I read this article by a wonderful man I met at RealmMakers, and I feel staggered.
My husband disagreed with the quote about Tolkien, but the rest, we had seen it without seeing it. I have a lot to think about now.
I'll go to the airport tomorrow to pick up my husband from his trip to Rwanda. In the meantime, I'm having a great time working on book TEN in the Tales of Talifar. I'm so far ahead of the inventor of the universe, Josh Foreman, (who is supposed to provide the covers and illustrations), that he may never catch up. I hope that 2016 is the year we start published the series.
My husband sent me these pictures from Rwanda this morning. I am so excited. We are a part of Lighthouse in Butare/Huye, and as such are helping this small business of growing mushrooms in a woman's cooperative that is increasing the income of the lowest strata of people in Rwanda. These brave women are now able to send their children to school and eat better. Thank you, Pastor David Nahayo.
I give this book five stars (on Amazon) only because I'm not allowed to give it ten stars. This book has everything. If you like adventure, you will like this book. If you like horror, you will like this book. If you like fantasy, if you like science fiction, you will like this book. If you like romance, there's even some of that around the 80% mark. There is Wizard of Oz. There is Star Trek. There is mythology, language, physics, theology, and magic. Think of a word, it's probably somewhere in the book. Well, maybe not everything. I don't remember any Aztecs. They'll likely be in the next book.
At any rate, what the book is mostly full of is love: love of goodness, family, home, Earth, freedom, and truth. The main character, Ilya, is so delightful that whenever he thought about his mother (whose disappearance turns out not to be from death) I would think about how I would love to add him to my already adorable set of sons. If you like Odd Thomas, you will like Ilya. Like Odd, Ilya does a lot of thinking, ranging from the mundane to the deep to the hilarious to the bizarre. I laughed a lot. I cringed a lot.
Even thought the novel is crammed with riches, it is not a blob or a mess. All the details are polished and pointed. What the book does not have is an ending. Now I have to wait for the next book. That's irritating in one way, and comforting in another. I will have another chance to read about Ilya.
:Shatterworld is a YA, Faith based, Sci-fi which was a great read outside my normal taste. I’ve not read a lot of YA but I enjoyed it. It was a cross between the 100 TV show and Divergent the movie with a pinch of Exodus. I loved the story of a twelve year old straining at trying to be what her family needs and what she desires. The Faith cult that pushes her to fit into their mold and the way she see God work in her to help save their colony. This is a great faith based read without being preachy. I didn’t feel like the beliefs expressed were to initiate me but to show where the internal struggles came from. I really enjoyed it. If I had any critics its that I want to know more.
Kerry Nietz did it
again. He took a horror trope and turned in into a science fiction premise that
works while simultaneously talking about how people cope with change,
community, and family. I did not get the book for free, I paid full price and
feel like I got a good deal. In some ways, this is not great literature, in
that the writing is not lyrical by any means, which a five star book must
usually have for me to rate it so highly, but the story-telling is clear and
intelligent. I would have preferred more technical details of how this all
works, but Nietz wisely neglected to write a manual to please me, and chose to
tell a rollicking tale that at the end made me cry and will please everybody
who likes stories of endurance, family, and the big questions of life. I can't
look at the cover because it's so icky, but I have grown to trust the author
despite his choice of shlocky titles and the occasional unsettling art. This
book can be easily read as a stand-alone, though reading the previous Amish
Vampires from Space will surely help. There is an indication at the end that
there be a sequel to AZfS, and if there is I will buy it. I just hope I won't
take so long to get around to it, as I did this, because, you know, zombies,
yuck. If you haven't read any of his previous books, such as A Star Curiously
Singing, I would like to recommend his other books as well. Do yourself a favor
and read at least samples of his novels and see if you would like to go for his