Review: Discovering Aberration

Discovering Aberration: A Steampunk Adventure Novel by S.C. Barrus File Size: 1477 KB Print Length: 436 pages Publisher: Away & Away Publishing (February 17, 2014) ASIN: B00IIGG32M (Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5) Discovering Aberration: A Steampunk Adventure Novel Product description: Thaddeus Lumpen’s archaeology career is near collapse, thanks to the machinations of rivals who would kill to claim a discovery for themselves. In desperation he turns to Freddy Fitzgerald, a rebellious writer who still maintains connections from his days as a street hooligan. For Lumpen to get ahead of his even less scrupulous competitors he must steal an ancient map…

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Review: The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes

The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes (Newbury & Hobbes Investigation) by George Mann Series: Newbury & Hobbes Investigation Paperback: 400 pages Publisher: Titan Books (September 24, 2013) ISBN-10: 1781167427 ISBN-13: 978-1781167427 Available through Amazon The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbes (Newbury & Hobbes Investigation) Book Description: A collection of short stories detailing the supernatural steampunk adventures of detective duo, Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes. Along with Chief Inspector Bainbridge, Newbury and Hobbes will face plague revenants, murderous peers, mechanical beasts, tentacled leviathans, reanimated pygmies, and an encounter with Sherlock Holmes. My thoughts: Okay, I think by now that everyone who…

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Review: Steampunk Style

Steampunk Style: The Complete Illustrated Guide for Contraptors, Gizmologists and Primocogglers Everywhere! Titan Books: http://titanbooks.com/steampunk-style-the-complete-illustrated-guide-for-contraptors-gizmologists-and-primocogglers-everywhere-7148/ Amazon: Steampunk Style Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Review: The Doctor and the Dinosaurs

A review of Mike Resnick’s “The Doctor and the Dinosaurs” published by Pyr. http://www.pyrsf.com/DoctorandDinosaurs.html http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1616148616/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1616148616&linkCode=as2&tag=barryssandcastl Series: A Weird West Tale Paperback: 300 pages Publisher: Pyr ISBN-10: 1616148616 ISBN-13: 978-1616148614 Book description: The time is April, 1885. Doc Holliday lies in bed in a sanitarium in Leadville, Colorado, expecting never to leave his room again. But the medicine man and great chief Geronimo needs him for one last adventure. Renegade Comanche medicine men object to the newly-signed treaty with Theodore Roosevelt. They are venting their displeasure on two white men who are desecrating tribal territory in Wyoming. Geronimo must protect the men or…

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Review: The Osiris Curse

The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure by Paul Crilley Age Range: 12 and up Grade Level: 7 and up Series: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure Hardcover: 290 pages Publisher: Pyr ISBN-10: 1616148578 ISBN-13: 978-1616148577 Available at Amazon The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure (Barry’s score 3 stars out of 5) My thoughts: Barry says — good. Clearly, The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure is targeted at the younger teenage crowd and should make a good stocking-stuffer this Christmas for the young steampunk enthusiast.  Even this 55 year-old enjoyed portions of this book. It was a pleasant…

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Review: Steampunk Originals: Volume 2

Steampunk Originals: Volume 2 Editor: Mike Schneider Publisher: Arcana Studio ISBN: 978-1-77135-167-6 Available: January 2014 by Arcana Studios ( http://www.arcana.com ) My thoughts: Barry says — good As with Steampunk Originals: Volume 1 (my review), Volume 2 is an anthology of steampunk stories. As with any anthology some stories are hits and some are misses. The cover art was much better than Volume 1 and the transitions from story to story was much better. Some of the artwork as in the case of “Pristine” was freaking superb, and some of the stories like “Forged in Pride” were pretty solid. A few misses…

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Review: Sundark: An Elle Black Penny Dread

Sundark: An Elle Black Penny Dread by Elizabeth Watasin Series: The Elle Black Penny Dreads Paperback: 184 pages Publisher: A-Girl Studio ISBN-10: 193662205X ISBN-13: 978-1936622054 Available at Amazon Sundark: An Elle Black Penny Dread (The Elle Black Penny Dreads) (Volume 1) (Barry’s score 5 stars out of 5) My thoughts: Barry says — excellent! Okay, let me reveal my bias, I love Elizabeth Watasin. Bear that in mind when looking at my score of 5 stars. Watasin’s stories have a sort of Blaylock (The Aylesford Skull), George Mann (Newbury & Hobbes) or a Mark Hodder (Burton & Swinburne) dark paranormal, steampunk vibe.…

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Review: SteamPunk Originals Volume 1

SteamPunk Originals Volume 1 Edited by Mike Schneider Series: Steampunk Originals Paperback: 100 pages Publisher: Arcana Studio ISBN-10: 1771351160 ISBN-13: 978-1771351164 Available through Amazon: SteamPunk Originals Volume 1 (Barry’s score 3 1/2 stars out of 5) My thoughts: Barry says — good. I have to admit that I was not impressed with the cover art of the first in a series. I really expected something a little more eye-popping. Some of the stories, at times, seemed to come to an awkward and sudden stop and the transitions as in the case with “Graveyard Shift” to “Gladiatrix” seemed very odd. Having said that,…

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