Book Review: Secondhand Souls

Christopher Moore never disappoints, but Secondhand Souls is a special treat because it brings back all the wonderful characters from A Dirty Job and lets them play out the plot to its conclusion. If you haven’t read Dirty Job first, go directly to jail, do not collect $200. Or you know, go back to read it first. That’ll work too.

In my view the Dirty Job series is his best work aside from The Stupidest Angel – my all time favorite. I know a lot of research goes into his books set in the past, but I think his books set in the present let him really concentrate on his wacky characters and convoluted plots. If I want history I’ll buy me a nice Mark Kurlansky.

Folks who enjoy Christopher Moore should really try A. Lee Martinez.

Next stop Origins Games Fair in Columbus. Stop by the Blood & Cardstock Booth at the back of the 700 row for a free button and excerpt from Backstage.

Review: X-Men Apocalypse

Did I like it? Yes. Do I wish I’d liked it more? Absolutely.

I can’t even say why this particular X-Men installment didn’t thrill me, but I know when I compare it to Captain America Civil War it comes off lacking. Since the X-Men were always my favorites I know it’s not simple preference.

What do you say Zoo denizens? Where did X-Men come up short? Or am I being unfair? I’d love to hear your viewpoints.

Origins is Coming

As the Origins Games Fair fast approaches the aspiring author’s thoughts turn to cross promotion. So…

The first thousand visitors to the Blood & Cardstock Games booth at Origins will receive an excerpt from Backstage and this spiffy Zoo Illuminati button!


So come visit me in Columbus!

Review: Love and Friendship

Imagine that Fanny Dashwood was the heroine of Sense and Sensibility. Oh the trails of having to deal with three penniless step-sisters-in law! No one understands she’s the injured party here.

Lady Susan is far more charming and flirtatious, but is every bit as selfish and ruthless. It’s all tongue in cheek fun in Love and Friendship, but it’s still an odd point of view for a Jane Austen story.

The cast is wonderful and the dialogue witty. I enjoyed it, but I won’t run out and buy a copy when they become available.

I rate Love and Friendship a see once. Feel free to disagree in the comments section. What do you think?


Bet you didn’t see this coming

34 years after I said I’d like to write a novel, I am finally writing one. It’s going to be called Backstage, and it will be a mashup of of secret agendas, slow burn romance, and imaginary cats. No really, but a little light on the imaginary cats so don’t be expecting me to be selling imaginary cat plushies any time soon. Unless you want them. I’d not adverse to any idea that gets me closer to publication.

To that end, I’m going to start a mailing list of people who would like to keep up with my progress – once I figure out this website stuff. Right now I’m going to say that the first 25 people to sign up will receive free advanced copies of the ebook. Hopefully you’ll like it and write up a spiffy review. If not, in the immortal words of Mel Brooks, “Keep your damned mouth shut!”

Your hopeful friend, Joan