Numbers, Numbers, Numbers!

April 24, 2017

Review of 100 BY 100 by ML Kennedy

by Amanda McSweeney       Reviewer Rating: 4.5 Stars      

100 by 100 is exactly that: one hundred stories, each one hundred words long. They tend toward the speculative or strange, often with a twist in the final words. Within these hundred words, author M.L. Kennedy creates universes both hilarious and horrific, sometimes both. Each story feels like a fun-sized candy bar. They’re indulgent and fun. Though you might want a little bit more, ultimately, you’re satisfied. With a hundred entries, you would expect some of them to be hit or miss. While there are a few themes that are overused or twists that don’t quite stick the landing, they are in the minority. Most of the stories are lean, not wasting a word as they set the scene, build the tension, and ultimately resolve.

Review of HARVEST OF EVIL by William Lehman

by Bill Kieffer       Reviewer Rating: 3.5 Stars      

One of the most marvelous things about this novel, is how the prose reads like the observations and experiences of a detailed orientated cop without actually feeling that it was written by a cop who writes up so many reports that it’s second nature. I certainly got the feeling who John Fisher was, even if he’s not someone I’d be buddies with. Of course, part of that is I like my were-critters to be sexy. Cool. So, if you are looking for Anita Blake like Weres, John Fisher isn’t one of those.

Author Spotlight: J. Lynn Else

J. Lynn Else is a history buff and ancient Egypt geek. Her book, THE FORGOTTEN: ATEN’S LAST QUEEN was named an Indie Editor’s Choice book by the Historical Novel Society in 2016. Her latest release THE FORGOTTEN: HEIR OF THE HERETIC is now available via and delves deeper into the story of Akhenaten and Nefertiti’s family.

Is 30 the New 60?

by Renee Miller            

As a reader, I used to be VERY anti-novella. I mean, I want the most bang for my buck, so give me ALL THE PAGES. Right? Not exactly. I used to think an entire story couldn’t possibly be told in less than 50,000 words. In fact, many novellas I read “way back then” didn’t feel finished.


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