Nnedi Okorafor – Lagoon Review

Lagoon doesn’t seem to know what kind of story it wants to be, but feels mostly like a woven series of morality tales. Beginning with a giant swordfish determined to kill the ‘snake’ polluting the coastal water. Three people who are drawn to the water’s edge are similarly pulled in and transformed. Following them out of the water is an alien who assumes the form of an attractive woman. It seems to settle into a first-contact story of how the three people and the alien come to believe in each other. Before long the alien’s presence ripples through the local population. Once the narrative starts expanding past the three main characters, tone and plot starts to feel more didactic, more ‘just so’ type of story demonstrating consequences. The most complexity is probably obtained with a character who is determined to use the alien for personal gain. Most characters don’t have enough time to be more than a type, but at least there is a wide range of them.

It gets a little confusing with the mishmash of perspectives. The story itself balloons out past what is comfortable or recognizable as a cohesive narrative. There are parts of the story in the native dialect making it hard to follow. Lagoon feels like more of a celebration than a story. Shining a spotlight on the many different elements that make up a city, and how all these conflicting elements would appear to an outsider in all their harmonious disarray. On the plus side, it reinforces the idea of tremendous diversity, as well as showing the reader a youthful perspective. It was odd to me the way that alien ‘Moom!” noises would end up destroying so many small fish when aliens were clearly uncomfortable with killing. I also wasn’t sure about how the aliens changing sea life wouldn’t lead to fighting against alien-changed humans.

Jayden Hunter – Undressed at Sea Review

Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review

In Undressed at Sea Drew has left her dysfunctional family behind. She now lives in California to pursue an education. She’s finally starting a new chapter in her life. She wants to earn a degree in bioengineering after leaving her modeling career behind. On her first day of class she meets her professor and within minutes has sex on her mind. Shortly afterward she’s sleeping with him, not a surprise. Drew’s poor choices in the relationship department hasn’t improved. She hasn’t learned from her past mistakes and it nearly costs gets her killed.

For the following reasons Drew is a character I didn’t like. She complains about her relationships and does little to improve them. She jumps from one guy to the next, each time saying she isn’t going to get involved with a married man, but does so anyway. She acts like a seventeen year old instead of a thirty year old. She’s also walking contradiction who can’t get out of her own way. I had hoped she would have grown in some small way from the first book. Unfortunately this didn’t happen. Undressed at Sea is supposed to be a thriller, but he thriller aspects were missing for me. I didn’t feel the tension or build up I was looking for. Instead the focus was violence towards women, countless sexual encounters, abuse and rape.

The positive was Chip, who was most well written character. Chip is seeing his therapist to work through his sexual issues. They are result of his dysfunctional upbringing from an abusive father. This was a well thought out and well written character. You can easily believe his life and understand how he ends up being a monster. This kind of character isn’t new but it fits the story well. The mystery was good and author has also gained ground on his character interactions. But there were excessive explanations instead of letting the story unfold. This really slowed down the momentum to a crawl. Overall Undressed at Sea was a mixed bag and a book I can’t recommend.

Book Info

Length: 290 Pages

Publisher: Zeke Media

Release date: November 18, 2016

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A year has passed since Drew Stirling escaped a professional killer.

Her career as a supermodel behind her, Drew seeks to avoid unwanted attention as classes begin, but a pair of coeds who look as if they could be Drew’s little sisters have disappeared.

A professor is seduced by Drew’s charisma.
An FBI agent catches her eye.
And Drew’s notoriety plunges her into the media spot light, intrigue, and danger.

This suspenseful psychological thriller delves into the psyche of the hunted and the hunter; exposing readers to inner darkness and the determination to survive.

Three Shots and a Chaser by John Quick

 

From Slasher Novel to Short Story Collection: Enter to Win Debut Novel CONSEQUENCES

by John Quick

2016 has been a strange year, both rough and rewarding by turns. I am pleased to announce that my second release, a short-story collection called Three Shots and a Chaser, is now available in both digital AND print editions!

If you’ve read my first work, Consequences, you experienced brutal, bloody horror in the style of the old slasher movies from the eighties, only told in my own way. But that’s not all there is to me; this collection demonstrates that quite clearly.

Here, you’re going to find a more subtle horror than I did before, horror not only of sight and sound, but of mind. And if you heard Rod Serling say that line, well, you’re on the right track. See, this time, it’s not Jason or Freddy or Michael or Pinhead that influenced me. Instead, it’s a Twilight Zone, reaching for The Outer Limits, and telling a few Tales from the Darkside.

While the stories here are still based in horror, there’s more than just horror, too. There’s a bit of a sci-fi bent, a little fantasy. Add a hint of the supernatural, and a dash of my normal dark humor, and you’ve got some idea of what you’re in for. There’s even a bit of that old-school anthology feel, where there’s a story around the stories, too. For that idea, though, I have to credit Patrick Rothfuss and the Kingkiller Chronicle for showing how it can be used this way.

Basically, this is something different, something to show I am more than a one-trick pony. And honestly, while I’m a bit nervous about trying something so vastly different from what I’ve done before, I’m also excited as all get-out for everyone to read these tales!

 

consequencesI’m celebrating, but it’s YOU who gets the reward! In honor of this collection’s release, not only is Consequences going on sale, but I’ll be giving a copy to one lucky person! So take the chance; if you haven’t read it already, here’s your opportunity to do so. I suggest you read it alongside Three Shots and a Chaser, see for yourself the range of my creative insanity. I’m curious which one you prefer: fast and bloody, or subtle scares!

Either way, if you enjoy yourself, if you lose an afternoon or two in the worlds I’ve created, then my mission is accomplished. Just don’t lose yourself too much… you’ll want to be around for what comes next!

Enter the GIVEAWAY for a Print Copy of Consequences! http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/231aa30b33/?

You can purchase CONSEQUENCES at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E6B9ZV8

 

 

Three Shots and a Chaser, Synopsis

Three twisted tales to tempt your palate…

A man who drives the back roads looking for something interesting finds more than he bargained for….

A woman with a very special gift for her husband on their wedding day….

A couple headed for the beach who find themselves tasked with a responsibility they never anticipated….

These are the tales told by the patrons of the Last Hope Bar, a way for them to pass the time while waiting for another new face, someone looking for a drink, or a place to wait out a storm, or just someone unlucky enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Someone like you, perhaps?

Step right on in, have a seat at the bar, and order up THREE SHOTS AND A CHASER.

You can purchase THREE SHOTS AND A CHASER at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M2ZITNS

 

Biography John Quick

John Quick has been reading and writing scary and disturbing stuff for as long as he can remember, and has only recently begun releasing some of his creations upon the world. He is the author of the novel Consequences and theshort story collection Three Shots and a Chaser. His work has also appeared in the Full Moon Slaughter anthology from JEA Press. His second novel, The Journal of Jeremy Todd is due for release from Sinister Grin Press in the summer of 2017.He lives in Middle Tennessee with his wife, two kids, and four dogs that think they’re kids. When he’s not hard at work on his next novel, you can find him online at www.johnquickfiction.com, Facebook at johnquickbooks, Twitter @johndquick, and Instagram at johndquick.