Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Dorky Shelf Tour 2014! Shelf 5

Shelf 5 is my study shelf and mostly consists of religion based books.

1. The Encyclopedia of Gods by Michael Jordan

2. The Grimoire of Lady Sheba

3. The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Paranormal by Nathan Robert Brown

4. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vampires by Jay Stevenson, Ph.D.

5. The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells by Judika Illes

6. The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures by John & 
Caitlin Mathews

7. The Element Encyclopedia of The Psychic World by Theresa Cheung

8. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris  ( non English copy)

9. Drawing Down The Moon by Margot Adler

10. The Encyclopedia of Ghosts & Hauntings by Theresa Cheung

11. Ghost Hunting by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson with  Michael Jan Friedman

12. Seeking Spirits by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson with Michael Jan Friedman

13. Ghost Trackers by Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson with Tim Waggoner

14. Complete Book of Horses and Riding

15. Magner's Classic Encyclopedia of the Horse

16. The Element Encyclopedia of Secret Societies and Hidden History by John Michael Greer

17. Encyclopedia of Spirits by Judika Illes

18. Teen Witch by Silver Ravenwolf

19. Pure Magic by Judika Illes

20. Psychic Vampires by Joe H. Slate, Ph.D.

21. The Wiccan Year by Judy Ann Nack

22. A Witch's Halloween by Gerina Dunwick

23. The Enchanted Candle by Lady Rhea with Eve LeFey

24. Tarot Basics by Evelin Burger & Johannes Fiebig

25. Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal by Scott Cunningham

26. Animal Magic by D.J. Conway

27. Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places by Brad Steiger

28. The Witch Book by Raymond Buckland

29. Buckland's Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland

30. Mythology the Complete Guide to Our Imagined Worlds by Christopher Dell

31. The Power of Myth by  Joseph Campbell with Bill Mayers

32. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

33. Catopia by  Caroline Repchuk

34. The Complete Book Of The Cat by Amanda O'Neill

Shelf 5 in all it's Glory! 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Meritropolis by Joel Ohman BOOK REVIEW and Author Q&A + GIVEAWAY!

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  Title: Meritropolis

Author: Joel Ohman

Published: Amazon Digital Services                                                      

This exciting YA Dystopia is on sale for just 99 cents for Kindle Thursday, November 27 through
Monday, December 1!

In Meritropolis everyone is assigned a numerical Score that decides their worth to society and
whether they live or die. After a young boy is killed because of a low Score, his brother plots to
take down the System....

This book follows a boy named Charley as he comes into adulthood in a society that only cares about your score which is tattooed on your arm from the point of birth. Many things determine what score you have such as health and intelligence are just a couple of things that could get you a nice rank. Others aren't so lucky to have good score and for that the system which is ran by a man named Orson states that for the better of the people in Meritropolis these low scores must be put out of the gates of the city and left for the mutant animals that live beyond the walls. 

After the exile of his brother Alec when he was younger Charley has revenge in his sights. Growing up in the care of the systems underground school Charley learned many skills to help him along the way to seeking his revenge. Charley plots daily to try to figure out a way to overthrow the system while at the same time keeping a low profile, but all of that changes when a young girl is scheduled to be exiled from the city for not being able to walk. The thought of another exile from the city didn't surprise Charley but when he attended the exile ceremony and witnessed the young girl struggling to walk to her inevitable doom while Guards aggressively shove her along the path.....Charley snaps. 

The beating that Charley gives to the guards hurting the little girl catches the eye of Commander Orson. After the spectacle Orson forces Charley to join his high ranking young adults who are being trained in the art of battle and hunting, but for what? Charley's life begins to change dramatically as secrets begin to unfold all around him making Charley realize that Orson might not be the biggest threat. There is something larger than Charley ever thought coming.....something that could destroy them all. 


Thoughts: I am not a huge fan of dystopian novels but I found this one to be quite interesting. This book is like The Hunger Games, Maze Runner, and The Village all wrapped up into one short novel. I think my favorite part in the whole book was learning more about the animal mutations which were scary as well as funny. For being such a short book, everything was so detailed which made it easy for you to picture yourself in the story. I had some issues with this book though mainly with the lack of information about some of the characters backgrounds while other characters lives were painted like a picture. Then ending was a huge cliff hanger though so I hope there is another book in the works to help with the unanswered questions. 


Q: Who or what was your inspiration to write about post-apocalyptic, dystopian sci-fi?

A:  I've read a lot in this genre, so I would say it’s a mix of a lot of different things. I really just wanted to explore this question of, "What gives a person worth?" Is it their usefulness to society? Is it because someone loves them? Is it because of how they look? Is it because of their health or ability? As a Christian, I believe that all people have worth, because they are made in the image of God. I wanted to explore some different takes on this question. I think that the post apocalyptic/dystopian/sci-fi genre was the best vehicle to tackle some of those deep philosophical questions in a fun and interesting way.

Q: Why do you write? Is it for fun, or because you have something you need to say in your writing?

A: Some writers are loath to say their writing has a message, because maybe they think doing so diminishes their art (not true, in my opinion), but I think that everyone has a message in their writing, even if they aren't as consciously focused on it—and that's a good thing. My message is in my epigraph: "Because everyone matters - Psalm 139".

Q: Why the title Meritropolis?

A: I wanted a short one word title that was a clever—or at least semi-clever—play on two different words. I like "Meritropolis" because it combines "Merit" and "Metropolis," two words that are great for describing a city where each resident's worth is measured by a score given to them.

Q: In Meritropolis how were the animal combinations decided upon? For example, I chose to write about a bion (bull-lion), as well as many other freaks of nature. So what I want to know is how did you decided which animals to meld together and why.

A: I have a big list of animal combinations that I came up with before I began writing the book, and I tried to work in as many as I could. Sometimes the only criteria was that I liked the way the name sounded. Look for many more in the following books!

Q: Can you tells us about your characters and who/what inspired them?

A: I am a big believer in John Truby’s approach to building a “character web”, because this deepens the relationships between characters and helps to make each of the characters more complex. Absent building a good character web, it can be all too easy to fall into the not-very-true-to-real-life good-person/bad-person false dichotomy where your protagonist devolves into this I-can-do-no-wrong character and your antagonist is just pure evil. I was very much aiming to show the imperfections and brokenness in each of the characters. My thinking as a Christian influences this to some degree, given that the Bible teaches that we are all essentially the same; we are all sinners—only God is perfect.

Q: Do you have a favorite genre that you like to read?

A: I read pretty much everything! Fiction, non-fiction, you name it! I am of the opinion that, as an author, I can learn something from almost every kind of writing. Sometimes, it most definitely is a matter of learning what not to do—but, on the whole, I love to read a wide variety of writing styles, genres, etc.

Q: Are there any books that have inspired your own writing?

A: I read A LOT so there are many different things that have shaped my writing over the years, but I wouldn't say there was any particular book, or books, that I was consciously looking to for inspiration while writing Meritropolis. Looking back though I can definitely see different threads of influence in almost everything I have read over the years that contribute toward making Meritropolis what it is: the strong protagonist of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, the philosophical bent of C.S. Lewis’ fiction, the dystopian setting of Hugh Howey’s WOOL series, and many more.

Q: Are there any authors that have emerged in the last three years that have caught your interest?

A: Hugh Howey is an author that I really like that has caught my attention lately. I would highly recommend his Wool series!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Transformed by E.V. Fairfall BLOG TOUR + Giveaway!

Transformed by E.V. Fairfall

Publication date: January 1st 2014

Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

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Thea, all-mighty Mother Earth, only had one rule to follow above all else, one promise to keep to her brother: never take a human form. She would’ve kept that promise if it weren’t for Brice. He’s handsome and confident, but above all he’s merciless.

He’s also a hunter who has tormented Thea for years. She believes if she could teach Brice compassion, she might finally be able to save her creations and herself from his savage ways. Then she meets Chamber: another hunter.

She soon finds herself fascinated by−and torn between−the two boys: Brice and Chamber. Lost within a torrent of human emotions, Thea starts to lose who she is as she falls in love with the one thing that she’s always hated: a hunter… a human.

I love to write just as much as I love to read. I try to read a book per week, which doesn’t always work out, but it’s the thought that counts. Aside from all that I am a huge animal person.

Transformed is my first novel, but it isn’t my first publication; I’ve had several short stories published over the last two years. My main goal as a writer is to explore humanity and to give people something fun to read.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Dorky Book Shelf Tour 2014! Shelf 4

Welcome to Shelf 4 of this tour!

1. The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

2. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

3. Aphrodite by George O'Connor

4. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

5. The Black Count by Tom Reiss

6. Elixir by Hillary Duff

7. Infinity by Cherrilyn Kenyon 

8. The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

9. Blood the Last Vampire: Night of the Beasts by Mamoru Oshi

10. One Hundred Candles by Mara Prunhagen 

11. Past Midnight by Mara Prunhagen

12. Julie & Julia by Julie Rowell 

13. Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce

14. Terrier by Tamora Pierce 

15. Trickster's Queen by Tamora Pierce

16. Entwind by Heather Dixon

17. Legacy of Tril by Heather Brewer

18. Elemental by Antony John 

19. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle 

20. Graceling by Kristin Gashore 

21. The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro 

22. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

23. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

24. Venom by Fiona Paul 

25. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

26. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton 

27. Paint It Black by Janet Fitch

28. Genevieve by Jack Yeovil 

29. Mercy by Rebecca Lim 

30. The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle

Shelf 4

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