THE DARK NET BY BENJAMIN PERCY

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt August 1, 2017   Change or die. Everything gets updated. We don’t do it that way anymore. We’ve all heard this before. Who remembers phone numbers anymore? Not me. They’re all in my phone. Remember calling a number for the weather report? Not anymore. There’s an app for that. And for banking. And for checking in for your flight to visit your Aunt May. And so on. And so on. But some things never change. Being a good person. Taking care of your family. Protecting the world from the forces of Darkness. Benjamin Percy, author of the stunning RED MOON as well as GREEN ARROW and TEEN TITANS for DC Comics, now gives...

THE WOMAN FROM PRAGUE BY ROB HART

It’s a fact that no matter what, people change. Humans are a product of their experiences. The good things and the bad things all go into the messy, bitter stew of our souls. These are the things that make us the people that we are. This is also one of the biggest differences between real life people and the pop culture creations that we all like reading about. Fact-is-fact: After 76 years, Captain America is still Captain America. There may be controversial stories here and there, but at the end of the day, Cap will still be Cap. Fans have been reading about Jack Reacher kicking ass for 21 novels, with the comforting fact that the...

Review of THE REBELLION’S LAST TRAITOR BY NIK KORP...

June 1st,2017 Angry Robot Genre is just a method to tell a bookseller or librarian where to shelve your novel. But the beauty of genre is really, how can you bend it, how can you play with it and bend it to your story’s needs? A western can take place in modern day times, with riders on motorcycles instead of horses. A murder mystery can take place in a castle in the misty depths of the past. And with THE REBELLION’S LAST TRAITOR, Nik Korpon gives us a political thriller dressed in the trappings of ravaged dystopian future. Korpon gives us just enough background information to set the reader firmly in this world, and then sets the reader...

CROSSING GENRES BY NIK KORPON Jun06

CROSSING GENRES BY NIK KORPON

I used to collect a lot of records when I was in my teens and early twenties. Not as many as my friends, who’d have whole bookcases full of them, but I had a couple hundred or so. Some of them were bad hardcore and punk bands I picked up at various shows, some were great, dusty jazz and blues records I found in the dollar bin. Some I’d picked up specifically because I knew that the girl who sat next to me in freshman math liked those bands, and we had a standing arrangement where I’d trade her records in exchange for her helping me not fail the class. (I’m really, really bad at math.) Some—like my limited edition “Do the Bartman”...

THE WINTER OVER BY MATTHEW IDEN

Thomas & Mercer 2017   Dog bites man is not news. But, man bites dog? Now you’ve got my attention. There’s nothing new under the sun, or in between the covers of a book. What grabs a readers attention is not the lack of tropes, but what new spin an author puts on those tropes. This is an idea author Matthew Iden takes full advantage of in his tension filled novel THE WINTER OVER. The trope that Iden is working with here is the standard locked room mystery. But when your “locked room” is in fact a research facility located at the bottom of the world, completely shrouded in darkness for months on end and totally cut off from the rest...