Category: Book Reviews

 

Hair In All The Wrong Places by Andrew Buckley

Andrew Buckley is one of those authors who, when you’ve read one of their books, you know you will read everything they write. Hair In All The Wrong Places met and even exceeded my expectations. I read the novel in two sessions and only put it down the first time as I had a school visit.

Colin, a lanky weed of a kid whose reflection in the mirror agrees that he is a total loser, is sent to his grandmother’s house because his parents couldn’t be bothered to look after him. For most kids this would be a devastating occurrence, but for Colin it turns out to be the best thing that could ever have happened to him. Admittedly he is almost immediately bullied at his new school, nothing new there, but then he gets bitten by a werewolf when trying to run back to his parents; no idea why after the way they treated him, but there you go.

This turns out to be a positive event in his life and his new found strength and muscle growth are quite appealing to him. The increase in his sense of smell is also a boon, sometimes, as there are some things he can smell that I’m sure he would rather not.

The tale that follows is a fun read and will keep you pretty much enthralled throughout the entire novel and I have no hesitation in giving it five stars. I could have said more in the review, but any more would probably involve spoilers or me wittering on until I’d practically written out the entire novel 🙂

 

Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. After pitching and developing several screenplay projects for film and television, he worked in marketing and public relations, before becoming a professional copy and content writer. During this time Andrew began writing his first adult novel, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH, followed closely by his second novel, STILTSKIN both published by Curiosity Quills Press.

Andrew also writes under the pen name ‘Jane D. Everly’ for his HAVELOCK series of novels. His first upper middle grade novel HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES was published in Summer 2016 by Month9Books. The Scholastic Books edition will be available in January 2017 with the sequel due to be released in August 2017.

Andrew also co-hosts a geek movie podcast, is working on several new novels, and has a stunning amount of other ideas. He now lives happily in the Okanagan Valley, BC with one beautiful wife, three kids, one cat, one needy dog, and a multitude of characters that live comfortably inside of his mind.

Andrew is represented by Mark Gottlieb at the Trident Media Group.

The Actuator: Fractured Earth by James Wymore

ActuatorThe Actuator; a machine that can transform the world around you into your favorite genre.  Fantasy, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Horror; an amazing concept.  Machine Monks are the people whose imagination the machine draws upon to create these alternate realities.

Dampers contain the alternate reality within a one mile radius in the desolate desert, keeping the world safe.  But someone has other ideas and sabotages the dampers.  When the Actuator is activated the whole planet becomes the test area.  Billions are affected by the changes wrought as the imagination of the Machine Monks spreads unhindered across the globe.

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Wolf by Jim Ringel

Wolf-cover2500-672x1024The dogs have gone. Humans have deserted the suburbs and crammed themselves into the cities.

Johnny’s life is down the crapper.  No sales -a salesman’s job is to sell. And no wife -she divorced him because he can’t sell.  He once had a dog, but euthanized it when it got old.  A piece of that dog lives in him, literally.  After Sindra died he took a part of her to keep with him forever, and each day he injects a tiny piece of her into his body.  His most treasured possession is the small vial containing a piece of her.

His life tumbles further down the sewer when a fellow salesman is killed in an alleyway.  Two things, apart from the death of his co-worker, complicate matters further.  A dog is in the alleyway, the first that has been seen for years.  And, an order his associate is carrying is worth a shit load of money.  Money that Johnny believes can repair his marriage and turn his life around. The problem is, his company doesn’t sell any products with the eight digit code on the order form. To fulfill the order he must find out what the product is. And from that moment his life is turned upside down.

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Death, The Devil And The Goldfish by Andrew Buckley

Death, The Devil And The Goldfish CoverNigel Reinhardt starts his day suspended upside down, from the top of a tall building, by a moronic thug. This isn’t too unusual if you owe a loan shark over fifty grand.  But it’s probably not the norm for a police detective.  Apart from being an awesome copper Nigel has this teensy gambling problem, the result of which has landed him in this little spot of bother.  Normally this wouldn’t be too much of an issue as Nigel has a talent for talking himself out of tough spots.

Meanwhile the Devil, Lucifer, Satan, Beelzebub, or whatever is your favorite moniker, has decided to take a week off from Hades to wreak havoc on our little blue planet.  Things don’t go too right for him as the body he aimed to posses had the audacity to die and that means he ends up in someone (thing) he didn’t expect.  Not too much of a problem; after all he’s the devil.  But, collecting souls is a bit of a problem when Death gets rat arsed in Ireland and promptly quits his job.  Now no-one is dying.Well, not totally true as they do actually die but as there is no-one to guide them to their correct destination they promptly return to earth, alive.

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Stiltskin by Andrew Buckley

Stiltskin CoverRichard Darkly has had a crappy day and has no idea of how much worse it is about to get. The fact that a homicidal dwarf landed in his bathtub and a lunatic fairy renders him unconscious is just the beginning of the adventure – no scratch that, I mean nightmare – which is about to follow.

Strange things have happened to him throughout his life and he has come to expect them. But when he is thrust into another world where the characters from fairy tales of childhood seem to live, but not exactly as sweet and jolly as he was led to expect, then his sanity and whole belief system is tested to the full.

This story is a helter-skelter ride of hilarity and fun.

Definitely a must read for anyone who enjoys humorous fantasy.  Get your copy here.  You won’t regret it.

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Salvation by Jame Wymore

perf6.000x9.000.inddA soldier left for dead on an icy wasteland is taken in by a benevolent couple, Masey and Bowen. He has no recollection of his life before waking in the aftermath of the battle. After months of care by his new adoptive family he takes the name Masey was to give the child she never bore; Elwood.

Elwood instinctively knows weapons, how to fight and how to lead men in battle. These skills are desperately needed in the months to come when he must build an army from his new extended family.  They must fight or die at the hands of the creatures who took his memory, and past life, from him.

This is a great story which is filled with action and emotion.  A must read for all who love fantasy. Get your copy here. :)

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Sky Jumpers by Peggy Wheeler Eddleman

Sky JumpersHope’s inventions always seem to fail and she feels like an embarrassment to her adoptive parents, especially when inventing is one of the most important skills for the village of White Rock, post WWIII.

She is a classic tomboy who loves nothing better than taking risks.

The fallout from the Green Bombs which decimated civilization as we know it provide the perfect outlet for her thrill seeking nature.  The Bomb’s Breath, a single breath from which can kill, is a deadly residue from these bombs but has a property which is irresistible to Hope.  Its density makes for an awesome experience, if you can call jumping off a towering cliff without a parachute, awesome.

Sky Jumping is the thrilling pastime of leaping off a cliff and using the density of the Bomb’s Breath to slow your decent, but as you pass through you must hold your breath or die.

Hope’s fearless and sometimes reckless nature is tested to the full when a group of bandits raid her village to steal antibiotics, an immensely valuable commodity in post WWIII.  With the threat of death hanging over White Rock she must put her fears behind her and use her natural leadership skills to save her family and friends. The village motto ‘Work With Your Strengths’  becomes more than just a slogan for Hope!

Sky Jumpers is a great read which kids of all ages, including myself, will love.

Get your copy here, you won;t regret it 🙂

About Peggy:

Peggy Eddleman for blogPeggy Eddleman is the author of the middle grade post-apocalyptic adventure SKY JUMPERS, to be published by Random House in Fall 2013. She hangs out at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah with her three hilarious and fun kids (two sons and a daughter), and her incredibly supportive husband. Besides writing, Peggy enjoys playing laser tag with her family, making dinner, reading to her kids, toilet papering friends’ houses, doing cartwheels in long hallways, trying new restaurants, and occasionally painting murals on walls.