Wednesday, August 16, 2017
I picked this book up at Confluence a few weeks ago because I have the first book and well...Fortress Publishing are some of my favorite people. There is something endearing about reading stories by people you know personally, it adds a certain touch to the tales.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
I will start the disclaimer that this book is not available yet, it is set to release in October, October 3rd I believe. But I had the honor of sort of beta reading this book for an author dear to me. This is the debut novel for Joshua Tarquinio. The book is a mix of supernatural/post-apocalyptic thriller, horror, fantasy, self-realization, with a touch of questioning theology. The story centers around a small town outside of Pittsburgh after an apocalyptic event that opens the doors to the supernatural. Now this town learns to survive with various beings attacking them, and the knowledge that there is a witch hidden in the mountains that no one has ever been able to go near. Three teens are the only entertainment in town, but long for something more. Everyone basically lives their lives one day at a time hoping to survive, hoping to one day be free of the beings that prowl their woods and mountains. Then a monster hunter, Del Ballatine rolls into town with the intent of ridding them of these creatures. He and naïve Nigel venture out to the woods and happen upon a hell hound, which they take down. But this gains the attention of the witch in the mountain and all hell breaks lose, literally. Secrets are revealed and the state of the village changes forever.
The novel does start out a little slow with a great deal of background on the characters, and takes a little bit of time to build up to the climax. But those details are necessary in understanding the characters and why they act and react the way the do in situations that arise further into the book, also this gives you an understanding of the town functions together, how they arise to the mob mentality so to speak. Through this part you form a connection with the characters and town in general. It helps with the wow factor and the twists that's happen throughout the novel. Tarquinio does a fantastic job dragging his readers into his world, and holds them under a spell, much like the cave worm in his story. One of my favorite elements in the story was a being known as a nightmare, one that attaches itself to a person and causes them to live in a state of a living nightmare. It preys on the happy memories and changes them into nightmares. It is literally the stuff of nightmares and almost makes your skin crawl. The creatures he creates in this book are not only characters, but become apart of the atmosphere as they lurk in the shadows.
There are times in the novel when some of the characters question the existence of God in that the book takes place 20 years after the Biblical apocalypse takes place and well the world didn't end. So characters wonder where is God, did he ever exist, is there such as thing as intrinsically evil or can a supposed evil being redeem itself. A couple points in the story I found myself audibly whispering "no" when something happen.
I am excited to see what else Tarquinio has in store for readers with sequels, prequels or other stories unrelated to this one. He has a knack for bringing the thrill of the unknown to the surface and his readers. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy supernatural thrillers, horror, fantasy, adventure. Because I am a little bias for the fact the Josh is a dear friend of mine and my opinion of the book reflects my friendship, I will not rate the book the way I normally do. But will simply say definitely keep your eyes out in October for when the book is release.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
I have been MIA lately for various different reasons, but I am coming back with some awesome books, including several that i have gotten from Pittsburgh's science fiction and fantasy convention "Confluence". What could be better for a bibliophile than a convention all about books! So far I have met some really awesome authors and publsihers, helped celebrate the launch of several books from two dear friends, and found numerous books, even attempted a picture with JD Barker that didn't come out (sad panda).
Each time i attend the convention i am reminded of why i love reading and why fantasy is one of my favorite genres. There are so many novels and variations of the genre to get lost in. Something that I absolutely love about Confluence is being able to find books and new authors that I may not have discovered otherwise. I was like an unsupervised child in a candy store. So, be prepared to take a journey with me and some TV Gods, Bad-Ass Faeries, Bounty Hunters, and Superhumans, as I conquer the world once again one book at a time.