ahaas sci-fi artwork

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This is  ‘Waystation II’  and one of my favourite ahaas pieces although I am hard pressed to choose between this and  ‘Beachside,’ ‘Waystation,’ and ‘Lift off,’  all of which are just as good. Ahaas also treats us to some of his sketchbook stuff in his gallery of offerings.  This is an artist who uses a combination of traditional painting  and digital manipulation  to good effect. His art has a really distinctive style which some people have described as having an organic feel, nevertheless, there is plenty here to please hard metal fans as well.

Find ahaas at Deviant Art here http://ahaas.deviantart.com/

In the End: a pre-apocalypse novel by Edward M Wolfe

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My five star review on Amazon:

Very enjoyable read. Well written, nicely paced, all the good things other reviewers have said. I really liked the way that the characters emerged through what they did and said rather than through physical descriptions. Similarly, the resort setting was lightly sketched and this enabled Wolfe to get straight into the story and so sparked my interest straightaway.

Some have said that too much was left hanging, however, the author billed this as a pre-apocalypse novel – it’s about the beginning of the apocalypse, not the whole story of the apocalypse. For me the novel had a proper ending, it felt completed in itself and I didn’t get the feeling that the author simply stopped and left things hanging and you have to read the next book to find out what happened. I might be old-fashioned but I still believe a novel, even if it’s part of a series, should be a complete story in itself. One thing is certain, Edward Wolfe is a natural storyteller and his writing is head and shoulders above many other offerings these days.

 

Brew (Salem’s Revenge Book 1) by David Estes

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This is my five star review on Amazon:

I love apocalypse stuff, especially when it’s done well as it is in Brew. I like authors who get straight into the story with action and dialogue, introducing the characters and the setting with an economy of words. If a scene takes place on school football field, as it does in the beginning of Brew, then we don’t need long and detailed descriptions of the setting because we’ve probably all been there, or seen it on TV or whatever. A good author lets the reader’s mind do some of the work. Reading is a two-way process. Of course, this only works in the right hands, with an author who has the ability to choose exactly the right words. Happily, in Brew, David Estes displays these skills in abundance.

The action scenes are some of the best I’ve seen and I was totally lost in them.

The really good news, is that Brew has a great ending. Despite being part of a series, David Estes has nicely avoided the cliff-hanger ending. Other series writers take note. This is how you end a book in a series, so that it has a satisfying ending, but leaves you wanting more. This is how you place a story on a wider canvas, so that the story is complete in itself, but the reader knows that there is plenty more to tell. And so this reader is off to buy Boil, the next book in the series.

BTW I paid A$3.45 (full price) for this book which is huge value for money when you consider offerings at a similar price. If the author ever gets picked up by a big name publisher (even supposing that he was interested) you can expect to be paying a lot more for books by David Estes.