Interview with Davide Cuccia

Originally posted on JRBarker101:

David Cuccia Illustrator of: There’s A Crazy Dog Under the Palace, mythology, Ferrum and Dark Of The Sun

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m 56 years old, married for 33 years and I’m basically a raccoon trapped inside of a man’s body…or at least that’s what I’ve told my wife all of these years!

That only means I have a sense of playfulness that I try to bring out in my work!

When a young child asked me one day what I did for a living, I told him I make something out of nothing…which is basically what every artist does.

You’re looking at the world with a different set of eyes than most people, and it’s that different vision and the way you translate it for others, that makes it so intriguing.

When did you start drawing?

I’ve been drawing since the age of 6…I can clearly remember sitting down with the

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Play Judge a Book with Clone 3!

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   Hi Folks,

Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover! Today we have Patti Larson’s Clone 3 .

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below! If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on thursday and on monday.

Next week  I will post the cover for Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

 

The Whale Whisperer’s of Ensorclea gets Four Cups of Tea!

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This was one of those books that took you on a journey. Before I knew it I was half way through.
I was introduced to a whole new world with ease and skill. Ed Drury is very rare in that he is able to create a believable world, people and history without info dumping.

The world felt so real it left me feeling that I could visit it and I feel slightly disappointed that I can’t.
The story follows two races; one a peace loving tribe, who commune with their ‘ancestors’ and live from what nature provides, the other a sprawling and materialistic empire that is now slowly sinking into decay.

When internal struggles and a quiet war strikes the empire the two worlds collide.

In an interesting twist it is the empire that has to seek help from tribesman, but can the two worlds integrate or see eye to eye?
There are many rumblings and struggles in this book that are very subtle yet very compelling.
I look forward to reading more and learning more about the tribesmen, specifically Tsabai and Rawrk.

I Award this book Four Cups of Tea

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Page Roulette! Meet J.R. Barker and her frogs!

J.R.Barker:

The pages of The Frog Prince have been spun and I got 24!

Originally posted on AUTHOR JENNIFER LOISKE:

It’s hot, sunny day here in Finland so what better way to cool than dive into the refreshing pond with this cute frog by J.R. Barker! The Page Roulette has spun again and the page is…drum rolls…page 24 from The Adventures of the Frog Prince!

Frog cover IanThen he realised, he hadn’t concealed himself! He was standing in plain view in the middle of the doorway!

He had been staring so intently at the Queen willing her to further incriminate herself that he had forgotten to hide.

He looked up at the Princess; a look of curiosity had replaced her normal absent look.

Princess Adelaide was looking directly at him, but unlike a normal Princess she didn’t scream.

As the Queen continued wittering on, unaware of her daughters staring match with a frog, the Princess appeared to reach for something behind her, never taking her eyes off him.

He suspected that the…

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Play Judge a Book with The Whale Whisperer’s of Ensorclea!

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Hi Folks,

Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover!

Today we have Ed Drury’s The Whale Whisperer’s .

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below!

If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on thursday and on monday.

Next week  I will post the cover for Clone 3 by Patti Larson.

Smoke and Magic Wins a Golden Biscuit Award!

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Set in Victorian London Smoke and Magic follows Auberdeen Hayle, an ancestor of Sydlyn Hayle, and a powerful young witch in her own right.

Auberdeen has been sent to stay with a good friend of her mother’s whilst the family coven undergoes a tricky take over.

Auberdeen is under strict instructions to stay out of trouble and to comply with her hosts wishes.  Even if that does mean wearing the worlds most uncomfortable dresses, mingling in a strange society, or not even being able to use her magic in the house.

But despite Auberdeen’s best efforts her vivacious nature and thirst for adventure get her entangled in the plight of a complete stranger.

The plight, it turns out, is linked closer to home and as she travels deeper into this new world her mother’s best friend and family begins baying for Auberdeen’s blood.

Patti yet again had me routing for this strong female character as she rebelled against societies expectations, and her mother’s own wishes, to stay true to herself and to fight the good cause.

This story ended on a cliffhanger that left me wanting to reach for the next book immediately.

I award this book Five Cups of Tea

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Play Judge a Book with Smoke and Magic!

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Hi Folks,

Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover!

Today we have Smoke and Magic by Patti Larson.

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below!

If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on thursday and on monday.

Next week  I will post the cover for Ed Drury’s The Whale Whisperer’s of Ensorclea

The Collapsium Gets 4 Cups of Tea

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The first half was a bit of a merry go-round of a story.  It seemed to go round in circles going nowhere.

Problem occurs, help sought, problem fixed.

The problem- the Collapsium, a highly dangerous project that will put a ring of crystals, composed of tiny black holes, around the sun that would increase the efficiency of transferring data and people.

The Collapsium comes into danger of falling into the sun a handful of times, and seems to be fixed by ideas that come from the brain of one Bruno de Towaji.

Sounds exciting, but it’s not. He fixes it largely by staring into space, grumbling a bit, making a fool of himself at parties, and then coming up with a brilliant this’ll fix it speech before disappearing off to his own little planet to work.

That’s the first half of the book, poss more.

If you can get beyond that that’s where things get good.

The Collapsium’s problems are not an accident at all, but and act of malicious intent, but who could possibly benefit from destroying the Queendom and everything in it?

Well, those would be called spoilers.

There are some intriguing little concepts in this book, such as the fax machine, that can make anything you want, from food to clothes, and as an added benefit it can transport you to other fax machines across the Queendom. Not only this but you can clone yourself and program those clones, or even save copies.  Thus death has been eradicated.

If I were judging this book on the first half I’d give it a two, maybe a three, cups of tea.

Taking the second half into account I’d give it a 4, which is cemented in place by the list of terms and descriptions of how plausible each of the seemingly impossible sounding technologies actually are.

There were a few interesting characters, and you get to see a hear LOT about the high society, but the everyday is only vaguely mentioned here and there. I wonder what a world of immortals would be like.  Alas, you never find out.

I award this a wavering four cups of tea.

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Judge a Book by its Cover- The Collapsium

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Hi Folks,

Welcome to the next instalment of Judge a book by its Cover!

Today we have The Collapsium by Wil McCarthy.

This is not the cover I had for my copy, but it’s the one Amazon provided.

The Rules

All you have to do is guess what the story is about by looking at the cover and leave a comment below!

If you have already read the book you may still join in by posting a review, or with an opinion of what you think the cover says about the book, just please NO SPOILERS!

The review will be posted on thursday and on monday.

Next week  I will post the cover for Smoke and Magic by Patti Larson.

 

Falling into words

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Image © J.R.Barker 2014

Don’t you love it when you’re so into a book you just fall into the words, when you stop reading and find yourself in a film in your own imagination?

I have to admit it doesn’t happen to me as much as it used to. Probably because I usually feel I should be doing something else.

I’m currently reading Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and today I fell into words.

What books have come to life for you?

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