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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Exciting Adventures Through Interdimensional Doors (Review of Ariele Sieling's All In)

My faithful readers know I am a sucker for a good portal story, having written a few myself, so I am thrilled to stumble across a new series based on such a premise, Ariele Sieling's "The Sagittan Chronicles."
All In is the prequel, and a gripping one it is, too, a fun yarn involving flawed yet attractive protagonists Quin Black and Jo Nash. Quin's job is to explore unauthorized "Doors," portals to other worlds that the government of Pomegranate City has declared illegal and confiscated. But Quin is compromised by a weakness for illegal gambling, and when he rescues Jo, the daughter of the organized crime boss who runs his favorite gambling den but yearns to study horticulture, they both find themselves in a mess of trouble.
It is a little jarring that the setting of Pomegranate City seems thoroughly American contemporary although it is on a distant planet in (presumably) the far future, as if the series can't decide whether it wants to be straight-up sci-fi or urban fantasy. But that quibble aside, it's been a while since I enjoyed a story this much. Also, I'm dying to know whether the rest of the series reveals what a "fudge lizard" is!
Rating: 5 Phoboses


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Join Me at Balticon!

Come one, come all, and join me at Balticon this weekend for a launch party for my new horror novel, Day of Atonement! Also I'm on lots of fun panels. Here is my schedule:
Location: The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, 202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore

Friday, May 25, 9pm
Panel: Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
Guilford room

Saturday, May 26, 10am
Panel: Alternate History Worldbuilding: Not Just Evil Goatees
Club Lounge

12pm: Reading from my novel
St. George room

2pm: Autographing my books
5th Floor Lobby

5pm: Book Launch party: Day of Atonement
Club Lounge

Sunday, May 27, 11am
Panel: Jews In Space: Jewish SF On and Off The Page
Guilford room

7pm: Panel: Fictional Works of Fiction
Guilford room

9pm: Panel: How Contemporary Fears Shape Apocalyptic Fiction
Guilford room

Monday, May 28, 2pm
Workshop: Writing Intriguing Characters
Mount Washington room

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My Horror Jaunts Around the Web!

Get a taste of two of the main characters from my new horror novel Day of Atonement, Amos and Vickie, which Meghan Shena Hyden (@Raiyine on Twitter) was kind enough to host on her fabulous blog. And check out my essay on "Horror and Religion" on The Scary Reviews. Preorder the paperback, out 7/3/18.