The Six Elemental | Review by Christopher Walsh

the-six-elemental_fireworksThe Six Elemental is suspenseful and engaging YA novel by Ali House. It’s so engaging that I started reading it in the airport in Windsor, Ontario en route to Newfoundland and had it nearly finished by the time the plane touched down in St. John’s. That included a flight change in Toronto!

The setting and plot are both realized quite well and the political spectrum of the island nations has surprising depth for a YA novel. (Or at least the ones I’ve read) The main character, Kit Tyler is brought to life quite vividly and her journey through the fantastical, dystopian world filled with magical super-humans delves into subjects that run parallel to issues faced by young adults in our own world. Continue reading The Six Elemental | Review by Christopher Walsh

The Rogue Commodore by Kenneth Tam | Other Indie

Rogue Commodore Kenneth Tam

Well, that certainly was a lot of fantasy over the last few months! Time for a palate cleanser I think, and I can’t think of a better way than with some military-grade science fiction.

The Rogue Commodore is the first novel in The Martian War series by prolific author Kenneth Tam. Tam has been writing since 2001 and has published nearly sixty books with Iceberg Publishing, currently based in Edmonton but with strong ties to Newfoundland and Newfoundland culture. Under the Iceberg banner, Tam has four series: the now-complete Equations series, the Martian War series, the His Majesty’s New World series, and The Champions series. He has also a contributed to the Wes Prewer’s creator-owned series Seas of Sand, also from Iceberg. Continue reading The Rogue Commodore by Kenneth Tam | Other Indie

Supernatural Causes by Amanda Labonté | Review by Ali House

020Fans of True Blood*, the Anita Blake series**, and other stories with tall, dark, and devastatingly handsome vampires, should definitely pick up Supernatural Causes by Amanda Labonté.

Vampires, Werewolves, and Witches live in harmony with humans, although the majority of humans don’t realize it. Liesel Andrews is a pre-med student who can see supernatural beings for what they truly are, making her the perfect choice to work at the local supernatural hospital. However, her busy-yet-mundane life gets interrupted when she’s called upon to investigate a mysterious illness affecting the vampire community.

Labonté adds to the pre-existing mythology of vampires, giving it some new blood (pun intended), and adding a level of curiosity to the virus (just… how?). As the first installment, Going Viral sets up the world and introduces key characters, giving you enough information to understand what’s going on, while leaving enough unanswered questions to keep you curious. Continue reading Supernatural Causes by Amanda Labonté | Review by Ali House

Engen Books represented at the East Coast Comic Expo!

Hello Engen-eers and Foote Soldiers! If you live in the Moncton New Brunswick area, you should stop by the Crossman Community Centre at 99 Wynwood Dr this weekend, May 19-21, and meet one of Engen Books’ up-and-coming authors, Peter J. Foote, who will be appearing with the FictionFirst Bookstore alongside comics legends such as Fred Van Lente (Deadpool), Cary Nord (Daredevil), Daniel Way (Ghost Rider), and our old friendly neighbor from Hal-Con Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men, Spidey). Continue reading Engen Books represented at the East Coast Comic Expo!

“You mean I have to do something?” | Peter J. Foote

Fantasy from the Rock and Sci-Fi from the Rock author Peter Foote laments hardest part of being an author: selling your work.

Peter J. Foote

I’m sure every author starts off thinking that writing that book, novella, or short story will be the hard part, I know I did, sadly I was wrong.

What I’ve learnt, is that everything after “The End” can be a struggle as well, and not always an enjoyable one. I write because I enjoy it, I like sharing a part of myself with the reader, conveying that hard learned life lesson. The written word is my preferred method, because verbally I come across as an idiot!

I don’t like the “selling yourself” part of the process, but that needs to change.

This weekend is the East Coast Comic Expo and my used bookstore Fictionfirst Used Books will once again be having a vendors table at the event. Selling my used books isn’t much of a chore for me, since most of the people who are looking at them are fans of the…

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The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes | Ellen Curtis, Newfoundland Quarterly

“Through her reluctant heroine, Canning explores the privacy costs of the new necessity to keep up via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or wherever. When does that participation equal surrendering our privacy?”

To read Ellen’s entire review of The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes by Bridget Canning, click here.