As part of the blog tour tour for L Andrew Cooper’s debut novel Burning the Middle Ground, I have a guest post about his writing style. Being a closeted/unpublished novelist made sense when I was a graduate student in English—all English professors have as secret novel tucked away, right? (FYI: wrong). The further I drifted from teaching literature—which I still love, honest!—the weirder my novel-writing habit became, to the point where now, as a film studies professor who has finally published some fiction, I get cock-eyed looks like I’m ramming my film-critic career into a brick wall. But I like […]
This is a very unique take on vampires and life after dead. In the first chapter, Samantha dies and awakens as a vampire-like creature named Samoda. She can remember all of her old memories, and has a few new gifts, such as incredible speed and strength, as well as the unique ability to read thoughts. As she travels through the new land that she finds herself in, she runs into another creature like, a male named Drake. Drake’s character seems a bit one-dimensional, almost like a cartoon as he doesn’t really seem to have a personality or thoughts beyond how […]
This story had a unique concept as it reads like an ancient play, not a novel. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to connect with the set-up, or the characters. I felt that the story jumped around without a central plot. Just as I was beginning to understand and become interested in a specific character’s story, the book jumped away to someone else entirely and seemed to start over. This disconnect led me to give up on reading the book.
My tour stop is scheduled to be a review, however I have not finished the book yet. I am halfway through it, and wanted to share my thoughts so far. A full review will be up once I finish. This is a very unique take on vampires and life after dead. In the first chapter, Samantha dies and awakens as a vampire-like creature named Samoda. She can remember all of her old memories, and has a few new gifts, such as incredible speed and strength, as well as the unique ability to read thoughts. As she travels through the new […]
This was an intense and very dark horror story. Don’t let the moody paranormal angel cover fool you, this is horror story where people die. And not just the bad guys! I was so upset over some of the events that happened, but no way will I ruin it for you but revealing the victims. More than a paranormal adventure, this isn’t the religious rant that some angel stories become. There are more religious aspects than I was expecting, but more than anything, this story was about survival. It was suspenseful and scary and a lot of fun to read. […]