Appendix R: Authors for the Mind and Soul

While, I don’t necessarily consider myself part of the Superversive movement, I admire its goals, and have some reading suggestions. Some of these are recent, and some will be older works. This list is going to be by author, with a few suggestions from each author. I hope to do a few other installments perhaps, featuring film, boardgames, perhaps music. This installment will include fiction, poetry, philosophy, and theology.

For now, I’m going to call these lists Appendix R. I don’t pretend this will be as stirring as Appendix N, but we don’t need that right now, though if you want to get something like that there’s the Superversive recommended list HERE. We need a start though.  A place to begin Restoration.

GK Chesterton: Father Brown mysteries, Ballad of the White Horse, The Poet and the Lunatics, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, Orthodoxy

Jon Mollison: Sudden Rescue, Adventure Constant, Space Princess

Edgar Rice Burroughs: John Carter of Mars series

Alexander Dumas: The Three Musketeers, The Black Tulip The Count of Monte Cristo

Christina Rosetti: The Goblin Market

Josef Pieper: Liesure, the Basis of Culture; Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power; Only the Lover Sings

John C. Wright: Iron Chamber of Memory; Moth and Cobweb series

Ivan Throne: The Nine Laws

Louisa May Alcott: Little Women, Little Men, Jo’s Boys

C. S. Lewis: The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, Reflections on the Psalms, Mere Christianity

Some will note that the philosophy of Mr. Pieper and Mr. Throne are vastly different. In some ways, this is true, but in others, they focus on very different aspects of life. Mr. Pieper’s work is about things that are or have been sacred, and that relationship. Mr. Throne, on the other hand, teaches about viewing the secular world as inherently hostile, and how to act in relation to that.

And yes, there are other authors and books that would work for this. I’m keeping it to 10 for simplicity. I do not wish to overwhelm, and I have other media I’ll talk about later.

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Students of the Roanoke Academy

The long-awaited main book trailer for the fourth book in L.Jagi Lamplighter’s excellent Books of Unexpected Enlightenment series is now unveiled. Please enjoy and share around as much as possible.

When otherworldly forces conspire against those she loves, Rachel Griffin must face her most desperate hour.

This on top of winter fairies, lost friends, undeniably attractive older boys, and, oh, a rampaging ogre.

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Review: Monster Hunter Files

If you don’t know Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International series, this would be a place to start.Monster Hunter Files is an anthology written (mostly) by the best fantasy authors in the business

“Thistle” by Larry Correia
Owen and his team take on a new kind of monster in Arizona — It starts as your average, straightforward, monster-killing story. Then Larry does a twist at the end of this one that makes Rod Serling proud. I didn’t see it coming, but I should have.  5/5

“Small Problems” by Jim Butcher
MHI’s new janitor has to deal with some small problems — It’s Jim Butcher. Do I have to say this one was awesome?  It’s like he hasn’t recovered from all of his Roman legion research from Codex Alera … while watching The Secret of NIMH.  6/5

“Darkness Under The Mountain” by Mike Kupari
Cooper takes a freelance job in Afghanistan– The Chinese have dug too greedily and too deep… and that’s a line in the story. It’s almost a Monster Hunter procedural novel, with a soupcon of MCB BS.  4/5

“A Knight Of The Enchanted Forest” by Jessica Day George
(Trailer park elves versus gnomes TURF WAR!)– A straight up comedy from the first page, with the redneck elves, meets hippies.  4/5

“The Manticore Sanction” by John C. Wright
(Cold War era British espionage with monsters) — This one was dark. Very British. Also very Universal monster movie… the black and white version, not the new crap with Tom Cruise. This one was … surprisingly powerful. It left a mark.  6/5.

“The Dead Yard” by Maurice Broaddus
Trip goes to Jamaica on some family business— It was okay. It needed more meat to it. It was awkwardly paced, and over suddenly. I think it needed more room to work. 3/5

“The Bride” by Brad R. Torgersen
Franks wasn’t the only thing Benjamin Franklin cut deals with– BWAHAHAHAHAHAAH.  This one was awesome.  Brad writes Ben Franklin perfectly. I can hear the actor from 1776 when I read the story. Also, Franklin’s a badass. Though this one pissed me off … I wanted it to run another ten pages. Dear Larry: Can Brad write the novel on the Revolutionary War history of monster hunting? Please? 5/5

“She Bitch, Killer of Kits” (a Skinwalker Crossover Tale) by Faith Hunter
Jane Yellowrock teams up with MHI — This was okay. I honestly think that the author is more interesting than the story she wrote. Which is odd, because the inverse is usually the case. It just didn’t grab me. 3/5.

“Mr. Natural” by Jody Lynn Nye
an STFU mission in the 70s has to deal with plant monsters and hippies! — Hilarious. Fun as heck.  I deduct half a point for the bunny ex machina ending…. you’ll see. 4.5/5

“Sons Of The Father” by Quincy J. Allen
Two young brothers discover monsters are real, and kill a mess of them — Quincy is apparently a newb author, but I couldn’t tell from the story. It was very Supernatural, if they focused more on being badass than angst.  4/5

“The Troll Factory” by Alex Shvartsman
Heather gets some help from MHI for an STFU mission into Russia — Yeah, this was fun. A post-Siege story. It has a nice setup of a newbie hunter, and it has an awesome, awesome punchline. 5/5

“Keep Kaiju Weird” by Kim May 
A Kitsune may have already earned her PUFF exemption, but she’s not going to let some monster squish Portland — I really enjoyed this one. I was having flashbacks to the better episodes of Grimm, though. Heh. 5/5

“The Gift” by Steve Diamond
Two of the Vatican’s Hunters from the Blessed Order of Saint Hubert the Protector on a mission in Mexico — I wanted to like this one more. It felt like someone condensed a novel with a lot of backgroundinformation left out. Perhaps this would work betters as the first five chapters of a full novel.  4/5 stars… maybe 3.

“The Case of the Ghastly Specter” by John Ringo
while studying at Oxford, Chad takes a case — Was Ringo watching old Sherlock Holmes movies? There were moments when Chad sounds like Basil Rathbone. I might like this one better in the full novel of Sinners, as downtime in an action packed novel. But here, in this anthology, it just feels like the slow bit. The difference is jarring. It’s still good, so I mark it a 4/5

“Huffman Strikes Back” by Bryan Thomas Schmidt & Julie Frost
Owen’s vacation gets interrupted for some monster revenge– This was part comedy, park action scene. Either way, it was awesome. 5/5

“Hitler’s Dog” by Jonathan Maberry
(It is WW2 and Agent Franks really hates Nazis)– Do I even have to make comments? It’s Franks versus Nazis. But I think it needed a little more fleshing out. 4/5

 “Hunter Born” by Sarah A. Hoyt 
Julie didn’t get to go to her prom because of monster problems — This is narrated by a 16-year-old Jule Shackleford …. who sounds more like she’s 12 here. Maybe younger. Mercifully, this one is short, but poorly written. You can say “It’s narrated by a teenager” all you like, but so was Knight of the Enchanted Forest. Things that should be funny, aren’t. (Julie writes a summer vacation essay about killing vampires … how was this not funny?). The best lines in this story were, I’m certain, cribbed from novels by Larry. Poorly written. Amateurish narration. Heck, this has substandard prose compared to other short stories BY THE SAME AUTHOR. (Compare this to any of her Chicks in Chainmail shorts.) It’s even poorly placed in the anthology, coming near the end of the book, but it opens with exposition about MHI… in a book fully dedicated to MHI. It was so bare-bones basic, I saw what was coming a mile away. It is the Scalzi of this collection. 2/5

16 great stories, at a little over a dollar a story. You can’t beat this deal.

Astounding Frontiers Issue #4 is out now!

In Astounding Frontiers Issue 4 we bring you more of the pulpy goodness with stories from Julie Frost and Brian Niemeier as well as continuing serials from Ben Wheeler and Corey McCleery. We also have a new pulp serial, Hard Moon from David Hallquist as well as an article by Pulp expert Jeffro Johnson.

Please join us in travelling to Astounding Frontiers!

What’s In The Works At Superversive Press

Superversive Press has been hard at work behind the scenes getting ready for a bunch of new releases. If you haven’t been over to our website, go now. Check out what books we’ve already released.

In the last month Tales of the Once and Future King (anthology) and Gravity of the Game by Jon Del Arroz have come out.

MAGA 2020 & Beyond is being released November 8th and is available for pre-order now.

Here is a bit of what you can expect from Superversive Press in the coming months:

Planetary Anthologies

The Planetary Anthologies are a series of themed anthologies, one for each of the planets as well as for Luna and Sol. The first of these, Mercury, is planned for a January release with Venus to follow in February, Mars in March and Earth in April and so forth through the rest of the year.

Novels

We have a several novels in the works: a magical girl book, a tale of seven deadly sins, an intriguing tale of persecuted element-wielding children in a world where fallen angels walk the earth, and the next Book of Unexpected Enlightenment. 

Audiobooks

Marina Fontaine’s The Product is currently being recorded as an audiobook. Look for it to be out later this year or early next year.

Comics

Yes, there will be comics coming. Didn’t expect that did you? Issue 1, Flying Sparks by Jon Del Arroz. You’re not going to want to miss this. Just wow!

Astounding Frontiers

Issue 4 is almost done and should be out soon. There will be more to follow.

Superversive News or something like that

We’re working on putting together a mailing list for our followers to keep abreast of the latest happenings at Superversive Press as well as get insider info on review copies, submission calls, future releases, and more, before everyone else. Sign up now to get on the list, because I know there are a couple of announcements soon that you’re not going to want to miss.

 

OUT NOW – Tales of the Once and Future King

It is said that King Arthur will return in Britain’s hour of greatest need.

That time is coming.

Four travelers, searching for the Pendragon, are quickly embroiled in a plot to rescue the beloved of a banished forest lord. And while they concoct their desperate plan a Bard, the new Taliesin, regales them with stories: Tales of Knights, yes, but also tales of robots and vampires, music and monsters, airships and armies – tales to inspire heroism and hope. And when all seems lost, perhaps these tales will be their salvation.

This book is an anthology.
This book is a novel.
This book is a romance
This book is science fiction
This book is a fantasy

This is “Tales of the Once and Future King”

 

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OUT NOW – Gravity of the Game by Jon Del Arroz

Commissioner Hideki Ichiro is planning a field of dreams on the moon. The World Baseball League’s viewership has declined to some of the most alarming levels in the game’s history. To survive, baseball needs to expand to a new market, and the only place to go is out to the stars. There’s one hitch in the plan: playing baseball is impossible without Earth’s gravity.

Can Hideki navigate new technologies, angry owners, and the drive-by media before time runs out for both baseball and his own career?

Explore baseball’s future in the heart-warming novella by multi-award nominated science fiction author Jon Del Arroz!

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