Thursday, December 27, 2012

Books, books and more books by Shannon McRoberts

Shannon McRoberts is touring with a wonderful list of books as the old year ends and the new year begins, so here are my reviews of two of her books, and links to others for your reading pleasure...

But first, let me introduce the author:



Shannon McRoberts was born in Kentucky and currently resides there with her family. She began writing novellas late in her career after fulfilling a college dream of publishing her poetry book.

When not writing or working at her day job she enjoys creating fantasy art in Poser; this helps spur on her writing about fantasy worlds. Shannon is also an avid reader enjoying many books that feature strong female leads. It comes as no surprise that when she writes that her characters are also strong female leads

Shannon’s books are not long at all as she feels that something should be left up to the reader; no you don’t really need to know that the walls were blue on the fourth floor to enjoy a story!

If she has any spare time Shannon enjoys playing things like World of Warcraft, Elder Scroll games, Guild Wars, Rift, and Second Life. However, she often doesn’t have any spare time between work, family, and her art/writing hobbies.


I know that "lack-of-spare-time" feeling. I used to dream of playing some of those computer games, but instead the kids played them and I looked on in wonder. Still, like Shannon, I'm writing now, and thankfully reading too.

I've read two of Shannon McRoberts' books recently:

The Secret of Genetic Corp X is set in a slightly futuristic world where rules have been adopted for the regulation of clones, but cloning’s still restricted to tissues and organs. With nicely topical connections to the esoteric science of cloning and the practicalities of Alzheimer's research, the story certainly starts from an interesting premise. Meanwhile the super-intelligent Zarra makes an pleasing main character as she wakes from a coma and searches among supposed friends and family for her lost memories. The story’s short and the telling’s fast, especially in exciting action scenes, while slowly detailed dialog conveys all the necessary information to build a background where mysteries abound. A Blade-Runner feel strengthens this quick novel, and some pleasing twists keep the reader engaged as the inevitable conclusion approaches. An enjoyable and nicely thought-provoking read.


 Athine Verses, the beginning, is a very different tale blending multiple myths and histories as gods and demigods (and godesses) with magical powers learn that sometimes the quiet can change the world more than the wielders of thunder--and sometimes the quiet wield the thunder. Nicely imagined and well-drawn from a wealth of cultures, there's lots of background given and a world worthy of many computer games, or many books--and it is, indeed, the beginning of an intriguing series.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received these books for review from First Rule Publicity from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
 

With poetry, mythological fantasy, hard science fiction and more, Shannon McRoberts is definitely one of those writers who crosses, combines and switches genres. For more stops on her tour, and links to more books go to http://www.firstrulepublicity.com/current-tours/shannon-mcroberts-tour/, and enjoy!

Thank you First Rule Publicity for letting me take part in this tour.


2 comments:

Obsidian Poet said...

Thank you for having me here on your wonderful site Sheila!

Sheila Deeth said...

Delighted to host you!