Monday, April 23, 2012

E-Tales Read Lately

These ereads of late are short and I am loath to reveal too much in any of them for the briefness, suffice to say, as much as I personally prefer the printed word, all my favorite living authors are in the digital realm these days.

Hellhound on my Trail by D. J. Butler is an explosive pulp novella filled with esoteric goodness. This is the first in an ongoing series of Rock Band Fights Evil. I got quite a kick out of the visceral writing and chaotic mashup of blues rock, biblical esoterica and fae worlds.

On the verge of ending his miserable existence Mike is thrown into an immediate horrific attack during a performance at a dive bar on the edge of nowhere. The pace is quick and exotic blend of influences truly captivated me. Did I catch a hint of Egyptian with the Latin in one of those spells D. J.?

Harvest of War, by Charles Gramlich
I'm gonna repost here the review I put on amazon (on my wife's account) This short story is an excellent introduction into Charles Gramlich's varied and wondrous storytelling charm. The prose is crisp and visceral. A depth behind the character's and the tragic drama gives life beyond the expected. Treat yourself to some of the best heroic fantasy out there.

Amarante, by Scott Oden
Scott's writing is gore-streaked magic and is quite reminiscent of a certain Texan of whom I am quite fond. Catapulted into our tale, Oden never lets up on the tension and page turning action. This makes me wish we could get a little more of Scott's Tharduin world, home of these savage Orc's and devastating "whiteskin" magic's.


Paul R. McNamee said...

Thanks for bringing D. J. Butler to my attention. I will check out his novellas sometime soonish, I hope.

I enjoyed those Orc tales, as well.

David J. West said...

Right on Paul, it wasn't until I went to post a pic of Hellhound on my Trail that I realized like Crow Jane-that was a familiar blues song too.

Charles Gramlich said...

Glad you enjoyed, "Harvest." I've not read the Butler either so will check it out.

David J. West said...

Thanks Charles, it was a great tale.

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