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Book review: The New Black, edited by Richard Thomas, Dark House Press
June 7, 2014 | 10:18 am

The New Black from leading indie publisher Dark House Press brings together 20 tales in the burgeoning genre of neo-noir, characterized by Dark House's materials as "a mixture of horror, crime, fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, the transgressive, and the grotesque all with a literary bent." That definitely, and accurately, describes the contents of the anthology, and Richard Thomas' s extremely detailed introduction goes about as far as anyone reasonably can in summarizing the genre's essential qualities and leading practitioners. It also comes with an evocative foreword, "Eye of the Raven," from Laird Barron, who could easily wear the neo-noir...

Book Review: ‘The Last Banquet’ by Jonathan Grimwood
July 31, 2013 | 10:04 am

Jonathan Grimwood's "The Last Banquet" comes garnished with superlatives, so much so that I'll promise to avoid serving up more stale double entendres about "a feast of a book." Suffice it to say that this life story of Jean-Marie Charles, Marquis d’Aumout, from his earliest memory in 1723 "crunching happily on a stag beetle" in the ruins of his starved parents' manor, to his death in 1790 with sans-culottes pounding at his door, has earned its author a Michelin three-star ranking that casts any Brit celebrity chef into the shade. Jonathan Grimwood has spent over 15 years writing genre fiction, chiefly...

Review: How to Format your eBook for Kindle, NOOK, Smashwords, and Everything Else – UPDATED
January 19, 2013 | 10:00 am

How to Format Your eBook for Kindle, NOOK, Smashwords and Everything Else by Paul SalvetteIf you're a do-it-yourself kind of author, you've probably encountered the "fun" of formatting your book for the various sites. I had no problems uploading my fiction book to Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I created a clean HTML file and followed all the prompts. Presto! Published. My non-fiction book was similarly easy to upload to Amazon. But Barnes & Noble stopped me. No matter what I did, I couldn't make the bulleted lists display properly. Being stubborn, I refused to pay someone else to do it for me, so I went in search of a good e-book formatting guide. After reading...

Ebook review by Joanna: Learn Me Good
August 10, 2010 | 12:20 pm

6bb13f6039465d1c6dcb792dd5a7c5c5977eacff-thumb.jpg Welcome to my second Smashwords review! Today's book is Learn me Good by John Person and unfortunately, it's not as glowing as my last one. The premise seemed promising enough: an engineer-turned-teacher recounts his exploits in the classroom to a former colleague in a series of 'humourous' emails. There is one positive review up on Smashwords already, from somebody who found the book hilarious, but adds that she does not work with kids and does not read in this genre.Well, I do work with kids, and I do read in this genre. And while...

Ebook Review by Joanna: Radium Halos by Shelly Stout
August 9, 2010 | 11:01 am

97388e6bde17bebe8276bc69db0c8b27e7bee793-thumb.jpg"A whole person's life is something like a war. After you fight in a war, you can't help but be different in some way, but folks change just from living through hardships and sorrows and angers too. Also, like a war, nobody really wins, but life goes on anyway." ---Radium Halos by Shelley Stout Welcome to my first Smashwords book of the week. Radium Halos by Shelley Stout is a historical fiction novel based on the true story of the Radium Girls---factory workers from the 1920s who were hired to paint the dials of clocks and watches with luminous radium paint to...