Category Archives: book reviews

Buying book reviews: Valid marketing tool or false advertising?

The New York Times has a story on the rise and fall of GettingBookReviews.com, a service owned by Todd Rutherford where, for a fee, authors could commission several dozen 5-star reviews and get them posted on Amazon and other online … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews | 1 Comment

Book Review: Oathbreaker, Book 2: The Magus’s Tale by Colin McComb

Originally posted at The New Podler Review of Books. The Magus’s Tale, book two in Colin McComb’s Oathbreaker series, primarily follows young Alton, a boy plucked from certain death by Magus Underhill to become the elderly magus’s apprentice.  Alton spends his childhood … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, novels | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Weight of Blood by David Dalglish

Originally posted at New Podler Review of Books. Harruq and Qurrah Tun are half-elf/half-orc brothers who’ve been mocked and beaten their whole lives for their mixed blood. They eke out a living in squalid conditions through odd jobs and thievery, … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, novels | Leave a comment

Review for ASPECT OF PALE NIGHT

I just got a nice review of my mystery novel ASPECT OF PALE NIGHT from the Good Book Alert review site. An excerpt: Rob Steiner describes mystery ASPECT OF PALE NIGHT as having a similar voice to Stephanie Plum, which … Continue reading

Posted in ASPECT OF PALE NIGHT, book reviews, ebooks, geek chic, Nook, writing | 1 Comment

Book Review: Lacuna: Demons of the Void by David Adams

Just posted my review of Lacuna: Demons of the Void by David Adams on the New Podler Review of Books. Fans of straight-forward alien invasion stories will like this one. I liked it, too, despite some copy editing issues and … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, ebooks | Leave a comment

Book Review: Oathbreaker, Book 1: The Knight’s Tale by Colin McComb

Oathbreaker, Book 1: The Knight’s Tale by Colin McComb, is a riveting debut fantasy from an author who knows what fantasy fans love (he wrote adventures for TSR, after all) – visceral prose; logically sound and creative world-building; and fascinating … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, ebooks | Leave a comment

Book Review: Creepers by Bryan Dunn

My review of Creepers by Bryan Dunn is up at the New Podler Review of Books. Fans of B horror movies will love this one: Creepers follows the same pattern as my beloved SyFy movies – cut-out characters, dubious science, … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, ebooks | Leave a comment

The positives of negative reviews

I review small-press and self-published books at the New Podler Review of Books, and I’ve unfortunately read my share of, shall we say, “challenging” books. I hate writing bad reviews. I’m an author, too, so I know how much blood, … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews, writing | Leave a comment

I Review Books, Too!

I’m a very, very naughty book reviewer. Very naughty. I’ve reviewed indie books at the New Podler Review of Books for almost a year and have failed to promote my reviews on my own blog. I’m hanging my head in … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews | Leave a comment

Book Review: Hell House by Richard Matheson

You know you’re reading a great horror novel when you have to keep your eyes open in the shower — despite the shampoo stinging the hell out of them — so you can be sure there’s no rotting-corpse-ghost peeking in … Continue reading

Posted in book reviews | Leave a comment