Review: Ed Undead by Edward Kent


Publisher: Smith Publicity

Publishing Date: April 2012

ISBN: 9781470086626

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.7/5


Publisher Description: An unknown virus has turned most of the world into flesh eating zombies, and one teenager, Ed Kirk, has contracted it, but it is working through him slowly and he doesn’t know why. He finds his girlfriend, Lisa Jane, and together they fight to get out of their small town and seek help, meeting up with some strangers along the way. Will they be friends or foe? At the same time, they are being pursued by a dark force unknown to them. They must try to find help or a cure before Ed completely turns.

 Review: Cool cover art. I liked Ed Kirk and Lisa Jane. They were this blend of post-apoc dynamic duo meets the Blue Lagoon. Ed Kirk is half zombie, meaning that the virus didn’t fully take. There is this fear that as time progresses so does the virus and a cure is tantamount to not just Ed’s survival but humanities. Lisa Jane is his smart, funny, totally hot GF that sticks with him even when he begins to struggle with the effects of the virus. They meet up with some people that are unaffected, including a high school jock that has the hots for Lisa Jane. What follows is some internal strife and much chasing by hoards of zombies.

This novel was engaging when the story didn’t dwell in the past . There were quite a few pages spent on life prior to the zombie outbreak that seemed excessive. Perhaps a little less time down memory lane would have sufficed.  The ending was typical for a series….no resolution. The characters were well developed and the story line had good pace when rendered in the now.  This was definitely a YA book but I had fun reading it.






Review: The Glass Magician by Charlie Holmberg



Publisher: 47 North

Publishing Date: November 2014

ISBN: 9781477825945 

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 1.3/5


Publisher Description: Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane’s heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony’s thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn’t broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness.

 Review: Really like the cover art. Hmmm, now lets see how many times Ceony referenced “Emery’s green eyes” or her fluttering , clenching, swirling, dropping, sinking, lurching, cramping, growling, churning, souring, writhing, heaving, drained and turning stomach. Lets not forget her blushing face/chest/arms.  WTF happened here? We went from possible redemption in terms of a story line with The Paper Magician to the Nora Roberts School of Writing meets Harlequin in The Glass Magician. This was just plain awful.

Ceony is being chased by two bad men. One of which wants her “secret” to freezing Lira and the other just wants to kill her. She flees with her hunky green eyed man, Emery, to the city where they take up residence in an apartment (Oh how scandalous!) and proceed to flirt, blush and think naughty thoughts. Ceony goes from a one dimensional character to a one dimensional character with a libido. All she sees is Emery with mischief in his green eyes and when he touches her she feels the warmth of his hands and hopes that he doesn’t see her blushing.  FUG ME.

This was a fine example of trampling a good idea with romance. Ceony could have been this cool badass magician that learns her craft in the hard knocks department, can take a man or leave him, loves her paper dog more than modesty and can tell the establishment to fug off once in a while. What we got was a semi-feisty nun who runs  around cleaning up after men or cooking for them every night or fainting in their arms.  Oh lets not forget her stupid braid that is mentioned CONSTANTLY but has nothing to do with anything.






Review: The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmburg




Publisher: 47 North

Publishing Date: September 2014

ISBN: 9781477823835 

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 2.8/5


Publisher Description: Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

 Review: Reviewer mostly rated this in the two star region with some rating it far higher than it deserved. This started off as really inventive and maintained that inclination throughout the novel.  Magic based on bonding to a material, in this case paper. There were animated paper constructs, flying paper planes to name a few.  While the novel started off with good intent with the world of Ceony unfolding, it plummets when the majority of the novel is spent in the chambers of Emery’s heart where Ceony is chased by Lira, known as an Excisioner- a practitioner of black magic whom bonds to flesh. 

Ceony never develops as a character worthy of following with any alacrity.  It is all about Ceony “and her little dog too!” (Wicked Witch cackling).  Usually novels that focus on a main character at the expense of others, tend to be a little effusive and self-centered with regard to how each scene plays out AROUND the main character. Ceony is more of an Alice In Wonderland character. She runs around without a plan making things up as she goes along. I would describe her as stumbling with intent. As she moves through each of the chambers that represent Emery’s goals, dark times, happy times etc., we see her discovering what makes up Emery while revealing Ceony’s emotional content. To be honest there really wasn’t a lot there. She’s scared, angry, bratty and frustrated but the scenes didn’t add a great deal of depth to her. 

This novel had an inventive story line, was well written but the main character didn’t quite move me into cheering for her to overcome the predicaments. Lira is wonderfully evil and Emery is fully revealed through the movement of the story line.

Here’s hoping that in the next novel, Ceony is able to use other magic or develops some depth coupled with an interesting personality . 


Review: Krabat by Otfried Preußler



Publisher: Harper Collins

Publishing Date: September 2010 (1972)

ISBN: 9780007395125 

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.4


Publisher Description: Set within a world of sorcery and wizardry, much like an 18th Century Harry Potter, Krabat tells the story of a 14-year-old beggar boy lured to a mysterious mill by a series of frightening dreams and apparitions.He becomes an apprentice to the master of the watermill where he joins the eleven other young journeymen who work there. Much to his surprise Krabat soon discovers that the mill is actually a school of black magic and he is expected to learn much more than just a normal miller’s trade.

 Review: Cover art is great.

This was written back in 1971. The author was drafted into the Nazi army right after high school and spent a few years in POW camps. He died in 2013. This was a great read. Even though there is something lost in the translation to English, the message comes through loud and clear. The characters move through the story-line developing awareness as their predicament slowly dawns upon them.  The story line is masterful. It kept me riveted while waiting for the ax to drop. Your hopes and dreams insist to be realized for Krabat whom is struggling under the yoke of an evil apprenticeship.  Hope comes in the form of friends he is forced to work with and a small town girl who shares some of the same dreams as Krabat.

The scene development was a little thin yet I think this was due to developing the emotional impact of the masters cruel behavior and its effect on the apprentices. The translation to English seemed stilted and colloquial at times yet lent this old world quality to it.  Get this, you won’t be disappointed.