urban fantasy

Starving Review: The Left-Hand Path: Mentor by T. S. Barnett

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The Left-Hand Path: Mentor by T. S. Barnett (Amazon, Goodreads)

Welcome to another installment of the Local Author Smorgasbord (yes, I never remember the previous term and change it), where we cut through the offerings of the Gulf Coast’s chefs!  This week a course of urban fantasy/horror is ready to be eaten as we tuck into The Left-Handed Path: Mentor.  Promising witches, magic, scares, and surprises, will Mentor teach us a new lesson or will it be the same things we learned last year?

Before we enter the classroom, let us finish our punishment by writing down the Starving Review rules one-hundred times:

  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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Starving Interview: T. S. Barnett, author of The Left-Hand Path: Mentor

This week, we deliver seconds on our big first from last week!  That’s right, our second live interview is now done, as we break bread with T. S. Barnett, the chef who whipped up this week’s Local Author Blitz subject, The Left-Hand Path: Mentor.  Listen and enjoy.

Starving Review: Hungry for You (Haven Book 1) by Michelle Kay

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Hungry for You (Haven Book 1) by Michelle Kay (Amazon, Goodreads)

While the more erotic end of romance fiction is rare in my extensive pantry, it certainly isn’t non-existent!  Today, as part of the Local Author Assault, it’s time to serve up Hungry for You, a contemporary erotic LGBT fantasy romance (that’s a lot of words!) done in the yaoi style of Japanese gay romance.  Will Hungry crystallize the visual style of the manga and anime it is inspired from into a written form or will it fall short?

Before we cut the romance cake, let us recount the vows of the Starving Reviewer:

  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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Starving Interview: Michelle Kay, author of Hungry for You (Haven Book 1)

It’s landmark day in the Starving Review kitchens, as we conduct our first live interview with chef Michelle Kay, a local Gulf Bay author and subject of this week’s Starving Review with Hungry for You.  Let’s take a listen!

Book News: The First Cycle Ends a.k.a. Final Editions of Indefatigable and Incorruptible Live!

The first cycle of The Push Chronicles is finally complete in a form fitting of the ideas that had bounced inside my head.  You can now purchase (or update) the newly revised and re-edited editions of Indefatigable and Incorruptible from Amazon and Smashwords, with print editions updating as we speak.  The first volume, Indomitable, is  still free from Smashwords as well.

Just read to the Released Books page for purchase links!

Book News: A Third First Impression! a.k.a. Indomitable gets a new edition!

Never say that I am a man that does not take action in response to honest criticism.

Knowing that Indomitable never got a proper edit from outside sources and it was my very first full-length novel, I always knew it was unpolished.  As several reviewers brought up to me the full extent of the problems, I started to seek a way to get a better review and edit done.  Those efforts have finally born fruit, enhanced by my own expanded, professional editing experience, to produce a third edition of it.

Indomitable in its third edition is going live as we speak through Amazon, Smashwords, and Createspace (for the print edition).  I believe it is already updated in Smashwords and should be ready through the other outlets over the next day or so.

Enjoy!

Monday … Starving Review?!: Wardbreaker (The Lillim Callina Chronicles 0.5) by J. A. Cipriano

What the deuce, you might ask?  A review on a Monday?  Well, this is going to be a twofer week, my fine friends, and this review does require a small disclaimer as to why I was able to do it.  To get to the point, I was one of the beta readers for this particular volume, part of a series I have reviewed two previous volumes of (Kill It With Magic and The Hatter Is Mad).  That made it child’s play to fit in a reread of the final edition once it came out alongside my usual review book of the week.

So, let’s get on with the show, eh?

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Wardbreaker (The Lillim Callina Chronicles Book 0.5) by J. A. Cipriano (Amazon, Goodreads)

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Starving Review: Storm Front (The Dresden Files Book 1) by Jim Butcher

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Storm Front (The Dresden Files Book 1) by Jim Butcher (Amazon, Goodreads)

WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?!  Why is the Starving Reviewer, literary foodie and beggar at the indie author table, giving time to *haughty sniff* mainstream published faire?  Because it’s a travesty not to read all kinds of fiction, mainstream or indie, and if I am going to eat the food, I’m damn sure going to review it!  Expect the occasional mainstream review to crop up alongside the weekly indie reviews in the weeks to come.

Right, so, with that out of the way, Storm Front was dropped on my plate by a friend.  “You love film noir stuff and Dashiell Hammett novels!” he said.  “You love urban fantasy stuff!  This is a great fusion of all that!  You’ll love it!”

As my stomach was growling and I hadn’t found breakfast in the dumpster I was picking through yet, I made a surly grunt and took the proffered book to chew on.  I was being promised a lot and I was skeptical if Mr. Butcher could deliver on the hype train barreling at me.

Before we find out if I was satisfied or was about to riot, let us never forget 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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Starving Review: Prometheus Stumbles (Dreamworld Book 1) by Ed Gosney

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Prometheus Stumbles (Dreamworld Book 1) by Ed Gosney (Amazon, Goodreads)

Time to crack the knuckles and dig into the pantry for this week’s Starving Review!  For this week’s literary treat, we have a recipe mixed with fantasy, spiritualism, a slightly dystopian future, and blue plastic turtles.  Mmm, more cooking from the fusion genre kitchen!  Of course, we still need to peel away some layers of this pie to see if the filling is as good as it looks from the outside.

Before we start cutting, let us recite 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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Starving Review: Death Defiant (Death Defiant Book 1) by Paige Reiring

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Death Defiant (Death Defiant Book 1) by Paige Reiring (Amazon, Goodreads)

Ah yes, the fresh smell of hot-and-ready modern urban fantasy!  It permeates the air of any bookstore or online shop offering nibbles of monsters in the shadows, strange and fascinating secret histories, and all sorts of delights for all ages of reader.  The truth is, unfortunately, like any other genre that catches the public’s fancy, that abundance means there is just as many sugar-coated mudpies that leave you choking and sick to the stomach as there are real delicacies out there.  So where does that leave today’s dish, Death Defiant?

As always, I can’t answer that question before we put our hands over our hearts to recite the Starving Review pledge:

  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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