Tag Archive: reviewing


Stephen C. Ormsby has jumped to a new blog.
This is where you will find Author Interviews, Reviews and
updates for Stephen and his works as well.

Please do not fear – I still have lots of Interviews to go
and have more coming in each and every day,
but I have combined my efforts with Marieke, my beautiful
cover designing photographer muse.

Please join us at http://IdeasCaptured.com/Blog.
We also have a new Twitter name of @IdeasCaptured,
which I urge you to follow as well.

There you will also be able to view the wonderful photos Marieke has taken as well.

Over time, we will migrate all the Author Interviews and Reviews
on the IdeasCaptured blog, so they will not be lost!

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Rachel is a new friend of mine, but is becoming a fast friend.  She has a wicked sense of humour and really great writing style, which I am somewhat envious of.  Her first book ‘White Gold’ is doing amazing things.  The only problem is not she’s not quite Australian, even though she now lives out here.

Oh well, we all have our little faults.  Anyway….  Here’s the wonderful Rachel Amphlett:

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I have the absolute pleasure of introducing Norman Wilson of Melange Publishing as the newest reader to join my review club. Norman is a published author of the Shamanic Mysteriesand, and is also the contact point for a number of authors I have now interviewed.

At some stage during our email conversations, Norman let me know he was reading my book Long Lost Song. With pride, I can now present to you his review:

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Kurt Vonnegut: Letters

Kurt Vonnegut (edited and with an introduction by Dan Wakefield)
Random House Publishing Group
      Delacorte Press

Pub Date                Oct 30 2012

Description
This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction. Written over a sixty-year period, these letters, the vast majority of them never before published, are funny, moving, and full of the same uncanny wisdom that has endeared his work to readers worldwide.Included in this comprehensive volume: the letter a twenty-two-year-old Vonnegut wrote home immediately upon being freed from a German POW camp, recounting the ghastly firebombing of Dresden that would be the subject of his masterpiece Slaughterhouse-Five;wry dispatches from Vonnegut’s years as a struggling writer slowly finding an audience and then dealing with sudden international fame in middle age; righteously angry letters of protest to local school boards that tried to ban his work; intimate remembrances penned to high school classmates, fellow veterans, friends, and family; and letters of commiseration and encouragement to such contemporaries as Gail Godwin, G�nter Grass, and Bernard Malamud.

TekWar

William Shatner
Open Road
      Open Road

Pub Date                Nov 13 2012

Description

In this national bestseller, a private detective in twenty-second-century Los Angeles fights to destroy the synthetic high that nearly ruined him.
Not satisfied with the thrills of being one of Greater Los Angeles’ toughest cops, Jake Cardigan turns to Tek, a computerized brain stimulant which transports the user to any reality he can imagine. He’s soon addicted to this fantasy-enabler—and it isn’t long before Cardigan is accused of dealing. When he fails to convince the mechanized jury of his innocence, the state strips his badge and sentences him to fifteen years in suspended animation. Four years later he’s awakened. His sentence has been changed, but no one will tell him why. Cardigan’s search for answers takes him to Mexico, where a rogue scientist is attempting to rid the world of Tek. But these efforts have roused powerful enemies. Aiding this quest is the right thing to do, but for an ex-con, doing good can be the most dangerous decision of all.

Dead on Ice

A Lovers in Crime Mystery

Lauren Carr
Acorn Book Services
      Acorn Book Services

Pub Date                Sep 1 2012

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  • ISBN9780985726737
  • Price13.99
  • CurrencyUSD
  • EditionPaperback

Description

              Dead on Ice is the first installment of Lauren Carr’s new series (Lovers in Crime). It features Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Joshua Thornton and his new love, Pennsylvania State Police homicide detective Cameron Gates.In this Loves in Crime Mystery, spunky Pennsylvania State Homicide Detective Cameron Gates is tasked with solving the murder of Cherry Pickens, a legendary star of pornographic films, when body turns up in an abandoned freezer. The case has a personal connection to Cameron’s lover, Joshua Thornton, because the freezer was found in his cousin’s basement. It doesn’t take long for their investigation to reveal that the risqu� star’s roots were buried in their rural Ohio Valley community, something that Cherry had kept off her show business bio. She should have kept her hometown off her road map, too-because when this starlet came running home from the mob, it proved to be a fatal homecoming.In her new series, Lauren Car teams up her first literary detective with a new and exciting partner. Homicide Detective Cameron Gates has a spunky personality that’s a perfect complement to Joshua Thornton’s logical and responsible nature.

More Tea, Jesus?

James Lark
HarperCollins UK
      authonomy

Pub Date                Aug 27 2012

ISBN             9780007476244

Description

The second coming is nigh . . . it just happens to be coming at rather an inconvenient time.

It’s been an eventful month for the village of Little Collyweston: Reverend Andy  Biddle, still trying to regain his dignity following an ill-advised omelette  analogy during a sermon, teeters on the brink of scandal. Opinionated  parishioner Sathan Petty-Saphon has spotted an opportunity to seize control of  the church. And young Gerard Feehan has, thanks to the Vicar, embarked on a  journey of self-discovery that will quite possibly lead his Mother to an act of  homicide.

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John Brunner

Jad Smith
University of Illinois Press
      University of Illinois Press

Pub Date                Jan 30 2013

ISBN         9780252078811
Description:
Under his own name and numerous pseudonyms, John Brunner (1934–1995) was one of the most prolific and influential science fiction authors of the late twentieth century. During his exemplary career, the British author wrote with a stamina matched by only a few other great science fiction writers and with a literary quality of even fewer, importing modernist techniques into his novels and stories and probing every major theme of his generation: robotics, racism, drugs, space exploration, technological warfare, and ecology.

Three Parts Dead

Max Gladstone
Tor/Forge
      Tor

Description

A  god has died, and it’s up to Tara, first-year associate in the international  necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, to bring Him back to life  before His city falls apart.

Her  client is Kos, recently deceased fire god of the city of Alt Coulumb. Without  Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease  running, and its four million citizens will riot.

Tara’s  job: resurrect Kos before chaos sets in. Her only help: Abelard, a chain-smoking  priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of  faith.

When  Tara and Abelard discover that Kos was murdered, they have to make a case in Alt  Coulumb’s courts—and their quest for the truth endangers their partnership,  their lives, and Alt Coulumb’s  slim hope of survival.

Set  in a phenomenally built world in which justice is a collective force bestowed on  a few, craftsmen fly on lightning bolts, and gargoyles can rule cities, Three  Parts Dead introduces readers to an ethical landscape in which the line between  right and wrong blurs.

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The Same Lie Twice

Ron Goulart
MysteriousPress.com/Open Road
      MysteriousPress.com/Open Road

Pub Date                Sep 25 2012

ISBN9781453277102

Description

A copywriter’s wife has vanished, and only John Easy is slick enough to save her Jim Benning makes $25,000 a year writing drivel for the admen at the Arbogast & Joseph Agency, and his wife thinks he’s worth a whole lot less. Joanna is a model: nervous, beautiful, and prone to meltdowns. In a last-ditch attempt to save their marriage, she agrees to a few sessions with a psychiatrist in San Ignacio—a quack whose psychobabble is more sinister than it appears. But when Joanna disappears, Jim’s only hope is John Easy, the hippest P.I. in Hollywood. Jim gives John a matchbook found in his wife’s purse for a club called Maybe—a swinger’s hideout where morality is not in style—and John plunges into the seedy side of sunny San Ignacio, where the copywriter’s wife led an entirely different sort of existence. To save Joanna from her shadow self, John Easy will have to swing harder than ever before.