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review 2018-12-11 22:32
Book Review of The Lore of Prometheus by Graham Austin-King
The Lore of Prometheus - Graham Austin-King

John Carver has three rules: Don't drink in the daytime, don't gamble when the luck has gone, and don't talk to the dead people who come to visit.


It has been almost five years since the incident in Kabul. Since the magic stirred within him and the stories began. Fleeing the army, running from the whispers, the guilt, and the fear he was losing his mind, Carver fell into addiction, dragging himself through life one day at a time.


Desperation has pulled him back to Afghanistan, back to the heat, the dust, and the truth he worked so hard to avoid. But there are others, obsessed with power and forbidden magics, who will stop at nothing to learn the truth of his gifts. Abducted and chained, Carver must break more than his own rules if he is to harness this power and survive.


Review 4.5 rounded up to 5*


This story is a fantastic mix of action, danger and magic. I loved it!


John Carver is an ex-soldier and war veteran. I liked this man a lot. He's someone you want watching your back, but he's seen and done things most civilians don't experience. He's faced danger and sacrificed much to protect others. When his squad was killed in Kabul five years before, his life changed forever. Some call it PTSD, others call it crazy, but John's also known to some as The Miracle of Kabul. To find out why you'll need to read the book. In dire need of funds, he finds himself headed back to Afghanistan as a security consultant. But things are not so simple, and as danger threatens, he will have to embrace his inner power once more.


Mackenzie Cartwright is a nurse working in Kabul, kidnapped while heading home after a shift at the local hospital. I liked her a lot too. She has an inner strength that shines through, even when dealing with her capture and subsequent torture.


This story is not for the faint-hearted and told through John's and Mackenzie's point of view. I was riveted to the story from the first page and didn't put it down until I finished it. Having read Faithless in 2017, I was expecting a dark, atmospheric tale, and that's what I got, though it was a little less claustrophobic since its set in a desert rather than an underground mine. I could tell a lot of research had gone into the writing of this book, from the military-speak to the weapons used, and everything in between. None of the violence is gratuitous in any way; it only enhances the realistic feel to the story.

Both John and Mackenzie go through hell, so there's little wonder their psyche becomes fractured. I think it was Lewis Caroll, who's character, The Cheshire Cat, said (and I'm paraphrasing here), "We're all a little insane here." What is reality? What is normal? The author explores this concept and adds a twist to it. We know only a fraction of what the brain is capable of, so who's to say that there's no potential for our minds to evolve to use capabilities such as ESP, telekinesis and other paranormal activity. It would be interesting to find out. But it could be several decades, if not a few hundred years before the human mind is understood enough to know if these powers are latent within everyone. Or if it's our perception of the world around us that creates our reality. I find it intriguing.


There is a lot of action, particularly towards the middle and end of the book, that had me sitting on the edge of my seat. By the time I reached the end of the book, I felt breathless and was left wanting more. I don't know if the author intends to turn this into a series, but I would be interested to see what John and Mackenzie are capable of together in the future.


Graham Austin-King has written an exciting, dark military fiction novel that kept me turning the pages. This book is superb! I think that this book is a lot stronger than The Riven Wyrde Saga and shows this author's growth in confidence as a writer. I love his fast-paced writing style, and the story flowed wonderfully from beginning to end. The characters came alive on the page and felt remarkably lifelike.


Although there is mention of sex, it’s not explicitly shown. Nevertheless, I do not recommend this book to young children or those of a nervous disposition, as there are scenes of violence and gore (battle scenes amongst others) that could be very disturbing to some readers. However, I highly recommend this book to older teens and adults alike if you love dark thrillers, military fiction, and/or paranormal fantasy stories that have an X-Men feel to them. - Lynn Worton

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text 2018-10-01 19:50
Day 1 Books In The Freezer Readathon!
Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus - Mary Shelley

Starting with some Frankenstein. I am also listening to the Frakenstein soundtrack. It really sets the mood! Books in the Freezer is a podcast celebrating their 1 year anniversary.


A podcast discussing the deliciously disturbing world of horror fiction!


Owners of podcast (from their website)

Stephanie lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, son, Beagle and cat. When she’s not working on the podcast, she makes YouTube videos, and watches horror movies (as research for the podcast of course!)


Rachel lives in Canada with her husband and hedgehog, Vegeta. She makes YouTube videos on her channel TheShadesofOrange where she reviews horror, thrillers, and sci-fi books.




Books In The Freezer Readathon - Oct 1-15th


  1. Read a horror book by a female author

[Frankenstein by Mary Shelley]


  1. Read a horror anthology or short story collection

[Ordinary Souls by J.S. Bailey]


  1. Read a horror book featuring or by an POC or LGBTQ+ person

[Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde]


  1. Read a horror book that has a movie adaptation

[The Women in Black by Susan Hill]


  1. Read a book we’ve recommended on the podcast

[The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson]

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review 2018-03-15 22:01
Review: Pride and Prometheus
Pride and Prometheus - John Kessel

The first half of this is a lot of fun. Mary really gets a poor treatment in P&P, so I enjoyed getting to see her in a story all her own. But the last half was lacking, and overall, this felt like a pointless excursion with nothing to say trading solely on a cute concept executed in unremarkable prose. Every time it seemed like this might be going somewhere, it snapped back into the familiar shapes of it's source material with no added wit, depth, or delight not lifted directly from them.


And then, while I was still thinking about what was so unsatisfactory about this book, I read the male glance and now I can't disconnect the two. I cannot help but wonder how reviewers would respond to this same book written by a woman. I cannot help but wish I'd read the version of this written by a woman, because it would have had to be so much smarter than this to make it through the publishing world. 


Meanwhile, this is adequate for a jaunt down familiar streets, I suppose. But for that, it's less time and money to read the short story that this novel originated from.

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review 2017-11-15 04:30
Rezension | Frankenstein von Mary Shelley
Frankenstein: oder Der moderne Prometheus. Roman - Mary Shelley,Georg Klein,Alexander Pechmann



Nach jahrelangen Experimenten ist es Victor Frankenstein gelungen aus Materie einen künstlichen Menschen zu erschaffen. Doch als er sein Wesen erblickt und die Monstrosität dessen bemerkt, überlässt er das Ergebnis seiner Forschungen seinem eigenen Schicksal.


Während Victor Frankenstein sein Leben weiter lebt, lernt sein Monster nach und nach die Sprache, Bräuche und Umgangsformen der Menschen kennen. Auf der Suche nach Freundschaft und Akzeptanz stößt das Monster jedoch auf Abneigung, Hass und Wut. Aus seiner Verzweiflung heraus beschließt das monströse Wesen seinen Schöpfer ausfindig zu machen und an dessen Familie Rache zu nehmen.


Meine Meinung


"Worin, fragte ich mich häufig, besteht die Grundlage des Lebens? Es war eine verwegene Frage und eine, die man seit jeher für ein unlösbares Rätsel gehalten hat." (Frankenstein, Seite 70)


Mary Shelleys Klassiker der Schauerliteratur „Frankenstein“ wurde vom Manesse Verlag in der Urfassung aus dem Jahre 1818 neu aufgelegt (weitere Titel der Manesse Bibliothek findet ihr hier). Über das optische Erscheinungsbild mit dem knallig pinken Cover lässt sich streiten, schlussendlich ist es eine reine Geschmacksfrage. Mir persönlich gefällt es eigentlich ganz gut, da es ein wunderbare Eyecatcher ist und in der Buchhandlung bestimmt viele Blicke auf sich zieht! Das kleine handliche Format sowie das Vorlegeblatt im modernen Design und die Fadenbindung machen einen hochwertigen Eindruck.


Die Faszination die der Mythos Frankenstein und die Erschaffung eines menschenähnlichen Wesens mit künstlicher Intelligenz auf uns ausübt ist ungebrochen. Zudem scheint die Geschichte bis heute nichts an Aktualität eingebüßt zu haben. In Zeiten von Genmanipulation stellt sich erneut die Frage wie weit der Mensch durch sein Wissen und seine Forschung in die Evolution eingreifen darf, welche moralischen Aspekte dies mit sich bringt und welche Verantwortungen daraus erwachsen.


"Der Anblick des Kollosallen und Majestätischen in der Natur konnte mich freilich schon immer in feierliche Stimmung versetzen und ließ mich die vergänglichen Sorgen des Lebens vergessen." (Frankenstein, Seite 157)


Mary Shelley weist in ihrem Vorwort selbst darauf hin, dass ihr Roman „Frankenstein“ ein Schauerroman bwz. Gruselroman darstellen soll. Auch wenn sich für den heutigen Leser die gruseligen Momente nicht so recht erschließen, dürfte das Werk zu seiner Zeit durchaus für Schrecken gesorgt haben.


"Die genaueste Beschreibung meines abstoßenden, schauderhaften Äußeren findet sich hier, in einer Sprache, die dein eigenes Grauen schildert und meines unauslöschlich machte." (Frankenstein, Seite 219)


Besonders beeindruckt hat mich Mary Shelleys Erzählstil. Zu Beginn und Ende wird die Geschichte von dem Polarforscher Walton erzählt, der an seine Schwester schreibt und ihr berichtet wie er Victor Frankenstein von einer Eisscholle gerettet hat. Dies bildet einen einzigartigen Rahmen der zur eigentlichen Geschichte genügend Abstand aufbaut um aus einer anderen Perspektive auf die Ereignisse zu blicken. In einer weiteren Erzählebene berichtet Victor Frankenstein von seinem Schicksal welches durch den Einblick in die Perpektive des Monsters ergänzt wird. Für mich übte Mary Shelleys Roman gerade durch diese verschiedenen moralischen Blickwinkel eine ganz besondere Anziehungskraft aus.




Die Sprache und Erzählkunst von Mary Shelley haben einen zeitlosen Klassiker erschaffen.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-frankenstein-oder-der-moderne-prometheus-von-mary-shelley
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review 2017-04-02 00:00
The New Prometheus
The New Prometheus - Andrew Dobell The New Prometheus - Andrew Dobell The New Prometheus is an okay read. Nothing to write home about but a decent piece of futuristic action story. The core setting is perhaps a bit overused nowadays. Evil mega corporations are more or less controlling society and the governments are little more than puppets in the hands of the corporations. Not that original. There are a few twists that makes the story a bit more interesting though.

The corporations in question deal in cybernetics and they do not only control by means of political power but they literally control people by means of cybernetic implants. Apparently few people have avoided getting these implants even though they are not really forced upon them. The main character, Frankie, is one of those people that has managed to avoid implants … until now.

The rest of the book is a fairly action filled roller coaster ride with a log of world building, rescue operations, disposing of corporation agents in various more or less messy ways and in particular our setting up our heroin and what I assume will be her team of good guys. The corporations have absolute zero respect for anything resembling law and order, of course, and pretty much fields there own armed forces who do not hesitate to start firefights (with heavy weapons) in the middle of a city. Can you say collateral damage?

I think it is a decent enough book. Not fantastic but good enough for me to be interested in the next one. The book does not really have that much of a conclusion other that it is start to hit back at the corporations. There is an interesting little twist happening on the last page though.
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