Review of Come Unto These Yellow Sands

Come Unto These Yellow SandsCome Unto These Yellow Sands by Josh Lanyon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is the reason I don’t give out five stars often. Wonderful and amazing are the first two words that come to mind, but that just sounds like empty praise, so let me dial that back and tell you what this book is without all the hyperbole.

It’s a contemporary murder mystery, but also so much more than that. The themes of love, loyalty and addiction that occur throughout are powerful. Swift is a beautiful character that will win your heart. He’s so lovely and complicated that once I started reading I really couldn’t stop.

The Choose Your Own Adventure introductions to every chapter were clever and compelling–loved that little touch. The poetry references were perfect and not overboard as can sometimes happen with stories about poets.

Overall, just a stunning and remarkable book that I heartily recommend. I wish I could remember where I heard about this one, because I’d run back there right now and see what other gems I could find. As it is, I know I’ll be reading more Josh Lanyon very soon.

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Author Interview with Barry Napier

Today I have an interview with author Barry Napier. He’s here to share the first in a paranormal/horror series called Everything Theory.

Check out the blurbage:

Gabe is a disenchanted twenty year-old that has been dragged down for most of his life by the bizarre legacy his deceased father left behind. At the age of seventeen, Gabe was contacted by government employees that once worked with his father, offering him an outrageous salary if he would take part in an effort to revitalize his father’s work. Bit by bit, Gabe discovers that the work his father was involved in was incredibly strange. His father was viewed by his peers as a mad scientist of sorts, dabbling in controversial projects concerning genetics manipulation, advanced space exploration, time travel, and ESP.

Cold Compass, the first book in the Everything Theory series, opens as Gabe is tasked with his first assignment as an unofficial member of a shadow organization known as the Center for Scientific Anomalous Research (CSAR). With the assistance of a CSAR official posing as an FBI agent, Gabe travels to the small town of Hasper, North Carolina where people are being killed by an ancient evil that lurks beneath the town. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Gabe learns that it could all very well be the result of one of his father’s failed studies.

Along the way, Gabe must also contend with the fact that he is beginning to see ghosts and is being hunted down by an enigmatic figure that calls himself Garrison Sleet. As he slowly unravels the mysteries of his father, Gabe slowly understands that even the evil lurking beneath Hasper is tied to not only his father’s work, but to some integral part of him as well.

Onwards, the interview!

1. What’s the first word of your book? (You can exclude articles, pronouns or prepositions.)

Dog. (more…)

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Author Interview with Suzanne Robb

Please welcome to my little corner of the web, author Suzanne Robb. She’s got an interesting book to share, a short story collection by the name of Were-wolves, Apocalypses, and Genetic Mutation Oh my!

Take a gander at the blurb:

In the opening story Welcome to the Future, a teenager feels he has no place in life. His parents and school principal agree. He crosses paths with a doctor who has stolen the DNA of some of the smartest people both dead and alive, and injects it into the brain of the willing teenager with disastrous results

In The Moonlight Killer, a man takes a shortcut home only to find himself attacked by a wolf. In a drunken stupor he decides to bite the wolf back and sets in motion a whole new mythology.

Finally, B.I.T.E. is the story of a dysfunctional family as they try to fend off the impending apocalypse. They fight giant decayed squirrels, cobra sized men, and randomly assembled body parts, bickering the whole way to the end of the world.

And now, on to the good stuff:

1. What’s the first word of your book? (You can exclude articles, pronouns or prepositions.)

Pulp, okay it really isn’t pulp, but wouldn’t that be a neat word to start a story with? The first word is actually “Blink.” (more…)

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Review of Amelie

So, instead of doing the last of my edits tonight, I watched Amélie with Ryan. I’m not sure if we’re the last two people on earth to see this movie, but I’m left wondering what took us so long. Actually, it’s kind of a funny story so I’ll relate it here real quick. Back in, geez I think 2002 or so, we started a Netflix account and had our movies delivered to us in those little red envelopes. I’m not sure why we had such a hard time with the whole experience, but we sometimes had movies that we just never watched and were too excited about other movies coming out and had to return unwatched. Amélie was one of those we had for some time, but never saw.

I was recently perusing a thread about the best movies ever and I saw it mentioned a few times. I’d always been bummed that we didn’t get a chance to watch it, so I took a chance and ordered it. Once again, the movie sat around my house for weeks, ignored. I think we were both skeptical because we usually don’t like French movies. A little too quirky and strange for us, I think.

Anyway, enough about that, let’s talk about the movie. It’s phenomenal, in every way I can think of. Amélie is a young woman who’s had a pretty unremarkable life until she finds a young boy’s keepsake box from the 1950’s in her apartment. She sets off to find the man the box belonged to, and in the process she discovers that she enjoys helping others from behind the scenes. Overall, the movie is an adventure, because you never really know what’s going to happen next.

While she’s helping these folks out, she of course learns about herself, and that’s really the thrust of the story. The movie plays with some complex themes about individuality and just leaves you feeling good. The acting is all exceptional, and Amélie is beyond charming. Nice sets and music all the way through. There’s also a really cute love story between Amélie and a man she sees at a photobooth.

Five very enthusiastic stars for this one and a recommendation that everyone should see it if they haven’t.

Photo found at Wikipedia.

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Seldom Weekly Flash #9 – Incendius

This week’s flash fiction story comes from the Creative Process class I took last semester. I learned so much in that class and as a bonus got a couple of nice stories out of the experience. This is one of my favorites. As always, comments are welcome.

Incendius is the story of a girl who is too hot to handle.

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