My latest fantasy book, Dawn of the Dark Ice, has received a five star review on both Amazon and Goodreads.
Here are the antagonists of my fantasy book series, The Dark Ice Winter. These unholy creatures are called Bauks. They made their debut in Dawn of the Dark Ice, which came out a month ago. The Bauks serve as the vanguard of a forgotten evil that has returned to the world. Everywhere these demons go, they leave in their wake villages drenched in blood. For now, only rumors about their existence are spreading. However, it is only a matter of time before these creatures of darkness truly reveal themselves to the empire at large.
I am pleased to report that my latest fantasy book is now available on Amazon Kindle. If you or a loved one enjoy fantasy stories with ferocious dragons, wretched monsters, heartfelt romance, and cutthroat politics, feel free to check out Dawn of the Dark Ice.
I hope you enjoy my world.
Thank you, Grady
The first volume of my new fantasy series, Dawn of the Dark Ice, is available for preorder on Amazon Kindle. This will be the start of a sequel series that takes place after the Magnus Dynasty Saga. The book’s actual release will be close to the release of House of the Dragon on August 21, 2022. In the meantime, you can place your orders in advance.
I have been watching a new fantasy show on Amazon Prime called The Legend of Vox Machina. It is based on a web series where a group of voice actors play a campaign of Dungeons and Dragons. In this show, those same voice actors play the same characters they used in the game. The show revolves around a band of misfits, outcasts, and unlikely heroes. When the story begins, they are the laughing stock of the mercenary industry until they are hired by the kingdom to defeat a dark evil. The characters are funny, relatable, and badass in their own way. Anyone who is a serious Dungeons and Dragons fan will notice the various Easter Eggs that are scattered throughout the show. Even if you are not a Dungeons and Dragons fan or are knowledgable about the franchise, you will enjoy this show. I have known the existence of Dungeons and Dragons for years, but I never played it. This show makes me want to play the game. I highly recommend this show to anyone who likes fantasy, action, and crude comedy. Also, this show is definitely not for children!
I am pleased to report that The Kaligen Experiment: Bestiary has received its very first review today. It is a five star review from Amazon’s United Kingdom branch:
“The whole aspect of this bestiary is amazing! The depths of science and characteristic and behavioural descriptions are amazing and I really enjoyed it.”
Here is the Amazon link for my dinosaur zoology book, The Kaligen Experiment: Bestiary.
“Kaligen Island and its primeval inhabitants are the products of the most elaborate and ambitious ecological experiment in the history of mankind. An island grown from scratch at the bottom of the ocean, mutated plant life unlike anything the world has ever seen before, and genetically engineered dinosaurs that are far more frightening than anything in the fossil record. It cannot be denied that the Kaligen Experiment has produced wonders and horrors at the same time. However, the recent tragedy that befell the island has exposed some of its previously undiscovered secrets. Dr. Howard Melville presents his findings regarding the core nature of the experiment and the potential implications it could have on the rest of the world.”
I have looked at some prototype paperbacks of The Kaligen Experiment and I believe I have found a satisfactory version that will serve as the template for the final product. I must say that the main book of The Kaligen Experiment is easily the thickest book I have ever written. The books’ release is close now. They could come out before Christmas or they might come out sometime early next year, but they are coming. I will keep you updated on any and all developments.
“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”
The gates of Hell, Dante’s Inferno
I just finished reading an intriguing retelling of Jules Verne’s classic tale, Journey to the Center of the Earth. It has its own unique twist to the original story. Instead of prehistoric monsters, the center of the Earth is inhabited by the arthropod equivalents of dinosaurs and other invertebrate abominations. In the center of the Earth, there are a million ways to get killed or eaten. Every creature, plant, and even the elements want to kill humans. A team of cavers follow a series of clues that lead them to the center of the Earth, but they get far more than they bargained for when they find themselves in a land of giants and nightmares. Now they are constantly hunted and on the run as they struggle to find a way back to the surface. Every character is fair game and you are constantly guessing on who would die next. It has been an enjoyable read and I am currently reading the sequel.
During James May’s trip to Japan, he made a number of interesting discoveries and encounters. While looking through the stores of Tokyo, he discovered a number of gadgets that were designed to solve problems that no one else thought of. Among those gadgets were self-cleaning toilets. I always knew Japan was a technological superpower, but I never thought their usage of technology would be this diverse.
Then James’s day in Tokyo got even better when he met a couple of otaku or “super geeks”. The interesting thing about otaku is that while geeks would be shunned by Western society, geeks in Japan are welcomed as an essential part of the social fabric. Otaku interests can range from anything from manga to video games. The otaku James met were a special breed of otaku known as train spotters and they knew everything about trains. They could imitate the sounds of trains, they would take photographs of trains in stations, they enjoyed listening to train station music, and they could imitate train station announcements.
As a super geek myself, I could easily relate to these two otaku. The moment I saw their quirky mannerisms and the passion of their interests, I knew they were like me. Since geeks are embraced as part of the social fabric in Japan, I think I would feel right at home there.