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Book Review; American Nightmare

The Book: American Nightmare (Edited by George Cotronis) Kraken Press
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The Blurb: It’s the 1950s. There’s always something good on the radio, cherry red Cadillacs cruise the streets and everything is always perfect. Marilyn is still alive and the War is over. America goes to bed, nuclear annihilation postponed another day. Welcome to the American Nightmare.

 

The Review:

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Book Review The Ten Thousand Things


 

 

The Ten Thousand Things (Dead West Book 2) by Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin, and Kenny Soward. Published by Ragnarok Publications.

With Book 1 of the series, Those Poor Poor Bastards, being touted as Hell on Wheels meets The Walking Dead, we can evolve the assemblage with Hell on Wheels meets The Walking Dead, in the mind of Lovecraft, if he listened to Motorhead and Slayer. And that, dear reader, is a splendid recipe!

The Ten Thousands Things takes the baton from Those Poor Poor Bastards and runs smooth and steady. The pacing has calmed down into a nice rhythm of action, dialogue, and description. The writing has matured (less profanity, and less forced Old West slang) and is blended together nicely, considering we are looking at three authors here.

Not only did this bring the action and gore of Book 1 to a higher level of tendon-snapping goodness, but a good portion of these paragraphs and chapters really brought forth a solid horrific tension, something that I do not usually get from a book. I was actually looking over my shoulder at one point I was so wrapped up (Mind you, I was also drinking a Red Eye and listening to some industrial doom stations).

As the series progresses, I hope the writing continues to blossom, and that maybe we get to see more character’s backgrounds, which is the only thing I find lacking as we giddy-up into the sunset of the apocalypse.

Highly recommended for those who love Zombie, Horror and Gore Splattered Westerns.

ARC received for review.

 

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The Ten Thousand Things (The Dead West Book 2)

Freshly released!!!! Review Coming Soon.  You need this gore-romping good time tale of the Old West (Zombie style)

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The Paper Plate, is Full!

Put much on my plate the last couple of weeks, and now I’m dealing with an over-indulged to-to list. Not to mention I went to a birthday party yesterday and over ate…ugh. But with that, I am enjoying a couple of aspects of what’s on my plate. I am doing 3 book reviews…which I am really enjoying, and I’m looking into running some War Gaming with plastic army men (no giggling please).

I’ve always been a big fan of Pulps and have just recently discovered the “New Pulp” movement. This pleases me as punch. Back in the day I was a huge The Shadow fan, had a couple of the original pulps in small collection of Detective/Crime pulps, this of course gave birth to my love of Noir and comics…and reading of course (well, it lead to the world of D&D and RPGs with reading-list suggestions). Life goes on, passions get shelved, put in boxes in the attic. Just like all those memories put away in the attic, they always get rediscovered.

Flipping through the many New Pulp fan sites, I came across this one, and was in love with the covers. The premise of the stories intrigued me and I’m now enjoying the process of reviewing these two books by James Maxey.

Another part of the plate is covered with a reading/review of the latest The Dead West series (Book 2. The Ten Thousand Things). A continuation of the great undead Western gore-romp started in Book 1.

Being a paycheck to paycheck blue-collar guy, I’ve been bummed at the price and greed of some of the major table top corps. I like gaming, and when I get into a game, my fault is that I want everything for that game…all the books, figures, dice, limited edition shot glasses, etc…But, I know I can’t do that anymore. When my friend brought over Xwing a couple weekends ago, I had a blast. But when I looked into the prices for the basic set, while not too expensive, looking at the ships and extras I would be pining for lead me to think about other, cheaper versions War Gaming. Which led to…

Plastic Army Men!!!!

I actually went to a Dollar Store and bought a $1 package of tan/green army men, along with my can of Monster, of course. I was thinking, why couldn’t these be used in a cheap table top game. I started going over the typical War Gaming rules in my head intent on making my own game. Hello, internet calling…I looked up and found a few games that had the basic rules and that could easily be adopted to other scenarios. I’m already looking at a couple of zombie or Kaiju concepts.

 

This is all, right up my alley!

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Those Poor, Poor Bastards. Book Review

 

Those PoorThose Poor, Poor Bastards (Dead West Book#1) by Tim Marquitz, J.M. Martin and Kenny Soward is a small bundle of gory entertainment.  Plenty of action, blood, skull fragments and undead will tickle your morbid palette.

 

The story itself starts off with the reader being handed plate after plate of Western vernacular, almost to the point of enough is too much (We know it’s a Western, the cliché language needed to be cut back a bit).  But after that, it’s pretty much action, page after page.

 

Don’t get me wrong, there is great dialogue and some good character development in the pages.  I even found myself smiling at certain parts, which to me, marks the sign of some good writing.  Descriptive visions, comedic elements (“I swallowed my chaw.”), and real heart-felt conversations between Pa and Nina.  A little heavy on the profanity at the beginning, which may take some readers aback, but the usage seems to taper off as the story develops.

 

I read Westerns periodically, and just about every other genre, and I cannot wait to delve into the rest of this series.

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