Review of the week – The Pure

That loud breathy sound you hear is me letting out a huge sigh of relief!

I love The Takers because it’s the first book and it started Oz on his journey, but it in a lot of ways, getting a great review for the follow-up books makes me feel much better.  You never know if you’re going to piss off your readers and lose them for good.    This one is for the third book in the series, The Pure.

4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the Oz Chronicles so far, March 31, 2009
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This review is from: The Pure: Book Three of the Oz Chronicles (Paperback)

I didn’t think Ridley would top THE TAKERS because the first book of the Oz Chronicles is so wonderful, but I must say THE PURE is my favorite so far. Most of the action concerning Oz takes place in the mind, and even the struggles of the other characters are emotional more than physical (though there is plenty of action to keep teen readers turning pages). I’m a sucker for redemption stories, and THE PURE certainly is that. I hope Ridley keeps going with this theme in future installments. My only real disappointment was finding out the Oz Chronicles is not a trilogy, which I didn’t realize until I encountered the cliffhanger on the last page! Then again, it’s good to know there’s more to come.

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The New Délon City Kindle Cover Image (Vote)

I’ve never been thrilled with the cover for Délon City, so I’ve decided to use a different one for the Kindle version.  If it goes over well, I’ll change it for the print version as well.  What do you think?

A New Cover for Délon City?

Cast your vote!

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Review of the Week – The Takers

Review of the week belongs to The Takers!

This one is really cool.  The book reached a young man who normally doesn’t read.  Gotta love it!

5.0 out of 5 stars First time son has requested a sequel to anything!, August 24, 2010
By Susan L (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Takers (Oz Chronicles, Book 1) (Volume 1) (Paperback)

I bought this book for my son to take on 12 hour airline trip. He’s not a reader – has learning disabilities that impact his reading and typically reads only what’s required for school and then reluctantly. I assumed it would come home unread, but thought I should send him with something in case the audio/video on the plane malfunctioned. I read the first page or two aloud to him while he was packing his carry-on bag just to get him interested.

When he got home he asked me if there were any more books in this series. When I told him yes he asked if I could get them for him! He went on to describe the plot, charaters and ending to me. I was amazed. He read a book! He liked it!

I haven’t read the book, but based on his response I’d recommend this book to any parent who is looking for something that a teenage boy will read and enjoy – even those who don’t like to read and aren’t particularly interested in books.

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Review of the Week – August 17, 2010

The review is in....

Sweet, the first Amazon review for The Land of the Dead has been posted, and thankfully, it’s five stars. I know it shouldn’t matter, but boy does it feel good! Here’s the review.

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, when’s the next one coming out?, August 13, 2010
By Mercedes (Colorado, USA) – See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Land of the Dead: Book Four of the Oz Chronicles (Paperback)

This is the 4th book in the Oz Chronicles series. Like the other books in the series it was a page turning horror fest. Let me first say, you must read the other books before reading this one, otherwise it’s like sitting down in the middle of a movie and you have no idea what’s happened.

Oz, Lou, Wes, Gordy, Tyrone, Kimball, and the apes are looking for the next clue to the end of the world. Oz must travel to the Land of the Dead. However, he’s no idea how to get there. After being chased by a new creature they crew ends up at the Biltmore Mansion. Here they’ll find the Land of the Dead and a cannibal ghost. After entering the mansion they’ll soon discover they have nine days to survive. In these nine days they’ll have to overcome their need to feed……..on each other. However, not everyone wants to eat each other. The new additions to the story, the Throwaways and oddly Lou, are immune to the hunger. Why they are immune is the question.

Some character’s immunity to the hunger and the dawning of love on Oz give the story a nice twist. My only complaint about this book is it’s been too long since I read the prior three books and struggled with getting up to speed. So my complaint is I wish it would have come out a lot sooner. I am looking forward to starting the series from the start and reading through this book again. This world created by the retarded children is brilliant and oh so twisted. I recommend this book and series to adults and teens alike, it’s great. Keep em coming Ridley, but sooner please.

Remember, feel free to post a review on Amazon if you enjoyed any of my books.  If you hated my books, forget that reviewing them is an option immediately!

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Review of the Week – August 9, 2010

I’ve decided to be completely self-indulgent and do a review of the week for one of my books.  Most of them will come from Amazon, but from time to time, I’ll pull from other sources as well.  Here’s one that just came in for Book Two of the Oz Chronicles, Délon City.

5.0 out of 5 stars

The Delons make the Takers seem nice. They are an insect race, and I suspect the author did some research on insects. One of the Delons, a skinner eats the skin of it’s living human victims then lays eggs inside them which soon hatch, but somehow keep the victim alive for the next few days as they eat the human from the inside out saving the vital organs for last. As far as I’m concerned that was worth the price of the book. Our hero is trapped in an insane asylum for the second book and is remembering all this through hypnotism. My only concern is he seems to get farther and farther from reality, and it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s hallucination. The third book brings no conclusion to the story, so one hopes the author will bring things to a satisfactory end.

By J. Holt “redbiker” (ALBUQUERQUE, NM United States) – See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)

It’s a great review, but it does tell me that I’ve got to do a better job of getting the word out about Book Four.  It’s out and ready to read.

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Matt Damon Rides the Bus with Oz

Manicure: $20.00. Bus Fare: $2.00. Choice of reading material: Priceless

Matt Damon steps off the bus with some reading material, The Land of the Dead.  The bus driver made him get off when he cried like a baby when he read the sad part that I can’t tell you about because it’s a major spoiler. (Can you say run on sentence?)

I can tell you that as I was photoshopping this image… I mean examining this image I noticed that Matt does get manicures.

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Jennefer Love Hewitt Loves Her Some Oz Chronicles

Jennifer Loves Oz Hewitt

J-Love plants a kiss on her copy of The Land of the Dead at a recent party she threw to celebrate owning a copy of The Land of the Dead.  They’ll celebrate anything in Hollywood.  I couldn’t make it because I couldn’t find a picture of me in a suit to Photoshop in.

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Book Four of the Oz Chronicles and the Papalback Reader

The Pope and Oz - I may be going to hell for this one.

The Holy Father enjoying a good book (but not “The” Good Book).  As they said on MASH once, “You can fool some of the Papal all of the time, and all of the Papal some of the time, but you can not fool all of the Papal all of the time.”  I’m hoping my Photoshop skills will get me into heaven.

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Jenna Fischer Goes Wild for The Land of the Dead

The Land of the Dead Celebration Dance!

B.J. Novak surprises Jenna Fischer with Book Four of the Oz Chronicle series, The Land of the Dead, and Fischer goes wild.  Angela Kinsey helps her celebrate.  The event was to raise money for Photoshop victims.

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The Twilight – Oz Chronicles Connection

Looks like Kristen's gone from sparkling vampires to creepy old cannibals.

I hope you had an awesome July 4!  I did and then some.  Spent the day with the lovely Mia and spotted this picture of Kristen Stewart catching up on the latest edition of the Oz Chronicles, The Land of the Dead.  Oddly enough, I spotted it after I created it in Photoshop!

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