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  1. Edward G.

    Nomad's Island--A Reivew

    NOMAD’S ISLAND by Derek E. Keeling A Black Spirit Review by Edward Gordon "Nomad’s Island" by Derek Keeling (author of "The Umbras") is a study in existential isolation. It begins with the main character, Damon, a twenty-three-year-old man in search of adventure in his life. He doesn't want the...
  2. Edward G.

    Serafina and the Black Cloak is out!

    http://www.amazon.com/Serafina-Black-Cloak-Robert-Beatty/dp/1484709012/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1436880467&sr=1-1&keywords=serafina+and+the+black+cloak "SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK" by Robert Beatty just came out today. I've started reading it, and it's so far quite good. Written for an...
  3. Edward G.

    Tech is no Competition for Reading

    It’s a common notion that modern technology creates competition for books aimed at middle grade kids. That is to say if a kid has a game they can play on their phone or computer, they’re not going to want to read, and therefore will read less. But I think this is a mistaken notion. Kids who...
  4. Edward G.

    Anyone Read any Good Mid-Grade?

    I'm always on the lookout for a new and good middle grade novel. I writer literary reviews, so if anyone knows of any title that should be reviewed, please let me know.
  5. Edward G.

    I thought I should say, "Hi"

    Hi. My name is Edward Gordon, and I've technically been a member here for some time, but I'm just now coming back to participate. I write literary critiques of middle grade fiction these days, so I was hoping to share them here. But also, I have wanted to find a forum where I could converse...
  6. Edward G.

    Gillian Flynn: Gone Girl

    Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn (Crown 2012), is simply the best book I’ve read this year. Flynn is a relatively new author, having published only three novels so far. Her first, Sharp Objects came out in 2007, and Dark Places came out three years later. Gone Girl was published in June of this year...
  7. Edward G.

    David Baldacci: The Innocent

    :stars2: “The Innocent,” by David Baldacci (Grand Central Publishing, April 2012), is a fast-paced, if not terribly exciting, action thriller about an assassin (Will Robie) who is regularly contracted by the U.S. Government to perform hits on people whose existences are politically...
  8. Edward G.

    Sandra Brown: Lethal

    "Lethal" (Grand Central Publishing, 2011) is Sandra Brown’s latest crime thriller. It’s a suspense novel about a widowed woman named Honor and her daughter, Emily, who are kidnapped (sort of) by a sexy undercover FBI agent named Coburn. Coburn’s on the run from a handful of cops and other...
  9. Edward G.

    Stephen King: Mile 81

    Mile 81 by Stephen King (Scribner, 2011), is simply ridiculous. Twice I stopped reading it to read a self-published debut horror novel by an unknown author. It’s a long short story, more of a novella really, that details the events surrounding an abandon rest stop along I-95 at mile marker...
  10. Edward G.

    "Caretakers of Eternity"--Just Out!

    This is my first novel and it's a ghost story. Below is a bit of info on it. It's available as a Kindle, Nook, or Paperback. ---------------------------------------- Jennifer Dickerman, an Arizona real estate agent trying to make it on her own, is given the chance of a lifetime when William...
  11. Edward G.

    Max Brooks: World War Z

    “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War,” by Max Brooks (Crown Publishing, 2006), is the follow-up to his bestseller “The Zombie Survival Guide” (Three Rivers Press, 2003), but in “World War Z,” Brooks uses the zombie motif in a much more important way than is traditionally accomplished...
  12. Edward G.

    Ania Ahlborn: Seed

    I reviewed “Seed” by Ania Ahlborn because it’s a self-published horror e-book and it’s been getting a lot of good reviews out in cyberland. But having finished it, I’m left wondering if those reviews are really telling it like it is. I admit that “Seed” is competently written, professionally...
  13. Edward G.

    Jon F. Merz: Prey

    Prey, by Jon F. Merz (Amazon Kindle Books, August 2011), is about a team of geologists/meteorologists who go to Antarctica and find the outpost they were assigned to is missing all of the people they were supposed to meet. When people from their own party go missing, they set out to find the...
  14. Edward G.

    Elizabeth Edmondson: Devil's Sonata

    “Devil’s Sonata” (Attica Books, July 2011) is the most recent novel by romance author Elizabeth Edmondson (AKA Elizabeth Aston). It’s the story of Zuleika Rathbone (I can’t pronounce her first name either.), a neuroscientist and historian who for whatever reason chooses to research witchcraft...
  15. Edward G.

    Keith Latch: Bestseller

    Bestseller by Keith Latch (Broken Mind Publications, Kindle Edition, July 2011) is the story of Rob Caulder, a wannabe writer who after a car accident—and after suffering a severe head injury as a result—wakes up from a coma with the supernatural ability to write mega-best-selling novels without...
  16. Edward G.

    Alan Ryker: Burden Kansas

    "Burden Kansas," a novella by Alan Ryker (Sucker Punch Press, March 2011), is probably the most unsexy vampire story ever written. However, inasmuch as it forgoes any romantic notions of vampirism, I believe its themes hit closer to home for most people. Ryker’s vampires are much more like...
  17. Edward G.

    Brandon Massey: Darker Than Night

    This is a new book I just read. It's a collection of gothic short stories, and I thought it was very good. Below is what I posted on my review site and sent to The Midwest Book Review. I haven't read any of Brandon Massey's novels, but he seems like a good writer to me. I hope this is the...
  18. Edward G.


    Hello, I'm new. I found this forum through the Midwest Book Review. It's my understanding that members can post book reviews in here and discuss them. I hope that's true. My reviews are non-commercial. I don't get paid for them and I don't sell the books. In fact, I won't even take free...