Aug 032015
 
Review: The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts

This was a fun paranormal story with lots of action packed into every page. There are ghosts, a family curse, an unsolved murder, and time travel. So much stuff, but it never felt tangled or rushed. The plot was the highlight of the story, but the characters were fun too. I liked the focus on Kat and Evan. They were a good contrast, and I loved the hints at something between them. It struck just the right balance between sweet and teenaged awkward. There were a few developments right near the end that I didn’t care as much about, but […]

Mar 192015
 
Review: The Skin Map

I’ve had this book on my wishlist for quite a while, so when it went on sale at Audible, I snatched up a copy. I’m so glad I did! This was a fun time travel story, complex yet understandable with lots of interesting parts. The story focuses mostly on Kit and his adventures, but there are interspersing chapters for his girlfriend Wilhemina, who gets “lost” in time when Kit tries to show her what he did. Her chapters were my favourite. She assimilated into her new location and time so well, and started to make a very interesting life for […]

Feb 232015
 
Interview with William L.J. Galaini

If you had to describe your book Twitter style (140 characters or less), what would you say? OMG My buk is best evAR IMHO!!!1! Actually, I wrote hardy scifi with a strong female lead. This is the time travel novel I always wanted. What books have influenced your writing? HUGE question, and a comprehensive answer may contain terrible books as well as good ones. Sometimes reading a God-awful novel is just what my ego needs! But here are the big influences in short order: 1. I, Robot 2. Moby Dick 3. Lord Jim 4. Pillars of the Earth 5. The […]

Jul 042014
 
Review: All Our Yesterdays

This was a very unique time travel story that had dual narratives: the present Em and the past Marina. At first, these two characters seem completely different, and it’s only through following the story that you learn how sweet, naive Marina turned into tough, strong Em. It was a remarkable transformation, and yet very believable, given the events she went through. Marina/Em is not the only great character. Each of the characters in the story had a depth and development that felt very fulfilling. Finn was such a sweet guy, and there were many instances where his kind nature is […]

Dec 122013
 
Review: Shadow of Night

While I had a hard time enjoying the first book because I found it slow and burdensome, this second book was quite smooth and enjoyable. It starts right where the first book ended, with Diana and Matthew arriving in 1590 Elizabethean England. I think this setting is what made the difference. To me, this felt more like a time travel story with paranormal elements, with very few ties to the first book. The focus here is for Diana to understand and learn to control her abilities. Yes, she is still looking for Ashmole 782, but that is not nearly as […]

Nov 142013
 
Cover interview: Deborah Valentine

Who created the cover? Nick Holme. I used to be a managing editor for the publishing division of a events company. We did magazines niche-market and books. Nick was one of my reports. He joined us as an intern and worked his way up to senior designer, so I had watched his progress over an extended period of time and had always been impressed with him. He was imaginative, talented and easy to work with. He listened, which is very important. I’ve worked with designers who found that difficult and tended to be a tetchy if you wanted any changes […]

Sep 102013
 
Interview: Kim Howard Johnson

Today I have author Kim Howard Johnson here to talk about his humourous sci-fi story The Last of the Time Police. What’s the hardest part of writing a book? No question about it, it’s forcing myself to put the butt in the seat and keep it there. If I can force myself to sit there long enough, the words start to flow and the story starts to form. What’s your favourite part of writing a book? I love writing myself into a corner, where the characters have encountered some sort of impossible problem that they cannot escape from, and then […]

Apr 292013
 
Martin Reviews: The Far Time Incident

I must admit that when I pick up a book that uses time travel as a literary device I get a little nervous. It’s not that fiction can’t use time travel effectively: H.G. Wells began the fascination with time machines in his quintessential The Time Machine (1895); Dan Simmons succeeded brilliantly in weaving together the future and past time travel in the Hyperion Cantos (1989); and if we take the leap to film, Chris Marker’s “La Jetée” (1962) has perhaps one of the most chilling depictions of a protagonist traveling into the past to witness his own death. But then […]

Apr 242013
 
Review: The Map of Time

This book started out very slowly, and unfortunately, it never captured my attention enough for me to make it past Andrew’s story. I made it most of the way through his part, but there wasn’t anything happening. It was just his obsession with a low prostitute, without much plot. The narration was slow and jerky. It took some getting used to, and even then, I found my attention wandering away. The narration was not very exciting. At one point, knowing that most reviews rave about the book, I took out my disc and verified that I did have the right […]

Nov 092012
 
Review: Flutter

This is a creative YA romance with a heavy mystery angle. Emery’s loops were odd and slightly scary. They were obviously killing her, but it didn’t seem to bother her. I spent the majority of the story wondering what the purpose of her loops were, and whether there would be a satisfying answer for them, before it was too late. Emery’s father was crazy and scary. He didn’t seem to see her as a real person, just an interesting problem that needed to be solved. I couldn’t imagine how that must feel, knowing the one person who is supposed to […]