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Something Under the Sea is Drooling
by Jennifer W.
Publisher: Four Fools Press
Date Added: 03/17/2018 21:14:55
Something Under the Sea is Drooling I want to know more about those mighty Mindknaves and what happened with Cthulhu, just before Hal and Cobbs begin their journey across the gray, storm-tossed sea. Hal's got to hold onto his imagos, his magic, his power, any way he can, and his loyal lion-talisman, partner-pal Cobbs has to help him hold onto his cool. The doorstep of R'lyeh is no place to lose it, just as reality itself melts in mind-twisting ways. No, when everything you love is on the line, you have got to keep it together and go for it. Sparks of humor in the face of even the most dire-seeming situations give this story all the heart and kid-like sense of wonder you could ask for, and I was charmed immediately. I found a healthy dose of Douglas Adams in the writing style, and enjoyed the creativity of description, which blended right into the action and kept the whole story vivid. I want more of these likable, imaginative characters and their wild adventures!...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
W20 The Song of Unmaking
by Adrian S. [Featured Reviewer]
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 03/05/2018 22:09:28
W20 The Song of Unmaking I might be a little biased, but when I see a Werewolf: the Apocalypse novel with Bill Bridges name on the front cover, I expect greatness. His previous work has always been excellent, breathing life into the setting, and showing how Garou culture 'works' on a day-to-day basis. This has served as inspiration for RPG sessions, and I take Mr Bridges novels to be just-as-canon (if not more) than source books. 'Song of Unmaking' does not disappoint in any way. The novel provides a masterful cross-over between Werewolf, and Mage: the Ascension in a manner that positions the cross-purposes of both groups in a logical collision course. Favourite characters such as Albrecht, Mari, and Evan return, and a host of other characters new and old all add their individual responses to the looming threat. The depiction of spirits (two in particualr, I shan't ruin it) shows the sometimes erratic nature of these entitites, and demonstrates that spirits are not always 'easy-access fonts of knowledge'...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Prelude to Okolona
by Jennifer W.
Publisher: Four Fools Press
Date Added: 02/26/2018 18:00:44
Prelude to Okolona On the eve of another clash toward the end of the American Civil War, 1864, Confederates gather fireside. The air is thick and heavy with more than humidity as all worry they may be on the losing side, and consider recent defeats, and rampant rumors of Sherman's burning, looting, and worse. War has taken its toll on morale, and these farmers-turned militiamen are no wealthy plantation owners, but God-fearing and family-loyal, here to simply defend their own, their patch of farmland, and the right to live free. Two men hold court and spin tales. Blustering Odell wonders aloud if they could turn the tide if only they had a stronger power on their side. His compatriot, long and lanky Cawlyer, scoffs at Odell's claims and is as chilled to the marrow as the other men, at Odell's casual mention of Mezikers, fearsome beasts bearing the likeness of Ol' Nick, or at least as close as might make most nightmares seem tame. Cawlyer didn't have to like killing the enemy, they are merely men li...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Sketchbook of Scrivenings
by Jennifer W.
Publisher: Four Fools Press
Date Added: 02/26/2018 17:23:42
Sketchbook of Scrivenings I found inspiration in this collection. Here you will find verses both stark and honest, leaving no hiding place for useless words. Every phrase serves a purpose to the structure of the poem. Most feel adventurous or seem to speak of potential action. Sparse verse does not mean a lack of evocative vision. There is much to draw the daydreamer and celebrate he who has seen both dark nights and bright days. From “River Song”: “Heeded, the words of the river heal The heart and soles of many, And the tears of life its ripples steal, The spirits strengthened there are plenty.” The author obviously enjoys using words to play and say what he is feeling. In this world of tweets and text-speak, it’s refreshing to read words so carefully arranged, sometimes humorously, often played against one another to pull from the reader a feeling, a memory, or share a vision. From “Sunset”: “The sun has set and settled behind the earth’s cold crust To allow his lady to grace the heavens ab...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Guestbook
by Jennifer W.
Publisher: Four Fools Press
Date Added: 02/26/2018 17:22:13
The Guestbook Fast-paced, multi-faceted storytelling that punches first and doesn't wait for a reaction! Brief description suits this set of cabin-in-the-woods stories, throwing the reader directly into the action. Following the perspectives of each writer's main protagonist, the bizarre happening that swallows its hapless victims is fast-paced and makes you want more. Each writer's style and perspective is nicely showcased and dovetails neatly alongside that of each other author. I'll be watching for more from these talented story weavers....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Tides of Fate
by Jennifer W.
Publisher: Four Fools Press
Date Added: 02/26/2018 17:20:23
Tides of Fate There's more than meets the eye when we first meet Erlik on that lonely shore. Without delay, we are thrown into adventure, and learn what we can just as Erlik himself does. Thus the story is fast-paced and interesting, showing us as we go along for the ride, rather than weighing things down with too much description. The point is that Erlik's world is laid out for the reader as we follow him, right in the action with him. I only wish this were longer, that I could discover more of Erlik's back story, so of course to slake that thirst, I eagerly seek more of Erlik's saga and would easily recommend this to Viking enthusiasts and readers of classic pulp adventure stories....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Weregild
by Jennifer W.
Publisher: Four Fools Press
Date Added: 02/26/2018 17:19:03
Weregild Erlik challenged, must prove himself. As son of the war-leader, Erlik's place is not assured until he earns it, and among the Danes, only blood will tell. Another action-packed tale that does not disappoint, except that it's over so quickly and leaves you wanting more adventure! Worth reading, and re-reading. One on one battle at its best.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Death Head
by Jennifer W.
Publisher: Four Fools Press
Date Added: 02/26/2018 16:48:32
Death Head No spoilers here. I thoroughly enjoyed being thrown directly into the action and learning myriad details alongside the characters. Not bogging down the reader with overly detailed description, our intrepid author nonetheless succeeds in weaving a tapestry of adventure and mystery full of vivid color. You feel the wet heat of the fen, smell the rot of dirty straw on the floor, and see the guttering flame and black smoke from the torch, throwing its last light into the wicked, gleaming eyes of the enemy. Twists of fate abound and no one can be assumed to be safe, when unknown horrors haunt the land and attack in the dark of night. Reading these Erlik stories continues to engage and entertain like all the best and most classic pulp adventure stories....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Finnegan's Wake
by Jennifer W.
Publisher: Four Fools Press
Date Added: 02/26/2018 16:46:47
Finnegan's Wake What starts in a pub, between friends who’ve known each other for aeons, can end many ways. The detailed description of the pub hooked me. Drawn into the setting, of course I then want to know more about this adversarial friendship between Finn and Shaun, and from the start I know they’d be dangerous fun to listen to, over several pints. Oh, the fate of the good, the bad, and poor Mickey O’Shea. Well-paced and a quick read, the supernatural arrives with a twinkle in its eye. I've re-read it twice and recommended it to friends. The banter between Finn and Shaun somehow reminded me of the odd friendship between Aziraphale and Crowley in Good Omens (Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman), so if you're a fan of that, this fits on that same shelf, to my way of thinking. I only knock it down to 4 stars for two reasons. First, I wish there were more of it and second, the author keeps dropping teasing hints about past adventures and battles between Finn and Shaun. I strongly feel just a few mo...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Angel's Glow
by Jennifer W.
Publisher: Four Fools Press
Date Added: 02/26/2018 16:45:02
Angel's Glow We find duty-bound Corporal A. P. Peacock, 27th Alabama Regiment of the Confederacy, in the midst of the bloody battlefield of Shiloh, having neither finished his medical training nor his seminary studies. Unprepared, yet willing to do what he can with the skills he has, Peacock encounters a darkness, an otherworldly coldness that chills him to the core of his being. Surrounded by wounded soldiers, desperate for any aid that can be offered, Peacock sets to the work at hand with only a sewing kit, his knife, and knowledge gained through brief study. The young man’s faith is tested as much as are these skills, as he fights to overcome his doubt in his own half-trained abilities and his despair, faced with wave upon wave of increasingly suffering wounded. Never a superstitious sort, Peacock is surprised to not only hear about the legend of the Angel’s Glow, but to see its phosphorescense with his own eyes. The air is filled with the sounds of war, gunshot and cannon fire, whispered ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Night's Nadir
by Jennifer W.
Publisher: Four Fools Press
Date Added: 02/26/2018 16:43:49
Night's Nadir A mysterious mission into Mufkat, an ancient mine, in Sinai. No way is that a complete description of this odd tale, full of such vivid description that it nearly distracts from the character actions. Then those actions become so involving that everything balances. I was swept up in the adventure, the choking air in those tight tunnels, the many traps, and some not physical in nature. Barnabas, our protagonist, has a mantra, “don’t meddle with the past” and of course he knew that past was better left undisturbed, but he has a mission. Ancient places, dark powers, both lines not to be crossed by mere mortals, yet curiosity compels him to do just that. He boldly crosses that line, inevitably to discover the source of the power he can sense. Barnabas throws himself in and hopes to unravel the mystery before he, himself, may be unraveled? He goes with his gut and doesn’t let his rational mind be fooled by the maelstrom. This weird fictional journey is an intense read, and I had to re...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Codex Guide to the Medieval Baltic
by Andrew A.
Publisher: Ire Games
Date Added: 02/14/2018 17:22:29
Codex Guide to the Medieval Baltic This is really fun to read. Its packed with tidbits that will liven up your ongoing campaign. It is also an elaborate set and setting for a new campaign. Kind of perfect for LOFTP fans. Which I am.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Delta Green: The Way It Went Down
by Phil W.
Publisher: Arc Dream Publishing
Date Added: 02/12/2018 05:26:27
Delta Green: The Way It Went Down A great collection of stories, and a must for any DG fan, or Cthulhu fan, or indeed and horror fan full stop!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
KOBOLD Guide to Gamemastering
by Deven B.
Publisher: Kobold Press
Date Added: 02/10/2018 01:23:24
KOBOLD Guide to Gamemastering Amazing book with lots of helpful and inspirational advice. This will definitely be a book I go to over and over again.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
M20 The Mage Cookbook
by Josh H.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 02/07/2018 20:59:31
M20 The Mage Cookbook The recipes in this book are a lot of fun, even though I haven't had a chance to make more than one of them yet. I really look forward to making more. Also, there was a surprising amount of flavor text that helped me understand a few of the traditions a little bit more, which was an unexpected treat. If you like game themed cookbooks, this one is for you!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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