If you're at all familiar with me, you know I have minimal tolerance when it comes to Christian art. Too often it's just a flimsy marionette of a story held up by obvious strings of preachiness. I'm happy to say this is not the case with The Calling of Jesse Turner, a historical fiction novel … Continue reading Book Review: The Calling of Jesse Turner
I was already a Mark Carver fan after reading Indelible, which I reviewed here, but I have to say I enjoy Beast even better. It's not trying to say nearly as much as the other book, but it succeeds in being more entertaining. TITLE: Beast AUTHOR: Mark Carver with Michael Anatra GENRE: Disaster thriller THE … Continue reading Book Review: “Beast” or “THIS is Why We Should Drive Electric Cars.” (8/10)
No, not Stephanie Meyer. You can relax. I'm talking about Brandon Sanderson. Author of the Mistborn novels, The Stormlight Archive, the guy who finished Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time after his death, and lots more. Dozens of factors play into success, but there's one fact that should not be overlooked: Sanderson is good. Freaking good. Now, … Continue reading Why a Mormon Writer is Smarter Than Most Christian Writers
BIG NEWS!! Ferryman's cover art is 100% funded! That means we raised the $350 necessary to get a cover for the book. WHOO HOO! Even better? The latest backer's donation spilled into the second step, editing, which is up to $110/$600 (18%), bringing the total funding up to $460/$1600 (28%). We're a quarter of the … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #4–Step 1 Complete!
This week, I have something new for you guys. Throughout my blog I've lamented over the state of Christian fiction, mostly that it's stuck in familiar ideas. Mark Carver will have none of that. He creates raw, edgy fiction that still tackles spiritual issues. And in honor of his upcoming novel, Nikolai the Penitent, I … Continue reading Author Interview: Mark Carver and “Nikolai the Penitent”
TITLE: A Time To Die AUTHOR: Nadine Brandes GENRE: YA Dystopian Future STORY: Over one hundred years in the future, everyone knows when they'll die thanks to the Clocks which count down to the person's end. Parvin Blackwater is 17 and only has one year left. She's wasted her life so far, but wants to do something memorable, … Continue reading Book Review: “A Time to Die”
Okay, so I know this book came out like two years ago, but that was also the point I officially ran out money. I knew of the library's existence, but somehow didn't connect the dots. Anywho, I still think it's good to give a shoutout to good art. Right now, that means Frank Peretti's most … Continue reading Christian Critic: Illusion–Good ol’ Frank Peretti
Perusing the Christian section of the bookstore, I'm always on the lookout for a book that isn't a period piece, sports drama, an allegory, or a political/police thriller. That usually leaves me empty-handed (which is why I'm writing my own, shameless self-promotion), but this time, I found Billy Coffey's When Mockingbirds Sing and gave it a … Continue reading Christian Critic: When Mockingbirds Sing (Novel)
The following is an excerpt from my new work in progress, "Locke Hart," a Christian fantasy series. These are the opening five or so pages, so it's not a long read, I promise. I thought I'd put it out here and see what you guys think. Enjoy! (Legal stuff: this story is mine, don't steal … Continue reading Prologue to a New Story
The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars by Donovan M. Neal Rating: 3/5 Stars. Story Summary: Calling itself "The Prequel to the Bible," this story is about Lucifer's fall from Heaven and becoming Satan. The Bible says that Lucifer was cast out of Heaven after an attempted rebellion, but the details are mum. Donovan M. Neal weaves a … Continue reading Blogger Book Review: “The Third Heaven” –The Prequel to the Bible?