Monday, July 23, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
bahral, 'blue sheep' and the elusive snow leopard. What I read was a several month account of two men, several guides and a combined ordeal of truth, Nature, peace, danger and knowledge that remained buried in my brain for days afterward. Before I go any further, I do have to mention this story. In May of this year, I visited Nashville, TN with my family. While we were out and about, my mother took me to Franklin, TN and specifically, Landmark Booksellers. Since my mother is painfully aware that I am quite the bibliophile, my level of foaming at the mouth was not too bad. Once we reached the parking lot next to the bookstore, my mother told me to have a good time and she would take a nap in the car. Now was my chance. I walked into the store, looked around and fell in love. I did notice, however, that there were signs regarding their discount books and their location. Having walked within the entire place twice, I marched up to the counter and politely asked about these discount books. The owner, a really nice guy, informed me that I had to "follow him", of which I did because, well, he was going to show me more books. We walked outside while having a lovely chat about me being from Memphis, as he led me to a small house located behind the bookstore. He then unlocked the door and opened and I nearly died. In front of me were rooms of books stacked from the floor to the ceiling. I also noticed that there was no air conditioner, a fact that would be my downfall much later. In any case, the gentleman told me where everything was, bid me to have fun and to close the door once done and soon, I was alone. With thousands of books. Here are several of the photos I took of the place:
Sam's Dot Publishing, has done it again! If you are looking for a straight up science fiction story written well that leaves you wanting more, The Martian Women does not fail to satisfy. Meet Teresa "Traci" Minerva Timberlake, a woman that does not know the meaning of "can't". Thanks to discovering a secret to further space travel, she is sent to court in the hopes of suppressing such information for other humans living on Mars. Yet, thanks to being a fifth generation Martian woman, her deceased relatives' history on the Red Planet proves that blood is truly thicker than water or even a rocky planet. Campbell's writing is paced well while the story is fleshed out just enough so as to keep the interest level high. Once you reach the end, you will probably want to read it all over again. Sam's Dot Publishing is known for their novellas, magazines and novels of many genres, making sure that the reader will be up for many hours while steadily turning pages. I have read several of their titles plus featured my work in their magazines and they do not fail to disappoint me and my hunger for a great story to read. If you happen to attend a sci-fi convention in which Sam's Dot Publishing is listed as a vendor, stop by the table and pick up a copy of The Martian Women or any of their other titles. Also, tell Tyree that Viridian Girl says hi.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Friday, July 6, 2012
Square Books for what seemed to be an interesting novel as well as author. I had the pleasure of meeting Natalie Bakopoulos, author of the novel The Green Shore, a book that I think everyone should read. The backdrop is Athens, Greece during the 1967 military coup d'etat, with special attention to one particular family: Eleni, a widowed physician, her brother Mihalis who is an eccentric poet and Eleni's children Anna, the youngest, Sophie, the eldest and her son Taki. Each member of the family responds to the unfolding events in their own way and yet each action overlaps with everyone else, thereby creating a story that is rich with history, love, betrayal and awareness. Mrs. Bakopoulos writes with such a delicate flair that I could smell the fresh oranges being squeezed for juice, see the pamphlets calling the people to action and hear the sounds of Greeks weeping and laughing all at once. This is a novel of family and of choices and I savoured every word with an intense desire to not only know more about the characters but to also read about such a period in Greece's history. In short, read this novel. You will not regret it.
Dark Continents Press