A Note on Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Don't get me wrong, I love the work of Marie Lu.  When I saw that she was doing a Batman book, I was excited (to say the least).  Then I picked this book up.
It's not that I'm picky...goodness knows, I see value in a lot of books.  It's not that Marie Lu is lacking in talent.  I would read anything Lu writes, and I greatly enjoy her young adult fiction.  
I guess it's just that...Batman is more like Batboy in this story.  Which is fine, if that's what you're in the market for.  Maybe this is why I struggle to like the Gotham series that is airing right now, too.
While the writing in this book is quality, something about it just seems to suggest that not all characters belong in the young adult column.  But maybe that's just me.

A Note on FTL, Y'all


A Note on Royalboiler by Brandon Graham

If you are looking for an imaginative leap into artwork, and a book that acts like a visual portfolio, check out Brandon Graham's Royalboiler.  I had the pleasure of looking through an advance review copy this week, and the book is enjoyable for those who appreciate detailed comic book art of high quality.
Check out more about this artist at

A Review of Rat Queens #12

Kurtis J. Wiebe, Owen Gieni, and Ryan Ferrier show us how Image Comics can take colorful and cartoon-like imagery and tell a very mature and layered story.  Rat Queens is a prime example of how these two elements coincide, and I enjoyed the book as an adult reader for the way it harkens back to classic fantasy...and yet works for a more discerning audience.
This is yet another Image title I recommend...a vibrant and vivid reading experience.

A Review of Gasolina: Volume 2: Fiesta

The Gasolina story continues in this volume, showcasing the gritty artwork and storyline of this well-done series.  There is a sense of tension and suspense created as we go through these panels, and the creative team of Mackiewicz, Walter, and Lopes construct a world of violence and action, along with character development.
This book is supernatural, realistic, and cinematic, all at the same time.

A Review of For Country by Donald G. Bartling

Three things I liked about For Country:
1.  There is an immediate and well-written sense of history in this book.  Author Donald G. Bartling reaches back into conflicts of the past to begin and shape his conversation.
2.  Bartling writes in a way that is detailed and shows his research.  I always appreciate an author who brings in images, sources, and illustrations to make his point.  Bartling achieves this with excellence.
3.  Along with this search through history and existing sources, Bartling shares his own experience with us.  This writing is mature and well-developed, and this author proves to be engaging and easy to follow.

A Review of Escaped by Rajib Mukherjee

Author Rajib Mukherjee takes what worked so well in his first Portho novel and transports us to a new place with Escaped.  This is a thrilling supernatural noir adventure, and a mashup of many elements I enjoy in a variety of genres.

There is suspense, a sense of humor, and much engagement to be found in this book.  I recommend Mukherjee's words and the Portho series.

A Review of My America Is Back by BJ Melton

Here are three things I liked about My America is Back by BJ Melton:
1.  This is a very personal book, with the author setting his life and times as the foundation for his exploration of the world and politics.  While I don't agree with the politics themselves, I can appreciate the work this book involved.
2.  Intertextual!  Melton uses photographs, a personal introduction, and verses to make his point...and the author conveys his ideas boldly and clearly.
3.  This book acts as an ongoing treatment of difficult conversations Americans have to have.  It's a text that represents this important dialogue.  One of the ideas that the American nation holds dear is freedom of speech, and My America Is Back operates on this notion.

A Review of Love's Autobiography: The Ends of Love by Duane Vorhees

First of all, I have to note poet Duane Vorhee's contribution to the arts with his site,  It's a site I've been featured on and recommend as a source for contemporary poetry.

I also recommend his book, Love's Autobiography.  What you will find in this book is a playful use of words and language, even from the very beginning.  Vorhees takes life and love and uses poetry as a medium for exploring its complexities.

It's literary, with references to authors like John Donne, and the works take the form of a traditionally shaped poems, as well as prose-infused work (as in "Jennifer in Two Voices").  Elsewhere, poems turn experimental and exploratory, as in "sAVAnnA." 

There is much to explore in these pages.

An Interview with Author JW Webb

An Interview with Author JW Webb
1.  What are you reading now?

I'm reading a David Gemmell book--first of his I've read in years. Realm of the Wolf. I was a big fan of Legend and lived in the same town as he did. Also my editor was responsible for publishing him so it's nice be reading another of his fantasy books. Good stuff.

2.  What are you writing now?

I've just finished writing my seventh fantasy novel -- Legends of the Longsword, the sequel to Gray Wolf which will be published Jan 10. My epic The Emerald Queen will be published November 30th, so coming very soon.

3.  Where can we learn more about your work?

You can learn more about my work here or join my VIP Lounge newsletter for weekly fun snippets on myth & Legends, Dark age history, fantasy, Celtic, Norse material, and a weekly adventure starring Corin. Access thru website home page.