Well-Read Beard is another reviewer who does YouTube reviews, similar to Jason White who also reviewedArmageddon House not long ago.
If you’d asked me a year ago, do I want to read book reviews or watch them on YouTube, I would’ve said I’d rather read them. Having said that, I now find that I enjoy watching and listening to a reviewer show and talk about a book in their own voice. I’m sold on this format for a review, and not just because Well-Read Beard and Jason White both said nice things about the book!
Because it’s a video review, you should probably just watch it rather than reading me talking about it. My thanks to Well-Read Beard!
Des Lewis is doing one of his always-enjoyable Real-Time Reviews of the book. If you haven’t seen these before, Des posts regularly as he reads through the book, often posting once per story or per chapter. He just started Armageddon House two days ago, so I look forward to seeing this unfold.
I’ve also seen lots of comments here and there around the internet, so lots of people reading it and commenting informally, which is fantastic. Further, I’ve heard from several people who are preparing to give the book some attention, one way or another, so my hope is that the momentum will continue to build!
If I’ve missed any reviews, let me know. My thanks to everyone who has given Armageddon House their attention, especially those who have taken the time to help spread the word.
Publishers Weekly just came out with their review of The Human Alchemy, and they seem to think you ought to buy it and read it.
Here’s a little snippet of the review:
Griffin (The Lure of Devouring Light) creates characters who have experienced deeply personal losses that make their quests to rise above circumstances seem a poignant effort to deny that “everything and everyone… might vanish before its time.” His stories are fantastical and horrific, and their outcomes are refreshingly unpredictable.
Check out this nice, lengthy review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone, which gets into the weird, disorienting atmosphere of the book. There’s a print review on his blog and a video review as well, with some overlap between the two.
Shane Douglas Keene’s new review of Hieroglyphs of Blood and Bone just appeared on Horrortalk.com. The review is a great one, and begins:
I had my first experience with Michael Griffin’s words last summer when I read his collection of novellas and short stories, The Lure of Devouring Light. It made an instant fan of me and I was something approaching ecstatic when I found out his newest work, Hieroglyphs of Blood & Bone, from Trepidatio Publishing, was headed to my mailbox. Griffin has a uniquely captivating style and a voice all his own, and every story he writes is different from the last. Even when taking on familiar themes, he approaches his subject in a singularly original way, making the familiar seem new and the new seem somehow familiar.
My thanks to Shane and to HorrorTalk.com for the boost.