A Trip Down the Metro…

Posted: March 23, 2017 by James R. Brown in Post-Apocalyptic

41EfpJ4sZnL._AC_UL320_SR214,320_So, fair readers. We welcome you back to some life at the one place we review the Apocalypse. I’ll give the boring details. Joy has had some life issues. I’ve had job issues. Regardless of the issues we’ve had, we’re back!

As you can see by the title, we’re going to take a trip down the Moscow Metro. In our minds, that is. And it’s a very dark trip down the Metro. So, let’s set the scene for this book, shall we? Metro 2033 was written by Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was started as a bit of an online experiment in 2002, and the book was originally for free. Well, if you understood Russian Cyrillic, that is.

However, let’s not go into those semantics. It took a video game from 4A Studios in the Ukraine to get an official copy in English. Which, on a side note, is very good. Albeit, the game is graphics heavy. The video game helped out, tremendously. But, there are going to be fundamental differences. And for all intents and purposes, this is a book review site.

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Beautiful. By Sarah Dawson Powell.

Posted: December 10, 2015 by Joy Dawson in Our Families and Friends


Usually I open my reviews with words from the book itself, but this month I’m going to do something a little different.  You see something there in the author name.  We share a name, we also shared a childhood, and parents.  In fact Sarah Dawson Powell is my eldest sibling and my only sister.   That being said, have me and her always gotten along?  Hell no!  We are two very different people, she was a girly girl and a princess always cared about what she looked like, and what people thought of her.  I was a tomboy who got down in the dirt.  We fought, we yelled, we even got in knock you down, drag it out fights over some of the stupidest shit you could ever imagine.    But, even through all that, even when we didn’t agree on what our bedroom should look like, and even with five years in age between me and her.

We always had each other’s backs, she defended me against tormentors and I was there for her when she needed someone who wasn’t our mom to talk to.  Were we best friends no, and even now as adults I know we don’t always agree with things we each other do.  But, since day one 4 years ago, when she came to me and told me she was writing a book, I was excited for her, I wanted to know everything she was willing to tell me.  And then some.  I was one of her earliest test readers, and was introduced to Sadie all those years ago.  And here I am now, proud to say my sister is now a published writer, and now here I am writing a review for a book that’s been in the works for 4 years.  Congratulations Sarah, you got there before me, and I am so so very proud of you for doing so.  I love you, and I can’t wait to see what you bring us next.

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Grayland By Maddie Delange

Posted: November 13, 2015 by Joy Dawson in Personal Hell

GraylandAfter the loss of her sister, Marina Magaña is lost in a world with out color.  Struggling in her day to day life just to exists, with a dead end job, and no future prospects, her world is falling apart around her.

Marina is a character I got very attached to very quickly, I could feel her pain that burns so deeply.  The character development and build was absolutely amazing, heartbreaking and riveting  From page one I was sucked into Marina’s world, into her pain and loss into her absolute desolation.

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The Orphans; Origins Vol 1 By Mike Evans.

Posted: November 11, 2015 by Joy Dawson in Zombie Apocalypse

51aqNr3VziL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_It isn’t often you get to see the Origins of what makes a hero.  In the first book of Mike Evan’s The Orphans Series we’re introduced to some characters that have a long way to go, to become the hero’s the world needs.  Shaun is a teenage boy, just starting in high school, with his best friend and girl he loves Ellie.  He doesn’t get along well with his father but hopes that soon he and Ellie will be happy together and he can maybe forget his feelings of abandonment he feels towards his father.   Then everything changes, and Shaun feels like his world is coming to an end, but this is just the beginning.

I have to say, this book is fast passed and a blast to read.  The character’s are likable and well developed, the backstory is well told and gives you a feel for why the characters are the way they are.  They’re not thrown at you in a this is how it is, like it or lump it way.  Shaun dosn’t just hate his dad because that’s the cool thing for teenagers to do, he has a legit, solid and very painful reason for hating his father.  I loved how fast paced this book was, and that it didn’t get overly wordy on the scientific points, describing how and why the virus came to be.    I felt joy and tears for this small cast of characters.

The story is well rounded and dosn’t just drop you into the apocalypse and leave you asking questions,  The Orphans is a story that runs into a slow build at a high rate of speed.  There is a bit of time jumping back to the past, but its all very important and gives you an idea of why what eventually happens does just that.  And if you pay close attention you will see how The virus goes world wide.

All in all this was a great, fast paced book and I definitly can not wait to read book 2 and 3 and whatever else comes up next in this series.


The Orphans; Origins Vol 1 by Mike Evans can be found here On Amazon.


Mike Evans lives in Iowa with his wife and children.

Insanity 2: Figment by Cameron Jace

Posted: January 5, 2015 by Joy Dawson in Reimagined Classics


The Madness Continues……

After her first encounter with the Cheshire Cat, Alice wonder is more confused then ever about who she is, and where she belongs, or even where she came from.  She’s not quite sure if her adventure with Professor Pillar was real or just a figment of her imagination.   But,  When kids all over the city start loosing there heads and having them placed inside of watermelons, Alice must head out with Professor Pillar yet again and try to stop the death of millions.

When Jack Diamonds returns in an attempt to help Alice,  Alice finds that this time she must know who he really is and maybe…just maybe who she is.

This is a fast paced, page turner it definitely grabs the readers attention and pulls them along on this wild and crazy ride through the newly imagined Alice, and all of her cohorts.   Alice must struggle with her own Sanity as she races against the clock in a mad rush to find and stop the mad man killer

This book ddefinitivelyasks more questions that will bring this reader back for the third book craving answers to everything.  I know I for one will be one of those readers.   The Characters are wholly likable and fun and well imagined by author Cameron Jace.  This is an adventure that crosses into the world of fantasy, and insanity.  This book will make you stop, and think as you race along with Alice to find all the answers before it is far to late.

You can find Insanity 2: Figment Here

As well as Insanity: Mad in Wonderland Here

Cameron Jace is bestselling author of the Grimm Diaries and Insanity series. A graduate of the college of Architecture, collector of out-of-print books, and obsessed with the origins of folk tales and the mysterious storytellers who spread them. Three of his books made Amazon’s Top 100 Customer Favorites in Kindle 2013 & Amazon’s Top 100 kindle list. Cameron lives in California with his girlfriend. When he isn’t writing or collecting books, he is playing music.