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Born of Blood by SB Knight

Many of us grow up knowing who our mother and father are from the day we are born. We learn the family history as we grow up and often we can find pride in where we came from. There are those, however, that have no idea who their parents are and are often adopted children. These children can grow up not knowing their families past and are cared for by those who may love them, but are not blood.

In the book, Born of Blood, by author SB Knight we are introduced to one such woman. Her name is Jocelyn “Jesse” Banks, and she is and adopted child. She was fortunate that her adoption was handled by the church and she was put in the home of two very caring parents. They may not be thrilled with Jesse’s job in a machine shop, but they truly want the best for their child.

Jesse has gotten to the point in her life that she has even tried Online Dating and it is here that she finds herself introduced to the mysterious Drake.  The man somewhat speaks in riddles in his emails but she does find herself attracted to the man. They do eventually meet and their first date does prove how special this woman is to Drake.

The problem for Jesse comes that after meeting Drake and bringing him into her circle of life things begin to get strange.  She finds him showing up at bars, work and other locations she happens to be at. She even finds herself attacked after a late dinner with Drake one evening. A coworker suddenly disappears leading her boss to close the business to find the missing man, his brother.  Strange and violent murders begin to happen in her area, and one is a prostitute that may look like Jesse.  Lastly Jesse finds herself finally talking and getting to know her nerdy neighbor Sam, which could lead to trouble for them both.

There is one key aspect that has not been mentioned as of yet and this is as you read the book you will find that Drake is a VAMPIRE.  Drake is return to those blood thirsty, planning, and devious creatures that many have read about over the years. This is a man, no beast who knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to have that desire.

What SB Knight does within the pages of Born of Blood is remind the reader what a vampire is. He reminds you that they maybe human looking but their soul is dark and deadly.  SB also adds another element to this book that is intriguing as found within the first few pages.  He takes you back into history and reminds us of one of the blood thirstiest women to have lived. This woman is reported to have murdered hundreds of young girls, and she is the Blood Countess herself, Elizabeth Bathory. SB does a tremendous job tying these glimpses into the past, into the current period in which the book takes place.

Born of Blood is a book that fans of the vampire genre will enjoy. In truth, fans of all types will find this book a great read. SB Knight does a great job in using his words to paint a picture of what is happening within the book. He also makes you aware of how powerful, deceitful and deadly a vampire is when you cross them.  The book is full of history not just from the flashbacks to the days of Bathory, but also the thing Jesse is missing most, her family history.

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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in Reviews

 

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Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity

Ever picture, wonder, or imagine what it would be like if the creatures out of Ancient Myths were real? It can bring many thoughts to the mind and many possible implications to the world we live in today. In the Anthology, “Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity”, the team at Siren’s Call Publications brings such a book together.

The Anthology brings twelve great authors together to give them an outlet to tell their stories. Creatures of all kind awaken within the pages of the book and the mind. There is a great mixture of stories from the scary to the cursed. In truth all those characters involved in the stories have quite the existence as the stories unfold.

Each author sets a story that will have you learning just enough about the mythological character that you should be able to place who, or what, they are. If you are unable to do this there is no real concern as the stories themselves are a great read and easily worth a review.

Out of the twelve stories some of the characters you will come across are well known. They include satyrs, gluttonous children, Morrigan, and others. After all there are twelve brilliantly written stories with in the anthology, “Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity”.

The stories are well edited and written in such a manner that even younger readers should enjoy their stories. However, keep in mind that these are adults writing stories that are meant to speak of monstrosity. There are some adult themes in a story, or is it two, that you will want to watch for. The violence portrayed in aspects of the different stories are done in a brilliant way and toned just enough that they work with each story.

Below you will find links to each one of the featured authors within the anthology and you’d miss out on their other great works if you do not check their sites out. Also be sure to look at Siren’s Call Publications for other great books.

Siren’s Call Publications

Thomas James Brown

Nina D’Arcangela

K Trap Jones

Amber Keller

Lisamarie Lamb

Edward Lorn

Kate Monroe

Alexa Muir

Joseph Pinto

J. Marie Ravenshaw

Julianne Snow

Jonathan Templar

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2012 in Reviews

 

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Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed

Growing up many parents tell their kids bedtime stories, which often have a lesson to be learned and a happy ending. Some of these stories even become feature films that bring those childhood memories to life in front of your eyes. The one thing many don’t realize is that many of the older bedtime stories did not have the happy endings we find today. The characters were not always warm and cuddly but instead dark and dangerous.

Stories were originally told to scare children, and get them to listen to the dangers of the world around them. A great example is, “The Boy who Called Wolf.” In this story the young boy calls wolf one to many times and when one does appear he is eaten along with the sheep he was guarding. This story taught the importance of telling the truth and not to lie, with a deadly lesson.

The anthology, “Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed”, brought to you by Sirens Call Publications is full of dark stories. These are not the things you want to read to a young child, and often the lesson learned is by the parents.

There are twelve different stories within the anthology, each representing the imagination of one of the authors featured within the anthology itself.  The stories all have a major common theme, and that is a child and something going pump in the night. Innocent objects are used to create some of the nightmares seen within the pages, and some can be as simple as a sock drawer or beloved teddy bear.

Each author provides a story that will surely keep the reader on edge. They will get to follow each story and its plot lines, and little twists to an end that may surprise. The stories may be the type that teach a lesson, or just leave Goosebumps along the arms as you read. These can be caused by any of the stories, and mainly if you find yourself really relating to one of them, if not more.

The thing about any anthology is that the reader may not find themselves liking all the stories. A fan of any genre must not quit in their reading but move on to the next story, and further on. The reader is sure to find at least one story they will truly enjoy. The authors within “Childhood Nightmares: Under The Bed” have turned in quality tales that will surely asking for more. The anthology’s list of great authors and the title of their stories are just below.

Forgotten by Jack Wallen

Baby Teeth by Kim Krodel

Madeleine by Julianne Snow

Telling Tales by Phil Hickes

Excess Baggage by Lisamarie Lamb

Timothy by Joshua Skye

Show and Tell by Kate Monroe

The Confession of a Confirmed Has-Been by John McILveen

Seeing is Believing by Amber Keller

Bent Metal by Nina D’Arcangela

Shade of Red by Colin F. Barnes

Socks by Brandon Scott (using his real name now which is Adam Ickes)

Anthology brought to us by Sirens Call Productions

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2012 in Reviews

 

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Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds – Review

The Akinya family is one of wealth and prestige. It’s a family that has seen the labors of its matriarch, Eunice; grow the family to become rich and powerful.  Eunice has put herself in seclusion and lives in a space station called, “Winter Palace”. It is here that she dies and we find the lives of the Akinya family may change for either the good, or be ripped apart.

These are some of the items that Alastair Reynolds introduces readers to in the book, “Blue Remembered Earth”. This is first book in his Poseidon’s Children series.

The book opens up with a letter, of types, explaining slightly what may lie ahead in the book. It gives us a bit of a background into who Eunice was. We then are given a prologue that introduces to Geoffrey and Sunday Akinya. These two children are the grandkids of Eunice and at an early age we find them exploring around the family compound.

This exploration leads them into trouble when they come across an artifact from a forgotten war. The events of this prologue help to give a bit of foreshadowing of who Geoffrey and Sunday grow up to be. Geoffrey becoming a man obsessed with studying the elephants of Africa and flying his old Cessna airplane over more modern devices. Sunday moved out into the stars and lives in a zone on the Moon were the devices of their modern world are not always active.

These events all tie together into what will eventually become a mystery into the loose ends that Eunice may have left behind upon her death.

The family company is being run by cousins Hector and Lucas who seem to look for profit over so many things. Geoffrey and Sunday are seen as family outcasts as they have shunned their family obligations and have gone and done their own thing. Geoffrey receives a small amount of money for his elephant research, but Sunday is left to fend for herself.

It’s after Eunice’s death that Geoffrey gets an offer few could refuse. The cousins come to him asking him to clear up a family loose end and check out a safe deposit box that Eunice left on the moon. After much decision Geoffrey agrees to go after he is insured the cousins will increase his funding. As we follow the story along we find out the contents of this safe deposit box will lead both Geoffrey, and Sunday, into a mystery that could unravel the family, if not the world.

Reynolds goes into much detail explaining this near utopian future that people live in. People have the ability to “ching” with each other not just over miles but over planets.  The ching being a way they can speak to each other using implants that all humanity is given.  Along with this ability people can even be in two places at one time as they can control a golem of themselves in a different location.

Along with these wonderful abilities there is the mechanism that ensures people do not harm each other. If one attempts to take a swing at a family member in anger they are shut down forcibly through a mind attack. As one reads we will see this happens to one of our leading characters.

What Reynolds does with this book is open the reader to a whole new possibility for our future. We find that Africa has become a dominant power and that man has colonized space and are even mining asteroids and moons. The utopia is not complete as there are still conflicts between governments and more importantly family.

As you read this book you find that it will appeal to readers of different genres. The fans of sci-fi will find a lot to love about this book. There is the science of this world that is explained in some great detail. This detail is not just saved for the science but also the way the landscape and characters are described. There are elements of mystery also within the book as we read along we look at the same set of clues that drive both Geoffrey and Sunday along in their investigation. Along with those there is also some political intrigue as there are powers that are just as curious about what Eunice head.

Overall, “Blue Remembered Earth” could be seen by some to be a slow read as Reynolds does such a great job in painting the world we find the story set. This could cause some to see the story as being to descriptive. The argument for that is that within those descriptions there is a beautiful well painted world. There is also the fact that the story, and sub plots, is told in a way that people should find it a great read.  A book may be a departure from Reynolds other stories but is still worth a read.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Reviews

 

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