Christopher D. Schmitz is author of both Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction and Nonfiction books and has been published in both traditional and independent outlets. If you've looked into indie writers of the upper midwest you may have heard his name whispered in dark alleys with an equal mix of respect and disdain. He has been featured on television broadcasts, podcasts, and runs a blog for indie authors... but you've still probably never heard of him.
As an avid consumer of comic books, movies, cartoons, and books (especially sci-fi and fantasy) this child of the 80s basically lived out Stranger Things, but shadowy government agencies won't let him say more than that. He lives in rural Minnesota with his family where he drinks unsafe amounts of coffee; the caffeine shakes keeps the cold from killing them. In his off-time he plays haunted bagpipes in places of low repute, but that's a story for another time.
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The world is more than it seems. Werewolves, dopplegangers, powerful crystals, and sorcerers. At the center of it all: a royal family doing war through the eons against the nega-god--the ravenous Sh'logath!
The Magnificent Seven in space, as it's been called. Feeling like a blend between Firefly and Dark Matter, this high stakes space opera features steam punk time-travel, space ninjas, and really big guns!
Would Jesus wear a mask?
In a crazy era where Christians make such little sense and science makes even less, thinking critically is vitally important. Culture would rather win arguments and assimilate followers than find the truth.
Is there cause for a religious exemption to forced mask mandates?
What role does liberty play in faith…
…how should that affect our politics?
Yesterday she sat in Freshman seminar...now she's running for her life.
What's chasing Claire should not exist.
She's convinced a homeless classmate is stalking her, but Rob claims he can travel between alternate realities, and that Claire has magic in her veins... only her blood has the power to unleash the great Devourer God and breach a gate the Nihil Gate. No wonder cultists kidnapped them!
The prequel comic book to YA novel Wolf of the Tesseract. Learn more of the backstory of the evil sorcerer Nitthogr and his brother Basilisk. The comic provides an overview of the multi-verse, the wars spanning the ages, and leads directly into the events of Wolf of the Tesseract.
As a writer/reader you might find read or share ebooks that have been saved in Kindle's .mobi format. (happens often when doing reviews for Amazon, Goodreads, or perhaps purchased 3rd party.) This step-by-step photo guide shows you how to crossload those files into your Android Kindle App.
Dekker Knight, mercenary and collector of arcane artifacts, gets the contract to take Austicon, an intergalactic assassin, to max-lock detention. When he escapes, Dekker’s team is forced to hunt down the galaxies’ most heinous criminal all over again. Following Austicon’s theft of a superweapon, Dekker and his team must do the unthinkable to prevent the Earth’s annihilation!
Spanning the planting of the Circle of Seven to the day Dekker Knight meets Vesuvius Briggs, A Waxing Arbolean Moon is an origins/prequel that fills in all gaps in the fractured timeline of Dekker’s Dozen: The Last Watchmen and functions as either Prologue or Epilogue depending on how you choose to look at it. Say yes to steampunk time-travel, King Solomon vs Asmodeus, and aliens in Akkadia/Egypt.
The Nefairyous Saga: Welcome to Lily Port
on Feb. 28, 2017
The first thing that I noticed on page one is that there is dialogue EVERYWHERE. In fact, it drives the entirety of the story. When it does break out of dialogue mode the POV suddenly reveals a kind of universal narration to help show the reader what he or she is seeing. Anyone who’s read my reviews know my disdain for use of POV beyond 3rd person. Then I realized that this blended 2nd person viewpoint comes from the author’s background as a software designer (it actually hit me because I was thinking of how much the story’s writing style reminded me of an old text-based video game.) I read the author’s bio before I started the book (I know—I’m kind of a freak like that, I guess.) That helped reconcile my POV qualms and enjoy the story.
Without giving away any parts of the story, it opens in short order on a grisly scene and the apparent emergence of serial killer. It all takes on a very “Skinsaw Murders” kind of feel (in case you’re familiar with the classic Pathfinder module from Rise of the Runelords) but it’s not a fantastical setting. The story is more of a mystery and has a Choose Your Own Adventure feel, except that you don’t make any choices—although you still feel involved in the mystery because of the POV which makes the reader feel as if he or she is there (although I got a kind of Ebeneezer Scrooge vibe, like I was just an observer trying to figure out if Lincoln will ever catch his nemesis, the murderer known as Wishbone.
You can check out more of my reviews (and books) at https://authorchristopherdschmitz.wordpress.com/
The Nefairyous Saga: Eye of an Outlaw
on March 07, 2017
Most of what I observed in the first installment of the Nefairyous Saga remains true of the second. OF course, this time around I went into the book with a mindset to embrace the 2nd person POV and look at it like I was in a mystery or a video game (thinking the old Myst series where the goal was to try and figure out the mystery through experience.) Some of the writing does flirt more with the third person POV in aspects (sometimes it seems like there is no limit to the knowledge we get as the reader. If I'd change anything in the series it'd be that--but it does help keep these stories as relatively short and perfect for the casual reader--kind of like choose your own adventure books.)
Detective Lincoln (from the first book) is absent. I was fine with that. I really did think the author did a better job of worldbuilding and keeping the immediacy of the books events, well, immediate. There is some backstory, for sure, but less so than we saw with the Wishbone killer in book 1 and it helps keep the reader in the element, so the writing style certainly improves between the books. The setting is also improved--partly just in language and names which have a distinct foreignness to them (in the first book I struggled to stay in the setting as some things seemed too familiar at times.)
I am glad to see multiple installments of something labled as a "saga" or series. Those of you who follow my reviews on my blog or via my author/reviewer profiles know that I'm irked whenever I see a novel proudly listed as "Book 1 in the exciting new series you never heard of and which will never see a second installment!" Make sure that you visit the Author's homepage and send him some love and beg for a new story if this sort of 2nd person POV immersive storytelling is your cup of tea.