Kriss Morton

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  • The Void on May 12, 2012

    This is the second in the Weaver Saga and I ended up reading both of them back to back. I can say they would actually have made a good book blended together they were segued so well! I had not read the description of the zombie apocalypse being nigh, but after finishing it I can say I am excited to see what the third book holds for us. John has woven a story with some pretty strong female characters. At least they appear to be on the outside. Our leading gal Alex is fighting hard to over come her mother's betrayal and learn to be strong and independent to help fight the fight behind the scenes of a race of other-dimensional beings that will suck your soul dry. Our FBI agent who has been brought into the fold of a covert government agency that has been developed to fight these beings, the Xorda, appears so strong and detached they deem her nicknames involving ICE (fill in the blank). She and Alex are fighting their past and soon will find out that it is not as different then it seems. Both have mothers that have hurt them and betrayed them and both mothers are part of the conspiracy that left a brother and left Alex mutated and basically tools to aid in the fight against the Xorda. See, Alex has visions of the future, specifically the future involving Xorda attacks. This is what she was mutated into being. The goal of this conspiracy group was to match them with Igniters since only fire will kill these creatures. Sounds a bit out there? Well perhaps a bit, but John has an excellent ability to weave a bit of far fetched ideas and make it believable. The problem now, however, is that Alex seems to be having visions from the past, specifically her mothers past. She is going to have to face her mother again and find out what is going on or it may just come dropping into everyone's lap when they are least prepared. John presents us with characters flawed but still strong. Alex learning how to fight through her fear and become this test tube supernatural human, Moire and her dysfunctional family issues that seem to drown her every step of the way along with the fact of her guilt of her brothers apparent suicide, and the two mothers! Those two are pieces of work, but at the same time John was able to weave the story in such a way we can sympathize a little with where they were coming from. In the end I was left satisfied and I believe I will be able to maintain myself for the third in the series, since it seems... the zombies are coming.. or are they? I highly recommend this book and its predecessor Weaver to anyone who enjoys a good book that allows you put aside reasoning and enjoy a good tale of coming to age, and not just for teenagers. It would be a great book to read as a mother with your daughters, especially if you both love this kind of tale. Oh and anyone who likes Buffy or Angel? You really should read it. It does read a bit like a season of the show but with a bit more depth then can be shown on the screen. I think I like Alex a lot more with her flaws then the almost perfect Buffy.
  • Cat and Meese on April 28, 2013

    I fell in love with the writer as soon as I read her piece for my #FourthWallFriday on Friday, April 26th (yes this last Friday!). I knew there was no way I was going to be disappointed even before I had read her Fourth-Wall piece from having conversations with her she was going to write a character with “flaveh”. To say she came through for me with this sweet little 24 pages of powerhouse writing is an understatement. I am in love! (Don’t worry you are safe K, I don’t think the S.Chinese government would appreciate my stanky hippie fangirl ass showing up in my own Meese-girl outfit waving my toy Mieshka around whooping! I cannot wait till I can clear a few of the books off my TBR to read Into the Fire (The Mieshka Files, Book One). This has magic, guns, crazy girls, split personalities coming alive, an undercity, dirty fingernails (probably) a lot of running and tight jeans (probably) and cool names and very seedy cool characters (yes this is only 24-pages). Shazam! GO get it, it’s free on Shashwords, but I would go get Into the Fire it is still in the realm of my #weeklyshort limit of $2.99 and the story is in the back!
  • Cat and Meese on April 28, 2013

    I fell in love with the writer as soon as I read her piece for my #FourthWallFriday on Friday, April 26th (yes this last Friday!). I knew there was no way I was going to be disappointed even before I had read her Fourth-Wall piece from having conversations with her she was going to write a character with “flaveh”. To say she came through for me with this sweet little 24 pages of powerhouse writing is an understatement. I am in love! (Don’t worry you are safe K, I don’t think the S.Chinese government would appreciate my stanky hippie fangirl ass showing up in my own Meese-girl outfit waving my toy Mieshka around whooping! I cannot wait till I can clear a few of the books off my TBR to read Into the Fire (The Mieshka Files, Book One). This has magic, guns, crazy girls, split personalities coming alive, an undercity, dirty fingernails (probably) a lot of running and tight jeans (probably) and cool names and very seedy cool characters (yes this is only 24-pages). Shazam!
  • North Dark on Oct. 10, 2013

    The Difference between a Mystery & the Mystery A Review & Discussion Like many of you, I love a good mystery novel. Cozy, crime, serial killers, historical; I love them all. They are written with a very specific formula, usually following Frank Gruber‘s formula which first appeared in Brass Knuckles in 1966 & again in The Pulp Jungle in ’67. Yep, we are still like this. Like any genre there are specific conventions to adhere too, and mysteries have a nice solid eleven. I won’t go into detail, will save that for a real mystery book but I want these listed because I believe some folks are going to get this book confused with an actual mystery novel, and it just simply isn’t! Note from the article -Frank Gruber’s 11-Point “Can’t Miss” Mystery Story Formula - “I did not create this 11-point formula at one time. I evolved it over a period of about two years beginning back in 1934. I had perfected it by about the middle of 1936.” 1- The Hero (protagonist) 2-The Theme (or subject matter) 3-The Villain (antagonist) 4-Background 5-Murder Method 6-Motive 7-Clue 8-Trick 9-Action 10-Climax 11-Emotion Those who have read North Dark are shaking your head going, “Wait a minute, there is too almost all these things!” Why yes there is, but it is how they’re applied that matter and which make the story involving “The Mystery” instead of being “A Mystery”. Lane is obviously someone who probably had way to much fun for his own good when he had to read Scarlet Letter and Moby Dick as an undergrad. I chuckled more than a few times at his esoteric paintbrush drenched in prose of darkness! (see where I did there?) Hey! ;) I can see you going “Shit, there she goes again, I thought she was going to bounce a bit, compare it to food and maybe say wow a bunch of times if she liked it so much.” Smiling, well first, I did like it, second it is just not that kind of book. I won’t squeal and go all fan-girl on this writer. This is a author I want to buy a smokey double whiskey for, shake hands with and talk to the wee hours about symbolism in the modern lit fic genre scene. Yes Virginia, genre writers can actually write deep esoteric mind-fucking stories. What I can tell you is there is no HEA* in this thing, it’s a true dystopian book, one even my resident proud card-carrying curmudgeon, proud 1984 shirt wearing, highbrow elitist of a literary snob would agree with. Oh I don’t believe he would like the book, because there are some actual flaws and oops and he is even more nitpicky than myself. But than again, are these really flaws or is it part of what “The Mystery” is about. When you are presented with a mysterious event (what I have referred to as “The Mystery”) within the substance of the novel your mind will start whirling with possibilities with what is going on and what it all of it means. Yet there is that one hidden fact, for all the wonderful things you connect to and have thought of, the hidden thought that peeks through the ice is one you just can’t defrost enough to decipher. The whole concept behind Citizen Kane, for an example, with Rosebud. It was not the idea of the sled but what the sled was tied too. The joy and emotional response and revelation you have when you discover what it represents at in the ending! The idea that a mystery and answers found, or not, with something written well enough that a literal, metaphoric,symbolic and even allegorical treatment within the story trap this mystery right at the tip of the iceberg (grin). Add in none of these are actually verified or resolved, this hint and idea you have tried to find and are searching for throughout the story… this, for me and those like me, are what makes stories like North Dark and others in this realm a good one. Over all my experience reading this was exponentially different from what I was expecting after reading the synopsis. All the elements in it are there, but there is just so much more! If you want a “Happily Ever After” you will not get one here, unless you view the world through a dirty scratched pair of goggles as i do when reading stories such as this. It is a Post Apocalyptic, Dystopic suspense thriller. The main protagonist is his own antagonist, the villain is … well I just can’t tell you and the problems I had with it? I am not going to sully my review with them because they truly could be part of “The Mystery”, the ones I never figured out. . If you want an introspective mind-f***ery of awesomeness, this book is chuck full of if it. The author is one to watch out for and one I will be reading more of. Thanks for the read, Siren’s Call Publications! ---- Triggers & warnings to those who want to read this: It is a wonderful dark and real read. It is wrought full of metaphor and mystery, your brain must be turned on. There is violence, it is necessary & not gratuitous. It is a real dystopian book, not a fluffy YA one with a coming of age love story, pretty rag dresses & rose-colored glasses, real like as in Fahrenheit 451 real! ***
  • Consumed by Love - A Short Story on Oct. 10, 2013

    To consume, such a glutinous statement. We hear it all the time, "Oh I am so full, I think I consumed enough for two people!" or that ever oh so dramatic thing that many of us are guilty of letting out, "I am consumed with rage or hate, with remorse" or with love. We consume and are consumed every day with emotions, struggling each day and choosing to react or respond to these desires. For most of us, we keep a tap on the hedonistic pleasure of our consumption, whether it be bacon, chocolate or a second pumpkin spice caramel macchiato or not calling for the fifth time that afternoon just to say I love you. However, most of us do not have a power that spans beyond regular impulse, a power embedded and written into our genes that does not allow us to stop and those that do (raising and eyebrow) we have partners, family and friends that pull us back from the brink and set our bottle of darkness behind the dusty record player and bathe us in healthy things to do and to consume which eat up those unrealistic urges and needs. This is a tale about being consumed by love. Between the two people who are the center of the story, each are consumed and are consuming each other in one form or another. It is a codependency of epic proportions. As dark and horrific as it is at base level, Pavarti K. Tyler has shown her talent to weave with words the passion so many of us feel for our true loves in such a startling and densely dark tale. Their love proves the age old belief of love can conquer anything, no matter what others may argue or say. Even if it is learning to truly conquer something, you must allow it to consume you. In a realistic world this could and usually is true. I am a believer of stripping everything down to a base level to start building things back up, and when it comes to relationships, and illness of the body, mind, soul or as is with this couple, all of the above. You have a fair to chance. Does this couple make it? Are their choices healthy or is there something more between the lines of this horrifying and beautiful tale? You will have to determine that on your own. You will have to go and grab it for a dark and dreary, preferably with your wooby and a jigger of whiskey added to your tea. Personally, I found them quite successful in their endeavor. Recommended for those that like their horror dark, like their erotica off kilter and darker and have the brains to read between the lines. This is trangressive fiction. It is not something for people who do not think outside the box or want too. An exceptional writers with an exceptional story! If you were a fan of Boxing Helena and can understand the beauty behind the visuals, the story behind it all, you will adore this book!