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  • RealmShift on Feb. 03, 2009

    Very fast-paced action, easily read in 1-2 sittings. Describes a world with the supernatural being effectively an extension of people's consciousness and worked into our normal world. You get shown an interesting afterlife complete with a semi-parody of real-life religions and beliefs. Good novel debut. It's quite story-driven so rather than describe what happens I'll just recommend it if you're interested in any type of fantasy, religion or mythology.
  • MageSign on July 15, 2009

    MageSign is set several years after RealmShift and picks off on an interesting tangent from the previous book. Once again, we are exposed to the extremely unwilling hero Isiah and his other-worldly strength, lore and contacts. Once again there is a fast-paced escalating showdown, but with higher stakes and involving the world on a grander scale. The novel is a welcome dip back into an exciting world where supernatural forces compete for followers and secret societies scheme for power -- all behind a generally-oblivious public. But I think what makes this book more enjoyable to read than most that cover similar ground is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. In fact it blurs the line between the genre and the genre's parody, which is always a good thing. MageSign makes for some very smooth, engrossing reading with masterful pacing. Like a graphic novel without the graphics it'll really get you into the action within a heartbeat.
  • Ghost Of The Black: A 'Verse Full Of Scum on July 15, 2009

    I found this one a bit grungy and almost like I’d imagine the punk sci fi genre (if I read more in that area). So a little bit different from most sci fi but not in a bad way. Excellent pacing, I think I read it in 1 or 1.5 sittings which rarely happens. I liked the 2-3 ludicrous moments in the story, esp. the ones that satirise religious movements. I think the ending wasn’t as sharp as the rest of the story but still a very good worthwhile read. (Affiliation: I know the author in "real/offline" life)