‘Downward Dog: Very Serious Haiku from a Very Serious Dog’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 84/100


Downward Dog: Very Serious Haiku from a Very Serious Dog By Samm Hodges and Phinehas Hodges

Hardback Edition

Finished on 10/10/2017


Description: A book of haiku and illustrations from the mind of Martin, the talking, angst-ridden, introspective dog from the ABC TV series, Downward Dog.

Sam Hodges is part of the writing and creative team of the ABC TV sitcom Downward Dog and he provides the distinct voice for Martin on the show. Hodges is also an accomplished director, having won numerous awards for his commercial work for Animal Inc.

Phinheas Hodges is part of the writing staff on the ABC TV sitcom Downward Dog. He is also a freelance writer, director, and editor.

Idil Gozde is an award-winning animator and graphic designer at Animal Inc. Her book trailer for the company’s Nobody’s Girlbook won two awards at the 2015 Addy Awards in Pittsburgh.


Genres: Dog, Poetry, Haiku, Picturebook, Graphic Novels

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‘The Gunslinger’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 83/100


The Gunslinger By Stephen King

Audiobook Edition, by George Guidall

Finished on 10/9/2017


Description: Beginning with a short story appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1978, the publication of Stephen King’s epic work of fantasy — what he considers to be a single long novel and his magnum opus — has spanned a quarter of a century.

Set in a world of extraordinary circumstances, filled with stunning visual imagery and unforgettable characters, The Dark Tower series is King’s most visionary feat of storytelling, a magical mix of science fiction, fantasy, and horror that may well be his crowning achievement.

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In The Gunslinger (originally published in 1982), King introduces his most enigmatic hero, Roland Deschain of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting, solitary figure at first, on a mysterious quest through a desolate world that eerily mirrors our own. Pursuing the man in black, an evil being who can bring the dead back to life, Roland is a good man who seems to leave nothing but death in his wake.

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Dystopia, Western

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‘Heroes, Rogues and Lovers: Testosterone and Behavior’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 82/100


Heroes, Rogues and Lovers: Testosterone and Behavior By James McBride Dabbs and Mary Godwin Dabbs

Hardback Edition

Finished on 10/9/2017


Description: Since the early 1970s, when studies of testosterone first gained wide public attention, this principal male sex hormone has taken the rap for a range of characteristics or behaviors, including low intelligence, rape, and road rage. The truth is both remarkably more complex and more interesting scientifically. From prehistory to the present, testosterone has played a significant role in the development of human society as well as in romantic, marital, and parental relationships. It affects women as well as men in such areas as language ability, cognition, and spatial orientation.

Interweaving intimate case histories with first hand scientific research, “Heroes, Rogues and Lovers engagingly explains the animal within us all, revealing testosterone’s function in human evolution and its role in surprising links between animal and human behaviors.

Genres: Nonfiction, Psychology, Anthropology, Science

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‘The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 81/100


The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet By Becky Chambers

Audiobook Edition, Narrated by Rachel Dulude

Finished on 10/6/2017


Description: When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn’t expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that’s seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past.

But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer. The crew is a mishmash of species and personalities, from Sissix, the friendly reptilian pilot, to Kizzy and Jenks, the constantly sparring engineers who keep the ship running. Life on board is chaotic, but more or less peaceful – exactly what Rosemary wants.

Until the crew are offered the job of a lifetime: the chance to build a hyperspace tunnel to a distant planet. They’ll earn enough money to live comfortably for years… if they survive the long trip through war-torn interstellar space without endangering any of the fragile alliances that keep the galaxy peaceful.

But Rosemary isn’t the only person on board with secrets to hide, and the crew will soon discover that space may be vast, but spaceships are very small indeed.

Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera

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‘Trafalgar’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 80/100


Trafalgar By Angelica Gorodischer

Paperback Edition, Translated by Amalia Gladhart

Finished on 10/6/2017


Description: Don’t rush Trafalgar Medrano when he starts telling you about his latest intergalactic sales trip. He likes to stretch things out over precisely seven coffees. No one knows whether he actu-ally travels to the stars, but he tells the best tall tales in the city, so why doubt him? Trafalgar is Angélica Gorodischer’s second novel to be translated into English. Her first, Kalpa Imperial, was selected for the New York Times summer reading list.

Angélica Gorodischer lives in Rosario, Argentina. She has received many awards, most recently the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Magical Realism, Latin American Fantasy

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‘A Thousand Years of War: The Story of Alleria and Turalyon’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 79/100


A Thousand Years of War: The Story of Alleria and Turalyon By Robert Brooks

Youtube Edition, Narrated by Stephen Pacey

Finished on 10/5/2017


Ranger-Captain Alleria Windrunner and High General Turalyon’s disappearance was not the end of their last war, but rather the beginning of a new and more terrible one.

After joining the Army of the Light, Alleria and Turalyon’s war against the Burning Legion took them all the way to the seat of the demons’ power: Argus.

The Burning Legion is attacking Azeroth. The Army of the Light is on the verge of defeat. Alleria and Turalyon are on opposite sides of the cosmos, desperately searching for the key to ending Sargeras’s crusade.

Genres: Fantasy, Franchise Fiction, Warcraft

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‘Travels with Charley in Search of America’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 78/100


Travels with Charley in Search of America By John Steinbeck

Paperback edition,

Finished on 10/3/2017


Description: In September 1960, John Steinbeck embarked on a journey across America. He felt that he might have lost touch with the country, with its speech, the smell of its grass and trees, its color and quality of light, the pulse of its people. To reassure himself, he set out on a voyage of rediscovery of the American identity, accompanied by a distinguished French poodle named Charley; and riding in a three-quarter-ton pickup truck named Rocinante.

Genres: America, Americana, Memoir, History

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Writing Accountability Post: I’m Alive Edition

Hello dear reader,

For the past two months I’ve been devoting my time and mental faculties to writing a bunch. In an effort to keep myself honest and productive in my writing I’ve decided to write up an accountability post about how I’ve been spending my time.


Between August 1 and October 1 I wrote about 160,000 unique words spread across three separate stories. Those three stories include three first drafts and one second draft.

For story 1 (tentatively named DUSKFALL), I wrote two drafts. The first draft was just over 55,000 words long before I abandoned it. The second draft is over 60,000 words long and still growing. Of that 60,000 only about 6,000 are carried over from the first draft.

Story 2 (no title) is 15,000 words long. I abandoned this work and folded it back into story 1.

Story 3 (tentatively titled A MAN’S REVENGE) is presently 33,000 words long and still growing.


I intend to finish DUSKFALL and A MAN’S REVENGE in the near future (read: next six months). However for the next month or two I need to take a break. My hands are starting to hurt real bad from typing and I’m almost getting behind schedule for my Mount Readmore Project, so I’m going to prioritize other projects for a bit.

Stay Sunny!

‘Food: A Cultural Culinary History’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 76/100


Food: A Cultural Culinary History By Ken Albala

Audiobook edition, Narrated by Ken Albala

Finished on 8/22/2017


Description: Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: “Gastronomy governs the whole life of man.”
In fact, civilization itself began in the quest for food. Humanity’s transition to agriculture was not only the greatest social revolution in history, but it directly produced the structures and institutions we call “civilization.”

Genres: History, Food, Colonialism

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‘Shadow of Elysium’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 77/100


Shadow of Elysium By Django Wexler

Audiobook edition, Narrated by Richard Poe

Finished on 8/22/2017


Description: The wagons travel north across the mountains, carrying cargo of great value: Hamveltai glass and porcelain; Deslandai jewelry in heavy iron strongboxes; fine cloth from the cities of the Old Coast. And Abraham.
Bound and tied, guarded day and night, Abraham has been stolen from his village, from the arms of the man he loved. He is being sent to the fortress-city of Elysium to serve a dark and ancient order, the Priests of the Black. They have discovered the secret he kept all his life: that inside him dwells a demon which allows him to heal…and to kill.
But Abraham is not alone. A young woman named Alex, similarly possessed, rides with him. And as a bond grows between them, they begin to wonder if they can turn the demons that have damned them into their salvation.

Genres: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Short Story, Novella, Flintlock Fantasy, LGBT Fantasy

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