RedBird – Jessub Flower
Jun03

RedBird – Jessub Flower

Very rarely do I pick up a book to read and ignore the synopsis, the genre, the publisher, the title, and all other details about the book save the author’s name. But Jess Flower is one such author for me. So it didn’t matter to me that RedBird was a wholly different type of story than his first novel, Daisy Hill, nor did it matter that I’m not a big fan of fantasy-adventure type stories: I knew that any book of his would be worth...

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The Hive – John Otte
Jun03

The Hive – John Otte

Every author has that book, whether it’s their first or their tenth or their fifth. There will be a book that just doesn’t live up to the standard to which they’ve been hyped. For John Otte, that book is The Hive. I should note that I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of John’s previous novels. His debut novel, and the resultant series Failstate remains a go-to recommendation for YA superhero novels. His first “adult” novel Numb was...

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All Authority – Joey Shaw
Jun03

All Authority – Joey Shaw

Caution. If you or your church doesn’t take the Great Commission seriously, this book will either be the catalyst to a whole new way of living or a weight that will never leave you. You can’t walk away from this book unchanged or unconvinced…just unwilling. Joey Shaw’s All Authority sets the kingdom mandate of the Great Commission as simply that: a command given to you by the God of the universe who has the authority to command you to...

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Itch – Geoffrey Wood
Jun03

Itch – Geoffrey Wood

Itch, at its core, is a retelling of the great cosmic story of Satan’s fall. In this imaginative tell, the unnamed first-person protagonist fulfills the role of Satan, speaking about his role as a designer/producer/assistant to the Creator. Heaven is portrayed as a movie studio and, after his fall from grace, our protagonist goes out of his way to pitch his own script, his own story. The story is told in short, choppy sentences. One...

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The Five Times I Met Myself – James Rubart
Jun02

The Five Times I Met Myself – James Rubart

I should say at the outset that I’ve not much been a fan of James Rubart’s novels. It’s baffled me how his books have garnered critical acclaim. Don’t get me wrong. He always has great premises that never quite lived up to their potential in their execution. But I’ve stuck with him because so many friends of mine—writers and non-writers alike—extol his books. That, and he keeps getting nominated for awards. So I’m in the definite...

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