Life in Writing
Alex Van Der Haar is a pretty normal guy by most standards. He has friends, a girlfriend, a school life, along with a whole host of other things that can only be described as typical. With one notable exception: he has an imaginary friend named Frank. Frank has been around since Alex was a child. His friends and parents found it a little strange that Alex's imaginary friend was an old man, but none of them ever realized that Alex didn't make Frank up. He's just the only one who can remember him.
Set in a world where people are constantly disappearing, and nobody remembers them, Nails In The Sky addresses what happens when somebody does remember.
This story is very light on the science fiction and errs more toward the metaphysical as it questions our reality and offers theories about the strange things that happen in this life.
The writing is slightly above average. It starts out a bit slow and long-winded, but gathers steam as it moves along through the plot. The characters are interesting, and the story is very intriguing. You might have a hard time getting through the first part of the book, but I think you'll find it's worth your time.
If this book interests you, feel free to click this link to find it on Amazon
If you loved this review and want to read a few more, try a looking at some of these:
Shiva XIV By Lyra Shanti
The Deadliest Echo By Reese Hogan
Watch out for my interview with Author Duncan John Reyneke coming this Monday
This is a great book for anybody who enjoys a good spy thriller. I had the good fortune a few weeks back to be able to interview the author, Reese Hogan, so I was excited to read through it.
In Pre-World-War-Two Russia, American agent Echo Maebius deals with the consequences of his botched assassination in Moscow. Things get even more complicated when Echo’s doppelganger comes into the picture. The story alternates between the current story and flashbacks of Echo’s past, while exploring the mysteries of Russia under Stallin’s rule, and the throwing in s few sci-fi twists.
To give full disclosure, the author sent me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but I did genuinely enjoy the book. The characters are interesting and well fleshed out along with a story that flows well and is well researched.
If you enjoy spy novels, action, sci-fi, or any combination of the three then this book is worth checking out.
If you want to read this book or find out more about this author, you can find it at these links:
Reese Hogan Website
This week for Friday book review I read through Shiva XIV by Lyra Shanti.
This book is one of the more original stories I’ve read. Set in a technologically advanced world, that is still heavily in the grasp of archaic beliefs, Shiva XIV tells the tale of Ayn, a young boy with a big destiny. Author Lyra Shanti does a fantastic job of humanizing her main character as he struggles with his identity and what others tell him should be his destiny.
Religion and technology clash heavily as the precious resource of plasma is depleted, threatening the safety of the galaxy, and Ayn is caught up in the middle. The clashing of religion, technology, and cultures so heavily evident in this novel, as well as the identity struggle faced by Ayn makes Shiva XIV easy to relate to.
The world mirrors our own just enough to be familiar but stays different enough to remain intriguing. Many of the world’s political and cultural struggles and prejudices reflect a fascinating allegory to our own current geo-political climate making the story feel especially applicable to a modern reader.
I have to admit that I did struggle to get into this book. The first chapter is a bit heavy-handed in its introduction to the religious overtones of the world and can feel a bit slow, but if you can get through the first chapter, I promise the rest of the book is worth the read.
I’m grateful that this isn’t the first book out in this series, because I will definitely be picking up the sequel.
If this review has piqued your interest, you can buy Shiva XIV at this link:
Also, look out for my author interview with Lyra Shanti coming this Monday.
Daniel M. Quilter is the author of A Soul Divided. On this blog he'll interview other authors, review books, share nerd wisdom from popular sci-fi and fantasy, and occasionally share his insights on writing. See a list of his works or see what he's working on.
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