Sons of Avalon, by Dee Marie
I have read this book three times. A good book to me is not only one that you can’t put down, but one that takes you away — an escape from your own reality.
Many authors can describe situations, develop characters, and recount history. Dee Marie has a true talent for bringing the reader into the story; a “movie” plays in the minds-eye. Her historic descriptions are written with accuracy, care and an attention to detail but with a pace that keeps the reader attached, wanting more.
If you are looking for a true “escape,” then read “Sons of Avalon.” It now has a permanent place on my nightstand. ~ Claudia Jackson (NovelHelp)
Ab Antiquo, Ab Aeterno (ARC)
A Collection of Poetry and Prose by Brandon Gene Petit
I am by no means an experienced reader in this genre. I’m not sure I can even define the difference between poetry and prose. I was, however, somehow drawn to read this book and quite intrigued by the title.
I wasn’t sure what to expect exactly, but I found this author’s work to be highly intelligent, insightful and his writing very sophisticated. It made one stop and think.
If an author’s words can paint a picture in the reader’s mind, he is successful. Mr. Petit has accomplished this with Ab Antiquo, Ab Aeterno. Albiet somewhat on the dark side, some may call it depressing, I found this book to be of great comfort as I recently experienced a personal loss. It’s not easy for me to express into words as I am not a writer.
This book made me feel the same way that listening to “Blues” music does — at peace and just better.
My favorite line from the book (Laburnine Lullaby), “Sleep remembers, and sleep forgets.”
~ Claudia Jackson (NovelHelp)
Excelsior, by George H. Sirois
I met George on Twitter. At that time, I was new to it and had sent out a message to the “twitterverse” asking for a critique for one of my author websites. George was the first person to reach out to me and pointed out a typo. This was not just any typo, this would have been a seriously embarrassing one that not even three editors had caught. George now had my attention.
I have always been a huge fan of science-fiction (movies, television shows). However, I had never read a sci-fi book, probably because I am a visual person and felt that the science-fiction and fantasy genres were better set for movies. I was wrong.
Excelsior begins with a boy named Matthew, daydreaming and doodling while sitting at his desk at school. If you are old enough to remember “Walter Mitty,” that was the first thing that came to my mind as I began reading; I was concerned that the book might be predictable. But no, this was not the case!
Excelsior takes off with an accelerated pace that surprised me! I could not put the book down. I became Matthew and “fell” into the story. I became “Excelsior” and felt the lifeforce within me. If I stopped reading, who was going to save the planet Denab IV and Earth?
With his talent for writing, George has managed to change this reader’s genre of choice.
Read Excelsior, the survival of our planet depends on you!
~Claudia Jackson (NovelHelp)