Booklist Raves About 100 FATHOMS BELOW

Booklist is going to print a rave review of 100 Fathoms Below in their September 1st issue! I saw a sneak peek of it and have been cleared to share this pull-quote with you:

“An entirely new nightmare…Between potential attacks from enemy boats and the paranormal danger lurking among the crew, readers will wonder which will destroy the USS Roanoke first.” — Booklist

100 Fathoms Below comes out October 9th in hardcover, e-book, and audio, but you can preorder it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or your favorite bookseller!

Steve Lichman, Vol. 2

Steve Lichman - Volume 2Steve Lichman – Volume 2 by David Rapoza
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Catching up with our favorite, all-too-human D&D monsters, STEVE LICHMAN, VOL. 2 finds the characters dealing with petty jealousy, peer pressure, misguided 1980s Sunset Strip fashions, porn addiction, an organized crime syndicate run by a talking frog, a keytar-playing Bard, all-out war between dungeons, and the perils of ordering too much Meat Lover’s Pizza from Pizza Hut. Along the way readers will find hilarious riffs on everything from THE LOST BOYS and Stephen King’s IT to Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and Francis Ford Coppola’s DRACULA.

Rapoza and Warren’s humor is as sly and knowing as ever, and the art perfectly captures both detail and emotion. The storyline that has Ben the Beholder being pursued by a child molester was a little too much for me, but other than that I loved STEVE LICHMAN, VOL. 2 as much as VOL. 1. I just wish that A) these volumes came out more frequently, and B) they were widely available to the general readership and not just to Kickstarter donors. I personally know a lot of people who would love to read about Steve the big-hearted Lich King, Flay the sarcastic Mind Flayer, Ollie the deeply insecure Owlbear, and the rest of the gang if only they could find these books in bookstores!

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PW Raves About 100 FATHOMS BELOW!

Publishers Weekly has a rave review of 100 Fathoms Below in this week’s issue. Here’s the pull quote:

“The perfect blend of suspenseful political thriller and creepy horror is sure to please fans of both genres. Readers will not be able to turn away.”

You can read the entire review here, although be warned: it is a little spoilery.

100 Fathoms Below is coming out in hardcover, audio, and e-book on October 9th, but you can preorder it now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or wherever you like to shop!

Ten Dead Comedians

Ten Dead Comedians: A Murder MysteryTen Dead Comedians: A Murder Mystery by Fred Van Lente
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A clever riff on Agatha Christie’s AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, Fred Van Lente’s fun, fast-paced debut novel traps a gaggle of comedians on a remote island owned by a Woody Allen-like comedy legend, where they are picked off one by one by an unknown killer. Each of the characters is modeled after a popular, real-life comedian you’re sure to recognize, although Van Lente knows not to make them 1:1 replicas or simple stand-ins; each has his or her own personality and motivations that are important to the novel. Some of the murders are gruesome, but to Van Lente’s credit he understands that, for this novel’s purposes, the comedy is more important than the deaths. He manages to keep things light and brisk. Although (just to toot my own horn) I did figure out who the killer was before the big reveal, this is still a fun, enjoyable mystery I would recommend to anyone.

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