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Book Review: The Trials Of Apollo, Book Three: The Burning Maze
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The Trials of Apollo, Book 3: The Burning Maze book review

The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: May 1, 2018

I did not read the first two books in this series. There, I said it. So when people dive into my review and start getting upset that I failed to catch something that I should have, I will fall back on this rather than a sword. The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze serves as a halfway point for the series and, as with all of Rick Riordan‘s books, enables first time readers to not feel alienated or unable to submerge themselves into his story.

I am not a constant reader of Riordan’s work but I will do my best to give you a glimpse of what I saw.

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BookCon 2018 Interview: ‘Ten Dead Comedians’ Author Fred Van Lente
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BookCon 2018: Fred Van Lente interview

Earlier this month, Book Con 2018 arrived at the Javits Center in NYC. This book lover’s dream convention was not only filled with thousands of books from pretty much every publisher ever, but authors were present for panels, signings, photos, and my favorite… interviews.

Fred Van Lente, author of Ten Dead Comedians was there for Quirk Books, signing for his latest, The Con Artist. The Con Artist is set at a convention (of all places) where the lead character, Mike Mason, is suspect number 1 for his rival’s murder.

Check out my interview with the author here below.

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Book Review: The Grey Bastards By Jonathan French
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The Grey Bastards book review

The Grey Bastards
The Lot Lands – Book 1
Hardcover | Kindle Edition | Audiobook
By Jonathan French
Publisher: Orbit Books
Release Date: June 19, 2018

I am a lifelong Dungeons & Dragons fan/player/aficionado and of all the races available for game play back in the day, my least favorite was the half-orc. But things change, folks. They really do. As I dug into The Grey Bastards, I was struck by the fact that my perception of the half-orc was just a single viewpoint that I had never explored fully. Well, thankfully, author Jonathan French did. And he did it with style in this first book of the planned Lot Lands series.

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Book Review: The Robots Of Gotham By Todd McAulty
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The Robots Of Gotham
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Todd McAulty
Publisher: John Joseph Adams | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release date: June 19, 2018

The robopocalypse is coming in Todd McAulty‘s futuristic scifi tome, The Robots Of Gotham.

In his debut novel, McAulty takes us to the year 2083 where many parts of the world are now controlled by a fascist robot regime. After years of war, the United States is now divided, with many areas foreign-occupied, machine-controlled, and/or overrun by Venezuelan “peacekeeping” forces: There’s the Kingdom of Manhattan, a robot-controlled sovereignty; the Occupied States, an area of conflict controlled by the Machine Cabal; the United States Free Zone, which has an elected human President; and the Union of Post-American States, which has a human appointed leader.

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BookCon 2018 Panel: ‘Fight Club’ Author Chuck Palahniuk
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BookCon 2018: Chuck Palahniuk panel

Earlier this month, BookCon came to the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Midtown, Manhattan, where the floors were adorned with publishers, authors, vendors, readers of all ages, and even cosplayers! Like Comic-Con for the literature geeks, New York’s BookCon offered autograph signings, panel discussions, and Q&As all weekend long. Amongst the distinguished guests was acclaimed novelist Chuck Palahniuk. Palahniuk helped define a generation with his 1996 novel Fight Club, which then became a seminal film from director David Fincher in 1999 starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. He has authored countless other novels, short stories, and other works of both fiction and non-fiction literature, notably Choke, Survivor, Lullaby, Haunted, Fight Club 2, and Invisible Monsters. His style tends to cross the borders of the extreme and decent and his work is often considered “transgressional.” During the Con’s Saturday line-up, the author took to the stage to discuss his techniques, where he gets his crazy ideas, and his new book, Adjustment Day.

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BookCon 2018 Interview: ‘Paperbacks From Hell’ Author Grady Hendrix
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BookCon 2018: Grady Hendrix interview

Grady Hendrix, author of such horror gems as Horrorstör, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, and Paperbacks From Hell was signing his upcoming book, We Sold Our Souls, at the Quirk Books booth at BookCon 2018 last week. Resplendent in a white suit with pink tie, I knew I was in for treat with this awesome writer.

Check out my interview with the author here below.

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Book Review: The City Of Lost Fortunes (A Crescent City Novel)
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The City Of Lost Fortunes
A Crescent City Novel
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
By Bryan Camp
Publisher: John Joseph Adams | Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release date: April 17, 2018

In Bryan Camp‘s debut novel, The City Of Lost Fortunes, a reclusive New Orleans street magician and demigod with the ability to locate lost items is forced out of magical retirement when he’s tasked with solving the murder of the city’s god of Fortune.

Jude Dubuisson is a New Orleans street magician whose schtick is revealing the location of people’s lost items. Oh, and he’s also a demigod, thanks to the deity daddy he never knew. But after Hurricane Katrina tore through his beloved city leaving an overabundance of lost items in its wake, he’s been overwhelmed by his magical gift. The experience took something out of him, as it did to most of the city’s residents, leaving him without his usual swagger and knowing grin, prompting his retirement from the magical community. Unfortunately, he didn’t walk away six years ago scott-free – he still owes a debt to the Fortune god and it looks like now it’s being called in. An invitation to a divine card game ends with the murder of the Fortune god, and now Jude has been drafted by a former employer to find the killer. Who is powerful enough to kill a god and what is their motive? And how is Jude connected to all of this to begin with?

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Book Review: King Of Ashes (The Firemane Saga Book 1) By Raymond E. Feist
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King Of Ashes Raymond E. Feist

King Of Ashes
The Firemane Saga – Book 1
Hardcover | Paperback (Large Print) | Kindle | Audiobook
By Raymond E. Feist
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Paperback Release date: May 8, 2018

Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod! Raymond E. Feist has not only released a new book, but it is the start of a brand new series! As a connoisseur of all things Riftwar, Midkemia, and Kelewan, I am astounded to find that this new series is a whole new setting! King Of Ashes is the first novel in The Firemane Saga which takes place on the world of Garn. This takes epic to all new levels, as Feist’s previous setting is rich with depth beyond the norm. Will this new world match up to 30 books and 35 years of storytelling? We shall see!

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Book Review: Dungeons & Dragons: Mordenkainen’s Tome Of Foes
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Mordenkainen’s Tome Of Foes
Hardcover
D&D Accessory
Wizards Of The Coast
Release Date: May 29, 2018

As almost any tabletop gamer will tell you, game changes and additions will please some and anger others. This is true of technical expansions as well. Knowing this, I took to the shops and chatted with friends regarding the newest Dungeons & Dragons source book Mordenkainen’s Tome Of Foes. I had already heard from a couple of buddies that impressions were polarized after the exclusive release at hobby and game shops on May 18th, with the rest of the merchants shelving it on May 29th. With that in mind, I wanted to take a more critical look at it from the eyes and mouths of other gamers, but of course I will add my own impressions to the review.

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BookCon 2018: Chicago Review Press Spotlight
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BookCon 2018: Chicago Review Press

At BookCon 2018 this past weekend, publishers converged at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City to the delight of bibliophiles everywhere. I was in heaven and got a chance to meet up with a rep at Chicago Review Press to discuss some of their exciting new titles for the upcoming book season.

Check out some of their upcoming titles here below…

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