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Bruce Campbell’s ‘Hail To The Chin: Further Confessions Of A B-Movie Actor’ Book Signing
Dr. Zaius   |  

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Last week, I got a chance to interview Bruce Campbell over the phone. Amongst our topics of conversation were his new memoir, Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B-Movie Actor, a sequel to his 2002 book, If Chins Could Kill, and his upcoming 35-city book tour. Well, yesterday in New Jersey the tour commenced, and I was there with my son to meet the man, the chin, the legend, Bruce Campbell and get my copy of his book. The book signing took place at Bookends, located at 211 E. Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, New Jersey.

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Book Review: Reports On The Internet Apocalypse By Wayne Gladstone
Olympus Athens   |  

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Reports of the Internet Apocalypse: A Novel
The Internet Apocalypse Trilogy
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Wayne Gladstone
Thomas Dunne Books | St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: November 1st, 2016

Wayne Gladstone, the fictional character, is in hiding somewhere in the world, after simultaneously becoming the poster boy for the internet apocalypse rebellion, while also being wanted for terrorism and murder. Special Agent Aaron N. Rownsdower, rather “former” special agent, is on the hunt for Gladstone once again. But this time, he is here to help. Teaming up with a movie producer making a film about Gladstone (and with another motive), they set out to prove his innocence, while exposing the conspiracy and trying not to die.

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Book Review: Time and Time Again By Ben Elton
Olympus Athens   |  

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Time And Time Again: A Novel
Hardcover | Kindle
By Ben Elton
Thomas Dunne Books/ St. Martin’s Press
Release date: December 22nd, 2015

Hugh Stanton is barely alive. He is hearty and healthy enough, but he has no reason to live since his wife and children were murdered. It is just because of the slightest chance in his atheist heart, that there might be a heaven and hell, that keeps him from suicide. So he wanders and drifts, waiting for his time to die. He answers a summons from an old professor, because he literally has nothing better to do. It is there that he is asked the questions:

“What would you consider to be the greatest mistake in world history?” And, “What’s your best shot?”

It is those “what ifs” that revs the engine of Time And Time Again by Ben Elton.

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Book Review: The Curse Of Jacob Tracy by Holly Messinger
Olympus Athens   |  

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The Curse Of Jacob Tracy
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Holly Messinger
Thomas Dunne Books/ St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: December 1st, 2015

“I see dead people.”

Jacob Tracy does, that is. He doesn’t know why. He doesn’t know how. And he doesn’t like it one bit. He and his work partner (and BFF) Boz work where they can find it. Boz knows Trace is a weirdo, but they’ve been relying on each other for a while. Trace tries to suppress his powers, thinking it causes those around him pain or death. It is not until he meets Sabine Fairweather that he admits the full extent to his friend. He’s hopeful she can help him. Otherwise he’s stuck with The Curse Of Jacob Tracy, written by Holly Messinger.

Don’t think all they encounter are ghosts either. Everybody is invited to the party. A particularly riveting scene involves Chinese vampires, but I can’t give it away. Let’s just say they are a nasty lot.

What else can you expect from this fabulous novel?

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Book Review: Lamp Black, Wolf Grey By Paula Brackston
Olympus Athens   |  

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Lamp Black, Wolf Grey
Paperback | Kindle Edition | Audible
Written by Paula Brackston
St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: August 4, 2014
Cover Price: $14.99

In Lamp Black, Wolf Grey by Paula Brackston, Laura and Dan are finally moving to HER dream home in the lush countryside of Wales. Here is where she will make her greatest creations to place in her next art exhibit. Dan will stay in the city during the week and join her in their idyllic home on the weekends, when they will try to conceive. But something strange is happening to Laura during random times, moments where extreme flashes of feeling overcome her. Then she meets gorgeous neighbor Rhys, who is magnetic and appears whenever she needs rescue. (Why can’t I have one of those?) Eventually, Merlin — the famed Arthurian wizard — begins to appear to her as well.

While Laura’s story is being told in the present, there’s chapters flashing back in time to Megan and Merlin, who had lived in the Welsh countryside where Laura now resides. This story was the much better part, and could have been the book all by itself. Megan being victimized by the Lord of the land to get to her love, Merlin, is classic and always a good tale. The added touch of the youngest of the Lord’s sons being so attached to Megan, while being ignored by his father, heightens the tragedy even further.

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Book Review: Agents Of The Internet Apocalypse
Olympus Athens   |  

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Agents Of The Internet Apocalypse: A Novel
The Internet Apocalypse Trilogy
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Wayne Gladstone
Thomas Dunne Books/ St. Martin’s Press
Release Date: July 21st, 2015
Cover Price: $24.99

This book has the most unique premise of any book I have ever read. And I read a lot. It is about the apocalypse. It is about a dystopian world.

I know, I know. That’s not unique! There’s a million dystopian apocalypse books! There’s zombies, “Captain Tripps,” aliens, nuclear catastrophes, government conspiracies, weather anomalies, sorcery, robot takeovers, and space disasters. What makes this book so unique?

Just read the title. It’s about the INTERNET Apocalypse! It’s the Agents Of The Internet Apocalypse by Wayne Gladstone.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Novels Coming In 2011
Henchman21   |  

The Walking Dead started out as a comic book series, and will soon see life as a TV series on AMC, and now it will set out to conquer another format as a series of prose novels, set to release sometime next year. As reported by Deadline, Robert Kirkman’s story about life after the zombie apocalypse will get three novels published by St. Martins Press’s Thomas Dunne books.

The three books will be based on ideas and an outline from Kirkman, with horror novelist Jay Bonansinga writing the actual texts. Bonansinga has several novels to his credit already, and looking at the description of the books (Perfect Victim, Twisted and Shattered) he seems to be a writer whose style will fit well with Kirkman’s own style. Deadline says that the story will take place in the Walking Dead “universe,” so I’m not sure if it will feature Rick Grimes and the rest of the cast of the comic book series, or if Bonansinga will create his own characters and keep them separate from the main cast.

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