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The Last Lumenian by S.G. Blaise

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Title: The Last Lumenian
Author: S.G. Blaise
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Series: Standalone
Publisher: Lilac Grove Entertainment LLC
Publication Date: October 7, 2020

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Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis

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Title: Guardians of the Galaxy
Author: Brian Michael Bendis
Genre: Comic, Superhero, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Series: Cosmic Avengers, Volume 1
Publisher: Marvel
Publication Date: August 28, 2013

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Florence and Richard Atwater

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Title: Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Author: Florence and Richard Atwater
Genre: Fiction, Humor, Children’s

Series: Mr. Popper’s Penguins, 1
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: November 2, 1992

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A Short History of (Nearly) Everything Paranormal by Terje Simonsen

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Title: A Short History of (Nearly) Everything Paranormal
Author: Terje Simonsen
Genre: Nonfiction, Paranormal

Series: Standalone
Publisher: Watkins
Publication Date: June 9, 2020

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Timothy’s Adventures by Tanya Packer

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Title: Timothy’s Adventures
Author: Tanya Packer
Genre: Devotional, Christian, Religious, Children’s

Series: Standalone
Publisher: Westbow Press
Publication Date: April 24, 2018

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The Perfectly Fine House by Stephen Kozeniewski

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Title: The Perfectly Fine House
Author: Stephen Kozeniewski
Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Adult

Series: Standalone
Publisher: Grindhouse Press
Publication Date: March 16, 2020

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The Door to the Spirit World: Youngho and Chadori by B.K. Chu

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Title: The Door to the Spirit World
Author: B.K. Chu
Genre: Children’s

Series: Younho and Chadori, book 1
Publisher: Solkroken Media
Publication Date: November 11, 2020

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Virtue Chasm by Ashley Crookham

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Title: Virtue Chasm
Author: Ashley Crookham
Genre: Speculative Fiction, New Adult

Series: N/A
Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing
Publication Date: April 11, 2020

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The Troubled Seminarian by Neal Grey

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Title: The Troubled Seminarian
Author: Neal Grey
Genre: Historical Fiction

Series: N/A
Publisher: Neal Grey
Publication Date: November 1, 2018

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Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

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Title: Number the Stars
Author: Lois Lowry
Genre: Historical Fiction, Middle Grade

Series: N/A
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Publication Date: February 9, 1998

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Ms. Marvel: Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

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Title: Ms. Marvel: No Normal
Author: G. Willow Wilson
Genre: Comic, Superhero, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

Series: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1
Publisher: Marvel
Publication Date: October 30, 2014

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Guts by Raina Telgemeier

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Title: Guts
Author: Raina Telgemeier
Genre: Graphic Novel, Memoir, Middle Grade

Series: Smile, #3
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: September 17, 2019

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The Anatomy of Prose by Sacha Black [Book Review]

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Title: The Anatomy of Prose: 12 Steps to Sensational Sentences
Author: Sacha Black
Genre: Nonfiction, Writing Reference

Series: Better Writers (Book 7)
Publisher: Atlas Black Publishing
Publication Date: May 29, 2020

Seeing as this a nonfiction, writing craft book, my review format is a little different. There are no characters and no plot but there is a whole lot of writing style.

Within these pages, the author goes in depth on the craft of writing better sentences, thus better scenes within your novels. She discusses anything and everything from basic sentence structure, description, dialogue, word usage, and more.

The Anatomy of Prose packs a punch and has a lot of useful information without bombarding you. It’s easy to read and the author has a humorous, conversational tone. At the end of each section is a bulleted summary list of takeaways from the section allowing you to easily go back and search for something to need to look up.

If I were still in college, this would be a great textbook for a creative writing class. There are topics that you learn in elementary school, such as the meaning and use of personification, which is touched upon in this book but it goes much deeper than a dry explanation with dull examples.

This is the third book in the Better Writers series (not including the workbooks) and I think it’s the best one yet.

The Anatomy of Prose: 12 Steps to Sensational Sentences by Sacha Black

Conclusion

Informative
Easy to Comprehend
Writing Style

Overall

There’s always something new to learn when it comes to creative writing. Even looking over what you already know once in a while is useful. The Anatomy of Prose does both well.

5

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Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria by J.M. Bergen [Book Review]

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Title: Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria
Author: J.M. Bergen
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade

Series: The Elandrian Chronicles, book 2
Publisher: Elandrian Press
Publication Date: May 20, 2020

Plot

Book two takes place three months after the events of book one. Thomas and his friends seem to believe the battle is over though more dangers await them.

The plot was well done since it picks up where the previous book left off. The story was already established with new ideas put into place. This was another fun adventure.

Characters

Most of the characters were already introduced in the first book. We get to know them a little more in this one but it’s refreshing to see them again. The kids are the lot of fun to follow in this story. They’re serious when they need to be but their kid-antics and mannerisms still come out here and there and it’s realistic.

Writing Style

Even though this book is classified as middle grade, I think it’s a fun read for all ages. The writing style isn’t “too young” yet it’s not complicated for a younger audience.

Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria

Conclusion

Plot
Characters
Writing Style

Overall

Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria is a great sequel to a unique series. I’m looking forward to book three.

5

Favorite Quote

“Dying would be a terribly ineffective way to save the world.”

J.M. Bergen, Thomas Wildus and the Wizard of Sumeria

About The Author

J.M.’s debut fantasy/magic series originally started as a bedtime story for his oldest son. The story turned into a saga, and one book turned into five.

When J.M. isn’t working on the Thomas Wildus books, you can find him playing with his kids, napping, or dreaming up new adventures.

If you ever meet him and can’t think of anything to talk about, you might ask about Herman the Shark, the Kai and Eli stories, or why Riddle-Master by Patricia McKillip is his all-time favorite book. Or maybe, just maybe, you’ll have questions and stories of your own (if you do, he’ll think that’s far more interesting).

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