the ten judges has already chosen a finalist from the 30 titles assigned to him, while eight of the other nine judges are currently whittling down there piles to a shortlist of semi-finalists from which they will chose their finalist.

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Review: Club Dead By Charlaine Harris


SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLUBBED TO DEATH

A BOOK EVERY BIT AS VAPID AND VACUOUS AS ITS SIMPLE-MINDED PROTAGONIST

 

Book CoverClub Dead
(The Southern Vampire Mysteries, Book 3)

Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Gollancz
Format: Paperback, 288 Pages
Date: 20th October 2011 (First Published 2003)

ISBN-10: 0575117044
ISBN-13: 978-0575117044

 
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From the outset, Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries has been a series that is best approached as a guilty pleasure of the “so bad it’s good” variety; for most readers this is the only hope of getting any enjoyment from reading the books. But even the adoption of this mindset is not enough to make book three, Club Dead, anything other than an awful read.

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Review: Superman Red Son By Mark Millar


NATURE OVERCOMES NURTURE

IN THE ELSEWORLDS ALTERNATE REALITY YOU CAN RELY ON SUPERMAN REMAINING THE SAME OLD MAN OF STEEL

 

Book CoverSuperman: Red Son
(An Elseworlds Story)

Mark Millar

Genre: Graphic Novel, Superheroes
Publisher: DC Comics
Format: Paperback, 168 Pages
Date: 15th April 2014 (First Published 2003)

ISBN-10: 1401247113
ISBN-13: 978-1401247119

 
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Despite being unarguably the world’s most recognisable superhero it is much harder to make a case for Superman being the most popular; certainly it’s far from being the truth today in the 21st century. The principal reason for this obvious discrepancy is the all too apparent reality that the Last Son of Krypton just isn’t perceived to be cool any more (if he ever was) in the way other comic book characters such as Batman, Spider-man, and Wolverine are. As for why Kal-El lacks the cool factor that many of his rivals possess, it’s entirely down to two things: firstly, he is such an unambiguously flawless personality whose virtuousness makes for a boring character; secondly, he is generally always depicted as being so overpowered that nothing and no one ever genuinely poses a threat to him (which again makes him less than interesting).

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