‘Meanwhile’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 27/200


Meanwhile By Jason Shiga

Hardback Edition

Finished on 2/23/2018



Chocolate or Vanilla? This simple choice is all it takes to get started with Meanwhile, the wildly inventive creation of comics mastermind Jason Shiga, of whom Scott McCloud said “Crazy + Genius = Shiga.” Jimmy, whose every move is under your control, finds himself in a mad scientist’s lab, where he’s given a choice between three amazing objects: a mind-reading device, a time-travel machine, or the Killitron 3000 (which is as ominous as it sounds). Down each of these paths there are puzzles, mysterious clues, and shocking revelations. It’s up to the reader to lead Jimmy to success or disaster.

Genres: Graphic Novel, Sequential Art, Children’s, Sci Fi, YA, choose-your-own-adventure

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‘The Kings of the Wyld’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 26/200


Kings of the Wyld By Nicholas Eames

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 1/24/2018


Glory never gets old

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best — the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk – or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay’s door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

It’s time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy, Adventure, Sword and Sorcery, Popcorn Fiction

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First Draft of ‘Arcadia Besieged’ Complete!

Two days ago I finished typing the first draft of my latest book, tentatively titled ‘Arcadia Besieged.’ I’m going to let it rest for a week or two before I begin edits. I hope that I’ll be able to publish this book one day soon, through one route or another.

To reflect upon this accomplishment, I decided to go through my files of everything I’ve written in the last ten years or so. Looking at all my files, I discovered that I have actually written a lot more than I remembered.

I doubt that any of you actually care about my surplus of trunk novels (trunk novel= books I’ve written but will not make public), but I want to make this public. When I was first starting to write I didn’t have a good grasp of how many books an author can write before writing anything of publishable quality. Hopefully someone else can use this to give themselves perspective of what it can take.

To date, here is a list of everything I’ve written.

MOVING SHADOWS, Incomplete at 80,000 words. Urban Fantasy. Written when I was in high school. Written in 2009?

THE ARCANE ILLUMINATI, Incomplete at 100,000 words. Urban Fantasy. Written as an Undergraduate. Written in 2010?

THE APOTHEOSIS OF VELINDRA DEUMONTEU, complete at 180,000 words. High Fantasy. Written in 2013.

THE GENETICALLY ENGINEERED AFFAIR, complete at 81,000 words. Urban Science Fantasy Cozy Mystery. Written in 2014.

THE DANDY AND THE DEVIL: A TRAGICOMEDY IN THREE PARTS,  complete at 145,000 words. High Fantasy. Written in 2015.

THE DEVIL WITHIN, Complete at 120.000 words. High Fantasy. Written in 2015.

THE DEAD CONTINENT, incomplete at 62,000 words. High Fantasy. Written in 2016.

FATEWEAVER, incomplete at 92,000 words. High Fantasy. Written in 2016

EVAYNE’S DELIVERANCE, complete at 48,000 words. Military Fantasy. Written in 2017.

and finally

ARCADIA BESIEGED, complete at 79,000 words. Science Fantasy Space Opera. Written in 2018.


Additionally I have about a dozen incomplete additional projects which are between the lengths of 20,000 words and 70,000 words.

Looking back on all of this, I can’t help but reflect on how far I’ve come. I sometimes feel imposter syndrome, that I haven’t worked very hard and haven’t accomplished much writing wise. However if I actually do the math I have written well over a million words. In the future I must begin publishing what I write, but for now I am content knowing that I have actually come a long way.

Stay sunny folks.

‘The Story of Kullervo’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 25/200


The Story of Kullervo By J. R. R. Tolkein

Hardback Edition

Finished on 1/17/2018


Kullervo, son of Kalervo, is perhaps the darkest and most tragic of all J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters. “Hapless Kullervo,” as Tolkien called him, is a luckless orphan boy with supernatural powers and a tragic destiny.

Brought up in the homestead of the dark magician Untamo, who killed his father, kidnapped his mother, and tried three times to kill him when he was still a boy, Kullervo is alone save for the love of his twin sister, Wanona, and the magical powers of the black dog Musti, who guards him. When Kullervo is sold into slavery he swears revenge on the magician, but he will learn that even at the point of vengeance there is no escape from the cruelest of fates.

Tolkien himself said that The Story of Kullervo was “the germ of my attempt to write legends of my own,” and was “a major matter in the legends of the First Age.” Tolkien’s Kullervo is the clear ancestor of Túrin Turambar, the tragic incestuous hero of The Silmarillion. Published with the author’s drafts, notes, and lecture essays on its source work, the KalevalaThe Story of Kullervo is a foundation stone in the structure of Tolkien’s invented world.
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Folklore, Mythology

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‘Sufficiently Advanced Magic’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 23/200


Sufficiently Advanced Magic By Andrew Rowe

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 1/9/2018


Description: Five years ago, Corin Cadence’s brother entered the Serpent Spire — a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire’s trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire’s goddess.

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‘Plane Shift: Ixalan’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 22/200


Plane Shift: Ixalan By James Wyatt

pdf Edition

Finished on 1/9/2018


Description: Four mighty peoples face off in a desperate search for a legendary city of gold, hidden deep in the heart of Ixalan. Will you join the vampires of the Legion of dusk in their march of conquest? When you stand with the folk of the sun Empire-and the dinosaurs that serve them-in defense of their bands and heritage? We join the cunning mirthful computer Harold’s to trip and misdirect the invaders within the great forests? Or will you sail the Stormwreck Sea with the Pirates of the praising coalition, seeking plunder and power?

Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Magic the Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, Tabletop, RPG

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‘Malazan: Deadhouse Gates’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 21/200


Deadhouse Gates By Steven Erikson

Audiobook Edition

Finished on 1/6/2018


Description: In the vast dominion of Seven Cities, in the Holy Desert Raraku, the seer Sha’ik and her followers prepare for the long-prophesied uprising known as the Whirlwind. Unprecedented in size and savagery, this maelstrom of fanaticism and bloodlust will embroil the Malazan Empire in one of the bloodiest conflicts it has ever known, shaping destinies and giving birth to legends.

Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Malazan

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‘Penric’s Fox’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 20/200


Penric’s Fox By Lois McMaster Bujold

NetGalley Edition, given to me free for the purpose of review

Finished on 1/5/2018


Description: Some eight months after the events of Penric and the Shaman, Learned Penric, sorcerer and scholar, travels to Easthome, the capital of the Weald. There he again meets his friends Shaman Inglis and Locator Oswyl. When the body of a sorceress is found in the woods, Oswyl draws him into another investigation; they must all work together to uncover a mystery mixing magic, murder and the strange realities of Temple demons.

Genres: Fantasy, High Fantasy, Mystery, World of the Five Gods, novella

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‘The Tea Master and the Detective’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 19/200


The Tea Master and the Detective By Aliette de Bodard

NetGalley Edition, given to me free for the purpose of review

Finished on 1/2/2018


Description: Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars. In this fluid society, human and mindship avatars mingle in corridors and in function rooms, and physical and virtual realities overlap, the appareance of environments easily modified and adapted to interlocutors or current mood.

A transport ship discharged from military service after a traumatic injury, The Shadow’s Child now ekes out a precarious living as a brewer of mind-altering drugs for the comfort of space-travellers. Meanwhile, abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau wants to find a corpse for a scientific study. When Long Chau walks into her office, The Shadow’s Child expects an unpleasant but easy assignment. When the corpse turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow’s Child with her.

As they dig deep into the victim’s past, The Shadow’s Child realises that the investigation points to Long Chau’s own murky past–and, ultimately, to the dark and unbearable void that lies between the stars…

Genres: Sci Fi, Mystery,Asian-Inspired, Vietnamese- Inspired, Sherlock Holmes Inspired, High Concept Sci Fi

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‘The MAX Muscle Plan’ Book Review

Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 18/200


The MAX Muscle Plan By Brad Schoenfeld

Paperback Edition

Finished on 12/30/2017


Description: Authored by 2011 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year. Features a three-phase, six-month program for the entire body, helping readers increase their lean body mass, build muscle, and dramatically transform their bodies. Instruction revolves around MAX (Mitogen Activated Xtreme training) Mitogens being the chemical substances that encourage cells to divide, a process essential to muscle growth. Includes over 100 exercises and more than 200 photos that demonstrate the exercises and ready-to-use prescriptive program guides. Program’s goal is to systematically utilize featured exercises to enhance mitogenic and other growth-oriented training responses in a way that promotes optimal muscle development. Complemented by cardio guidelines and nutritional recommendations based on the latest scientific research.

Genres: Fitness, Nonfiction

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