Thursday, November 07, 2013

Murder, Mayhem, and a Mighty Good Review

Tomorrow, I make my way inland to that mythical land of beer, cheese, and motorcycles: Wisconsin. Why, you ask? To which I reply, BEER, CHEESE, AND MOTORCYCLES. But also, the sheer bookworld joy that is Murder and Mayhem in Muskego. It's one of the best events going, and the talent it draws (with the possible exception of yours truly) is first-rate. If it isn't already on your calendar, it ought to be.

But before I go, allow me to share a few words on THE BIG REAP, courtesy of Scott Montgomery (click through to read the rest of the review):
Holm has amazing skill when it comes to emotion and theme. The book’s meaning creeps up on the reader, without one fully grasping it until the last sentence. The emotions build as Sam’s well earned cynicism gives way to a slight sense of hope, if not trust. To Holm, even Heaven and Hell aren’t black and white. 
I’d love to delve more into THE BIG REAP, but what is so good about it is tied to its impacting reveals that serve as more than just plot twists. Holm weaves the ideas he wants to explore with his story like a master craftsman. He uses the subtext of hard boiled novels, making the text through urban fantasy a starting point to venture in less charted territory.
Scott's review is the kind that reminds me why I started writing in the first place. Thanks a million, man.