Influences

I fell in love with reading in third grade, the year they started the Accelerated Reading program at my elementary school.  You read a book, you take a test and you earn points, usually around 5 to 10 points per book depending on the length.  These points didn’t really matter towards a grade but points that could be accumulated and used for bragging rights? Impress the teachers? I really just read A Lot and now had a reason to indulge.

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Feelings…talking about feelings

I came across this nice little nugget here while pursuing writing references on Tumblr, and I had to share it here for those about to embark on their month-long journey into madness that is NaNoWriMo.  It is a very valuable reference and I hope it helps out.

http://writingfrenzies.tumblr.com/post/65478979227/potentpotions-star-spoopywholock-trek

-M

The Book Stockpile of 2009

Because we all know the apocalypse is coming, in one fashion or another, and I want to be prepared with something to spend my days until I either a.) waste away from radiation; b.) get eaten by a zombie/abducted by aliens, etc or c.) die of old age. And so the book stockpile came to be.

Between audiobooks, e-books and dead-tree books, the stockpile should at least take me into 2010 without be going mad, and I’m always adding to it.

So what is in the stockpile so far, you ask?

Audiobooks:
Ancestor by Scott Sigler
Antithesis by J. Daniel Sawyer
Eden by Phil Rossi
Erotica a la carte by Philippa Ballantine
Fried Green Zombies by John Allen
Gearheart by Alex White
Jack Wakes Up by Seth Harwood
Weather Child by Philippa Ballantine

Kindle E-Books:
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Blood Engines by T.A. Pratt
The Bounty by Beth Williamson
Bridge of the Serpent God by John Peter Drummond
Catastrophe’s Spell by Mayer Alan Brenner
Codex Alera: Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
Codex Alera: Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher
Codex Alera: Cursor’s Fury by Jim Butcher
Concrete Jungle by Charles Stross
Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels
Dark Becoming by Marcus Mebes
Fire-Tongue by Sax Rohmer
Geek Mafia by Rick Dakan
Geek Mafia: Mile Zero by Rick Dakan
Halo by Tom Maddox
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
(Finished the entire Temeraire series a week ago and LOVED it!)
The Infinite Sea by Jeffrey Carver
Kiss Me Deadly by Michele Hauf
Neptune Crossing by Jeffrey Carver
Trail of Space Pirates by Carey Rockwell
Spell of Intrigue by Mayer Alan Brenner
Star Dragon by Mike Brotherton
Strange Attractors by Jeffrey Carver
Sunborn by Jeffrey Carver

Dead-Tree Books:
The Road by Cormac
Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint by Nancy Kress
Common Sense by Glenn Beck

To Be Added:
Tim Dorsey

M

Review: Crescent by Phil Rossi

Crescent by Phil Rossi
Genre: SciFi Horror
Available at Podiobooks.com
Features the band Chrysalis

Note, the blah blah disclaimer: It is recommended for mature audiences and not appropriate for minors, so keep the little ones away.

This morning I finished listening to Crescent by Phil Rossi. Crescent is a blend of science fiction and horror, and Rossi does it well. It has the feel of Stephen King and little Lovecraft, with sex, violence and terrifying things waiting for you in the dark. His twists keep you on your feet and have you gripping the edge of your seat, begging for more.

Its a great plot, and I thoroughly enjoyed the tale he’s spun here. Its dark without being cheesy or overdone. You really get the feel of the characters, finding yourself immersed in the conflicts surrounding them. Their struggles, desires, and accomplishments become real, which makes their fear all the more palpable.

And there is plenty to fear on Crescent. I hope you’re not afraid of the dark.

M