Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Book Review: Bloodwalker by L. X. Cain

by M. J. Joachim




Mystery, thriller and downright creepy, Bloodwalker will definitely make your hair stand on end from the moment you start reading it, until you finally put it down. This isn’t your typical paranormal, zombie apocalypse type book. This story is about a Russian circus act, where something - many things actually, are going amiss causing readers to clutch their knees to their chests, yank on their hair and bite their nails. You simply don’t know who the villain is, but you’re pretty sure it isn’t this one guy, despite the fact that he could easily scare the bejeesus out of you. Then you’re caught up in a whirlwind as he leads the investigation, only to find out he’s under investigation, but primarily as a cover up for something so much bigger going on.

Delve into the world of Frankenstein cells and experiments gone awry, the Fountain of Youth has nothing on these old bags come to do their bidding. I didn’t see it coming, though I probably should have. I wanted to and I was ready for it, but everything was so normal in its abnormal reality until then, that it pretty much caught me by surprise. Cain creates characters that are engaging and believable, if not a bit over the top, yet grounded simultaneously. Touching on true to life themes like missing children, abuse and private community cultures that hide truths, so even the police and proper authorities can’t intervene on behalf of who’s guilty or victimized and who needs justice served vs. who doesn’t.

More than once I thought to myself, “This could be happening right in my own backyard.” More than once I was jolted to my senses as the paranormal aspects of the book revealed themselves and came to life. Yet, eerily speaking, some of the things in this book really do hit a little too close for comfort, and make you want to look over your shoulder when you’re out in public or doing yard work in your own front yard.

There were a few glitches along the way with this book, some technical difficulties as it were, most of which were readily fixed upon a bit of back and forth communication. I read the review copy; the final professional version is due out in early October, so if you like murder mysteries with a twist, you’re going to love this book.

Happy reading, writing and whatever else you do.

M. J.

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Book Review: The Little Book of Sham by Keith Martin

by M. J. Joachim




“The Little Book of Sham is the result of hours spent staring into space, wondering - not just ‘Why?’ and ‘Why not?’ - but also, ‘How?’” states Keith Martin in the very first pages of his book. I have to admit, it had me scratching my head a bit, wondering why, why not and how? Probably not for the same reasons Mr. Martin did, and certainly never to the point that I actually took the time to write anything down and turn it into a book, but that’s just me. I’d much rather torture myself designing crochet patterns to publish, or studying literary works I’m far to disillusioned to ever understand properly.

Such as it is, this little book is a bit of a sham, and on a few occasions it even had me laughing about it. The formatting could definitely use improvement, though as a stand up comedy type book, maybe it’s supposed to be formatted in a messy way. That’s exactly what I pictured as I read this little book - an awkward guy, a newbie if I’m being kind, standing up on stage in a bar that has far too few patrons, tossing out a couple of bad one liners, followed by an unexpected decent joke, and perhaps one or two really good ones. You could almost see the sweat beading on his brow under the harsh lights, while he makes every effort to captivate his audience and pleads for them to like him. And in the end you’re like, “Okay, he’s a bit raw, but so what? Everyone has to start somewhere, and his humor isn’t really all that bad when you really think about it. I mean, it’s not great, but it’s not bad either.”

Personally I think Mr. Martin should take his act on the road and use this material with props and antics on stage. He’d likely get quite a bit of applause and maybe even be invited back to a few venues. Reading it is okay, but this seems like more of an act for the stage.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I wish you every success with your writing.

M. J.

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Book Review: The Ivory Caribou by Caroline McCullagh

by M. J. Joachim



In a world where archeological research esteems the invested interest in Eskimo culture, diverse, yet full of unexpected trials, tribulations, twists and turns, a world where healing cannot be denied, something loss must lend itself to, for without this healing, people might stagnate, wither and die unto themselves, readers are taken on an adventurous and all too intriguing journey, where knowledge is far beyond the literary, educated mindset of our modern life, tracing back centuries of silent understanding, thoughtful curiosity and mindful reflection.

The Ivory Caribou is a story of love - past, present and future. It is a story of longing, hope and recovery, beautifully written and exceptionally produced. Subtle messages tap the readers subconscious, reminding us to be more aware and considerate of others, for this is the eskimo culture readers become acquainted with, a culture that has a thing or two to teach the rest of us as we hurry on our way to whatever we have going on in our lives.

The Ivory Caribou is a love story too, a beautiful tale of how two people fall in love, minus the lust factor, and become one with each other on a level so deep it is almost contrary to what so many of us are exposed to when it comes to dating, courtship and love. Family is as vital to the relationship as the two people falling in love, because family bonds are strong and members care enough about each other to wish for the best, often going out of their way to help the two people falling in love, because love is beautiful and should be promoted through the laws of basic attraction, common decency and spiritual fruition.

I thoroughly enjoy reading The Ivory Caribou. It’s easy reading in a story with so much depth, one I think you might enjoy reading too.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Wishing you every success with your writing.

M. J.

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