Book Review: Heartlight — By T. A. Barron

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Heartlight — by T. A. Barron
Release Date: September 27, 1990
Page Count: 275
ISBN-13: 978-0399221804

Summary from Amazon

PCl (Pure Condensed Light) = FTL (Faster Than Light travel)

A butterfly’s wing, a silicon chip, and a new equation for light hold the key to humankind’s boldest dream–faster than light travel.

A distinguished astronomer and a sensitive young woman are hurled into a dazzling cross-galactic adventure when an unexpected discover links the explosive uncertainties of quantum physics with the still-untapped psychic powers of human kind.

PCL is a bold theoretical synthesis, launching a voyage through awesome wonders–and into unimaginable terrrors. For Dr. Miles Prancer, at the end of his career, has made a discovery too horrifying to share with humanity. He has found a black hole in the center of the Sun that gives our solar system less than three years to live!

My Review

I happened upon this book at my local library in the YA section. Although it was written quite some time ago, the book has a great storyline and is sure to please many fantasy and sci-fi fans of today. The book is not very long and was well worth the time that I spent reading it. The characters were unique and well developed. My favorite character was Kate, but I also enjoyed eading about Morpheus, Orpheus and Ariella. Throughout the story, the reader can really sympathize with the main character and all that she must endure during her journey. Kate is a very realistic character and I felt that her behavior and dialog was appropriate for someone her age. The other characters were all very interesting to read about and I was glad that the author included some alien characters in the story. I think that it’s often difficult for authors to create alien characters, but the author does a good job with this task. As an aside, when I was writing my first book (The Demon Rolmar) it was very difficult for me to invent alien worlds with societies that have unique languages, customs, etc. However, it is a lot of fun creating these worlds and determining how their inhabitants will behave.

One thing that I really enjoyed about this book was the imagery. The author did a great job of describing different scenes in the book. Some of the beginning scenes of the story involving butterflies contained beautiful imagery. The author certainly has a knack for description. This book was quite moving and I felt that the author did a good job of pulling the reader into the story. T.A. Barron has a talent for crafting characters that the reader will care about and scenes that he or she will find poignant. I definitely recommend this book for anyone  that is looking for a great sci-fi read!

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Book Review: The Boy at the End of the World — by Greg van Eekhout

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The Boy at the End of the World — by Greg van Eekhout
Release Date: June 21, 2011
Page Count: 221

Summary from Amazon

This is what he knew:

His name was Fisher.

The world was dangerous.

And he was alone.

Fisher is the last boy on Earth – and things are not looking good for the human race. The carefully crafted survival dome where Fisher and dozens of other humans have been sleeping for millenia has been destroyed. Through a lucky accident, only Fisher survived.

The world Fisher wakes up in is a lot like ours – but it’s changed, too. After the human race wiped itself out, nature took over, and wild creatures evolved into barely familiar beasts. Fisher must face them all as they set off on a journey that seems hopeless – at first. Then Fisher uncovers evidence that there may be a second survival dome far to the west. What was once a struggle for one boy’s survival becomes a journey of hope.

With a broken robot and a friendly mammoth as his only companions, Fisher heads West. But something is watching them… something that wants to find the second survival dome just as badly as they do.

My Review

I really enjoyed reading this dystopian book. It was only 221 pages and proved to be a very quick read. I couldn’t put this book down because I was intrigued by the characters and the story line. The pace of the book was pretty fast and I liked this as well. I don’t think that there were any dull moments in the story at all.

My favorite character was Fisher. He was very brave throughout the entire story and by the end of the book he had matured quite a bit. Click, who served as Fisher’s guardian, was also a great character. I really liked how the author envisioned robots in the future. I thought that Click was the perfect blend of human and robotic traits. I thought that the Intelligence was also a very interesting robot. The author is very creative and the Intelligence is just one example of his creativity at work. I enjoy reading about robots and I was pleased with how they were depicted in this book. Protein was also a wonderful character who was very loyal and fun to read about.

I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. His use of imagery was very good and by the end of the story I cared a great deal about the characters. Some ideas about the nature of humanity were explored in the book, but not so much that it bogged down the story. All in all, this was a great story. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and thought provoking read.

Free Ebook!

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Hi Everyone,

I haven’t posted anything on this blog in quite some time. I have been very busy and have not had the time. I’ve decided to do a Kindle free book promotion. The Demon Rolmar will be free in the Kindle store starting on October 23 and through October 25. I hope that everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to download my book for free.

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The Demon Rolmar by A. V. Griffin

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Page Count: 172

Release Date: April 2, 2013

Summary:

Rolmar is a heartless, misanthropic demon who serves as one of the three overlords of Pentar, a planet in the Amenis dimension. When Rolmar’s brethren bestow upon him the illustrious task of destroying Earth, his growing curiosity of humans adds a momentary pause to his original plan. Still intent on annihilating Earth, Rolmar extends his stay in order to discover what makes humanity unique.

However, when Adam, a quirky college student, crosses paths with the all-powerful demon, one fateful night will change his life forever. Haunted by nightmares of his mind-blowing encounter, Adam can’t return to his normal life. His only path to solace is attempting to convince the demon that Earth is worth saving. With the fate of the world on their shoulders, will Adam and his friends be able to convince Rolmar that they and all of mankind should be spared?

Reviewers Needed!

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Hi Everyone,

Currently, I am in need of reviews for my book, The Demon Rolmar. If anyone is interested in reviewing my book, please let me know. I can provide the reviewer with a free PDF copy. If you are interested, please send me an email with the following information: how long the review will take, the websites that the review will be posted on, your email address, and any other pertinent information such as blog, links, etc. 

Info on The Demon Rolmar:

Author- A. V. Griffin

Genre-Science Fiction

Book Length- 172 pages

Release Date-April 2, 2013

Bio

A. V. Griffin has been fascinated with science-fiction and fantasy stories since she was young. As a college student, she took to creative writing and began her story, The Demon Rolmar. Infusing the novella with her passion for science fiction, readers everywhere will be able to sense the enormous love and respect she has for the genre. Griffin holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Fordham University and currently resides in New York.

Book Description

Rolmar is a heartless, misanthropic demon who serves as one of the three overlords of Pentar, a planet in the Amenis dimension. When Rolmar’s brethren bestow upon him the illustrious task of destroying Earth, his growing curiosity of humans adds a momentary pause to his original plan. Still intent on annihilating Earth, Rolmar extends his stay in order to discover what makes humanity unique.

However, when Adam, a quirky college student, crosses paths with the all-powerful demon, one fateful night will change his life forever. Haunted by nightmares of his mind-blowing encounter, Adam can’t return to his normal life. His only path to solace is attempting to convince the demon that Earth is worth saving. With the fate of the world on their shoulders, will Adam and his friends be able to convince Rolmar that they and all of mankind should be spared?

Excerpt

It was a frigid night in Glencoe, Missouri. The only visible light on Old State Road came from a tavern, whose usual patrons sought warmth on this cold night, and as always, were intent on escaping their woes in tall glasses of ale. A tall man wearing glasses and a worn, brown-leather jacket exited the bar, letting the heavy, wooden door fall shut behind him. He headed south toward his home, which was about a mile away.

Adam Livingston walked the streets hurriedly and ignored the shadows that toyed with his mind, borrowing images directly from his nightmares. The wind was no help to him, for it seemed to animate the shadows, making them dance. He passed by the familiar oak tree that marked the halfway point between the bar and his home. Almost home, he thought. But as he walked by the enormous tree, something registered in his peripheral vision. What was that? It looked like a green flash. It must have been my mind, up to its usual tricks again. The thought was convincing for several more yards, until he heard the sound of rustling leaves behind him. Don’t turn around. Don’t turn around. But like poor Orpheus, something compelled him to look back and when he did, his eyes met the luminous stare of Rolmar, who had emerged from the darkness. The youth couldn’t look at the haunting, green eyes that pierced through his soul.

The demon started to walk toward him. Time began to slow and then it sped up, and Adam crumpled to the ground, barely aware of his own body. He covered his head with his arms and trembled in the night air, praying for the demon to vanish. The sound of the approaching creature tortured his ears, and Adam thought those heavy footfalls might be the last sound he ever heard.

Links

To connect with me and other fans of The Demon Rolmar, go to my Facebook page:

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Purchasing

http://www.amazon.com/Demon-Rolmar-V-Griffin/dp/1481882899/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370045925&sr=1-1&keywords=rolmar

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Praise for The Demon Rolmar

Hi Everyone,

My debut publication, The Demon Rolmar has been on the market for three months. Marketing the book has been a difficult process. I’m not a marketing expert, but I’ve learned a few things about marketing itself just from trial and error. It tends to be a very tedious and time consuming process. If you’re thinking about marketing your book by yourself, be prepared to spend hours on this process.

Also, I’ve been trying to find reviewers for the book, but it hasn’t been easy. I’ve received some reviews from kind individuals who were willing to write a review in exchange for a copy of the book. Please let me know if anyone is interested in reviewing my book.

Avery

Amazon Review Link
http://www.amazon.com/Demon-Rolmar-V-Griffin/dp/1481882899/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373740561&sr=1-1&keywords=the+demon+rolmar

Links for other reviews:
http://bookloversattic.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/the-demon-rolmar/

http://lovelybooksblog.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/review-the-demon-rolmar/

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/v-griffin/the-demon-rolmar/

Sale!

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The Demon Rolmar is now on sale at amazon. Click here to buy the book. Here is the back cover text for the book:

Rolmar is a heartless, misanthropic demon who serves as one of the three overlords of Pentar, a planet in the Amenis dimension. When Rolmar’s brethren bestow upon him the illustrious task of destroying Earth, his growing curiosity of humans adds a momentary pause to his original plan. Still intent on annihilating Earth, Rolmar extends his stay in order to discover what makes humanity unique.

However, when Adam, a quirky college student, crosses paths with the all-powerful demon, one fateful night will change his life forever. Haunted by nightmares of his mind-blowing encounter, Adam can’t return to his normal life. His only path to solace is attempting to convince the demon that Earth is worth saving. With the fate of the world on their shoulders, will Adam and his friends be able to convince Rolmar that they and all of mankind should be spared?

Click here to read Chapter 1.

Update on the Demon Rolmar-3

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Hi everyone! I received my edited manuscript yesterday. It only took two weeks for my editor to finish my story, since it’s so short. Wow, there are a lot of things for me to correct. There is so much red on my manuscript! 

I was surprised to learn that my editor liked my story and found it entertaining to read. My book is unique and I wasn’t expecting the editor to like it. She suggested that I tweak a few things here and there and add some information about the main character that would be helpful to my readers. All in all, I’m very satisfied with the job she did, although I do have a lot of work ahead of me.  🙂