For those unaware, during Sci-Fi on the Rock 8 we had a very special promotion, in which everyone who bought one of our novels got a postcard featuring the cover art from . an Engen Book. Recipients were informed that if they mailed the postcard back to it and we received it by June 30th, 2014, they would be entered in a draw to win a $25 gift-card from Tim Hortons. The only caveat: the back of the postcard had to have a review of an Engen title (any Engen title, not just the one they had purchased).
The review would then be featured on our website for the applicable title.
The review could be positive, negative, or a mixture of the two: it just had to fit on the back of the postcard in its entirety.
“There was a professor at my University that used to get his students to write their essays on the backs of postcards as an excessive in getting their points across in few words,” explained Matthew LeDrew. “The idea came from that, I always thought it was a cool idea.”
Smith chose to review not just one title, but the Black Womb series as a whole. His postcard reads:
When I first read Black Womb I never expected to be so engrossed in its chilling tale of horror, and Xander’s troubled life as the Black Womb. I love how real the story is, in not having its hero leap over any conflict without any trouble. It was a great series and it is on my list on my top 10 book series’s, fighting for first place with Harry Potter.
Thanks Peter, we appreciate your readership and your time! This review will be added to the reviews section for Chains, the final book in the Black Womb series, as it deals with the series as a whole. Thank you again, and happy reading!
Other feedback we received due to the contest includes:
OK so I just finished Chains. Wow, you’ve outdone yourself. I loved every second of it. The subtlety was palpable. No ovaries stealing or child killings or mass rape-murders… but still almost as gruesome, on a psychological and moral scale, which was beautiful to watch play out. You really captured the feeling of “broken” a broken protagonist, and town. The elm was a great metaphor (for Cathy I feel). The moral debate of a down syndrome girl being able to have a child, scaring a child so an innocent (?) man can walk free. And Coral Beach really didn’t seem to care. Even after Calla was found dead, the lack of focus on people’s reactions, and the subdued reactions of the protagonists, you really got the feeling of being…tired. “The poor girl killed herself, but at least she wasn’t butchered by one of 3 serial killers.” A down syndrome girl pregnant, school principal a pedo and murdered…no one cared. After SO much death and chaos. People don’t care. Can’t care. They’re broken. The curse of Coral Beach has one out in the morale battle. Bravo. Also seeing the boundary between Xander and the true Womb break down, or rather, slowly be absorbed, resignation, the idea that he himself is the monster, even if his friends cannot see it. And THAT ENDING. A whimper, as you said in the afterwards, was perfect. I loved it. The ONLY thing I can’t figure out is…why is Coral Beach so messed up?? I will have to go back through the books…but anyway my friend. Well done, I can’t wait to read The Long Road and for the next series to get underway.
Black Womb: five stars, super awesome and super gory! 🙂