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Book Review: Craig Lancaster does it again with “Quantum Physics”

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I have not been shy about how much I love Craig Lancaster’s writing. His two novels, 600 Hours of Edward and The Summer Son, simply blew me away. And now, Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure, Craig’s first collection of short stories, goes right up there with his novels.

At first I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy the short stories, since the first one, “Somebody Has to Lose”, moved along slowly. Once I got past a certain point in that story, though, everything began to fly.

The stories in Quantum Physics are all about very human lives set mostly in Montana. I feel the book proved to the outside world how people in Montana are pretty much the same as anyone else. We all experience the same problems in life, no matter where we may live in this country, in this world.

I really enjoyed how unfiltered Craig was in his writing: if you want to read a flowery, family-friendly book,  look elsewhere. Every story includes an element we all wouldn’t openly admit in public : affairs, experimentation, sexual abuse, etc. These are touchy topics, but it is refreshing to have these written about in such a matter-of-fact way.

My favorite stories out of the collection: “This is Butte. You Have Ten Minutes.”, “Cruelty to Animals”, and “The Paper Weight”. All ten are wonderful to read though. Don’t miss it!

Check out Craig’s author page on Amazon for information about his books: Craig Lancaster

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Book Review: Charlie Cole’s “Headhunters”

Headhunters is quite the thriller.

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There’s a monster at the end of the book, and Charlie Cole sure knows how to work that magic. This is my first time to read any works by Cole, but I already feel that he is an expert writer. I feel honored to write him a review since, in the short amount of time we have known each other (via Twitter), we are becoming quick colleagues.

Headhunters starts out with a bang: Simon’s wife Claire leaves him chasing after her in their respective cars. Then, she dives to her death over the railing.
And the book continues to spin like crazy, with Simon constantly getting curveballs thrown at him as he moves from the Washington, D.C. area to Chicago. He thinks he’s safe there, but then, the chase continues.
Although the subject of the matter is deep and dark (Simon is a secret agent), there are a few times where I end up laughing, i.e., the reference to “literal dead weight”. Also, Cole puts in a quite X-rated scene in the book to lighten things up a bit. I almost felt ashamed while reading that aspect. But then the thrilling parts came back again.
I normally wouldn’t read a book so suspenseful/thrilling/disturbing, but I really enjoyed Headhunters. I practically could not put it down the whole time. Too bad I have classes…I could have finished this book in less than a week. Next time, perhaps? (I love speed-reading but not when there are a billion other things to complete).
If you like a ton of suspense, mystery, action: read Headhunters. You won’t be disappointed. And look out for Cole’s next novel, Suicide Doors, coming out in April.
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Book Review: Max Lucado’s Cast of Characters


As you can tell from my picture, Cast of Characters really rocked my boat.

It only took me two years to finally finish it….

Yeah, you wonder why it took so long. Well, a lot of things happened since I requested for this book in 2010…to the point where I had to stop reading for a period of time. Too many headaches, and not related to the book.

But I’m so glad I came back to the book, because it really resonates with me: society believes in Biblical characters being perfect, or that’s how the Bible has become known for.

So many of the characters are flawed, just how we are. Nobody is perfect. And Lucado sets out the many examples from the Bible to shine the light on this truth. Do we need a full book to tell us that we aren’t perfect? Well, the Bible has that all written out. And Lucado condensed it down into understandable, present-day situations.

I highly recommend this book for those who need a quick reminder of our imperfections through the showcase of major Biblical characters. You won’t regret it!

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Craig Lancaster’s New Book, now FREE on Smashwords!

What a pleasure to share this news with you all:

My good friend Craig Lancaster is releasing a new book in December. This book, Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure, is a collection of short stories all centered around the theme of separation, all under the Montana sky.

Due to so much schoolwork for grad school so far, I have yet to finish the book, but I do highly recommend you checking out Lancaster’s work. He never disappoints me with his beautiful storytelling (I wrote glowing reviews for his two novels, The Summer Son and 600 Hours of Edward). I’m sure his short stories will also be delights to read.

Ok! So, if you like reading e-books, definitely check out Quantum Physics between now and September 30. You can get the book for FREE on Smashwords, where you can choose from different e-book formats to your liking. Here are the instructions:

* Where you can get the book:
* The coupon code that will allow you to get it for free: EY63S

The coupon is good until Sept. 30. Please feel free to retweet or repost this! GET THE WORD OUT FOR THIS FANTASTIC AUTHOR!
(And note: No, not paid at all to promote this for Craig! I’m doing it because he is AWESOME.)

Daily Post Day 73: A Sentence from the nearest book

Not the actual book nearest to me...

The book closest to me right now:

“Thirty-four cyclists, separated into four groups, participated in the study.”

— From Racing Weight Quick Start Guide

(Gee, that line seems so lackluster to feature…oh well.)