Author Q&A – Andy Giesler

In my second Author Q&A, I am interviewing Andy Giesler, author of The Nothing Within, a post-apocalyptic science fiction fantasy. I read the book exactly a year ago, and the story is still fresh in my mind.

Please feel free to check out my review of The Nothing Within here.

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What is this book about?

*Centuries after the collapse, a young woman in what was once Amish country tries to save what’s left of humankind—and to discover who she really is.

The first three lines of the book:

My name is Root.

I was seventeen when I first heard the voice no one else could hear. I feared I might have the Nothing within me.

But by the time my village burned me alive in the Pit? By then we were all pretty sure.

Piqued your interest? Let’s get started with the interview.

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Our Dried Voices by Greg Hickey – Review

Our Dried Voices by Greg Hickey

Rating: 4 out of 5.

By 2189, cancer, AIDS and a host of other fatal diseases are no longer life-threatening. However, within this time span, two more World Wars have ravaged humanity. Global warming has reached unprecedented levels. Considering these circumstances, a diverse group of wealthy investors concludes a new planet, capable of sustaining life, needs to be found.

In 2092, an Earth-like planet, named Pearl, is discovered which is sixteen light years ahead of Earth. After numerous manned missions are sent there to lay the foundations for a human settlement, a spaceship carrying thousands of people finally reaches Pearl in 2235, ninety years after its launch.

Hundreds of years later, the current human population settled in Pearl are simple beings—the result of living in a Utopian colony where every want of theirs is satisfied automatically. As a result, humans no longer need to think or work.

However, for the first time since their existence on Pearl, a series of machine malfunctions threaten to engulf the colony in chaos. It’s up to a young man, Samuel, to fix these malfunctions and save the colony. He soon discovers these malfunctions are deliberate. He must find out why this is happening, and who are behind these?

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My Top 7 Reads of 2019

Another year is going to end in two days. Another year in which I have spectacularly failed to reach my reading goals. Yet, among the few books that I read, these are the books that stand out for me. Have a look:

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Screechers by Kevin J. Kennedy & Christina Bergling – Review

Screechers by Kevin j. Kennedy & Christina Bergling

Rating: 5 out of 5.

In a post-apocalyptic world, where there are virtually no human beings left, mutated monsters roam free. The new world is now inhabited by merciless, furless Apoc-wolves, abominable, giant crab-scorpion hybrids, and many more nameless predators.

One of such monsters is the screecher, a massive beast evolved to kill and survive. One screecher, after losing its family, decides to get out of the abandoned city and explore the areas beyond. Its surviving nephew also opts to tag along with it, albeit at a distance.

On the other hand, a trio of human survivors flees their burnt-down community in search of greener pastures. These two stories collide in a surprisingly tender manner in Screechers, a post-apocalyptic novella by Kevin Kennedy and Christina Bergling.

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The Nothing Within by Andy Giesler – Review

Book Cover of The Nothing Within by Andy Geisler
The Nothing Within by Andy Geisler – Review

Rating – 4/5

In the year 2161, the rise of the chimera precipitated a catastrophic event (called the Reckoning) that wiped away the human population from the Earth, barring a few people. Generations later, descendants of those survivors are leading a rustic life within walled villages, afraid to go beyond the boundaries due to the fear of the chimeras. Further, they honor traditions and have a deep mistrust for technology.

Young Root, however, is different. Blind daughter of the village guardian, her endless curiosity and impertinence test her fellow villagers’ patience. A tragic event leads her to the wild country beyond the village walls where she learns the truth about her ancestors, and how the world she inhabits has come to this state.

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The Night of the Sciurus: A Western Michigan Tale of Terror by Linda Watkins -Review

The Night of the Sciurus by Linda Watkins is a horror science fiction book
The Night of the Sciurus: A Western Michigan Tale of Terror by Linda Watkins – Review

Rating: 4/5

Imagine this, if you will. Your little daughter is playing in a lush green park. You are sitting with your friends there, a little away from your daughter. Suddenly, there is a high-pitched scream. You are startled and frightened to see it’s your kid who is screaming. You are horrified to see deep scratches on her hands and neck as if a ferocious animal had attacked her. But there is no vicious creature in sight. Strange?

girl playing in a park
girl playing in a park

Residents of North Laketon, Michigan—an idyllic community—are grappling with such bizarre incidents. Brooke Davis arrives at this seemingly serene place with her daughter and pet dog with hopes of a new future. However, they are soon going to find out something sinister is hiding in North Laketon. Read The Night of the Sciurus: A Western Michigan Tale of Terror by Linda Watkins to discover what.

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