Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

This post is a two-parter: read my review of The Buried Life soon (like maybe tomorrow). In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I’ve known Carrie for some time, having been lucky enough to meet her and read her work at a writer’s meetup here in Houston. It was clear to me from the […]

4 Stars: “Mervidia” by J. K. Barber

Posted: 27th September 2014 by Jason Kristopher in Books
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From Amazon.com: Deep in the ocean’s darkness live the Merwin, sinister sea creatures who have never seen the light of the sun. As the city of Mervidia flourishes, its inhabitants scheme and grasp for power. Queen Beryl, the last of the royal bloodline, has been brutally assassinated. The High Houses scramble to seize Mervidia’s crown, […]

5 Stars: “The Last Man on Earth Club” by Paul Hardy

Posted: 16th July 2014 by Jason Kristopher in Books
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From Amazon.com: Six people are gathered for a therapy group deep in the countryside. Six people who share a unique and terrible trauma: each one is the last survivor of an apocalypse. Each of them was rescued from a parallel universe where humanity was wiped out. They’ve survived nuclear war, machine uprisings, mass suicide, the […]

5 Stars: “Seed” by Ania Ahlborn

Posted: 12th July 2014 by Jason Kristopher in Books

From Amazon.com: With nothing but the clothes on his back—and something horrific snapping at his heels—Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was still just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. But years later, the bright […]

4 Stars: “Darker Things” by Rob Cornell

Posted: 8th July 2014 by Jason Kristopher in Books
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From Amazon.com: Craig Lockman…  No one had called him that in fifteen years.  Not since his days at the Agency. Not since he was trained to kill creatures that were supposed to exist only in nightmares.  Yet the teenage girl on his doorstep not only knows his real name, she claims she’s his daughter.  Before […]

3 Stars: “7th Sigma” by Steven Gould

Posted: 4th July 2014 by Jason Kristopher in Books

Welcome to the territory. Leave your metal behind, all of it. The bugs will eat it, and they’ll go right through you to get it…Don’t carry it, don’t wear it, and for god’s sake don’t come here if you’ve got a pacemaker. The bugs showed up about fifty years ago–self-replicating, solar-powered, metal-eating machines. No one knows where they […]

4 Stars: “Spellbound” by J. K. Barber

Posted: 30th June 2014 by Jason Kristopher in Books
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Spellbound is about the adventures of two young people, twin sisters who have known community and family their entire lives. Along the way, they befriend a mysterious stranger who has been alone for as long as he can remember. After strange events touch all their lives, the three find themselves drawn together and then embroiled […]

From Amazon.com: A man learns a painful and valuable lesson… one finger at a time. An old couple bickers over disgusting leftovers. Kids go ignored when they tell their parents about the horrors that lurk in their bedrooms, until it’s too late… LESSONS AND OTHER MORBID DRABBLES is a collection of 25 100-word shorts that range […]

Why I Don’t Generally Offer to Review Books

Posted: 25th June 2014 by Jason Kristopher in Books
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There are few books I will actively work to read and review. The reason for this is simple: I have a backlog that I already don’t have time to read (that would be the box you see below). Mervidia, by my very good friends Jay & Katie Barber, is one of the ones I can’t wait to […]

From StephenKing.com: On Writing is both a textbook for writers and a memoir of Stephen’s life and will, thus, appeal even to those who are not aspiring writers. If you’ve always wondered what led Steve to become a writer and how he came to be the success he is today, this will answer those questions. This […]