Monthly Wrap Up: August 2018

With August gone, summer is practically over. September kicked the doors in with a lot of rain over here anyway. August was all kinds of awesome as blogging goes. My stats hit a new high with over 1.100 views. I’ve got to knew a lot of new people and overall I keep going strong. Hopefully it stays that way. August also brought a brand new design, a new logo and feature images. I also launched a facebook group besides my page where I hope I can interact with you guys more! If you are not a member yet, go and join!

Book reviews

In case you missed any of my reviews earlier this month you can read them by clicking on the title! 🙂 This month was a bit strange. I’ve read more than I reviewed, but that’s because I’ve got to read books not released yet and I have to keep my reviews back. Pity. It was a good reading month. But I got out some old goodies, dusted them off and brought them to your attention 🙂

We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson – 4/5

We Ride the StormTechnically this was a July read, but my review went up in August. I received an ARC from Devin and my only regret is that I didn’t start to read it sooner.

“We Ride the Storm is a strong first book, which builds up the conflict and leaves plenty of questions to be answered for the next installment in the series. It’s a bloody, character driven, headless… err, endless fun. The hype is real and well earned. I wouldn’t be surprised if it landed on many lists at the end of the year as one of the best fantasy books in 2018.”

Hero Forged by Josh Erikson – 4/5

Hero ForgedI was excited about this one and I’m happy Emma choose it as FBR’s first semi-finalist in SPFBO.

“Hero Forged is a fast paced, unique, entertaining urban fantasy. It has everything from a villain with blood lust, to an information dealer giant locust, some monsters from your nightmares, gods, a succubus, and a snarky main character being thrown in the middle of it all. If you are bored with the usual UF tropes, you might find this book quite refreshing. A warning: there might be quite a few dead bodies scattered along Gabe’s path.”

Lost Lore: A Fantasy Anthology – 4/5

Lost LoreI’ve read this back in February, when I was in a reading slump and the only reason I finished this one book at all was a read along organised on Goodreads by the authors responsible for this anthology. It introduced me to a lot of nice people 🙂

“You are looking for something new to sink your teeth into? Don’t look anymore! Lost Lore has it all:  mythology, epic fantasy, grimdark, twisted fairy tales, cool assassins, unusual worlds, humor and a lot to think on! Sure, some of them has flaws, and won’t be your taste, but on the other hand, you’ll find some treasure which will make it worth. Besides, it’s free and all of these indie authors are talented as hell. Give them a chance and you might find your next favorite author/series!”

Shattered Dreams by Ulff Lehmann – 4.5/5

Shattered HopesI’ve got an early copy of this one. Reading a book from Ulff is always fun, especially because I can pick his mind along the way 🙂 Also, check out the aknowledgements part, when you get your copy 😉

“Shattered Hopes is a cleverly written second book, which not only grew up to the first one, but managed to surpass it. Aside from Drangar starting to wear me down by the end, and the fact that I have to wait to find out some answers, I can’t really complain.”

Author Spotlight

This month I hosted a few grimdarkling authors on my blog who provided some interesting material for my blog. I also posted the first of many SPFBO related interviews/articles I do as the advisor of Fantasy Book Review’s judging team.

Interviews

Charles Phipps

C.T. Phipps is the author of the Supervillainy Saga, the Bright Falls Mysteries, the Cthulhu Armageddon series, the Agent G series and the Lucifer’ Star series as well as Wraith Knight and a few other books. Besides of being a writer, he also loves all geeky stuff 🙂 Also, he is one of the nicest people I got to know during my short blogging career.

Go and read our interview to see what I’m talking about. I’ll wait.

 

Josh Erikson

Josh Erikson spent twelve years in the hospitality industry before life gave him a swift enough kick to propel him toward publishing his first book, Hero Forged. Now he splits his days between thinking up stories for awesome people, and spending time with his wife and two young children. He lives in rural Nebraska, does not own any livestock or cowboy boots, and likes corn a perfectly regular amount, thank you very much.

Josh is a damn funny guy and this interview is one of my favorties so far! You realy don’t want to miss it.

Guest Posts

Andy PeloquinAll of us got pet peeves, aren’t we? My newest guest, Andy Peloquin decided to write up an article about anti-stereotypes he enjoys reading about. Let’s face it, we all like to turn our back on stereotypes and find something new and fresh wich twists these tropes we know too well.

Read My Four Favorite Anti-Stereotypes to find out what Andy had to say.

 

 

Ulff LehmannUlff shares a short story with us about the real evil behind the mask of kindness. This is not a fantasy story but deals with a very serious topic. How far would you go to keep your family out of harm’s way? And what would you do if the worst already happened?

You ready to face some horrors? Well, read the The Shrouded Evil then.

 

Keith McArdleSo you want to be an author? Awesome! Keith McArdle, author of SPFBO4 entrant Fallen Empire, the first book of the Ironstone Saga and a few other books besides has some advice for you! Personally I dig this article.

 

It’s a cool article and has an excerpt of Fallen Empire at the end too!

Other Posts

How Blogging Changed Me

I decided to write a pretty personal blog post, where I adressed my anxiety issues and reflected what I’ve got out of blogging. Spoiler: a lot of good things. I rarely do posts like this, but the last 5 months brought many changes and it felt like this was the right thing to do. I know there are many people out there battling with different kind of mental health issues, so this is also a nod towards them: somone out there gets it, and cares, and don’t mind to listen to you.

The full article is here. Feel free to leave a comment or send me a message if you want to talk 🙂

SPFBO

It’s not a secret anymore, that I’m taking part in SPFBO as an advisor for Fantasy Book Review judging team. Which is a pretty awesome thing in my book. To make myself helpful, I decided to launch an SPFBO page where I keep track of our progress and also of my personal one. You can find reviews from me and FBR, interviews, articles from past and present SPFBO participants.

You want to dig in? Here you go, welcome to my SPFBO 4 page!

Music Musings

Music Monday

If you missed any of them, give them a listen and read my personal notes/thoughts/ramblings regarding them 🙂

Music Diggin’ Friday

We had some good weeks, and I’ve discovered a few new favorites. One of the reasons I keep doing these posts. Most of the time it sucks because by the time I sit down to write them up I’m somewhere between sleep and well, not being all that awake.

  • August 10th Featuring: Shinedown, King Creature, Alice in Chains, Amaranthe, Bad Touch
  • August 17th Featuring: Aretha Franklin, Devour the Day, Slash feat Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Sister Hazel, Disturbed, Thrice, From Ashes to New
  • August 24th Featuring: Bring Me the Horizon, SafetySuit, Age of Days, Amity Affliction, Alice in Chains
  • August 31st Featuring: Steve ‘N’ Seagulls, Eminem, The Faim, Escape the Faith, OneRepublic

 

See you all in September! 🙂

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