“Welcome to your afterlife, we wish you the very best of luck.”
Ascension Denied is E.A.A. Wilson’s debut novel, set for release in October 2014. I was lucky enough to read the novel now, and what can I say? It’s something.
The story of Alice Shepherd, or should I say, the story of her afterlife, Ascension Denied has the right dosage of humor to make something as serious as death and the afterlife a lot less frightening. Of course, they do say that the most serious issues can only be told in the form of jokes. Continue reading
Today I want to recommend a really great novella to you guys: Kingdom of the Sun by Ariffa Bevin. Continue reading
Every Friday I’ll try to review a self-published book. Something that’s really worth reading, something of great quality in terms of style, technique, or just narrative.
Today I’m going to review The Amber Ring, by A.L. Walton, whom some of you know as Piscis.
I’m not much of a book reviewer, so I’m going to share with you the exact quote that kind of tells you what this novella is all about:
What were the thrills of love and excitement when they came burdened with anguish and heartache? Given the option, would anyone truly choose to feel when it was so much easier, so much safer, so much less painful, to forsake sentiment altogether? Continue reading
Some of you know that The Great Gatsby is my favorite novel. I never fully explained why, and the truth is that I wanted to write this post for a long time, but I was reluctant because The Great Gatsby is so popular that some people will say they’ve loved it for that, the same way some will say they hated it because it’s cool to hate everything that’s popular. You know, it’s a common misconception that popular always means of lesser quality.
But this is just my opinion. Also, I’ll never say The Great Gatsby is the best novel ever written. I don’t think such a thing exists. Instead, I believe there are a few novels out there that are perfect.
My definition of perfect is the following: a story where a balance has been established. There’s nothing to be taken away, nothing to be added. I’d list a number of such stories, like The Turn of the Screw by Henry James and The Invention of Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares.
Anyway, in the end it all comes down to personal taste. And culture, and education, and the type of books you enjoy reading, and a bunch of other stuff. Some people might hate The Great Gatsby for the same reasons I love it.
Now, let’s get to the actual post.
It’s been a while since I properly reviewed a book. It’s not because I haven’t read anything worth mentioning, but I just had other stuff to write about. But now… I really do want to recommend something.
Yesterday, for 12 hours straight, I read the first season of Yesterday’s Gone. Yeah, that’s right. The first season. Because this is a serialized novel written by Sean Platt and David Wright. Continue reading
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorite writers. His style is unmistakable, his characters are brilliant, and at times, his writing is brilliantly executed. Continue reading
Dune by Frank Herbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Few novels have exerted such a tremendous influence on me. Frank Herbert’s masterpiece, and undeniably one of the very best SciFi novels ever written, takes a life of its own in the span of the first few pages. Continue reading