“LingerLust” by Matt Smart

LingerLust Matt SmartIndependently Published (2022)ISBN: 979-8766289203Reviewed by Megan Weiss for Reader Views (2/2/2023) “LingerLust” by Matt Smart is a witty read filled with time traveling, futuristic technology, immortality serums and dubious governmental agendas and agencies. Charlie Anderson stepped into the office one normal day in 2019, but instead of going about his normal workday, he … More “LingerLust” by Matt Smart

“The Kylie Android” by Michael J. Metroke

“The mid-day heat of the Australian Outback desert scrubland did little to distract the two Arrernte hunters from tracking a kangaroo mob. Crouching in a dry creek bed, they searched the ground for signs of their nearby prey… ‘The bloody weaver birds must’ve decorated this mulga,’ Alawa said. ‘But where did they find all this metal?’ The answer to Alawa’s question laid a short distance from the acacia. Pointing to a badly damaged humanlike head and its detached torso, an alarmed Waru said, ‘Something very bad has happened here.’” – The Kylie Android … More “The Kylie Android” by Michael J. Metroke

“Blue Fire” by Raymond J. Mikelionis

Blue Fire is an interesting and compelling novel by Raymond Mikelionis. As the author states in his introduction, this story is a “journey” for the main character, Jon Cameron. It is definitely that, a story that is full of loss and learning about oneself. It is a bit confusing at times and must be read all the way through in order for the reader to understand what this man is going through, but the tale, at least in my opinion, is riveting as Jon attempts to find himself. … More “Blue Fire” by Raymond J. Mikelionis

“Black Heart Words & Poems” by Nikki Rawnsley

“Black Heart Words and Poems” is a collection of forty-two poems by marketing business leader and prolific writer, Nikki Rawnsley. It is the first volume in Rawnsley’s anthology series. This bittersweet yet beautifully woven collection explores themes of love (in all its shapes and forms), desire, heartbreak, solitude, and nature. … More “Black Heart Words & Poems” by Nikki Rawnsley

“Verelyn the Dastardly” by Brandon Baltes

“Verelyn the Dastardly” by Brandon Baltes is an epic battle in a fantasy world of good versus evil that takes place between The Risen and The Fallen of death. The story begins with Casimir having a drunken nightmare. In this vision, an intense battle rages between a grotesque one-eyed creature and Verelyn as he slays the beast while wielding lightning bolts as spears. Upon awakening, Casimir finds himself deep within the caverns of Elixer’s Touch. Unable to recall how he arrived in such a predicament, Casimir shares details of his dream with Verelyn. Verelyn is destined to become Lord of the Fallen and requires the assistance of an apprentice, therefore, hiring Casimir. Casimir learns how to use mystors to build strength, speed, stamina, and how to fight. … More “Verelyn the Dastardly” by Brandon Baltes

“Einstein in the Attic” by Dana Dargos and Said Al Bizri

Einstein in the Attic is a novel that tackles the long-written question of evolution in terms of the age-old argument between religion and science. I began reading with the expectation that the topic had been overdone and, therefore, it would be the same-old-thing. Boy, was I wrong! This debut novel is absolutely wonderful and well worth reading as the question is tackled in a completely new and mesmerizing way. … More “Einstein in the Attic” by Dana Dargos and Said Al Bizri

“Nine Bear Lodge” by Keith A. Hamilton

Two men who fled the Fall of the Berlin Wall come face-to-face with their horrific past when, out of pure coincidence, they end up vacationing at the same lodge. One was a smuggler who was ruthlessly beaten and tortured by the other, who was an officer. Set in the lush forests of the Bella Coola Valley in beautiful British Columbia, the men struggle to immerse themselves in the idyllic setting due to the past rearing its ugly head. What will happen when the ex-smuggler approaches his biggest adversary? Read and find out! … More “Nine Bear Lodge” by Keith A. Hamilton

“Don’t Pine for the Moonshine” by Che Sauntioga

Che Sauntioga’s “Don’t Pine for the Moonshine” is a new, different kind of fantasy. Instead of wizards and faeries or vampires and werewolves, we have a parallel-like universe with humans—some of whom possess magic and some who do not. Ten and Ginger are two non-magical individuals who have been selected by a famous moonshiner for a very important job: engineer a fake ghost of another musician. There’s just one complication: as far as they know, this other moonshiner is not yet dead. … More “Don’t Pine for the Moonshine” by Che Sauntioga

“Antipodes” by J.C. Mehta

“Antipodes” is a delight for anyone with a flair for word play. As an admirer of poetry of all kinds, I found it impressive to have a body of work that strives to achieve an equal balance that evokes such powerful sentiment while adhering to a rigid structure.

One key theme is the author’s background as a Native American. From the opening piece “America de’Colonizer,” both the original version and its reflected antipode convey the destruction of colonization… … More “Antipodes” by J.C. Mehta