Every month I am to review an independently/selfpubbed book from my fellow striving authors. I then review them on Amazon AU and Goodreads. If you want a review, catch me up on Twitter, I am often asking for books or offering to randomly review.
Drew Melbourne’s Percival Gynt & the Conspiracy of Days:
There was something about this story that ambled along in an informative and light manner, that by the time you realised how critical all the information was you’d just received, you’d be just in time to either laugh, or fling the book against the wall. Percival Gynt and the Conspiracy of Days was a strange, sad, and wonderful foray into a relatable future through the eyes of Percival, and occasionally someone else’s, about stopping an ultimate evil from destroying the universe. From a chance encounter with a beautiful woman on a train, it follows Percival as he unwraps a mystery, hog tied into a conspiracy. The rich characterizations, places, technology and overall sense of the writing can only have come from someone who was deeply creative or more than slightly unhinged. My only complaint is that the book is exceptionally long, and though I’m a voracious reader and don’t mind long books, I felt some of the divulging of information could be cut back for a more fluid enjoyment. Having said that, if it were possible to give this book six stars I would. Witty, clever, funny, you never see exactly what’s coming until Melbourne’s pulled the rug from under you and you’re free falling through space. A really great book.
Nikki Dolson’s All Things Violent:
From the start I liked Laura. Trying to make it in a man’s world of violence, with someone she loved and couldn’t have, the story started with a lot of potential that promised an intriguing arc of character growth. Even with the sudden death of a key character i still felt this had the elements to display a serious fighting for your life situation, but throughout the book it felt like a series of smaller stories put together, rather than having a key plot. The one aspect that tied them together, Laura’s unrequited love, didn’t feel strong enough. Laura herself though, was real, relatable, and driven to do whatever was necessary to survive.