Book Review: Life After Death by Jackson Paul Baer

TREY STONE

*I received a complimentary copy of this book, and I’m leaving a voluntary review*

Another great book by Jackson Paul Baer. I think this is my fourth one, and second in the ‘An American Family’ series. You can read my review for the first one here, but the short story is that it’s a magnificent thriller about a family who loses their mother and wife to a serial killer.

This book picks up where the other left off, with Isaac, the father and husband trying to build up a life with his new wife, and his children trying to carry on with their own. It’s about life, love, and the struggle of having lived through a horrible event.

Baer writes how he always has; with passion, clarity, and captivation. Is style is clear and beautiful, not over the top, and the book isn’t too long. Just the way I…

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Taking A Break From Writing

TREY STONE

One and a half week ago I sent my WIP away to my editor for some much needed TLC. Now, I always write on multiple things. I have a main WIP, then I usually always work on the following book, as well as a little side project. (Gotta have some of those side projects).

But when I sent my main WIP away, I thought to myself: “You know what? Don’t. Don’t write anything for a bit. Take a break. Read instead. See what happens.”

I’m not the kind of person who doesn’t read while they write. I usually always write, and I definitely always read. I suppose I get why some people are afraid to be influenced or to copy someone’s voice, but that’s not me. I’m not good enough to copy someone’s voice, even if I tried. So I always read.

But now that I sent my WIP away…

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Whoa! The Matrix Is a Symmetrical Film

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The Wachowskis have made yet another box-office bomb in the form of Jupiter Ascending. But that doesn’t mean that all of their films are terrible. I would like to draw your mind back to a time when they seemed like they were going to be the next Ridley Scott.

I’m talking, of course, about 1999 when The Matrix debuted and wowed audiences with its unique visual style and intriguing metaphysical ideas. Do you think this movie has already been dissected to death, and there’s nothing new to say about it? Well, I’ve got a whole new take on it that will have your head spinning.

It turns out that The Matrix is an example of cinematic chiasmus. That is, its first half mirrors its second half so that the film’s events all line up beautifully, creating a symmetrical whole. It joins an exclusive club of other superb sci-fi…

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Book Review: A Killer’s Alibi by William L. Myers Jr.

Sounds like an excellent book to add to my “as soon as the raw draft is completed at the end of May” TBR mountain!

TREY STONE

*I received a complimentary copy of this book, and I’m leaving a voluntary review*
This is a dark, gritty, legal/crime thriller. There’s murders, secrets, lies, cold cases—basically everything you’d want in a fantastic book. Let me tell you about it.

The plot is simple: A mafia boss is caught red-handed by the police, having murdered his rival and his daughter’s lover. The bloody knife is still in his hand. There’s no denying it, he’s going to jail. His lawyer, sees the case as quite simpleor it would have been, if our mafia boss would just talk to him. But there’s something he’s hiding, something he’s not revealing. And how can his lawyer defend him without all the details? The daughter is in shock, hospitalized, the victim is dead, and the main suspect isn’t talking.

At the same time, the lawyer’s wife is working on freeing a…

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Cardinal Query Sins: Wants Nothing, Does Nothing, Has Nothing

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A Sinful Query

Dear Agent Fullname,

Light Yagami wants nothing more than to get through each day of his senior school year without dying of boredom. When a mysterious notebook finds its way into his hands, Light is intrigued by its magical properties. The notebook—called the Deathnote—has the power to kill anyone whose name is written inside it.

Light soon discovers that the ‘owner’ of the Deathnote is Ryuk, a Japanese god of death with dark motivations of his own. Under Ryuk’s evil influence, Light is gradually seduced by the Deathnote’s potential and comes to believe he is capable to saving humanity–as long as he’s willing to use the Deathnote to kill those who deserve to die. He might even save the world from itself.

But as Light uses the Deathnote to kill more and more people in the name of justice, he risks losing sight of very principles which…

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The Magic Of Rereading And The Dangers of Nostalgia

Rereading my favourite books is like listening to my favourite music – it takes me straight to my happy place. The first book I ever reread was The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. I love looking at the world through the lens of his imagination. His works and those of Keith Laumer, Theodore Sturgeon, Aldiss, Asimov, Bradbury, affect me on a molecular level. 🙂 Another great article, Trey – thanks!

TREY STONE

Last year I stirred up some stuff (as I’m prone to do), when I admitted I very rarely reread books. You can read a blog post about it here, but the short story is, I just always have something new I want to get my hands and eyes on. It’s not something I do on purpose, I don’t actively decide that I’m never going to read a certain book ever again, it just kind of happens.

Anyway, a few people called me out and said that you have to reread books to truly understand them, so I decided to do an experiment and try.

I chose Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as my book to reread, because of two reasons: 1 – it’s one of the few books I know I read when I was younger (15 years ago or so), and 2 – it’s on of the few…

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Book Review: Spider’s Web by Shannon Condon

TREY STONE

Another great book I’ve just finished, Spider’s Web is the third book in the Magdalena Series, and follow Maggie and her special ops team as they take on secret missions for the government.

I haven’t read the other books in the series, and even though this is the third, it works well as a standalone. Even though I was confused about some of the information of the past books that I was fed, it was kind of like a puzzle for me, trying to piece together and understand what had happened before.

This book is very many things on top of each other, spy thriller, crime mystery, family drama. It’s a big all-in-one. To give you a hint of the plot, we’re thrown straight into it when Maggie is kidnapped. Where will she be taken, who’s her kidnappers and why do they want her, and will her team get to…

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