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These are the chronicles of a book addict, a photo junkie, and an aspiring author, rewriting the very fabric of reality one page (and one snapshot) at a time. From the strange to the unusual; the abandoned to the abnormal; the haunted to the historic; the supernatural to the surreal; the forests of dark fantasy, the cemeteries of gothic horror, and the post-apocalyptic ruins of science fiction are the landscapes of my imagination.
A busy week this time around, book-ended by a couple of author visits, with some great features and reviews in between.
Just a few new additions this week, all them small/indie press titles that I'm excited about.
First up is The Shadow Cartel by Layton Green, the latest in his Dominic Greyseries, which puts a paranormal spin on the international thriller genre. Each book in the series has been better than the last, so I'm really excited to see what this latest adventure will bring.
Next up is Through A Glass Darkly, the just released haunted house horror taleDonald Allen Kirch, which will be my third read from his shelves. I've already enjoyed his old-school brand of vampires, bloody and monstrously evil, so I have high hopes for his take on hauntings.
Finally we have Heart of a Lion, the first book of Dark Sun Dawn by Stephen Zimmer. I've heard a lot about Rayden Valkyrie, bane of the wicked and corrupt, and the most loyal and dedicated of friends. Zimmer's know for his epic fantasy novels, so I'm excited about this one.
• The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
A very oriental kind of fantasy, with a pantheon of gods and floating airships, in which we journey across seven kingdoms with two young men who find their friendship tested by ideas of justice and power, leading them into to war.
• Vostok by Steve Alten
A 5 million-year-old subglacial lake located beneath two-and-a-half miles of ice in Antarctica, a team of scientists and covert operatives, a prehistoric monster, and evidence of extraterrestrial life with huge implications all adds up to epic adventure.