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Valerie Gaumont is an evil genius whose mission is to take over the world. Her latest efforts were thwarted when her flying monkey army discovered beer. Currently they are in Rehab because no one likes a drunk flying monkey. (Thank you for your cards and letters of support.) When she is taking a break from villainy she can often be found with a pen in her hand. Yes, sometimes she is doodling, other times writing fiction and discovering new and interesting ways to combine reality with the outré. She has had short stories in the Violet Ampersand Anthology, Poetry, Prose and Other Voyages to the Edge, and the online Journal, Gothic Fairytales for Melancholy Children. In 2007 she was listed as a finalist in the William Faulkner International Writing Competition in the Novel-In-Progress category.
on March 01, 2014 :
Another great installment in the Channel Riders series. My only complaint is that it was too short, and I am out of books.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series; it's reminded me of how fun and interesting Sci-fi can be when it's well thought out and written by a skilled storyteller.
I was really tired of the masochistic trend in Sci-fi; the authors took themselves too seriously, and their books became depressing to read: the endless pontificating about the inevitable Dystopian fall, the needless plot twists, gratuitous sex, explicit violence, the ridiculous attempts to supplant Tolkien as the 'ultimate master of breadth and depth of work'...all served to drive fans, including me, away from the genre. Some of it may have been well written, but no one wanted to read them more than once. This series, however, reminds me of the best of old Sci-fi; Bradbury, Norton, Heinlein, Asimov, McCaffrey- the fun stuff. I am looking forward reading the rest of her work.
(reviewed the day of purchase)