Friday, 23 February 2018

Book Tour & Giveaway; Outcasts of the Worlds by Lucas Paynter


Outcasts of the Worlds
Outcasts of the Worlds Book 1
by Lucas Paynter
Genre: Cosmic Fantasy
456 pages

A confidence man. A liar. A monster. Flynn has seen himself for what he really is and has resolved to pay for everything. Even if it means spending the rest of his days locked in Civilis, a tower prison for society's unwanted - "half-humans" gifted by the fallout of nuclear holocaust centuries past.


Jean, a prisoner in the neighboring cell, has different ideas and despite himself, Flynn finds himself joining her daring escape. After rescuing her friend Mack, the three flee Civilis as Flynn pieces together the hours before his capture and finds himself drawn to an abandoned facility where a rift to another world opens at his nearing.

Together they will venture farther beyond the stars than humanity ever imagined, find others like them that will never belong, and tangle with forces both ancient and immortal. They stand alone, hated and scorned - and the last hope of making things right in a cosmos gone terribly wrong.






Killers, Traitors & Runaways
Outcasts of the Worlds Book 2
364 pages

As reality nears its final days, worlds fall to ruin. A benevolent god is shackled, and when freed, will create a new one ... allowing only the pure of heart. A company of seven have united on a bloody quest to stop him, but have little hope of emerging victorious.


The outcasts are adrift--they have a mission but no means to fulfill it. Airia Rousow, the fallen goddess who set them on their path, is gone. Guardian Poe, her intended successor, believes deification will absolve him of his sins and his remorse alike. And Zella Renivar, daughter of the Living God, is still hunted by her father's agents, drawing danger on them all.

Trapped in this storm, Flynn is able to find and open the ways between worlds, but cannot discern which path is the right one. Since losing the trust of his closest friend, the temptation to fall back on his former, deceitful ways with grows with every crisis he faces.




Lucas Aubrey Paynter hails from the mythical land of Burbank, California, where there are most likely no other writers at all.
Back in 2014, he published Outcasts of the Worlds, and he’s now releasing its follow-up, Killers, Traitors, & Runaways.

A fan of gray-area storytelling and often a devil’s advocate, Lucas enjoys consuming stories from a variety of mediums, believing there’s no limit to what form a good narrative can take.




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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Book Tour & Giveaway; SINthetic by J. T. Nicholas


SINthetic
The New Lyons Sequence #1
by J.T. Nicholas
Genre: Science Fiction – Cyberpunk Noir

Pub Date: 1/23/2018


The Artificial Evolution
They look like us. Act like us. But they are not human. Created to perform the menial tasks real humans detest, Synths were designed with only a basic intelligence and minimal emotional response. It stands to reason that they have no rights. Like any technology, they are designed for human convenience. Disposable.
In the city of New Lyons, Detective Jason Campbell is investigating a vicious crime: a female body found mutilated and left in the streets. Once the victim is identified as a Synth, the crime is designated no more than the destruction of property, and Campbell is pulled from the case.
But when a mysterious stranger approaches Campbell and asks him to continue his investigation in secret, Campbell is dragged into a dark world of unimaginable corruption. One that leaves him questioning the true nature of humanity.
And what he discovers is only the beginning . . .


J.T. Nicholas was born in Lexington, Virginia, though within six months he moved (or was moved, rather) to Stuttgart, Germany. Thus began the long journey of the military brat, hopping from state to state and country to country until, at present, he has accumulated nearly thirty relocations. This experience taught him that, regardless of where one found oneself, people were largely the same. When not writing, Nick spends his time practicing a variety of martial arts, playing games (video, tabletop, and otherwise), and reading everything he can get his hands on. Nick currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, a pair of indifferent cats, a neurotic Papillion, and an Australian Shepherd who (rightly) believes he is in charge of the day-to-day affairs.


Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!




Wednesday, 21 February 2018

My Favourite... Movie of 2017

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for a new My Favourite... post thanks to Maureen's Books and the theme of the week was favourite movie of 2017.


As I book lover, I guess there is no surprise that one of my favourite movies of 2017 is The Beauty and the Beast with Emma Watson as Belle.


Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Book Blitz; TruthStone by Mike Shelton

Top Ten Tuesday; Books I've Decided I'm No Longer Interested in Reading

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a new Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme of the week is books I've decided I'm no longer interested in reading.

My list includes;
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Secret Garden by Frances H. Burnett
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

Monday, 19 February 2018

Review; Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics Edited by Chris Duffy

Those who know me well enough knows that I'm into poetry, history and graphic novels/comics. When I saw that all three elements were combined in Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics, edited by Chris Duffy, I couldn't resist it.

Description from Goodreads
As the Great War dragged on and its catastrophic death toll mounted, a new artistic movement found its feet in the United Kingdom. The Trench Poets, as they came to be called, were soldier-poets dispatching their verse from the front lines. Known for its rejection of war as a romantic or noble enterprise, and its plainspoken condemnation of the senseless bloodshed of war, Trench Poetry soon became one of the most significant literary moments of its decade. 

The marriage of poetry and comics is a deeply fruitful combination, as evidenced by this collection. In stark black and white, the words of the Trench Poets find dramatic expression and reinterpretation through the minds and pens of some of the greatest cartoonists working today.
With New York Times bestselling editor Chris Duffy (Nursery Rhyme ComicsFairy Tale Comics) at the helm, Above the Dreamless Dead is a moving and illuminating tribute to those who fought and died in World War I. Twenty poems are interpreted in comics form by twenty of today's leading cartoonists, including Eddie Campbell, Kevin Huizenga, George Pratt, and many others.


My Thoughts on the Book
Well, where do I start? I really loved reading this one. The illustrations add even more depth and layers to the poems. Due to the illustrations, I would believe that these poems could reach a new audience and perhaps an audience who is a bit apprehensive about poems (I guess a lot of us have been pretty much fed up by poetry due to crappy teachers at high school at some point).

If anyone who is into either history, comics or poetry would probably be intrigued by Above The Dreamless Dead.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Review; The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Considering that I participate in Platyspire Diversity Challenge and the theme of February was Black/African American History Month, I decided to read The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Today I'll post the review of the novel.

Description from Goodreads
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood - where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned and, though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.

In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor - engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven - but the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. Even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.


As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share. 


My Thoughts On The Novel
The Underground Railroad is a heartbreaking novel at times, considering the racism and treatment of slaves. The Underground Railroad is also beautifully written and it was also the interesting concept of re-imagining The Undergroud Railroad as an actual railroad and not just a metaphorical one.