Hob’s review of The Bound Folio by Rob J. Hayes

The Bound Folio (The Ties That Bind #3.5)

Paperback, 226 pages

I really enjoyed this one. It is a bunch of short stories each one from the POV of a different Character. Some I already had met in Where Loyalties Lie some were new to me. Well that’s not true All of the POV’s were new to me but some of the Characters I had met as non POV characters before.

Each story was fairly short but damn can Rob pack a whole lot of emotion in to a short story. I would not have believed how much until I read this. Seriously, at one point I was wishing I could have entered the book and ripped a guy named Kav’s balls off and made him eat them. Too much you say? A little violent? Well read the book, when you get to that part you might well want to do worse and you will most likely be crying while you think about it. But just because almost all of the stories are guaranteed to make you feel strong emotions, not all the stories were on the bad end of the spectrum. No, you will feel just about every emotion possible at one point or another while reading this book. If it were possible to see emotions I would have probably looked like this while reading.

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Actually I may very well have looked that way anyway but that’s beside the point……

My only complaint would be that it was too short. Well that and there is no time scale other than the first story shows someone as a young boy, and he is in his late 20’s to early 30s in Where Loyalties Lie, and the last story shows someone entering the town they had just arrived in at the beginning of that book.  I take it that its planned to be that way and it’s not that big of a deal but this being only the second book of Rob’s that I have read I wanted more. So, I ended up starting The Heresy Within (The Ties That Bind, #1) right after I finished this one to try and figure out the timeline. And I have a huge TBR pile of other books I should be reading. Curse you ROB HAYES!!!

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

I just don’t know how a book of short stories could make me feel such strong emotions. But it did. So, I am going to leave you with a warning. Beware this book will make you emotionally unstable! In the space of a few hundred pages your heart will swell with pride for the squires and Burn with anger at the street toughs. You will weep with the merchant and cheer on the assassin.  And if you are like me you will shake your head in disbelief that you still can’t decide if you love or hate the pirate. So I give The Bound Folio 4.75 stars and a tribute to Browny.

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Signed Red Rising Giveaway

I am in a Facebook group called Hic Sunt Leones: A Red Rising Trilogy fan group https://www.facebook.com/groups/118519022059902/

It is, well obviously, a group for fans of the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown. Who is not only a great author, he is hilarious in person, and so damn Handsome he makes my goblin face look even worse than normal, but to top it off he is really humble about it all. But I digress, to celebrate the Facebook group hitting 500 members I am going to give away a signed copy of book one of his Red Rising trilogy!

To enter Like this post and make a comment. I would appreciate it if you also shared the post on the social media poison of your choice but you don’t have to. The giveaway will end on august 18th around 10:00 pm. 1 winner will be chosen randomly at that time and announced at some point soon after. (I know, I get so technical and stuff) If you have any questions, ask someone with answers. or you could try asking me instead. Good Luck to everyone and keep an eye out for Iron Gold the next book by Pierce expected early next year from the great and wonderful folks at Del Rey (PSST…..Send me an ARC great and wonderful folks at Del Rey)

I was going to make a graphic of some kind but got distracted by something shiny and forgot what I was going to do……. so…. here is this one that I made and then forgot what I was going to use it for….. I should see a doctor about my memory. Ill do it later…..

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The winner has been chosen. Thanks to everyone that entered. shel

Time for a Book Haul or as I like to call it A.T.L.A.S.

I haven’t done a A.T.L.A.S. Adding to Large Ass Stack  post in a while So here goes..

1.First up is an ARC of Revenant Winds by Mitchel Hogan. I really enjoyed his Sorcery Ascendant Sequence    So, I have high hopes for this one. Mitchell told me it will be on sale September 7th with a simultaneous release on Audible.

2. I was one of the winners (Yay Me!) of the full Jesse Teller Library I talked about in my Interview with him last month. So even though I have read one and had another that’s still 2 new books for me! Thanks Jesse and Rebekah for Mestlven, and Legends of Perilisc

 

3.      An ebook of The Holtur Enigma first book in a trilogy by Cameron Wayne Smith that you can get free right now. And not just for KU subscribers EVERYONE can get this book free right now at this link https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0727NY35T/

4. Blades of the Fallen by Ross Harrison, releasing on August 1st. It is the third book in a series, but he told me it is more of a connected universe than a series, the books all stand alone. So, I said I would have a look.

 

5. Another ARC this one called Broken Wizards by Jeffrey Bardwell. This actually looks really cool. It is Steampunk and magic at war.

 

6. Mistress of Crystals: Chronicles of the Second War of the Gods
by Justyna Plichta-Jendzio This one might be good if the Polish to English translation was done as well as the Witcher books.

 

 Now we are getting to the books that you, my wonderful reader, might win a signed copy of. I will be doing a series of interviews and giveaways for some of the authors in the #SPFBO contest run by the one and only Mark Lawrence. Here are the first 3 that I have but more will be coming soon. Also I have been working on making a body for Bob, so he can help out more. Do me a favor and tell him how good he is looking in the comments. (and for gods sake don’t mention Shakespeare in any way!)

7.  The Thirteen Treasures of Britain (Merlin’s Last Magic, #1)
by Jennifer M. Baldwin She sent me a copy as well as one for the giveaway so Thank you again!

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He still only has one hand but he is trying.

8. A Threat of Shadows (The Keeper Chronicles #1)
by J.A. Andrews

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9.And Last but not least A Star-Reckoner’s Lot (A Star-Reckoner’s Legacy, #1)
by Darrell Drake I have heard some really good things about this one, and with the goblin quotes he wrote I think I might just have to keep this copy and order another one for the giveaway. The author also asked me if I have ever played a game called Styx, a stealth game where you are a goblin. I had not heard of it but have now put in about 20 hours so… Curse you Darrell Drake!!! And thanks man I love the game. DSC_1163

Interview with author Drew Hayes

If you know anything about me you know I like a good laugh. And Drew Hayes has given me many great books with some great laughs. With his Spells, Swords, & Stealth 

books and Forging Hephaestus (I haven’t gotten to his Super Powereds series yet but book one is on my kindle) but I think out of all his books Fred the Vampire Accountant has given me the most laughs. And I am supper happy to say Fred’s 4th book will be out in just a few days, I think Fred would appreciate the correct dates and everything so on 07/25/2017 to be exact. I got a chance to ask Drew some questions so of course I asked stupid ones. But he seamed to enjoy it, and hopefully he will be back again.

  1. You always have such good Audiobook narrators. Roger Wayne   is Fantastic with the Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series and Amy Landon hit it out of the Park with Forging Hephaestus But I don’t think I have ever heard a narrator as perfect for a book as  Kirby Heyborne. So my first question is,

Q: How long did it take you to find Kirby Heyborne for Fred, the Vampire Accountant series?

A: From my perspective, it didn’t take very long at all. Usually Tantor Media (the company who does my audiobooks) will send me a few narrators to check out for each new project. With Fred, there weren’t many people in the mix on the first round, and as soon as I heard Kirby speak I knew we’d found the voice of my undead accountant.

 

  1. Q: You are the GM of Authors And Dragons, A Podcast Where A Party Of Fantasy Authors Try To Make It Through A Game Of Pathfinder. How did that get started?

 

A: Funnily enough, it started during a Fred release. I have a tradition where every time I get a 5-star review on release day, either from my speedy readers or those who had ARCS, I do a shot and post a picture. That day required quite a few shots, until I was rather buzzed and chatting with Robert Bevan of Critical Failures. We were just talking about gaming, I was in a hilariously bad superhero game at the time that I wished we’d taped, and from there the idea snowballed. We reached out to fellow writer friends, found some who gamed, and it all went from there.

{I Love Robert Beven’s books and the titles of his short stories are worth the price alone}

  1. Q: If you could do it all over again, would you change anything in your FIRST book?

A: I’m sure I would find no end of tweaks to make, fixing bad habits I’ve since broken and cleaning things up. That said, I wouldn’t change anything about the core story itself. I liked how Super Powereds: Year 1 came out, and I’m happy with the story as it unfolded.

 

  1. Q: Have you ever judged a book by its cover?

A: I’m sure I have. That’s not always a bad thing, though. There’s a language to covers, they’re meant to let a prospective reader know what sort of tale they are in for. If you see half-naked people kissing on the front and don’t like romance, then there’s nothing wrong with realizing you are not that book’s target audience. A cover should, ideally, draw in people who will like what your selling and let those who wouldn’t dig it know they can move on to something else.

  1. Q: Have you ever had a side character try to steal the show? Would you like to go back and make a spin off series or something for them? Or is there a theme or idea you’d love to be able to explore in more depth?

A: Not only did I have a side-character steal some of the show, I gave the guy his own spin-off. Corpies was a book following a side-character from Super Powereds and putting him in the spotlight. There are more I’d like to focus on as well, although some are harder to create a whole book around than others. Sadly, that means until I come up with a killer plot the world will have to wait on a Johnny Three Dicks standalone novel.

{Johnny three dicks is from Forging Hephaestus and is one of my favorite side characters ever and he had hardly any screen time}

  1. Q: If you could read any book again for the first-time What book would it be?

A: Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman. I’ve loved other books more, but none ever quite had the same feeling of magic when I first read them.

 

  1. Q: How many books have you written, how many have you tried to publish, and how many are in print?

A: I have written 15, and when The Fangs of Freelance (Fred #4) comes out that will be my 14th to be published. The missing novel was from way back when I did my first ever web-serial, and while I did finish it I don’t expect it will see the light of day as a published work anytime soon. It’s not terrible, but it very much reflects how new I was to writing at the time.

 

  1. Q: Are there any occupational hazards to being a novelist?

A: You don’t realize how much of your social interaction comes from work until you begin staying home all the time. So you start talking to your dog, a little at first, and then more until you realize that the dog left the room. Cut to a year later and you’re walking down the aisle of a grocery store mumbling to yourself about Doritos, because talking to yourself has become second nature. It’s a hazard they never warn you about.

{I have the same problem as a reviewer with audiobooks. I crackup for no reason apparent to anyone around me all the time}

 

  1. Q: If you had 1 million pennies what else would you have?

A: A shitload of empty wishing wells.

  1. Q: How many people have you killed over the course of your career? Real people first, then fictional.

A: For the first part, my company lawyers (which are me, only wearing a tie) have advised me to plead the fifth. For the second, it’s impossible to say unless we drill down. If you mean main characters, I think I’ve only killed one on the page, although plenty died in backstories. If we start including nameless pawns, however, I genuinely have no clue. The Spells, Swords, & Stealth folks have seen a lot of corpses in their travels.

  1. Q: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? Did it end up helping? Or did we just count that person in question 10.

A:  When I started, I had ideas of doing serious, action-oriented stuff. Okay… Dresden Files, I wanted to do Dresden Files. But I never landed that tone well at all, and my early readers called me on it. It wasn’t something I wanted to hear at the time, but when I really went back and looked at my work, they were right. The parts that were hitting well were the funnier bits, where I was writing more as me than what I wanted to be. So I steered into it, giving the humor more room to run, and my work improved a lot. As an odd bonus, I found that with comedy to play off of, I actually could write serious moments, I just had to choose them with more care.

{I love the humor in your books, but you definitely know how to throw a gut punch to the feels}

  1. Q: What has been the best compliment?

A: When I’ve gotten emails from folks telling me how my books got them through rough patches in their lives. I’ve needed books to escape in as well, so it means a lot to hear that I’m giving that to other people.

  1. Q: Do you have any advice to give aspiring writers?

A: I try to, when they ask, but the truth is unless they have a specific question it’s hard not to fall back onto the canned answers, because they’re all true. Read and write constantly, hire a good editor, and give up on the idea of the book coming out naturally and beautifully. Writing takes effort, and first drafts are usually awful. Accept that, and realize that you can go back and edit to make something good, but there’s no way to tweak a blank page.

  1. Q: What was the last book you read? Did you like it?

A: Mustache Shenanigans by Jay Chandrasekhar.  It was the story of Broken Lizard, including how they made Super Troopers and Beerfest, so yeah, it was a fun read.

  1. Q: What one question do you think I should have asked you, but didn’t?

A: When does The Fangs of Freelance come out? July 25th. And if people want to celebrate the release with me, they can do so at my annual Facebook Digital Release Party, which includes Q&A, live-streams, prizes, and, hopefully, shots. They can check it out here https://www.facebook.com/events/327971990965631

{I’ll be there and you can also preorder on amazon and at http://www.reuts.com }

  1. Q: Do you have any questions for me?

A: Got any fun personal traditions of your own?

{There is one with my 3 kids that started when they were 12, 10, and 8 years old.  One day I was driving my daughter home from school and she was kind of sad and not herself so I poked her arm and then acted like I didn’t when she looked over and I kept doing it every time she looked away. Until she started laughing.  Now there are so many rules to the game its impossible to win. Like It doesn’t count if driving north on a street that starts with a G.  When all 4 of us are in the car at the same time the rules get really complex. OH yeah and my kids are now 21 19 and 17}

Here is a Goblin animation of the intro The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant.

Here are a few images From reviews of Drew’s books I did and one I didn’t use

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Zombie Bigfoot (Creature Quest Series Book 1) by Nick Sullivan

You probably think the lifestyle of a Fantasy Book Blogger is nothing but charactonym* wishes and calligraphy** dreams. But I am here to tell you that no matter what you may have heard, Goblin Leach has never Visited my cave for a spot of Tea.

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*a name given to a literary character that is descriptive of a quality or trait of the character.

**fancy penmanship, especially highly decorative handwriting, as with a great many flourishes:

 In point of fact the only thing we get (other than enjoyment obviously) would be the Occasional free book that we accept in exchange for an Honest review. I am all for free stuff, who isn’t? But my TBR pile is a mile high and I get a lot of review requests. So many in fact that I had to add 2 notices to my Contact page, and they are as follows.

****NOTICE****

I am kind of open to review requests at this time.

WTF does that mean?

Well If your book is a Fantasy book or has strong “Fantasy” elements in it, feel free to ask. If your book is Sci-Fi you can ask but I probably won’t take it. If your book is an Old Adult Paranormal Romance Mystery Biography about a CIA agent trying to save the world from an unknown threat. The threat is unknown because he forgot it when he got Amnesia experimenting with BDSM for the first time. Will he remember that he was the villain in the first place, before time runs out? Or will he forget about the rest of the world and run away with the only person he can remember. And the real reason he was going to destroy the world…..  The love of his life and his greatest shame, His best friend’s wife and secret gun runner/ Sparkly Vampire/ Were-platypus Margret Thatcher!!  Will they find happiness or will the world be destroyed? Can he find love in the form of a Sparkly gun running platypus and live happily ever after?  Read and Find out!!!!!

If that is your book or if it has any of those elements please don’t ask. You still can, and I know you will.

But …..I said Please!

****END OF NOTICE****

*******Notice #2 *******

If Someone actually writes that book I still won’t read it but I want my cut of the Billions it will make.

******END OF NOTICE #2 ******

 

I wrote that to dissuade people from trying to give me books I would say no to. It doesn’t work really, but it does point out people with a good sense of humor. In a way, I guess it is kind of like a test.  A test that Nick Sullivan passed with flying colors by sending me the following e-mail.

 

“I’ve got a book that is completely devoid of fantasy elements… though I do love fantasy and as an audiobook narrator I’ve recorded Goodkind, Weber, Kurtz, and Lackey. Why dare I darken your digital door? Because you clearly enjoy humor, judging by your own writing (and the fantastic blog name). So, if you feel like taking a little side trip into the woods of Idaho, please consider “Zombie Bigfoot”. It hit #1 in Horror Comedy on Amazon (for about three days) and has sci-fi, adventure, and action elements as well as the horror (and horror spoofery).”

For one thing, he actually read the notices and had a look at the blog.  Plus, I am a sucker for stupid comedy. You probably already knew that. (Goblin Leach that’s fucking golden) And it was available as an audiobook so I said yes. I am one smart goblin because it truly is a good book. The audio was done by the author, who I have heard before doing a few other books. He did a fantastic job. Really bringing the characters to life. Well until they died but more about that in a minute.

So lets talk about the story. Now the title Zombie Bigfoot might put a lot of people off from reading it. and in essence that is what it’s about, but there is so much more to it. Like an Iceberg or the Loch Ness Monster there is so much more hidden beneath the surface.

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Now lets talk about the people the story is about. First we have the billionaire owner of everything from a record label to a space airline. He is  named Cameron Carson.  After his first space ship crew get stuck heading towards the sun he needs to do something to fix his image. What better way than to capture a live Bigfoot!  Right? I kind of picture him looking like this.

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Well He got a hold of primatologist Dr. Sarah Bishop. Her father had been hurt on a camping trip and was rescued by a Bigfoot. When he gets home and tells his story some people go out to the area and never find anything. He becomes obsessed with Bigfoot. After losing his job and all his friends thinking he was crazy he killed himself leaving his journal of everything that had happened with the friendly fuzzy with big feet. No it’s not what you are thinking , you sicko.

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Dr. Bishop knows they will need a guide so they hire Less … I mean Russ. I pictured him looking like this.

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He has been doing a survival show for the last few years. Going out by himself hauling all his camera gear and then some guy that drinks his own piss comes on TV and starts stealing his ratings. In a effort to revitalize his show he agrees to be the guide. So those 3 along with a bunch of others hired by Carson set out looking for Bigfoot.

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Not that Bigfoot.

This Bigfoot.

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But when they get to the forest they find this Bigfoot.85913-6200224Fr.

 

Final Thoughts

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this Audiobook. The real surprise was the reading of the Journal. That part was especially well written. There are some pretty gory parts, so beware of that.  but all in all a really good way to pass 7 hours and 55 minutes. I give Zombie Bigfoot by Nick Sullivan 4 out of 5 stars.