Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Friday Face-Off: Here be Dragons

Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new weekly meme hosted by Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.


The Friday Face-Off: Here be Dragons

The Adamantine Palace (The Memory of Flames #1) by Stephen Deas

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Comic Book Review: Cry Havoc #1 (Cry Havoc #1) by Simon Spurrier

Cry Havoc #1 (Cry Havoc #1) by Simon Spurrier (story), Ryan Kelly (art, cover), and Emma Price (cover)

Publisher: Image Comics

Publication Date: January 27, 2016

Edition: Paperback, 32 pages

Genre: Comic, Dark Fantasy

Rating: 4.5/5 Rating


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Book Review: Snakewood by Adrian Selby

Snakewood by Adrian Selby

Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: March 15, 2016

Edition: Kindle, 432 pages

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Rating: 1/5 *DNF 39% (page 168)


DNF: The struggle was real
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Author Interview: Samuel Marolla

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Today I am interviewing Samuel Marolla, author of the horror, myster-thriller novel, Imago Mortis.

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DJ: Hey Samuel! Thanks for stopping by to do this interview!

For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?

Samuel Marolla: Thank you for this opportunity! Sure! I was born and I live in Milan – Italy, I’m a speculative fiction writer and a comic book writer. Most of my works are set in Italy and contain dark and weird subjects. In Italy I’ve published with some of the most important Italian publishers, such as Mondadori (fiction) and Sergio Bonelli (comics). In 2014 I’ve co-founded Acheron Books, the only imprint in the world (wow!!!) specialized in Italian speculative fiction translated in English language (www.acheronbooks.com).

DJ: What is Imago Mortis about?

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SM: “Imago Mortis” it’s a weird-noir story, based on a very gothic and dark city (the modern Milan), soaked with a lot of human problems (criminality above all) and supernatural dangers, and a private eye, Augusto Ghites, who uses the ashes of the dead as a drug: he inhales and smokes (and even injects!) the ashes, to talk with the ghosts. At the end he is a drug addicted, but his drug is the most insane and unnatural essence you can imagine. The plot is about a cold case (literally a frozen case!): a prostitute brutally killed in the Sixties, when in Italy the bordellos were legal, by a mysterious and frightening murderer called “The Inhuman”. Sniffing the ashes of the dead, Augusto Ghites investigates and discovers both human and supernatural secrets.

The title is from a Latin motto: “Homo sine pecunia est imago mortis”: “The man without money is the image of death”. This is a sad (but sometimes true) representation of our modern society.

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Comic Book Review: I Hate Fairyland #3 (I Hate Fairyland #3) by Skottie Young

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I Hate Fairyland #3 (I Hate Fairyland #3) by Skottie Young (story,art), Jean-Francois Beaulieu (art)

Publisher: Image Comics

Publication Date: December 16, 2015

Edition: Paperback, 30 pages

Genre: Comic, Humor

Rating: 4/5 Rating


FLUFF just got real
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The Time Traveler’s Almanac: On the Watchtower at Plataea by Garry Killworth

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On the Watchtower at Plataea by Garry Killworth

Section: Reactionaries and Revolutionares

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: 4/5 Rating


Despite nothing happening, I actually enjoyed this.

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Graphic Novel Review: Crazy Mary by Michael Colbert

Crazy Mary by Michael Colbert (story), J.L. Woodward (cover,art), William Blankenship (art), Ryan Sergeant (art), Josh Finney (editor), and Kat Rocha (editor)

Publisher: 01 Publishing

Publication Date: March 5, 2013

Edition: Paperback, 84 pages

Genre: Graphic Novel, Cyberpunk

Rating: 3/5 Rating


Nothing special, but this was fun and funny!

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Top 16 Reads of 2015! 4.5 Star Books

Throughout the month of January (more like February now, I guess) first few months of the 2016 year, I will posting various “best of” lists, ranging from the best books I read that were published in 2015, to my top 5 and 4 stars reads of 2015, to the best short fiction of 2015, and to my favorite foodie quotes!

Today, I am happy to announce my…

Top 16 Reads of 2015! 4.5 Star Books

*Note: I would like to mention that since Goodreads does not have a “4.5” star rating, when I give a book a 4.5 rating, I will either round up to a “5” or down to a “4” when I rate it on Goodreads.

I have included all my 4.5 star books, having the GR 4 stars come before the GR 5 stars, and noted where the division happens.


(#16 – #12 are 4.5 stars I rounded down to a Goodreads 4 star)

16. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

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About the Book:

On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it.

The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. These ships brought us here, the Oldest say—and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return.

But young John Redlantern will break the laws of Eden, shatter the Family and change history. He will abandon the old ways, venture into the Dark…and discover the truth about their world.

Already remarkably acclaimed in the UK, Dark Eden is science fiction as literature; part parable, part powerful coming-of-age story, set in a truly original alien world of dark, sinister beauty–rendered in prose that is at once strikingly simple and stunningly inventive.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Why You Should It:  Beckett’s writing is smooth and easy to read, and this an amazing story all by itself, but when one looks deeper, there whole other level to story, exploring sociological and psychological issues.

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