Monday, May 9, 2011

Today I'm going to try my hand at writing a book review. Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you "The Curse of Kali" by Guido Henkel.

Curse of Kali is the latest in an ongoing series by Mr. Henkel concerning a ghosthunter named Jason Dark and his assistant Siu Lin. Each can be read in order or as a stand alone adventure. They are what used to be know as penny dreadfuls. Don't let the name deceive you, dreadful is not the adjective I would use at all.

Each of the Jason Dark tales are novellas that run about 24,000 words or roughly 40 pages. I enjoy short stories and novellas as much, and sometimes more, than I enjoy novel length works. You can read them in one sitting oftentimes. The short length might be a turn off for some, but really at the price this book is set at, $.99, it's a steal.

Lets get to the good stuff. The Jason Dark series is set in Victorian England in Whitechapel, a la Sherlock Holmes, and Mr. Henkel really captures the feel of the Holmes era books nicely. You can see the fog rolling in off the river and the gas lights casting a yellow glow over rain slicked streets. In this particular case a wealthy man is murdered by what appears to be a statue of Kali that has come to life. Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard calls in both Mr. Holmes himself and Jason Dark to aid in the investigation.

I absolutely loved the buddy cop relationship that Dark and Siu Lin have. Siu Lin seems to be an homage to the penny dreadful, pulp fiction stories of yesterday. An asian sidekick with extordinary matial arts prowess. She is also fun to read about. Jason Dark himself is a ghosthunter who deals with supernatural mysteries similar to how Mr. Holmes handles more earthly ones. Speaking of Holmes, I would have liked to see him more in this story. He makes a brief cameo, but more use of him could have been made.

Curse of Kali made me want to go collect the rest of the series beginning with Demon's Night. If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, supernatural mysteries, and Supernatural the show, you owe it to yourself to at least check this series out.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Life as it is right now.

My apologies to my friends who actually read this blog, I'm way overdue to post a new blog. Part of the reason I haven't updated has been laziness, part of it is that I just haven't had much to say. Let's see, where to start? I'm more or less settled in to the new house and in 48 days the missus will be here to share it with me. Speaking of missus, we had our second wedding shower yesterday. We've been really blessed by great friends and family. A huge thanks go out to everyone who has been so kind as to give us a gift. They are all truly appreciated.

In other news I've just self published my first original work Offerings. It's a 12,000 word novella available as an ebook on most formats for only $.99. If you are a kindle user you can find it here If you are a nook user you can find it here If you don't have an ereader you can download a kindle or nook app for free to your smartphone or computer. Or, you can go here to purchase it in a format readable on your computer or mobile device. I recommend ePub for phones and PDF for computers. Buy it, read it, love it, and if you would be so kind please review it. Feel free to be honest. Criticism can only help me get better.

Did I mention that I'm getting married in 48 days. I know I'm supposed to be nervous, but I'm really just excited. I'm also excited about the 5 days 4 nights that we're spending in Sandals, otherwise known as paradise. Anyway, that's all for now. I'll try to post more later.