Required Reading

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Spotlight on O'Brian Gunn's Furies Thus Spoke




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O’Brian Gunn assembles a new generation of complex, misfits champions in a diverse, dynamic superhero story for the 21st Century.

The heralds of the new age are here...in all their furious glory!

Alpha-Omegas: Humans blessed/cursed with abnormal abilities that manifest in anyone at any time.

A scientist discovers an unexplained force emitting from his hands.

A disturbed woman's personality and sanity split between an actual angel and a demon.

A vigilante copies Alpha-Omega abilities by injecting stolen blood.

A socialite wakes up...dead...in the arms of a necrophile.

A parole officer burns with platinum flames and becomes the Sovereign of God.

A detective finds himself unable to protect his city against superpowered criminals.

They didn't ask to be part of the world of Alpha-Omegas. They only wanted to live normal lives. But there’s no arguing with biology.

When a celebrity family of Alpha-Omegas is murdered under suspicious circumstances, all six become accidental heroes when they’re tasked with uncovering the truth—but what if the truth is being redefined along with what it means to be human?

Meet your (reluctant) champions…   

ISBN978-0-9997862-5-3  | Price: $14.95 (6 x 9 paperback) $2.99 (Kindle ebook) | Release date: 3/19/19 | Fiction |
370 pages | Cover Art available | Distribution: Ingram

Publicity Contact: Nate Ragolia / Publisher nate@readspaceboy.com

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A world weaver and word wrangler, O'Brian Gunn was born and raised in Alabama and now lives in Denver where he writes about geek culture for Westword, Pop Culture Classroom and NerdTeam30. His writing sirens often lull him to the expansive shores of the speculative, the supernatural, and the superhuman. While he’s had short stories published on Fiction on the Web and The Society of Misfit Stories, FURIES: Thus Spoke is his first published novel...and hopefully not his last. You can find him on Twitter at @OBrianGunn. 

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Friday, January 11, 2019

The Human Edge by Gordon R. Dickson



I’m not normally interested in short stories but for Dickson, I will make an exception.

The stories have an overall theme of humankind’s ferocity and superiority.   They were entertaining and it is refreshing to see the optimism that surrounded earlier Scifi.

I enjoyed it 

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Silence Fallen By Patricia Briggs.


Once again Briggs captivated me.  Mercy is once again a perceived victim. I say perceived as she often is seen as a victim and the predators often find they bit off far more than they expected.   A vampire erroneously kidnaps Mercy and finds what it is like to stick your hand into a wasp nest.  

Mercy is a nearly ordinary person if you ignore her shape shifting and ability to talk to ghosts.  Compared to the more powerful beings she is in constantly falling afoul, Mercy is weak however….   Strength isn’t always strength of arms or teeth.

A misunderstanding may lead to a devastating war.  Adam must accept some strange allies in his quest to find his love.   Larry adds a very amusing counterpoint to the tension.

Once again Mercy shows that violence and mayhem may be trumped by thoughtfulness and relationships with others.

Again, I enjoyed her writing and recommend the book.

  
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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Winds of Marque by Bennett R. Coles


This is a strange mix of technology and antiquated terminology.   The mode of transportation is interstellar but cutlasses and four shot pistols appear to be the hand weapons of choice.  The overall feel is Horatio Hornblower meets Hans Solo. 

This was an entertaining book regardless of the mixed messages sent by language and technology.   Liam is an accomplished XO who is wondering why he isn’t yet a captain.   Saddled with aristocratic officers, himself a minor noble, Liam chafes at their incompetence.  


Tasked with a secret mission and a new captain, Liam and crew become privateers.
Fun read.


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