Fun fact: Australian publishers seem to like my writing. Well, not all Australian publishers (probably), but Severed Press (the publisher for my Serengeti series) seems to like my sci-fi novels, and SQ Mag/IFWG Publishing seems to like my short stories, no matter what sub-genre of spec fic they are. To date, SQ Mag has picked up three of my short stories, and included two (so far!) in their annual Best Of anthologies.
Considering how many short stories they publish each year, that's huge. Really.
Star Quake 4: SQ Mag's Best of 2015 recently released and includes my sci-fi short story, Rainbows and Death Machines: a tale of love, and life, and... Ok, it's not any of that. But it's got biomechanical rabbits that go on a killing spree. YOU'LL LIKE IT. Interested? Want your own copy??!!! Well, hit the link below, and you can own your very own shiny copy in just a few seconds (actual delivery time may vary depending upon location).
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Sounds intriguing, right? Am I right? Yeah, well, you have no idea. And, honestly, neither did I. So, without further ado, here's my review:
After finishing this book, I sat down for a while and tried to decide if I like it or not. I'm still not sure, thus the 3 star rating. Part of the problem is that this isn't really my style of book--nothing wrong with it, just the aliens cum noir detective story cum time travel-esque theme was a little too much for my tastes. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of creativity here and if you're looking for something different, this book has it in spades. In fact, if you're a fan of works like RUM DIARY, FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, stories that run in that vein, you'll probably find a lot to like here. Not that this book is in any way, shape or form like those two pieces (well, except a large section of it DOES involve a desert setting, so I guess there's a small tie to FEAR AND LOATHING) but it left me with the same feeling: Like I should have taken some hard-core drugs before reading it because then the whole 'people turning into mushrooms' and 'dead cthulu in Vermont' things might have felt a little less weird and a little more 'ah, that makes sense.'
Overall, I'd say reading this books was an 'experience'--a decidely ODD experience, but not unenjoyable. As I described it to a few writing buddies: 'This books is a trippy-ass piece of strangeyosity.' Read it with that in mind, and you won't be disappointed.
Oh! And if you want to participate in the Dare to Discuss March Read, it's not too late! Just grab yourself a copy Agents of Dreamland and read it, then head on over to the Sci-Fi & Scary Forums on March 22nd, 2017. We'll be kicking things off at 7 PM EST!
...I love bad movies. Always have, always will. I love them because they're bad movies--funny, ridiculous and often very, very full of themselves. And I'm not alone. Lilyn G. (of www.scifiandscary.com fame) and I got to chatting on Twitter one day about SyFy Original movies and when she mentioned an idea she had to start a blog post series on bad movies, I jumped at the chance to be involved. The hard part was narrowing the vast pantheon of bad movies I like down to just one to blog about.
Interested? Well, head on over to SciFiAndScary and check out the post:
Lake Placid: The Reason I Love Bad Movis Summed Up in One Film
J.B. Rockwell grew up reading fairy tales, folklore and mythology, as well as anything and everything about ancient cultures and their history, and never lost her taste for any of it. She currently lives in West Virginia with her husband and two cats, all of whom provide inspiration for her stories, whether they know it or not.