The Enchanted Sonata Book Review from @kleffnotes

Visions of sugarplums will dance in your head as you read this new adaptation of the story of the Nutcracker, The Enchanted Sonata. Heather Wallwork has taken the ballet of legend that has been retold over the years with a variety of alterations and created a new and magically musical world. Instead of being a young child, Clara is an exceptional pianist, who will find her musical skills tested when a nutcracker appears under her Christmas tree. Continue reading “The Enchanted Sonata Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Meaning of Blood Book Review from @kleffnotes

The Meaning of Blood and Other Tales of Perversity by Chuck Caruso is a horror anthology from Cloud Lodge Books. This collection has a strong Southern feel too it, with some of the stories expressly using characters who speak in very specific drawls or who happen to have nicknames that fit within the paradigm of a Southern setting. Each of the stories draws on elements of the horror genre and creates vignettes of mayhem and destruction for the reader. I will note that the image being used as the header for this article is not the book cover. At the time of review no book cover was available for use. Continue reading “The Meaning of Blood Book Review from @kleffnotes”

No Place Like Home Book Review ( @erikschubach ) from @kleffnotes

After battling demons and the creation of new Scales, Ella-Marie and Parker found themselves thrust outside of the mortal realm and in the magical world of Oz. Still in a bit of shock our three women in two bodies are trying to figure out just how they happened to be in the world written about by L. Frank Baum and just how they’ll deal with the witch ruling the place, Dorothy Gale. No Place Like Home adds another element to the world of Urban Fairytales created by Erik Schubach and if you enjoy Wicked or anything even remotely connected to the world of Oz you will feel right at home with this book. Continue reading “No Place Like Home Book Review ( @erikschubach ) from @kleffnotes”

The Sky Woman Book Review from @kleffnotes

Car-En has been sent to Earth for the first time in order to observe and report back on how a small population is surviving. Now you might think that she is some sort of alien upon first reading the description of The Sky Woman, but she is just as much an Earthling as the people she is watching. Car-En is an anthropologist from the sky, who has been raised in a ringstation. These satellite living systems are full of people who left Earth following a number of depopulations, in which the Earth slowly became less and less populated. While it had been thought that no one lived on the Earth small groups have been found and Car-En has been tasked with watching a Viking-like village. What happens when she breaks protocol will reveal some new and interesting things about the world she knew and the world she is investigating. Continue reading “The Sky Woman Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Techromancy Scrolls: Westlands ( @erikschubach ) from @kleffnotes

Laney and her loving wife Celeste must again leave their home and venture out to face danger as representatives of the Lupei. After a gypsy from the missing 15th family arrived in Wexbury begging for help for his family a plan has been made and a group led by the two Soras will head out into the dangerous Westlands to save the Christea people. In Techromancy Scrolls: Westlands Laney will have to face even more danger and darkness than has ever appeared in her life and she fears she may not survive. Continue reading “Techromancy Scrolls: Westlands ( @erikschubach ) from @kleffnotes”

Dark & Fetish Art Book Review from @kleffnotes

I want to begin this review by saying that this particular book is for mature readers only. If I had to rate this book the way that we rate movies I would have to give it a very solid R. Now that is not to say that Dark & Fetish Art is not an artfully done book, it is full of beautifully created and composed images, but it is very definitely something that only those 18 and over should read and you should not bring this book along to work unless you happen to work in a very relaxed environment. Dark & Fetish Art is a book that brings together darker artistic elements for those who are comfortable delving into the more macabre and sensual. Continue reading “Dark & Fetish Art Book Review from @kleffnotes”

grow: The Art of Koyamori Book Review from @kleffnotes

Koyamori, sometimes known by the name┬áMaruti_Bitamin, is a social media artist whose work has been collected for the first time in grow: The Art of Koyamori. The newly created images showcase the beauty of her watercolor based works that span the gamut from nature images, urban images, and even cute food pieces. These collected pieces are bright and bold and blend the natural world with an element of magic that focuses on feminine human figures. Continue reading “grow: The Art of Koyamori Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Elegance in Japanese Art Book Review from @kleffnotes

Momo Miyazaki has collected together a variety of pieces from the Edo Rinpa style that focus primarily on bird and flower paintings within his book, Elegance in Japanese Art. These pieces draw their influence from the school of painting that first began with Rinpa and spread from Kyoto to Edo, know modern day Tokyo. Within this book Miyazaki presents the beauty that can be found in this specific subset of paintings from within this style. Continue reading “Elegance in Japanese Art Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Birth of a Cemetery Book Review from @kleffnotes

John F. Llewellyn delves deep into the history of Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in his book, Birth of a Cemetery: Forest Lawn Memorial-Park. This particular location is well known within the Los Angeles area. While it originally was established in Glendale, California the Forest Lawn Memorial-Park and Mortuaries corporation has expended throughout the state of California. In keeping with Hubert Eaton’s dream of what the memorial-park term meant these cemeteries have grown into something far more than just somewhere for burials. Continue reading “Birth of a Cemetery Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Interview with Gordon Jack ( @gordojack ) from @kleffnotes

I had the opportunity to chat with author Gordon Jack about his YA book, Your Own Worst Enemy. I had previously reviewed this book for our site and it was great to get some more insight into his work. Thank you to Gordon Jack for his time and make sure to check out my review of Your Own Worst Enemy after you read this interview. Continue reading “Interview with Gordon Jack ( @gordojack ) from @kleffnotes”