And The Award Goes To…

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…a few books I read this last month!

If you thought I was going to talk about a bunch of people in LA giving accolades to themselves, sorry not sorry. I don’t care about that. What I am doing is launching a concept in which others have done many times in the past, and I am going to continue in that tradition. I’m going to choose three books of recommendations per month based on what I’m reading and go from there.

The Correia has his “Book Bomb” in which he promotes a book to something up in the ratings and gives it a shout out. Since a bomb is a large blast, I’m going with Book Blast! More like a frag grenade that hits a few targets in an area. I’ll title the others such in the future, but I figured I’d clickbait ya’all on this first one.

And so, presented without mistake, The Jon Del Arroz Super Special February Book Blast Awards go to…

Marina Fontaine – The Product.  A short novella, really fast read. It’s dystopian, it’s poignant, it’s fun. Great characters to latch onto, I read it in like an hour. Totally worth the read.


Peter Grant – Take The Star Road (based on the audio presentation). Love this narrator. He did Peter Grant’s Brings The Lightning last year, which was my favorite piece of fiction in 2016. Peter’s books are fantastic for audio — simple to follow, single perspective, paced nicely. They’re made for that format in my opinion. This series is about a guy who leaves Earth to become a space trader, learning the ropes as an apprentice on a cargo vessel. It’s very procedural, really feels like you’re there learning as he goes through his adventure. I liken it to Nathan Lowell’s Quarter Share, but there’s a bit more action to it.  This is an older book in that there’s 5 in the series now, but the audiobook just came out and grabbed my attention. I’m McLovin’ it.

And finally, rounding up with some non-fiction, Appendix N by Jeffro Johnson. I’ve been pushing this book hard on social media, via my reviews, and on this blog. It changed my life and opened my eyes to so much of science fiction and fantasy that I hardly knew existed before. The book is an analysis of Dungeon & Dragons appendix in the back of the original 1970s book that listed its influences. It’s like a primer on how to write fun books and what to look for. Alternatively, if you’re a gamer, how to run a fun RPG and what to look for.

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