Yearly Archives: 2017

“IQ84” by Mike Dickerson

Okay, this is a story about a hero called David Dingle, and it’s about people’s heads exploding. Do you get the picture already? Non-stop action, non-stop mania. The story involves a huge cast of wild and weird characters appearing and disappearing (at least their heads do) rapidly. Doctors and nutcases, a Satanist emissary of evil […]

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“Dead Heat” by Dick Francis

I usually review books that people send me, and it’s a bit of a crapshoot whether they will turn out good or not. So every once in a while I pick an author I enjoy and do some recreational reading. Dick Francis is one of my favourites. His stories have great characters, good conflicts, and interesting […]

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“Ferryl Shayde” by Vance Huxley

“Ferryl Shayde” is another one of those new YA stories that would benefit from an article I wrote in Indies Unlimited last year called, “A Novel is Not a Video Game.” Because it isn’t. They have many of the same elements, but the key factor is that readers of books do not go through the same […]

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“Hunt of the Fallen” by R. A. Zaugg

“The Hunt of the Fallen” starts out as a standard Young Adult Fantasy: a bucolic scene, rather simple young people in a slightly contrived love triangle, a touch of nightmare in the background: the usual setup. However, once the hero leaves the tribe and starts his quest the plot tangles, characters have more complex motivation and the […]

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