Shine a light on online book choosing

Shining a light on choice: indie bookshops and Amazon

The biggest benefit to buying books from independent booksellers, publishers, and authors, is also the number one reason why readers are often afraid to take the leap outside of Amazon: choice. The worries about choice Familiar titles by the biggest celebrity names, as promoted on TV and other media, are unlikely to be available at…

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How to stick it to Amazon just a little bit

You’re not a bad person, are you? Neither am I. So why are we still buying books almost exclusively from Amazon? Convenience, range, and low cost play a big part of that. Most people LOVE Amazon for all those reasons. Why Amazon is a bad idea There’s a bunch of ethical reasons why supporting Amazon…

BOOK REVIEW: What Immortal Hand, by Johnny Worthen.

What Immortal Hand, by Johnny Worthen is a well-paced road mystery that steps up the weirdness gradually until it’s in full flow, and the end is only the beginning, for some. In essence: What Immortal Hand, by Johnny Worthen Michael Oswald is a survivor. A washed up, almost ready to cash it all in, survivor. An…

BOOK REVIEW: Let’s Play White, by Chesya Burke

Let’s Play White by Chesya Burke is a collection of shadowy tales in a wide range of contexts. In these pages you’ll find a zombie apocalypse, horrors on a city train, the Harlem underworld of gang warfare, and the life and losses of a hoodoo woman in a distant town in Kentucky. In essence: Let’s…

BOOK REVIEW: Muti Nation by Monique Snyman

Muti-Nation by Monique Snyman is a one-sitting horror whodunnit, packed with the dark magic of Africa, and bursting with gore, fear, and creep. In essence: Muti Nation by Monique Snyman Esme Snyders has got one of those jobs you’d kill to have, if it didn’t kill you first. She’s an occult investigator, working for her…

BOOK REVIEW: Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson

Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson is WOWWWIE! It’s a complex tale of a kind of alternative secret service. A story that becomes both darker and more ridiculous by the page. A journey through Europe in the near future, but not a Europe as we really know it. More like the undercurrent of Europe in…

COMIC REVIEW: Barefoot Gen Vol. 1 by Keiji Nakazawa

Barefoot Gen Vol. 1 by Keiji Nakazawa is … well, it isn’t often that a book or movie turns my emotional belly inside out, but this 300-page comic really packs the full five fingers. It’s an uplifting and devastating tale of the backdrop of war; the realities of life in Hiroshima during the weeks that…

BOOK REVIEW: Celeste: The Unseen Book 2

Celeste by Johnny Worthen will rock you across the dancefloor of the Prom and ravage your body with the bullets of ignorant hatred, fear, and greed. No joke. It sucks you into what appears to be a better ride for Eleanor Anders, the young girl with a primeval secret locked in her cells, but the…