post-apocalyptic

Starving Review: NANO Archive 1: The City of Fire by Jason Crutchfield

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NANO Archive 1: The City of Fire by Jason Crutchfield (Amazon, Goodreads)

Welcome to another installment of the Local Author Smorgasbord, where we cut through the offerings of the Gulf Coast’s chefs!  Today, after a week’s delay, I finish off the gut-busting post apocalyptic science-fiction meal, NANO Archive 1: The City of Fire.  On the surface, it looks like a real treat for me, seeming to have some of my favorite ingredients served up in generous portions.  In reality …

Before we parse out that reality, let us proclaim the Starving Reviewer Creed:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.

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Monday Musings: You Deserve a Sneak Peek Today!

Yes, things have been rough lately.  Holidays, work, more work, large objects to my face (glasses go boom!), and more!

Still, though, the words have continued to pour from my pen.  My latest novel WiP,  the fantasy mystery romance post-magical-apocalypse film noire tale with some cyberpunk influences that I did a first sneak peek of HERE, is rapidly winding to the conclusion of the first draft.  I’ve had some wonderful alpha readers urging me on and calling me out when they need to, and I feel really good about this.  So, with that said, how about we get a little bit more, something to wet your appetite for what’s to come.  Remember, this is still the rough first draft with only minimal editing.  Still, I think you might enjoy it!

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Starving Review: Wyvern Diary (Ira Draconis Book 1) by Dahraan du Toit

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Wyvern Diary (Ira Draconis Book 1) by Dahraan du Toit (Smashwords, Goodreads)

This is it, my literary foodies.  This was the book that did what no other ones have yet to do in my short but eventful review career.  This was the meal I couldn’t finish.  Like so many other hard-to-swallow morsels, I find it, in hindsight, horribly regretful because I truly wanted to love this book.  Cut through the suffocating globs of fat, the underdone strings of meat, and the bits of choking spices, there are some neat concepts in the bones of this novel.  But, well, it’s so very very deep.  Let’s tackle this unfinished meal from the top and perhaps we can see why this terrible event happened to me.

Before we break out the silverware, let’s remember the Starving Review creed:

  1. I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the genre.
  2. I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.

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