We’ve all been missing the weekly Dark Horse Presents reviews so here we are! Back again reviewing the greatest comic book anthology ever. Time to look at the awesomely huge 28th volume! This one was released to celebrate four years of Dark Horse Comics existing! No mean feat in the 80’s when Marvel and DC ruled comicdom with iron fists!
This comic book contained four AWESOME stories….. and two comedic monster throwaways in my opinion. Maybe cheesy monster comic short stories are your thing! If so you’d probably enjoy Roachmill or Mr Monster. It isn’t my thing so less said about those the better.
Homicide by John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke really causes you to be afraid with this intense episode. The use of Pat Brosseau’s lettering for the shotgun blasts and cocking really hits hard. Well done!
Concrete by Paul Chadwick AGAIN proves to be way ahead of its time! This conversation on what we are doing to our planet and the realization that we’re connected to it needs to happen today! Thankful he was bringing it up in 1987, saddened that we still neglect this topic in 2017.
ZONE! I’ve been waiting for Michael Kraiger’s intelligently done comic book to make an appearance! Love his use of grey tones in his art and how he uses the lettering to draw you into his work. We’ll see more of this as DHP continues!
You might be bad ass. But you’ll never be Black Cross clutching barbwire after killing a small army bad ass. Chris Warner again delivers on this emotional action as Black Cross wages his solo war against an immoral enemy.
Almost reached a few of my favorite stories! Eager to read and review on!
Do you remember that rock band you loved as a kid? The one that everyone knew was the BEST?! The one you’d always measure every other band against? And then they all went their separate ways… disbanded… settled down… got old…. Well, what if you could get them back together for one amazingly glorious tour? Do you think they’d rock it?? Could they still slay?
Kings Of The Wyld by Nicholas Eames doesn’t feature an aged rock band getting back together. Instead it features an aged band of mercenaries in a world that reveres mercenary bands as ours does rock stars, and this particular band was the greatest ever! That is they were the greatest ever before they quit, broke up the band, went their separate ways, and got old. But now years later their front man needs the band back together again for one last quest and this quest is the most dangerous one they’ve ever taken on, but it’s also the most important. If they fail, the front man’s daughter dies, and civilization might follow into destruction soon after.
This book kicks ass! It’s downright funny, adventurous, exciting, touching, heart wrenching, and engaging! The world building is fun, the action is intense, the characters well done, and it’s an all around good read. I downloaded a sample and after the first chapter I purchased the whole book because it’s amazing! It’s difficult to believe this is the author’s first book but it is so the future is bright! Give Kings Of The Wyld a try, just be prepared to set aside all your other books for it! This reader can’t wait for more from the author.
Feature Friday consists of short feature pieces on authors who deserve attention. These Feature Fridays will hopefully draw your eyes to some amazing books you might have otherwise missed!
Today’s Feature Friday features: Brian Ruckley!
My first introduction to Brian Ruckley was to read his amazing book The Free which tells the tale of the greatest band of mercenaries ever taking one final contract that could spell their doom while possibly saving the world. It’s also the tale of a young lad snatched up from his family home and thrust into his lord’s army who ends up surviving his first taste of war and falling in with The Free. It’s a beautifully tragic tale that is full of magic and warfare. Truly an incredible book!
Brian Ruckley also wrote The Godless World Trilogy which is amazing. I’m on the final book of the trilogy now. It is a brutal world that was abandoned by the gods who created it. The beings left on the planet are warring amongst themselves and are unleashing furious magic upon the world. I honestly don’t know how this trilogy will close and have no idea if the primary characters will live to that end. That makes me love this trilogy all the more.
Brian Ruckley’s work is incredibly good! Very well written characters, excellent world building, tragic realities, brutal warfare, and captivating stories! I hope you give his work a read! Download a sample of The Free here and be ready to enjoy an incredibly moving story.
One thing we need to do is post more and one thing that helps us do so is having themes to keep up with. Introducing: Feature Friday! Feature Friday will be short feature pieces on authors who deserve attention. These Feature Fridays will hopefully be fun and hopefully draw your eyes to some amazing books you might have otherwise missed!
To kick off our very first Feature Friday we present: Karissa Laurel!
Karissa’s Norse Chronicles is one of my favorite series. It’s a modern day tale of Ancient Norse Dieties in our world, and of the people who are drawn into their battles! It’s good stuff! The series starts off with Midnight Burning and you can find RedStarReviews’ review of it Here.
Karissa’s stories are engaging, the characters are living, their interactions draw you in, and the story is intensely good! Y’all should download a sample of her work to your ereaders and give the story a try this weekend. 🙂
This is the first of (hopefully) many Feature Fridays and our hope is that we get to introduce readers and writers to each other! Happy Friday.
As y’all know I feature independent or small press authors that I really think shine like a bright star in the sky. I’ve just read one that burns so brightly it’s like a nova! It is in contention to be one of my favorite books this year!
What book is this? It is The Heart Of Stone by Ben Galley! A standalone fantasy that is full of old magic, new characters, and a fresh story!
The Heart Of Stone is the story of Task, a 400+ year old golem who has been created by and enslaved to treacherous warlords who have forced him to unleash devastation on wartorn lands. All the while ignoring or actively trying to destroy the conscience that burns within Task.
But Task isn’t the only amazing POV character! You have a villainous warlord, a treacherous spy, a brave girl, and a cowardly hero! All bring powerful perspectives to an engaging story. Each character compels you to turn the pages so that you can see what happens next.
I tore through this book. I could barely stop reading it to sleep! It kept me up well past bedtime and had me waking up early to sneak in more reading. I love getting to see humanity through the eyes of an ancient being and Ben Galley delivers on that concept.
The Heart Of Stone is a book I think you’ll love and I’m encouraging you to check out this bright star in the reading galaxy. It’s a rewarding read that’ll leave you fulfilled while still wanting more. You can find it for sale here. Let me know what you think about it once you read it! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this awesome story.
DNF Books: Did Not Finish Books. What makes you not finish a book?
Maybe you found the book to be boring, predictable, and have shallow characters?
Maybe you tried to read the entire series at once and got burned out on it?
Maybe even though you love the author and it’s not a book in a series you find that the author has told the same story one too many times?
Or maybe you just got bored?
What makes you not finish a book? Any of these reasons? Or another? What causes you to walk away from a story?
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Hope y’all are having a wonderful April!
So what’s a GroupRead, and why is it time for one? GroupReads are fun! That’s what they are! 🙂 Okay a better description: GroupReads are when readers jointly pick out a book to read at the same time. Normally accompanied by cool hashtags and fun discussions! Y’all might recall following along with a few of them I’ve featured here in the past. I wanted to let you know about the GroupReads I am joining in on during 2017 and invite y’all to take part!
First up is #MarchToMorningStar which started when Sadie and I decided to read Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Trilogy and to start in March! Hence the hashtag! I had already read (and loved) the first two books in the trilogy, but wanted to reread them before diving into the finale. I’ve just started Morning Star today, some others in the group are at the start of Golden Son. If you’d like to join in now you’re welcome to! I’ll be writing a blog on the whole trilogy once I’ve finished reading it.
Y’all know I’ve been wanting to reread Tad Williams’ Memory Sorrow And Thorn Trilogy for a while now. The fact that he’s returned to Osten Ard to start telling stories again makes me want to dive into this world even more! So when Kefuwa suggested a GroupRead of it to start in May I jumped right in!
My friend Sadie has read Dan Simmons’ horror novels, I’ve read his SciFi novels, but neither of us have read his Hyperion Cantos. So we decided to try it out! This Summer we’ll be reading Hyperion which is a SciFi novel I’ve been meaning to read for ages! I still haven’t picked up a copy yet, this book is the library’s copy, but I’m on the hunt for it!
You know how much I love L.E. Modesitt Jr so when a group of fellow readers say they’d like to give him a chance: I jump at the opportunity to introduce them to his work! This September I’ll be hosting a GroupRead of his book The Magic Of Recluce which is the first book in his Recluce Saga and well worth a read!
Last but not least I’m interested in having a GroupRead of Richard Adams’ classic Watership Down. I plan on reading it this year and keep encountering others who, like me, keep saying they’ve been wanting to read it. Well here is our chance! Get ahold of a copy and let’s pick out a month!
Those are the books I’m planning on reading with others, and I wanted to invite y’all to join in! Did any interest you? Let me know and I’ll supply you with more details!