Gifting Reviews

December 21, 2013 at 2:36 am (Reviews) (, , , )

A Co-Worker did this for the Author… I’m conceitedly honored that it’s MY review in the frame.

“I almost teared up. The card said, “Hang this on your wall and think about your sequel. Write it and have a cup of coffee on us.” There was a $5 SB gift card with it.” – Gershom Reese Wetzel

Everyone should do things like this for the writers in your life.  You have no idea how much this means to authory introverts.

My Teres review framed

 

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Raine Corbette

December 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm (Fan Art) (, , , , , , , , )

From Gershom Reese Wetzel’s Teres

Raine Corbette

He seemed vampiric, sallow. Maybe it was the light from the table lamps. Maybe it was his size against the looming scale of the room with its tall windows. Perhaps it was just Raine’s abundant personality, magnified like a sun when he smiled, churning like a storm when brooding suited him.

“How long have we been friends, Teres?”

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Teres – It’s About Time

December 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm (Fan Art, Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , )

TeresTitle: Teres

Author: Gershom Reese Wetzel

Publisher: LucidBooks

Genre: Science Fiction

I read this book in April of this year (2013) when it was still a pdf file. Go back in time a few (or ten) years and I remember listening to Gershom (my dear friend) talk about his ideas regarding a character named Teres.  I remember a very cool dinner party at Macaroni Grill with Teresa Noreen, who seemingly semi-inspired the character Wetzel invented in his mind.

She was stunning.  So is the book.

I read the book in approximately three to four hours.  I believe it’s 300 pages or so long.  It was riveting, and I was doing a real time discussion as I read with the author, searching for mistakes.  There really weren’t any that I recall.

I’ve been leery about posting a formal review on any of my typical sites (shelfari, goodreads, amazon, etc.) though.  Not because I don’t like the book – I love it – but because I have the great honor of being mentioned on the back of the book and I don’t want any potential customer to feel duped or think my thoughts are self-serving or insincere.

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I feel too close to write an unbiased review, but I am way too excited about Teres to leave my thoughts undocumented.

Teres is all action and go from start to finish.  It’s glorious sci fi patterned stylistically after typical books of the genre, but with a depth that is not easily comparable in anything else I’ve read.  Wetzel may not have intended on delivering such a moving message about life, government, and religion, but by nature he’s a wise messenger and that couldn’t help but come across in his writing.

As I mention in so many of my posts, I am a sucker for dystopian societies, and this one is right up there with the infamous Big Brother from 1984 and Libria from the amazing film Equilibrium.

What makes Wetzel’s work so engrossing is what a visual masterpiece he has created.  He is first and foremost an artist, then a graphic designer and author.  His writing is enhanced by the images his fingers itch to draw out on paper.   It’s also really cool that he has the ability to do all his own cover and concept art.

I can’t wait to see more from this character – and her creator.  I see sequels and graphic novels and films of the Aeon Flux caliber in Teres’ future.

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Spindown

July 16, 2013 at 8:03 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Sprindown ReviewTitle: Spindown

Author: George Wright Padgett

Publisher: Grey Gecko Press

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: 372 pages

There are books you read and love but cringe when someone suggests they make it a movie. What if they screw with the magic? What if they ruin it?  But there are some books that as you read, before you even finish the book, just BEG you to become a movie one day.  That’s Spindown.

Visually striking, the novel drops you right into the action from the first page, dripping with images of a future on the largest moon of Jupiter where clones are created to function their entire existence as slaves on a mining outpost.  The writing style reminds me of Robert A. Heinlein (author of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress) and Gershom Reese Wetzel (author of Teres, which is unfortunately not available for the public yet); and the story reminds me of some of the more futuristic sides of Doctor Who (episodes like The Rebel Flesh, and such).Spindown art

Always a sucker for dystopian societies, I love the premise and the journey these characters have from mindless machine-like worker bees to passionate beings with more than a vague idea of what is means to be “dormant dead” and no Hemlo to suppress emotions.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had the pleasure of meeting George Wright Padgett at Comicpalooza this year.  His publisher, Grey Gecko Press, had a booth there.  In all the hoopla la and excitement, he had a personality that stood out in a crowd and after gathering some information on his book, I was able to set up signings with him at Half Price Books.

The signing at the Humble location was a blast.  Grey Gecko Press brought a banner to put up in the store which looked pretty stellar, the book trailer was running on a flat screen in the background, and we had cupcakes from The Martin Epicurean.  Pulling off fun events in a bookstore has just as much to do with planning and organization as personality and conversation with the author themselves.  Padgett is quite entertaining and could be an event in himself with or without the book!

PadgettsHere is a little anecdote he shared on facebook from Comicpalooza:

So this past weekend at the convention, I was approached by a guy who said his name was Tom Padgett and that his son’s name was Tommy Padgett. He told me that he saw the banner (pictured) that bore his last name, and was thrilled to see another ‘Padgett’ as the author. I don’t know if he (or Tommy) even cares for the sci-fi genre, but he bought a book simply on the sir name.So here’s my strategy for my next three projects: Each novel will be released under a different pseudonym in hopes of securing higher sales from the consumers that buy books based on their own last names. Be sure to tell your friends, family, and co-workers to be on the lookout for new books from ‘George Smith’, ‘George Davis’, and ‘George Johnson’. We’re gonna sell millions now that we’ve got this figured out!
At which point, I want to say: DO IT! Haha.
But seriously, this guy is awesome, and so is the whole Grey Gecko Press crew.  If you are a bookstore, I highly recommend having them come out and do an event.  If you are a reader – go buy Spindown NOW.   If you’re an artist, I personally would like to start seeing some fan art.  If you are a movie producer… get on this, asap.  I’m waiting.  With popcorn.
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(Stay tuned for more pictures from the Half Price Books event.)

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Illustrator of Note – Aoristos

February 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm (The Whim) (, , , , , )

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Gershom Reese Wetzel (Aoristos) has been a friend of mine for about ten years now.  His artwork fills my living room and my husband’s man cave.  There’s even a portrait of us hiding in a picture frame somewhere.

So when you go to write a sci fi novel or a children’s Kung Fu series (yes, I have both projects in my back pocket), naturally you ask this guy to cook up some illustrations for you.

Check him out, like him on facebook…

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