Every month I am to review an independently/selfpubbed book from my fellow striving authors.
This month I have two, the first was an ARC I was given by Crystal L. Kirkham for her Road to Redemption, and the second was a series of SciFi short stories by 11 authors.
Cyrstal L. Kirkham – Road to Redemption
I have to confess that it was the side characters that made this for me. I wanted to know more about Ruby and Iain, and Father Brannigan. Paige was lovely and pure on her own, but I felt I could have got to know more of her story. Paige is seeking to help the mysterious Michel, who’s dark and twisted past is a threat to them both. The trouble is that Michel has underestimated Paige’s own connection to the dark lord, and it might cost him everything. When he seeks her out, he runs into Ruby, who ultimately is a resourceful, capable woman, and could probably take on Buffy. A good read for fans of soul searching and the lengths we go to in order to redeem ourselves.
Vizions of the Future: 11 Ultra Exciting Sci-fi Tales
I liked some of the stories, but others were very stilted. The best part about it was the demonstration of the wide and varying pockets of Scifi fiction, the assembled stories showing the true depth of the genre. I recommend it to anyone wanting to discover Scifi and aren’t sure about what genres interest them.
A special mention to Amanda J Evens story of people trapped in a VR world both terrified and intrigued me.