This has been a rather good week for discovering reviews. Here are the highlights. To read the full review, click the link.
“If you’re a comic fan, this will fit you to a tee, and even if you’re not, this is still a collection of well written and fun stories.” 4 1/2 Stars, David L. Felts, SF Reader.com
Congrats to Gail Z. Martin, Larry N. Martin, John L. French, James M. Ward, and Drew Bittner for being highlighted in the review.
“Personally I found the Side of Evil stories to be more enjoyable, but that may be personal alignment.” 3 Stars, Danny, Goodreads
“I tried not to let my personal love of CJ affect my rating here but, thankfully, the stories were all wonderful enough that it becomes a nonissue.” 5 Stars, Joshua Hair, Goodreads
“I liked this book, and if you are a steampunk or fairy tale fan, this you will probably like it, too.” 3 Stars, Laura, Goodreads
“This anthology of Fantasy stories is quite excellent. There was not one weak story here.” 5 Stars, Jeff Miller, Goodreads
Congrats to Christine Norris, Bernie Mojzes, and Jonah Knight for being highlighted in this week’s review.
“I appreciated that most stories, while building upon the foundations of original tales, didn’t hesitate to stray from them at some point, instead of being “mere” retellings almost identical to their inspirations.” 4 Stars, Yzabel, Amazon
Just wanted to share with you a bit of good news. We were contacted by The Steampunk Journal this morning to inform us they had reviewed Gaslight & Grimm. It has received a score of 9.3 out of 10 and been awarded the Splendid! Award.
Congrats go to Elaine Corvidae, Jody Lynn Nye, Danny Birt, Jean Marie Ward, Bernie Mojzes, Jonah Knight, and Christine Norris for being spotlighted in the review.
“Gaslight & Grimm can easily be considered a class act. […] If you like steampunk and fairy-tales, then I highly recommend this book. It will keep you thoroughly entertained again and again.” Nemma Wollenfang, The Steampunk Journal
ON A SEMI-RELATED NOTE
We are one week in to our current Kickstarter campaign. This is our first novel campaign and we are featuring books by two bestselling authors, Jack Campbell and Brenda Cooper. If you could help us spread the word or even check it out yourself, that would be great. The URL is http://tiny.cc/Novels2016
Here is are the descriptions of the books:
THE SISTER PARADOX
by Jack Campbell
Liam is his parents’ only child, and that’s just fine with him.
Until the day the sister-he-never-had shows up at school.
Just to make it worse, the sword-wielding Kari tells him they have an important quest to complete.
And that’s how Liam finds himself dragged into another world, facing basilisks and unicorns, cursed objects, elves, and even a dragon, all magical and dangerous, but none more so than the sister he didn’t have until that morning. A sister who turns out to be quite good with her sword, and ready to use it when faced with things like a dragon as long as her brother is at her side.
Liam begins to realize two things: it’s going to be a very long day, and having a sister can be weird.
But most unsettling of all, he’s not sure he minds…
by Brenda Cooper
The world, for some, has crumbled.
Disease and natural disasters have brought on social collapse in the Pacific Northwest.
For Sage, born and raised in the safe haven of the Oregon Botanical Gardens, that has never been more than academic. What more could she ask for than to be safe and fed?
But life in the Garden is static.
Sage longs to experience the world beyond the Garden walls as society climbs from the chaos. Her reckless exploration forces her elders to give her a choice: Stay here, hidden in safety, or go and never return.
Sage chooses to leave.
Will she learn soon enough on her journey that the world outside the Garden follows no law?
That there is no predator more dangerous than man?
Will she learn soon enough that to rebuild the world one must be ready to fight for it?
She will need to if she chooses to live.
I’m off to Star Trek Mission NY today (come see me in booth #331), but congrats go out to James Chambers and Christine Norris for wowing this reviewer sufficiently that he was compelled to write his review before he even finished the rest of the book.
“The re-imagining of these tales are brilliant […] If you enjoy steampunk or fantasy literature, this is a must read.” 5 Stars, James, GoodReads
A quiet week for reviews, but here is one lovely gem:
“As a collection, Gaslight & Grimm is an absolute delight. There isn’t a single story in this that falls flat, and the mix of genres and themes, tales and characters, makes for a wonderfully varied and interesting anthology.” Kate Coe, SFFWorld
Congratulations to Christine Norris, Bernie Mojzes, Danny Birt, and Jonah Knight for writing the reviewer’s favorite stories in the collection.
It’s been a busy week for eSpec on the review front. Here are our favorites. Click on the links to view the full review:
“The stories were imaginative, well-written, and included characters who evoked emotional responses, both good and bad. I can’t identify a single story that I’d not recommend.” 5 Stars, V. Hartman DiSanto, Amazon
“Throughout Gaslight and Grimm, the stories are illustrated with the delicate woodcuts of Dustin Blottenberger which add a further folkloric feeling to the collection of super, sinister and delightful tales.
If you love the grimness of Grimm and the weird whimsy of Steampunk them this anthology will be a most pleasurable experience. Should you love Grimm but have yet to venture into the weird realms of Steampunk then here is enlightenment!”
4 Stars, N.O.A. Nawle: Reviews
“I’m definitely interested in this genre as a whole and will be keeping an eye out for more books in this vein.” 3 Stars, Cara, Goodreads
“This is such a wonderful book of short stories with a western twist. Space cowboys and aliens..who doesn’t love that? Very original stories, the authors take you to their worlds with vivid descriptions and highly lovable characters.” 5 Stars, Jami Riegel, Amazon
Congratulations go out to James Chambers, Christine Norris, Bernie Mojzes, Danny Birt, Jody Lynn Nye, David Lee Summers, and Jonah Knight for being featured in one or the other of this week’s reviews.
“For steampunk/gaslight fans this is a great anthology; for fans of classic fairy tales and the Brothers Grimm this is also a great anthology. For fans of all those things … this is a truly wonderful anthology.” 5 Stars, Steve R., Amazon
“Just when you think that a famous fairytale can’t be re-imagined anymore, someone comes up with an original idea.” 4 Stars, Kami, Indie Authors, Books, and More